A Vegan in Disney World

I spent a week on a solo trip to Disney World in August 2021. I did my research prior to my trip to make sure I wouldn’t miss the best vegan options in all four parks and I was blown away by how much things had changed since I visited as a pescetarian on my last visit in 2011. Some restaurants had full plant-based sections on their menus, and all of them indicated their vegan offerings with a little green leaf.

Thanks to these changes I was able to find incredibly delicious food everywhere I went — with a couple of exceptions. Take a look at all the vegan meals I found in Disney’s parks and resorts during my week at the Happiest Place On Earth.

Tonga Toast at Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s Kona Café

Tonga Toast is my traditional breakfast on my first day in the parks and I was thrilled to find out they veganized it. Now, you can even choose Beyond Meat™ breakfast sausage as a side.

If you’re not familiar with Tonga Toast, it’s two thick slices of bread, stuffed with bananas, dipped in batter, and then coated with cinnamon sugar. It’s filling, decadent, and so delicious! They serve it with strawberry compote made with coconut milk, and maple syrup. It’s the perfect breakfast to hold you over for a full day of touring the parks, and the full carafe of Kona coffee they leave on your table is certain to keep you going. If you like your coffee with a little cream, they offer two plant-based milks.

LeFou’s Brew in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Remember poor LeFou from Beauty and the Beast? He endured so much abuse under Gaston’s iron rule. It’s only fitting that LeFou has his own drink in the Magic Kingdom. I wrote an article about LeFou’s Brew for TheTravel.com a couple of years ago but I hadn’t tried it until this visit. Even though it contains marshmallow syrup, it’s vegan. LeFou’s Brew was the perfect frosty drink on a hot August day!

Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion

My all-time favorite pavilion in Epcot is the United Kingdom where you can find Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, and vegan fish and chips! Yes, you read that right — vegan fish and chips!

In the Rose & Crown dining room you can order a generous portion of Gardein™ fish and chips complete with vegan tartar sauce, and mushy peas! Unfortunately, the vegan version of fish and chips is not available at their Quick Service location so you’ll need to make a reservation for the dining room to enjoy this treat.

Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Cítricos reopened right before I arrived at Disney and I was so excited when I scored a reservation. I had seen pictures of their rigatoni garnished with an “egg yolk” made from tomatoes and had to see it for myself. With Victoria and Albert’s closed, this is Disney’s best fine dining restaurant and, admittedly, it’s pretty pricey. But, in my opinion, it was worth every cent!

I had the Wild Mushroom Arancini to start which consisted of rice, mushrooms, watercress, and a champagne vinaigrette. Little dollops of truffle oil aioli were placed next to the arancini which perfectly complemented the dish.

As an entree I had the House Made Rigatoni and as you can see in the video the tomato-based “egg yolk” garnish was pretty convincing! This dish included a Bolognese sauce made with Impossible™ meat crumbles, vegetables, and roasted Hen of the Woods mushrooms. To be honest, I didn’t feel the Impossible™ meat crumbles added much to the dish but overall it was pretty amazing.

After my meal I ordered what Cítricos calls an Apple Rose for dessert. This rose-shaped baked apple is served warm, has a base of marzipan and raspberry jam, and is accompanied by a little scoop of coconut ice cream. Marzipan is one of my favorite things ever so I enjoyed every bite of this!

I chatted with my wonderful server and he told me the chef gets really excited to create dishes such as this. It’s exciting to see such culinary creativity at work.

Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

It’s difficult to get a reservation at Sebastian’s Bistro due to its popularity and the fact that it’s closed two days out of the week so I felt lucky to get in during my time at the parks. This restaurant has a dedicated plant-based menu with the same number of courses as the regular menu so you’re not missing out on anything by dining there as a vegan.

Sebastian’s is a family-style restaurant and as a solo traveler I was given enough food for at least two people. My server Moe from London was an absolute doll and made sure I had everything I needed. He was very knowledgeable about the menu as well as all the vegan items.

I was given a bread basket and two small dishes — one with caramelized onion jam and another with guava jelly. The spreads were delicious but the rolls were a little chewy and I suspect they were gluten-free. A delicious salad of fresh vegetables lightly dressed with key lime dressing followed.

My main meal was presented to me on two plates. One was a long plate which held separate dishes of grilled broccolini, vegetable curry, and red beans and rice. On the main plate I had jerk fried tofu, Impossible™ kabobs, and Impossible™ sausage. Everything was very tasty but not exceptional.

For dessert the vegan option was coconut-pineapple bread pudding topped with vanilla vegan ice cream. Again, the bread was a little chewy but overall, it was really delicious.

I loved being able to sit by the window and watch the water as I ate.

Rosie’s All-American Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

I had to ask a Cast Member where this café was located as it’s hidden behind the Sunset Ranch Market in Hollywood Studios. On their menu, they have a “lobster roll” sandwich made from marinated hearts of palm I’d heard about and I had to try it.

I make “lobster roll” at home and wanted to compare it to the recipe I use. People had said the “lobster” here had a strong vinegar taste but I didn’t find that to be the case. I did, however, think it was a bit salty as were the homemade potato chips served with it. But, the roll it was served in was incredible — soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside and the sandwich itself was huge and very filling. I thoroughly enjoyed this “lobster roll”.

Rainforest Café at Disney Springs Marketplace

There are two locations of Rainforest Café at Disney — the Animal Kingdom location (right at the entrance to the park), and the Disney Springs Marketplace location. I had a $25 gift certificate I earned from MyPoints (Click here to join. It’s free and I’ve been using it to earn freebies for twenty years) so I schlepped over to Disney Springs Marketplace for lunch on my last day.

Rainforest Café is a fun place to eat especially if you’re traveling with children. They have a huge gift shop, there’s lightning and thunder every thirty minutes, and the animals come to life around you. It is, however, expensive.

I paid $20 for a Beyond™ Burger and fries, something I would have never done if I didn’t have the gift certificate. The burger was topped with caramelized onions, with lettuce and tomato on the side. It comes standard with Swiss cheese and a mayo-based “Boom Boom Sauce” so you’ll want to ask them to hold both to keep it vegan. Don’t worry. It was tasty without them.

Was it delicious? Yes! Was it overpriced? Also, yes!

Liberty Tree Tavern in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

This all-you-care-to-eat restaurant in the Magic Kingdom has a colonial-era America theme with all sorts of comfort food on the menu. My server Clare explained my options to me and provided exceptional service.

I was served a fresh salad with a light dressing to start and a basket of delicious rolls with Earth Balance™ vegan butter. These rolls were so light and fluffy they most likely were full of gluten. My entree arrived and I was faced with a plateful of vegan comfort food — Impossible™ meatloaf and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, and perfectly cooked and seasoned fresh green beans.

Clare stopped by after I finished my meal to ask me if I wanted more of anything but I could only eat half of the huge portions and was saving room for dessert.

The vegan dessert option is a warm apple cake served with caramel and whipped cream and definitely worth saving space for. What a treat!

Disney’s POP Century Resort Everything POP!

The view from my hotel room in the 1970s section of POP Century

I love staying at POP Century! It’s such a fun theme and the new Skyliner is a game changer. I rode to and from Epcot, Caribbean Beach, and Hollywood Studios all week long. I highly recommend staying in the 1970s section for easy access to the Skyliner and the buses.

The dining options were not great. They have a few vegan options on their menu: the Barbeque Burger for lunch or dinner, and the Mickey waffles, and Chipotle Seitan and Vegetable Sauté for breakfast.

The Barbeque Burger was good. I believe is was a Beyond™ burger which was topped with a thick slice of avocado, tomato, and barbeque sauce and came with potato chips on the side. Hard to screw that up. Breakfast was another story.

On my second morning at Disney I ordered the Mickey waffles found on their allergy menu (they are also gluten-free). The waffles were rubbery and the potatoes that came with it were cold and tasteless. To be fair, this may be due to the COVID precautions they’re taking at the parks now. I had to order it ahead of time on the My Disney Experience app and I don’t know how long my meal sat in the cardboard box getting steamy. I had the same waffles during my stay at the Grand Californian in Disneyland in 2019 and they were much better.

The Chipotle Seitan and Vegetable Sauté was a trainwreck. I love seitan and don’t eat it often so I was really looking forward to this breakfast. However, I don’t eat peppers and there was no way to make changes using Disney’s app to order it without peppers. But, even if I had been able to leave off the peppers the meal was pretty awful.

It consisted of large chunks of mushy tofu mixed with seitan and vegetables. It was so greasy and unappetizing that I couldn’t finish it. Breakfasts at POP Century were the most disappointing meals I had during my entire stay and I would recommend finding another option if you’re staying there. It’s easy to grab something elsewhere the night before and just get coffee at the resort to enjoy in your room.

I had a lot of fun documenting my vacation through these TikTok videos. I hope you enjoyed them and please feel free to leave a comment telling me about your own vegan Disney experience, or leave me any questions.

Feel free to follow me on TikTok for more vegan content. Videos can also be seen on my YouTube channel.

Published by anewdayvegan

Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and Rouxbe Culinary School's Professional Plant-Based Cooking, and Forks Over Knives programs. www.anewdayvegan.net

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