October 5, 2016 by Virginia James
Of all the places on earth you would think it would be a challenge to eat vegan-friendly, Disneyland is definitely NOT.
There are so many vegan friendly options, it is ridiculous!!
So, I spent the day at Disneyland a few months ago, and just fell in love with all of the vegan foods and snacks that I found! Here are some of the foods I had 🙂
#DowntownDisney is the shopping district that many people often check out prior to entering the park. The trams that take you from the parking lot to the park entrance leave you at a crossroads: walk towards your left to enter Disneyland/California Adventures, or walk right to enter Disney’s Downtown shopping district. When I spent the day with my friends here, we took a daring turn to the right into Downtown Disney. We had breakfast at the UVA bar.
BREAKFAST AT UVA BAR
There are quite a handful of vegan options here, but this is what I had ordered:
1 Order of herb roasted potatoes
1 Side of Sourdough toast (no butter)
1 Cup of seasonal fruit on the side
1 Mimosa, because why not?
My meal was filling, energizing and appropriate for a fun-filled day.
LUNCH AT CARNATION CAFE
After hours of running around from ride to ride, we stopped for lunch at the Carnation Cafe in Disneyland.
The place was busy and both sweet and savory aromas filled the air. The waitresses were very kind and courteous. Upon looking at the menu, a very obvious item stuck out: the Chef’s Vegan Burger. I just had to order it:
House-made Bean and Vegetable Patty, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickled Red Onions, and Vegan Chipotle-Mayonnaise on a Wheat Roll with your choice of fresh Fruit or Seasoned French Fries.
Of course I ordered the French Fries!
The patty was a perfect texture. It had a subtle garlic smoky flavor to it, which I loved. The Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise gave it a nice kick! The fries were nice and crispy -but not bottomless, so take your time with those if you order this!
TIKI JUICE BAR
After a lovely lunch, we ran around the park a few more times from ride to ride and were getting beat by the heat. So we strolled over to Adventureland and checked out the Tiki Bar which has the most amazing Dole Pineapple Whip Float -made with Coconut Cream and is 100% dairy free!
You guys HAVE to check this out when you go to Disney DO NOT LET THE LONG LINE STOP YOU. It goes by faster than a line to any ride and it is totally worth it! In fact, I had to return to get one of these floats a total of THREE times throughout my day at Disney -loved it!
While doing some shopping around Main Street, Make a point to stop and get some fresh fruit from the fruit cart! it’s usually across from Carnation Cafe and has a huge variety of fresh fruit/veggie snacks for you to munch on throughout the day.
At the end of the day, while getting a bit of a craving for something salty, I got a Mickey Pretzel from the concession cart -which is butter-free! I have asked several sources prior to going to Disney and I’ve gotten the same answer; they use vegetable oil on their pretzels! While it did cost a pretty penny, it was a satisfying snack!
At the end of the night, we stopped at Galactic Grill for a late night snack. I actually wasn’t very hungry so I just ordered a coffee because I was starting to get tired. Since I take my coffee black, I didn’t check to see if they offered soy/almond/cashew milk, but don’t be afraid to ask! You’ll be surprised who offers substitutes these days!
That was my entire day of eating Vegan at Disneyland! Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know in the comments below! I love to hear of other vegan foods at the theme park I may have overlooked!
P.S. The first ride we got on was Space Mountain aka Hyperspace mountain. Our ride unexpectedly stopped mid-way. In case, you wondered what the ride looks like with the lights on… it’s very ‘plain-Jane’: