No matter where you grew up, chances are that one of Disney’s animated classics was so near and dear to your heart that to this day, you can still recite the lines, word-for-word. In light of our childhood (and sometimes adulthood) Disney obsessions, it’s not surprising that Disney theme parks dominate the list of the most popular theme parks by attendance.
Did you know that Disney World also happens to be incredibly vegan-friendly? Vacationing with dietary restrictions can be stressful, but Disney makes sure that no matter what your diet, you can have a full day of fun without having to worry about where — or what — you’re going to be able to eat. Not only does Disney World feature two locations of Erin McKenna’s Bakery, an all-vegan and gluten-free bakery, but vacationers looking for some plant-based eats will find plenty of options across Disney’s multiple parks.
When we learned how vegan-friendly The Magic Kingdom is, we knew that we had to find out what kind of options they offer. Here are five of our favorites:
Vegan Mickey Waffles, which are available at several locations across Disney, are a magical way to start your day at Disney.
If you can’t make it to the Magic Kingdom, we recommend tracking down a mouse-shaped waffle iron and trying your hand at one of these 10 Vegan Waffle Recipes That Left Us Awestruck. Or try our some of our other personal favorites, like these Cornbread Waffles With Pulled Jackfruit and these Sourdough Spelt Waffles.
For lunch, try Tusker House Restaurant, which features an open buffet with multiple African-inspired vegan options.
Make your own at home with this Jollof Rice, a classic one-pot African dish that’s made by cooking rice with tomatoes, onions, and spices like ginger, nutmeg, and Scotch bonnet peppers. This pairs perfectly with these Fried Plantains, this Piri Piri Tofu, and these Akara, a Nigerian fritter made from mashed black-eyed peas.
Generally, Disney chefs are very accommodating to anyone with dietary restrictions. The menu at Grand Floridian Cafe features a Miso-Glazed Salmon, which, upon request, can be substituted with tofu.
If you love umami flavor, then we recommend trying out this Teriyaki Tofu Bowl or this Miso-Glazed Eggplant. Or, try something completely different with this Miso Eggplant Dip.
Also upon requests, chefs at the Port Orleans French Quarter will veganize the beignets, a sweet delight made from deep-fried choux pastry.
You can make your own beignets at home, like these gluten-free Banana Beignets. If you feel your culinary skills are up to the test, you might even want to try deep-frying this vegan Choux Pastry.
And of course, no trip to Disney is complete without trying their famous Dole Whip, a creamy soft serve frozen dessert made from pineapple juice.
Don’t despair if you can’t make it to Disney! You have the next best thing when you make recipes like this Piña Colada Sorbet, these Pineapple Ice Lollies, and this Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple.
Follow vegandisneyworld on Instagram for more options, including tips on which non-vegan dishes at Disney can be made vegan upon request!
Going on vacation without having to worry about what you’re going to eat is great, but it also never hurts to be prepared while traveling. For all your travel snack needs, we highly recommend you download our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to more than ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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