Snacks in Epcot

If you’re planning your day in Epcot you may be wondering what kind of snacks you can get. We’ve made a list of some vegan snack options in Epcot.

8. Chips and Guacamole
If you stop by the quick service or the tequila bar in Mexico you can pick up some chips and guacamole. We got this item on our last trip in November 2014 and felt the chips were a bit too oily. This wasn’t our favorite snack but it’s an easy thing to share with others. This item does not accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

7. Kakigori/Edamame
In the Japan pavilion you can get either Kakigori, shaved ice with fruit syrup topping, or edamame. If you decide to try the Kakigori make sure you request it without the sweet milk topping to make it vegan. Both of these items do accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Margarita from Mexico
Margarita from Mexico

6. Alcohol
You may think we’re joking by putting this as a snack. But depending on what country and beverage you pick it can be a good snack. Additionally people will participate in an activity referred to as “Drinking Around the World” where you order a drink at each pavilion while you move around World Showcase. These do not accept Disney Dining Plan snack credits.

Soy Iced Vanilla Latte
Soy Iced Vanilla Latte

5. Fountain View Starbucks
Starbucks is popping up in all the parks, unfortunately none of their food is vegan but all of their drinks do accept Disney Dining Plan snack credits. Just sub soy or coconut milk and start your day with some extra caffeine!

4. Popcorn
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, all of the normal ‘butter’ popcorn in Disney Parks are vegan! This is a great cheap snack that you can share with others or keep to yourself. This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credits.

Special Dietary Treats
Enjoy Life Cookies

3. Enjoy Life brand snacks in Sunshine Seasons
This snack option isn’t nearly as convenient as some of the others but if you’re stopping in Sunshine Seasons for a meal these are easy to grab and throw in your bag. They offer several options of Enjoy Life cookies and brownies here that you can take with you. These items do accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Pretzels und Bier
Pretzels und Bier

2. Pretzels
Plain Pretzels on Disney property are all vegan, just like the popcorn. So when you’re walking through World Showcase you can always stop by the Germany Pavilion for some pretzels and beer. You can also find Mickey pretzels throughout the park. This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Image from Disney's website
Image from Disney’s website

1. Sorbet
L’Artisan des Glaces offers delicious fresh fruit sorbets that are all vegan. The flavors rotate so be sure to ask what options you can get the day you are there. You can even get these in the waffle cone as it is vegan too. This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit depending on how many scoops you get.

Chick'n Curry and Vegan Crab Cake
Chick’n Curry and Vegan Crab Cake

Bonus! Food and Wine or Flower and Garden Festivals
If you’re visiting the parks during the spring or fall you may find yourself there during one of these festivals. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run from September 25 – November 16, 2015. During the International Food and Wine Festival there is a stand that features vegan cuisine. Terra offers delicious snacks that use Gardein products as well as wines and beers. These items tend to change each year. There are other items that are vegan, or veganizable, that can be found throughout World Showcase like a vegetarian haggis from Scotland. These items do accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Vegetable Spring Rolls without Sauce
Vegetable Spring Rolls without Sauce

Additionally the Flower and Garden Festival offers some food options too. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 4 – May 17, 2015. Returning for 2015 is the Pineapple Dole Whip that can be topped with rum at Pineapple Promenade and the vegetable spring roll from Lotus House, just be sure to ask for it without sauce as it contains mayo. There is a falafel pocket in Morocco that might be veganizable as well as Frushi (fruit-sushi) from Japan without the whipped cream. I can not guarantee those items are or can be made vegan so be sure to ask a cast member about it when ordering. These items do accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Best Snacks in Animal Kingdom

If you’re spending the day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom you may crave a snack at some point. There are plenty of snack options all through Animal Kingdom that will help put your stomach at ease. We’ve created a list of our favorite snacks in Animal Kingdom that are all vegan friendly.

9. Mixed Fruit/Whole Fruit
If you’re looking for a sweet healthy option while you’re in the parks you can find fresh fruit throughout. This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. Harambre Fruit Market in Africa has the largest selection of fruit from strawberries to watermelon. You can also find fruit at Bradley Falls in Asia and Gardens Kiosk in Discovery Island.

8. Edamame
If you want a healthier salty snack than popcorn you’re in luck. This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. You can find Edamame Beans at Bradley Falls in Asia and Mr. Kamal’s in Asia.

7. Hummus with Pita and Vegetables
If you’re trying to be healthy during your Disney trip this is pretty much the last healthy choice on the list. At Mr. Kamal’s in Asia you can get hummus with pita bread and vegetables. This item does NOT accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. You can also find hummus at the Gardens Kiosk in Discovery Island. Additionally at Mr. Kamal’s you can get a Falafel Sandwich, just take off the tzatiki sauce to make it vegan.

Mickey Pretzel
Mickey Pretzel

6. Pretzels
Just like in all the Disney Parks, salted Mickey pretzels are vegan! This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. You can find Mickey Pretzels at Harambe Fruit Market in Africa, Upcountry in Asia, Beastly Kiosk in Discovery Island and Isle of Java in Discovery Island.

5. Popcorn
Craving that salty buttery crunch? Popcorn in Disney Parks is vegan! This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. You can find popcorn at Harambe Popcorn in Discovery Island.

Chocolate Tofutti Ice Cream
Chocolate Tofutti Ice Cream

4. Tofutti Ice Cream
On a hot Florida day you may need some cooling down. Ice cream is a great way to take a cool break in the parks. At the Gardens Kiosk in Discovery Island you can get whole pints of chocolate and vanilla Tofutti brand ice cream. This item does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit.

Samosa Image from phillyvegans.com/
Samosa (image from phillyvegans.com)

3. Samosa
If you’ve ever eaten in Tusker House you’ve probably had the Samosa there. These are the same delicious samosas! This is a great filling snack that you can’t find at any of the other parks. This item does NOT accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. You can find samosas at Mr. Kamal’s in Asia.

Dark Rum Dole Whip
Dark Rum Dole Whip

2. Pineapple Dole Whip
Everyone loves Dole Whips, that’s why Disney keeps bringing them to the other parks. You can now find Pineapple Whip soft serve at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Africa. You can get this with our without rum, unfortunately the pineapple juice is not here. The pineapple soft serve only does accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. The soft serve with rum does not accept it.

Chocolate Dipped Donut
Chocolate Dipped Donut

1. Babycakes NYC/Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Cupcakes, cookies, donuts, oh my! Erin McKenna’s Bakery is making a return to Disney Springs this spring, but you can still find her gluten free vegan treats at the Gardens Kiosk in Discovery Island. All of these items do accept Disney Dining Plan snack credit. (I contacted @EmBakeryFL on Twitter and was told they currently do not supply donuts to Animal Kingdom but you can still get them at Beach Club Marketplace. Feb. 17, 2015)

You may be able to find other new snacks when you’re in the park. These are the items we felt are worth your snack credit and money.

What is your favorite snack in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Tell us in the comments.

Tusker House Virtual Buffet Tour

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat in a lodge in Africa? Disney’s Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom is pretty close to the real thing. Tusker House is a character buffet that offers indian and african inspired dishes. We love going here because this buffet has the most vegan options in Disney Parks.

Waiting Area
Waiting Area

When you get to Tusker House make sure to remind the hostess of your dietary needs. There is a seating area in the back that looks out onto the new location for Festival of Lion King that truly makes you feel like you are in Africa or you can wait up front and enjoy a drink before your meal. Tusker House offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, we often go for lunch. Recently they added the character experience to dinner. Now all three meal times include Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Goofy and Donald.

Tusker House Interior
Tusker House Interior

When you are seated a chef will come to your table to walk you through the buffet. Each chef we have experienced here has been very knowledgeable about what a vegan diet is and what we can and cannot eat on the buffet. These items sometimes change so it is important to do this each trip. Since there are no vegan desserts on the buffet they will offer to bring you your own vegan dessert when you are ready.

Tusker House Enviromental
Tusker House Buffet Sign

Now let’s start our virtual buffet tour. Get your towel ready because you may drool at some of these options.

Pita and Corn Bread
Pita and Corn Bread (November 2014)

First stop, the bread station. The vegan options here are pita bread and some sort of corn bread. The “corn bread” was pretty dry and not something I would go back for, it also had pieces of corn throughout it. The pita is always soft and great with hummus.

Hummus, Tabouleh, Chutney
Hummus, Tabouleh, Mango Chutney (November 2014)

Speaking of hummus, the next stop has hummus! Not only is the hummus vegan here but so is the tabouleh and mango chutney. We could probably eat a plate just full of the hummus and tabouleh and be happy.

Salad Bar
Salad Bar (November 2014)

Next there is the salad bar. The salad bar includes lettuce, green pepper, cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives and two vegan dressings. When we were there in November 2014 there was a curry dressing that was absolutely delicious, hopefully they kept it.

Couscous and Chickpea Salad
Couscous and Chickpea Salad (November 2014)

At the end of the cold bar section there is a pearl couscous dish and chickpea salad. The couscous dish has raisins and is a light sweet side.

Fried Plantains, Rice with Raisins and Tofu
Fried Plantains, Rice with Raisins and Tofu (November 2014)

Now we’ve made it to the hot food. Here you can find fried plantains, rice with raisins and tofu with zucchini. The plantains are usually pretty good, sometimes they’re a little too oily. The tofu is one of our favorite things on this buffet. It has a bit of a kick to it and is nice to have some added protein as tofu is pretty hard to find in Disney World.

Mixed Vegetables
Mixed Vegetables (November 2014)

Continuing down the hot bar side you will find mixed vegetables with chickpeas.

Green Beans
Green Beans (November 2014)

Now we’ll continue into the kids bar area and find sautéed green beans. These beans are cooked in oil so they are safe for vegans and those with dairy allergies. They’re also pretty delicious!

Vegetable Samosas
Vegetable Samosas (November 2014)

Tucked away in an awkward corner next to the meat carving station is our very favorite item on this whole buffet, vegetable samosas! These crispy potato and pea filled treats are great for kids and adults. There is a mango chutney that pairs with this perfectly. Additionally you can find these samosas at the Mr. Kamal’s cart in Asia.

Potatoes
Potatoes (November 2014)

The last stop of our buffet tour is the crispy potatoes. These are perfectly crispy and seasoned every time. These are found at the very end of the buffet on the other side of the meat carving station.

Now that you’ve finished the buffet your plate probably looks like this.

A Full Plate!
A Full Plate! (May 2012)

These were the vegan items when we visited in November 2014. When we were done filling up at the buffet we told our server we were ready for dessert.

Enjoy Life Cookies and Fruit
Enjoy Life Cookies and Fruit (November 2014)

Our dessert plate featured three different kinds of Enjoy Life cookies, strawberries and blueberries. They used to give you ice cream but when we asked we were told they no longer carried it there. But these cookies were great and what I didn’t finish I wrapped up and put in my bag, shh!

While you’re busy stuffing your face with all the delicious foods on the buffet Mickey and friends will greet you at your table. This is a great way to meet the characters without waiting in line forever. Not only do you get to meet the characters they also do a dance parade every hour for the little kids.

Goofy!
Goofy!

Tusker House has been one of my favorite restaurants even before I went vegan. This is one the most vegetable heavy buffets on Disney property. If you haven’t been here yet, you should definitely make an Advanced Dining Reservation for your next trip. If you’re there when it isn’t too busy you can usually make a same day reservation on the My Disney Experience app. If you plan to go for dinner, try to make your reservation close to closing time so when you leave the park you feel like it’s all yours. It’s a great experience for you and your family.

We hope you enjoyed our virtual buffet tour!

Would we go back?
Every trip, we even went twice in November 2014. You will not leave here hungry!

Price?
$$$

What’s your favorite dish at Tusker House? Tell us in the comments!

Vegan Dole Whip Floats

It’s time we talk about our favorite snack in Disney World, the Dole Whip. A Dole Whip is a delicious frozen treat originally found in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. This treat is a wonderful mix of fruit flavored soft serve and Dole pineapple juice. You may be wondering why a soft serve treat would be mentioned on a vegan blog and here is why, the fruit flavors are vegan!

Dole Whip Float
Dole Whip Float

This is one of our favorite snacks when we visit the parks. The soft serve is not as creamy as what dairy soft serve is like, as you would expect in a dairy free treat, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t close. The flavor of the pineapple soft serve with the Dole pineapple juice is the perfect amount of sweet and tart, just like a fresh pineapple! The two vegan flavors that are offered are pineapple and orange.

Aloha Isle Menu
Aloha Isle Menu

Aloha Isle in Adventureland is the original walk up offering Dole Whip and Dole Whip Floats. They also offer fresh pineapple spears and juice. The vanilla flavor is not vegan, only the fruit flavors. You can get the soft serve with or without Dole pineapple juice.

Pineapple and Orange flavor
Pineapple and Orange flavor

Since this delicious dairy free treat has been such a hit, Disney has started serving it in other areas. During the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in 2014 they had a stand with pineapple soft serve where you could add dark or coconut rum! This did so well that they now have the rum option at Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom. Additionally you can find Dole soft serve at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Magic Kingdom and Pineapple Lanai in the Polynesian Resort.

Dark Rum Dole Whip
Dark Rum Dole Whip

Next time you’re looking for a unique refreshing treat in Disney World you should try a Dole Whip Float, you will not be disappointed. This is a great treat for a hot day, or a cold. Really any time is great to enjoy a Dole Whip.

 

What’s your favorite Dole Whip treat? Tell us in the comments!

Dining At The Drive-In

Do you like B-Movies, old cars and eating in the dark? Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre is the the restaurant for you! Sci-Fi is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and has been one of my favorite restaurants ever since I was a kid. Once you check in for your reservation you make your way into the parking lot and find your car. Once seated in your car you get to enjoy some clips of black and white b-movies and cartoons. The atmosphere alone is what makes this one of my favorite restaurants in Walt Disney World.

Movie Screen in Sci-Fi
Movie Screen in Sci-Fi

The car tables seat up to 6 adults, two per row. If you are traveling with a larger group they will try to place you in cars that are next to each other. One of our only complaints about this set up is the lighting to read the menu is pretty non-existent and the tables themselves are pretty small. There are also some picnic tables in the back by the kitchen.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Atmosphere
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Atmosphere

Our last stop into Sci-Fi was November 2014. When we told our waiter of our vegan diet he went to grab a chef to speak with us. We were told that the Vegetable Burger on the menu can be made vegan with a Gardenburger® Malibu Burger instead of the black bean patty, we could also get pasta with vegetables and marinara sauce. Additionally they have milkshakes on the menu that can be made with vegan ice cream, the flavors they have are vanilla, chocolate and Oreo. We opted for Oreo Milkshakes and Vegetable Burgers.

Vegan Oreo Milkshake
Vegan Oreo Milkshake

Our milkshakes came out rather quickly, and with whipped cream on top. I asked the waiter if the whipped cream was vegan (assuming he had grabbed the wrong ones or just out of habit topped them that way) and he realized his mistake. A few minutes later our vegan Oreo milkshakes came out, we were really hesitant to drink them but they seemed to taste fine and my stomach never freaked out like dairy used to do to is so they were vegan. These shakes were absolutely delicious, they weren’t as thick as the shakes from 50’s Prime Time Cafe so you could actually drink them with a straw.

Vegan Vegetable Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
Vegan Vegetable Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Our burgers came out and looked absolutely delicious. The Gardenburger® Malibu Burger patty is made of corn, carrots, onions, green pepper and whole grains. The Vegetable burger is topped with cucumber planks, grilled red onions, arugula, and a tomato jam. If you’ve read our blog before, you know we’re not huge fans of the Gardenburger® Malibu Burger patties but this was pretty tasty. The tomato jam was the real star on this burger, it had a strong flavor of sun-dried tomato and was spread all over the bun. The patty was pretty flavorless but the jam really helped. We also added mustard to the burgers because it was pretty dry without a condiment. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cucumber planks on it, they didn’t really add any flavor and just made the burger harder to eat. I would have preferred the cucumbers to be pickles.

Burger Close Up
Burger Close Up

We had sweet potato fries as our side, the other option is a cucumber salad (we did not ask if that was vegan). The fries were just okay, they were pretty crispy which we enjoyed but they were covered, and I mean covered, in cinnamon. I would have liked them more without all the sweetness that the cinnamon added. Cinnamon and ketchup don’t necessarily go together.

Sci-Fi Selfie
Sci-Fi Selfie

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre will always be one of my favorite spots in Hollywood Studios. The food is always just okay in our opinion but the atmosphere always brings us back. This is a great place for families with kids to eat.

In May of 2014 Disney introduced a character breakfast featuring Star Wars characters. The ‘Star Wars Galactic Breakfast‘ at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre is for Star Wars Weekends in Hollywood studios. This happens from early May through mid June, the characters are only there during breakfast.

Would We Go Back?
Yes, the milkshakes were great and the film loop is fantastic. This has been my favorite place to eat in Disney World since I was a kid.

Price?
$$

We leave you with our favorite part of the film loop in Sci-Fi.

 

What’s your favorite clip from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre’s film loop?