Logan’s Report: Plaza Restaurant

Our friend Logan was in Disney World during Dapper Day on March 14th. To keep with the dapper theme he ate at the Plaza Restaurant. While dining he sent us some photos and info about his meal so we could share it with our readers.

View from inside the Plaza Restaurant
View from inside the Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant is located just off Main Street USA in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This is a great stop for a relatively inexpensive table service while visiting this park. Not to mention the great view of Cinderella’s Castle from inside the restaurant.

On the menu there is a veggie burger and a vegetarian sandwich that can be made vegan. Logan was told by Chef Ken that he was better off with a vegetable sandwich over the veggie burger. Typically the vegetarian sandwich comes with mozzarella and pesto which were removed to make it vegan.

Vegetarian Sandwich, vegan
Vegetarian Sandwich, vegan

The sandwich has hummus, cucumber, roasted red pepper, tomato and lettuce on it. Typically this sandwich comes with ‘fresh baked focaccia’ but he swapped the bread for wheat. The sandwich was pretty tasty, however his only complaint was that the bottom slice of bread became pretty soggy which made for a messy sandwich. The fries were nice and crispy.

Sandwich Detail
Sandwich Detail

Additionally Logan got a chocolate Tofutti root beer float. As he said ‘the root beer float was heaven on earth.’ You can get Tofutti ice cream floats with root beer, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite.

Chocolate Tofutti Root Beer Float
Chocolate Tofutti Root Beer Float
Logan with Chef Ken
Logan with Chef Ken

“For $20, you cannot go wrong with a sandwich and a vegan root beer float.” Thanks for the review Logan!

What kind of float would you get? Tell us in the comments!

Vegan Pizza in Disney

If you were to ask most people what their favorite foods were, pizza would be on that list. Since we all love pizza we wanted to post our favorite pizzas in Disney World. Just because you’re vegan in Disney World doesn’t mean you can’t get a vegan friendly pizza while on your vacation.

Pizza Planet
Pizza Planet

If you’re in the mood for a cheap quick pizza and you’re in Hollywood Studios then stop by Pizza Planet. Pizza Planet offers a veggie pizza with peppers, tomato, onion, mushroom and Follow Your Heart vegan cheese. You have to specially request it to be made vegan to get this cheese, you can also get a cheese-less pizza here.

Via Napoli
Via Napoli

If you’re more interested in a sit down style pizza you can make a reservation at Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. They don’t offer vegan cheese here but the crust and toppings are great and the pizza is wood-fired. This pizza isn’t the cheapest on property but it is pretty tasty. The toppings offered here are pretty unique to any other pizza place in Disney. Here you can get eggplant, artichoke, arugula and many more. You will need to speak to a chef or manager about a vegan pizza to be made without cheese.

Vegan Veggie Pizza
Vegan Veggie Pizza

Another great quick service pizza option is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Pizzafari. The pizzas here are all pre-made so you will receive a pizza on muffaletta bread with peppers, tomoatoes, onions, mushrooms and Daiya vegan cheese. This is our favorite of the quick service pizzas, you will need to request a vegan pizza as it is not on the menu.

Trattoria Al Forno (image from easywdw.com)
Trattoria Al Forno (image from eatingwdw.com)

The last option is another sit down pizza option from Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. We have not personally been here (yet!) but have heard great reviews of the Italian offerings here. This restaurant replaced Kouzinna By Cat Cora in 2014 which offered vegan friendly chefs. It appears that you would be able to get a vegetable pizza here without cheese.

Additionally we have not been able to get a delivery pizza from a Disney resort while staying there. You may be able to get a personal pizza from a moderate or value resort quick service depending on the way they are made. I would ask a Cast Member if this is something you can get.

 

Which is your favorite pizza topping? Tell us in the comments!

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.

UPDATE 3/16/15 – The Spring Roll from Lotus House is no longer vegan. The wrapper used contains egg. 

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!