Where To Eat Outside Of The Parks With Non-Vegans

People often head outside of the parks for table service meals. There are tons of restaurants located in the resorts and Downtown Disney. Many people may be the lone vegan or are a non-vegan themselves traveling with vegans and want to know where they should eat so everyone can enjoy their meal. We have selected some of the most vegan friendly and non-vegan favorite restaurants in this list.

Downtown Disney

Cookie Sandwiches and Donuts for breakfast
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is a quick service bakery that features allergy free treats. Here you can find gluten free and vegan bagels, donuts, cupcakes and just about anything else. We highly recommend stopping by here if you are looking for quick sweet treat, whether you need allergy friendly treats or not.

Raglan Road is located in Downtown Disney’s new area called The Landing. It features Irish food, music and dancing. Here vegans can enjoy a vegetable risotto while their non-vegan travelers can indulge in fish and chips, bangers and much more. This is a fun place to go to while visiting Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney Resort Area

If you are looking to head just a little further than Downtown Disney, you can take a boat to Port Orleans resorts or Saratoga Springs.

Boatwright's Dining Hall -- Image from PortOrleans.org
Boatwright’s Dining Hall — Image from PortOrleans.org
Port Orleans Resorts
Boatwright’s Dining Hall is located at Port Orleans Riverside. This restaurant is only open for dinner. Here vegans can get a vegetarian pasta or jambalaya which features asparagus, mushrooms, peppers and rice. Meat eaters can enjoy catfish, voodoo chicken and many more New Orleans favorites.

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

All of the restaurants listed in this group are easily accessible from Magic Kingdom by either boat or monorail.

Crispy Tofu with Tempura
Trail’s End Restaurant
Wilderness Lodge & Fort Wilderness
Artist Point is a signature dining restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge that is only open for dinner. On the menu is a vegetarian lo mein that vegans can get. This restaurant is also in the process of creating a separate vegan/vegetarian menu. The rest of the menu features scallops, steak and salmon. This is a great restaurant to go to for a special occasion or just to have a fancy dinner.

Trail’s End Restaurant is located in Fort Wilderness next to the Hoop De Doo Musical Revue. It is just a short walk from the boat dock when you arrive from Magic Kingdom. This restaurant features a down home cooking buffet with baked potatoes, mac and cheese and fried chicken. Hidden in the kitchen is one of Disney’s best kept secrets, Chef TJ. Chef TJ will create an elaborate multi course vegan meal featuring fried tofu, nachos, and a dessert. This is a great restaurant for non-vegans and vegans alike, just know that this meal make take a few hours, so arrive hungry and ready to eat!

Whispering Canyon is located in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This restaurant is open for all three meals during the day. During lunch and dinner they offer a meal with quinoa cakes that can be made vegan without the yogurt sauce. The rest of the menu features burgers, sandwiches and seafood for your non-vegan companions.

California Grill - Image from PhillyVegans
California Grill – Image from PhillyVegans
Contemporary Resort
California Grill is a signature restaurant that is located in Bay Lake Tower next to Disney’s Contemporary Resort that is only open for dinner. This restaurant boasts one of the best views for Magic Kingdom’s Wishes firework show. This is a great restaurant for celebrating a special event or just because. The menu features sushi, flatbreads, seafood and much more. Here the chefs tend to get creative and create small plate samplings for vegans. These plates often feature risotto, salad and a flatbread.

Chef Mickey’s is located inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort with a quick walk from the monorail station. This restaurant is a buffet that is offered for breakfast and dinner. If you head here for breakfast you will get to experience a meal with Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Minnie. The breakfast buffet features the standard american breakfast of eggs, waffles, bacon and fruit. If you are looking for a vegan option the chefs can make you vegan Mickey waffles and you can enjoy potatoes and fruit from the buffet. This is a great meal with kids because of the characters and food options.

The Wave… Of American Flavors is found inside of the Contemporary Resort and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For lunch and dinner vegans can find a vegetarian curry stew that is vegan as is. For non-vegans there is fish, lamb and other meat dishes.

Beauty shot of Tonga Toast
Kona Cafe
Polynesian Village Resort
Kona Cafe is an open restaurant that is located near the monorail station in the Polynesian Village Resort. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu offers french toast, pancakes, steak and eggs and a bunch more. If you are looking for a vegan option you can often get vegan Mickey waffles, and if you’re lucky, you can get a chef to make you a vegan Tonga Toast which is pictured above. If you head to Kona during lunch or dinner you can find a vegan sushi roll and a vegetable noodle stirfry. The other non-vegan options here include sushi rolls, seafood, burgers and Polynesian delicacies.

Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Citricos is a signature dining restaurant that is only open for dinner. The menu features items like grouper, swordfish and steak. Vegans can enjoy a seared tofu dish that comes with ratatouille, lentils and a sun-dried tomato puree. This is a great option for a special occasion.

Narcoossee’s is also a signature dining restaurant that is only open during dinner. There is a seperate vegetarian menu here that can easily be made vegan. The items on the vegetarian menu include seared tofu and pasta. The regular menu has lobster, scallops and steaks. This is also a great option for a special occasion or celebration.

Epcot Resort Area

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop -- image from Disney
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop — image from Disney
Beach Club Resort
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is more then what it sounds like. This restaurant can be found in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Here you can set up a reservation for a full meal or just head to the to-go counter and get a dessert. The menu consists of items that include sandwiches and burgers. There is a falafel sandwich that should be able to be made vegan, but make sure to ask. If you are getting dessert to go there are sundaes and shakes. You can get vegan Tofutti or Rice Dream ice cream here too.

BoardWalk Resort
Trattoria al Forno can be found where Kouzzina once was at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. This Italian restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Here you can find pizza, risotto, and of course pasta. Vegans can find a tofu and vegetable dish as well as some pastas. The staff is similar from Kouzzina which was very accommodating to vegans.

Animal Kingdom Resort Area

Jiko The Cooking Place
Jiko The Cooking Place
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko — The Cooking Place is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is a signature restaurant that is only open during dinner. This is a fantastic restaurant for vegans and non-vegans. Jiko features a full vegan menu upon request that changes with the season. The menu typically features flatbreads, seitan, tofu and more. The normal menu from Jiko includes dishes like seafood, chicken and lamb. This is a great restaurant for a large group to allow vegans to have multiple choices.

Boma — Flavors of Africa is located next to Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This buffet is open for breakfast and dinner. This restaurant is very similar to Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House. The lunch buffet includes the usual eggs, bacon, potatoes. The Chefs here can offer vegan Mickey waffles as well as a tofu scramble at times. The dinner buffet offers African inspired cuisine including couscous, roasted chicken and much more. The chefs at Boma typically create items for vegans.

Sanaa is located in the Kidani Village section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sanaa also features a seperate vegan menu available upon request. This restaurant has more of an Indian inspiration than the other two restaurants here. The non-vegan menu features items like Tandoori Chicken and New York Strip. The vegan menu includes Samosas, Stewed Lentils and Curries. This is a great restaurant for vegans to have lots of choices.

Corey & Melissa

Author: Melissa Kramer

Back in 2014 I created Vegan Disney World after going to Walt Disney World several times and finding no resource for vegan options. Corey and I began this blog from our trips and have now moved closer to the mouse to eat around the parks on a weekly basis. Since the blog started we have cruised on Disney Cruise Line, gone to Tokyo Disneyland and to Disneyland in California!

5 thoughts

  1. Hey, I’ve seen a lot of your posts say that the chef made something special for you guys, I was wondering how they price these items? Thanks xx

    1. They typically price it as what they made it similar to. When I’ve gotten a tofu scramble they price it the same as egg scramble. The feast from trails end with chef TJ is the same price as the buffet.

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