Vegan Disney World’s Favorite Dishes of 2016

2016 has come to an end, we want to thank you all for following along with us for another year! As this year comes to an end, it means it’s time for Vegan Disney World’s favorite dishes of 2016. So let’s take a quick trip into our favorite things we ate this year.

First we’ll check into what were Paul and Tara’s favorite items.

Vegetarian Pho and Spring Rolls from Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Inside of Spring Roll
Spring Roll
Vegetarian Pho
Vegetarian Pho

A relatively new item, added to the menu during 2016, both Paul and Tara really loved the many flavors and textures of this dish. The pho was nice and spicy while the crispy spring rolls were complimented with a tangy sauce.

 

Erin McKenna’s Cinnamon Toasty Custom Cake

Special Order Cake
Special Order Cake
Cinnamon Toasty
Cinnamon Toasty

Erin McKenna’s Bakery will deliver to most restaurants and resorts on property. Just call ahead and you can get a cake, or whatever you may like, delivered to make a special dinner even more special! If you don’t have time to call ahead, just stop by the bakery at Disney Springs and take home a bunch of donuts, cookies, cupcakes and more.

 

Pumpkin Cake from the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Cake
Cake Jars
Cake Jars

The Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party was added to Hollywood Studios this year to compliment their new nightime firework show over The Great Movie Ride. When you book your dessert party you need to note your special dietary needs, once you enter the party you will receive your ‘made just for you’ desserts and snacks! The Pumpkin Cake at the party really, well, took the cake.

 

Tofutti Ice Cream, from everywhere

Chocolate Tofutti
Chocolate Tofutti

Who can go wrong with some Tofutti Ice Cream? Almost every restaurant offers both chocolate and vanilla for desserts! Don’t forget to stop by the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in Magic Kingdom to get some before the parade. If you can’t do soy, try the Rice Dream ice cream that is often found everywhere as well.

 

All the vegan food from Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

A Full Table
Vegan Feast at Sanaa

Sanaa used to have a seperate vegan menu, they got rid of this year but that doesn’t mean that the large selection of vegan options left. Some of the items you can get include their coveted Indian-Style Bread Service made with gluten free vegan bread, the Potjie Inspired entree offers several vegan selections that change seasonally, and tofutti ice cream for dessert.

Now let’s check out what were Corey and I’s favorite items this year.

Tater tots from Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Tater Tots and Plantains
Tater Tots and Plantains
Buffet Sampling
Buffet Sampling

Now I’m sure you’re thinking, just the tots? But everything on this buffet and what the chef makes for you is excellent, but the tots are out of this world. They are super crispy and have some special seaoning on them that make them even better.

 

Sundaes from Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Vegan Old Fashioned Sundae
Vegan Old Fashioned Sundae

Beaches and Cream offers tons of various sundaes for those who eat dairy, but they also have Tofutti and Rice Dream available to make delicious dairy free sundaes. Load up on the peanut butter sauce and top it off with Oreos.

 

Crispy Rice Cakes from Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Crispy Rice Cakes
Crispy Rice Cakes

Victoria & Albert’s is a Signature Restaurant that offers both a 7 and 10 course meal. Our meal we had was excellent, but the true highlight of this meal were the Crispy Rice Cakes. These guys were so full of flavor and multiple textures, they were just everything we’ve ever dreamed of and more. If you ever get the chance to do a Victoria & Albert’s meal, make sure you get these!

 

The entire buffet from Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Full plate from the buffet
Full plate from the buffet

Tusker House buffet is an African-Inspired restaurant. This buffet is probably 75% vegan from the salads to the hot food. Some of our favorite items here include the collards, tofu with zucchini, samosas and tabbouleh. Plus you get to hangout with Safari Goofy, which is pretty rad.

 

Everything Chef TJ makes at Trails End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Nachos
Nachos
Crispy Tofu with Grilled Vegetables
Crispy Tofu with Grilled Vegetables
Dessert Tower
Dessert Tower
Corey, Chef TJ, Melissa
Corey, Chef TJ, Melissa

Chef TJ seems to make our list every year because every trip his food just gets better and better! He always starts off with a salad of some sort, a seasonal soup, some nachos with his house made vegan cheese, samosas, an ever changing grilled vegetable, crispy tofu with a mound of vegetables with rice and tower for dessert. Thank you for everything you do, Chef TJ, you are what we look forward to most every trip!

 

Bonus: Vegan Pizza from Blaze Pizza at Disney Springs

Our Pizzas
Our Pizzas

Blaze Pizza gets an honorable mention since they are actually a chain. They recently opened a location in Disney Springs and they are just as good there as they are everywhere else. All of their crusts are vegan and they have Daiya vegan cheese.

Thank you for another year, we’re so thankful for all of our readers! We wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you. Happy New Year!

Corey, Melissa, Paul and Tara

What was your favorite dish in 2016? Leave us a comment!

7 thoughts on “Vegan Disney World’s Favorite Dishes of 2016

  1. Jeff R January 1, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Tucker House remains our favorite restaurant anywhere. So many vegan options. We’ve also been very impressed with Blaze pizza for both price and quality.

  2. Susie Howard January 13, 2017 / 5:37 am

    This vegan is so excited for our next trip, Feb 2017, to celebrate my 60th! My goal is to eat as many of your favorites as possible! We have ADRs at: Jiko, Boma, Tusker House & Brown Derby as well as some other spots too. Thanks for the great advice!

  3. veganvampirebites January 15, 2017 / 1:28 am

    Thanks so much for your reporting! I used to try to knock out some vegan Disney reviews when I lived down there. (We still have yet to write up our last trip from May!) Since we moved out to Seattle 4 years ago (with a small exception of moving to Orlando from feb-may last year), our trips are farther a fewer between, so it’s great to know what’s going on!

  4. workoutwithdi January 16, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Loved your website. So useful when we went for the marathon 2017. Working on my review from our trip last week.

    I will say that:
    Epcot gardein vegan korma was lovely
    Rainforest cafe in animal kingdom do a good vegan burger, ASK for the vegan version of the natural burger (regular contains egg) and on wheat toast as the bun isn’t vegan (dairy).
    Nowhere we asked at seemed to have the vegan gardenburger malibu burger.
    The old port royale at Caribbean beach resort had a vegan cupcake! in two flavors!
    Sanaa was amazing!
    We also did the animal kingdom wild africa trek which featured a tiffin of food dishes from tuskers. All vegan if you book ahead.

    All in all it’s possible to get vegan food, but you’re paying through the nose for not much food/calories. We opted for Amazon Prime Now delivery in our room: bagels, bread, tofurky, PB&J, chips, etc and and ALWAYS travel with Clif Bars!

  5. Jade January 20, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Waiting on the next podcast as we prepare for our first ever vegan Disney/Universal trip! 🙂

  6. DonnaK February 22, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    New Vegan Here. Where can I get the “allergies” binder before my trip?

  7. Renee February 22, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    We just went back to tusker house this February 2017. My vegetarian husband had been looking forward to the vegetable samosas and they were gone. We have eaten there on every trip we have taken in the past 10 years and were very disappointed that they did not have them out the night we were there. I hope this is not a permanent removal.

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