We’re often asked what is the best resort for vegans, and over the years we have started to mention Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa more and more. It seems that every restaurant here has a great vegan option, or even a vegan menu! The only exception here may be 1900 Park Fare, which we have yet to do as vegans. The Grand Floridian has six table service restaurants and two quick service locations.
Located on the monorail line, Disney’s Grand Floridian is hard to miss. Between it’s enormous size and it’s architectural beauty, this resort is a great one to just visit and walk around. Easily accessed from Magic Kingdom by boat or monorail, it makes a great location to enjoy a meal outside of the park.
If you take the boat from Magic Kingdom you disembark on the side of the resort where Gasparilla Island Grill is located. This quick service location is great for vegans as it has a whole vegan menu! The menu is offered all day as it includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
During our week visiting the park we ate here twice, it was just so easy and the food was great. Ordering with the vegan menu was really convenient. After entering the restaurant we asked a cast member about a vegan menu, she had one ready to go right in front of her and we just ordered off of that. During our trip we tried the Tomato Basil Pizza, Chicken Sandwich and Vegan Burger. We did ask what the difference was between the vegan burger and the vegetable burger, the vegan burger is a Gardein Beefless Burger, while the vegetable burger is a Malibu Gardenburger. Also the first time we tried to order a Tofutti Ice Cream Bar, the chef had no idea what it was and went to look for it, only to return and tell us they didn’t have any.
The pizza was so good, in fact I would say it was my favorite pizza I’ve had from Disney. It was super oily from the basil (really it was more of a pesto). It was loaded up with tomatoes and just the right amount of Daiya mozzarella cheese.
The Chicken sandwich was just okay. It came topped with Daiya mozzarella as well, and a raspberry mustard. We wished it had more of the mustard as it was pretty dry and bland.
The burger was pretty good. It was cooked well and the cheese was actually melted. The fries here were good, but they get cold quickly.
On top of having a full vegan menu, Gasparilla Island Grill also has tons of grab and go foods and the largest selection of fresh fruit we’ve ever seen at a resort quick service location.
We have yet to make it back over there to try breakfast, but we highly recommend making a stop here for a meal. The boat ride is quick and direct, if you take it back you will have to stop at the Polynesian before retuning to the Magic Kingdom. If you take the monorail back as Magic Kingdom is the first stop, making it a faster choice.
This review is from October 2017.
Want more reviews from the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa?
Grand Floridian Cafe
Victoria and Albert’s
Citricos – Menu has changed since this review