We often see similar questions throughout the vegan Disney community. We have answered some of them here.
I have allergies and am looking for specific items to avoid, how can I get that info?
We understand that avoiding certain foods can make dining a bit harder. Given that we are not a gluten free or soy free blog we often don’t ask about these things. However we have a great resource in our friend Sarah from Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW. She has a whole page on her blog with allergy menus all over, you can find that here.
Are Dole Whips vegan?
Yes, as long as you get the pineapple or orange flavor. The vanilla flavor is not vegan. You can find Dole Whips at both Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom and Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort, Pop Century and Disney Springs. Additionally the Pineapple Whip Soft-Serve from Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom is vegan.
Is Disney popcorn vegan?
Yes, all of the Disney ‘buttered’ popcorn fresh from the carts are vegan. They use an artificial dairy free butter flavoring for the popcorn. The Maple-Flavored popcorn from Canada in Epcot and Frontierland in Magic Kingdom is also vegan.
Are pretzels in Disney vegan?
Yes they are, Mickey shaped pretzels found throughout the parks and the salted ones in the Germany pavilion.
Where can I find vegan “ice cream”?
Many locations offer Tofutti and Rice Dream frozen desserts, including: Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in the Magic Kingdom, the Hollywood Scoops in Hollywood Studios, and Beaches and Cream soda shop at The Beach Club Resort, as well as many table service locations. Vegan sorbet can be found at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot and also available at many locations throughout the parks and resorts. Please note when ordering Tofutti/Rice Dream it may take a moment or two longer to be served, as those items are scoops separately (sometimes in the back) to avoid cross-contamination.
Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it as a vegan?
It depends, if you are planning on doing lots of character meals then yes. If you are planning on avoiding buffets and character meals then no. Typically the vegetarian meal on the menu is a few dollars less than the other entrees. Additionally, with the Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining, you get a dessert with a table service meal and most restaurants do not offer vegan desserts so you get stuck with either fruit or Enjoy Life cookies. This Disney Dining Plan Calculator is a great tool to decide if the dining plan is good for you.
Who do I alert of my diet?
If you are at a quick service, tell the cast member who is at the register. From here they will either give you an allergy binder or have a chef come out to help you.
If you are at a table service, let the host know and they will mark it on your reservation card. Once you are seated remind the server and depending on where you are dining a chef will come out to speak to you or there is already a vegan item on the menu.
Do I have to call ahead?
We personally have never called ahead to alert the restaurant of being vegan. When you are making your reservation you can mark allergies if those are your concerns. We do not feel that you need to call ahead as the restaurants on Disney property are typically prepared for visitors with special diets.
Are there any restaurants with completely vegan menus?
Yes! The restaurants that have them have changed over the years, currently we know of vegan and vegetarian menus at Jiko, California Grill, The Wave, Gasparilla Island Grill, Flying Fish, and Narcoossees.
What’s the deal with allergy menus?
During the Spring of 2015, Disneyland and Disney World parks and resorts began rolling out allergy menus at select table and quick service restaurants. The goal of these menus is to make it easier for folks who have common food allergies, such as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten/wheat, milk, egg and fish. Allergy menus can be helpful for vegans in determining if a meal contains milk and/or egg. However, these menus will not list other animal products or bi-products such as honey or gelatin. Guests will always have the option of consulting with a chef, whether they are using an allergy menu or not. If you want to see some menus, check Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW here.
Are all of the veggie burgers vegan?
Previously our answer to this was no, however recently Disney World has changed many of the veggie burgers to actually be Beyond Meat Beyond Burgers which are vegan AND gluten free. Be sure you ask what the patty is when you order, if it is the standard veggie burger it is not vegan and they often have Gardenburger Malibu patties available which are vegan. Always double check the bun when you are ordering, some contain honey.
What happened to Babycakes NYC?
Babycakes NYC has reopened under the name of Erin McKenna’s Bakery. Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is found in the Landing in Disney Springs. You can also find her baked goods at various resorts in the grab and go sections.
Where can I get groceries?
All Disney resorts offer a small store with items like loaves of bread and peanut butter. If you are looking for more check out our post about how to get groceries for your trip here.
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