Julie’s Trip Report From October 2016

This week we have a guest post from Julie. She tells us about her recent trip, October 2016, to Disney World full of new foods for her!

A little while ago, I had the privilege of writing a guest post about my trip to Walt Disney World in July that was sadly cut quite short due to a family emergency. Before we even left the resort, however, my mom and I were already talking about reprising our trip as soon as we possibly could. We’d always wanted to go during October for the Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and so we made the reservations immediately. This was, by far, one of my most wonderful trips to the magical place on earth!
The first thing we did upon arriving on day 1 was get some lunch at Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom. I ordered the chili with the oyster crackers on the side for my non-vegan mom as the crackers are not vegan. The chili is good (and oddly enough has olives in it), but if you’re not much of a snacker and wish to stay full, I would get two. They’re a little small for someone like me with a high metabolism who doesn’t snack much.

Chili from Columbia Harbour House
Chili from Columbia Harbour House
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Breakfast at Kona Cafe

This review reflects our experience from September 2015.

Finding a vegan breakfast in Disney World is pretty easy nowadays, almost everywhere carries the vegan and gluten free Mickey waffles. But we can really only eat waffles every once in a while. So when you’re looking for somewhere else to find vegan breakfast we recommend one of our favorite spots for breakfast, Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Polynesian Resort Lobby
Polynesian Resort Lobby
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Tonga Toast for Breakfast

This review reflects our experience in May of 2015.

One of the most popular breakfast items in all of Disney World is the Tonga Toast from Kona Cafe. Kona Cafe is located just off the monorail in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Being so close to the Magic Kingdom, this is a great place to start your day with a full meal.

Upper Polynesian Lobby
Upper Polynesian Lobby
So what is Tonga Toast? Tonga Toast is a large slice of sourdough bread stuffed with bananas then deep fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Typically the dish comes with a strawberry compote on it but it contains dairy. Additionally, the traditional Tonga Toast is not vegan because it is dipped in an egg wash before frying.
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Vegan Disney World’s Favorite Dishes of 2014

As the year is coming to an end we thought we would share our top 5 favorite meals from Disney World during 2014. There are so many great vegan dishes offered in Disney World so this was hard to pick just 5. So let’s dive right in!

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5. Coral Reef’s Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Vegetarian Chick’n Breast
Crispy Gardein Chick’n Breast over a bed of black rice, gilled vegetables and a tomato vinaigrette. This dish is great for lunch and dinner and will keep you full! If you like crunchy, breaded faux meat with tangy vinaigrette this is the dish for you. Continue reading

Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe

This review reflects our experience in November of 2014.

Many people often forget abut eating in a resort restaurant while in Disney World. Kona Cafe is an often overlooked restaurant in Disney’s Polynesian resort. When most people think breakfast at the Poly they immediately think of the character breakfast at ‘Ohana. But Kona Cafe is not one to be skipped. It is located on the second floor of the Polynesian resort, just inside from the monorail ramp. Kona Cafe is an open wall restaurant so it’s very easy to see when you come inside.

We had heard of a Kona Cafe staple called the Tonga Toast which is why we went. Tonga Toast is french toast coated in cinnamon sugar and stuffed with bananas. Since this is such a popular item in Disney World we had heard of people getting it made vegan, so we were determined to do the same.

Inside Kona Cafe
Inside Kona Cafe
When we arrived we told our server of our vegan diet and requested to speak to a chef. When the chef came out she told us of our options which generically includes the Gluten Free Vegan Mickey Waffles and a fruit plate with a substituted item for banana bread. We mentioned something about a tofu stir-fry we had seen others get but she didn’t recommend it for breakfast, the stir-fry consists of potatoes, tofu, veggies and a gluten free teriyaki sauce (doesn’t sound too appealing for breakfast to me personally). Since she didn’t mention it, we politely asked about the Tonga Toast. She said she didn’t know if they could do it since it typically has an egg wash before being fried. She asked us to wait while she checked in the back to see if she could make it vegan. Continue reading