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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Dan’s Memorial Weekend Trip

This week we have a guest post from Dan Bodenstein. Dan Bodenstein lives in South Florida, and has been a vegan since 2009 when he published his second children’s picture book, Steven the Vegan. He frequents the Disney parks annually, and is always on the lookout for interesting vegan options in, and out of the resort area.

It seems like things are always changing at the Walt Disney World resort. Those changes are also reflected in the variety of foods that are offered. This past Memorial Day weekend I travelled to Orlando to meet with my friend and illustrator to work on character development for our next book. We’ve known each other since grade school, and when we get together it’s like we are kids again. What better place to act like a kid than Walt Disney World. We visited two of the Disney parks, as well as Disney Springs on this trip. Thursday night we ventured out to see the new areas recently opened at Disney Springs. Continue reading

Vegan Korma at Sunshine Seasons

This review reflects our experience from October 2015.

If you’re traveling with a wide group of eaters then you should head to Sunshine Seasons in the Land pavilion at Epcot. Sunshine Seasons is a large cafeteria style restaurant that offers several food stations  and pre-made meals, as well as allergy friendly desserts!

New menu at Sunshine Seasons
New menu at Sunshine Seasons

Previously Sunshine Seasons carried a Tamarind Vegan Beef that was made from Gardein® Beefless Tips. Around September of 2015 they changed the vegan item here to Vegan Korma with Gardein® Meatless Chik’n.  Continue reading

Sunshine Seasons Grab and Go

This review reflects our experience in May of 2015.

Typically the grab and go cases throughout Disney World only feature meat sandwiches and fish filled sushi, but that’s not the case at Sunshine Seasons. Sunshine Seasons is located on the ground level of The Land pavilion next to Soarin’ and Living with the Land. This cafeteria style restaurant features several vegan friendly items.

The Land Pavilion - Image from PlanForDisney.com
The Land Pavilion – Image from PlanForDisney.com

When you walk into Sunshine Seasons you will find a whole section of Allergy Friendly sweets which offers cookies and brownies from the brand Enjoy Life. If you check out the cold cases you will find Vegetable Sushi Rolls, Vegetable Wraps and a Vegetarian Entree. Continue reading

Sunshine Seasons, a Vegan’s Paradise

This review reflects our experience in November of 2014.

Being vegan in an omnivore world often means we’re lucky if there is one item at a restaurant for us to eat. Disney World does a great job catering to those with special dietary needs, vegan or not. One of our favorite places to grab lunch while in Disney World is Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion at Epcot. Not only do we have one option to eat here straight off the menu, but we have several grab and go options too.

Asian Menu
Asian Noodles Menu

When you enter The Land pavilion and head down stairs you’ll find Sunshine Seasons. There are large boards at the entrance that showcase the menu items from each station. Sunshine Seasons is set up much like a school cafeteria. Once you decide where you want to get food from you walk up to the chef and make your request. Continue reading