Traveling the world as a vegan (or more often a very lactose vegetarian, I do eat eggs a bit, sorry!), is rough. Going to a theme park where the food norm is anything covered in sugar, fried, or in a bun? Downright impossible. So when I flew out to LA to head to the original Disneyland for a day, I was preparing myself for starving the whole day because there was no way there’d be anything I could eat. At least that’s what I thought.
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Eating vegan in Disneyland… not only is it possible, it’s relatively easy! There are options in nearly every part of the park (including California Adventure), and it’s not just nuts and seeds! No, there’s full on meals and desserts and treats and better yet, the cast members (what Disney calls their employees) at Disneyland take allergens and food preferences seriously.
So here is our guide for eating vegan at Disneyland in Anaheim, California! I’ve put a * next to the places I actually ate at :)!
Plaza Inn : Seriously adorable v egan mini Mickey Mouse waffles with hash browns. So sad I missed these, but they’re also available in Animal Kingdom in Disney World! Main Street, USA.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor : Everything here can be made with rice milk or Tofutti! Seriously. Get all the ice cream! Main Street, USA.
Carnation Cafe: Grab the Chef’s vegan burger or the constant standby of a house salad. Main Street, USA.
Tiki Juice Bar: I saw the Dole Whip and sighed because I assumed it was just ice cream… but it’s not! The Dole Whip and Dole Float are completely vegan and non-dairy. And now I am forever sad that I didn’t get it (though rumor has it they have it at Disney World as well *__*). Make sure to check out the fruit stand next door for free pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries! Adventureland.
Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante: All of the vegetarian items can be made vegan except the enchiladas. Frontierland.
River Belle Terrace*: Treat yourself to the cobb salad with BBQ tofu! This was actually insanely delicious as well as enormous! All of their salads have the option of adding BBQ tofu to them, but the cobb salad is your best choice for a vegan meal. Ask for oil and vinegar or apple vinegar for your dressing instead of the buttermilk ranch and dig in! This kept me full most of the day, it was so so good. Frontierland.
Cafe Orleans: Hold the cheese on the N’awlins Vegetable Ragout and it’s good to go. New Orleans Square.
French Market: Try the N’awlins Salad and the Vegetable Jambalaya! New Orleans Square.
Royal Street Veranda : Vegetarian (and vegan) gumbo is served in a sourdough bread bowl. New Orleans Square.
Blue Bayou Restaurant: Satisfy any texture cravings (or is that just me?) and grab a portobello mushroom and couscous macque choux. New Orleans Square.
There’s not as many options here as California Adventure is definitely more old school Americana boardwalk in style, but what options there are come with flavor bombs!
Paradise Garden Grill on Paradise Pier: Delicious vegan food on the go! Grab the mediterranean skewers with vegetables and tofu. You’ll have a choice between the Moroccan chili and chimichurri sauce. Paradise Pier.
Lucky Fortune Cookie*: We stopped here for dinner and I was really surprised! The Asian rice bowl with tofu is delicious and the tofu is grilled with cayenne, not fried! You can ask about the sauces, as they can be made vegan. Really nice, I was impressed.
Carthay Circle Restaurant: You’ve got two salads to pick from: the Carthay autumn salad or the warm roasted beet salad. Buena Vista Street.
Also, fun fact! All the pretzels in Disneyland are vegan!
This is by no means a full comprehensive list, just our choices based on what we ate and saw! Check out Disney’s full list of vegetarian and vegan options [HERE].