Amusement park food options for vegetarians typically consist of cheese pizza and French fries. If you’re lucky, perhaps there is a bowl of iceberg lettuce with a glob of ranch that could be purchased. For vegans, your choices are usually even more abysmal. Over the years, Disneyland Resort has done well to expand its healthier options and provide a greater selection for vegans and vegetarians. In fact, there are many options that would satisfy even the most carnivorous of your party.
Carnation Café: Disneyland’s renowned restaurant on Main Street has updated its menu in recent months, and there are some great veggie options. Vegetarians, make sure you stop in for breakfast. Carnation Café offers apple-granola pancakes and huevos rancheros (corn tortilla, poached eggs, jack cheese and fire-roasted salsa with avocado-black bean pico de gallo). For Vegans, Carnation Café offers the Chef’s Vegan Burger for dinner and lunch.
Café Orleans: By chance, my favorite meal in all of Disneyland happens to be vegetarian, and it’s found at Café Orleans: the three-cheese Monte Cristo. I’m not even a vegetarian, but I could eat this meal every day of each of our Disneyland vacations if the rest of my family were to let me. Make it even better by ordering it with the pommes frites. For vegans, try the vegetable ragout, but hold the cheese. They also have the Crescent City Salad that is still great even without the meat and cheese.
Blue Bayou: This classic Disneyland restaurant offers both ambience and healthy selections. Veggies and Vegans alike can enjoy the Portobello mushroom and couscous maque choux while watching the boats of Pirates of the Caribbean go by. As always, make a reservation, get there about 15 minutes early, and ask for a waterside table when you check in.
Honorable Mentions: Soups are the specialty at Harbour Galley, and they typically always have a vegetarian option. I personally love grabbing a broccoli cheese soup bread bowl for dinner and then camp out a spot on Rivers of America for Fantasmic while my husband takes our girls on a few rides to keep them occupied. Also, Royal Street Veranda offers a vegan option with their gumbo in a bread bowl.
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Paradise Garden Grill: Veggies and Vegans should head straight over to Paradise Pier next to Goofy’s Sky School for this quick service option. The best choice on the menu is the tofu skewer with Moroccan chili sauce, chimichurri (Vegan), or tzatziki. If you’re hungry, try all three!
Carthay Circle: Arguably the best restaurant inside DCA, the recently added Carthay Circle has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. For vegetarians, they offer a grilled eggplant sandwich with sautéed artichokes, tomatoes, garlic, and melted reserve cheeses on rustic country bread. Another popular choice is the squash ravioli. Vegans often enjoy the vegan pasta or vegan tower featuring seasonal produce that is customized for each guest!
Award Wieners: This popular quick service restaurant offers a vegetarian Portobello mushroom Philly. Kids love the assortment of hot dogs available here, and with this delicious option, you won’t have to make another stop to get yourself something to eat.
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria/ Napolini: This Downtown Disney table service restaurant and its sister quick service counter offer well known Italian vegetarian favorites just as pizza, pasta, and eggplant dishes.
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Napa Rose: Upon first glance at the menu, a lot of vegans and vegetarians discount this restaurant for its lack of options. However, you would be doing yourself an immense disservice if you did the same. Napa Rose is widely touted as one of the best restaurant in all of southern California. You know a restaurant in California would never get such a reputation if it didn’t have delicious healthy options. If you don’t like the vegan or vegetarian options on the menu, speak up! Ask your server if there are any other vegetarian/vegan selections. They will ask you what you have in mind or what you would like. After that, the chef or restaurant manager will come out and specially make you something!
What is your favorite vegetarian dish at Disneyland Resort? Did I leave out your favorite? Let me know! Remember, when you book your vacation with Destinations in Florida, your dining reservations can be made by your travel agent!