Vegetarian food has really begun to steal the show at the Disney Parks. No longer menu afterthoughts added simply to ensure there’s something for everyone, plant-based, flavor-forward dishes are taking center stage at Disneyland and Walt Disney World and are winning over even the most militant carnivores.
An Oct. 1, 2019, rollout introduced hundreds of plant-based dishes on menus across Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, and we hear there’s even a second wave on the horizon at Disneyland. For now, here are 10 of our favorite vegetarian and vegan dishes to eat right now at Disneyland:
Vegan Bahn Mi
Lucky Fortune Cookery, Disney California Adventure
Things got heated when Lucky Fortune Cookery removed a beloved vegan dish, the Edamame and Asian Rice Bowl with Tofu, from their menu to make way for a new plant-based dish, the Vegan Bahn Mi ($13.99). But, I am here to tell you that this was 100 percent for the best. This is one of the most delicious new plant-based dishes I’ve tried anywhere at the Disney Parks.
The plant-based “meat,” supplied by Southern California-based Before the Butcher, is extremely flavorful, with a sticky, sweet, sour and umami-laden glaze. Served on a soft, fresh roll and topped with crunchy shredded carrots, daikon radish, jalapeños and cilantro, the sandwich is filling and packs some satisfying heat that’s balanced by a cool lemongrass-cucumber salad served on the side.
Ronto-Less Garden Wrap
Ronto Roasters, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland park
Vegetarians whined and Disney quickly listened after no plant-based option was initially offered at Ronto Roasters, the walk-up quick-service spot at Galaxy’s Edge known for its namesake Ronto wrap, a roasted pork and grilled sausage meat explosion that quickly became a fan favorite. Mercifully, a plant-based version was unveiled at Disneyland in October (we’re still patiently waiting for this one to make its way to WDW). We’ve tried it and it’s incredible, and we’ve even heard from more than a few raging carnivores that it’s even better than the meat wrap.
The plant-based sausage is made from seasoned Impossible meat and tastes more like flavorful vegetarian ground beef than sausage. It’s topped with spicy kimchi slaw, tangy pickled cucumber, and a plant-based gochujang spread and served in the same portable pita as the Ronto Wrap, perfect for eating on the go while exploring Batuu.
Three-Cheese Monte Cristo
Café Orleans, Disneyland park
One of Disneyland’s most iconic dishes, the Monte Cristo Sandwich first introduced on Blue Bayou’s original 1967 menu remains a cult favorite today. Vegetarians get their own version at nearby Café Orleans. The Three-Cheese Monte Cristo ($21) is a decadent, ooey-gooey blend of Swiss, mozzarella and double crème brie cheese fried in batter, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with a berry puree.
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Downtown Disney
Founded in San Diego in 1996, Ballast Point Brewing Company serves award-winning craft beers and local, seasonal food at its Downtown Disney outpost, the only onsite brewery at Disneyland. Because nothing goes better with a good craft brew than a great burger, we head here for the Impossible Burger ($18), topped with sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion and remoulade on a soft brioche bun.
Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland park
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, the main quick-service location at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, now offers only one plant-based offering, the Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread ($12.99), on the adult menu. We were sad to see the delicious dinner-only Ithorian Garden Loaf removed from the menu to make way for the Kefta, which began as a lunch-only offering, to be served all day.
Nonetheless, this dish is a definite favorite among vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike. Plant-based meatballs made with a zesty blend of Impossible “meat” and quinoa pack a little bit of heat that’s tempered by cold herb hummus and crisp tomato-cucumber relish, all served with pita bread to scoop up every last delicious bite.
Naples Ristorante e Bar, Downtown Disney
Operated by the Patina Group, who also run Epcot’s excellent Via Napoli at Walt Disney World, Naples Ristorante E Bar serves the real deal — authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas. Vegetarians and purists will want to zero in on the classic Margherita Pizza, perfect in its simplicity, topped with creamy pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese, a bright tomato sauce, and fresh, fragrant basil. For a vegan option, try the Marinara (just ask them to hold the anchovies) — tomato sauce and garlic on a perfectly blistered wood-fired crust.
Off-Menu Veggie Burger
Lamplight Lounge, Pixar Pier, Disney California Adventure
For the ultimate dinner with a view, head to Lamplight Lounge for stunning vistas of Pixar Pier and plenty of Pixar Easter eggs throughout the restaurant. There are a few vegetarian dishes on the menu, like Ratatouille and a Spinach Salad with shitake “bacon,” but this always feels like a burger place to us and we can’t get enough of the veggie burger, which they’re more than happy to make upon request.
Order yours just like the Cheddar Burger comes, with roasted plum tomato, red onion and avocado ranch spread on a toasted Amish bun or customize it to your dietary needs and preferences. Though we’ve been served an Impossible burger here in the past, the most recent vegetarian offering was a Beyond burger — not quite as good as Impossible, but a close second.
Mint Julep Bar, Disneyland park
No trip to Disneyland is complete without one of the park’s most beloved snacks — Mickey-Shaped Beignets. For the perfect breakfast treat or dessert, pick up a paper bag of three ($4.99) or six ($8.49) warm, powdered sugar-dusted, light-as-air New Orleans-style donuts from Mint Julep Bar. Be sure to check out the seasonal varieties, which are updated periodically.
Pro tip: Skip the wait by mobile ordering your beignets.
Tortilla Jo’s, Downtown Disney
A Downtown Disney staple since 2004, Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Tortilla Jo’s serves fresh south-of-the-border fare in a lively, family-friendly space. To start, the Tableside Guacamole is a crowd-pleaser, made — you guessed it — at your table just how you like it with avocadoes, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, serrano chiles, and lime juice and served with fresh chips.
For a hearty plant-based main course, the Vegetarian Burrito, packed with house-made quinoa “meatballs,” black beans, roasted tomatoes, poblano peppers, and red onion, is just the ticket after you’ve worked up an appetite in the parks all day. It comes topped with salsa ranchera, but if you’re cool with dairy, adding cheese and sour cream makes this decadent-yet-healthy veggie dish downright indulgent.
Ithorian Garden Patty Bun
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Disneyland Park
A new kids’ meal offering recently added to the menu at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has become our favorite quick-service meal for kiddos. The Ithorian Garden Patty Bun is a flavorful Impossible burger patty, folded into a pillowy bao bun and served with a tangy sauce and side of roasted carrots and a mandarin. Not just for kids, grown-ups in the mood for a light lunch or snack will love this one too.