Plant-based food is really having a moment right now, and this Disney-loving vegetarian is here for it. Gone are the days when a Walt Disney World vacation meant vegans and vegetarians were forced to subsist only on Mickey pretzels and French fries.
Thanks to an Oct. 1, 2019 rollout of hundreds of plant-based dishes on menus across Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, from casual quick-service spots to the resort’s finest restaurants, those looking to skip the meat are now spoilt for choice.
Here are 10 of the best plant-based dishes at Walt Disney World:
Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, the main quick-service location at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, serves up some of the best fast fare at Walt Disney World. The menu’s main plant-based offering, the Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread ($12.99), is a 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.
Nomad Lounge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
If you haven’t stumbled upon this somewhat hidden gem yet, run, don’t walk to Nomad Lounge. At this casual indoor/outdoor offshoot of Tiffins, guests can lounge on comfy couches and wicker chairs on a covered outdoor wraparound terrace or indoors in a cozy, laid-back circular space.
Travel log-themed menus invite guests to “share stories about travel and adventure” while enjoying inventive hand-crafted cocktails and small plates. Vegetarian highlights include the same bread service served just across the way at Tiffins and the delicious Impossible Sliders ($15), topped with Chipotle Aioli and crunchy slaw, and served with thick-cut Yucca Fries.
Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl
Satu’li Canteen, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
When Satu’li Canteen opened at Pandora – The World of Avatar, the quick-service restaurant ushered in a new era in Disney theme park food that’s fresh, healthy and inventive. The main event is the design-your-own bowl: choose your base, protein, and sauce.
Vegans and vegetarians will be hard-pressed to find a more delicious dish anywhere on property than the Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl ($12.49). Crispy, slightly spicy tofu is paired with a crunchy vegetable slaw on top of your choice of rice and beans, a hearty salad, noodles, or red and sweet potato hash and one of three sauces (we love the creamy herb dressing!).
Grilled Vegetable Skewer
Primo Piatto, Disney’s Riviera Resort
Guests are raving about the food at Disney’s newest accommodation, Disney’s Riviera Resort. Primo Piatto, the resort’s quick-service location, serves up handmade pasta, hearth-baked pizza, fresh salad and more. The menu features a plethora of great options for vegetarians and vegans, like the Grilled Vegetable Skewer ($12.99), a vegan kebab of grilled eggplant, red onion and portobello mushroom atop a cucumber and tomato bulgur salad, warm pita, and cucumber yogurt sauce. If you’re looking for a great vegetarian option for children, the kids’ linguini with tomato sauce was a big hit with my 6-year-old.
Pro tip: You can also order both of these dishes as table service next door at the upscale pool bar, Bar Riva.
Grand Floridian Café, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
For a bang-for-your-buck table-service option just minutes from Magic Kingdom, hop a boat over to Grand Floridian Café. At lunchtime, you can get breakfast dishes like pancakes, Mickey waffles or eggs benedict, or lunch fare like a caesar salad or miso-glazed salmon. Vegetarians should look no further than the best Impossible burger we’ve found on property ($16). A juicy, perfectly cooked Impossible patty is topped with caramelized onions and plant-based smoked gouda. This meal was so good we returned a second time on a recent eight-day trip.
Steamed Asian Dumplings
Le Cellier Steakhouse, Epcot
It might be of Walt Disney World’s most popular steakhouses, but it’s not just for meat-eaters. At this wine cellar-themed space in Epcot’s Canada pavilion, vegetarians can start the meal off with the cult-favorite pretzel bread and a Farmhouse Salad before digging into the Steamed Asian Dumplings ($33) — plant-based meat dumplings in a fragrant, umami-laden Asian broth filled with bok choy, Chinese long beans, red peppers and radishes, and topped with crispy, airy rice “noodles.”
Pro tip: Reservations are a must here.
Plant-based Signature Skillet
Whispering Canyon Café, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Skillets are the name of the game at Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and historically, they’ve packed a whole lot of meat, delivered “all you care to enjoy” with a side of sass from the restaurant’s spunky servers.
Now, vegans can load up on more plant-based protein than you’ve ever seen on a single plate with the Plant-Based Signature Skillet ($34), a smorgasbord of maple-chipotle barbecued jackfruit, spicy “sausage,” mustard-glazed beefless tips, and herb-brushed “trick’n chick’n,” plus roasted potatoes, oven-roasted carrots, sautéed green beans and charred peppers. It’s also served with vegan coleslaw and a delicious vegan cornbread and butter.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Cult favorite Beaches & Cream Soda Shop just reopened on Dec. 26 after a temporary closure for a much-needed expansion resulting in a bigger, brighter space that keeps the spirit of the original but adds some more modern touches. Vegetarians get their own version of classic diner fare with the Plant-Based Burger ($17), a grilled Beyond patty with plant-based mayonnaise topped with caramelized balsamic-onion jam on a house-baked multigrain bun.
Loaded Slaw Dog
Casey’s Corner, Magic Kingdom
The ultimate hot dog stand, Casey’s Corner, located at the top of Main Street just off Magic Kingdom’s hub, has been a quick-service favorite since it opened in 1995. The baseball-themed spot now features two vegetarian dogs, the Loaded Slaw Dog ($11.49), a plant-based sausage topped with pickled slaw, barbecue vegan Aioli, and roasted corn relish; and the Sausage dog, a plant-based sausage in a potato bun.
Pro tip: You can substitute a plant-based dog for any of the regular-sized specialty dogs on the menu as well.
Peka Pasta Rings Youngling Meal
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
For a protein-packed plant-based meal for the kiddos, we can’t get enough of the Peka Pasta Rings Youngling Meal ($8.99) at Docking Bay 7 at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Bite-sized, al dente pasta is topped with an Impossible meat marinara sauce. Devoted carnivores won’t believe this isn’t real meat and we love that vegetarian kids get a dedicated dish that’s not PB&J. My only complaint? That there’s not a larger adult version on the menu!