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Guide to Plant-Based Dining at Disney World

by Mommy Frog on August 8, 2023
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Plant-Based Dining at Disney World - PinterestDisney World has long accommodated the needs of diners and offered vegetarian and vegan alternatives for many meals. In 2019, it began rolling out more plant-based foods to please even more palettes. Many of the offerings take advantage of exotic and flavorful ingredients and add a dash of Disney magic to serve them up a whole new way. The plant-based menu added some 400 frogtastic options, and some of Disney’s top chefs even created new entrees built around robust and fresh plant-based foods. This new focus means that many theme park and hotel restaurants are offering vegetarian entrees that go way beyond simply removing the meat from an existing menu.

It has never been easier to find a frogtastic veggie based meal at the Disney theme parks. There are often brochures at every park, or you can easily access the plant-based dining guide online. Look for the plant symbol on menus to find some of the latest delicious offerings. The new approach to plant-based dining at Disney World means you have more choices and more healthy options than ever before.

In this post, we're highlighting the plant-based options at Disney World for each park plus offering tips for vegan and vegetarian dining — so you can plan ahead for your trip!

Disney World Vegetarian and Vegan Dining Tips

Plant-Based Dining at Disney World - Cashew Cheesecake

While the plant-based dining program and leaf symbols are helpful for vegan and vegetarian travelers, there are still some choices that can be confusing or unclear. Some of our frogtastic traveling companions shared this lineup of tips for plant-based dining at Disney World. Use these food-savvy ideas as you choose places to dine and as you make your dining reservations for your trip:

  • Provide information for the chef. Let any table-service restaurant know about your needs in advance if it does not have a vegetarian offering on the menu. In many cases, a popular meal can be made vegetarian by substituting proteins or with slight modifications. Add a note to your reservation or contact the restaurant a few days in advance and it will have the chance to better accommodate your needs. This approach is ideal for families with mostly omnivores and carnivores to enjoy all the amazing Disney World restaurants, without leaving the sole vegetarian with a boring meal at each location.
  • Check beverage labels and ingredients if you are vegan. While almost all Disney World beverages are vegetarian, they are not all vegan. Chicken and beef broths are plainly labeled, but creamy beverages both hot and cold can contain milk, cream or even butter, so check the labels if you are not consuming dairy.
  • Don’t overlook popular coffee spots. Conveniently located shops like Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom serve up pastries, ice cream and other treats throughout the day and are entirely meat free. As of 2020, Disney World confirms that funnel cakes served in the theme parks are vegetarian fare, meaning they are not cooked in animal fats.
  • View buffet menus in advance. Buffets, including character meals, may offer your group the greatest amount of variety in a single setting. While meals are labeled with a descriptive name, you can also ask any cast member or host about ingredients. Check menus in advance if you are unsure. Character meals are expensive, and if there are not enough options for vegetarians, you’ll spend a lot of money for a few vegetable based side dishes.
  • Let your server know your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask about ingredients for unlabeled items. Creamy soups and sauces are on the menu at many table-service and signature dining locations, and despite the “cream” base, may also contain chicken broth or beef broth. Your server can confirm the actual ingredients for you. Some locations now offer an entirely separate menu for vegetarian dining, so ask about your options when you dine.
  • Watch for animal fats. Hidden ingredients may lurk in pastries, baked goods and crusts. In some cases, the flakiest crusts come from the use of lard or animal fats, so be sure to ask before buying if you are concerned.
  • Ask if you're worried about cross contamination. One of the most frogtastic places for veggie dining in Epcot is Teppan Edo, but if you are traveling with or seated with omnivores, then be aware that meat, chicken and shellfish may be prepared on the same grill as your food. Let the restaurant know in advance if your party is entirely vegetarian and it can accommodate you. Otherwise your plant dining group could end up sharing the grill with meat loving carnivores. Virtually all other dining locations maintain kitchen space for vegetarian meal preparation.
  • Consider grown-up meals or sides for kids. Kids meals offer few vegetarian choices beyond macaroni and cheese. For a wider variety, you can order from the adult’s menu or order a preferred vegetarian side for child vegetarians. If your little tadpole is a vegetarian, they may still prefer to order a la carte from the main menu over a kid’s meal.

Our Top Picks for Plant-Based Dining at Each Disney World Theme Park

Here are some great options for plant-based dining at Disney World, separated by park. Offerings can vary — be sure to look up the most up-to-date menus via the My Disney Experience app.

Plant-Based Dining in Magic Kingdom

You’ll find everything from full-service meals to fast food and on-the-go snacks designed to delight the vegetarian members of your group when you visit Magic Kingdom.

Plant-Based Dining Options at Quick-Service Restaurants in Magic Kingdom

  • Aloha Isle — Dole Whip
  • Casey's Corner — Plant-Based Slaw Dog
  • Columbia Harbor House — Plant-Based Crab Cake Sandwich
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe — Patty Melt
  • The Friar's Nook — Plant-Based Brat and Tots
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe — Vegetable Rice Bowl; Various sides such as Guacamole, Chips and Salsa, Yellow Rice and Black Beans
  • Pinocchio Village Haus — Plant-Based “Cheese” Pizza
  • Sunshine Treats Terrace — Dole Whip

Plant-Based Dining Options at Table-Service Restaurants in Magic Kingdom

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant — Potato-Leek Soup, Vadouvan Spiced Vegetables, Vanilla Cake with Lemon Curd
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table — Royal Avocado Toast (breakfast); Soup of the Day, Parisian Gnocchi, Coffee Pots de Crème
  • The Crystal PalaceBreakfast: Plant-Based Mickey-Shaped Waffles, Eggs Florentine, Citrus Cake, Soy Frozen Dessert, Fresh Fruits, Assorted Cereals, Harvest Grains Salad, Oatmeal, Keralan Tofu Curry; Lunch/Dinner: Dinner Rolls, Soy Frozen Dessert, Assorted Salads, Citrus Cake, Roasted Vegetables, Vegetable Chana Masala, Basmati Rice
  • The Diamond Horseshoe — Diamond Horseshoe Salad, Impossible Meatloaf, Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake
  • Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen — Falls Family Falafel (Pictured), Curried Vegetable Crew Stew, Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight
  • Liberty Tree Tavern — Declaration Salad, Impossible Meatloaf, Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake
  • The Plaza Restaurant — Chili, Chili-Impossible Burger, Dark Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding with Soy Milk Frozen Dessert
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant — Garden Salad, Spaghetti and Impossible Meatballs, Italian Strawberry Shortcake

Plant-Based Dining at Epcot

Plant-Based Dining at Disney World — California Harvest Burger from Connections Eatery

Epcot’s abundance of countries and cuisines leads to a lot of food choices for vegetarian travelers. If you happen to visit during the many festivals, you’ll find even more to choose from. Do double-check food preparation techniques and sauces in some locations as some seemingly vegetarian options are cooked in or prepared with chicken broth.

Plant-Based Dining Options at Quick-Service Restaurants in EPCOT

  • Connections Eatery — California Harvest Burger (pictured), Nicoise-style Salad, Mango-Coconut Milkshake
  • Sunshine Seasons — Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich, Plant-Based Cookies ‘n "Cream" Chocolate Mousse Cup, Vegetables and Hummus, Vegetable Korma with White Rice
  • Kaki-Gori Cart in Japan — Delightfully cold and not overly sweet, this shaved ice cart is perfect for a frogtastic snack on a hot summer day. We love that there is not an animal product in sight, and there are three tasty vegan options to choose from.

Plant-Based Dining Options at Table-Service Restaurants in EPCOT

  • Akershus Royal Banquet HallBreakfast: Nordic Berry Compote, Plant-Based Applecake, Plant-Based Waffles, Plant-Based Egg Scramble, Home Fry Potatoes, Plant-Based Sausage; Lunch/Dinner: Field Greens, Plant-Based Bread, Green Beans, Red Cabbage, Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes, Plant-Based Bratwurst, Plant-Based Gelato
  • Biergarten Restaurant — Beet Salad, Tomato Salad, Sauerkraut, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans, Plant-Based Bratwurst
  • Coral Reef Restaurant — Reef Salad (Seasonal Mixed Greens and Pickled Vegetables with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Walnut Praline), Mushroom Ravioli (Roasted Mushroom Ravioli with Scallion, Blistered Tomatoes and Tomato-Lavender Broth), Baileys Almande and Jack Daniel’s Mousse
  • Garden Grill RestaurantBreakfast: Seasonal Fruit, Home Fries, Allergy-Friendly Waffles; Lunch/Dinner: Garden Salad, Veggie Loaf, Rice Pilaf, Garden-Fresh Vegetables, House-Made Berry Shortcake
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse — Plant-Based House-Made Chorizo Meatballs, Fried Cauliflower, Canadian Tourtière Pie, Maple Whiskey-Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Carrot Cake
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse — BBQ Jackfruit Burger, Creamy Coleslaw, House-Made Pickles, Seasoned French Fries, Fresh Watermelon Cup
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room — Coronation Salad, Savory Impossible Hot Pot, Plant-Based Gelato
  • Spice Road Table Lounge — Dolmas, House-Made Hummus Fries, Pomegranate-Chili Crispy Cauliflower, Tagine

Plant-Based Dining in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Vegetarian Dishes at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be the most challenging park for vegetarians. This is in part because of the lack of table-service restaurants (the Brown Derby is a signature restaurant but has few vegetarian options). Try a buffet or quick service meal here, and don’t overlook snacks — this park is packed with tasty vegetarian friendly snacks, from caramel apples to popcorn and pastries.

Plant-Based Dining Options at Quick-Service Restaurants in Hollywood Studios

  • Anaheim Produce — Various snacks such as fresh fruit, pretzels and more
  • ABC Commissary — California Burger
  • Backlot Express — Teriyaki Tofu Bowl
  • Docking Bay 7 — Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread (Pictured — plus a froggy favorite!)
  • Fairfax Fare — Soba Noodle Salad Bowl
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle — A range of popcorn and grain-based snacks
  • Milk Stand — Blue or Green Milk
  • PizzeRizzo — Spicy Italian "Sausage" Sub
  • Rosie's All-American Cafe — Plant-Based Lobster Roll
  • Woody's Lunch Box — Plant-Based “Totchos”, Toasted “Cheddar” Sandwich

Plant-Based Dining Options at Table-Service Restaurants in Hollywood Studios

  • 50's Prime Time Cafe — Cousin Amy’s Iceberg Lettuce Wedge, Cousin Harold’s Vegetable Garden, Traditional Warm Apple Crisp
  • Hollywood & VineBreakfast: Plant-Based Egg Frittata; Lunch/Dinner: Plant-Based Chopped Salad, Plant-Based Asparagus and Summer Truffle Risotto, Plant-Based Spiced Cherry Cake
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby — Corn Bisque, Shepherd’s Pie, Chocolate-Coconut Cake
  • Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano — Minestrone Soup, Polenta Cake, Mushroom and Herbed Cauliflower, Lemon Sorbet
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ — Wheezy’s Watermelon Salad, Rootin’ Tootin Tomato Salad, Combat Carloflower with Harissa Drizzle and Walnut Gremolata, Scrumptious Bratwurst, Rip Roarin’ Rib Chop, Buckin’ Baked Beans, The Claw! Veggie Slaw, Campfire-Roasted Vegetables, Gruff’s Peach-Strawberry Pie
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant — Flying Saucer Impossible Burger, Cookie Shake, Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Cashew Cheese

Plant-Based Dining in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Plant-Based Tofu Bowl at Satuli Canteen

It’s not surprising that this animal-focused, conservation-friendly theme park is also a vegetarian’s dream come true! You’ll find abundant options here, many of which are designed to be meat-free from the start. Packed with savory ingredients, intriguing grains and exotic vegetables, this is the park to visit if you want a toadally amazing vegetarian meal at Disney World.

Plant-Based Dining Options at Quick-Service Restaurants in Animal Kingdom

  • Flame Tree Barbecue — Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich
  • Harambe Market — Hot Link Bowl (planet-based 'sausage", cilantro rice, mixed greens and salsa)
  • Pizzafari — Greens and Grains Salad
  • Restaurantosaurus — Impossible Spicy Southwestern Burger
  • Satu'li Canteen — Create Your Own Bowl with choices including: Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu, Rice and Black Beans, Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Hash, Hearty Salad, Charred Onion Vinaigrette (Pictured)

Plant-Based Dining Options at Table-Service Restaurants in Animal Kingdom

  • Tiffins Restaurant — Szechuan Noodles, Taco, Tropical Trifle
  • Tusker House RestaurantBreakfast: Fruit Salad with Ginger Syrup, Breakfast Potatoes, Fruit, Feisty Green Beans, Impossible Bobotie with Chakalaka, Jasmine Rice, Carrot Chickpea Salad; Lunch/Dinner: House-Made Hummus, Jollof Rice with Plant-Based Sausage, Roasted Root Vegetables, Black-Eyed Pea Salad, Cauliflower Bunny Chow, Feisty Green Beans, Jasmine Rice, Carrot Chickpea Salad, Kachumbari, North African Harira Soup, Braised Collard Greens, Quinoa Chickpea Salad, Fruit Salad
  • BONUS at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! - Boma – Flavors of Africa — Possibly the best vegetarian buffet options in any Disney World theme park await at Boma. Many entrees are grain based, and quirky, flavorful salads and soups are staples of this exotic menu. Don’t miss the Watermelon Rind Salad, Plantain Crisps and Carrot-Ginger soup — they are some of the best veggie picks in the park.

We’d love to know your favorite vegetarian meal or snack at Disney World. Share it — or any questions about plant-based dining at Disney World — in comments below!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney World’s Advance Dining Reservation System

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Feb 4, 2024 at 1:04 p.m.
Jim Coleman Says...

Once again Disney bound, looking forward to a great time and Food!! Thanks

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Feb 5, 2024 at 8:43 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Have a frogtastic time, Jim!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 15, 2023 at 7:05 p.m.
Jim Coleman Says...

Hello, we are going to Disney again this coming April of 2024 was just wondering if any new plant food places to eat?

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Jul 18, 2023 at 4:05 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

We're not sure when you last visited, but Disney does like to update its menus every so often — you can see a list of plant-based items here or just keep an eye on the green leaf icon on menus! One new option that comes to mind is Roundup Rodeo BBQ. It is a new restaurant in Hollywood Studios, but despite serving up BBQ, it does offer an entire plant-based platter. You'll also be visiting when EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival takes place, and that festival in particular is known for its plant-based options!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2021 at 2:32 p.m.
James Coleman Says...

Good Morning, can I get a plant base/ green leaf pamphlet online before we go down to Disney in May?? Thanks, Jim

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Mar 18, 2021 at 10:34 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

You sure can! Disney has a park-by-park overview of plant-based options here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 21, 2021 at 11:44 a.m.
Jim Says...

This was very helpful finding plan base foods, Thanks, Jim

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