With news of Disneyland rolling out more plant-based food offerings in spring 2020, we thought we’d take a look at the vegetarian and plant-based foods currently in the parks while we eagerly (and hungrily) await the new additions. Whether you're a vegetarian or are simply trying to add more veggies to your life as we Frogs always are, you’ll find many delicious options at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Some of these tasty vegetarian foods are also vegan, and some can be made vegan with some modifications. So if you do not eat dairy or eggs, be sure to take a closer look before ordering. We’ve noted some dishes you can easily modify with an asterisk. Ask at the restaurant about your options, as dishes may change. Things change so quickly at Disneyland! Also, you won’t find all vegetarian and vegan options on the main menu or Mobile Order menu, unfortunately. We "uncover" a few in our secret menu item at Disneyland post, and we bring some to your attention here, too. Always ask for vegetarian items that may be off the menu or ask how the dish can be modified. Disneyland is usually very accommodating when it comes to modifying dishes due to allergies, dietary needs and lifestyle choices.
We always look forward to having any excuse to try new foods, and we like having healthier — but still tasty — choices to keep us healthy and feeling good in the parks. If you are looking for plant-based foods, you can find some when using Mobile Order service in the Disneyland app. The plant-based foods category is marked with a green leaf icon. The plant-based foods contain no animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey. Keep your eye out for more changes to come across Disneyland Resort, and also keep in mind that it is possible for any of these vegetarian foods at Disneyland Resort to change due to availability or permanent menu changes.
The Very Best Vegetarian Food at Disneyland Resort
Here’s a look at the very best vegetarian food at Disneyland Resort by park. Some are wholly plant-based, and some may contain dairy or eggs. Be sure to jump all the way down to find the best vegetarian snacks across both parks. (You’ll be hoppy to know that many favorite Disneyland snacks make the cut!)
The Best Vegetarian Food at Disneyland Park
Soups and Chilis
Do you love soup in a bread bowl as much as I do? Then you have several choices! You can order Vegetarian Gumbo at Royal Street Veranda, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup at Harbour Galley or Corn Chowder at French Market. French Market also has New Orleans Salad* and Vegetable Jambalaya, but you have to ask for the jambalaya, as it is not on the main menu.
Another favorite vegetarian soup meal is the Jolly Holiday Combo at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. It’s a toasted cheese sandwich and tomato basil soup. It's a Frog Family favorite for sure! The Golden Horseshoe has Vegetarian Pepper Jack Chili Mac topped with hearty vegetarian chili.
Sandwiches and Wraps
You can find vegetarian sandwiches such as the Caprese Sandwich at The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. Many restaurants offer a veggie patty in place of a hamburger patty, so be sure to ask. You may not see it on all menus. Hungry Bear makes a plant-based burger. If you order off of the Fantasmic! dining package menu at Hungry Bear, you can choose plant-based skewers. Red Rose Taverne makes a grilled Enchanted Cauliflower Sandwich with fries, and Galactic Grill offers a veggie wrap.
Finding Vegetables and Plant-Based Dishes
We can all use more veggies in our diet. Our Frog Family favorites include the Hummus Trio and Outback Vegetable Skewers at Bengal BBQ. The skewers are vegan but cooked on a shared grill. The hummus trio has crisp veggies and fresh hummus. You can also pick up the hummus trio at Tropical Imports, the produce stand next-door. Throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the produce stands have fresh fruit, vegetables, Hippeas and many other snacks.
We were hopping with excitement to see a new salad added to the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. That location now offers a grilled vegetables and whole-grain (barley and spelt) salad. It's served with a fresh breadstick.
You can find more plant-based meals and treats in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It seems if the plant-based meals with the green leaf in the app landed in Batuu first before spreading across the resort. The plant-based meals contain no animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey. Here are the choices:
- Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread with meatless meatballs, herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish and pita.
- Takodana Veggie Dippers (raw veggies with black bean hummus and edible soil with nuts)
- Garden Patty Bun* the bun has dairy, so order without a bun to veganize it and get extra veggies
- Ronto-less Garden Wrap
- Blue and green milk
- Kat Saka Kettle popcorns
- Most drinks are vegan except for The Outer Rim and T-16 Skyhopper at Oga’s Cantina
You can enjoy the Cauliflower Tacos* with avocado-pasilla crema at Rancho del Zocalo. Just make sure to order no cheese with rice and beans if you do not eat dairy. You can get a vegetarian tostada salad there, as well.
Vegetarian Breakfast Options
We have a whole post on finding breakfast at Disneyland parks. Here are a few vegetarian favorites. Enjoy the Garden Vegetable Hash* at Red Rose Taverne. Pick up a meat-free breakfast chimichanga at the Ship to Shore Marketplace across from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Along those same lines, you can order the breakfast burrito at Galactic Grill with no meat. In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, enjoy the colorful Bright Suns Overnight Oats. If you are vegan, you can request vegan Mickey waffles and a tofu scramble at Plaza Inn. You can also get a vegan Mickey waffle at Carnation Café or get the apple granola pancakes*. For egg eaters, there is a spinach and tomato-egg white frittata.
When sitting down to eat, you can dine on a few meat-free dishes. At Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square, you can get a vegetable pasta or salad. At Cafe Orléans, you can enjoy a three-cheese Monte Cristo. The delicious Pommes frites* have parmesan, so order without if you do not eat dairy. You can also order Vegetable Bolognese. At Carnation Café, try the Chef’s Vegan Burger. It’s house-made! River Belle Terrace sells BBQ tofu with BBQ sauce, baked beans and vegetables. Ask your servers for more options at these restaurants.
Many drinks are vegetarian and vegan, but we are hopping excited that these iconic Disneyland drinks fall in those categories, too:
- Jungle Julep
- Mint Julep
- Blue and green milk
- Hot Chocolate at Starbucks/Market House.
The Best Vegetarian Food at Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure also has a variety of vegetarian foods. Hop along as we explore some options in that park.
Soups, Chilis, Cones and Bread Bowls
Some of our favorite foods at Disney California Adventure come in cones or sourdough bread bowls, so it makes us hoppy that there are meatless subs for these iconic foods. You do not have to miss out on those fun Cozy Cone Motel cones in Cars Land (although if you are vegan, you’ll need to skip the cheese and the bread cone.) They have a vegetarian Chili Cone Queso*, and you can order the Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese cone without the bacon. Pacific Wharf Café sells Broccoli and Cheese soup in a sourdough bread bowl, as well as a favorite secret menu item, Mac ‘n’ Cheese in a bread bowl.
Vegetarian Versions of “Dogs”
If you are looking for a meat-free version of a hot dog or corn dog, you have options! Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog! Try the Plant-Based Philly Dog at Award Wieners. It’s on a toasted bun and topped with mushrooms, grilled onions and peppers with vegan crema. Our only complaint is that if those toppings aren't your fave and you wanted a different wiener instead, you cannot substitute the plant-based wiener for an all-beef wiener in another dish. (At least not when we asked.)
Corn dogs seem to go well with boardwalks and theme parks, at least in my mind. You can get your cheddar cheese, breaded and deep-fried golden brown down near the water at Corn Dog Castle. During some holidays and festivals, you might even find some more cheese options (for example, there was a Spicy Pepper Jack Cheese Stick during Halloween).
Speaking of cheese, you can get vegan cheese pizza at nearby Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (and at Alien Pizza Planet at Disneyland). You’ll have to request it and it may take a little longer to cook. You can also get pasta or salads and can modify them to meet your dietary needs (at both locations).
Tacos, Skewers, Sandwiches and More
In Hollywood Land, hop over to the Studio Catering Co. food truck and Hollywood Lounge for some plant-based tacos. You can customize the nachos* with plant-based protein.
At Cocina Cucmonga at Pacific Wharf, you can choose your protein for bowls and tacos. Potato cake is a choice.
Across from Cocina Cucmonga, Lucky Fortune Cookery revamped its menu, adding a Vegan Bahn Mi sandwich.
Paradise Garden Grill has tofu and vegetable skewers on the regular menu. But this location has seasonal rotating menus that vary for holidays and festivals. The seasonal menus usually have vegetarian dishes on them, so be sure to look for those. During festivals, such as Food & Wine Festival in the spring, the event guide usually makes it easy to locate vegetarian and vegan options at Paradise Garden Grill and throughout the marketplace kiosks.
Table-Service Options at Disney California Adventure
When dining at Carthay Circle, be sure to ask for off-menu items including a veggie tower, a veggie burger at lunch, vegan pasta and sorbet for dessert. In the lounge, you can order Spring Rolls and a Mediterranean Artichoke Hummus.
At Lamplight Lounge, we can shed some light on the vegetarian menu items, as well as secret menu items. Ask your server about them. Modify the nachos to make them vegetarian or vegan. You can order a vegan version of Ratatouille. There is a Vegan Burger, as well as a Spinach Salad with Shitake “bacon.” Order the potato skins* as an appetizer.
The Lamplight Lounge brunch menu has Potato Flautas and Lamplight Chilaquiles. Other dishes, such as the Egg White Frittata Bake and New York Avocado Toast, could easily be modified to be vegetarian.
The Best Vegetarian Snacks at Disneyland Resort
Now, onto a favorite subject of ours — the best Disneyland snacks across the parks! Vegetarian eaters will be hoppy to know that many of our favorite Disneyland snacks are OK to eat. Ribbit, ribbit! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Dole Whip (yes, it’s vegan!)
- Cotton candy
- Mickey pretzel
- Fruit and veggies (and bags of Hippeas) at the produce stands
- Sourdough bread
- Caramel apples
- Ice cream
- Sorbet and strawberry ice pop (also vegan).
- Salt & Straw in Downtown Disney has delicious vegan ice cream flavors. We love the freckled Mint TCHO-colate Chip! Black Tap also has dairy-free ice cream
This is not meant to be a complete list of the best vegetarian food at the Disneyland Resort, but it will certainly give you an idea of where to begin. You can find foods that meet your dietary needs, and hopefully help you to discover other options. Keep in mind that menus and items are always changing. We try to keep up with it, but we have literally hopped into a Disneyland restaurant one day and found the menus to change the very next day! So always ask questions before you order so you know what it is in your food.
If you have any favorite vegetarian foods at Disneyland that we haven't mentioned, please share them in the comments below. And be on the lookout for new items to come in 2020!