A note from Mommy Frog: During the Disneyland reopening phases, not all restaurants mentioned in this post have reopened and not all items are available at this time as menus are still limited. (For example, our beloved bread bowls have not returned.) Hop over or our post on what's open at Disneyland and check out menus online or through the Disneyland app before you visit so you can locate the best vegetarian food at Disneyland and even find yummy new plant-based items.
Disneyland has been rolling out more plant-based food offerings, especially with the opening of Avengers Campus, so we thought we’d take a look at the vegetarian and plant-based foods in the parks. Whether you're a vegetarian or are simply trying to add more plant-based foods to your life as we frogs always are, you’ll find many delicious options at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Wen you look at a Disneyland menu board or the digital menu when mobile ordering, look for a plant icon. It indicates the food is a completely plant-based item. That way you know the item is is made with no animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey just the way it is served. For other items, you may need to make substitutions to go completely plant based. You may find other menu items may have no meat but have dairy.
Some of Disneyland tasty vegetarian foods are also vegan, and some can be made vegan with some modifications. So, if you do not eat dairy or eggs, 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! In fact, some of these items may be unavailable during the initial Disneyland reopening phase as menus are more limited. You can look at menus online or in the Disneyland app before you visit to scout out appropriate food items.
Also, you won’t find all vegetarian and plant-based 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. You just need to speak up and ask.
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. As mentioned, the plant-based food category is marked with a green leaf icon. 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. Supply chains have been disrupted due to COVID-19, so not all items are available at this time.
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. 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 toasted cheese sandwich at The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. Many restaurants offer a veggie patty in place of a hamburger patty, so just ask if you can substitute it. 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. Look for the plant-based options on menus.
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 salad with grilled vegetables and whole grains (barley and spelt). It's served with a fresh breadstick.
You can find more plant-based meals and treats in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It seems as 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)
- Ithorian 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 (for the new Toydaria Swirl, order without the mango jelly if you're vegan — it has lactose in it.)
- 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 plant-based Cauliflower Tacos at Rancho del Zocalo. They come with rice and beans. You can ask for a vegetarian tostada salad there, as well.
Vegetarian Breakfast Options
We have a whole post on finding breakfast at Disneyland. 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 (not back yet). Along those same lines, you can order the breakfast burrito at Galactic Grill with no meat (also not back yet). 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. Mickey waffles are also a gluten-free Disneyland favorite for people who do not eat gluten. You can also get a vegan Mickey waffle at Carnation Café or get the apple granola pancakes*. The granola has honey so you can get a side of apple or strawberry topping instead. The toppings are also yummy on top of oatmeal! 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 the Cauliflower Steak and Grits (with a vegan cheese), vegetable pasta or salad. At Cafe Orléans, you can enjoy a three-cheese Monte Cristo. For now, it comes with Pommes Frites, but you cannot order the Pommes Frites by themselves anymore. The delicious Pommes frites* have parmesan, so order without if you do not eat dairy.
At Carnation Café (once it reopens), try the house-made Chef’s Vegan Burger. River Belle Terrace sells BBQ tofu. Ask your servers for more options at these restaurants as menus are always changing.
Many drinks are vegetarian and vegan, but we are hoppin' 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. We are toadally excited about the new plant-based options in Avengers Campus. Hop along as we explore some options in that park.
Plant-Based Items in Avengers Campus
Just read the sign inside Pym Test Kitchen to see that this location is looking to make a great impact with small solutions. It says, "Pym Test Kitchen is significantly shrinking our environmental footprint and water consumption by offering plant-based meat form our partners at Impossible Foods. Small actions on the plate mean big impacts for a healthy planet."
The big plant-based item here is the Impossible Spoonful. It's Rigatoni and ditalini pastas with plant-based meatballs, tomato sauce, dairy-free parmesan cheese and basil. There is a tadpole version as well.
At breakfast, the Impossible Quantum Garden Breakfast consists of a plant-based omelet with Impossible breakfast sausage, potato bites and focaccia toast.
The Shawarma Palace has plant-based options all day. At breakfast, kick-start your day with the Impossible Breakfast Sha-warm-up. It's a pita with plant-based breakfast sausage, egg, dairy-free American cheese and potato bites. It comes with a spiced syrup.
For lunch and dinner, the Impossible Victory Falafel is a pita filled with plant-based falafel and cauliflower, with garlic spread, hummus and coconut yogurt-tahini sauce with pickled vegetables. That plant-based yogurt sauce is everything. Yum!
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 and 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 and 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, Burgers 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 an Impossible Bahn Mi sandwich.
Smokejumper's Grill at Grizzly Peak has an Impossible Burger and Impossible Chili Waffle Fries. That dish has plant-based chili with beans, tomatoes, corn, spicy mayo, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo. Flo's V8 Cafe also has an Impossible burger.
Paradise Garden Grill normally has tofu and vegetable skewers on the regular menu. But this location has also seasonal rotating menus that vary for holidays and festivals. The seasonal menus usually have vegetarian dishes on them, so look out 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, ask your server about any off-menu items including a veggie tower, a veggie burger at lunch, vegan pasta and sorbet for dessert.
At Wine Country Trattoria, look for the Rustic Bruschetta (without cheese) and Spaghetti Aglio Olio.
At Lamplight Lounge, we can shed some light on some of the plant-based menu items — such as the Pastrami-spiced Impossible Burger — 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 or potato skins* as an appetizer.
The Lamplight Lounge brunch menu has Potato Flautas Lamplight Chilaquiles on the brunch menu. Other dishes, such as the Egg White Frittata Bake and New York Avocado Toast, could easily be modified to be vegetarian. Keep in mind that the upstairs Boardwalk Dining and downstairs lounge each have different menus, so choose your dining location wisely.
If you are a Legacy Passholder, you and you guests can enjoy food and drink at Alfresco Tasting Terrace. We tried the cauliflower ceviche, and, well, it was not our favorite. Ask about vegan versions of the sliders. The nonalcoholic A Bug's Drink was refreshing and a fun throwback to Heimlich's Chew Chew Train. I can hear his voice saying, "Ooh, watermelon!"
You can partake in some frozen goodness. Try the Mangonada Smoothie at Schmoozies! or some drinks at Rita's Baja Blenders such as margaritas or sangria.
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, including the floats and some specialty whips!)
- Cotton candy
- Mickey pretzel
- Fruit and veggies (and bags of Hippeas) at the produce stands
- Sourdough bread
- Caramel apples
- Ice cream (Ghirardelli and Salt & Straw have vegan ice cream options)
- 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 2021!