Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vegan in Disneyland

I have been researching this for almost a YEAR! After seeing the SAME videos, blogs, IG accounts, etc that basically said bring your own food if you're a vegan in Disneyland, hit up the fruit cart, and enjoy a Dole Whip...I knew something had to be done!

My favorite book to travel with...The Energy Bus

Come on...Most people know by now Dole Whip is Vegan....but bringing your own food into Disney is NOT part of the experience!

I am a huge Disney nerd if that's not apparent already. I LOVE the food there, always have, and splurge whenever I do take a vaca to Disneyland in Cali.

Calories don't count in Disneyland, so I thought I would breakdown my TOP fave foods that are not so boring, and give you other options I didn't get a chance to try. Locations, tips, and all the foods will be shared! I had a park hopper, so this includes both Disneyland AND California Adventure :)

Off to our Happy Place! <3

SO, if you are a struggling vegan, or just want some veg options for friends/family next time you have a magical adventure in Disneyland, please share this blog so I can help spread the Disney Vegan Awareness! <3

Let's dive in...My Top 5 FAVE Disney Eats (in no particular order):

1. Veggie Chili Cone:

Location--Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land, Disney California Adventure

Let's talk flavor! When you go up to Cone 3, this will not be on the menu, but ask for the veggie chili! It's in a bread cone (kind of like pizza dough), and full of veggies! Lentils, carrots, and tomatoes are just a few! It tastes healthy, and is topped with Fritos for added crunch--perfect for a snack or light meal in between rides :)

I personally thought it was delicious, and an awesome option to eat in a long line, specifically in Cars Land (quick tip: always go in the single riders line...so much faster)!

2. Vegan Gumbo:

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Location: Royal St. Verdana (New Orleans Square), Right Above Pirates of the Caribbean

I apologize for the bad quality of this picture, but we ended up going here at night because of how few tables there are to sit at! But you can take this anywhere--sit on one of the stairs, try to grab a table, or go at night so there's not many people there! On the menu, it will say Vegetarian Gumbo, but it is vegan, along with the delicious bread bowl!

The bread totally makes this because the gumbo is not super thick, but delicious nonetheless! It has a little kick to it, and I'd say this would make a perfect late dinner. For Disney food, it was relatively cheap at $10.

3. Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberry Sorbet Bar

Location: Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream 
California Adventure, next door to Starbucks

Let's talk DESSERT! Disneyland is known for its amazing, over the top sugary treats, but as a vegan, we don't get to experience as much of it. Of course, Dole Whip is always a go-to if you're just visiting Disneyland, BUT check out this beauty!

Ask for the raspberry sorbet bar dipped in dark chocolate, and add dark chocolate chips! It tasted EXACTLY like a raspberry truffle from See's Candy. Like SPOT ON! This was definitely worth the sugar rush, and made me so happy that there were more options for sweets! I honestly would rather splurge on carbs, so I didn't make a huge effort to find sweets, but I highly recommend making this stop!

4. BBQ Veggie Kabob

Location: Bengal BBQ in Adventureland
Right Across from Indiana Jones and the Jungle Cruise

When you think "BBQ," vegan doesn't usually come to mind, but I've been hearing about this veggie skewer and had to give it a chance! Order the "Outback Vegetable Skewer," and you'll be pleasantly surprised! This a great snack but try to get there early--it's tough to eat this without having a place to put your plate!

I know it sounds boring...but it's seriously good!!

5. BBQ Tofu

Location: Riber Belle Terrace, Frontierland
Across from Pirates of the Caribbean

When I was exploring menus for where to eat at lunch, I saw this on this menu and my jaw dropped. Tofu?! In Disneyland?! YAS! Right when this restaurant opened, we only waited about 5 minutes (get there RIGHT at 11!). They even ask if you have allergies, so I said dairy and they gave me a separate menu. If you have gluten allergies, Disneyland is super allergy-friendly.

This comes fried or baked, and with baked beans but they have meat in them. So, the coleslaw is vinegar based and vegan, along with the tots. This was one of my absolute FAVE meals, but it was pretty pricy at about $20...still so worth it.

There you have it! My Top 5 vegan meals/treats/snacks in both Disneyland and California Adventure! I'll lay out more below, but isn't it amazing what research can do?! I was so pleasantly surprised by how many vegan options there were :)

Honorable Mentions:

Mickey Pretzel:

You can get these basically everywhere in Disneyland, and they taste like your basic pretzel. I added mustard to mine and this was a delicious, salty snack! :)

Vegan Burger:
Location: Carnation Cafe
I ate it too fast to take a picture, but this was an excellent, filling meal! At Carnation Cafe, be SURE to make reservations or your wait will be insanely long. I love that they call it "vegan burger," because so many veggie burgers are actually NOT vegan. Always check :)

Location: ALL over Disneyland!
I had no idea when I was there, but this salty goodness is actually vegan and perfect to munch on in lines...but get those fast passes ;)

Portobello Mushroom and Louisiana Popcorn Rice

Location: Blue Bayou Restaurant, New Orleans Square
I've been wanting to go here forever, but as a picky vegan who is not a huge fan of mushrooms, we opted out. However, if you like romantic restaurants that are $30 a plate, lemme know how this is ;)

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland
Almost all Mexican food can be made vegan--this is my fave food! Tacos, burritos, chips, salsa, guacamole, beans rice, just ask!

Pickles ;)
Location: ALL over both parks

Asian Rice Bowl--Tofu
Location: Lucky Fortune Cookery, California Adventure, Pacific Wharf
I had just eaten when I passed this place, but definitely check out the tofu bowl and edamame!

**At almost all the quick restaurants in Disneyland and California Adventure (Pizza Port, Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, etc) you can get Pasta with marinara, Pizza without Cheese, and veganize a salad...but why do that when there are so many amazing options?!

Downtown Disney:

I honestly don't recommend going to Downtown Disney unless you just want to walk around, shop, or you have Starbucks giftcards and want to buy wine with them...yes you can do that at the Starbucks there! It's what I did ;)

Rainforest Cafe has two burger options: vegan burger and a portobello wrap, along with sides.

Tortilla Jo's has a lot on their menu you can also veganize...burritos for the win!

Other than those two, and maybe an Italian restaurant for pasta...I wouldn't venture far. The parks are magical and you can always fill up on yummy vegan snacks!

And that's it, folks! ;) If you enjoyed this blog, please pass it along! I know so many vegans who struggle with finding awesome food when they travel, so it's my mission to always find or create delicious options wherever I go! Disneyland during Christmas time happened to be full of amazing vegan options, beautiful decorations, and so much magic :)

As a token of my appreciation for sharing this, send me an email if you'd like a *free* 7 day vegetarian/vegan friendly meal plan! :)

Have a magical time in Disney, my vegan friends!


Email: LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com

Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate

This is the face of a girl who found vegan marshmallows at Whole Foods and had to find a hot chocolate recipe to go with them! :)

Even though the holidays are winding down, I still think this needed to be shared! Curl up by the fire, and have a warm mug of cruelty-free goodness! <3

All products found at Whole Foods:


1 cup cashew milk with a splash of almond milk (but any type will work!)
2 tbsp organic cacao powder
3 tsp coconut sugar

2 Dandies Vegan Marshmallows to top off the hot cocoa! 

Mix them all in a mug, heat for about a minute (depending on how hot you like your cocoa), stir, then heat again, and then top with the mallows! NOM!

I believe Dandies can also be found at Trader Joes :)

*Tip: The cacao powder doesn't blend well, but it mixes better after heating the milk!


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