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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Quick mini guide for vegan eats at Disneyland & California Adventure

I thought it would be helpful to make a quick little list of food I'd suggest in the parks. So here it is!

Snacks & sweets- I've gotta mention that the dole whips, popcorn, and Mickey pretzels are all vegan, and are definitely favorites.
There are many different carts and stands in both parks that have fruits, veggies, hummus & crackers, and chips. 
Rice milk chocolate bar, dark chocolate bar, and sugar cookies at candy palace & critter country shop. 
Breakfast - Hash browns, or gluten free vegan Mickey waffles at Plaza Inn in Disneyland. 
Pizza and pasta - it's not on the menu, but you can get vegan pizza in both parks in personal pizza size, or family size! Available at the Red Rocket Pizza Port in Disneyland and at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta in California Adventure. Ask for it! At both locations you can order pasta (gf option) with marinara as well. 
Mexican food - vegetarian tacos and taco salad (gluten free available) is available in both parks, at Rancho Del Zocalo and Cocina Cucamonga. Ask for no cheese or sour cream and you're good to go!
Bowls - Veggie gumbo at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland is vegan. (Ask for no crackers, they've got dairy) 
Burgers - Chefs vegan burger at Carnation Cafe in Disneyland. Ask for the patty well done. Fries are fried in same oil as non vegan items, if that's a concern, get fruit!
Fine dining - Portobello mushroom and couscous maque chou at Blue Bayou in Disneyland. Vegan pasta or custom veggie tower (varies depending on the chef) at Carthay Circle restaurant in California Adventure. 
Sandwiches - portobello & veggie sandwich (ask for no cheese or sauce) from Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland. Portobello mushroom philly (ask for no cheese) at Award Wieners in California Adventure. *UPDATE* these sandwiches are no longer available as Vegan. 
Skewers -   Veggie and tofu skewer at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ (frontier land) or veggie skewers and Bengal BBQ (adventure land) in Disneyland. Veggie and tofu skewer (get it with chimichuri sauce) with rice pilaf and pita bread at Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure. 
Healthier options - veggie and grain salad at Jolly Holiday on Main Street Disneyland. Ask for the side bread with no cheese. Vegan sushi in Carthay bar in California adventure, it's modified off the menu. Get it wrapped in rice paper. 
Other favorites worth mentioning - chili pretzel cone (ask for no cheese) at Cozy Cones in Cars land - California Adventure (*UPDATE* Bread come is no longer Vegan. Chili is Vegan without cheese*). Tofu teriyaki, veggies and rice. Also edamame at Lucky Fortune Cookery in California Adventure. 

These are just some favorites, but there are lots of other vegan and vegetarian options. So don't be afraid to ask your server! Happy eating! 


  1. Thank you so much! Wasn't able to make the meet up and I'll be in Disneyland on Tuesday. It's great to have a go to list!

  2. Also the tomato bisque soup at Pacific Wharf Cafe in CA adventure is vegan.

  3. This is great information! Thank you. I get so annoyed at having to ask the chef what they can do. There have just been too many times when the response was "you can get the chicken pasta without the chicken" and I've basically given up.

    In a perfect world every restaurant would lost their vegan options on the menu along with the "normal" food so that I knew what I was getting into before I sat down.

    Until then, I'll just have to bookmark this page.

    PS - Big Thunder BBQ is closed now. They have recently introduced a mediocre, $20 plate of BBQ tofu at River Belle Terrace.

    Also, Trader Sam's used to let us replace the meat on their bar entrees with fried tofu from the salad at Tongaroa Terrace next door. They no longer allow that, but they will let you order that salad from the bar.

  4. What about disneyworld vegan options?

    1. Marfern, It's actually a lot easier to be vegan at Walt Disney World than at Disneyland. They even have vegan ice cream at their ice cream shops and Gardein brand items at some table and counter service restaurants. There's even an all vegan bakery in the Disney Springs shopping area.

      Here are some resources I've collected over the years: