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Vegans at the Disney Parks?

Anthony Murphy
Submitted by Anthony Murphy
Published: March 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

While I was eating lunch today, a weird thought jumped into my head: Where do vegans eat at Disney World? I am in no way a vegan (love Yachtsman!), but I thought it was a curious question.

For those who are not sure what Vegans are, they are vegetarians that also do not eat anything produced by animals (milk and eggs, for example)

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From Robert Niles on March 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

A Twitter follower recommends Babycakes, a vegan bakery in Downtown Disney. Anyone been there?

From Dan Pitman on March 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Babycakes is fantastic! And the great thing is you're starting to see Babycakes products in the fridges at the resorts.

So being a Vegan at Disney World is much easier than you think. Here are a few tips.

1. Book Sanaa, at least once. Sanaa is the only restaurant that has a seperate Vegan menu, and the food is awesome.

2. Get to know your Vegan quick service options. Quick service can be challenging, though Disney is doing more to help this, Animal Kingdom has a Kiosk set up as you walk from Discovery Island to Asia, that is for Allergy/Dietary restrictions. They have snacks, and information on the different restaurants options. In Epcot, Sunshine Seasons now has a Vegan main dish every day, as well as Vegan sushi in the fridge, and Soy milk. Magic Kingdom/Hollywood Studios are still the toughest to find Vegan food in, but it can be done. Do some research online, many Vegans have done it before.

3. Book some restaurants. The amazing thing about WDW is that no matter which restaurant you eat at, you can have Vegan food. When you sit down, speak to your server, and let them know you are Vegan. The chef will come and discuss your options, and often times you'll hear the words "Or I can just put something together for you". Those are my favourite words while on Vacation at Disney, because the chefs will usually come up with something very creative with the ingredients they have.

4. Find you're favourites: We book Tusker House at Animal Kingdom whenever we are there, the chef walks you from station to station pointing out the vegan items. Boma is good too for the same reason, lots of options. The Dining options at Epcot are great, I've had great vegan meals most of the way around the world there. Head to the boardwalk and try Kouzzina by Cat Cora, the flavours they have available make for a great vegan dish.

From Robert Niles on March 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Thank you for that response, Dan!

For everyone else, I can't suggest often enough that visitors to all the Orlando theme parks not be shy about making dietary requests. The Orlando theme parks might be the most accommodating destinations in the world when it comes to dealing with visitors' dietary needs. No, they're not perfect, and you will hear from time to time of people who didn't get what they wanted/needed. But in my experience, if you're gracious and polite, servers and chefs almost always do whatever they can to make you happy.

From Robert Niles on March 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Well, so much for the Babycakes suggestion. Just announced today that the store is closing this month as part of the Disney Springs makeover.

From Brian Emery on March 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

There is a grassy null that vegans can use to graze on in the MK....

From TH Creative on March 6, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I thought vegans don't eat anything with a face ... Which would make the Mickey ice cream bars off limits.

From Anthony Murphy on March 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Well, ice cream would be off limits, face or not.

I just thought it was an interesting question. Glad to see somebody on the site has that covered!

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