Vegetarian Fare at Epcot
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Food offerings for the vegetarian diet.
Well, now, it seems friends and family are headed to Epcot at the end of September and I can't beg off this time 'round! I have lost a great deal of weight via a mainly vegetarian diet and don't want to stray toooooooo far off it when we get down there.
How easy is it to get fresh fruit (or even fruit cups), at the kiosks that you can eat while waiting in the lines, like single servings of pineapple, (get these at the store and love'm) apple slices, granola bars, low-cal fruit drinks, etc? Same with a variety of vegies for dinner? I'm not hard-core, but I would like to know in case I need to bring stuff with me.
Thanks so much for any light you can shed on this. Also, if any dieters out there have tips that have helped them survive a Disney vacation, I would love to hear them.
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If I remember correctly a lot of places offer fruit and salad options. I can't recall granola to be exact but I've always tended to grab up mixed fruit cups as a snack, it's a good way to cool off aside from being good for you. :)
You could probably call into the 407-WDW-DINE number and get more info on the restaurants or just call the 407-WDW-INFO line for the rest. Their normally pretty good at having the info in regards to diets, I had to call and find non-seafood options myself without worrying about cross contamination due to an allergy.
I would call them, but I am pretty sure every place offers a veggie option since Disney is pretty good about accomidating requests. However, it might be alot of salad.
As for fruits and other items, each resort and park have fruit vendors which, I believe, you can also get granola. They are there all day, but they are wildly popular in the morning!
There are lots of good vegetarian options in Epcot (the most of all the parks), but keep in mind that vegetarian doesn't always mean diet-friendly! Some are as rich and high-calorie as non-veg options. Some good ones I remember from my recent trip:
-Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavillion has a tofu/vegetable noodle bowl, plus salads
-The Electric Umbrella (Innoventions) has a grilled veggie wrap
-Coral Reef has a mushroom lasagna dish
-Tangerine Cafe (Morroco) has a great vegetarian platter
-Liberty Inn (US) has a veggie burger
-Akershus Banquet Hall (Norway) has a delicious mushroom ravioli
Plus, lots of kiosks around with whole fruit or fruit salads...
I mean if they can do Kosher and Gluten Free, I am pretty sure they can accomidate you!
I can't really remember specifics, but on my last trip to WDW in 2007, my wife who is vegetarian, did not have any problems at all. Restaurants and their chefs are very helpful when it comes to dietary needs.
We were on a dining plan having dinner in England and they even allowed my wife to get two appetizers for her app/entree table service since the printed menu didn't have any veggie options under entrees.
As for snack stands, I know that DL carries fresh fruit, assorted fruit cups, fresh veggies, etc. You may need to call and speak to someone to get the exact placement of these stands throughout the parks, but I am sure that they are there.
And with any table service dining, when you are seated explain to the wait staff that you are vegetarian and what they recommend. This will often get you some unprinted suggestions too.
Thanks, everyone, for your help, phone numbers, and suggestions! You've relieved some of my worry about finding food for my diet during my stay. I've never been to Epcot and so don't know what to expect.
We thought bringing a vegan (yes, vegan) to Biergarten at the German pavilion was a mistake, but she was able to find enough to eat. Plus, the beer was excellent.
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