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Vegan Options at Universal: A list and call for input

Universal Orlando: Here's a list of vegan options and prices at Universal Orlando. However, it's not quite exhaustive. Please add to or correct it!

From Javier Suarez
Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:10 AM
After some online research and a direct phone query with Universal Orlando, here's my list of the vegan options in the resort.

Let's collaborate; could you please add to or correct this list? It obviously lacks information about options inside the amusement parks. Up-to-date menus are hard to find. Thanks.

-Citywalk-

"Latin Quarter"

veg. paella $14
guacamole salad $12
black bean soup $4

"Bob Marley"

ital eats stuffed peppers $9
natty dread veg patties $9
yucca fries $5
coco bread $2
plantains $5
no woman no cry salad $6

-Royal Pacific Resort-

"Tchoup Chop"

asian pesto marinated tofu $16
veg roll $6
edamame $4
tchoup chop salad $7

"Islands Dining Room"

vegan penne portobello bolognese $14
vegan on request chili $6
garlic mashed potatoes $4

"Jake's American Bar"

garbanzo tomato dip $8
grilled veg pita pockets $10
organic wild mushroom salad $11

"Orchid Court"

seaweed salad $6
veg maki roll $6

Room Service ($3 plus 20%)

freshly squeezed oj $3.25
pacific fruit platter $11
seven leaf salad $9

-Hard Rock Hotel-

no vegan options

-Portofino Bay Hotel-

no vegan options

-Universal Studios Park-

"Finnegan's"

potato onion webb $6
misty isle potato leek soup $5
leprechaun's rainbow (fruit) $11

-Islands of Adventure-

no vegan options


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:45 PM
I like the post! While I am not vegan, it is an interesting idea to think about.

IOA has none? Not even at Mythos?

From Hermione Potter
Posted September 30, 2010 at 7:15 AM
IOA has salads at a few of the quickservice places...that's vegan right? As long as there's no cheese on it?

From Bryan Fear
Posted October 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM
Thanks for posting this.

A few years ago my then-girlfriend was vegan and we went to Disneyland. The whole day was brought to a screeching halt at every meal when each member of my group had their order done quickly but then she would step up and argumentatively question the server as to why there weren't any vegan dishes. (Groan) What a buzzkill, but still I tried to see it from her point and wonder why more theme parks don't put vegan choices out there more prominently on the map like Wheelchair rental or smoking areas in a park. Posts like this help the rest of us ( and those in line behind us ) to get through our park planning much better. Thank you!

From Jean Seo-Park
Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:43 AM
As a flexitarian,I love vegan cuisine, but would never just settle for theme park-vegan fare. I am delighted when decent vegetarian fare is available. As is always the case with park food, it is too expensive, too greasy, to carb-rich, but that's what I expect going to a theme park. My unhealthy vegetarian friend "ate" candy, potato chips and fries at our last trip to Six Flags. For me, freshly prepared trumps vegetarian for me. I put aside my usual organic/vegetarian/natural NYC foodie tendencies when I travel because of availability. Also, if I agree to dine with my omnivore friends at a well known Argentinian Rodizio I do NOT order a salad, or condemn the eating of meat. Also, it's not just the parks that are lacking....try looking for vegan/vegetarian options in the town of Sandusky OH! You might find a gas station with salad or a McDonald's. Actually, I see more parks offering dine-in options (not readily available at kiosks that is) for diabetic, gluten-free, and kosher diets. It's a small step, but a step nevertheless.

From Javier Suarez
Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM
Hopefully between now and the holiday week I have to spend at Universal Orlando with my in-laws, the missing information in this post will be added or updated.

Btw, the point of this post is exactly to avoid the situation Bryan (above) mentions and to assist in being the flexible traveler Jean mentions. Not really looking for a discussion on the merits of diet choice.

Judging from this web site, I assume visitors expect quality when they visit UO. They want new experiences and "adventure." There are 1100 meals per year. Yet the in-park menus I've seen don't provide anything new or adventurous. Instead, they look pretty boring; just echoes of food-court food. That's why I'm doing this research ahead of my visit.

From Hermione Potter
Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:09 PM
Javier, the best food at unversal regardless of vegan or bugerfan is out in citywalk. excepting the 3 broomsticks, the places to eat in islands and studios have near carbon copy menus of burgers, pizza, chicken tenders, and salad.

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