Vegan Eats at Disneyland California
HELLO & HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!
I wanted to do a quick post on my trip to California about the vegan/veg eats I was able to enjoy while at Disneyland!!
A lot of us let go of our inhibitions and indulge in the glutinous eats when at Disneyland, but I like to keep it sweet n’ healthy if I can..
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR VEGAN/VEG OPTIONS AT OTHER PARKS ACROSS THE U.S.?!
Here’s a look at what I had while at Disneyland in Anaheim California
When most people think about the amazing infamous Disneyland they envision copious amounts of cookies, ice cream, cotton candy, and probably cinnamon buns the size of your head… well yes, they actually do have ALL of that, but what they also do have in 2013..
LOTS OF VEGAN/VEG EATS!!
During the first hour of the adventure in Disneyland I stopped by the first vendor I could find in search of their vegan pretzels!!
What’s great about Disney is that if you’re curious about the ingredients in their food they have accessible ingredient lists that they can whip out in case you’re trying to avoid certain ingredients:
I snagged a soft pretzel as it was vegan, but packed the dreadful corn syrup which is no bueno..
but still vegan!!
After going to Splash Mountain and getting nearly soaked from head to toe BECAUSE I HAD TO SIT IN THE FRONT SEAT, I stopped off at the nearest place and picked up a fried green tomato sandwich and it was actually quite good!! This sandwich wasn’t soggy, or bland, but flavorful and fresh and really surpassed my expectations!! Yes, it had cheese, but I picked mine off. Hands down this option seemed to have more character than the frozen veggie burger. I had this sammie with fresh sweet potato fries!! If I went back to the park I would definitely get this again!! At this little outdoor spot it overlooks the water and you can watch the ferry boat go by.
OTHER VEGAN/VEG DISNEYLAND EATS?!
The Blue Bayou – New Orleans Square
Location: This little restaurant was located right inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the ride was MY FAVORITE!! and this lil spot looked super cute, but in all the hustle and bustle, I didn’t get to go here.. TO BE CONT’D
Vegan Options: Portobello Mushroom and Couscous Macque Choux – Portobello mushrooms stacked and marinated in balsamic vinaigrette. Served with roasted corn and bell pepper couscous and sautéed spinach
Location: Adventureland, across from Indiana Jones the Ride
Vegan Options: Outback Vegetable Skewer – Grilled veggies on a stick
Additional Vegan Sides: Chips $2.99, Fruit Cup $3.69
Notes: I didn’t try these myself while I was at D-Land although I was aware of their existence. If you’re looking to keep horrendous Disneyland expenses down, this is the place you wanna eat.
Location: New Orleans Square, between Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion ride. Restaurant faces (formerly) “Tom Sawyer’s Island”, (now) “Pirate’s Cove”
Vegan Options: Garden Salad – Lettuce, Carrots, Tomatoes, choice of dressing
Location: Critter Country, by Splash Mountain
Vegan Options: Vegetarian Chili
Additional Vegan Sides: Fresh Fruit $3.49
Hungry Bear Restaurant
Location: Critter County, by Splash Mountain
Vegan Options: Big Al’s Chicken Salad (Note: Website says “Vegetarian Option Also Available”) I assume you may order this salad without chicken – Smoked chicken on top of romaine and iceberg lettuce with watermelon, candied pecans, dried cherries, pickled red onions, and honey-lime vinaigrette – MY FAVE -> FRIED GREEN TOMATO SANDWICH!!
Additional Vegan Sides: Sweet Potato Fries $2.79, Onion Rings $3.49
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Location: Main Street USA Disneyland, upon entering Disneyland you will be walking up Main Street towards the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is on your left, near the entrance to Adventureland.
Vegan Options: Grilled Vegetable & Whole Grain Salad – Seasonal Vegetables and Mixed Greens with Barley, Spelt and a Basil vinaigrette
Additional Vegan Sides: Soy Milk, if you are looking for a soy latte, this is the place.
River Belle Terrace
Location: Adventureland, across from The Jungle Cruise ride & Indiana Jones ride
Vegan Options: Vegetable Po’ Boy – with Southern Baked Beans (GET THE LENTILS, BAKED BEANS ARE COOKED WITH LARD) and choice of additional cold side dish — They also offer a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Vegan Breakfast Options: Becky Thatcher’s Fresh Fruit Plate – *A very generous platter of fruit including, strawberries, grapes, melon, honeydew, & kiwi.
Royal Street Veranda
Location: Directly above Pirates of the Caribbean ride
Vegan Options: Vegetarian Gumbo – This is my absolute favorite vegan offering at Disneyland. It’s a delicious Louisiana style gumbo with rice, onion, okra, and tomatoes served in a sourdough bread bowl.
Location: The French Quarter by Pirates of the Carribean
Vegan Options: N’awlins Vegetable Ragoût with eggplant, red onions, bell peppers, squash, and zucchini.
The Carnation Cafe
Location: Main Street, USA
Vegan Options: Chef’s Vegan Burger, house-made bean and and veggie patty on a whole grain roll served with french fries or fruit.
Rancho del Zocalo– Frontier Land
Location: I can’t remember exactly but I feel like it’s by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Vegan Options:Veggie Burrito (ask for burrito or tacos with veggies instead of meat/chicken and it’s vegan), Tostada Salad (also ask for veggies instead of meat/chicken)
Price: ? Probably the same as the regular fajitas.
Explicitly Non-Vegan Restaurants:
Big Thunder Ranch BBQ
Minnie & Friends Character Breakfast
Pluto’s Dog House
Stage Door Cafe
Village Hause Restaurant
WHAT I LOVED MOST ABOUT THIS TRIP
WHAT’S ALSO GREAT ABOUT THE ANAHEIM AREA?!
THEY HAVE A CHEESECAKE FACTORY!!
(I’M FROM GEORGIA)
What I love about the Cheesecake factory is that its of course nostalgic, the portions are huge, and its a bargain!! The only catch is that you need to know how to dodge the options with 39483498 calories!! I love the chips and guacamole dish, healthy fats, and tons of it!!
My favorite item on the menu is actually featured now on their low fat/low cal menu they offer. This dish is comprised of every veggie known to man and includes small portions of amazing sauces with the option to have chicken/shrimp or plain. I feel weird disclosing the fact that I consume seafood every now and again, but I feel its good to be open, and share your life if you’re going to be producing a blog and promoting health and wellness. Since I was out of town, and it was a special occasion, I opted for shrimp with mine. This dish is actually considered an appetizer, but is enough for more than two people! I love the diversity in the veggies, the flavors combined, and of course the nutritional value and the price point. In this one dish you get, cabbage, Boston lettuce, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and soba noodles.
I need to recreate this dish in a more vegan friendly way by offering tempeh or something fun!! Ideas!!
If you’re nervous about falling victim to the fatty high calorie foods while traveling to theme parks never fear!!
You may have to do some research, you may have even have to plan, but healthy options do exists for those who wish to find them..
If you’re visiting Disneyworld be sure to check out the new BABYCAKES vegan bakery that’s from the NYC!!
(they also have tons of vegan ice cream there!!)