Rising popularity in vegetarianism and veganism over the years has resulted in many more dining venues around the world than ever before now offering up delicious meat-free options. And as Walt Disney World Resort is already known for well-versed mealtime and snack selections that cater to individual tastes, allergies, and dietary specifications, it should come as no surprise to discover that they’ve created plenty of possibilities for those who come seeking meatless alternatives. From Columbia Harbour House’s long-time renowned Vegetarian Chili to the newer vegan Plant-based Loaded-slaw Dog offered at Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom, and from vegetarian selections at some of Disney’s newer establishments like Jungle Skipper Canteen and Satu’li Canteen in Pandora to the newer options that have since been added to some old-time favorite food haunts—in general, there are way more opportunities than ever before to enjoy delicious vegetarian or vegan cuisine at Disney World. In most cases you can now find at least one vegetarian menu item (with vegan specifications available) just about anywhere you go. Here’s our pick from 10 examples of the best places for vegetarians and vegans to eat at when visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
1. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
This bakery, located in Disney Springs, is famous for turning out savory specialty baked goods of a vegan, kosher, and gluten-free variety. With many award-winning concoctions to their credit, some of the delicious goods you’ll find here include cookies, cupcakes, donuts, teacakes, muffins, and even soft-serve vegan ice cream. Other novel finds include vegan butter, vegan milkshakes, and so much more. What’s even better is the fact that many Erin McKenna Bakery items can be found at various other locations around Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts as well, making sweet snacking of the vegan variety that much more widely available.
2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
This quick service Southwest-themed joint, located within Magic Kingdom Park’s Frontierland, is extremely accommodating in their commitment to providing allergy and dietary-specific selections to order from. One of their greatest vegan offerings on the menu is their Plant-based Southwest Cheeseburger, which comes topped with vegan Jalapeño Jack and vegan avocado aïoli served up on a toasted bun. The Veggie Rice Bowl is another fan favorite, comprised of yellow rice, black beans, and roasted vegetables. Two other vegetarian picks that are popular here include the Southwest Salad and Veggie Nachos. Keep in mind that many vegetarian options can fit vegan specifications through the omission of cheese and other products. They are very good about that here, and the self-serving toppings bar also gives you plenty of freedom in loading up on veggies and other alternative fillings as well.
3. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Over at Hollywood Studios you’ll find Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater dishing out the hearty American grill classics reminiscent of drive-in movie theaters. But their stellar menu far exceeds the typical standards, ever mindful of those with specific dietary requests. And for vegetarians and vegans, that means there are several delicious picks to choose from. For starters, there’s the Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps entrée—an enticing combination of salt and pepper crispy-fried tofu, lettuce cups, shredded carrots, spicy cucumber, Szechuan sauce, and soba noodle salad. There’s also the highly raved about Vegetarian Falafel Burger, which comes as a crispy chickpea falafel patty served up on a brioche bun with arugula, gourmet tomato, Tzatzikisauce, and red pepper aïoli. Also take note you may request items like the Sci-Fi Wedge Salad minus the meat and dairy components. Wheat pasta is featured on the children’s menu for those looking for a meat-free pasta alternative. Vegan milk shake options are also possible here for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth with a delightful dessert fixing.
4. Sunshine Seasons Food Court
Epcot Park is undeniably a foodie’s dream come true, as evidenced by the vast plethora of diverse cultural culinary offerings plus the fact that it is home to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival every autumn. With that being said, it does not matter what your unique dietary specifications are when you come out for a day spent at Epcot, because you’ll be guaranteed to find just what you’re looking for. And for the vegetarian and vegan visitor there is no shortage of great suggestions. One of our favorite food courts known for delivering on an abundant variety of novel picks is Sunshine Seasons, located within the Land Pavilion. Because they open just in time for breakfast each morning, you’ll find plenty of mealtime variations even at the Park’s opening time. One delicious all-vegan suggestion to start your morning is the Breakfast Power Wrap, comprised of wild rice, sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado, and tofu. Lunch and dinner selections include Vegan Korma made with plant-based Gardein brand meatless chicken and cashews, Tamarind Vegan Stir-fry, and special changing vegetarian entrée selections in addition. You will also find a variety of salads that can be customized, along with enticing side items, and even a special vegan fruit dessert.