Now, more than ever before, people are opting for plant-based alternatives over those that have traditionally been known for containing meat. From vegetarians and vegans to those who are looking for lighter and sometimes healthier substitutions, not to mention all those seeking meat-free meals to have for Fridays during Lent, the current demand for plant-based eats is at an all-time high.
Fortunately, Disney does an excellent job keeping up with trends as well as catering to the specific dietary needs and restrictions of Guests. As a result, today’s Park-goers have plenty of pleasing plant-based picks awaiting them, with many that even outdo their traditional meat-based contenders. Here are 11 exceptional meat-free meals you can enjoy within Disney World’s various theme Parks.
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11. Doom Burger
Columbia Harbour House, on location at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, is a popular counter-service hit known for offering up an array of turf and surf favorites alike. And while there are some pescatarians who consider seafood as being a viable alternative to meat, vegetarians and vegans generally keep to stricter standards. That’s where this non-crab crab cake burger comes in.
Also great for those who are allergic to shellfish, this palatable presentation comes as a faux crab cake patty on a sandwich, topped with red onions and cabbage slaw. Another great recommendation for feeding your non-crab crab cake craving can be found at Leaning Palms, on location within Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
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10. Plant-based Lobster Roll
That’s right, non-crab crab cakes aren’t the only mouthwatering maritime substitutes. At the notable quick-service eatery Rosie’s All-American Café in Hollywood Studios, you can sink your teeth into an impressive imitation of a lobster roll.
This enticing entrée comes as a compilation of marinated hearts of palm, celery, apples, and creamy Old Bay dressing. It’s served with Rosie’s own house-made chips.
9. Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl
Since opening within Pandora – The World of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Satu’li Canteen has been dishing out a one-of-a-kind dining experience for Guests of all appetites. And for those searching for a satisfying meat-free, albeit protein-packed suggestion, there’s this hit, which is popular across the board with vegetarians, vegans, and even meat-eaters.
Scrounged up as a blended bowl of crispy fried tofu, seasoned with chili-spice and boba balls, crunchy vegetable slaw tops it all off. Guests get to choose which base or sauce to have in their customizable bowl.
8. Impossible Meatloaf
The Magic Kingdom’s renowned Liberty Tree Tavern serves up bountiful family-style feasting. While their traditional bill of fare does include meat-based selections, there is a special plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast that you may opt for instead. The main entrée presented here is their house hit Impossible Meatloaf.
Using the Impossible brand’s plant-based meat as the base, this hearty “meatloaf” gets paired with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and seasonal vegetable selections. The bounty also includes their Declaration Salad to start with and delicious Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake for ending on a sweet note.
7. Plant-Based Burgers
Plant-based burgers have a large presence throughout many Disney locations. In the Parks, in particular, you will find multiple establishments serving up their own renditions of a meat-free burger. Here are a couple of suggestions to consider, along with how each venue does up its own specific specialties.
- Restaurantosaurus (Impossible Spicy Southwestern Burger – A plant-based burger patty, “Pepper Jack”, chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomato)
- Cosmic Rays (Burger to the Moon – An Impossible brand burger, served with guacamole, tomato and cabbage slaw, and a side of fries)
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (Flying Saucer Impossible Burger – A grilled plant-based burger with grilled portobello mushroom, non-dairy mozzarella made from cashews, garlic-tomato “aïoli”, nut-free pesto, lettuce, and tomato)
- Nomad Lounge (Impossible brand slider patties with chipotle aïoli, and accompanied by yucca fries)
- Plaza Restaurant (Chili-Impossible Burger – Dished up as an Impossible burger topped with their house plant-based chili, grilled mushroom, lettuce, and tomato with fries)
- ABC Commissary (California Burger – A seared farm-fresh plant-based burger with sriracha mustard, balsamic-glazed grilled peppers and onions, and loaded with a plant-based mayonnaise-ketchup blend, lettuce, and tomato. Guests have a choice of side)
- Leaning Palms (Impossible Island Burger – An Impossible burger patty served up on a brioche roll bun with sriracha mayonnaise, pineapple relish, lettuce, and tomato)
- Regal Eagle (Plant-based Burger – Served on garlic toast and topped with BBQ jackfruit, plant-based mayonnaise, and lettuce served. Guests have a choice of side)
6. Plant-based Loaded Hot Dogs
Casey’s Corner is the hailed hotdog hub within the Magic Kingdom, but did you know that not all of their features are traditional hotdogs? You can opt for a plant-based wiener available via two options. First, there’s the regular Plant-based Dog feature, which comes as a plant-based sausage in a potato bun with your choice of fries or a Cuties mandarin.
But those looking for something even more filling with all the works can delight in the Plant-based Loaded Slaw Dog, which includes the former piled with pickled slaw, vegan aïoli, and roasted corn relish. In making a separate suggestion, another great quick-service location in the same Park, Friar’s Nook, offers up a Plant-based Bratwurst served with tots.
5. Hot Link Bowl
Speaking of plant-based sausage specialties, this is another contested hit that garners high praise. Served up over at the Animal Kingdom’s notable Harambe Market, the presentation of this specialty bowl features plant-based sausage links tossed together with cilantro rice and mixed greens. A crowning adornment of salsa tops everything off.
4. Roasted Tofu Rice Bowl
Leaning Palms in Typhoon Lagoon Water Park presents an array of vegetarian-friendly items, provided via counter service. We already touched on their crab-free crab cakes and plant-based burgers, but it’s their Roasted Tofu Rice Bowl that gets raved about most of all. It comes as a toss-up of roasted tofu, pigeon pea rice, roasted corn, pepper, pineapple salsa, and sweet plantains.
Another favored menu feature is their specialty Caribbean-spiced Salad, with mixed greens, mandarin oranges, dried tropical fruit, cucumber, and tomato, served with a pineapple-mango vinaigrette dressing.
3. Perkins Thai Noodles
A fresh side of puns gets served up with every meal at Magic Kingdom Park’s Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen. Host to several plant-based suggestions, one of the most praise-worthy hits is the Perkins Thai Noodles dish, offered up as a blend of tofu, seasonal vegetables, and rice noodles, tossed together in a spicy soy-chili-garlic sauce.
Their Curried Vegetable Stew is another well-loved favorite, dished out as a combination of seasonal vegetables and pineapple tofu in a house-made curry sauce and served with coconut rice.
2. Steamed Asian Impossible Dumplings
You’d probably be surprised to learn that you can order this palatably pleasing plant-based item at a signature steakhouse, no less. But it’s true; this contested hit is a popular feature on the menu at EPCOT’s Le Cellier Steakhouse. For this incorporation, they use Impossible brand meat-filled dumplings, bok choy, Chinese long beans, red peppers, radish, and their house Asian broth.
On another note for those looking for a plant-based starter, they also serve up a delectable Plant-based House-made Chorizo Meat Balls appetizer, which includes street corn, avocado crema, and “cheese” shreds.
Not just the name of a Disney movie, nor a dish imagined up for the said movie, Ratatouille is a real thing. It also happens to be traditionally meat-free in most cases, although vegans should take note that conventional recipe renditions do call for cheese. Perhaps you are interested in trying some Ratatouille for yourself while on vacation to Walt Disney World Resort. And if you happen to be right on location within EPCOT’s France Pavilion, you can rightfully locate a couple of locations dishing up their very own.
One place to head is La Creperie de Paris, for a buckwheat crepe take on Ratatouille. Theirs mixes together tomato, zucchini, and eggplant in the most portable format of the version. At Chefs de France, they feature their Ratatouille sur Quinoa, which comes as a plated entrée of the traditional recipe, served with quinoa and kale.
There are plenty of places all throughout the greater Walt Disney World Resort that are also known for proudly dishing up the works in plant-based food features. And while we’ve focused solely on Park locations, it should be noted that there are infinitely more options awaiting you at various Disney Resort hotels and also onsite at Disney Springs.
Disney chefs are excellent at making customizations and catering to any special dietary needs that a Guest may have. Just the same, it’s always best to give such notice well in advance, when you are able to do so. To contact Disney directly when making your specifications known, click here. With Disney, there are never any limitations on what to experience within the realms of its fantastic food scene.