Last month, I traveled to Walt Disney World for Christmas. My family and I spent 12 amazing nights at Disney. Over the course of our trip, I ate lots of amazing food. Disney World is very accommodating when it comes to special diets and food allergies. I plan on sharing with you the tips that I have learned in an upcoming post. Today it's all about the food. I thought that it would be fun to share some favorite vegan eats at Walt Disney World.
Donuts from Erin McKenna's Bakery
Every time I visit Disney World, I must make a stop at Erin Mckenna's Bakery. I have tried many of the baked goods over the years, but the donuts have to be my favorite item at the bakery. I usually get 6 and have them for breakfast throughout the trip.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom
One of the newer restaurants at Disney's Magic Kingdom is Skipper Canteen. The menu at Skipper Canteen is inspired by the flavorful cuisine of Asia, South America, and Africa. I ordered the Curried Vegetable Crew Stew with a few modifications. The coconut rice isn't vegan so I subbed jasmine rice. It usually is served with naan bread but the server recommended the yucca fries. I also ordered the falafel without the white bean dip,which has dairy. I wasn't a fan of the falafel at all. It was okay but something that I wouldn't order again. I would definitely order the Curried Vegetable Crew Stew again. It was a very filling and satisfying vegetable based meal that was packed with flavor.
Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom
One of my favorite quick service options at Magic Kingdom is Columbia Harbour House. I always order the Vegetarian Chili. If you are looking for a quick service vegan option, the vegetarian chili is great option. Just be sure to order the chili without the oyster crackers because they contain dairy.
Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party
My family loves dessert and especially dessert buffets. I am not that big of a dessert person and I wasn't sure if there would by anything that I could eat at the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party at Magic Kingdom. After checking in and noting my special diet, the cast member went back to the kitchen for my special plate of dessert. When she brought it out, I was surprised by all the variety of desserts. She said that I could have more too. But this was way too much dessert for me. Luckily I was able to get a box to take the leftovers back to the room.
Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot
Vegan options at a steakhouse?! I had heard great things about Le Cellier at the Canada pavilion in Epcot. I was really looking forward to this dining reservation the most and it didn't disappoint. There is one vegetarian option of the menu: Root Vegetable Gnocchi. With a little modification the entree can be made vegan. The only thing on the dish that has dairy is the purple sweet potato mash. The gnocchi was made from carrots and it was amazing. They also brought out some vegan butter with freshly baked bread. This was definitely a favorite of the trip!
La Cava del Tequila at Epcot
One of my favorite hidden gems is La Cava del Tequila inside the Mexico pavilion. Now, you can get Guacamole with Totopos at La Cantina de San Angel outside the pavilion, but I prefer relaxing inside at La Cava del Tequila. I think that the guacamole is better and the margaritas can't be beat. I always order the Hibiscus Margarita with elderflower liquor. It has become one of my favorite margaritas.
L'Artisan des Glaces at Epcot
One of my favorite ways to cool down on at hot day at Disney is with sorbet from L'Artisan des Glaces at Epcot. The mango sorbet is my favorite.
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios
The Hollywood Brown Derby has been on radar for awhile now. This trip I was finally able to dine there. On the menu the Vegetarian Pho is completely vegan and no modifications are needed. The Vegetarian Pho comes with tofu spring rolls. I wasn't a big fan of the spring rolls; the texture was just a little off for me. I also don't think that they are necessary to the dish. However, I really enjoyed the pho.
Tusker House Restaurant at Animal Kingdom
The lunch buffet at Tusker House has a great selection of vegan options. I really enjoyed the African inspired food. My favorite item from the buffet was the tandoori tofu. I plan to recreate the recipe for the blog soon!
Tiffins at Animal Kingdom
Tiffins was another of the new restaurants at Disney that I was really excited to try. The international cuisine at Tiffins is inspired by by exploration and adventure. I ordered the Roasted Vegetable Curry which came with millet and a wonderful lime chutney. Before your entree, you are usually served bread but that isn't vegan. My server brought out some Papadum instead with pomegranate molasses and olive oil for dipping.
Trail's End Restaurant
This meal was the highlight of the trip. I have read and heard such great things about Chef TJ who creates these amazing vegan meals at the Trail's End Restaurant at the Wilderness Lodge Campground. The dinner buffet is not very vegan friendly at all; however Chef TJ wants you to have plenty of delicious food. He was very busy when we arrived, but he told me that he was going to make everything fresh. He brought out each course and every bite of food was delicious. I now understand why so many vegans rave about Chef TJ. Having a chef take the time and create these amazing dishes for you is such an incredible experience.
I had such a great time at Disney World. I am always surprised by all the vegan options available at Disney World. Everything pictured is from my trip in 2016. Before making any dining reserveations, be sure to check the menus to make sure that the items are still there. Disney is always changing their menus. From my experience they are usually super accommodating to your dietary needs.