Best Vegetarian Options at Disney World
A Dining Guide for Vegetarians & Vegans – Restaurants, Meals & Snack Food
Disney World is known to be totally transparent and quite accommodating when it comes to its food. They are constantly tweaking their menu items and experimenting with new flavors. This includes offering meat-free vegetarian and vegan options at nearly every one of Disney’s dining locations throughout the park. Sure, there are still plenty of burgers and fries, but Disney’s restaurants are cooking up a lot more interesting and healthier meal choices these days.
Regardless of where you are – or what your budget or dining plans entail – you are sure to find at least a couple of vegetarian dishes and menu items to satisfy your appetite. And if can’t find a vegetarian option on the menu, just ask your server and they will point you in the right direction (sometimes they do in-fact have vegetarian items but they aren’t listed for whatever reason). Let’s take a look at what you need to know about vegetarian dining at Disney World and uncover the best vegetarian and vegan dishes and dining locations in the theme parks and resorts.
Top Vegetarian Meals at Walt Disney World
Although this article dates back to 2015, Disney has picked its top five quick-service and its top five table-service vegetarian meals (some are vegan):
It’s worth reading the entire article to get more color on the dishes, but (spoiler alert!) here the winners are:
With over 140 restaurants in the park, choosing where to dine can be a challenge. It can be even more challenging when you have special dietary restrictions like gluten sensitivities or – in our case – meat-free diets. But rest assured that Disney World is one of the best destinations for vegetarians and people with other dietary restrictions. They try their best to accommodate every guest and go above and beyond in an effort to be transparent about the ingredients.
Below we have listed of some of the best vegetarian options at the Disney World’s theme parks and resort hotels. We have grouped these restaurants according to the theme park (or area of the park) and have included an assortment of both quick service and table service restaurants.
Since Disney does change their menus items from time to time, we have linked each restaurant name with the current menu so you can check it out for yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask your server for the list of ingredients or for any additional vegetarian menu items they may not have listed. Also, keep in mind that these are based on our personal opinion and not “gospel.” If you know of any restaurants with more (or better) menu items than the ones listed below, please send them our way!
Disney’s Magic Kingdom offers everything from simple vegetarian snacks to more elaborate vegetarian table service meals. Even if the can’t find something on the menu, just ask your server if they have additional meat-free options. You may be surprised at what is lurking beneath the normal menu. Here are a few of our picks:
Columbia Harbour House (Quick Service) – This Liberty Square-area nautical-themed nook offers an assortment of American-style sandwiches and seafood items. They do have several vegetarian options as well. Try the Vegetarian Chili or Lighthouse Sandwich, a hummus with tomato and broccoli slaw sandwich served on multigrain bread.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Quick Service) – Pecos Bill is a western-themed quick service restaurant located in the Frontierland section of Magic Kingdom. They do offer a few vegetarian options as well as a self-serve fixins’ bar with guacamole and pico de gallo. Try the Veggie Nachos, Veggie Rice Bowl, or Southwest Salad.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen (Table Service) – If you near the Jungle Cruise attraction and looking for a vegetarian-friendly dining spot, then the African-Asian-Latin cuisine of Skippers Canteen is your best option. Try the Shiriki Noodle Salad, Falls Family Falafel, Curried Vegetable Crew Stew, or ask for a chicken-free version of the Perkins Thai Noodles.
Sunshine Seasons (Quick Service) – The Sunshine Seasons food court is located in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion. It offers Asian-inspired bites, as well as quick service breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees. Try the Mac & Cheese, Cheese Pizza, or (our favorite) the Vegan Korma with Gardein® Meatless Chik’n.
Tangierine Café (Quick Service) – Tangierine Cafe is a dining spot pays tribute to the culinary flavors of Morocco and its located- appropriately- in World Showcase’s Morocco Pavillion. This is also one of the healthiest and most vegetarian-friendly locales in Disney World. Try the Vegetable Platter served with tangerine couscous salad, hummus, and tabouleh.
Coral Reef Restaurant (Table Service) – Set amid dazzling aquariums with hundreds of sea creatures, the upscale Coral Reef Restaurant has a seafood-heavy menu. However, they do offer a few vegetarian dishes as well. Try their Seasonal House Salad, Tempura-fried Cauliflower, and the famous The Chocolate Wave dessert.
Ironically, Animal Kingdom is perhaps the most vegetarian-friendly theme park at Disney World. Here are a few of our favorites in this category:
Harambe Market (Quick Service) – This African-inspired open-air foot court is home to kitschy food stalls (with plenty of veggie options). Try the Roasted Vegetable entree with roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes served over steamed rice with yogurt raita.
Satu’li Canteen (Quick Service) – Located in the Pandora – The World of Avatar, this quick-service restaurant is imaginative in both its surroundings and menu offerings. Try the Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl, served with crispy fried tofu seasoned with a chili-spice topped with boba balls (tapioca balls?) and crunchy vegetable slaw.
Boma – Flavors of Africa (Table Service Buffet) – Boma is an award-winning table service restaurant is the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. This African-themed dining spot offers an enticing buffet with options to please nearly everyone, including vegetarians. Try the Carrot-Ginger Soup, Spinach and Quinoa Salad, Watermelon Rind Salad, Spiced Sweet Potatoes, and Plantain Crisps.
Sanaa (Table Service) – At Sanaa, you will experience an exotic blend of African and Indian cooking as you watch the animals roam free in the Savanna before you. This restaurant is known for its selection of amazing bread and dips. Try the Indian-style Bread Service, Salad Sampler, and the African-inspired Biryani.
Tusker House (Table Service Buffet) – The Tusker House is home to one of Disney’s best character dining experiences, Donald’s Dining Safari. They serve a buffet of African fare with a kids’ menu, plus character dining for breakfast & lunch. Try the Tabouli and Hummus Dips, “Vegetarian Offering” of the day, Fruit Salad, and Black-eyed Pea Salad
Hollywood Studios – Your options a bit more limited at Hollywood Studios, but you do have a few. These include:
Backlot Express (Quick Service) – This counter-service dining spot has classic American fare, beer, and a kids’ menu. This spot is highly recommended for Star Wars fans. Try the Galactic Salad and the Caprese Sandwich.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (Table Service) – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre is a fun 50’s style diner with car-shaped booths and classic sci-fi movies clips playing on the tv screens. If that’s not enough, they also have a decent selection of vegetarian menu choices. Try the Fried Dill Pickles, Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps, Vegetarian Falafel Burger, and top it off with the Warm Glazed Doughnut.
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While the vegetarian options at Disney resorts are limited, you should be able to find at least something that will work. For example, Beach Club’s Cape May has a few buffet items, and the Polynesian’s Ohana has at least one entree and plenty of vegetarian side dishes. Here is our top pick in the category:
The Wave… of American Flavors (Table Service) – The Wave eatery is located in The Contemporary Resorts (Magic Kingdom area). It serves an American-style menu & breakfast buffet with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal dishes. Try the Noodle Bowl (with tofu) or the Seared Potato Gnocchi with Forest Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Rainbow Swiss Chard, and Brown Butter Parmesan-Sage Cream.
Disney Springs is Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Here you can find some decent vegetarian menu items if you look in the right places. The Earl of Sandwich, Paradiso, and Japanese sushi and vegetarian cuisine of Morimoto Asia are all worthy spots. Our favorite is:
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (Quick Service) – Do you like pizza? Of course you do! Blaze is a unique quick-service restaurant that will craft your pizza exactly how you want it. You can choose your veggie toppings, your dough (gluten-free, anyone?), and your cheese. Yes, they even offer vegan cheese at no extra cost. All cooked at a blazing speed! Try the Veg Out Pizza or Build Your Own Pizza.
We hope our Best Vegetarian Options at Disney World page has helped you decide restaurants to check out during your vacation. For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides like our Fun Things to do at Disney World, Disney Dining Plan Calculator, Disney Transportation Map, Disney Travel Agents, and Disney World Tips and Tricks articles.
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