Since it was in the middle my vegan challenge, I had to keep to a strict vegan diet – vacation included.
I was initially a little bummed about skipping out on my favorite Disney confections, but it was surprisingly easy to find plenty of tasty vegan snacks and treats throughout the park.
So, if you’re headed to the Happiest Place on Earth, here is a roundup of the vegetarian and dairy free foods I tried.
Since we skipped breakfast, our first stop at the park Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square.
Linda raved about the sourdough bread bowls last time we visited, and I finally got to try the vegetarian gumbo.
The gumbo is vegan as long as you order it without crackers, and sourdough is always vegan (did you know that?).
The gumbo was tasty and very filling, but I was a little disappointed in the temperature since it was served lukewarm.
Our next food stop was a few hours later at Pooh Corner.
If you can get past that awful name, it’s a really cute treat shop and it’s fun to watch the baking staff make the treats right before your eyes.
Nothing in the display case is vegan (see the very non-vegan marshmallows above) but if you call in advance, you can order a dark chocolate covered pineapple spear without the white chocolate.
Also, like all of the other treat locations in the park, the prepackaged kettlecorn is vegan and delicious.
Since I wasn’t aware that the chocolate pineapple spear isn’t vegan, I made a beeline for Adventureland (my favorite land) for my favorite treat, the Dole Whip Float.
Vegans: Adventureland is your friend.
Not only is the Dole Whip (and Dole Whip Float) at Tiki Juice Bar now vegan (order it without a maraschino cherry), but almost every item at the Indy Fruit Cart is as well.
The Indy Fruit Cart offers fresh fruit (watermelon, pineapples, berries,etc.), veggies and hummus, healthy drinks like coconut water, and juice, Mexican style chili lime mango slices, plain veggies, and even gigantic Dill pickles.
This Indiana Jones themed hut (hence the name) is a healthy eater’s retreat, and a very refreshing stop after a long day in the hot sun.
As the sun started to set and my jetlag began to kick in, we stopped at the Cappuccino Stand in front of the entrance to Frontierland.
I wanted to play it safe so I ordered a brewed coffee, black (seen above), and, sadly, this is the only vegan choice at any of the coffee carts at park.
After the caffeine buzz kicked in, Linda and I had the energy to ride a few more rides in Fantasyland before becoming famished.
Knowing that we were leaving Captain EO and Astro Blasters for last, we opted to stop for dinner in the Tomorrowland Terrace.
The vegan option at this quick service restaurant is a Portobello and Vegetable Sandwich – sans cheese and sauce.
Even without the sauce the roasted vegetables were full of flavor, and the oatmeal bread is one of the better breads I’ve had at Disneyland.
The sandwich (like the other menu items) comes with a choice of side: fresh fruit or french fries. Both are vegan, so it’s up to you to make a healthy or choice… or not.
While were eating, a band literally rose from the ground on a platform stage and performed a few 80′s hits including a few from The Boss.
I had no idea that Disneyland has live music on Friday and Saturday nights so if you happen to visit on a weekend, make sure you take advantage of this performance.
After a pitiful score on Astro Blasters (I blame jetlag!), we did some window shopping on Main Street U.S.A. and called it a night.
What vegan treats you have tasted at Disneyland? Let me know in the comments!