It’s no secret that eating while traveling can be difficult when you’re a vegetarian. Will there be food there for me to eat? Will I have to eat plain white rice while everyone else is having a ten course meal?
Luckily, Disney World is one travel destination that makes it easy to eat vegetarian without much effort.
One of the first times D and I planned a trip to Disney World, we used a travel agent who helped us explore some new restaurants we otherwise wouldn’t have known about. When I informed her that I was a vegetarian and asked if specific locations would have options for me, she provided me with tons of information about the places that offer vegetarian options. She also let me know a very important fact: At Disney World, even if there’s nothing veggie on the menu, nearly every restaurant has a vegetarian option waiting in the wings if you just ask (side note: the same goes for other dietary concerns and allergies).
Let Your Server Know You’re a Vegetarian
During that trip in 2012, we booked a restaurant at her recommendation called ‘Ohana. This restaurant specializes in Hawaiian style foods that are brought around by the servers on giant meat skewers which they slice off for each person who wants that particular meat. In other words it is an almost exclusively meat-centric menu. When I informed them at the start that I was a vegetarian, I was given a special multi-course meal that was all vegetarian. It began with hummus and pita chips followed by tons of veggies, rice and tofu among other side dishes. It was so much food, I couldn’t come close to finishing it all – and that says a lot for me!
I have also been offered vegetarian entrees at several other restaurants on property when there were none listed on the menus. The Mexican restaurants especially come to mind, as they always have a veggie quesadilla, burrito or fajita dish to offer you.
Be Prepared to Eat Veggie Burgers
Of course, it’s not always that easy. For one thing, I’m not a huge fan of veggie burgers. I find them kind of boring and only eat them when they’re the only option. An unhappy trend that I’ve noticed at Disney lately is that they’ve been replacing several of their very tasty roasted veggie sandwiches at quick service locations with plain old veggie burgers. Not my favorite! But at least there’s still an option if you’re hungry.
Do Your Research
While I have definitely walked into many Disney restaurants without knowing what was on the menu without consequence because of the accommodating nature of their staff, it does help to come prepared with a list of restaurants you want to try. Disney provides the menus for all restaurants on their website. It’s a good idea to have a look whether you’re a vegetarian or not to make sure you’re getting to try everything you want!
The Festivals Can Be Challenging
When Disney does their Food and Wine Festival and Flower and Garden festival, they open up numerous booths around World Showcase which serve food and beverages from any number of different countries around the world. This is a fun event for everyone and brings in all kinds of unique foods. But I have to say, the vegetarian options are pretty limited. The menus do a good job of indicating which items are veggie friendly, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that most of them are dessert options. If you’re looking for savory foods, you’ll be looking for a while. Luckily, there are still the normal Epcot restaurants all around if you strike out at every festival booth.
Some Delicious Veggie Meals I’ve Eaten in the Past
As a vegetarian, I have still been able to eat many delicious, mouth-watering foods in Disney World. Here are a few!
Pistachio Creme Brulee:
Vegetable Cottage Pie:
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Disney is really very accommodating to all kinds of diets, and in fact at most restaurants, they will begin by asking if you have any dietary concerns or allergies. Take advantage of this if you are a vegetarian and you won’t be disappointed.
Tell me about a delicious meal you’ve had while traveling!