So Disney 2015 was a total success! My family + Joe are all Disney-crazy, so we had a great time. And let me tell you all about them vegan options. The most wonderful place on Earth is also one of the most vegan-friendly places on Earth. Seriously, I ate so much. It’s disgusting. I got to experience the legendary Chef TJ, too. Have you heard of him? Just google “Chef TJ Disney” and that’ll explain everything you need to know about this vegan god of a man.
I thought it would be nice to share my vegan experiences with you guys, and some of our pics! Let’s start with days 1 & 2.
Day #1 Daytime
What I ate: For lunch, I grabbed a veggie panini at the Backlot Express, with a side of fries (cooked in separate oil from other fried food). The sandwich has cheese and pesto, so be sure to have them hold both! Also, the bread they use has dairy, but they swapped it out for multi-grain. It was pretty good overall, but it took them 20+ minutes to get it out to me. I had to ask (I think they forgot!) to finally get the sandwich. Major loss of points there, but still filled me up.
I am a big snacker, so I brought my own almonds and Clif bars, but there are plenty of options in this park! I headed over to the Anaheim Produce cart which has a ton of fruits and veggies. I grabbed a banana, pickle, and some hummus/pretzels! Super filling and delish!
Day #1 Nighttime
What I ate: Instead of eating a meal the first night, we kinda just picked. I curbed my hunger because I needed caffeine to get through extra magic hours until 1AM!! I grabbed a coffee with soy milk at our hotel (Pop Century) and drank that for the first half of the night.
Then I was a bad girl and ate PINEAPPLE DOLE WHIP for dinner! Yeah, it was the best thing ever. I didn’t even get a pic of it because I mowed that shit immediately. Look it up if you are curious, but you’ll totally be drooling.
Day #2 Daytime
What I ate: This was my favorite vegan day of them all. Animal Kingdom is FULL of vegan food!! They actually have an allergy kiosk, right next to a produce stand. It maaade my life! For breakfast I hit the allergy kiosk for a Babycakes vegan donut – well, two, actually. I also stocked up one some Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies, and Babycakes cookies. Yeah… it was one of those moments where you are overloaded with vegan goodness and just buy the whole damn menu.
In Africa, they have the Harambe Fruit Market. This is where I stocked up on some pineapple spears!! So fresh and delicious. They have a wide assortment of fruits and veggies, so I could have gone bananas, but I mean… I just went crazy at the allergy kiosk, so I refrained.
For lunch, we had reservations at the Tusker House. This African-inspired buffet is incredible. The chef came out and showed my mom and me around the buffet and pointed out all the vegan options. I swear to you, there were at LEAST 20 options for us!! Just look at this plate:
From candied plantains to couscous to rice to naan to veggies… I couldn’t stop. It was probably one of the best buffets of my life. Animal Kingdom, you were so good to me. <3
Day #2 Nighttime
What I ate: So, we didn’t actually eat in the Magic Kingdom… but we took a boat from there to Trails End at the Fort Wilderness Lodge. This is where Chef TJ resides. Oof. The man is a legend in the Disney vegan world. First, he showed me around the buffet to let me know what I could and couldn’t eat. Then… he got down to business. SIX dishes later, I thought I was going to die of a food coma. Just scroll through to see what the hell I was basking in:
There are no words. That tower of vegan goodies at the end was the cherry on top of my life. End of story.
Overall, two strong first days with LOTS of vegan options. I ate way more often than I thought I would. I have to say… Tusker House was my favorite vegan restaurant, too. I mean… just look at that plate!! 20-something vegan items out of 30-something? You rule, Tusker House. <3
Here are a few more pics from the first and second day:
Honestly, just look at that castle. xx Bianca