/ Saturday, August 25th, 2012

by Angie Carreiro

Since I was a child, waking up to a Mickey Waffle at my Disney Resort was a pleasure I looked forward to every visit. Any vegetarian diner can enjoy them no problem (as long as you aren’t planning on adding a side of bacon to your plate!)  But, as a newly turned vegan, the thought that I couldn’t eat those delicious ears ever again brought a hint of tears to my eyes.

You see, most recipes for waffles call for eggs and dairy, which is a no-no if you are following an animal-product-free lifestyle.

I thought my Mickey Waffle days were over, until…

It was the morning of September 14, 2011, and I was fast asleep in my resort bed at All-Star Music in Walt Disney World. As usual, my boyfriend, Kevin woke up before me. He let me know he was going to wander around our resort for a bit and he left. I eventually sat up in bed and watched Stacy tell me what I must do to do the must do’s. A bit of time passed. The door opened. Kevin walked in with a tray of food. I looked, then, I LEAPT out of bed! Let me tell you why…

MICKEY WAFFLES!!!

I had done a lot of research before our trip, but never thought to find out if Disney would do a vegan Mickey Waffle! Well, THEY WILL! Just about anywhere where they are already serving waffles, you can ask your server or the chef to cook you up some special, smiling waffles to call your own!

So here’s the deal. I’m gluten-intolerant as well as vegan, so, that morning Kevin went to ask a Cast Member if a vegan/gluten-free waffle was possible. The Cast Member working this part of the food court (at All-Star Music Resort) said they actually already had a specific type of batter that happens to be very food-allergy friendly! They also have a separate kids’ waffle-iron set aside to make them for those who have severe allergies! You don’t have to feel like you are putting the burden of your dietary requests on anyone else, because they have already planned for the special Mickey Waffle requests without any call-ahead notice! Though you may wait a bit longer for your waffles to be made, they are well worth the wait! The best part is that they have the same taste and consistency as the non-allergy-friendly waffles!

As far as toppings go, the maple syrup they use is basically corn syrup, with no milk products added (sometimes “buttermilk” flavored syrups have dairy added, but most syrups bought in stores are safe). We also tried strawberries and bananas on top!

My Mickey Waffle days aren’t over and neither are yours! (In fact they’ve only just begun!)

Angie has been a WDW addict since her first visit at age 8, and since then her life has never been the same! She lives in upstate NY with her boyfriend, Kevin (fellow Disney lover), and their 3 dogs, Flip, Josie, and Hildy, where she works at Farm Sanctuary as an animal caregiver. Please join Angie every week in “Fish Are Friends, Not Food: Eating Vegan in WDW!” Angie believes that WDW is the most magical place for people with special diets, so, should you have any special diet questions (especially about vegan and gluten-free dining) she’d be happy to help!

17 Responses to "Fish Are Friends, Not Food: MICKEY WAFFLES!"

  1. Fran Cassano says:

    Angie! Those Mickeys looks awesome!
    Totally trying these on my next trip.
    Yours blog posts are now on my must reads.
    : ) Fran

  2. Fran! I’m glad to leave you excited about food! That means a lot to me that you will be a loyal follower to my blog posts!! Thank you!

  3. Love this series! So glad someone is writing about veg/vegan WDW foods!

  4. Fran Cassano says:

    Angie, I just re-read what I wrote to you. Please don’t hold my lack of spell check against me : ) Yikes! What was that? LOL! ~ Fran

  5. Jennifer!- I’m so glad you’re glad!!!!

    Fran!- I actually read it the correct way, so I didn’t even notice! hah!

  6. So excited about this blog! I’m really looking forward to trying all of these vegan options next time I visit the Happiest Place on Earth :)

  7. Adeline!- Thank you! I can’t wait to share more!

  8. Angie, you’re making me hungry looking at those Mickey waffles!

  9. Caitlin!- I know, it’s so hard to write these posts and go through all of my food pictures! Ahh!

  10. I’m staying at All Star Movies in a couple of months and am so excited to hear this! Do you know if the breakfast potatoes are “accidentally” vegan? I love Disney breakfast potatoes :-)

  11. Yes, Steph, the breakfast potatoes ARE fine!!!! I love them as well!

  12. Patricia Raschel says:

    Where can these waffles be found?
    Do you have any vegan lunch and/or dinner suggestions?

    Thanks a bunch! :)

  13. The waffles can usually be found at any location already serving Mickey Waffles! This includes the breakfast buffets in the parks and all of the resorts that serve breakfast! If I name all of the restaurants that serve waffles already, this post would go on forever, so it’s easier just to give a couple examples: Cinderella’s Royal table in Magic Kingdom, all of the All-Star Resorts Cafeterias, Art of Animation and Pop Century Cafeterias, Kona Cafe in Polynesian Resort, Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary, etc. etc. The only locations that I wouldn’t bet on having the waffles would be places that wouldn’t have them anyway, like Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom for example…

    As for other suggestions, I’m assuming you mean in the parks (or do you mean to cook at home? ’cause I got lots of great recipes I can send you!) As for the resorts/parks, it really depends on what your plans are for the day.
    I HIGHLY recommend the vegetarian chili at Columbia Harbor house in Magic Kingdom right across from the Haunted Mansion. Another MK goodie is Tony’s Town Square, when you first enter the park, they’ll make you a vegan sauce to go on your pasta (basically oil, garlic, and veggies).
    Epcot has Sunshine Seasons which has a lot of options. They had tofu at some point, but I think they recently substituted that option with Gardein faux-meats which are all vegan. They do stir fry there, too, so you can combine that with your Gardein option.
    Animal Kingdom has amazing sweet potato fries at Restaurantosaurus that come on the side of a veggie sandwich/sub, just ask for no cheese. I would also double check with them the ingredients for the bread they use and if the bread isn’t vegan, ask them to put it on a tapioca roll!
    Hollywood Studios has 50s Prime Time which I would say just go there to get french fries and a vegan milk shake and that would fill you up enough for lunch! But for a real meal, you definitely should go to Backlot Express which has a delicious, and I mean De-li-cious grilled vegetable sandwich! Ask for no cheese or pesto and substitute the bread for a tapioca roll (ask them to press the sandwich for you too!) Also a great bean salad comes on the side and is a MUST.
    As for resorts, I highly, highly, highly recommend Animal Kingdom Lodge. Personally, I’ve dined at Boma and Jiko and they were perfect. I’ve heard Sanaa is great for vegan meals, too. At Jiko, just ask for the vegan menu and order to your heart’s desire. For Boma, it’s best to just tell your server you are vegan and they will get a chef to walk you around the buffet!
    Honestly any counter service or table service restaurant you go to will accommodate you even if you forget to call ahead!
    And, of course, keep reading the blog! Every Friday there is a new post about eating vegan at WDW and they will always start with the title: FIsh are Friends, Not Food!
    Thanks for reading and asking for advice, I hope this helps!

  14. Patricia Raschel says:

    Angie,

    Wow! That was EXACTLY what I was looking for! What to get and where and not have to search all over the web. I already had 12 bookmarked sites I was dreading having to read through to get to the heart of it all.

    Thank you sooo very much. I’m going to print your reply and keep in my pocket for quick reference. Lol!

    I really do appreciate it and love the blog!

    :)

    -Patty

  15. I’m SO happy you said that Patty! That is exactly the reason I wanted to start this blog, because there are just so many brief answers for vegan dining option in WDW all over the internet! If you need anything else, just ask!

  16. I just have to say Thank You! I needed to know if I could still get Mickey waffles as a celiac vegan. I am a happy, happy girl!

  17. I’m so glad this could help you Carol!!! I’m not celiac, but I’m gluten intolerant, so in a lot of my posts about vegan food, I mention things not containing gluten! Obviously tell the chef in your case just to be sure, especially since I’m not actually allergic so I can be more lenient about cross contamination! Did you know that at counter service AND table service restaurants they will bake a separate serving of fries for you so they wont get contaminated by the gluten products being fried in oil!?

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