It’s a ritual of mine to start each day with a few online items. Check my social media sites, check my email, and check some WDW news! Well, let me say how EXCITED I am to share a bit of news with all my vegan and vegetarian diners! It’s not everyday that a “veg” meal makes Disney news!
One more time, before I continue, I have to reiterate just how excited I am right now! I’m so excited that I RAN across my house to tell Kevin the news the second after I read it! I just couldn’t wait! It’s moments like this that make it all make sense that I’m a fan of something Lou does because we share that love and excitement for food!
The news is that Tamu Tamu Refreshments, a quick service location at Animal Kingdom park (in Africa) has added a new vegetarian meal to the menu and it sounds very creative, filling, healthy, and, most importantly, it’s “vegan-izable”! The meal is called, South African Quinoa Salad and it includes: Romaine Lettuce, Olives, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Fried Tofu, Hand-tossed in a light Vinaigrette and served with Pita Bread! To make it vegan, simply request, “no feta, please!”
I happy to announce 3 more tid-bits about the salad:
1. Quinoa is gluten-free! (make sure if you have an allergy to gluten, you mention this before ordering so no cross contamination is involved and don’t get the pita bread!) I mention this because I’m gluten-intolerant, and I know some of my other readers are, as well!
2. They actually X-ed out a meat-based meal to make room for this option! How exciting that is to hear, because we all know Disney listens to their guests, so I can only assume that the guests are “telling” Disney that they want more vegetarian-friendly options instead of whatever the meat option was! Are we witnessing the beginning of a trend to start throughout the parks where more vegan options will be available on the menus? Does this mean we wont have to request special orders anymore, and just be able to order straight off the menu like everyone else!?
and 3. Of course salads are usually vegan, but THIS salad has such filling options and can actually serve as a full meal! Fried Tofu!? Yes! Quinoa!? Yes! Woah, Disney! You are really stepping up your game! Again, is this the start of Disney recognizing the important of providing balanced vegan/vegetarian options? (for those of you scared of tofu, trying it fried is a great first intro to it!)
Whether or not you are vegetarian/vegan, I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below! Thank you all for reading! I hope you are all as excited as I am! I’m going to write a very happy letter to them to express how grateful I am for this addition, and I encourage you all to do the same!
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 southeastern MA with her boyfriend, Kevin (fellow Disney lover), and their 3 dogs, Flip, Josie, and Hildy, where she is currently training to become a professional dog trainer. 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! Angie is also an artist, and you can see her work at www.angiecarreiro.com!