/ Friday, February 8th, 2013

A lot of my posts focus on finding vegan foods at WDW from an adult perspective. It’s safe to assume a vegan child in WDW might be a little more “picky” about trying the vegetarian chili at Columbia Harbor House or Tofu from Jiko or the Sunshine Seasons.

So, what does Disney offer for their vegan kids? Here are some options found on the menus around the parks and resorts:

Pretzels, Popcorn, Ice Cream, French Fries- SNACKS! YES! What kids don’t love snacks!? Pretzels and Popcorn carts are scattered all over any of the 4 theme parks and are always vegan (just don’t get the cheese pretzels or any dairy dipping sauces!) Rice Dream and Tofutti dairy-free Ice Cream can be found at most table service restaurants which already serve ice cream of the dairy variety, or at the quick service restaurants I’ve mentioned in a previous post.

 

Pasta with Marinara Sauce (or oil and garlic)- Anywhere that you can think of that already serves pasta will have this option. This includes most of the resort cafeterias, like Art of Animation, The Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney, Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios, and Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom, just to name a few.

 

Fruit (and veggies)- Maybe I’m a little out of the loop on this one, but kids like fruit, right? Every one of the 4 parks in WDW has a food cart somewhere on property. In Magic Kingdom, for example, look right outside of the Haunted Mansion! You’ll see a variety of fruit options like apples, bananas, and oranges at these carts, all for just $1 each! They also offer applesauce cups, sliced apples, carrot sticks, and other fruit choices as alternative sides to fries for kids’ meals!

 

Salads- Most kids menus have some sort of type of salad listed as an option.

 

Mickey Waffles- These tend to come up at least once in every post I do. Every kid is going to want to wake up to Mickey Waffles in the morning, so ask the chef for the vegan variety! Pair them with some Silk soymilk or juice!

 

 

PB&J- Even if it isn’t listed on the menu, most counter service and table service restaurants can make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Some other options only found in specific restaurants include:

Vegetable Lo-Mein- Found at Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom. They also offer white and brown rice here. Make sure before you order that this option is still vegan.

Tacos de Vegetales or Enchaladas de Vegetales- at La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot! Ask for these without cheese, please!

Whole Grain Macaroni with Marinara Sauce- try it for lunch or dinner at the new Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland!

 

Everything at Babycakes NYC in Downtown Disney!

 

I hope that it is obvious that the options I’ve included here are only a handful of possibilities for kids to eat at Walt Disney World. It’s important to note that these options are all items that are already listed on menus around the resort and usually can be ordered without any special requests. However, if your child has a specific taste for something not listed on any menu, tell a cast member whether it be your server at a table service restaurant or the cast member at the podium at a counter service location about your special dietary restrictions and they will do their best to make it happen!

 

Who here travels with kids? What are your kid’s “tastes” like? Leave your answers in the comments below!

 

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 atwww.angiecarreiro.com!


 

 

 

4 Responses to "Fish Are Friends, Not Food: Vegan Kids at WDW"

  1. Vegan waffles are an option? That’s pretty cool. We may actually have to eat breakfast at the parks for once. :)

  2. Yes! Anywhere that serves waffles in WDW will make them vegan for you upon request! We usually ask for them “dairy and egg free” in case “vegan” might be confusing for some people! They have a separate kids waffle iron set aside to cook them because they are for allergy purposes! The recipe for the vegan waffles is also gluten-free, so I’m assuming they are made for a few other allergies as well!

  3. Brilliant post! I’m not a vegan but I’m a vegetarian… so was concerned about the options I’d have in WDW… but there is literally a choice for everyone! xxx

  4. Michelle N. says:

    We’ve always had good luck with our son. We are all vegan, but he is super picky. Every place we’ve gone for breakfast serves the allergy-free Mickey waffles (excerpt CRT…we got Van’s toaster waffles, like what I have at home). O’Hana was the best, though. We had the waffles, and then they made us potatoes, and a tofu-vegetable scramble which was out of this world. All of the other meals we had were great, too. My son usually stuck with pb&j or pasta, but places that had buffets were great, because they would make us huge platters of a little bit of everything on top of what we could find at the buffet.

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