Disclaimer: This blog post, and all past and future Fish Are Friends, Not Food blog posts, are written with my most recent knowledge of the food in WDW parks. Please note that things are constantly changing, so this information might not always be up to date. Also note that I do not take into consideration refined sugar, cross contamination, or impure food items. With that said, always ask a chef before ordering if you are unsure about something, because the recipe may have changed or you may have a different way of defining your vegan lifestyle.
Most travelers I know bring snacks and other food items with them when they travel. There are a few reasons to bring food with you to WDW: if you are traveling on a budget, missing your food from home, or consider stopping for snacks too time consuming. For this post to apply to land and air travelers, I will stick to foods which don’t require refrigeration during travel.
Cereal: Some examples of mainstream cereal brands that are vegan include Cheerios (honey is technically an animal-product, but not all vegans feel the need to avoid it, so you can make that decision on your own), most of the Chex cereals, Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch (my favorite), Kashi GOLEAN Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble, and Kashi Strawberry Fields Original, Raisin Bran, just to name a few. Most oatmeal is fine, too.
Soymilk: your resort will have Silk soymilk in stock alongside the dairy-milk and juices, but I usually buy my own soymilk before I leave for vacation for a few reasons; it’s cheaper and I specifically buy the kind that comes in individual servings that don’t need to be refrigerated so I don’t need to rent a fridge! I buy ZenSoy On The Go from Amazon. This is also a great option to bring in your bag into the parks with you in case you want to get a coffee and not pay the extra money to buy a soymilk in the store! (They also offer a chocolate soymilk variety for this brand!)
Peanut Butter, Bread, and Jelly/Jam: We’ve always done this when traveling in the car. You can manage to do it for air travel if you can figure out a way for your bread to not get squished! Make sandwiches at your room and maybe even bring ziplock baggies so you can bring them into the parks with you!
Clif/Luna Bars: All of the bars of these brands are currently vegan, just make sure you aren’t assuming all products made by this brand are safe. Check the label if you aren’t sure! I always bring the chocolate dipped coconut variety of the Luna Bars and get a bulk case to bring with me before I go! Kevin likes the more natural-granola type Clif Bars.
Peanut Butter and Ritz Crackers: If you can find a packaged peanut butter cracker, that would make this even easier, but I’m not sure which brands don’t have milk in them. Otherwise, bring a container of peanut butter and a box of Ritz crackers or Saltines, which are both vegan, and make yourself some peanut butter crackers to take around in a ziplock with you in the parks! (Don’t buy Ritz Bits though, they have milk for some reason!)
Nuts: I personally like to snack on raw almonds, but any type of nut will do. Just grab a handful and put ’em in a baggie each morning before you head out to the parks and you have the perfect little snack to munch on while you wait in line for an attraction!
So, there you go! It’s nice to be able to have a little something to rely on without spending that extra buck, or taking up too much time in WDW restaurants just for a quick snack!
What are your favorite snacks and food items to bring with you during your WDW vacations? 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!