It’s been a theory of mine that some of the Disney Princesses might be vegan (or at least have potential)! Of course, I’m sure they weren’t written that way, but for me it is fun to imagine. Here are some reasons why they could be vegan or vegetarian:
Jasmine: I’m pretty sure the only thing you see her eat is an apple during the movie. Though Agrabah is a fictional place, it’s safe to assume she lives in the Middle East which is great news for vegans! Hummus, falafel, and tabouleh, etc. are some dishes commonly found in this part of the world. At some point in the movie she sets the birds free that she had in a cage, if that isn’t animal liberation, I don’t know what is!
Cinderella: She is friends with mice and birds, the animals most people find repulsive, so if she’s a friends to them, she must be a friend to all animals!!! And the mice talk in this movie, so it can be assumed all animals talk, which would make eating them more strange.
Snow White: All of her forest friends are animals. Animals can sense danger, which is usually why they fear humans, so why don’t they fear Snow White? She is no threat, that’s why! And if she’s no threat, it must mean she wouldn’t eat them! Also when she bakes for the dwarfs, all of her forest friends are watching her every move. She wouldn’t dare cook one of their own which they are watching!
Aurora: She falls into the same category as Snow White. She has lots of forest animal friends!
Belle: Everyone thinks she is so strange and different. Well, because I am vegan, everyone thinks I’m strange and different, too! Though, she does try the “gray stuff” and I’m not quite sure what that is…
Ariel: It’s safe to assume she at least will never eat seafood!
Pocahontas: This is the princess I am most convinced is vegan. She is so in tune with the “life, spirit, and names” of the animals. She admits they are her “brothers,” and, “friends,” and it’s all in one song! There’s also this part of “Colors of the Wind”:
“You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew”
and during it, they are following a bear, so the “people” she is referring to is clearly the bear (or animals, in general). The only food she refers to in the movie (that I can recall) is corn, she never even eats the crackers Meeko is so fond of (perhaps they have butter?)
Mulan: I haven’t watched this for a while, but there is a restaurant in Cambridge, MA (close to where I live) called MuLan with lots of vegan options, so that counts, right? It’s by no means a vegan restaurant, but there’s a lot to say when a non-veg restaurant serves vegan options!
Tiana: I am pretty sure she is 100% not vegetarian, so I wont even go there! She famously makes Jambalaya, which has lots of meat. Though, I’m pretty sure she’ll never eat frog legs!
Merida: She also isn’t vegan. I watched her shoot fish with an arrow!
Rapunzel: I can’t think of any reason to believe she goes either way. Do you? Leave your ideas in the comments below!
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.
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!