Last month, I had so much fun researching vegan Disney World options (read my post here), for my upcoming trip that I started to wonder what Disneyland Resort has to offer. Turns out they have a lot of options!
I hope this helps you with your planning. If you have any tips for me, please do comment below. I’d love to know if you have a favorite vegan food that you have-to-have when visiting Disneyland, or something you’re dying to try. Any tips you can share will help me, and others reading this post.
MUST GET VEGAN DISNEY FOODS
(1) No trip to Disneyland can be complete without the famous Vegetable Gumbo which is served in a sourdough bowl at Royal Street Veranda in New Orlean’s Square.
(2) Vegetarian Chili topped with Frito Lay’s is vegan when you omit the cheese and request it to be served in a bread cone. This popular Instagrammable treat is only available at the Cozy Cone Queso in CarsLand at California Adventure.
(3) Vegan Cheese Pizza is available, upon request, in TomorrowLand at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. You can also request sauteed veggies as an additional topping. They also have breadsticks and pasta which can be ordered vegan.
(4) Vegan Mickey Waffles and Hashbrowns are available upon request at The Plaza Inn on Main Street USA.
(5) Vegan Raspberry Sorbet Bars hand-dipped in Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Chips are a drool-worthy must for your Instagram. Find them at Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street at California Adventure. Be sure to ask about other vegan topping options.
(6) Vegan Hash Brown Omelette stuffed with veggies are on the menu of Storyteller’s Cafe at Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa.
(7) There are many options at Rancho del Zocalo in FrontierLand. Beans, rice, burritos, soft tacos, and tostada salad.
(8) Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes are on the menu at Sprinkles in Downtown Disney.
GOOD TO KNOW
Like at Disney World, the Dole Whip and Mickey Pretzels are all vegan.
Since there are only two parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park) situated right next to one another in a compact area, 3 on-property hotels (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel) instead of on-property resorts, and Downtown Disney District, there aren’t as many dining options as Disney World. As a result, they don’t offer dining plans. So heading out for the day with nothing but your magic band and a smile, isn’t going to happen here. Be prepared to see prices listed prominently and to carry cash/cards at all times. If you are staying at one of the three on-property hotels, you can use a Key to the Magic card which automatically charges all expenses to your room.
Since Disneyland is so compact, it is a walk-able park and you can do everything there is to do in about three days. It is also surrounded by non-Disney establishments that come right up to the gate. So theoretically you could leave the park to enjoy a meal.
In general, Disneyland has a laid-back spontaneous and nostalgic vibe. Some sit-down restaurants do take reservations but it seems that most people don’t make them. Not food related, but worth noting, is that they still use the paper fast-passes (no magic bands loaded with your park tickets, fast-passes, dining plan, and room key here) and wait-lines for rides are outside, which can get really warm.
It’s also important to remember that all Disney properties allow you to bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages.
PREPACKAGED VEGAN DISNEY FOODS
Food carts around DisneyLand Park and California Adventure are stocked with prepackaged vegan options such as Cotton Candy, Kettle Corn Popcorn, Frozen Lemonade, Fresh Fruit, and Sabre Hummus Cups.
Snacks with Character is Disney’s prepackaged line of allergy-friendly treats made by the Enjoy Life company. Vegan options in the line include Ricemilk Choco Bars, Dark Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies and Sugar Crisp Crunchy Cookies. Disney Food Blog has a great article about this snack line (here).
Minnie’s Bake Shop Chocolate and Vanilla Cookies with Creme Filling at Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney.
VEGAN FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
The internet agrees that the best thing about visiting Disneyland is connecting with Walt. And the best way to do that is by experiencing the 1955 original rides like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur Carrousel, and of course Jungle Cruise. These are also a great cruelty-free “animal” experience for little ones.
Turtle Talk with Crush is really cute for little kids. I’ve seen several videos on YouTube of excited kids getting to have conversations with the Finding Nemo sea turtle. Find it in Hollywood Land at California Adventure.
Spotting the Disneyland Cats. One of the best things about Disneyland is the many cats who get to live there. Disneyland has always employed cats (adopted from shelters) to keep the grounds free of mice and rats. (I know…so much irony.) These rescue cats all have names, receive vet care, are neutered/spayed, are beloved Cast Members, and are basically living the coolest lives ever. They get to experience Disneyland at all hours and nowhere is off limits when you’re a cat. Just imagine what they see in an average day. Of course these adorable kitties have rightfully earned their own cult-following (check out @DisneyLandCats on Instagram). Like all cats, they are super stealth and only allow the public to see them when they are feelin’ it. So if you spot one, be sure to snap a pic and email it to email@example.com so they can repost your sighting.
OFF-PROPERTY VEGAN RESTAURANTS
Vegan Pizza is a 10 minute drive from the Disneyland gate. Their all-vegan pizza parlor menu looks amazing! Pizzas, calzones, lasagna, corn dogs, chili cheez fries, lots of cakes. Check out their menu here and their Instagram here.
The Healthy Junk is a 7 minute drive from the Disneyland gate. Their all-vegan menu specializes in indulgent American-style comfort food like burgers, tex-mex options, wings, nachos, Phily chez stake sandwich, egg salad on a roll, and desserts. They also serve organic wine and draught beer. Check out their menu here and their Instagram here.
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