I’m pretty sure my new heading for the blog needs to be something like “Workout with Di… and going on adventures to Disney”. This is my third Disney trip this year and we’re not even half way into the year. Totally NOT complaining! I wrote about our Disney World adventures back in January, and I’ve posted before about our Disneyland trips but today I want to specifically mention eating vegan at Disneyland.
Back in March we had family visiting from Australia and in May we had family from the UK, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind year honestly! As I didn’t really document the March trip and I want to get more content here on the blog for Vegans, I’m going to document our more recent trip last to Disneyland last Monday. We’d had a slow start to the morning as we’d opted to board Pixel at Doggy Day Care rather than take him with us. Yes you can take your dog to Disneyland! Bet you didn’t know that Disneyland has kennels? [I already documented that experience so check that post out if you have furkids]. Like I said though, there were four of us already in the car, and adding a 64lb bundle of fur to the mix for the 90 minute drive didn’t sound like fun so off to canine camp he goes.
Vegan at Disneyland – Rainforest Cafe
When we arrived we headed to Downtown Disney to Rainforest Cafe, still technically eating vegan at Disneyland even though it’s outside the actual parkpark. I knew the natural burger/bun wasn’t vegan and when I told the waiter and I asked if they could veganize it they said no (unlike florida who were very accommodating and made a vegan burger for me). So I had the Portabello Wrap: Tomato basil wrap, spinach, red onions, roasted red peppers, grilled portabello mushrooms, roasted garlic balsamic dressing.
It came out with a ramekin of coleslaw which seemed an odd thing to offer a vegan, but I promptly took it off the plate, and scoffed the whole wrap with fries and ketchup. It was delicious. I honestly enjoyed it more than the burger. However it didn’t feel as filling, but this is Disneyland food and snacks are everywhere. Especially those dang tempting Mickey Pretzels (I resisted this trip!).
Tomorrowland – Star Tours
From Downtown Disney we went into Disneyland and headed to our first ride: Star Tours. As our guests had been to Disneyland with us the previous year we were eager to do things they hadn’t done before, or had enjoyed a lot on their previous trip. Star Tours in Tomorrowland was new for them. I like the walk through before the ride and seeing R2D2 and CP30. Classic Star Wars drones. On the ride, we got to do a slightly different mission than the one we did in March so that was cool to see the subtle differences.
Adventureland – Jungle Cruise
After Star Tours we wanted something a little tamer so we headed to Adventureland. Possibly my favorite as I love the jungle theme. I reminds me of Hawaii and I always take a ton of photo’s to use as inspiration for our back garden tropical paradise. Our first stop in Adventureland is usually Indiana Jones but it was closed, so we hopped onto Jungle Cruise. One of the original rides in the park this is a staple on our visits.
While the animal animatronics on jungle cruise are a little dated they’ve made it more of an experience by making it more of a live comedy ride. We’re big fans of comedy, and Bob loves puns, so this is always a hit. I also love seeing the different plants and the statues. Like this one of a fallen buddha and a Ganesha. Yoga is everywhere, even in Disneyland! I admit Adventureland is usually where we get Dole Whip, but the line was CRAZY as always and I had an ace up my sleeve for a cool refreshing snack. It wasn’t vegan at Disneyland but at the sister park, Disney California.
Disney California – Radiator Racers
After visiting the Jungle we park hopped over to Disney California, and immediately headed to Cars land and Radiator Springs racers. My top tip for this ride is to go in the single rider line. We waited about 25 minutes vs the 2 hours in the regular line. Now obviously this won’t work if you have young children but older kids and adults – take the single rider line!happy to report that my car won the race!
Vegan at Disneyland – California Adventure
After speeding along with Lightning McQueen and Mater we reapplied our sunscreen. It was hella hot so I stopped at Clarabelle’s Ice Cream Shop and got a tasty cool snack. Yes, this is the Vegan Mixed Berry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate chips. OMG so good! The berry sorbet was amazing. So sweet, and the perfect combo with the semi sweet chocolate. Definitely highly recommend!! Plus IMO way better than the Dole Whip in Disneyland.
Disneyland – Pirates of the Caribbean & Haunted Mansion
After navigating our way back to Disneyland and hitting the parade crowd we headed to New Orleans Square and hit the Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite rides, though I prefer it at Halloween when it’s redecorated and themed Nightmare Before Christmas. If you haven’t been at the holidays (Halloween or Christmas) you are missing a real treat! It’s like a totally different park. Just be aware to check the opening hours and ride closures, As they have to close the ride for a few days to redecorate, but it’s worth it!
Vegan at Disneyland – New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square is always busy. Probably because it’s got a couple of good rides, and some great food. One of our favorite places to eat vegan at Disneyland is the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square. The Veggie Gumbo in a bread bowl is so freaking good! The bread bowl is sourdough which isn’t my favorite but if you want bang for your buck this is it!
Seriously it’s so good we had it in on our Disneyland trips in March, and May. I also think we had it on our trips in 2016. Once I discovered this was vegan it became a go-to for every trip. Just be aware that seating is limited so go out of peak dining hours to find a seat. There are a couple of other places to eat vegan at Disneyland but this one is a favorite. Also be aware you might be eating bread for a while, lol!
Tomorrowland – Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
After stuffing our faces with Gumbo and bread we headed back to Tomorrowland. Where we hit up one of our favorite rides: Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. Seriously, so much fun. Toy Story is a firm favorite for animated movies, probably in my top 5 (my #1 being Finding Nemo). What I love about this ride is it’s also a game. We went on the ride in Magic Kingdom, and it’s slightly different. There it’s called Space Ranger Spin. and the blasters can’t come out of the mounts and are restricted in their movement. Much prefer the Disneyland version!
As with many of the rides there is a hidden camera part way through, and you can email yourself the snapshot for free. I really wish more rides did this! As always I searched for our photo post-ride only to find that we had a transmission error and no pic. I was devastated as this was the first time I’d beaten Bob! Note I also beat him by 20K! Typical!
After Astro Blasters we checked out the lines for other rides but decided we were done. So we headed to the store for some shopping then back to the car for the 90 minute ride home. All in all an amazing day. I hope that this, along with my other Disney posts show that you can eat totally plant based in a theme park.
What’s your favorite theme park?
Favorite animated movie?
Have you tried eating from a bread bowl?