Maybe the new title for this websites needs to be something like “Di’s yoga and Disney Adventures”. This is our third Disney trip this year. And, we’re not even half way into the year. Though, I am totally NOT complaining! Back in January, I wrote about our Disney World adventures. Plus, I’ve posted before about our Disneyland trips. However, today, I want to specifically focus on eating vegan at Disneyland. Disclaimer: Links in this post may be affiliate links.
Back in March we had family visiting from Australia. Then, in May we had family from the UK. Honestly, so far, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind year. Unfortunately, I didn’t really document the March trip. However, because I want to get more vegan content online, I’m going to document our more recent trip last to Disneyland.
Eating Vegan at Disneyland
We’d had a slow start to the morning. Instead of boarding Pixel at the Disneyland Kennel Club, we opted to board Pixel at Doggy Day Care. If you didn’t know that Disneyland has kennels you need to check out my review post.
In short, with four of us in the car, adding a 64lb bundle of fur to the mix didn’t sound like fun. Certainly not for a 90 minute drive. Consequently, off to canine camp he went.
Downtown Disney Rainforest Cafe
Upon arrival it was almost lunchtime. So, we headed to Rainforest Cafe in downtown Disney. Not technically eating vegan at Disneyland. But, near enough. From previous Disney trips I knew the natural burger/bun wasn’t vegan. Our waiter asked the chef if they could veganize it. Unfortunately, they said no. Unlike Florida, who were very accommodating and made the whole dish vegan for me. So, I had the Portabello Wrap. A tomato basil wrap, spinach, red onions, roasted red peppers, grilled portabello mushrooms, roasted garlic balsamic dressing.
It came 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. Along with the side of fries, with some ketchup. It was delicious. And honestly, I enjoyed it more than the burger. However, it didn’t feel as filling. But this is Disneyland, there are food and snacks are everywhere. Especially those dang tempting Mickey Pretzels.
Tomorrowland – Star Tours
After that, we left Downtown Disney and headed into Disneyland and our first ride: Star Tours. Our guests had been to Disneyland with us the previous year. And, we were eager to do things they either 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 pre-ride experience seeing R2D2 and CP30. The classic Star Wars drones. On the ride, we got to do a slightly different mission than the one we did in March. It 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. Which is totally vegan btw. But, the line was CRAZY long. Thankfully, 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
Yep, we’re park hoppers. After visiting the jungle in Adventureland we strolled over to Disney California. Immediately, we headed to Cars land for another personal favorite – 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 you need to ride with. But, older kids and adults – take the single rider line. Also 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. This is the mixed berry sorbet bar, covered with dark chocolate and dark chocolate chips. All vegan, and OMG so good!
The berry sorbet was amazing. Sweet, and the perfect combo with the bitter sweet chocolate. Definitely highly recommend!! Honestly, way better than the Dole Whip in Disneyland.
Disneyland – Pirates of the Caribbean & Haunted Mansion
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. There are a few days they have to close the ride to redecorate. But, it’s worth the wait!
Vegan at Disneyland – New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square is always busy. Because, not only has it got some great rides, it has the best 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, and a staple on our Disney trips. We also had it in on our Disneyland trips in March, and May. Once I discovered this was vegan, it became a go-to for every trip.
Just be aware that seating is limited. So, go during off-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. It’s a lot of food!
Tomorrowland – Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
After stuffing our faces with Gumbo and bread, we headed back to Tomorrowland. Where we went on another 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. The ride in Florida’s Magic Kingdom is slightly different. There it’s called Space Ranger Spin. and the blasters can’t come out of the mounts, which restricts 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!
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?
- Do you have a favorite animated movie?
- Have you tried eating from a bread bowl?