Veg ‘n’ Out: Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney vegetarian

Vegan Treats and Down­town Eats at Disney



Dis­ney World is Orlando’s tourist mecca with four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of themed resort hotels and count­less places to grab a bite to eat. With that being said, this arti­cle is focused on veg­e­tar­ian and vegan options at the Down­town Dis­ney Marketplace.

Fresh A-Peel

The Fresh A-Peel build­ing at Down­town Disney

I started my Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place veg expe­ri­ence at the new Fresh A-Peel quick ser­vice din­ing pavil­ion, which is home to a vegan bak­ery. The eas­i­est way to access the pavil­ion by car is to turn into Entrance 2 off Buena Vista Drive then park in Lot C or D. Enter Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place and look for T-Rex Café, the new pavil­ion is right next to it with a bright orange exte­rior and sunny yel­low awnings.

The main rea­son I ven­tured to Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place that day was to check out the much antic­i­pated Baby­cakes NYC Bak­ery. I first learned about these bak­ery delights at the Cen­tral Florida Earth Day. This vegan bak­ery offers good­ies made all-natural, organic and with deli­cious alter­na­tives free from the com­mon aller­gens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs. Their deli­cious treats also con­tain only unre­fined sweet­en­ers, which makes them a low-glycemic index food.

Babycakes NYC Vegan Bakery

Baby­cakes NYC bak­ery at Down­town Disney

Baby­cakes NYC at Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place bakes up fresh cup­cakes, brown­ies, cook­ies, dough­nuts, frost­ing shots and loaves. I chose the red vel­vet cup­cake and a choco­late crunch dough­nut for my guest and I to share. Dough­nuts aren’t some­thing I would nor­mally choose, but my guest loves them and since it was vegan I thought I’d give it a try. Over­all, the fla­vor was very good, rich choco­late icing atop a cakey tex­ture indul­gence. The vegan dough­nut was tasty, but the cake part of it was slightly on the dry side. If paired with a soy latté, it would of been a com­plete hit.

Babycakes vegan doughnut

Choco­late Crunch dough­nut at Baby­cakes NYC

The red vel­vet cup­cake was awe­some. Moist and fla­vor­ful cake accom­pa­nied by a thick layer of chilled creamy sweet icing. I would absolutely return to Baby­cakes for this cup­cake alone.

Right next to Baby­cakes is a bev­er­age bar with many excel­lent baked goods pair­ings such as cof­fee, soy milk lat­tés, cap­puc­ci­nos, espres­sos, cin­na­mon hor­chata and other latin drinks.

red velvet vegan cupcake

Red vel­vet cup­cake at Baby­cakes NYC

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Baby­cakes NYC at Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place
1674 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

(See Google map at end of arti­cle)
(407) 938‑9044

$3–5 an item

Hours: Daily 8am — 11pm


Counter ServiceVegan FriendlyGluten Free items availableKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available




The afore­men­tioned pavil­ion also offers other veg meal din­ing options. The Fresh A-Peel menu has a chopped veg­etable salad or wrap with mixed greens, cri­m­ini mush­rooms, zuc­chini, car­rots, roasted red pep­pers, toma­toes and egg­plant crou­tons. They also offer a house-made veg­gie burger on a multi­grain bun.

The Pollo Campero menu has veg­e­tar­ian side items avail­able such as sweet plan­tains, yuca fries, cole slaw and chips & fresh salsa. The cen­ter of the din­ing offers a serve your­self fresh salsa bar.



Earl of SandwichEarl of Sand­wich claims to have ‘the world’s great­est hot sand­wich.‘
Down­town Dis­ney is home to the first Earl of Sand­wich restau­rant chain.
This is another quick ser­vice assem­bly line style din­ing ven­ture Dis­ney seems to have mas­tered. Swiftly look over the large over­head menus and place your order. Move down the line and gaze over the tempt­ing ready to grab side items: The Earl’s Slaw, potato salad, pasta salad, fresh fruit cup, ket­tle chips and desserts.

caprese sandwich vegetarian

Earl of Sandwich’s cap­rese sandwich

I chose the hot cap­rese sand­wich with fresh moz­zarella, Roma tomato, fresh basil and bal­samic vinai­grette. Although, the cheese was thicker than my lik­ing, the sand­wich was excel­lent. Fla­vor­ful basil, hot crusty arti­san bread and sweet & tangy bal­samic vinai­grette really hit the spot. Other veg options avail­able include:

  • Hot veg­gie sand­wich: feta, let­tuce, Roma tomato, cucum­ber, red onion, roasted red pep­pers and mediter­ranean dressing
  • Cap­rese salad or flat­bread wrap: field greens, fresh moz­zarella, Roma tomato, fresh basil and bal­samic vinaigrette
  • House salad or flat­bread wrap: field greens, Roma tomato, cucum­ber, crou­tons and choice dressing
  • Tomato soup, smooth­ies, cof­fee and The Earl’s Grey Lemon­ade (fresh lemon­ade and Earl Grey tea)

    Earl of Sandwich Interior vegetarian

    Assem­bly line at Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich on Urbanspoon
Earl of Sand­wich Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place
1750 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

(See Google map at end of arti­cle)

$2–8 an item

Sun — Thur 8:30am — 11pm
Fri — Sat 8:30am — 11:30pm

Counter ServiceKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available



Wolf­gang Puck Express fea­tures Wolfgang’s most pop­u­lar dishes in a fast-casual set­ting. The menu offers break­fast and lunch items includ­ing hand-crafted gourmet piz­zas, sand­wiches, soups, fresh sal­ads and other Wolf­gang Puck clas­sics. Veg­e­tar­ian break­fast items include bagels, waf­fles, french toast, cereal and omelets. Lunch and din­ner veg­e­tar­ian items to try:

Wolfgang Puck Express

Inte­rior of Wolf­gang Puck Express

  • But­ter­nut squash soup
  • Roasted beets salad
  • But­ter let­tuce salad with bal­samic vinaigrette
  • Greek salad
  • Roasted veg­etable sandwich
  • Margherita pizza
  • Roasted sea­sonal veg­etable pizza with pesto


Wolf­gang Puck Express Down­town Dis­ney Mar­ket­place

Wolfgang Puck Express

Wolf­gang Puck Express at Down­town Disney

1780 E Buena Vista Drive Lake
Buena Vista, Florida 32830

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Wolf­gang Puck Express website

$5–12 an item

Hours: Daily 9am — 11pm
Break­fast served 9am — 11am

Counter ServiceKid friendly activity or diningOmnivore options available




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