veg ‘n’ out: magic kingdom
Vegetarian options throughout Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Disney World’s theme parks are filled with fun, excitement and magical experiences for everyone to enjoy. My favorite rides in the Magic Kingdom included the speed and thrills of Space Mountain or getting soaked on Splash Mountain. For a little more relaxing experience, I really enjoyed Mickey’s PhilharMagic 3D movie and the audience interactive Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. All the fun and laughter really works up an appetite!
Probably like most vegetarians visiting a theme park, there is always a concern about finding a healthy, balanced vegetarian dining options. I have found that Disney World has provided that option more so than other Orlando area theme parks. I would recommend eating a large, healthy breakfast before a long day at Disney. Although, there were a variety of vegetarian options throughout the park, the prices are high in comparison to the taste and quality of the food.
The Tortuga Tavern within Adventureland offers a vegetarian burrito ($7.09) filled with cilantro rice and black beans. After picking up your burrito, venture over to the toppings bar to add your choice tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and salsa. All ingredients of the vegetarian burrito are vegan, as long as cheese and sour cream are omitted.
Also within Adventureland, they have snack options such as a fresh cut pineapple spear at Aloha Isle & ice cream, slushes, coffees and soy milk available at the Sunshine Tree Terrace. ($3–4)
Head over to Liberty Square for more fresh and healthy snack options. At the Diamond Horseshoe, they offer a Portobello Sandwich served with a choice of apple slices or potato chips. ($8.29) In the Liberty Square Market, there are an array of fresh vegan snacks, such as: pickles, apple slices, oranges, green apples, bananas, grapes, mixed fruit, watermelon, pineapple, carrot/celery sticks, baked potato, Ocean Spray Craisins and Ocean Spray Craisins Fruit and Nut Trail Mix. ($1.29–3.69) Other great vegan snacks throughout the park include plain soft pretzels and fresh popped popcorn.
For heartier, American type food, try Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland. This cafe offers three different ‘bay’ areas to order and pick up different menu items. ‘Bays’ 2 and 3 offer the most vegetarian options. I chose the vegetable burger ($7.59) from ‘bay 2′ with the choice of apples or fries. After I picked up my food, I headed over to the topping bar to dress my burger. The topping options included lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, relish, green peppers, mushrooms, grilled onions, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and cheese sauce. The vegetable burger patty is vegan, but a vegan bun would need to be requested.
My sister had chosen the vegetable sandwich ($9.39) from ‘bay 3′ with the choice of apples, cucumber salad or fries. It was loaded with grilled vegetables of squash, zucchini, red onion, lettuce, tomato and served on a hearty, whole grain roll. ‘Bay 3′ also offers a greek salad ($7.29), strawberry yogurt ($1.99) and a cucumber salad ($2.99).
For the ultimate in Disney dining, try Cinderella’s Royal Table in Fantasyland. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this fairy tale dining experience includes a prix fixe menu, photo with characters and a chance to dine in Cinderella’s castle. Breakfast is an all-you-care to eat American fare dining. Lunch and dinner offers an entree of vegetarian “Cassoulet”, a baked French-style casserole of Cannellini and Garbanzo beans topped with wild mushrooms, zucchini, shallots, tomatoes, and herbs. ($36 to $59.99)
There are many more dining options throughout the park. I’ve just touched on a few I ate at during my recent visit to the Magic Kingdom. If you are vegan or have any other special dietary needs, I would recommend bringing in your own snacks or food. Also, If you plan ahead and call Disney for a dining reservation, most restaurant can be very accommodating to particular dietary needs at the full-service dining restaurants.
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