Just a few things I noticed about taking a week long Disney vacation:
Either stay at a place with a microwave or commit to spending big for every meal (big by Mississippi standards, at least).
Disney table service restaurants that take reservations are worth it, especially for vegans. They’re more money, but the food is really good, many have characters for your kids to meet, and they’ll take care of any allergies or restrictions.
The quick service places are less money, but the vegan options are often quite meh., and small to boot. If I’m eating a shredded cabbage and edamame sandwich, which had very few calories, doesn’t it stand to reason that I’ll at least need a decent-sized sandwich?
Always bring a portable charger for your cell phones. We used this Moko charger, and it was great. It does passthrough charging and can charge two devices at once.
Bring good shoes. It won’t be enough to keep the pain away, but it will make it manageable.
Take a day off in the middle. Swim at the hotel’s pool. Take in a movie. Sleep late. Heal. This is the one thing we should have file, but didn’t.
I’ll write more about this later, I’m sure, but that’s enough for now.
So we’re planning a trip to Disney World in Florida, one my wife has almost entirely paid for via clever use of credit card reward points programs.
So in addition to buying new walking shoes and training for the many miles we will walk each day, we’ve been researching just how I’m going to find something to eat.
Fortunately, “The happiest place on earth” generally knows how to take care of vegans (And anyone with dietary restrictions, whether they’re religious, allergies, our whatever).
I’ll go through park by park in a later post, but today I’ll start with a few universals.
Disclaimer: I’m still planning my trip, so all this info is second-hand.
- popcorn (it’s not real butter)
- Anything made with Gardien Chick’n
- Dole pineapple whips
- Most of the quick serve places have at least something you can eat
- Use the Disney app to check the menus ahead of time
Any nice sit down restaurant or buffet IF you tell them when you make your reservations and again when you get there
Basically, any place that takes reservations will take care of you if you ask. You should ask in advance if you can, but I’ve read several accounts of vegans having good experiences even without calling ahead.
The Disney World app. Seriously.
PETA has a good info page on Disney vegan options. (regardless of some of their questionable actions over the years).
The Vegan Disney World blog is also great.