Vegan @ Disney: Spice Road Table

If you like Mediterranean food at all,  you power it to yourself to stop of in”Morocco” the next time you’re at Epcot. Make reservations at the Spice Road Table. 

I had a great available to me on-menu: delicious hummus and olives for an appetizer, and a wonderful veggie sampler for my entree, including

  • Hummus fries (similar to falafel, but subtly different) That were perfectly crisp on the outside yet soft on the inside,  with just a hint of spice
  • Vegetable dolmas (grape leaf wraps) with a savory and slightly sweety taste from the pine nuts and pumped raisins on top
  • Couscous with a delightfully rich flavor
  • And plenty of warm pita bread

I left feeling quite full,  and I’m a big eater (literally:  I’m 2 meters, or 6’7″, tall).

The mint tea was delicious: very light and refreshing after a warm day of park walking.

Our waiter, Saleem, was amazing, and made sure our 3 year old had familiar food.

Final word:  don’t miss it.  This was the best of the restaurants for service and flavor, and it had some amazing competition.

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Vegan @ Disney: Liberty Tree Tavern

Not pictured: the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten.  I’m really bad at food photography.

We went to the Magic Kingdom two days during our Disney World trip. On the first day, we ate at Cinderella’s Castle. But that’s an expensive, once-per-trip (at most) expedition. We went with something more low-key (and less expensive), The Liberty Tree Tavern.

Like Cinderella’s Castle, Liberty Tree had a few great vegan options on the main menu. We had corn fritters for an appetizer, and I ate the “Vegetarian Proclamation” sandwich. It was amazing, just filled with seasonal vegetables like squash and zucchini and mushrooms. The entire flavor was just too good. I said “I want to just stay here and eat more of these sandwiches all day. I don’t need any more rides.”

Needless to say, we left and did more rides. But the sandwich was just that good.

This isn’t a very expensive meal by Disney standards, but you will need reservations. There just isn’t really any way to get a walk-in.

Vegan @ Disney:  Cinderella’s Castle 

I probably should have taken the picture before I cut into it. 

Cinderella’s Castle is a great experience if you have kids who are into princesses and  want to get closer to them and get their signatures.

Instead of standing in long lines for a meet and greet, we made reservations,  enjoyed a wonderful meal, and let the princesses come to us. We met Cinderella in the entryway, and Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, and Jasmine (in her new, improved outfit, a beautifully embroidered dress) at the meal. 

That said,  it’s an expensive meal,  and it’s very hard to get reservations  (you need to make them months in advance), but it’s a great experience.

I told the check in staff that I had a food restriction, and our waiter asked about it first thing and brought us a special version of the menu that had allergen information listed. 

They didn’t have an on menu vegan appetizer, but they had no problem fixing me a tasty salad to start with. I ate some pickles and olives from my wife’s appetizer,  but I don’t care about cross-contamination. I know most vegans do, and these olives had touched meat. 

They had a great vegan entree on the main menu, the portabella, couscous, and veggie creation above. At first taste, it seemed bland,  but within seconds a bounty of subtle flavors bloomed across my tongue.

They had a great on menu vegan dessert, too: lemon sorbet with the biggest blueberries I’ve ever seen. The sorbet was just tart enough to be refreshing,  just sweet enough to be delicious. 

If you or your kiddos want to meet the princesses, Cinderella’s Castle is well worth the time and money.  The food is great, and the princesses come to your table and take the time to talk to your kids, post for pictures,  and sign autographs.

Disney Trip Reflections

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?

Pack less.

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. 

Walkin’ Across (Disney) World 


Like I said earlier,  we’re going to Disney World pretty soon. 

In addition to finding vegan food options,  the big question plaguing me is, “Hey,  I work a desk job.  How am I going to walk all over Disney for six days without calling apart? ”

I’m going to have to find a really good pair of size 15 walking shoes,  the kind that are good for very heavy men, and then I’m going to have to start walking everyday. 

I’ll need to start small,  and build up from there. Perhaps start with half a kilometer/a quarter mile. 

Then I’ll work up by maybe one-tenth mile per day until I’m walking a mile every outing. 

I’ll also need to spend more time on my feet, stand as much as I can,  and walk multiple times each day. That may be more important that how far I walk in one outing. 

As to how I’m going to do this alongside everything else I need and want to get done, well, that’s the hard part. 

Planning a Disney Trip: Vegan Options


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) 
  • pretzels 
  • Anything made with Gardien Chick’n
  • Sorbets
  • 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. 

Sources:

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.