I went to A Touch of Disney on March 19 to check out all of the vegan options! There are quite a few, so it was a challenge to try to fit it into one day, but I did my best. Let’s go over it all so you can know what to expect when you visit A Touch of Disney and are looking for vegan food!
There is more info about the menus on the Foodie Guide to Touch of Disney on the Disney Parks Blog. Here, I am highlighting all of the vegan options of course.
If you go to A Touch of Disney and have any photos or reviews of the vegan options, I’d love to see! Please tag me on Instagram with them 🙂
Here is also a video version of the guide if you’d like to watch it!
Use the jump links in the table of contents below to see a given section:
Table of Contents:
- Cocina Cucamonga
- Rita’s Baja Blenders
- Smokejumper’s Grill
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
- Sonoma Terrace
- Award Wieners
- Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff
- Cappuccino Cart
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
- Cars Land Cozy Cones
- Bayside Brews
Carthay Circle Lounge:
This menu looks the same as before. The following can be veganized:
- Strozzapreti Pasta with San Marzano Tomatoes, Basil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano (modify: no cheese, no butter)
- Carthay Shrimp Spring Roll with Thai Basil, Mint, and Spicy Aïoli (modify: replace shrimp with avocado; no aioli)
- Winter Pear Salad with Roasted Hazelnuts, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Velvet (modify: remove meat and cheese)
- Assorted wine, beer, hard cider, and specialty cocktails
The new Pastrami-spiced Impossible Burger is labeled explicitly “plant-based,” which means it contains no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey; i.e. it is vegan. Whenever you see something labeled “plant-based” on a Disney menu, that is what it means – vegan with no modifications necessary.
The Pastrami-spiced Impossible Burger consists of a seasoned patty, American cheese, pastrami-spiced pineapple, house-made pickles, mustard aïoli, and toasted focaccia served with malted fries (plant-based; new)
Because the whole dish is labeled “plant-based,” that means we are dealing with a vegan cheese there when it says “American cheese,” and a vegan mayo when it says “mustard aïoli.”
It was, as I expected, super intense but super delicious! Man I just love pineapple on a burger. The whole thing reminded me of something Hawaiian, especially with the pastrami flavors being of course reminiscent of ham, along with the pineapple. The mustard aioli isn’t too overpowering; even my sister who hates mustard said it was actually good. It’s not as strong as a straight mustard because it’s mixed with mayo I suppose.
I asked about the off-menu Vegan Nachos from before, and they are not doable at the moment because they aren’t keeping the shredded vegan cheese on hand like they did before.
Similarly, the off-menu Vegan Potato Skins used to be doable in a vegan version with the vegan cheese, but since they don’t have that shredded vegan cheese, you can’t do a vegan version. I suppose you could leave off the cheese and the other sauces, but it would just be potatoes at that point, and not worth the price in my opinion.
But they do still have the PB and J Roll on the Kid’s menu: Creamy peanut butter and whole wheat “roll” with strawberry jelly.
They also have assorted wine, beer, hard cider, and specialty cocktails. See the menu below for that and if you are so inclined, you can look up any that interest you on Barnivore.
Thank goodness they updated the menu here! This was one of the worst places for vegans prior to the closure; it was a modification of a bean and rice bowl that was quite boring in my opinion. But now, they’ve debuted a fully plant-based option that looks so much more satisfying!
- Torta de Papas Street Tacos – Crispy potato, cabbage slaw with grilled corn, onions, and cilantro, salsa de molcajete in corn tortillas (plant-based)
- Assorted Beer
- Traditional Margarita
- Pineapple Margarita
Before the closure, those potato cakes had cheese in them, it was the most frustrating thing, but now they’ve veganized them! It really sounds like they listened to us!
They are quite tasty, and certainly on the “healthier” side relative to other foods you typically get at Disneyland. It’s just the two small tacos without any rice or beans or anything, so they’re meant to be more of a snack than a meal.
Rita’s Baja Blenders:
- Rita’s Lemon-Lime Margarita
- Rita’s Strawberry Margarita
- Red Sangria
- The Tropicool (Lemon-Lime or Strawberry)
This is quite an upgrade! You probably saw in my Guide to Vegan Options on Buena Vista Street that Smokejumpers has had a very basic, boring Impossible burger for the past few months. But for A Touch of Disney, they have upgraded it, and added yet another vegan dish to the menu as well!
- Petite Impossible Burger with guac and pepper jack and tomato on a toasted mini bun (plant-based; new)
- Impossible Chili Waffle Fries with spiced Impossible chili with beans, tomato and corn, spicy mayo, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo (plant-based; new)
As I expected, these were both delicious! The Petite Impossible Burger has a really generous portion of guacamole, I was glad I had the waffle fries to scoop some of it up! It’s just a tiny bit spicy with the vegan pepper jack cheese on there.
The waffle chili fries were really impressive – I feel like this is a level up from vegan dishes we’ve seen in the park in the past. Just a really good combo of all of the toppings, the impossible chili, the vegan cheese, the spicy mayo. It’s perhaps mild to medium spicy. I’d say if you’re going to Touch of Disney and don’t have a reservation to Lamplight Lounge, these waffle chili fries would be my #1 recommendation. I really hope that they keep these on the Smokejumper’s menu even after Touch of Disney is over!
- Blue Angeleno Cocktail
- Frozen Coca-Cola with whiskey or rum
- Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA
- Bud Light
Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats:
All flavors of Dole Whip are vegan. They are all fruit flavors. If you see a flavor like vanilla, it is not real Dole Whip; it is just soft serve by some other company. In Disneyland, all the flavors are real Dole Whip and all vegan.
At Adorable Snowman, they are bringing back the Lemon, which is perhaps my favorite flavor up there with the pineapple! Previously at this location it was only lemon, and now we get both lemon and pineapple here:
- It’s Lemon! Soft Serve (plant-based)
- DOLE Whip Pineapple Soft Serve (plant-based; from Tiki Juice Bar)
- It’s Lemon and Pineapple Swirl! (plant-based; new)
What a joy to have Dole Whip in the parks again! The lemon/pineapple swirl combo is just heavenly. The lemon is a lot stronger flavored than the pineapple though, so it does tend to overshadow it a bit. If you want to make sure you’re getting the full pineapple experience, then I would recommend getting just the pineapple. Ours are all in cones here, but you can also get them in a cup if you prefer.
Here they will have the same Bavarian Pretzel that they had before. It’s nothing too exciting, but it’s still there. Also:
- Assorted wine, beer, hard cider, and cocktails
- Assorted Coca-Cola beverages
Still nothing vegan on the food menu, but there are assorted beers and beverages.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff:
They don’t have the Memory Refreshers in their full assortment, but they have a few slushie flavors. There wasn’t a huge amount of candy in the store; it was mostly merch, but here are a few vegan candies that I saw:
The Cappuccino Cart between Little Mermaid and Pixar Pier is open, and I asked about their plant milks – they have both soy and almond milks to make all of their coffee drinsk with!
Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Karl Strauss assorted hand-crafted beers
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop:
There is not much vegan here, but there is one variety of their chocolate squares that is vegan – the 72% dark chocolate is the only vegan one; all of the others have milk.
Cars Land Cozy Cones:
There is nothing that looks promising here to me unfortunately! Just beverages.
- Mickey Pretzel, no cheese
- Assorted Craft Beers and ciders
- Mango Margarita
Buena Vista Street Cart:
- Popcorn (the regular butter flavor popcorn is vegan; it is made with coconut and canola oil)
- Caramel Popcorn (before the closure, this caramel popcorn was also vegan, in addition to the regular popcorn)
Vending Carts throughout DCA:
- Mickey Pretzels
- Assorted Candy
- Cotton Candy
- Assorted Fruit Bars
These marketplace stands from the Food and Wine Festival look like very slim pickings. They don’t do modifications on these items because there aren’t really kitchens in these little booths, they do some assembly but mostly they are prepared off side, so they can’t do modifications the way they would in a real kitchen.
The LA Style booth as an Impossible Cheeseburger with non-vegan mac and cheese and what is probably a non-vegan sauce. Even if it were possible to modify, this would not be worth the price. I would definitely recommend going to Smokejumpers instead if you’re looking for an Impossible burger!
The D-Lish booth has a Farmstand Punch (non-alcoholic).
The Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo booth has a Watermelon Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic) and a Berry Mule.
The Golden Dreams booth has a Strawberry-Rose Lemonade (non-alcoholic).
The Uncork California booth has an assortment of wines and mimosas.