Complete Guide to Vegan Options in Disney California Adventure (June 2021)

Welcome to DCA! Let’s eat some vegan food!

Some dining locations are “temporarily unavailable.” The list below reflects what is open currently (June 2021), and I will update it as each location reopens.

Many of the reopened restaurants have different menus than they had in 2020, so it is important to update yourself! You can’t assume that a menu item that was there in 2020 will be there again now.

Please note that I am just a guest, like you, and I have no control over any decision made at Disneyland. If you would like to express how you feel about the (lack of) vegan options, please send Disneyland an email or comment on one of their official social media accounts.

For quick service locations, you will need to have the Disneyland app to mobile order your food. Some locations require mobile order, and some take both walk-ups and mobile order. There isn’t a list of which is which because they seem to change depending on crowd levels.

It’s very important that you plan it as much as possible in advance, since the time slots on the app get full very quickly for some locations. At the very least, check the app one hour before you would like to eat, but in some cases you need to order even earlier. I would suggest ordering all of your mobile order food at the beginning of the day, as in, when you are standing in line for security, so that you know you will get the times you want.

If you would like to eat at a Table Service restaurant, you will need to make a reservation on the Disneyland app or website, or you may possibly get lucky as a walk-up. You can make table service reservations up to 60 days in advance, and for some restaurants, they will get booked within minutes of becoming available. I suggest setting your alarm for 6am on your 60-days ahead day, and going on the website and trying to book. If there aren’t any times available, keep checking back in case there are cancellations, and in case they add more capacity. If all else fails, then try to do the walk-up list when you are in the park.

If you go to Disneyland, DCA, or Downtown Disney and have any photos of the food, please tag me on Instagram!

Table of Contents:

Table Service:

Quick Service:

Retail Locations:

Table Service:

Alfresco Tasting Terrace (open to Legacy Passholders only)

This is a table service lounge area on the 2nd floor above the Wine Country Trattoria restaurant (which is currently closed). Two important things to know:

  1. It is open to Legacy Passholders only, i.e. those whose Annual Passes were valid on March 14, 2020.
  2. It is table service, so a reservation is highly recommended and often necessary. You can make a reservation on the Disneyland website or app. You may have luck with the walk-up list, so it is worth a shot, but don’t count on it.

I haven’t had the chance to go myself yet, but several readers have been there and have all been told by the cast members that the Screamin’ Cauliflower Ceviche is vegan without modifications. @platypusgonehealthnut graciously shared her photos with us below!

Below are photos from @vegandisneyvillain! She got the Screamin’ Cauliflower Ceviche, and was also told by the server that they have a secret-menu vegan version of the sliders. They use Impossible and have chimichurri sauce and red onion.

Here is another photo of the Screamin’ Cauliflower Ceviche from @leathercouch73 on Instagram! Her review: ” The Cauliflower Ceviche was amazing, and the sauce that came with it was very good but very spicy.”

And of course, they have lots of classic DCA cocktails here, as you can see on their menu.

Here are some more of @leathercouch73‘s photos and some info she got! Thank you so much, Kayleigh!

A Bug’s Drink (non-alcoholic; Minute Maid Lemonade with Granny Smith Apple Syrup, with fresh Watermelon):

The Stinger (Dulce Vida Pineapple-Jalapeño Tequila, Cointreau and House-made Orange-Habañero Simple Syrup):

She also asked about the Bloody Mary mix, and was told that it does contain fish, so it cannot be made vegan.

Carthay Circle Lounge

This menu looks the same as during A Touch of Disney, except for the Winter Salad has changed into the Spring Salad. 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)

  • I would imagine that omitting the cheese on the Spring Salad (Upland Cress, Strawberry, Tangerine, Goat Cheese) would make it vegan, but please verify with your server/chef, since there might be other animal products hiding in it.
  • Assorted wine, beer, hard cider, and specialty cocktails

Lamplight Lounge

This looks to be the same as during A Touch of Disney, at least as far as the plant-based options are concerned.

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) ($22.00)

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.

Some guests have had luck ordering the secret menu vegan nachos lately! They are not always able to make them, but it is worth asking.

Similarly, they can also sometimes do the secret menu Vegan Potato Skins.

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.

Lamplight Lounge Brunch

Lamplight Lounge Brunch is offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and you’ll need to make a reservation or get very lucky as a walk-up.

They offer a fully vegan meal: the Potato Flautas, which consist of Plant-based Chorizo, Dairy-free Piquillo Crema, Serrano-Tomatillo Salsa, Arugula Salad, and Escabèche.

These are very delicious in my opinion, and also very spicy. Be ready for some heat.

In the past, they were able to make a veganized version of the Chilaquiles as well, though I’m not sure if they still can. Please let me know if you ask!

They have a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, most of which are vegan. The last I checked, the bloody mary mix was vegan; it did not contain fish, but please double check. You may look up any of the beers or wines on Barnivore if you are so inclined.

Wine Country Trattoria

The last I checked, the Rustic Bruschetta was vegan without the cheese, and the Spaghetti Aglio Olio entree was vegan without modifications. As always, make sure to double check with your server.

They have a variety of cocktails, beers, wines, etc. that you may look up on Barnivore if you are so inclined.

Quick Service:

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.

For A Touch of Disney, they had a different menu with pineapple and lemon flavors, but now it looks like they are going back to the regular, original menu, which is with lemon Dole Whip, and the Pixar Pier Parfait. They put the new plant-based menu icon next to those, which is really nice!

It’s Lemon!: Nondairy Lemon Soft Serve in choice of Cup or Cone (the cones are vegan) ($4.99)

Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait: Nondairy Lemon Soft-serve with Blue Raspberry Swirl ($6.49)

Award Wieners

Still nothing vegan on the food menu (it is still actually the Corn Dog Castle menu, not the previous Award Wieners menu), but there are assorted beers and beverages.

Bayside Brews

This is a beer stand where you can also get Mickey Pretzels, which are vegan! Skip the cheese add-on and get some mustard instead.

Cappuccino Cart

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 drinks with!

Cocina Cucamonga

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!

Tacos Dorados de Papa: crispy Potato Tacos topped with Cabbage Slaw, Dairy-free Crema and Tomatillo Salsa ($9.49)

They are labeled as “plant-based” with the plant-based menu icon, which means that they are vegan without modifications.

These tacos are quite different from the Touch of Disney potato tacos that they had. These ones are two thin tacos that are deep fried and have potatoes in them, and then they are loaded high with all of those toppings. You can then pick up the taco and eat it like a giant chip as if it were nachos.

They were super crunchy and delicious. On my Youtube channel you can see me doing a taste test with these, and the crunch is very satisfying!

On the app when I ordered these, it gave me the option at add the lime-cilantro rice, which I didn’t do here, but if you wanted it to be a larger meal, then I would suggest that. Depending on your appetite, you could either get just the tacos for a small/medium meal, or add the rice for a larger meal.

They also have assorted beers and margaritas here at Cocina Cucamonga. Last I checked, the Micheladas contained fish.

Cars Land Cozy Cones

There is not much here – the Popcone cone has recently reopened and the plain butter flavor is vegan, but last I checked, the other flavors had dairy. There are a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at each cone.

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café (Starbucks)

Here you can get basically all of the same vegan options you would expect at a regular Starbucks! Quite an extensive list, so I won’t go over them all here, but most drinks can be veganized by choosing soy, almond, oat, or coconut milk. There is usually very little in the way of vegan food, but sometimes a few packaged snacks.

Flo’s V8 Cafe

Brand new as of April 2021 is the burger below, which is labeled “Plant-Based,” i.e. needs no modifications:

Impossible Burger: Impossible Patty, Dairy-free American Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Lettuce and Tomato on Sesame Seed Bun with Cuties Mandarin Oranges or Steak Fries

I got one of these for the first time on 5/8/21 and it was decent! Nothing spectacular, nothing to try to impress anyone with, but quite tasty, and the views of Cars Land from the patio can’t be beat!

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop:

Under the ice cream flavors, you will see the Raspberry Sorbet, which is vegan and has been there for a while, but what is exciting and new is that they now have a Vanilla Coconut – Non-Dairy ice cream flavor! It is the vegan ice cream brand Coconut Bliss.

Below is a sundae that we created from scratch. It has the vegan vanilla ice cream, the raspberry sorbet, the chocolate sauce, the strawberry topping, and diced almonds. I bought a bag of squares of the 72% dark chocolate (this is the only vegan variety; all others have milk) and topped it with one of those:

You could do lots of variations of this, with several scoops of the vanilla, or with different toppings like the pineapple puree, as seen in this older one I had below:

Note that the hot fudge topping contains dairy, but the chocolate sauce is vegan; that is the one you will want to get on your sundae.

Here is the thing – with this vegan vanilla ice cream on the menu, that now opens up a world of possibilities with the shakes and floats! I asked the cast member there if it would be possible to do a shake with the vegan vanilla ice cream and the almond milk that they keep on hand for coffee drinks, and she said that was totally possible. I got a shake by ordering it with almond milk, vegan vanillla coconut ice cream, and chocolate sauce, and it came out delicious!!

Also, you could get a root beer float or a coke float with the vegan vanilla ice cream. I can’t wait to start trying out all of these possibilities!!

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.

Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums

There are no vegan cookies here – yet! Let’s keep writing emails asking for them!

They do have both almond and soy milk in cartons, however:

Mendocino Terrace

This is a wine bar adjacent to the Wine Country Trattoria restaurant. They have a Bavarian Pretzel, which is vegan, but nothing spectacular. You may look up any of their wines and beers on Barnivore if you are so inclined.

Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.

This is a beer stand near Cocina Cucamonga that has Karl Strauss assorted hand-crafted beers.

Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible Foods:

Now that I’ve been to opening day of Avengers Campus, I’m updating this section! The dishes that I list below are labeled explicitly plant-based, which means that they “contain no animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey,” i.e. that they are vegan without modifications.

Breakfast:⁣

Impossible Quantum Garden Breakfast – Plant-based folded omelet with Impossible breakfast sausage, crispy potato bites, and focaccia toast⁣


⁣Lunch/Dinner (Blue Particle Specials):⁣

Impossible Spoonful – Rigatoni and ditalini pastas, plant-based meat-balls, tomato sauce, dairy-free Parmesan, and micro basil⁣

Kid’s Menu:⁣

Mini Pasta & Impossible Meat-balls – Rigatoni and ditalini pastas, plant-based meat-balls, tomato sauce and dairy-free Parmesan served with coconut milk yogurt and small DASANI water⁣

Here is a video of us in Avengers Campus on opening day getting all this food at Pym Test Kitchen and the Shawarma Palace – these have my taste tests/reviews in them!

Rita’s Baja Blenders:

  • Rita’s Lemon-Lime Margarita
  • Rita’s Strawberry Margarita
  • Red Sangria
  • The Tropicool (Lemon-Lime or Strawberry)

Shawarma Palace:

I was able to have the Impossible Victory Falafel on opening day, but I didn’t manage to snag a mobile order window for the breakfast version. If you get it, please tag me in any photos you may have!

The dishes that I list below are labeled explicitly plant-based, which means that they “contain no animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey,” i.e. that they are vegan without modifications.

Breakfast:

Impossible™ Breakfast Sha-warm-up
Plant-based Breakfast Sausage and Egg Omelet Wrap with Dairy-free American Cheese and crispy Potato Bites, served with Spiced Maple Syrup

Lunch/dinner:

Impossible Victory Falafel – Plant-based-falafel and cauliflower wrap, garlic spread, hummus and coconut yogurt-tahini sauce with pickled vegetables⁣

Smokejumper’s Grill:

It looks like they are keeping these two awesome items from A Touch of Disney!

  • Petite Impossible Burger with guac and pepper jack and tomato on a toasted mini bun (plant-based; new) ($7.99)
  • Impossible Chili Waffle Fries with spiced Impossible chili with beans, tomato and corn, spicy mayo, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo (plant-based; new) ($7.99)

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!

They also have various beers and cocktails.

Sonoma Terrace:

Here they 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

Studio Catering Co. Truck / Hollywood Lounge

It is very exciting that the Studio Catering Co. Truck is back!! You can mobile order the Truck’s menu through the Hollywood Lounge next door to it.

It has two items that are labeled “Plant-Based” and thus require no modifications. They are some of my absolute favorites in DCA and I’m so glad they’re back!

Plant-based Backlot Nachos: Soy Chorizo with House-made Tortilla Chips, Dairy-free Cheese and Crema topped with Green Onions ($10.49)

Potato and Soy Chorizo Tacos with Dairy-free Crema and Salsa de Arbol ($6.49)

Pictured below is one order of the nachos and one order of the tacos. The tacos are more snack-sized, and the nachos are more meal-sized.

This is two orders of the tacos:

Here is the most recent order of nachos I got on 5/8/21! Still just as delicious as before!!

The Hollywood Lounge, just across the way from the Studio Catering Co. Truck, has an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Vending Carts:

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:

At the various vending carts throughout DCA, you can get popcorn (the fresh popcorn from the carts is vegan; it is made with canola/coconut oil, and not butter). I saw popcorn carts on Pixar Pier and in Grizzly Peak near Soarin’, but I’m sure there are more.

As far as other vending carts, normally there would be Mickey Pretzels (hold the cheese, which is an add-on anyway), pickles (sometimes in various flavors like spicy, dill, etc.), whole fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, mango, pineapple, etc.), cotton candy, frozen fruit bars, and some accidentally vegan packaged candy (for example, Red Vines).

While I was in DCA on 5/2 and 5/8, however, I somehow didn’t spot any of these snack carts! Both Mortimer’s Market and Fairfax Market were closed (Fairfax was vending churros at one point, but nothing else), so if you’re only in DCA for the day, I wouldn’t count on finding any of these. But if you spot any snack carts, please let me know!

Below are some old photos as a placeholder for when these items return to DCA:

Retail Locations:

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:

Trolley Treats

It has never happened yet that anything in the bakery case is vegan, though maybe one day it will happen!

Sometimes they have the plain candied apples, the ones with just the red candy glaze and nothing else, and those are vegan.

Most of the time, they have the Snacks with Character, many of which are repackaged Enjoy Life allergy-friendly products. Most of them are vegan, for example the ones below:

Note that most of the Chip & Dales snacks are vegan (the green, purple, and red packages below are vegan), but some are not (for example, the blue one below contains dairy). See the ingredients lists that follow.

That’s going to do it for now! I’ll update this post whenever I get more info. If you go to Disneyland, DCA, or Downtown Disney and have any photos of the food, please tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see and hear your reviews!

I hope to see you in the park real soon!

If you’re looking for vegan options in other parts of the Disneyland Resort, please see my most recently updated Complete Guides for those!

12 comments

  1. Thank you for getting these updates! I recently started making the change from vegetarian (20 years) to vegan and your blog has been immensely helpful as I incorporate my new commitment with my existing passion for Disney parks.

    You wrote that “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’. ” Did you verify this with a Disney chef? I’m just curious because they don’t explicitly say “plant-based cheese” or “plan-based mayo” and that makes me nervous (I’ve seen other venues put dairy products on plant-meats) 😰 Also, can we be certain that the buns used for the “plant-based” burgers are vegan, or should we ask when we order?

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    1. Congrats on going vegan!
      It is a plant-based logo/menu icon that Disneyland and Walt Disney World introduced in 2019. It is defined as “contains no animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey.” If you see the logo, it means that the entire dish is plant-based, according to that definition – so no animal dairy, but rather, plant-based dairy. The cheese on this burger is Follow Your Heart 🙂 You can read more about when they introduced this menu icon here: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/09/hundreds-of-plant-based-dishes-are-coming-to-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-resorts/

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  2. Lisa, I just want to say thank you for publishing this! I can’t wait for Disneyland to adopt even more plant-based options. All the food looks amazing.

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  3. Hi Lisa. Do you know if the horchata at Cocina Cucamonga is vegan? The description just says rice and cinnamon drink but I know a lot of people put dairy in theirs. Thanks!

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  4. Thank you for your posts and updates! We went to Lamplight Lounge Lounge yesterday (June 14) and asked about the vegan nachos. They were able to make them for us! We also asked for them gluten free so they were pretty basic but still good. They had vegan shredded cheese (tasted like Follow Your Heart parm), Pico de Gallo, and jalapeños. It looks they are starting to restock vegan items for modifications. I’m so glad we asked!

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    1. Oh my goodness, that is so exciting!!! Thank you for letting me know!! I’ll put that in the post! That was a good idea to ask! I think it might have to do with the brunch starting again soon, they are stocking the kitchen up more for that. I hope you had a wonderful time in the park!!

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