Welcome to DCA! Let’s eat some vegan food!
A few tips and notes before we begin:
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, some take both walk-ups and mobile order, and others are walk-up only. There isn’t a list of which is which because they seem to change depending on crowd levels.
On very busy days, it’s 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 checking the app for available time slots perhaps 3 hours before you’d like to eat.
If you would like to eat at a Table Service restaurant, you should try to make a reservation on the Disneyland app or website. 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. On the day you are in the park, however, if it’s not too busy, you can often get lucky as a walk-up. Look on the map on the app and find the restaurant, and see if it has the option to “Join Walk-Up List,” and then you can just join there. You can also go ask at the host stand. I almost always do walk-ups and I’m almost always successful, but if it’s really busy, then sometimes you have to just go for quick service instead.
If you go to Disneyland, DCA, or Downtown Disney and have any photos of the food, please tag me on Instagram!
By the way, nothing below is meant to be health food; rather, it is theme park food. Whenever I have access to ingredients lists, I do post photos of them, but this is not so that you can pick them apart for not being healthy enough. The point of showing the ingredients is that I’m trying to be helpful and show how the item does not contain meat, dairy, eggs, or honey. I pour a lot of time, effort, and money into maintaining this website, and I do all of this research for you for free. Also, I have no control over what goes into the food, so I do not need to hear about it when you think something isn’t healthy enough. Any health policing comments will be deleted 🙂
Table of Contents:
- Magic Key Terrace (formerly known as Alfresco Tasting Terrace. For Magic Key holders only)
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Carthay Circle Lounge
- Lamplight Lounge
- Lamplight Lounge Brunch
- Lamplight Lounge Boardwalk Dining
- Wine Country Trattoria
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
- Award Wieners
- Bayside Brews
- Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
- Cappuccino Cart
- Cocina Cucamonga
- Cozy Cones in Cars Land
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café (Starbucks)
- Flo’s V8 Café
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
- Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Mendocino Terrace
- Pacific Wharf Café / Sourdough Bread Cart
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible Foods
- Rita’s Baja Blenders
- Shawarma Palace
- Smokejumper’s Grill
- Sonoma Terrace
- Studio Catering Co Truck / Hollywood Lounge
- Vending carts with popcorn, pretzels, pickles, fruit etc.
Magic Key Terrace (formerly known as Alfresco Tasting Terrace. For Magic Key holders only)
This is a table service lounge area on the 2nd floor above the Wine Country Trattoria restaurant. Important things to know:
- It is open to Magic Key holders only. You will need to show them your Magic Key in the app.
- It is table service, so a reservation is highly recommended on busier days. You can make a reservation on the Disneyland website or app. On less busy days, you may have luck with the walk-up list, so it is worth a shot, but don’t count on it.
- It is a super relaxing atmosphere and a great way to escape the crowds and recharge! I definitely recommend it on the atmosphere alone, and now it looks like they’re stepping up their vegan game even more, so the food is even more worth it.
Here they have one vegan option with the plant-based menu icon.
Many thanks to @sarahfmunoz for this photo!
Impossible Sicilian Meatball Flatbread: Creamy Tomato Sauce, Dairy-free Mozzarella, Plant-based Meatballs, Dairy-Free House-made Ricotta and Pesto:
The Confit Potato & Garlic Flatbread that was there previously has been removed.
And of course, they have lots of classic DCA cocktails here, as you can see on their menu.
I have been told that the Bloody Mary mix does contain fish, so it cannot be made vegan.
On my last visit there, I tried Heimlich’s Chew Chew Juice (non-alcoholic; Minute Maid Lemonade with Granny Smith Apple Syrup, with fresh Watermelon) the other day and it was very refreshing! Definitely feels like summer! I love all the nods to past lands and attractions at this place.
On the old menu, there was a secret-menu vegan version of the sliders. I cannot say whether they are still prepared to make them since they have now changed the menu, but you can ask! They used Impossible and had chimichurri sauce and red onion. The photo below is from @vegandisneyvillain – thank you Jenelle!!
Carthay Circle Restaurant
This is a fancy table service restaurant that has a menu changes quite often, with each season.
The chefs are sometimes make the off-menu dishes below when you request a vegan option, and it always changes based on the day, the chef, and availability, so please don’t come for me if you can’t get exactly this! It’s just an example of the kind of food that they serve here.
The photos below are from March 2023 from @erinsweldon – thank you Erin! Here is her description of the 3 photos below: “The gnocchi came with pomegranate seeds, sauteed apples, brussels sprouts, and a sweet mustard sauce. The butternut ravioli were served with fennel, mushrooms, kale, more butternet, and topped with a salad of arugula and frisee. The roasted brussels sprouts side dish was vegan as is, here’s the menu description: Cashews, Mint, Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette. And the server said the seasonal salad could be made vegan too. Everything was really good, but the brussels sprouts were the highlight for me. I’m a sucker for brussels sprouts in any form though :)”
Below are some more, older photos to give you an idea of examples of what they typically serve here, though they will always differ to some degree.
The Watermelon Sunshine Salad currently on the menu is vegan as is. It has pistachio, mint, orange, arugula, and candied chili. Also in the background of the photo below, you can see the gnocchi as well, which is a custom vegan dish that they make (see more photos below of that).
Below is the ravioli that Erin was given, it’s a custom off-menu dish. It came with fava beans, asparagus, corn, spinach, cherry tomatoes and a very spicy sauce. Erin said that the filling seemed to be spinach and mushroom.
Here is a photo of the off-menu gnocchi dish with sun dried tomatoes and broccoli stems, taken in September 2022 by @mermaid_tears. Thank you so much Jenifer for this photo!
@mermaid_tearz was also told that the there is a marinara dish on the kid’s menu that can be made vegan.
A bit earlier, in spring 2022, they were serving the ravioli below. Many thanks to @rorothatsme for the photos!
Butternut squash ravioli on a bed of sweet potatoes and kale with a cherry reduction sauce:
Potato Gnocchi with sautéed potatoes, onion and spinach with pomegranate sauce topped with pomegranate seeds:
Many thanks to @mrs.ashley.stone for the photos below as well!!
Carthay Circle Lounge
The lounge area of Carthay Circle, the “Alfresco Dining,” has a different menu from the main part of the restaurant. It has various appetizer-like items instead of entrees.
@mrs.ashley.stone graciously shared these photos and info below about her recent trip to the Carthay Circle Lounge! Thanks so much, Ashley!
They don’t have an explicitly labeled vegan option on the new menu, but they have a vegan version of their Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Cups by using chickpeas instead, and omitting the tzatziki.
They are listed on the menu as beef lettuce cups, but Ashley asked for the vegan version and they knew what to do – chickpea instead of beef, and no tzatziki. She said it was very good and would get it again. Here are her photos of the Veganized Chickpea Lettuce Cups:
Also, they said that the Summer Tomato & Peach Salad was vegan as is, and that they can still make a vegan version of the Strozzapreti Pasta (omit cheese/butter).
Here is the food menu for lunch/dinner, and read to the next section below for info about brunch.
Despite the menu being divided into “Bites” and “Bigger Bites,” I find that all of the portions here are very generous. Even the “Bites,” which seem like the would be appetizers, are plenty large enough to be a meal and to be shared.
The 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.
Below is the Brussels Caesar, which is roasted Brussels sprouts, house-made dressing, toasted pine nuts, garlic croutons, and roasted red pepper and tomato sauce.
It now has the plant-based menu icon, so it doesn’t require any modifications.
Holy moly this thing is delicious! Everyone around our table tried a few bites and we couldn’t get enough of it; every agreed that it was the new star of the menu. Not to be missed!!
Also, ask for the vegan nachos, which are an off-menu version of the lobster nachos. You shouldn’t need to describe the modifications in detail to your server, since they do this pretty often and should know what you mean if you say “vegan nachos.”
As you can see, they are the house-made chips covered in vegan cheese, beans, sauteed onions, bell peppers, and jalapeños:
They have also been doing the secret menu Vegan Potato Skins lately! These are so so good, they are crispy on the outside and beautifully soft on the inside. Love them so much. The vegan version has vegan cheese on them, of course, and then capers, etc.:
Lamplight Lounge recently added a vegan dessert to their menu! Many thanks to @aimees_vegan_eats for the photos and review below!
It is marked as plant-based on the menu, which Disney parks define as “made without animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey,” i.e. vegan without modifications.
Brownie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Berry Sauce and Macerated Berries
“This brownie was so decadent. It’s served warm, so with the combination of the ice cream and berry sauce on top, it’s an incredible tasting dessert! No one in the party will want to miss out on this one. One of my new favs in the park for sure. I want another one already.”
The PB and J Roll on the Kid’s menu has been vegan in the past, but the bread tends to vary. Lately, the bread has had egg in it, so I wouldn’t count on it being vegan on any given day. Below is an older photo from when they were making it vegan. Please make to sure to always double check this, and everything else, when ordering, because ingredients can change from day to day.
Note that the menu has changed recently so that the Ratatouille is no longer there. They used to make a vegan Ratatouille which was a modified version of the Chicken Ratatouille, but not that is no longer on the menu.
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.
Here are some of the mocktails:
Falling with Style:
Mint to Be:
Lamplight Lounge Brunch
Lamplight Lounge Brunch is offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (9am-1pm), 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.
They can also make a veganized version of the Chilaquiles upon request! It’s not on the menu; it’s a secret menu item. This photo is a bit older, but they should look something like this:
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.
Lamplight Lounge Boardwalk Dining
The boardwalk dining is upstairs, it’s the more casual version with a different (smaller) menu from the regular restaurant. It has only a few food items, but then the full bar/drinks menu as downstairs.
They have a different vegan option on this Boardwalk Dining menu, and it’s clearly marked with the plant-based menu icon:
Chorizo Nachos with Potato-Cheese Sauce, Black Beans, Pico de Gallo, Serrano-Tomatillo Salsa, Caramelized Onions, Cilantro and Fried Pickled Jalapeños
Here is what they looked like when I got them:
These were quite good – I really liked the potato-cheese sauce! I’ve made vegan cheeses from scratch that involve potato before, so I assume this is a housemade one like that. The chorizo/soyrizo seems the same as the filling of the vegan Flautas that they have during Lamplight Lounge brunch hours, so this is another great way to utilize that.
Even though I didn’t spend very much time photographing, ours arrived almost cold. It was a very cold day outside, so I suppose it just got cold very fast, but it would have been nice if they had been hotter. Overall, I think these are not quite as good as the vegan nachos that you get when you dine in the downstairs part of Lamplight Lounge – those have different components, a different vegan cheese, etc.
These are inherently spicy because of the chorizo, and they might be too spicy for some people. I thought they were mild, but other people in my party said that they were quite spicy. I ate the entire jalapeño pepper on top and it was my favorite part!! So good.
It’s great that you can get vegan nachos in both the regular part of Lamplight Lounge and in the upstairs Boardwalk Dining section, even if they are quite different nachos from each other. All things being equal, I would say that the regular Lamplight Lounge vegan nachos are a bit better than the Boardwalk Dining ones.
Below is a photo and review from @sara.and.chewie, thank you so much Sara!!
Sara said of this dish: “I still like the off the menu vegan nachos [that you can get in the main part of Lamplight Lounge, not the Boardwalk Dining] better, but I do prefer this potato cheese sauce to the barely melted shreds. The soy chorizo was a bit too spicy for me.”
Wine Country Trattoria
They have recently revamped this menu to be a lot more vegan friendly! Now there is a vegan starter, entree, and dessert, and they are all labeled with the plant-based menu icon, meaning “made without animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey,” i.e. vegan without modifications. When an item is labeled “plant-based,” that means that any mention of cheese, cream, etc. will actually be referring implicitly to vegan cheese, vegan cream, etc.
Tomato Salad: Citrus-marinated Tomatoes, Housemade Ricotta, Pesto, crispy Basil and Watercress
Spaghetti Aglio Olio: Lightly tossed with Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic, Chili Flakes, and Lemon Oil
Torta della Nonna: Pastry Cream-filled Crust, garnished with Whipped Cream, Almonds and Seasonal Fruit Compote
The Spaghetti Aglio Olio has been there for many years, and I’ve had it a few times. Here is a photo from last time I had it:
Below are two recent photos of the Spaghetti Aglio Olio and the Torta della Nonna from @jnets_journey – thank you for sending these, Jeanette!
Also, the last I checked, they were also able to make the Rustic Bruschetta was vegan without the cheese, but make sure to double check with your server, as always.
They have a variety of cocktails, beers, wines, etc. that you may look up on Barnivore if you are so inclined.
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.
This menu always has the Lemon Dole Whip, but it has been going back and forth lately between having the Mango Dole Whip (vegan) and the Vanilla soft serve (not vegan).
So here you can see, our vegan choices are the It’s Lemon! and the It’s Mango! which are both served in a vegan cone, the Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait which is the Lemon Dole Whip layered with Blue Raspberry slushie and topped with a cherry, and the two new specialty cocktails:
It’s Chile-Lime Mango Margarita: Mango Dole Whip with Tequila, Chamoy, Chile-Lime Seasoning (Tajín) and Diced Mango ($14.00)
Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait with Blue Curaçao: Lemon Dole Whip with Blue Raspberry Swirl and a splash of Blue Curaçao ($13.00)
I’m not a drinker so I haven’t tried these new cocktails, but if you have tried them, I’d be grateful for any photos or reviews that you could send my way! 🙂
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)
This is one of my favorites! The Plant-Based Philly Dog: A vegan hot dog (usually Field Roast) topped with mushrooms, grilled onions and peppers and dairy-free crema, served on a toasted bun with cuties mandarin oranges or Filmstrip Fries ($10.29)
Those Filmstrip Fries!! Most satisfying shape of fry, next to waffle fries, in my opinion!
Here’s another photo of when I had it on Disneyland’s birthday in 2021. Just as delicious as I remembered!
They also have an assortment of beverages and beers.
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.
Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
In the Pasta section, they now have an item with the plant-based menu icon: Spaghetti with Impossible Meatballs. When you walk up to the pasta counter, you’ll see several pasta dishes there ready to go, and just ask the cast members which is which, but I believe that with the vegan one, you need to ask for it to be made to order. Much better fresh anyway!
You can optionally get vegan cheese on top. It’s usually Daiya or Follow Your Heart, but this can always change, so ask the cast members if it matters to you.
On the day I got this one, they had run out of the vegan cheese temporarily, so here it is without that:
I thought it was really tasty! It’s just the vegan counterpart to the standard spaghetti and meatballs that they’ve had on this menu for many years. It’s not trying to be something super creative or revolutionary, it’s just a solid, yummy, and filling plate of food. I think the Impossible meatballs were great; I could taste the Italian seasoning in there, particularly the oregano.
Many thanks to @bugmomgf for the photo below of this dish as well! As you can see, there is vegan cheese on these ones. Here is Shey’s review: “It was a super filling portion and the Impossible meatballs were super yummy and flavorful!”
In addition, on the secret allergy menu, you can get a pizza with vegan cheese. Just ask the cast members, and they will have a chef prepare you one of their allergy-friendly pizzas, which means vegan cheese on top of a vegan and gluten free crust (the brand may change, but it is usually Daiya or Follow Your Heart). It is a personal-sized pizza, and they are instructed to not do modifications. Years ago, I could get them to put vegetables on top of it, and you might want to ask, but usually nowadays they say that it has to be just cheese.
It’s a very basic option, it’s not going to be the most impressive thing in the park, but it’s nice that they have vegan cheese at all!
Cappuccino Cart / Joffrey’s
The Cappuccino Cart / Joffrey’s between Little Mermaid and Pixar Pier has soy, oat, and almond milks to make all of their coffee drinks with.
A few commonly asked questions about Clarabelle’s before I get to the options:
- Both the milk and dark chocolate (used for the dips) contain dairy here. Many years ago, the dark chocolate happened to be vegan, but they changed it a while back and it still contains dairy.
- The mixed berry sorbet is vegan, so you could get that, but there is no vegan chocolate dip, so it wouldn’t justify the price to get it alone without any dip or toppings in my opinion.
- They have frozen bananas that they dip in that chocolate, and those will of course contain dairy. However, there are chocolate and peanut covered frozen bananas that are made by an entirely different company that you can get all throughout Disneyland and DCA at the various ice cream carts. See below, at the end of this blog post, for more information on those. The short version is that Clarabelle’s chocolate bananas contain dairy, but the chocolate bananas at the carts everywhere else are vegan.
The Mangonada has been on this menu on and off for years, and it is vegan the last time I checked! It has Two Scoops of Mango Sorbet, layered with Chamoy, Fresh Mango Chunks and a Chile-Lime Seasoning Rim.
Cocina Cucamonga now has a fully plant-based option that is super fun and satisfying in my opinion! I will warn you, Cocina Cucamonga tends to have one of the longest wait times in DCA – both the standby queue, and the mobile order on the app, tends to have long waits. So if you’d like to eat here, please plan it ahead of time before you get hangry!
The fully vegan item is the Tacos Dorados de Papa: crispy Potato Tacos topped with Cabbage Slaw, Dairy-free Crema and Tomatillo Salsa.
They are labeled as “plant-based” with the plant-based menu icon, which means that they are vegan without modifications.
These 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
As of April 2021 they now have 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
When I tried it, I thought 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:
The most recent addition is a Non-Dairy Hot Fudge Sundae, which is made with their new non-dairy hot fudge, vanilla coconut scoops, almond based whipped cream, diced almonds, non-dairy chocolate chips, a 72% dark chocolate square, and a maraschino cherry.
I checked on all of the components of it, it is vegan without modifications. There is no dairy involved, and no carmine or anything else of animal origin in the cherry.
It is quite a masterpiece!
You can still do a create-your-own Sundae as well, which was the standard procedure before this new Non-Dairy Hot Fudge Sundae came out – choose the vanilla coconut scoops and/or the raspberry sorbet, and any of these toppings, or the chocolate sauce, strawberry puree, or pineapple pieces.
The vegan vanilla ice cream brand is Coconut Bliss/Cosmic Bliss.
Below is a sundae that we created from scratch. It has the vegan vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet, chocolate sauce, strawberry topping, diced almonds. I bought a bag of the 72% dark chocolate squares (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.
The one below has the raspberry sorbet, strawberry puree, pineapple puree, and a 72% dark chocolate square:
Note that the normal hot fudge topping contains dairy, but the chocolate sauce is that you see on the shelves is vegan. There is a non-dairy version of the hot fudge that goes on the new Non-Dairy Hot Fudge Sundae, so just be careful to distinguish between the non-dairy hot fudge, the normal hot fudge, and the chocolate sauce.
You can also get 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!!
Jenelle, @the_year_of_disney / @vegandisneyvillain had the brilliant idea of creating an Affogato by asking for the vegan vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso on top! Thanks so much Jenelle for the photo below!!
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:
Lucky Fortune Cookery
The Impossible Banh Mi at Lucky Fortune Cookery is one of my top recommendations in DCA! I eat it very regularly and it is always so good!
Impossible Banh Mi: with Lemongrass-Cucumber Salad
There is also a Kids version, the Kid’s Impossible Banh Mi, which is a smaller version that comes with rice and steamed veggies instead of the lemongrass cucumber salad, and the kid’s version also comes without jalapeños.
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 Café / Sourdough Bread Cart
This is the breadbowl/soup/salad restaurant near Cocina Cucamonga and Lucky Fortune Cookery.
They have a clearly marked fully vegan option here (marked as “plant-based” with the plant-based menu icon, meaning it is vegan without modifications):
Asian Tofu Salad: Red and Green Cabbage tossed in Miso Dressing, Mandarin Oranges, Edamame, Broccoli, and Cucumbers served with Tofu and Sliced Sourdough.
I’m a big fan of this one, especially if you’re in the mood for something nutrient dense and satisfying but also fresh! With all of the tofu, veggies like broccoli and cabbage, and edamame, and the decent portion size, I always feel like this is really nice fuel for an afternoon at DCA. It is served cold/room temperature, so it is better for warmer days.
Also, in front of the restaurant, there is the vending cart with the fresh loaves of sourdough bread made right here in the Boudin factory! These are of course vegan, and so good! And everything tastes better when it’s Mickey-shaped. You can get a Mickey loaf, or a plain round one, or sometimes they make Lightening McQueen shapes, or seasonal shapes like Christmas Trees and Snowmen.
Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
This is a beer stand near Cocina Cucamonga that has Karl Strauss assorted hand-crafted beers. They also have Mickey Pretzels, which are vegan! See below in the section about vending carts for more information on those.
Paradise Garden Grill
Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure changes its menu seasonally: Food and Wine Festival in the Spring, Halloween Time in the Fall, and Festival of Holidays and Lunar New Year in the Winter.
Please check the main page of this blog and my Instagram for the latest updates on seasonal menus, which will include what is currently happening at Paradise Garden Grill.
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.
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
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)
The Mangonada Smoothie used to be able to be made vegan, but I have learned that it comes pre-mixed with yogurt.
I believe that the two smoothies below can still be made vegan if you ask to omit the yogurt. It may be the case as above that they can’t be omitted though; I will update this as soon as I can.
Mango Madness: Mangos, Peaches, Banana, and Lowfat Yogurt blended with Pineapple, Guava and Passion Fruit Juices (omit yogurt)
Strawberry Banana Sensation: Strawberries, Banana, and Lowfat Yogurt blended with Strawberry-Pineapple Juice (omit yogurt)
They also have seasonal Lemonades.
Shawarma Palace is a cart that has two locations: one in the middle of Avengers Campus, and one at the end of it near the Hyperion Theater. It has both breakfast and lunch versions of its wraps.
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.
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
It is with Impossible breakfast sausage that has that sort of apple/save flavor going on, and then vegan cheese and Just Egg, tater tots, and a vegan mayo-type sauce.
I’ve had this many times now and it is just so good every time! It is easily my favorite thing to eat in Avengers Campus. That Spiced Maple Syrup is no joke!! They serve it to you in a little cup, so you can dip it in, or pour it over (I had poured over just a bit of it in this photo), but test it out first, because it packs some serious heat. So so good!!
Impossible Victory Falafel – Plant-based-falafel and cauliflower wrap, garlic spread, hummus and coconut yogurt-tahini sauce with pickled vegetables.
This one is also quite good, but not as good as the breakfast one in my opinion. It gets mixed reviews, and I’ve had it quite a few times now and really enjoy it. I use up most of the coconut yogurt sauce, I feel like that really makes it, but without i, it would be very dry. But as a whole, I think it’s quite tasty.
They now have an upgraded version of their previous Impossible burger! It used to be very basic, but now it is a Double Impossible Cheeseburger with vegan cheese and vegan thousand island sauce!
It is marked plant-based on the menu, meaning that it contains no animal-based meat, dairy, eggs, or honey without modifications.
I’ve had it a few times now and it’s great! I do wish they would melt the cheese of course, but the fact that they have vegan cheese at all is still miraculous to me. To have such a big hearty burger with a vegan sauce and everything, I’m still in shock that this is where we are now as vegans eating in theme parks in 2023!
Smokejumper’s also has various beers and cocktails, which you can look up on Barnivore if you are so inclined.
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
The Studio Catering Truck seems to change its menu very often now, often to coincide with the seasonal food festivals (Food and Wine Festival, Lunar New Year, etc.) – so whenever there is a vegan option here as part of those seasonal events, you will find it in the guides to those specific events.
Before this menu went seasonal, the last vegan item they had there was the Plant-based Al Pastor Loaded Potato. It’s not always available, but I’m keeping the picture here as a placeholder in case they go back this non-seasonal menu soon.
It is a baked potato topped with plant-based al pastor, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan guacamole, and pickled red onions.
If you’re a fan of loaded baked potatoes, you will probably enjoy this! The al pastor is a good amount of spicy, and a bit sweet, with pineapple mixed in.
The Hollywood Lounge, just across the way from the Studio Catering Co. Truck, has an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You can also order the Studio Catering Truck’s food from the registers at the Hollywood Lounge, and then go over to the truck to pick it up. Otherwise, the truck is only mobile order.
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).
Here are the current popcorn cart locations:
- Buena Vista Street (see below for more on this one)
- Popcone Cone (Cozy Cone Motel) in Cars Land
- Grizzly Peak Airfield (near Soarin’)
- Pixar Pier (near Toy Story Midway Mania)
The Buena Vista Street popcorn cart is different from all of the others because it also has Caramel Popcorn that is accidentally vegan!
Look for the cart on Buena Vista Street, just behind the Storyteller Statue (of Walt and Mickey) on your way into Hollywood Blvd.
Below is a photo of the caramel popcorn from this cart followed by the ingredients list of the caramel glaze. As you can see, there is no dairy, which is often in caramel otherwise. But this one doesn’t happen to have dairy!
Be careful to distinguish this from the caramel popcorn that is pre-packaged and that you will find throughout Disneyland/DCA/Downtown Disney (Main Street Candy Palace, Pooh’s Corner, Trolley Treats, Marceline’s Confectionary, etc.). The packaged caramel popcorn from all of these retail locations does indeed contain dairy, while the fresh popcorn from the Buena Vista Street popcorn cart is vegan.
At the ice cream carts throughout Disneyland and DCA, you will find a few options: the Olaf Frozen Lemon Strawberry Bar, the Outshine Fruit Bar, and the Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana!
The newest and most exciting one is the Chocolate dipped frozen banana with peanuts! Many years ago, when I was a kid, they had these frozen bananas, but I think they weren’t vegan back then. Then they disappeared for many years, and now they have finally reappeared, with a new vendor, and the chocolate is dairy-free!! I tried one of these for the first time since my childhood and it did not disappoint! Highly recommend, especially since vegan sweet treats are few and far between in Disneyland/DCA, and this one is great for when you have a sweet tooth but want something other than Dole Whip!
Mickey Pretzels are vegan as long as you hold the cheese, which is an add-on anyway. Grab some mustard packets!!
Find your Mickey Pretzels at the following locations in DCA:
- Bayside Brews (near Silly Symphony Swings)
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co (near Cocina Cucamonga)
The larger snack stands where you will find the bigger assortments (pickles, fresh fruit like apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, pineapple, mango, lots of beverages, some vegan varieties of chips [check ingredients lists], etc.) are:
- Mortimer’s Market on Buena Vista Street
- Fairfax Market on Hollywood Blvd
- Fillmore’s Taste-in in Cars Land
I am a big fan of the Spicy Pickles in particular.
At various carts throughout the park, you will also find cotton candy and some accidentally vegan packaged candy (for example, Red Vines).
By the way, I am often asked if the churros at Disneyland/DCA are vegan, since many churros out there in the world are accidentally vegan. Unfortunately the churros at Disneyland/DCA are not vegan; they contain both milk and egg. Hopefully one day, they will change vendors and this will not be the case anymore – please write a polite email requesting this if you have a moment! But until then, here is the current ingredients list for your reference:
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff:
Here they have a few slushie flavors. There is usually a bit of candy in the store, a smaller assortment of the same things that you find at Trolley Treats.
It has never happened yet that anything in the bakery case is vegan, though maybe one day it will happen!
The plain kettle corn is vegan, but the other varieties have milk (e.g. caramel, cheddar, etc.). Back in the day there was a Sriracha flavor that was vegan too, but I haven’t seen it in a while. For now, just look for the regular kettle corn:
On Fridays and sometimes Saturdays, they have the plain candied apples, the ones with just the red candy glaze and nothing else, and those are vegan.
You will also find these lollipops and other various candies that are at several locations around Disneyland, DCA, and Downtown Disney:
It has been a while since I have seen the Snacks with Character pictured below, but hopefully they will return soon, so I’m keeping them here just in case. Many of them are repackaged Enjoy Life allergy-friendly products. Most of them are vegan, for example the ones below:
Some of the Chip & Dales snacks are vegan, but some contain dairy. Below, I have photos of each of the ones that are vegan, but make sure to always double check the ingredients lists before purchasing, since they can sometimes change.
There are also a variety of packaged candies, and while some of them have gelatin, beeswax, or other animal products, there are a few that are accidentally vegan, or vegan as far as is discernible. There are no obvious animal products in them. I discuss obscure ingredients like dyes, etc., in my FAQ here on my website, but please make your own decision about them.
Heads up on the Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Almonds pictured below: for many years, they were vegan, with no dairy involved, but now (as of November 2022), they are showing milk in the ingredients list, no longer vegan. Maybe one day they’ll change back, but for now, they’re not vegan anymore!
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!
If these guides are helpful to you and you would like to show your appreciation, you are welcome to buy me a Dole Whip 🙂
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!
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?
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/
You can also see the menu icon on the Lamplight Lounge menu of which I posted a photo. If you look at the bottom, it defines it as “made without animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey.”
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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Thanks so much for your appreciation! So glad you find it helpful!! ❤
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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I believe it has dairy – it did last time I checked, but I didn’t have time to check again, sorry! I’ll check again when I can!
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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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!!
We literally cannot thank you enough for this amazingly thorough post about vegan options at Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney. It has been a godsend. We have been vegan for nearly 2 years, but this is our first time back to Disney, and we have saved so much time and trouble because of you! What tremendous work and research you put into this, and it truly truly is appreciated. It has improved our overall Disney experience tenfold. Thank you again!
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I’m so glad that your first trip back since going vegan went well!! 💚💚💚
Thank you so very much for these guides! They have saved us so much time and have been great suggestions! We are in DL now…still no vanilla at Ghiradelli and I was told it’s not returning. I’ve sent an email to suggest finding a replacement.
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So glad they are helpful to you!! ❤ That is too bad about Ghirardelli! I hope they find another brand to replace it at least! I will keep asking!
Thank you for the guide! It has come to be extremely helpful to me! But ugh I wish Disney made more of a push towards vegan handcrafted baked goods. Seems like most of the vegan options are savory. With a major sweet tooth myself, I would love some vegan cookies, Rice Krispy Treats, or cupcakes! Hoping they will make more changes in the future!
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Yes!! Vegan cupcakes would be so amazing, I think they have one in Epcot.. I keep writing emails about that! Hopefully we get some more vegan baked sweet things soon!
I just ordered the sundae at the Ghirardelli store in California Adventure. The gentleman taking my order, said he can’t guarantee the cocobliss is vegan. Because they don’t make it in house. Just an fyi!
Coconut Bliss is an all vegan brand 🙂
I figured as much. The guy said he can’t guarantee it’s vegan. He kept saying that to me. I have no idea why haha. Just preparing people to hear this same thing. I’m guessing that maybe he’s a manager?
Thank you for all you do! Just a heads up, the Mangonada Smoothie at Smoozies can no longer be made vegan. I asked if the yogurt could be omitted and they said it comes already mixed and cannot be omitted.
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Okay thank you! Yeah it’s so hard to keep up with everything, thank you for letting me know!
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Lisa you seriously are a godsend for us Disney vegans!!!! Your help and info saves us so much time. I so appreciate you!
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I’m so glad that it’s helpful to you!! ❤ Thank you for your appreciation!! 🙂
Thank you for always posting updates and the *date* that stuff is changed or added!! I love that you point out the obvious stuff on the menu but also the items that can be modified easily, I wish Disney would put a little more effort into letting people know that it can easily be made vegetarian or vegan! I love that I can swing by here and get a rundown on the latest stuff compared to some other Disney food blogs which will act like it’s a new 2022 version of an article and then just reprint all the info that was from 2021 or before! Keep sharing the great info and tips and hopefully Disney will continue to add options and comments to help non-meat eaters out! 🙂
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I do my best! 🙂 Thank you for your appreciation!! ❤
Can add that the hot fudge sundae at Ghiradelli’s was soooo good I nearly cried! It’s not cheap but worth every bite!
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Yes!! I love it so much! So good for sharing with someone if you want to bring down the price!