Welcome to the hotels of the Disneyland Resort! Let’s eat some vegan food!
A few tips and notes before we begin:
Note that the dining locations inside these hotels (Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, and Paradise Pier) are open to anyone, not just to hotel guests (with the exception of poolside dining of course, because only hotel guests can get into the pool area).
If you make a reservation at one of the table service restaurants, they even give you 3 hours of free valet parking.
If you would like to eat at a Table Service restaurant, it is recommended 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. During non-peak times, though, you should be able to get in as a walk-up if you are willing to wait a bit, though it really depends on availability.
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.
Table of Contents:
Grand Californian Hotel:
- Craftsman Bar & Grill (also the Poolside Menu)
- Storyteller’s Cafe
- Napa Rose
- Princess Breakfast in Napa Rose
Paradise Pier Hotel:
Grand Californian Hotel:
Craftsman Bar & Grill
The Craftsman Grill is the quick service location just past the bathrooms, and the Craftsman Bar is the table service area next to the pool. Inside the Craftsman Grill, you can order food, and there is a grab and go section there. And at the Craftsman Bar, you can order from the bar a well as the food.
For breakfast at Craftsman Grill: This location used to have vegan Mickey waffles, but as far as I know, they are not offering them now.
The options for breakfast are the Chia Pudding and Fresh Fruit.
They also have some fresh fruit and granola bars in the grab and go section. Those Clif Chocolate Chip bars are vegan. For the Kind Bars, some flavors are vegan and some are not (look out for honey in the ingredients lists).
They also still have a Roasted Curried Cauliflower Salad in the grab and go section. I’ve never had it myself before, but people have told me that it is good! On the menu below, it is described as: “Roasted Curried Cauliflower Salad: Curried Cauliflower with Golden Raisins and Tamarind Vinaigrette.” It says “vegan friendly” on the label on the box, last I saw, but make sure to always double check.
Here is the lunch/dinner menu for the made-to-order food:
They list their Avocado Toast in both the breakfast and lunch/dinner menus, but with different toppings. The bread it comes on (sourdough) is vegan, and you can get it made vegan in either version, it’s just a matter of different modifications (e.g. the breakfast version comes with egg, while the lunch version does not).
So you can get the vegan version of this by omitting the egg on the breakfast version, or omitting the cheese on the lunch/dinner version. It will then have as its toppings Pomegranate Seeds, Olive Oil, Pomegranate Drizzle, Parsley and Celery Leaf Salad on Grilled Sourdough.
They also still have their Forest Mushroom Impossible Sausage Pizza on the menu. Omit the cheese and it still has Roasted Mushrooms, Plant-based Sausage, Mushroom Spread, and Caramelized Onions on it. There have been some reports of there possibly being egg in the dough/crust, so make sure to double check when you order.
I’ve had this pizza several times and it’s super delicious, I don’t even miss the cheese. Very satisfying!!
Below is an exciting thing at the Craftsman Grill that @rollercoastervegan got recently! Thank you so much Russell for the photo below, for all of the information, and for coming up with the method of ordering this!
I used to have a version of the Poke/Rice Bowl here on the blog, pre-2020, when they had tofu as an option for it. But since they don’t have the tofu anymore, it would be removing so many of the other components in order to veganize it, so I didn’t include the bowl in the updated blog post.
But @rollercoastervegan talked to a chef recently and they were able to create this great version of it!
Here is how to request the Veganized Rice Bowl:
- Ask for the Rice Bowl
- Substitute crumbled Impossible meat instead of chicken/beef
- Omit egg, egg roll, and aioli
- This chef used a soy glaze sauce instead of aioli
- For veggies: mushrooms (from the pizza), tomatoes, cucumber, edamame, and asparagus, topped with green onion, sesame seeds, and seaweed
I can’t guarantee that you will be able to get this on any given day, it might depend on the chef. But if enough of us go there and ask for it, my hope is that it could become a staple off-menu item that any chef is prepared to make on a regular basis. And then possibly a real menu item at some point. We just need to get over there and keep asking for it!
They also have a wide array of cocktails, beers, wines etc. Most are vegan, but you can look up anything you’re interested in on Barnivore if you like!
If you are a hotel guest at the Grand Californian, meaning you have access to the pool, then the information below about the poolside menu may be of interest to you.
The items above from the Craftsman Bar & Grill are also available on the Poolside Menu. There, they also have an Impossible Burger, which I am assuming comes from the Storyteller’s Cafe menu. It is marked with the plant-based menu icon, meaning vegan without modifications.
Below are some photos of the poolside menu for your reference:
For breakfast, they have a buffet for $49 per adult and $29 per child. It is character dining with Mickey & Friends, so the characters walk around and stop by each table for a quick hello.
As with any buffet on Disneyland property, a few of the buffet items will be vegan, but you’ll want to ask to speak with a chef, who will be prepared to make you some speciality vegan dishes in addition to what is on the buffet. Just make sure to specify to the chef that you need everything to be made without meat, dairy, eggs, or honey.
Many thanks to Brittany who shared the photos and info below with me from her experience in December 2021!
The chef made her vegan Mickey waffles, oatmeal, and a potato/veggie dish with impossible meat. They also served her some vegan cookies and fruit.
The potato dish is actually listed on the menu as Breakfast Potatoes with Crumbled Impossible Meat with Bell Peppers, Onions, Roasted Tomatoes, and Parsley Leaves.
For lunch and dinner, it is a buffet of $44 per adult and $24 per child, and it is not character dining, just regular.
The info I have below is from a few months ago, so it may change from time to time. The menu online lists only vague descriptions, but it says that it should always have a “Plant-Based Offering” under the hot entree section.
For the appetizer, the Blistered Shishito Peppers are vegan, and they can also do a modified version of the salad.
For the entree, they have an Impossible Burger: Toasted Bun, Artichoke Aïoli, Roasted Tomato, Lettuce, Grilled Onions, Cornichons and French Fries or fresh Fruit. Omit the aioli and mushrooms – mushrooms aren’t listed on the description, but I suppose they are still there and perhaps cooked in butter? Just make sure to ask your server to fully veganize the burger.
They can also make an off-menu vegan spaghetti with marinara upon request.
They also have the same Forest Mushroom Impossible Sausage Pizza that is on the Craftsman Bar & Grill menu. Omit the cheese and it still has Roasted Mushrooms, Plant-based Sausage, Mushroom Spread, and Caramelized Onions on it. See the photo above.
For dessert, they have recently started serving the raspberry sorbet again.
They also have an extensive list of cocktails, beers, and wines.
Napa Rose’s menu changes quite often, and although they usually don’t have a vegan dish listed on the menu, they are always prepared an off-menu vegan dish upon request. The photos and info below are the most recent that I have, from May 2022, and they are from @vegandisneyvillain. Thank you so much Jenelle for the photos and info below!
Please note that, like with any off-menu dish, what you see below may change based on any given day or any chef. It is merely an example of the type of thing you might get, but please don’t hold me responsible if you go and they aren’t able to offer you the exact same thing that you see here.
Field Greens Salad with Aged Sherry Vinaigrette:
Vegetable Stack (mushrooms, carrots, green beans, fava beans, cannelloni beans) over pea purée:
Asparagus pasta with pine nuts and capers, lemon and vegetable stock sauce:
Vegan cheesecake with coconut caramel and coffee sauce:
Princess Breakfast in Napa Rose
This is a character dining experience with princesses in Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel. See the page for it on Disneyland’s website for information about pricing, reservation availability, etc.
You will be able to see the princesses in some way, though I cannot say exactly which ones or how the interaction will be, e.g. how far away they are, etc. I would suggest calling Napa Rose close to the time of your visit, since these things can change from day to day.
I’ve never been to it myself because it has quite a hefty price tag (currently $125 per person), but some fellow vegan Disneyland people have been nice enough to share their photos with me!
@nicole_majestic_memories went in December 2021 and shared the photos below! Thank you so much, Nicole!
She asked for the vegan offerings, and this is what they gave her:
Chia pudding, and what I believe is a caramelized banana situation.
Vegan Mickey Waffles:
Impossible Sausage and tofu scramble:
Various desserts, all vegan of course:
I also have an older blog post that gives a review from 2020, and it is quite similar to the options they are offering now, so you can check that one out if you’d like another review.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar / Tangaroa Terrace
Tiki fans rejoice! Trader Sam’s has reopened!
Tangaroa Terrace is a quick service location that offers breakfast, lunch/dinner, and has a walk-up window for espresso drinks and Dole Whips.
Trader Sam’s is the adjacent that bar that opens later for lunch/dinner, and it offers the same menu.
Dole Whip is of course vegan, and they have both soy and almond milk with which to make their espresso drinks and hot chocolate. They told me that they use either Hersheys or Ghirardelli chocolate syrup to make the hot chocolate. The Hersheys is dairy-free, and I believe that the Ghirardelli is also dairy-free (it was at this location in early 2020), but they were currently out of it and so they couldn’t show me an ingredients list.
There are a few grab and go items inside of Tangaroa Terrace as well. Unfortunately, the Chia Parfait in the case below has honey in it (in the granola), which is different from the Chia Coconut Parfait from the Craftsman Grill in the Grand Californian. The latter is vegan, but the one here at Tangaroa Terrace is not.
Breakfast at Tangaroa Terrace:
They still have this Açai Chia Breakfast Bowl from before, which consists of açai purée blended with Bananas, Strawberry, and Coconut Milk, layered with Chia Seed Pudding and topped with Granola, Berries, and Cacao Nibs.
It now has the plant-based menu icon, which is defined as contains no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey.
But because I have trust issues, I had them check for honey in the granola anyway. And it turned out that it does indeed contain honey, despite the plant-based menu icon.
So it just needs this modification, to omit the granola.
But it is misleading that it has an icon that is defined as contains no honey, when it actually does. Hopefully it will be revised soon. Hopefully they can change to a different kind of granola, there are many vegan ones! If you have a moment, please write a quick, polite, and positive email to Disneyland to request this change.
As far as the taste of the bowl, it is basically the same as I can tell from early 2020. A solid, tasty, satisfying breakfast served from 7-11am.
Lunch/Dinner at Trader Sam’s/Tangaroa Terrace:
The Rongo Salad is still there, and still vegan, and has gotten a plant-based menu icon now! Also, it is relatively easy to do a modified version of the Poke Bowl, and there is a secret-menu Impossible burger that requires quite a few modifications.
Rongo Salad: Edamame, Green Papaya, Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Gooseberries, crispy Shallots, Sesame Seeds, and Marinated Tofu, with Fermented Miso Vinaigrette ($13.00)
I just love this salad! It’s very satisfying and filling with the tofu and edamame, and has so many different fun flavors and textures with the green papaya and gooseberries. I really love the dressing as well.
You can get a veganized version of the Poke Bowl by choosing the tofu and then omitting the non-vegan ingredients (aioli, fish roe, crab). The crispy onions are made in a shared fryer.
Poke Bowl: Sushi Rice, Togarashi Aïoli, Crispy Onions, Smashed Avocado, Sliced Cucumber, Masago Fish Roe, and Crab Salad, served with choice of Ahi Tuna, Salmon, or Marinated Tofu ($17.00)
They still have a secret menu Impossible Burger that is a modified version of the cheeseburger on the menu. Omit cheese, bacon, and mayo. Also, the bun has dairy, so it has to be a lettuce wrap. I didn’t get this one again so I don’t have any new photos (I will hold out until they get a vegan bun, probably).
In addition to all of the cocktails, drinks, etc., you can also order Dole Whips at Trader Sam’s (it is basically the same as Tangaroa Terrace; they share a kitchen), and you can get the Dole Whip Float with Rum as well.
Goofy’s Kitchen is a buffet/family style table service restaurant inside the Disneyland Hotel.
Just like with any table service restaurant at Disneyland/DCA/the hotels, and especially with a buffet or family style dining, the first step when you sit down is to tell your server that you need to know about the vegan options, and especially at the buffet, a chef should come out to tell you about them.
Many thanks to Sabrena, @brenapeace, for providing the info and photos below! Below is what the chef told Sabrena recently during the breakfast/brunch hours. Please note that these things will change based on the day, the chef, and current availability. Please don’t come for me if you are not offered these exact same things. It is only an example of the types of food that they sometimes serve here.
As far as the regular buffet items, “the regular hash browns have butter, the regular chilaquiles have pork(and maybe other animal ingredients she didn’t specify), I think she said the regular mashed potatoes have cream, and the regular avocado toast has cheese and bacon if I recall correctly.”
On the buffet, the vegetables at the hot station, the peanut butter and jelly pizza, and the chia pudding at the fruit station are vegan.
The chef then prepared vegan versions of many of the buffet items, such as the hashbrowns:
Vegan (allergy-friendly; gluten-free) Mickey Waffles and pancakes upon request:
Vegan version of the Avocado Toast:
Vegan version of the chilaquiles, which are “delicious, but spicy!”
For the lunch and dinner hours, there are a few things on the buffet which the chef can point out to you, but more things will be made by the chef specially. Many thanks to @plantbased_mag, who shared these photos below!
A few things that are vegan on the buffet – peanut butter and jelly pizza, grilled veggies, fruit, and chia pudding:
A custom vegan pizza with vegan cheese and veggies that the chef prepared specifically:
Strawberry sorbet available on request!
The photos below are relatively recent as well! They are from @andy.kadar, who generously shared the photos and information below!
On the buffet, they sometimes have an Impossible Pasta and a Lentil Curry Stew that the chef said were vegan.
I have been told that the Impossible Pasta on the buffet is vegan, but sometimes there are reports that it is not – it may have cheese in it, depending on the chef or the day. Make sure to double check when you are there.
Vegan Lentil Curry Stew, clearly marked as vegan:
The chef prepared this custom vegan pizza:
As always, when you go, ask to speak to a chef and see what they can do for you! You never know what they will offer!
Paradise Pier Hotel:
This hotel has reopened, but PCH Grill, its main restaurant, will not reopen. I don’t have any info yet about the other dining locations, there is the Sand Bar by the pool and the Surfside Lounge. Those two have not reopened yet, but are supposed to at some point. Stay tuned!
That’s going to do it for now! I’ll update this post whenever I get more info. If you go to Disneyland, DCA, Downtown Disney, or the hotels 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 Disneyland, DCA, or Downtown Disney, please see my most recently updated Complete Guides for those!