Note: Disney World is currently closed due to everything going on–I went before it closed.
This year Disney World rolled out new plant based options that are labeled on their menus with a leaf (that says made without animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey), which is so exciting! (In the past, you’d usually have to notify your server that you have “allergies” and then explain that you’re vegan and what that means.) This made eating at Disney World in 2020 so much easier than my other trips! The last couple of Disney trips I was also eating gluten free, but I’m no longer eating gluten free, so this trip was the easiest/best for me food wise.
Even though there are labeled vegan options at Disney World now, I also read Vegan Disney World before my trip to get an idea of the options available, and I recommend you do too if you’re planning a trip.
ABC Commissary (Commissary Lane/Quick Service)
One of the days I went to Hollywood Studios, my family got there super early before the park opened so we could try to get in the queue for Rise of the Resistance. (We did it! Let me know if you want to know more about that!) Usually we’d eat breakfast at the Caribbean Beach Resort where we were staying, but since we wanted to get there early, we waited to eat breakfast until we were in the park and decided on ABC Commissary because they were open early. (We already had our food before the park officially opened.)
The plant based option was Chilaquiles that featured house fried tortillas topped with Just Eggs, corn, black beans, caramelized onions, poblano peppers, rancho sauce, pico de gallo, and avocado. They didn’t exactly taste like classic chilaquiles and were more like breakfast nachos, but I was fine with that, and I’m just excited to see Just Egg at Disney (it’s so good!) It was plenty filling too. The rest of my family wasn’t thrilled with the breakfast options though since they were a little more “out there” (shrimp and grits or a charcuterie Platter for breakfast does seem a little odd.)
PizzeRizzo (Muppet Courtyard/Quick Service)
After watching the rest of my family get pizza at a couple of places with no vegan pizza options during the trip, I was so ready for some pizza, so I suggested we try PizzeRizzo. I’d read on the Vegan Disney World blog that although there isn’t a vegan pizza on the menu, you can ask them to make you one with vegan cheese (the vegan option is currently a Spicy Italian “Sausage” Sub that also sounds good.) Pizza comes with a salad, so I asked for a plain salad instead of Caesar, and they gave me a balsamic dressing to go with it. When I ordered the pizza, they told me it’d be 15-20 minutes, and it ended up being about 15.
It’s pretty hard to mess up pizza, and I enjoyed this basic pizza with roasted veggies and vegan cheese. It was small though, so keep that in mind if you’re really hungry (it was actually perfect for my level of hungriness lol.)
Woody’s Lunch Box (Toy Story Land/Quick Service)
This trip was my first time to visit since Toy Story Land opened, and it’s so cute! For dinner one day I ordered the veganized Totchos (tator tot nachos!) from Woody’s Lunch Box. To make them vegan, they replace the meat/dairy cheese with vegan chili and cheese and leave off the sour cream. When ordering, I asked for the Totchos but made vegan, and the associate was able to make the modifications for me.
I thought the totchos were tasty, fun, and filling–I wasn’t able to finish them/I think you could split them with someone if you’re not super hungry. They don’t offer a vegan sour cream, but I’ve never been a big sour cream fan, so I didn’t mind that and was happy they had vegan chili and cheese.
SCI-FI DINE-IN THEATER RESTAURANT (COMMISSARY LANE/TABLE SERVICE)
The sci-fi dine-in theater has been one of my favorite restaurants at Disney World since I was a kid–I love the vintage atmosphere. The restaurant is set up to look like an old drive-in movie theater, with tables that looks like cars, and a big screen that shows clips from old sci-fi/horror movies and cartoons.
Sci-fi dine-in theater currently has two vegan entree options, Szechuan Lettuce Wraps and the Flying Saucer Burger, as well as an Island Cake (I think crab-style cake) appetizer and a vegan dessert milkshake. I chose The Flying Saucer Burger, since I had read up on Vegan Disney World ahead of time and heard that the lettuce wraps are hard to assemble in the dark.
The Flying Saucer Burger was an Impossible Burger with grilled portobello mushroom, mozzarella, garlic-tomato aioli, lettuce, and tomato. I thought the burger was good, but not as good as some of the amazing vegan burgers here in Austin (like Arlo’s and The Beer Plant.) The vegan cookie milkshake was my favorite part, and the fries were tasty too.
Overall I was happy with the meal, and I will go back to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater every time I go to Disney World because I love the theme so much, and it’s nostalgic for me.
HOLLYWOOD BROWN DERBY (HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD/FINE DINING)
Hollywood Brown Derby is a fine dining restaurant at Hollywood Studios that I’ve been to a few times now. On the last couple of my visits, the vegan option was a Pho bowl, but the vegan option is now Plant-based Chopped Steak, so that’s what I ordered.
The chopped steak is Impossible meat based and comes with crushed Yukon gold potatoes, sauteed wild mushrooms, and mushroom gravy. This trip we were using a dining plan, and I was also able to get the vegan curried butternut squash soup instead of a dessert because I wanted to try it (the only appetizer they allow you to swap for is the soup.) I also asked if the bread they brought out for the table was vegan, and it was.
Overall I thought the Plant-based Chopped Steak was good, but not so good that it justifies the double meal credits you have to use to eat at Hollywood Brown Derby in my opinion. I liked the Revolutionary Meatloaf from Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom (which is a similar dish) better. I liked the soup, which had a unique flavor with the mix of curried butternut squash and apple chutney. The bread was also good, though they didn’t have any vegan butter to go with it.
I didn’t get dessert since I switched for the soup, but the vegan option on the menu was a Chocolate-Coconut Cake with chocolate sauce, hazelnut cream, and fresh raspberries.
Coffee is an essential daily snack for me while at Disney. The last couple of trips I always went to Starbucks, but this time I tried Joffrey’s too since they have almond milk. I asked if the flavors for the lattes were vegan, and the associate said yes (and I could see the vegan label on the bottles too), so I got a Caramel Almond latte a few times during the trip.
Popcorn is one of my favorite Disney snacks, and one day at Hollywood Studios I split this Toy Story alien popcorn bucket with my Dad. It’s so cute, but it did get a little annoying once you eat the top part because then you have to reach your arm in for more.
That’s all of the vegan food I ate while at Hollywood Studios during my latest Disney World trip. Have you tried any of the dishes? What’s your favorite vegan option at Hollywood Studios? Let me know in the comments!