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The plants are taking over! Disney announced on Tuesday that by spring 2020, there will be over 400 vegan dishes available at both quick-service and table-service locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The new plant-based menu items are set to debut at Walt Disney World quick service locations on Oct. 1 and at table service locations on Oct. 3
Only about 3% of Americans identify as being vegan meaning they consume no animal products or bi-products yet over 600 food service locations in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Why is this change so huge? As many know, the majority of Disney restaurants are themed which means that dishes, vegan or not, are also themed for that establishment. No cookie cutter dishes here, each establishment will receive dishes and items that are plant based that match the theming from that restaurant.
One thing we do want to be sure to point out is that Disney is careful to refer to these dishes as “plant-based” not “vegan”. The definition of veganism can vary so if you are practicing veganism be sure to consult with your server to ensure each ingredient fits with your lifestyle. Disney does point out that each of these dishes “are made without animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey,” which fits with the broadest definition of veganism though personal preferences on the lifestyle vary.
The new plant-based offerings won’t just be found inside the parks. In fact, according to Disney, every single dining location inside Walt Disney World’s 36 (at time of publishing) resorts and the three resorts in Disneyland will boast vegan options.
Disney is marking each plant-based menu item with a new green leaf logo.
Here are some of the themed options guests will find on both coasts. The “Tatooine Two Suns Hummus” will be found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Le Fou Festin” will be offered at the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Over at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa vegan guests can indulge in “Carrot Gnocchi” at The Turf Club Bar and Grill.”Cauliflower Tacos” can be found at The Wave of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. “Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu” at Animal Kingdom to “Eggless Florentine” on Main Street U.S.A. There is also a “Revolutionary Meat Loaf,” a Impossible Burger-based loaf served at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. The “Felucian Garden Spread” is a vegan dish that has already been made available in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on both coasts.
Several Disney favorites have always been plant-based and that includes the “Dole Whip” a pineapple soft serve that many are surprised to learn is completely vegan. Another fan favorite treat that vegan can already enjoy is the popcorn found at stands in each Disney park. Although many of the flavored popcorn varieties are not plant-based the original is.
Although this is a U.S. based initiative for the time being, there are plant-blased options that can be found at Disney’s park abroad.
Be on the lookout for these new plant-based options making their way to Disney World and Disneyland beginning very soon.
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(Source: Disney Parks Blog, CNN, Orlando Sentinal, USA Today)