A Vegetarian at Disney World | Meal Highlights 2017 Edition

Our recent Disney World trip was full of amazing memories, and the food was certainly one of the highlights. In case you didn’t know, I’m a vegetarian and have been since the age of 16. Last time we went to Disney it was fun to document some of my favorite veggie meals, and I thought it would be helpful to do a follow-up post for the year 2017.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite vegetarian meals from Disney World this year!

Beach Club Resort Meals

This year was the first time we stayed at the Beach Club, which is one of the deluxe Disney World hotels. It was beautiful there, and we hope to return next year to explore it more.

On our first day of arrival, our room wasn’t ready so we decided to find an on-property restaurant to have lunch, and we stumbled onto a place called Martha’s Vineyard. I was quite excited to see one of my favorite lunches of all time on the menu: a tomato mozzarella sandwich! This one was served with a side of delicious orzo salad which was the perfect compliment to the dish. It was perfectly filling and very tasty.

Vegetarian Disney Highlights 2017 - Beach Club Sandwich

There were quite a few other restaurants at the Beach Club that we didn’t get to (there are only so many meals in a day!), but we did take advantage of their quick service breakfast. The breakfasts all come with either sausage or bacon, which I obviously opted out of. The servers seemed very confused and concerned when I said I didn’t want any meat, so they gave me two waffles instead of one. But, I still got to enjoy the classic Disney Mickey waffle breakfast with eggs and hash browns!

Vegetarian Disney Highlights 2017 - Mickey Waffle Breakfast

Mama Melrose at Hollywood Studios

One of the meal options we love to take advantage of is the Fantasmic dinner package. Fantasmic is the nighttime show at Hollywood Studios, and when you book the package, you get lunch as well as early seating for the show. It’s a three course meal and if you’re using the dining plan, it still only uses one table service credit. I went with a flatbread as my appetizer, then the star of the show, the vegetable lasagna for lunch:

Vegetarian Disney Highlights 2017 - Mama Melrose Vegetable Lasaga

There’s also a penne vodka dish on the menu that I’ve eaten and loved before. It comes with prosciutto, but you can request for it to be made without.

For round three, they bring out three mini desserts presented as beautifully as they are delicious.

Vegetarian Disney Highlights 2017 - Mama Melrose Desert

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at Magic Kingdom

Our tradition for the past few trips is to visit Magic Kingdom on our first day and have dinner at Tony’s Town Square inside the park that night. Each time we’ve gone, they end up having something different than the time before, and on this visit I was very pleased with my vegetarian selection. I got the goat cheese-filled ravioli with seasonal vegetables and sun-dried tomato-pesto cream. It was just as delicious as it sounded.

Vegetarian Disney Highlights 2017 - Tony's Goat Cheese Ravioli

Tokyo Dining at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot

Last but certainly not least is our trip to the Japan Pavilion and Tokyo Dining. They seem especially concerned about special dietary requirements here and even sent out the manager to discuss what would be okay for me to eat. This is the first time I’ve seen a vegetarian noodle dish on their menu, so I decided to try it.

Vegetarian Disney Highlights 2017 - Japan Pavillion

My selection this time was a vegetable udon soup. I love Japanese noodle soups (ramen, udon, soba, etc.) and I was happy they had a veggie option. I highly recommend eating at Tokyo Dining if you’re in Epcot. The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating, even more so than the other restaurants in the parks.

There were quite a few meals we didn’t get to have this year, due to having to leave early. Next year, we’re hoping to try Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. We will also visit some new-to-us places at the Canada pavilion and Animal Kingdom.

If you’re a vegetarian, don’t be afraid of the selection at Disney World. They are always accommodating and the meals are memorable!

What’s your favorite food to eat while on vacation?

Disney World Highlights | 2017

Our recent trip to Disney World wasn’t all hurricanes and evacuations – it also included some actual Disney fun! The reason we go to Disney World so often is because of the magic you can feel in the parks and because there’s always something new and exciting going on.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s trip!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

2017 Disney World Highlights - Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We were lucky enough to be at Disney for the opening week of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. If you’re not familiar, the Food and Wine Festival occurs every fall at Epcot and includes food from dozens of countries. Each country sets up a booth with unique offerings of food and drink. They even give you a little “passport” when you get there so you can mark off all the countries you’ve tried! The atmosphere is always so much fun, and in addition to the food, they have bands perform each night in their “Eat to the Beat” series. We caught the Baha Men one night (I’m sure you remember “Who Let the Dogs Out”). Needless to say, food and wine was a big highlight of the trip.

Staying at the Beach Club

This was our first time staying at the Beach Club resort on Disney property. The main draw for me to book this hotel was its close proximity to Epcot. It’s literally a five minute walk from your door to the entrance to World Showcase. We certainly took advantage of this quite a bit since we had so many dinner scheduled at that park. Also, it was possible to take a quick boat ride down to Hollywood Studios. Both these options are so much more pleasant than getting on the Disney buses!

Besides the amazing location, the room was quite nice, very spacious and included a balcony. When we go back, I think we’re going to end up staying here again.

Hollywood Studios

2017 Disney World Highlights - Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is about to undergo some huge changes including the opening of Toy Story Land, Star Wars Land and more. Old attractions have been closing left and right and some have even speculated that the name of the park might be changing. Because of this, it was really important to both D and myself that we go through the whole park and relive all of our old favorites in case they’re not there next time.

We spent one whole day there and covered every single thing we wanted to do. It’s a little sad to see so many old favorites gone and torn down, and there are copious amounts of construction walls. Even still, I can’t wait to see what they have in store in the next few years.

Illuminations from the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

2017 Disney World Highlights - Illuminations

As I mentioned earlier, we had many dinner scheduled at Epcot due to their amazing variety of restaurants and experiences. Every time we visit Disney, we make sure to visit the Japan pavilion and have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants there. This time we went to Tokyo Dining and had an incredible meal. I got a vegetable udon dish, and D ended up with salmon. We were lucky enough to have both a late reservation as well as a window seat overlooking the lagoon. The nighttime fireworks show “Illuminations” went on right after we finished eating and we had the best view in the park!

Everything at the Magic Kingdom

2017 Disney World Highlights - Halloween

As I mentioned in my Disney World wishlist post, Halloween time at Disney is one of the best. They go all out with the decorations and the atmosphere. It seemed like the crowds were heaviest at Magic Kingdom this year out of all the other parks, but we still managed to see nearly all of our favorites.

Even though our trip got cut short due to the hurricane, the days beforehand were so much fun. D and I decided we will have to make a trip back in the spring as a “make up” trip. We didn’t get to visit Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs at all and both locations have a lot of new and amazing things going on these days. Needless to say, we can’t wait to go back.

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