Here are the highlights from Disney’s new official guide to vegans and vegetarians Vegan

Eating vegan and vegetarian at Walt Disney World just got a lot easier — at least at one of the parks: The Orlando, Florida, resort just released a guide to plant-based dining at the Magic Kingdom. The guide, available in a booklet that you can pick up for free on site, walks visitors through a list of all the vegan options available when visiting the iconic park; some items are even marked with a symbol to indicate they don’t contain Animal meat, dairy products, eggs and honey. California’s Disneyland better watch out — it looks like Disney World is vying for the title of “most vegan-friendly theme park.”

Eating vegetarian and vegan meals while visiting Disneyland has become easier in recent years; the resorts are constantly updating their menus to accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions. But information about which products are naturally vegan or vegetarian, or can be made vegan with a few tweaks, isn't always widely available: Disney fans who don't eat meat or animal by-products often have to rely on fan-made products at Vegan Disney World and resources like The Happiest Vegan on Earth. Don't get me wrong; these resources are great. But the fact remains that, in general, getting vegetarian and vegan food at Disney isn't always the easiest process unless you know what to ask for.

However, this new official guide to the Magic Kingdom marks a shift in approach—and a welcome one. According to WDW Info , the guide is a tri-fold brochure that can be found at Magic Kingdom's table service and quick-service restaurants, Guest Experience Team kiosks, and at the park's two Guest Relations locations, one at City Hall and the other at Located at the Town Hall). Located at the Liberty Square ticket office). Since the guide is a pamphlet, it has not yet been posted to the official Disney World website; however, numerous images are circulating elsewhere online, including on fan-run Disney information sites like WDW Info and WDW News Today, giving us some clarity understand its contents.

Organizationally, it is divided into six sections - one for each area of ​​the park. Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland are all represented, but it's worth noting that some places have more options than others. For example, Tomorrowland and Frontierland have the smallest number of choices, covering only two restaurants and about five to seven items; at the same time, Fantasyland has undoubtedly the largest selection, covering 8 restaurants and as many as 28 items.

Here are some highlights:

Perkins Thai Noodles

Where to get it: Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, Adventureland.

The Captain's Restaurant at Jungle Navigation Ltd. opened adjacent to Jungle Cruises in December 2015, bringing a much-needed casual dining venue to Adventureland. Perkins Thai Noodles – Named after Pamela Perkins, president of the fictional Adventurers Club, which was located in the now-defunct Pleasure Island area (now Disney ’s spring) occupying a property – was added to the menu in 2017 and became an instant hit. beat.

As is, it comes with chicken; however, if you ask the restaurant to keep it, it becomes vegan, consisting of rice noodles, tofu, and seasonal vegetables tossed in Worcestershire sauce. WDW News Today's review of the dish noted that it was "spiced but not overpowering" and praised the portion size and the uniqueness of the dish.

Vegetable Quiche

Where to get it: Fantasyland, be our guest.

This option at the very popular Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland obviously isn't vegetarian, but it is vegetarian - and even better, it's available for both breakfast and lunch. It's filled with mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, onions and chives and comes with a baby lettuce slaw topped with a champagne vinaigrette. One Twitter user who ordered the dish in 2018 called it "the best meal I've had at WDW so far."

Mermaid Donuts

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Where to buy: Prince Eric Country Market, Fantasyland.

You'll be happy to know that Prince Eric's Village Market's beautiful purple mermaid donuts that went viral in 2018 are vegetarian (though not vegan). Described as a "yeast donut with purple icing and powdered sugar, topped with white chocolate treasures from Ariel's Grotto," it's by far the most Instagram-worthy treat on the vegan menu.

Unfortunately, speaking of donuts, most of the baked goods in Disney's Official Plant-Based Food Guide are not vegan; however, you can still buy a variety of vegan candies at the Magic Kingdom, including Arrow Pineapple Dole Whip Float at Ha Island, LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern, and strawberry smoothie at Auntie Gravity's Galaxy Candy Shop. Oh, and, as the guide notes in large print at the bottom of the page, popcorn and Mickey pretzels are both vegan in their natural state, so when in doubt, those two options are always a good choice.

By the way, the brochure is dated; currently, its cover states that this is a guide for Spring 2019. Therefore, guides may change periodically based on park availability during different seasons. What's more, even with this guide in hand, whenever you order a meal at Disney, you may want to ask the server to confirm whether you want it vegetarian or vegan; things may change, or you may need to adjust to go vegan or vegetarians, but in general, Disney Cast Members are very knowledgeable about the items on the park menus and are more than happy to help.

Happy chewing!