The main reason I was in Orlando a few weeks ago was for Food Blog Forum. My partner and I bookended the conference with a little vacation. At first I was a little worried, because the last time I went to Disney I was a vegetarian. I wasn’t sure what was in store for me as a vegan. When I was doing some research online I wasn’t able to find out as many details about vegan food as I wanted. I’m sharing my experience with Crystal Palace, so it will be even easier for you to visit the Magic Kingdom with your family.
When you make a reservation to any of the Disney restaurants you get a form to select things that you are allergic to. I was very impressed with how serious Disney is about making food for people with eating restrictions. Plus it makes it easier to be vegan there.
(Note that Disney has ingredient cards at counter restaurants and carts and you can ask to see them if your server is unsure if an item is vegan or not. That’s how we found out the caramel corn was vegan.)
When you get to your restaurant, you’ll find that allergy has been stamped in red on your ticket to alert the server and the chef. Make sure to make reservations for this service and then you’re sure you can get in your favorite place at the time you want.
We went to the Magic Kingdom during the day and made an advance reservation at Crystal Palace, a buffet restaurant that has fresh healthy food. The price reflects that as well, so if you’re doing Disney on the cheap then this may not be for you. It runs almost $30 for lunch and around $40 for dinner. But if you can swing it I recommend that you check it out. It had more choices than I hoped for and the food was truly delicious.
There is a salad section with unusual selections like an edamame rice noodle salad. On the hot buffet there was a tofu curry noodle dish that was spicy and also had edamame. The vegan pasta option that day had a tomato sauce with mushrooms and artichokes.
How did I know what was vegan? A chef came out and took me through the whole buffet personally and pointed out everything that was safe for me to eat. I wasn’t surprised when he told me nothing on the dessert buffet was vegan. But I was amazed when he said to let him know when I was ready for dessert and he’d bring out a vegan (and gluten-free) brownie, some cookies and some rice dream just for me!
There were other vegan choices from French rolls to roasted veggies with purple potatoes. I’m pointing out only what I ate and there are plenty of other vegan choices as well.
The Crystal Palace is home to the Winnie the Pooh characters so we got to meet and hug some of our favorites like Eeyore and Piglet. We left full, happy and ready to hit the Haunted Mansion – our favorite attraction!
I’ll be posting more details from our trip describing the great food and service we found at Disney. Also if you are a fellow food blogger you must go to the next Food Blog Forum, it was amazing!