The Best Vegan Food at Disney California Adventure Park
Dole Whip, Impossible Burgers, Chili, Nachos, Sundaes, and MORE!
The vegan food at Disney California Adventure has gotten buzz lightyears better with their increase in vegan options in the last few years. (Sorry, not sorry, for the pun.) From the Dole Whip and blended drinks in Pixar Pier, to the opening of Avengers Campus Pym Test Kitchen Featuring Impossible Foods, vegan visitors to Disney California Adventure can now partake more than ever in the foodie haven that is the Disney parks.
Brand new to the Disney parks is a leaf icon you can now find on the menus next to all plant-based options. The leaf icon means that the meal option is 100% plant-based (no meat, dairy, or egg) and requires no customization.
However, there is plenty of other vegan food in Disney California Adventure that can be easily veganized without much compromise, which gives your palate, time, and wallet the flexibility they all need on a long day in the parks.
The list below does not sum up all of the vegan food in Disney California Adventure. Our list highlights what we think are the best vegan food that we feel are most worth your time and money. We hope this list will save you time preparing for your trip, giving you more time to enjoy it!
As of June 2021, not all restaurants and stands have reopened in Disney California Adventure Park. Please check the Disneyland app or its website for an updated reopening timeline of your favorite restaurants, and to see what is currently open in Disney California Adventure.
The Best Vegan Food at Disney California Adventure Park
Buena Vista Street
Clarabelle’s: Mangonada and Mango Sorbet Bar.
Mangonada: two scoops of mango sorbet, covered in Chamoy sauce (stone fruit, chili, and lime), freshly-cut mango, Tajín seasoning (chili lime), and lime juice.
Mango Sorbet Bar: similar to the above, this is a mango sorbet drizzled in Chamoy sauce and sprinkled with Tajín seasoning.
Fairfax Market: Character-shaped sourdough bread.
Mickey-shaped sourdough boules are available year round; if you’re lucky, you may find other character-shaped boules around the park—such as Groot, Mike Wazowski, or vampire Mickey for Halloween.
Award Wieners: Plant-Based Hot Dog, Asada Fries.
Plant-Based Hot Dog: a 100% plant-based recipe topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, peppers, and a vegan crema.
Carne Asada Fries: this is NOT a vegan meal option and has to be customized. Ask for no meat and cheese and substitute with veggies. This is a great shareable dish as it’s a large portion of loaded fries with onions, guacamole, and salsa.
Schmoozies: Mango Madness, Mangonada Smoothie, Berry Schmoozie, Strawberry Banana Sensation, and Seasonal Lemonade.
*Note: Order all smoothies WITHOUT yogurt to make them vegan.
Mango Madness: a tropical smoothie with mangos, peaches, and bananas blended with pineapple, guava, and passion fruit juice and low-fat dairy yogurt (to omit).
Mangonada Smoothie: a tropical smoothie with mangoes, bananas, and peaches, blended with pineapple and guava juices, topped with a Chamoy sauce (stone fruit, chili, and lime), Tajín sugar (chili lime), and a mango-chile lollipop.
Berry Schmoozie: a berry-forward smoothie with blackberries, raspberries, and peaches, blended with strawberry and pineapple juices, and low-fat dairy yogurt.
Strawberry Banana Sensation: a classic strawberry banana smoothie with whole fruit and juices blended with low-fat dairy yogurt.
Seasonal Lemonade: ask for the seasonal flavor.
Studio Catering Co. Truck: Plant-Based Backlot Nachos, Potato and Soy Chorizo Tacos
Plant-Based Backlot Nachos: house-made tortilla chips topped with vegan cheese, soy chorizo, vegan crema, and green onions.
Potato and Soy Chorizo Tacos: potato and soy chorizo tacos topped with vegan crema and salsa.
Smokejumper’s Grill: Petite Impossible Burger, Impossible Chili Waffle Fries.
Petite Impossible Burger: small Impossible Burger topped with vegan pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and tomatoes.
Impossible Chili Waffle Fries: waffle fries topped with seasoned Impossible chili with beans, corn, tomatoes, vegan cheddar cheese, vegan spicy mayo, and pico de gallo.
Cocina Cucamonga: Tacos Dorados de Papa.
Tacos Dorados de Papa: potato tacos topped with a dairy-free crema, cabbage slaw, and tomatillo salsa.
Rita’s Baja Blenders: Rita’s Lemon-Lime Margarita, Rita’s Strawberry Margarita, Red Sangria, The Tropicool (in Lemon-Lime and Strawberry).
*Note: The margaritas are made with alcohol, the Tropicools are made without alcohol.
Rita’s Margaritas: a classic tequila-based frozen margarita in a lemon-lime or strawberry flavor.
The Tropicool: a non-alcoholic blended drink in a lemon-lime, strawberry, or featured flavor of the day.
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop: Raspberry Sorbet, Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream.
*Pro tip: Build your own sundae with vegan options, such as a fruit puree, or go retro with a soda float. Make sure to verify the toppings you choose are all vegan, too.
Raspberry Sorbet: a non-dairy raspberry frozen dessert that is made in house.
Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream: a non-dairy ice cream made by a vegan brand called Coconut Bliss.
Cozy Cone Motel: Vegetarian Chili Cone Queso.
Vegetarian Chili Cone Queso: a bean-based chili served in a pastry. To make it vegan, order it without cheese and opt for a cup rather than a cone.
Flo’s V8 Cafe: Impossible Burger.
Impossible Burger: a classic burger with an Impossible patty, dairy-free cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato on a sesame seed bun, served with a side of Cuties Mandarin oranges or steak fries.
Paradise Gardens Park
Paradise Garden Grill: Impossible No “Meat” Ball Submarine, Mediterranean Skewers with Vegetables and Tofu
Impossible No “Meat” Ball Submarine: a vegan meatball sub covered with a marinara sauce and vegan soy-based cheese, with a side of kettle chips.
Mediterranean Skewers with Vegetables and Tofu: a skewer of grilled mixed vegetables and tofu; to make it vegan, order it with the Moroccan chili or chimichurri sauce.
Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats: Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait, It’s Lemon soft serve.
Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait: a Dole Whip non-dairy soft serve and blue-raspberry swirl served in a plastic up.
It’s Lemon!: a Dole Whip lemon non-dairy soft serve served in a cup or cone. The cone is vegan if you would rather not get a paper cup.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff: Gloomy Blues frozen blended drink.
Gloomy Blues: a blue raspberry slush served over a base of blueberry boba pearls.
Lamplight Lounge: Pastrami-spiced Impossible Burger, Ratatouille.
Pastrami-Spiced Impossible Burger: a seasoned Impossible patty topped with pastrami-spiced pineapple, housemade pickles, and mustard aïoli on a toasted focaccia, served with malted fries.
Ratatouille: If you would like to order this dish as a fan of the Pixar film Ratatouille, the Lamplight Lounge may serve you one if you put in a special order. If they agree to make your special order, request the Ratatouille with no cheese and aïoli to make it vegan.
Pym Test Kitchen
Impossible Quantum Garden Breakfast: a plant-based folded omelet served with Impossible breakfast sausage, crispy potatoes, and focaccia toast.
Impossible Spoonful: plant-based meatballs served over rigatoni and ditalini pastas, topped with tomato sauce, vegan parmesan cheese, and micro basil.
Mini Pasta & Impossible Meat-balls: plant-based meatballs served over rigatoni and ditalini pastas, topped with tomato sauce, vegan parmesan cheese, with a side of coconut milk yogurt and bottled water.
Impossible Victory Falafel: plant-based falafel and cauliflower wrap with a garlic spread, hummus, coconut yogurt-tahini sauce, and pickled veggies.
Quantum Pretzel: a Bavarian-style large pretzel with dairy cheddar beer sauce. Order it without the cheddar beer sauce to make it vegan.
Pingo Doce: a lemon-lime and vanilla green drink.
BONUS VEGAN OPTION: Both the regular and caramel popcorn are vegan! Grab a bucket at your nearby snack cart in either park.
Our Favorite Vegan Food at Disney California Adventure
During our last trip to the Disney California Adventure, we had a park hopper pass so we ended up enjoying the vegan options at both parks during our stay. The stand-out vegan options for us were the Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait, which uses the same lemon soft serve as the It’s Lemon, the character-shaped sourdough boules, and the vegan options at Award Wieners.
The Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait was surprisingly filling and we had trouble finishing it even though we shared it. We love that Dole Whip is not overly sweet, unlike how many soft serves and blended drinks can be at theme parks. This ended up being our favorite option of the day, as we loved the blue-raspberry and lemon combination, and we highly recommend it.
For a fun souvenir to bring home, especially if you’re flying home the following day, the character-shaped boules are a great option to bring some of the Disney magic, and a piece of San Francisco history, home with you. The boules are quite large and can last you and your family a few days. We were only able to find the classic Mickey-shaped boules, but we’ll be on the lookout for other characters next time.
While the Plant-Based Hot Dog at Award Wieners lacked flavor, we loved the thick steak fries that came with it, and as the Carne Asada fry base. After a long morning standing in line, often in the heat, carbo-loading is necessary to keep your strength up and it hit the spot.
The next time we visit, we are excited to try all of the Impossible options around the park. We’ve already heard great things about the vegan options at Pym Test Kitchen and we hope this encourages more visitors and families to order the vegan options at Disney California Adventure.
If you are traveling with a group with a variety of dietary needs, or you happen to have no choice but to eat at a less vegan-friendly restaurant, check out the Happiest Vegan on Earth to learn about every single vegan option at the park.
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