Ultimate Vegan Guide to Disney California Adventure

 

California Adventure is pretty much the same as Disneyland, in the sense that, you might not expect them to have a lot of vegan food choices, but they actually do. Modifications may be necessary for some of them, but there are a lot more options than just salads and fruit cups. And just remember, if you’re ever unsure about a certain item, just be sure to check with a cast member, or check labels.

 

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats

  • It's Lemon! Cup (Regular/Large) – non-dairy lemon soft serve
  • It's Lemon! Cone (Regular/Large) – non-dairy lemon soft serve
  • Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait – non-dairy lemon soft serve with blue raspberry swirl

 

 

Alfresco Tasting Terrace

No vegan options

 

Angry Dogs

No vegan options

 

Award Wieners

  • Portobello Mushroom Philly – marinated and grilled Portobello mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers topped with pepper jack cheese; with filmstrip fries
    • Necessary modification(s): request no bun and no cheese
  • Filmstrip Fries

 

 

Bayside Brews

  • Mickey Mouse Pretzel

 

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Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

  • Custom vegan pizza upon request
  • Boardwalk Field Greens – fresh greens topped with tomatoes, blue cheese, cucumbers, dried cranberries, caramelized pecans, golden raisins, and a basil vinaigrette
    • Necessary modification(s): request no cheese and no pecans
  • Side Salad
    • Necessary modification(s): request no cheese
  • Whole Fruit

 

 

Carthay Circle Lounge

  • Carthay Summer Hummus – pickled artichokes, baby squash, and roasted peppers with garlic naan
    • Necessary modification(s): request no butter on the naan
  • Summer Garden Roll – hummus, Portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and dragon sauce
    • Necessary modification(s): request no sauce

 

Just updated my blog (link in bio) with more info about vegan options in the Carthay Circle Lounge 😋 Swipe to see all the photos! 1) Carthay Summer Hummus with pickled artichokes, baby squash, roasted peppers, and garlic naan (the naan itself is vegan, but it usually comes buttered, so ask for no butter) 2) The modified Poke bowl with papaya, avocado, cucumber, cilantro lime rice, charred bell pepper, and ancho chili vinaigrette. The server double checked with the chef and said that is a coconut milk based sauce, so the modifications are to remove the fish and fish eggs. 3) The Summer Garden Roll with hummus, portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and a modified sauce (the dragon sauce isn't vegan, but the chef has an alternate vegan sauce) 4) There are so many vegan cocktails on the menu, but today I just went for the Rose Petal soda (non-alcoholic) with an edible sugar rose petal in it! Carthay Circle Restaurant (upstairs) has a bigger menu and the chef has a special veggie tower dish that he makes for vegans! I will be getting that soon! . . #vegan #govegan #whatveganseat #vegandisneyfood #disneyeats #disneylandfood #dca #californiaadventure #dlr #disneyparks #carthaycircle #buenavistastreet #disneyland #disnerd #disneyblogger #disneylife #passholder #disneylandap #plantbased #veganfoodshare #veganfinedining #veganfoodie #friendsnotfood #veganfortheanimals #disneyfan #hummus #veganfood

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Carthay Circle Restaurant

  • Chef can make vegan options upon request

 

 

Churro Carts

No vegan options

 

Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream

  • Hand-dipped Ice Cream Bars – choice of ice cream bar flavor, chocolate coating, and toppings of choice
    • Necessary modification(s): choose mixed berry sorbet bar with no coating or toppings
  • Mangonada – two scoops of mango sorbet layered with chamoy sauce, fresh mango chunks, chili-lime seasoning, and lime juice

 

 

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

  • Cocina Bowl – bowl with choice of marinated steak, pineapple achiote-marinated pork, citrus-marinated chicken, or potato cakes with cotija cheese, roasted Anaheim peppers, cilantro-lime rice, epazote black beans, queso fresco, roasted corn, and cucumber-tomato slaw
    • Necessary modification(s): request no meat or potato cakes, and no cheese
  • Chips and Salsa – house-made tortilla chips with salsa
  • Guacamole with Chips – avocado, roasted Anaheim peppers, onion, tomato, cilantro, and lime; served with house-made tortilla chips
  • Ensalada de Frutas – seasonal fruit selection with chamoy and chili-lime salt

 

Update on the new menu at Cocina Cucamonga: This is the Cocina Bowl with extra beans. Normally you get a choice of meat or "papas," which are potato fritters that are pre-made with cheese in them. I asked if it was possible to make a batch without cheese, but they said that they are all made in advance. I tried to get them to add guacamole to this since we took out the meat, but they were staunch in their "no free guacamole" stance. You can buy a side of guacamole and chips though. You could also get this bowl as tacos, just with no meat or papas and extra beans. I think they were trying to make the menu a little more interesting, less generic, but I think the old menu was a bit better for vegans. This one is fine, but it's unfortunate that they offer a vegetarian option that is impossible to veganize. If you have a moment, please join me in writing an email encouraging them to offer a vegan option, not just a vegetarian one. The email form is at www.disneyland.disney.go.com/help/email . I double-checked about the beans and rice being vegan. A chef told me that the beans are just cooked in oil and onions, not in lard or butter. And also that the rice is not cooked in any chicken stock, just in water and cilantro and lime juice. . . #vegan #govegan #plantbased #friendsnotfood #veganfortheanimals #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #veganfoodporn #veganmexicanfood #cocinacucamonga #dca #pacificwharf #dlr #disneyland #disneylandap #passholder #disnerd #disneylandfood

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Corn Dog Castle

No vegan options

 

Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone 1:

No vegan options

Cozy Cone 2:

No vegan options

Cozy Cone 3:

  • Vegetarian Chili Cone Queso – with vegetarian chili, cheddar cheese, and corn chips served in a bread cone
    • Necessary modification(s): request no cheese and ask for it to be served in a cup
  • Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy Pomegranate Limeade
  • Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy All Natural Lemonade

Cozy Cone 4:

  • Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade
  • Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade in a Souvenir Cup – includes Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade at time of purchase

Cozy Cone 5:

No vegan options

 

 

Fairfax Market

  • Assorted Whole Fruits
  • Assorted Chips
  • Hummus – with snap peas and tomatoes
  • Guacamole and Chips
  • Pickles
  • GoGo squeeZ

 

Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Café

Has all standard Starbuck options; Google “vegan at Starbucks” or check out @veganstarbucks for reference

  • Berry Bowl
  • Seedless Grapes

 

Fillmore’s Taste-In

  • Assorted Whole Fruits
  • Assorted Chips
  • Pickles

 

 

Flo’s V8 Café

No vegan options

 

Fruit Carts

  • Assorted Fruits

 

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

  • Marina Raspberry Sorbet Sundae – raspberry sorbet and handmade dark chocolate hot fudge topped with whipped cream and an Intense Dark 72% Twilight Delight Chocolate
    • Necessary modification(s): request no fudge or whipped cream; can substitute these each with crushed pineapple, strawberry topping, or crushed almonds
  • Tea (Small/Medium/Large) – choose from breakfast blend, jasmine green, Moroccan mint, or chamomile lemon

 

 

Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums

  • Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Soy Milk

 

 

Lamplight Lounge

  • Impossible Burger

 

 

Lemonade Carts

  • Minute Maid Soft Frozen Lemonades

 

Lucky Fortune Cookery

  • Asian Rice Bowl (Tofu) – tofu served with steamed rice, seared Asian vegetables, and your choice of sauce: Mandarin orange, spicy Korean, Thai coconut curry, or teriyaki
    • Necessary modification(s): choose Thai coconut curry sauce
  • Harryhausen's Chilled Noodle Salad – chilled iridescent noodles, herbaceous preserved plants, sweet and spicy vinaigrette, crushed and toasted peanuts with mint, Thai basil, and shredded daikon and carrots
  • Edamame – lightly salted and served chilled
  • Fresh Mango Slices

 

 

Mendocino Terrace

No vegan options

 

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Side of Fruit
  • Grapes
  • Sourdough Loaf – freshly-baked sourdough loaf
  • Sourdough Round – freshly-baked sourdough round
  • LAY’S Classic Potato Chips

 

 

Paradise Garden Grill

  • Ensalada de Frutas – jicama, watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, and mango with chile-lime salt and chamoy
  • Agua de Jamaica Slush – sweet hibiscus tea slush

 

 

Popcorn Carts

  • Popcorn

 

Poultry Palace

No vegan options

 

Pretzel Carts

  • Mickey Mouse Pretzel

 

 

Rita’s Baja Blenders

  • The Tropicool (Lemon-Lime or Strawberry) – non-alcoholic

 

 

Schmoozies!

  • Lavender Lemonade – cool and refreshing, served with a glow cube
  • Mango Madness – mangos, peaches, banana, and low-fat yogurt blended with orange, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit juices
    • Necessary modification(s): request it be made without yogurt
  • Berry Schmoozie – blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and low-fat yogurt, blended with strawberry and pineapple juices
    • Necessary modification(s): request it be made without yogurt
  • Strawberry Banana Sensation – strawberries, banana, and low-fat yogurt blended with strawberry-pineapple juice
    • Necessary modification(s): request it be made without yogurt

 

 

Señor Buzz Churros

No vegan options

 

Smokejumpers Grill

  • BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich – with bear paw slaw, house-made sweet pickles, and crispy onions on toasted ciabatta; served with choice of waffle-cut fries or onion rings
    • Necessary modification(s): request to replace ciabatta with regular hamburger bun; choose waffle fries for side
  • Side of Waffle Fries
  • Seasonal Lemonade featuring Odwalla – sweet tea lemonade

 

 

Sonoma Terrace

No vegan options

 

Studio Catering Co.

  • The Most Dangerous Tacos in the Galaxy – barbacoa beef tacos with green onion slaw, purple cabbage, pickled onions, habanero salsa, and green tortillas
    • Necessary modification(s): request off-the-menu grilled cauliflower to replace the beef

 

 

Turkey Leg Carts

No vegan options

 

Wine Country Trattoria

  • Rustic Bruschetta – roasted artichokes, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and caramelized onions on crostini with paprika oil and Parmesan
    • Necessary modification(s): request no cheese
  • Spaghetti Aglio Olio – lightly tossed with seasonal vegetables, garlic, chili flakes, and lemon oil

 

 

Feature photo credit: Disney California Adventure

 


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By: SYMPHONY BARNES

@symphonybarnes

Symphony is a Southern California native, who is passionate about health and wellness, and who enjoys writing, living in California, and sharing a vegan lifestyle. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 2017, and is excited to be contributing to VegOut Los Angeles.