Thursday, January 22, 2015

Traveling Vegan: Orlando, Florida/ Disney World

Traveling Vegan: Orlando, Florida/ Disney World
Photo Credit: Ashley
Everyone seems to end up in the Orlando area at some point and for Disneyphiles it might even be several times a year. I lived in Orlando for about six years and spent a lot of time at Disney. If you can tear yourself away from the parks, Orlando proper has some amazing vegan options. Even if you just stick to the parks, Disney is now a place where vegans can enjoy and spend time with their families while still maintaining their compassionate values. Here are some of my favorite vegan spots in Orlando and at Disney.

Vegan eats in Orlando:

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
601-B South New York Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

Ethos is one of my favorite vegan restaurants in the world. Everything on the menu is amazing but if it's your first time, I would start with the Bruschetta or Garlic Knots. Both are delicious so choose which ever you're in the mood for, or both! For your main course try the pizza with any of the toppings you can think of, or the cheese steak (What's the Dilly, Philly) with mashed potatoes.

The Ethos Sundae is the best thing on the desert menu. It's the classic sundae from your childhood, cruelty-free.

Something you cannot miss is the is the weekend brunch. Each weekend they have a set brunch menu and a brunch special, which is usually the way to go. The special is usually an array of pancakes or french toast. Not into the special? Try the breakfast burrito with the home fries.

Dandelion Communitea Cafe
618 North Thornton Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 362-1864

Dandelion is one of the most unique places to eat in Orlando. It's a vegetarian cafe with tons of vegan options. The atmosphere at Dandelion is one of a kind. The cafe was once a house and you can dine in one the various rooms on the first floor or sit a picnic table in the front yard.

Their most popular and tasty menu item is The Giddyup wrap. It includes their homemade chili, crumbled blue corn chips, tomatoes, scallions and cheese (make sure you ask for the vegan queso.)

One of the things that Dandelion is best at is their tea. Everyday they have a least two brewed teas ready to drink with a larger selection of un-brewed at their tea bar. If you really like the tea you've had with your lunch, you can buy it un-brewed from the tea bar and take it home.

Notable Mentions:

Artichoke Red (Vegan Grocery)
2808 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 898-3353

Raphsodic Bakery
710 North Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 704-8615

Loving Hut
2101 E Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL, 3280

Vegan eats at Disney World:

The food below is vegan and can be found in all the parks:
  • The soft salted pretzels.  Get a mickey shaped pretzel with mustard and enjoy!
  • The salty popcorn
See the below lists of vegetarian and vegan options at all of the Disney World parks from also provides strategies for eating vegan and vegetarian at Disney World.

Remember to always double check that these items are still vegan!

One personal recommendation is the ice cream at The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street which has vanilla and chocolate Tofutti and Rice Dream. I've had the vanilla and chocolate Tofutti and it was amazing!

What are your favorite eats in the Orlando/ Disney World area? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Aw man! I wish I would have read this before I went to Disney. I totally forgot you had lived in Orlando, I should have asked ;p Ah well, I managed pretty well.

    1. Next time you are there you have to make the trip to Ethos. Best vegan food in the world.


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