Today we’re taking a trip over to one of Magic Kingdom’s often overlooked restaurants. A restaurant that I haven’t dined at…ever! In fact, the only time I’ve ever darkened their door is during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party when the restaurant is transformed into a dance party. Let’s see what’s vegan at the Diamond Horseshoe shall we?
Vegan Disney Food Review: Lunch at The Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom
You can find The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square right on the outskirts of Frontierland.
The restaurant is very unassuming and kind of blends in with the row of Western themed buildings and store fronts in the transition between Liberty Square and Frontierland.
I didn’t even know that the restaurant was open for lunch. I thought they only served dinner, however there is a small window of time (less than two hours) where guests can enjoy a meal for lunch here from 1:00 – 2:55 p.m.
The Diamond Horseshoe Atmosphere
The Diamond Horseshoe has been around since the opening of the Magic Kingdom. It used to house a live action comedy show similar to that of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
The cast of characters here included Slue Foot Sue and Diamond Jim as well as several Can Can Girls who would dance and sing and interact with guests. I have only one memory of being in this building as a child, but I digress.
The full service restaurant still has that Wild West saloon feel to it with large spiral staircases flanking either side of the “theater” as you enter.
Once inside you’ll find that the tables and chairs are set up on the theater floor in front of the stage where a self playing piano belts out tunes for the duration of your meal.
Period pieces including photos of American settlers line the walls.
Tables are set with dinnerware and are accented with small glowing lanterns.
The Diamond Horseshoe Vegan Options
I learned about the vegan offerings at The Diamond Horseshoe from my server when dining next-door at Disney’s Liberty Tree Tavern.
And while there is only one option available for lunch, that same plate is all-you-can-eat when dining here for dinner.
This option can be found on the “Chuck Wagon Platters” section of the menu.
What you have are the Smoked Stuffed Peppers ($19) which are normally served with cornbread and your choice of two fix ‘ins.
The cornbread isn’t vegan so you’ll be presented with the dubious gluten-free, vegan Energy-G tapioca dinner rolls instead.
The roasted poblano peppers are filled with seasoned impossible “meat” and drizzled with a lemon pepper aioli made from vegan mayo. They’re then garnished with a sprinkling of green onions.
I was given the option of four sides to choose from. This offering affords you the opportunity to choose two. I opted out of the broccoli and a mushroom and onion medley.
My server told me that chef could grab a scoop of the dairy free mashed potatoes from the vegan meatloaf dish over at Liberty Tree Tavern. I loved those taters so much that I couldn’t pass them up.
I also couldn’t pass up the beet salad. It was tangy and earthy and I welcomed the greens after a week of eating vegan junk food.
This meal was a nice surprise and a welcome addition to the lineup of vegan meals in the Magic Kingdom.
The vegan dessert option is the Campfire Apple Cake ($8.00). It’s a vanilla cake filled with diced apples which is topped with a coconut based whipped cream and a soy based caramel sauce.
If you dine for lunch the stuffed peppers will run you $19.00 and the cake will run you $8.00. When dining for dinner you’ll get all you care to enjoy for $38.00. Because this is such a small space with limited seating I’d highly recommend making an advanced dining reservation. I saw several guests trying to walk in be turned away when I was waiting to be seated.