Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is about to begin in just a couple of days. Disney Parks blog recently released a post with some highlights of the 150 Food (and drink) items they are bringing on board for the 50th. Looking at this post, there was absolutely nothing listed that was plant-based and vegan for the Walt Disney World 50th, other than drinks.
This was obviously extremely disappointing, however, not very surprising. What was launched in 2019 as a Plant-Based initiative, has kind of fizzled since the parks had to close and reopen during the pandemic. We still have one option at every Disney-run table service restaurant, and many other options, but with the ever increasing instagrammable cupcakes and desserts and snacks, the plant-based options have been few and far between. BUT, thanks to a twitter conversation with Julia from TouringPlans, we found out there ARE a *few* vegan things for the Walt Disney World 50th that we can enjoy.
First, let’s find out HOW to see all the 150 items for the 50th Celebration. On the Parks blog, they note to head to waltdisneyworld.com to see the full list of food items. On that site, it then tells you to head to the My Disney Experience app to see the full list. SO, I went to the app, and couldn’t find any notice of the list of 50th Celebration. I searched, I scrolled, nada. So more thanks to the Princess and the Bear for pointing out that you must click on the countdown graphic to get to this section. I’m not sure if this will change after the 1st, when the countdown is complete, but we’ll check and update this post if so.
Once you click “Learn More” you’ll be brought to this area:
Then scroll down to click on the 50th Anniversary Sips and Bites Guides:
You then have to click on each park or area to see the list. From that point, you will need to expand each section (drinks, desserts, entrees, snacks, etc.):
Once we did all of that and searched through each section in each park, and the resorts and Disney Springs sections, we found TWO possible plant-based/vegan items in the Magic Kingdom for the Walt Disney World 50th.
First up, a fun snack. Of course regular popcorn and pretzels are vegan as always, but there’s some new popcorn which has arrived with the Walt Disney World 50th Celebration – Pineapple Coconut Glazed popcorn – still vegan as is! UPDATE: as of January, we did not see this still available, so it may have been a temporary item. We hope it returns as it was really good!
This popcorn cart is located right next to the entrance to Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.
It’s very…interesting. Some pieces taste just like regular popcorn, while others are super yellow and coated with the glaze, which is very pineapple and coconut tasting but not overpowering. If you enjoy kettle corn, this is a good alternative. And it comes in a fun 50th box. It is important to note that this is currently the ONLY kind of popcorn at this particular cart. So if you want regular, you’ll have to go to a different spot.
Next up, some lunch and dinner will entree items:
Over in Tomorrowland, Burger to the Moon appears to be a vegan option with an Impossible Burger. The bun and toppings have been confirmed at this time.
The Burger to the Moon is actually delicious. Sure it’s just a burger, but the toppings make it full of flavor and the bun is actually really great and covered in “moon dust” aka flour so gluten-free folks beware.
At Liberty Square, in Columbia Harbour House the Doom Burger features a plant-based crab cake. Served with a rye bun and slaw. It’s actually delicious and I hope they add it permanently!
As of January, 2022, a new salad has been added to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe:
The Sun Bonnet Trio Strawberry Salad ($9.99)
There is one other item, which may be modifiable, a seaweed salad at Be Our Guest restaurant. However, the salad normally comes with actual octopus tentacles, and I’m not sure why you’d want to go to Be Our Guest and get a seaweed salad. If this turns out to not be real octopus, I will of course update, but from the tiny photo, it looks like the real thing (update, it is), and as we know, fish are friends, not food.
If we hear of any other vegan Walt Disney World 50th items options being added, we will of course update as well.