Originally slated to open in the Summer of 2020, Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is officially open as of March 23, 2023 and we’ve got the vegan options for you! The Toy Story-themed dining location will be to the right of the entrance to Toy Story Land inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. But what will be vegan on the Roundup Rodeo BBQ menu? Wow that restaurant name is a mouthful – keep reading to find out what you can enjoy!
Like so many other projects at Walt Disney World, this newest restaurant had been put on hold during the pandemic but it’s finally open!
Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a much needed table service location within Toy Story Land, bringing the total full service dining spots in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to six. Specifically, Toy Story Land doesn’t have much in the way of seating. Woody’s Lunchbox can be a bit difficult to experience during peak times. Having a sit-down service spot will alleviate some of the need for space to enjoy a meal.
We were confident there will be at least one option, especially given the popularity of the vegan Totchos and vegan Grilled Cheese at Woody’s Lunchbox. Let’s see if we were right!
Disney noted that the dining here would be family-style, where you get the all the starters, then choose the entree from regular or plant-based options, and then choose 4 sides, and one dessert per guest. The bread option seems to be cheddar biscuits, and as of now they only offer the gluten-free rolls as a vegan bread option. Hopefully they’ll add a vegan biscuit or cornbread in the future! On opening day, people we dined with seemed to be able to get and try all the sides, just not all at once, and it is all you care to enjoy, so you can get more of anything! You also appeared to be able to try all the desserts if you got them one at a time. For us, we have exactly the same amounts of options as what you can order, so it’s less choice, but we definitely won’t go hungry.
Fresh, delicious salads for all to enjoy!
- Tomato Salad: Tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickled red onions tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette and garnished with fresh dill (plant-based)
- Rex’s Romaine and Kale Salad: Romaine and kale mixed with green apples, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries tossed with green goddess dressing (this dressing can probably be switched for a vegan option) See photo below, we could get this modified!
- Watermelon Salad: Cubed watermelon garnished with freshly torn mint leaves (plant-based)
They were able to make us a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and remove the croutons to make this plant-based for us! It was actually really delicious with the apples, craisins and pepitas added. Of these options, the tomato salad is the real winner, but the kale one is nice too, if you like vinegar-based things, you’ll enjoy Roundup Rodeo.
Savory plant-based offerings are available upon request:
- Slow-smoked Cauliflower topped with sweet harissa drizzle and crunchy walnut gremolata
- Oven-roasted “Bratwurst” that is tender and juicy, sliced to perfection
- Impossible “Rib Chop” seasoned with spices, then roasted and glazed with sweet BBQ sauce and skewered on a sugar cane “bone”
The Impossible “chop” was pretty spicy! Very similar in consistency to the Felucian Garden Kefta over at Docking Bay 7, with a bit more kick. It’s coated in the Sweet BBQ sauce, and you can add more if you aren’t a fan of spice, to cool it down. The Cauliflower is full of flavor and was well-cooked, I really enjoyed it. The Bratwurst is Beyond brats, we all know what those taste like haha. Still, a good choice here. If you aren’t keen on plant-based meats, you could probably request all cauliflower. And remember, this is all you care to enjoy.
All entreés served with an assortment of sweet, traditional, and spicy BBQ sauces. All 3 sauces are confirmed vegan:
Then you choose four of the following sides for the table – we only have 4 sides to choose from, 3 plant-based as-is and the corn can be modified. But you can request more of any or all of them!
- Buckin’ Baked Beans: A traditional BBQ picnic favorite (plant-based)
- Cowpoke Corn on the Cob: Request to be modified: Grilled and seasoned with lime juice, olive oil, and can be served with tajin
- Veggie Slaw: Crunchy shredded veggie slaw that is a summertime favorite! (plant-based)
- Campfire-roasted Vegetables: A variety of roasted seasonal vegetables (plant-based)
- (not pictured) The Married Spuds: modify with no cheese topping at all if you’d like some plain tater tots
I really enjoyed all of the sides. Even the corn without all the toppings was still full of flavor. The cole slaw is vinegar based and really good in my opinion (but I never liked mayo cole slaw before I was vegan anyway). I’m also not a huge baked bean fan, but these were a good side, and the bbq’d jackfruit is just subtle enough to not overpower the dish in my opinion. The veggies are also packed with flavor. A little overdone, but I’d rather have that than too crunchy. All in all, nothing was bland and each option was a good choice.
Lastly, these perfectly portioned chuckwagon desserts offer a sweet take on the BBQ picnic classics – each guest gets one dessert choice, and we have one vegan option to choose from:
- Gruff’s Peach-Strawberry Pie: With its silky sweet peaches and tartness of strawberries, this dessert is a fruit-centric delight! (plant-based)
This was super sweet, except for the in-house whipped cream, made with Vio Life heavy whipping cream and other plant-based ingredients (mostly various oils, though the Vio Life cream is lentil-based). The lack of super sweet topping was a good match for the rest of the dessert, and the fresh fruit inside was delicious, The bottom is like an oat-crumble mixture. I loved it. I left totally stuffed!!
There you have it. Quite a few options. I wish we had more desserts and sides to choose from, but we’ll see if they make any changes once they open. I’m thankful we have the options above, which make it sound like it’s worth a visit at least!
Disney has also released the drink options available at Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ, but included in the price are soft drinks and coffee/tea. The options below are an additional cost:
An assortment of craft cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages will have you feeling nostalgic for backyard picnics on warm summer days.
Grown-up Craft Cocktails:
- Snake Eye Margarita: Inspired by a summertime BBQ featuring watermelon, smoke, and a bit of spice!
- Rum Punch: Rum punch with vibrant flavors of passion fruit and pineapple finished with a smoky spiced garnish
- Chocolate with a Grown-up Twist: A blend of chocolate rum, horchata liqueur, cocoa, and flavors of toasted marshmallow
- Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly: A fun frozen twist on the classic peanut butter & jelly featuring peanut butter whiskey
- Whiskey Lemonade: A fresh take on a strawberry lemonade made with Tennessee whiskey and Italian bitter aperitif
- The Rodeo Mule: A classic “patio sipper,” this mule mixes vodka with fresh juices and ginger beer
A selection of beer, hard cider, and wines by the glass are available.
- Molly’s Frozen Iced Tea: A frosty concoction with iced tea and citrus flavors
- Frozen Cocoa: A frozen blend of cocoa and vanilla topped with miniature marshmallows (this won’t be vegan!)
- Partysaurus Rex: Strawberry lemonade is even more fun when you garnish it with gummy worms! (the gummy worms will not be vegan)
If you’d like to see more of the restaurant and the offerings, watch our video review:
For a current listing of ALL the vegan options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios check out our guide here: What’s Vegan in Disney’s Hollywood Studios?