Veg Disney – Trail’s End

Hi guys!

Last time I was at Disney I went to one of my favorite restaurants: Trail’s End! This is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet that’s open all day long, but I prefer going for breakfast. 

Basic info: Trail’s End is a table-service restaurant located at the Campsites at Fort Wilderness. It runs about $35 flat rate per adult not including alcoholic beverages, but annual passholders get a 20% discount and cast members get 40%. It is eligible for TSR dining plan credits. 


There are two hallmarks of a Trail’s End breakfast, and both are vegetarian. The first is jungle juice, which is the same thing as what ‘Ohana calls Stitch juice. It’s basically a tropical fruit juice and it is SO good oh my gosh. The other is the French toast bread pudding, pictured above in a little bowl. 

Trail’s End does feature your standard breakfast foods (oatmeal, eggs, tater tots, cold cereal, pastries, etc) but they also offer classic Mickey waffles, a huge variety of fresh fruits, and vegetable frittata. It’s impossible not to find something you like here. 

This is one of my absolute favorite places to go eat on property; I even had my birthday dinner here! (They don’t sing but they do call attention to you, and you get complimentary strawberry shortcake.) I’d highly recommend trying it on your next trip to Disney. 

Song of the day: Old Pine // Ben Howard

Veg Disney – Trail’s End

Veg Disney – D-Luxe Burger

Hi guys!

So I’m currently in Orlando, and the other night my friends and I went to D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs. I’ve been here before for shakes and fries (which, by the way, I strongly recommend) but this was my first time going for real food. 

Basic info: D-Luxe Burger is located in Disney Springs near Frontera Cocina and Blaze Pizza. It runs $15 and less per adult. DDP, AP discount, and CM discount are accepted. They also have a Cast Member meal. 


Unsurprisingly, D-Luxe has very limited veggie options. This veggie burger, running me about $10, is the only one. However, it’s a really high-quality veggie burger, the best one I’ve had in a long time. It comes topped with green bean salad, dill spread, lettuce, tomato, and cheese if you ask. 

I’d also strongly recommend the $8 cake batter milkshake. These shakes are average size but very filling. My friends and I always share. 

This is a short one today but as a vegetarian I normally would never have even considered D-Luxe so this felt necessary!

Song of the day: Riptide // Vance Joy

Veg Disney – D-Luxe Burger

Veg Disney – Columbia Harbour House

Hi guys!

So today I’m spotlighting my home location. Harbour House is located in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom, and y’all. It’s home. 

For guests who are pesca, this is an awesome place to eat. CHH does sell a large variety of seafood, from fried shrimp to fried pollock to salmon. However, there are also quite a few options for true vegetarians. (Side note: I very strongly recommend against eating here if you’re allergic to shellfish/any kind of seafood. Cross-contamination is highly likely, especially in a kitchen as small as ours.)

Basic info: Columbia Harbour House is a quick-service dining location eligible for quick-service DDP credits. It is in the <$15 per adult category on Disney’s website. Cast members and annual passholders do not get a discount here. 

Lighthouse Sandwich – this is my favorite menu item. The Lighthouse will run you about $11 and has tomato, hummus, and broccoli slaw (don’t knock it ’til you try it). It comes with housemade chips but don’t be shy about swapping it for another side, like fries or green beans. 

Broccoli Peppercorn Salad – this salad is also about $11 and comes with chicken, but it’s not difficult for the kitchen cast to prep it without meat and it’s also a little cheaper that way. (Pesca eaters, you can sub salmon for a little extra money.) The toppings include corn, onions, peas, broccoli, parmesan cheese, and sunflower seeds. 

Macaroni & Cheese – the mac’n’cheese runs about $13 and comes topped with shrimp, but again, you can get it without. It’s actually the same mac served over at Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland. Personally, the way I go about ordering mac’n’cheese at Harbour is ordering a kid’s meal, since it comes with two sides and a drink (I’m partial to Gogo Squeez applesauce and a cookie). Cast members won’t give adults a hard time about ordering off the kids’ menu; most of us do it ourselves to save money. 

Blueberry Cobbler – oh my god guys. My coworkers had a running joke about how much I love that dumb cobbler. It’s $5 and worth every single penny. It’s my favorite thing at Harbour and the best days were the ones when our leaders let us take some home. I’ve included a picture below of the time I was on my break and my friend was playing in the park and I got him and his girlfriend to buy me a cobbler.  


That’s all for today guys! If you have any Harbour-specific questions feel free to comment. I know that place inside and out by now. I’ll be back in Disney next weekend so let me know if you have QSR restaurant suggestions!

Song of the day: Broadway // Goo Goo Dolls

Veg Disney – Columbia Harbour House

Veg Disney – 50’s Prime Time Café

Hi guys!

So for today’s review of vegetarian Disney I’m jumping over to the parks…more specifically, Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Studios is going through a lot of changes currently (Star Wars fans are in for the experience of a lifetime!) but fortunately they’re keeping one of my favorite Disney table service restaurants: 50’s Prime Time Café!

The café is centered around the theme of a small home set in the 50’s, aka the era of the Mouseketeers and poodle skirts. Your servers become your family, and they harass you just like your real family. 

Basic info: 50’s Prime Time is a table-service location eligible for the Disney Dining Plan, Annual Passholder discount, and Cast Member discount. Prices run around $15-$35 per adult. If you only want one of the famous milkshakes, there’s a bar off to the left side of the restaurant. You can order there without reservations. 


So I went here around the third week of my program and ordered the vegetable lasagna. This is the only true vegetarian item on the adult menu (there is salmon, if you’re pesca, and chicken caesar salad without chicken, if you’re extra picky), and I was wary. I’ve never been a big lasagna person, and this dish contains zucchini (my least favorite food). But I ended up loving it! It costs $19 but I did have leftovers, just keep in mind that they don’t keep for very long. This contains soy protein, mushrooms, zucchini, and a boatload of cheese. It’s honestly awesome. 

I also indulged in the café’s specialty, a peanut butter & jelly milkshake. Shakes are $7 but easily shared. I can also vouch for the malts here!

Let me know if you guys have any more questions about this restaurant, or any requests for specific restaurants in the future. Happy eating!

Song of the day: Over My Head (Cable Car) // The Fray

Veg Disney – 50’s Prime Time Café

Veg Disney – Sanaa

Hi guys!

So about a year and a half ago I went vegetarian. This was before I started my College Program, and before that my typical dining choices at Disney consisted of chicken nuggets with the occasional cheeseburger. Because of this, my CP became a learning journey of the vegetarian options at Disney. 

So I’ve decided to write semi-regular posts detailing what I order at certain Disney restaurants, spanning parks and resorts and quick service and table service. Today I’m writing about Sanaa, which I visited for the first time for lunch in September and then again for dinner two weeks ago. 

Basic info: Sanaa is a table service restaurant located in Kidani Village (the DVC section) of Animal Kingdom Lodge. WDW’s website lists it as being in the $15-$35 price range per adult. Table service DDP credits are accepted, Annual Passholders get a 20% discount, and Cast Members get a 40% discount after 8 pm. I would recommend having a reservation but you can usually find one last-second. 

Appetizer


The bread service is the reason people dine at Sanaa, and I honestly don’t blame them. Fortunately it is 100% vegetarian. It’s $13 for three dipping sauces but I recommend splurging an extra $2 for all nine sauces. I also found that when shared with just one friend it serves as a full meal, but when shared with three it was sufficient as an appetizer. 

Entree


This is an African-inspired biryani, which is rice topped with seasonal vegetables (in my case, brussels sprouts and carrots), nuts, and paneer cheese. It’s $19 and really incredible, possibly my favorite meal I’ve ever had at Disney. I ended up having leftovers, so even though it’s pricey keep in mind it can serve as two meals. 

Dessert


This is Kenyan chocolate-coffee mousse. It cost about $8 and to the best of my knowledge is vegetarian. I split it with a friend but half-wished I could have it all to myself!

And that was my dining experience at Sanaa! Food aside, I’d highly recommend eating here for the atmosphere. We got to watch animals playing outside throughout our meal and then wandered the resort after we finished eating. All in all it was an awesome night. 🙂

Song of the day: Mess is Mine // Vance Joy

Veg Disney – Sanaa

DCP – In Retrospect

I’ve been looking back on my college program a lot lately, because my departure day was 3 months ago today and I feel like overall the program truly changed my life, and I’m not sure I ever talked about it like I wanted to. 

I’ve always wanted to work for Disney, but I went into my program absolutely terrified. I remember spending the night before I left tossing and turning, scared I had made the wrong decision. This fear did not go away. It hung around until the end of my program. But the difference was that by the end, I had friends to talk to about it, friends who understood. 

The beginning of my program was like every DCP vlog you’ve ever watched. My roommates and I exchanged gifts and went to the parks and Universal and training. But honestly, the biggest turning point of my program was when I began to hang out with my coworkers. I went to Waffle House with a small handful, Ale House with another group, Not-So-Scary with a close friend, and then Horror Nights with the people who were to become my best friends. 


I feel like this night was a turning point, even though I still complain about how my friends made me go into every house. We call ourselves the bonnet babes (because we wear bonnets, and we’re all really hot) but that was the first night I really felt like a Part of Something. And that feeling remained throughout the rest of my program, on the nights I stayed up until 6:30 AM at Wal Mart with my friends and on the nights I cried because I thought I’d made a mistake going to Disney. My last week, I posted on Instagram that the bonnet made me a part of something, and it really did. It made me a part of this incredible group of people, and even now when I go back I’m welcomed instantly. My friend Beth says it feels like I never left, and it truly does. 


At the end of my program I became close to Miranda, who now is my best friend. We met her first week but never quite clicked until the end, and now I don’t know what I would do without her. That’s what Disney does, what the college program does. I can’t even believe anymore that there was a part of my life during which I did not know Miranda, and Lauren, and Bess, and Ryan, and Lexi, and Beth, and Emma, and all of the incredible friends I made. I feel like I’ve known them forever. 

This is, in essence, a thank-you blog for the people who made magic for me. You all did it every single day, whether it was by making me a Diet Coke or looking happy to see me or just being you. Everyone I met at Harbour House has the most special place in my heart, and I don’t tell them enough. So here you guys go. I love you. Never change. HAGS. Columbia Harbour House on deck until the day I die, y’all. Thanks for taking my life by storm. 


Song of the day: We Know the Way // Lin Manuel Miranda

DCP – In Retrospect

Planet Hollywood

Hi guys!

This past week I went back home to Disney, and two of my old coworkers and I decided to try the newly renovated Planet Hollywood Observatory. Planet Hollywood has been a staple of Disney Springs since the time of Pleasure Island, so I was interested to see how they revamped it. 


For me, the best part was the movie memorabilia. Planet Hollywood used to be a 3-D collage of memorabilia, with everything kind of haphazardly pinned to the walls or suspended over guests’s heads. The new arrangement includes about four stories of varied glass display cases, organized by movie. The top floor, intended for events, has memorabilia encased in the tables too. 


The menu comes straight from the mind of Guy Fieri, so everything is extravagant, to say the least. Pictured above is my meal, a pimento mac’n’cheese grilled cheese with triple fries (basically three kinds of fries covered in seasoning that we decided was some kind of barbecue flavor). It was good for sure, but not exceptional. My friend Emma got the chicken and really liked it. 


The star of the show was definitely the supernova shake. They have three kinds: chocolate, cake, and candy. The three of us shared the chocolate one and couldn’t finish it. They’re $14 a pop so I’d definitely recommend splitting, or going to Planet Hollywood just for dessert. 


My next trip will be after spring semester and I’m hoping to try all sorts of new stuff then!

Song of the day: Paris // The Chainsmokers

Planet Hollywood