So you’re going to Disneyland Paris and you’re so exciting but you’re vegan and the panic sets in once you read everything online telling you that you’re going to practically starve. Well don’t panic, I’ve got your back.
Hello, my name’s Georgia and I’m a fellow vegan. I’ve been vegan for 7 months now and it’s the best decision I ever made and I’ll tell you now you can find vegan friendly food anywhere.
I booked to go to Disneyland Paris for my 21st birthday this month. I haven’t been to Disney since I was 4! And being I huge Disney fan, it’s an understatement to say I was excited but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about eating as a vegan so of course I did my research everywhere and anywhere; google, YouTube, Instagram, blogs… but everything was sounding a bit pathetic and not very promising. Even Disneyland Paris’ website has no reference to vegan options, but I already knew that the French were a bit behind with the times and have barely grasped the idea of what a vegetarian is let alone a vegan and being the only herbivore out of the 4 of us that went, I think it’s safe to say I was a girl on a mission.
And to my surprise I could eat SO MUCH FOOD. We had half board which I definitely recommend as it gives you free buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner everyday. So lets start with breakfast…
I sadly didn’t get a picture of breakfast as I used every spare moment to keep my phone on charge in the room! But breakfast was just your standard continental buffet breakfast, we stayed at Disney’s hotel Santa Fe; there were croissants, pain u chocolat, meats and cheese, none of which I could eat but don’t panic! There was plenty of bread for toast with jam, fresh fruit and cereals and if you ask for soya milk they’ll gladly give you some for your cereal and tea/coffee.
Our plan for food on our trip was to stuff our faces at breakfast then have an early dinner so that we wouldn’t waste money and time having lunch but most days we got chips, every food place does vegan friendly chips but my favourite by far were the fries from Hakuna Matata…
Places I know you can get a quick service lunch are Earl of Sandwich in the Disney Village which offer an Avocado and salad sandwich with loads of breads and baguettes and dressings to choose from. Aso Belle Notte have a tomato pasta and at a few restaurants you’ll find a veggie burger bagel! Just ask for it without the cheese and mayo.
Snacks! Now snacks are essential for long days in the Disney parks, we were doing at least 20,000 steps a day being in the park at 8am with our extra magic hours and staying until the illuminations ended at 11pm! So I made sure to take my own energy bars and crisps as well as bananas taken from breakfast! But when I felt like treating myself to something naughty to my surprise I was not short of options! Vegan snacks in the parks include: slushies, popcorn, candyfloss, toffee apples, sweets and sorbets! This cloud of candy floss left on a crazy sugar high and I was slightly obsessed when I found these raspberry and lemon sorbets, the perfect thing to cool down in the heat whilst watching the parade!
Lets talk dinner. So I said we had dinner at buffet restaurants and first of the three we ate at was Billy Bob’s which is found in the Disney Village, very apprehensive I had a wonder around the food and to my surprise there was so much choice; olives, nachos & salsa, tortillas, lentil salads, veggie chilli, loads of veg, rice and pasta! Knowing I wouldn’t have any option for dessert except fruit I demolished two plates of food, but on the way out we spotted some ice lolly that were vegan so I grabbed one of those to eat as we waddled back to go on more rides!
Our second night we ended up having to eat at our hotel Santa Fe as there were no available tables any where for the time we wanted, so if you can, I’d definitely advise making all your dining reservations in advanced. Although Billy Bob’s was so surprisingly vegan friendly I still really wasn’t excepting anything but again to my surprise there was more than enough for my to eat, not that it was much different from last nights options, but after walking all day around Disney you really work up an appetite so any food is good food! This night I had rice with ratatouille which was delicious! I may have had some tomato pasta as well but sshhh… ready to sit there watching my friends stuff there faces with cakes, pastries, ice cream and chocolate as I ate my fruit, they point out that the chocolate fountain tasted like dark chocolate…..! Could it be vegan? Surely not. I ask a man working there if it was dark chocolate and if it had any milk in it and he said it didn’t! I didn’t believe him as his English wasn’t great so I told him I had a milk allergy and if I eat it I could be ill so he calls out the chefs and the came out and confirmed that it had no milk in it at all! I hadn’t read anywhere else that anyone had found this so I may be the first to make this vegan discovery! Shortly after, I devoured two bananas dipped in the bowl of this dark chocolate fountain… a major eyes bigger than my stomach moment but no regrets and all that!
The final Disney restaurant we ate at and the one I’d heard lots about and was excited for was Agrabah Cafe.
‘Passing through the Moorish inspired archways at the entrance of Adventure land leads into the Arabian Bazaar, home to Restaurant Agrabah Café. Taking its theme from Disney’s classic movie Aladdin, Restaurant Agrabah Cafe is a buffet style restaurant, which features an ever-changing menu of Mediterranean style cuisine.’
Within the dining area the eastern theming is conveyed through a series of interconnecting rooms decorated in deep rich colours and completed with an eclectic selection of bric-a-brac stacked deep on shelves. My eyes wide as I take in the beautiful food on offer, I loaded my plate with couscous, lentils, olives, houmous (and some blooming great houmous at that), pitta, chickpeas and spiced pota. This was the best meal by far, incredible flavours and variety as well as 70% of the food being vegan friendly. This meal was so satisfying and I highly recommend checking out Agrabah Café vegan or not , the food was beautiful. Oh and dessert was the sweetest dates which were the perfect end to the meal.
Thank you for reading!
And if you are off to Disneyland Paris I hope you have the most magical time!
Remember to be kind we’re all just earthlings put on the same planet together no species any superior to another.