Toni recently took a trip down to Los Angeles with her dear friend, Michelle Cehn, and was excited to have an impromptu trip to Disneyland! She already knew that she could expect to have a blast riding rides and take pictures with cute characters, but she had no idea that they would also be chowing down at vegan theme park food all day! It was a pleasant surprise, and Toni made sure to document it all for you WITH PRICES!
The idea is to help you figure out how to save money on your next trip to Disneyland! Hopefully, with my tips, you'll get spend money on vegan food that is really worth it and get an idea on what you can bring with you to avoid overpriced items. Are you ready? Here we go!
Happy budget tips!
Don't go crazy buying memorabilia or merchandising at shops inside the park! They are very expensive! Instead, you can look for small shops in the surrounding areas and get them so much cheaper. Another great idea is to look for Disney themed props on Amazon. They have a set of 12 Minnie or Mickey ears for the whole family for just 6 dollars. So convenient!
Bring your own full reusable water bottle! I cannot stress this enough. You will pay a minimum of 3.99 dollars for a persona bottle of water inside the park. Take your reusable bottle along and fill it up in the water fountains for free. Win for you and win for the environment! Also, if you are taking kids along with you, they will ask for water ALL the time! They will be excited and eating more sugar than usual so thirst will strike often. Take them a sippy cup or bottle also!
Bring your own fruit snacks! Fruit is another very overpriced item at Disneyland so pack some mandarins, bananas or apples to snack on in between meals or when you feel like you've been overdoing it with the vegan goodies. This is another important tip for those of you who bring kids along. Kids need snacks very often so if you are not prepared they will ask for a snack at every single stand you pass by. You can take some crackers and raisins apart from the fruit. You'll be so happy you did!
Plan ahead and look for prices online. Depending on how long you'll be at the park you should plan your meals of the day. If you're dying to try the vegan pizza at Pizza Port then save your hunger for it. You will find plenty of vegan options, but you might love a few of them. I'll give you a list of the things Michelle and I tried and loved. Take notes!
The girls advise you to consider getting a fast pass! You will skip the lines and enjoy your day so much more (especially if you come as a family!)
Disneyland Vegan Food to Try!
These are a few of the favorites Michelle and Toni got to try on their mini road trip. I'm sure there were many more choices they didn't get to because they were so full!
Pizza Port's Bread Sticks and Vegan Pizza: If you're in the mood for some Italian inspired fast food this place is excellent! They have these two vegan options and they taste so good! The breadsticks come with a marinara dipping sauce, and the pizza has vegan cheese for no extra cost. The sticks are 4.99, and the pizza is 7.49! Don't forget to ask for some pasta marinara (if you're not in the mood for pizza) which is also vegan!
Dole Whip: Ok, this one is an all time favorite! Especially for those hot Summer days. It's sweet and creamy and amazing! They have two versions. The classic dole whip for 4.99 and the floating one in a cup for 5.99 (this gets you more for your money)
The Royal Street Veranda: This place is so good! They have a vegetarian gumbo served in a sourdough bread bowl for 10.99. Big enough for two! Amazing, right?
Bengal Barbecue Stand: If you are looking to eat a healthier veggie heavy snack this place offers the outback vegetable skewer for 3.99. Some yummy grilled vegetables on a stick. Super simple! Look out for the stand where they sell the mickey mouse pretzel! So cute and delicious!
Rancho del Zocalo: If you love Mexican food this is a great place to find a generous sized vegan dish. The Guadalajara burrito was massive and full of healthy (nonfried) veggies. It was pricey, but these are Disneyland prices, so it was ok. You don't go to Disneyland every day, right?
These are only a few of the options Toni and Michelle managed to try. They will get to many others the next time they visit so stay tuned!
Hopefully, this helps you have a great experience next time you visit Disneyland. No need to spend too much money on a full day of eating vegan food plus the price of the entrance tickets. Enjoying this park shouldn't come at such a high cost. Just a little bit of planning goes a long way.
If you've tried something super tasty and vegan, please let Toni know in the comments! Are you already looking forward to their next Disney excursion? I know I am!
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