I may have mentioned in my engagement post that I’m hopelessly obsessed with Disney World – Magic Kingdom to be exact. If you’ve ever seen a 5 year old react to going to Disney (or anywhere fun for that matter), then you have seen my reaction. It is truly the happiest place on Earth. Orlando is also home to some of my favorite vegan restaurants as well, so I’m going to tell you all about our recent trip to this magical land.
My baby shower is this coming Saturday and my birthday is Monday, so John decided we should celebrate a week early. It started out as a quick trip to Orlando and ended up as a weekend adventure.
I’ve always wanted to see mewithoutyou perform since I first heard their music and we missed the St Pete show last week, so we decided we’d head up to Orlando to see them play at the Social. We were going to grab a vegan hotdog (yes, downtown Orlando has a vegan hotdog cart too!) then head back home, but John decided we should stay for the rest of the weekend and use the Disney tickets we’ve had since our wedding to use on our honeymoon. I didn’t fight it. Oh yeah, mewithoutyou played my favorite song (I took the video above) AND our awesome friends Josh and Mackenzie came to hang out with us!
After the show and that vegan hotdog, we headed back to our hotel in Downtown Disney…have I mentioned that this is home to the newest Babycakes location? Winning.
If you’re ever in Orlando, or anywhere near a Babycakes, you HAVE to try their donuts. I’ve had their cupcakes and the cookie sandwiches are heavenly, but these donuts I will dream about until I return. Just a heads up: If you’re driving to Downtown Disney, park in lot 2 and enter to your right (there’s a chicken place in the same building, which is funny, but whatever!). It was raining when we went and we had to search for it, so I would have appreciated a heads up!
Ethos Vegan Kitchen is hands down one of my favorite vegan restaurants on the planet. I only took a picture of my brunch burrito (which was filled with “sausage”, tofu scramble and potatoes then smothered in gravy), but we went back for dinner as well and I had the best “sheeps” pie EVER. If you haven’t been in a while, just a heads up: they moved to Winter Park. It’s a little bit further than the original location, but it’s much bigger and they’ve added SO many awesome new items to the menu!
Get ready for this- the Magic Kingdom Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street has Tofutti AND Rice Dream! You have no idea how happy this makes me. It’s amazing. We didn’t really plan on eating an actual meal inside the park, however they have veggie sandwiches and burgers at most of the quick restaurants and nearly all of the fancier sit-down restaurants have vegan options as well. If you’re planning a long trip, I would highly suggest filling out the dietary needs form in advance and making reservations at one of the restaurants. It really is an amazing experience and the chef creates a dish especially for you!
Well that’s pretty much all I have for Orlando vegan food. I’m 31 weeks pregnant, clearly love to eat and the city didn’t let me down. The upside- there’s a ton of it. The downside- most of the all vegan restaurants are closer to downtown Orlando as opposed to the Disney Parks, so you may have to drive a little while to get to the good stuff.
What are some of your favorite vegan spots in Orlando?