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Disney Plant Based Food Guide

vegan and gluten free dining in orlando

Not too long ago, we shared some gluten free and vegan friendly dining options in the Orlando area.  Well Disney’s Magic Kingdom has now launched a visitor’s guide especially for those in search of vegan & vegetarian food options.

MK vegan list

The new Disney Plant Based Cuisine Guide lists all of the vegan and veggie options across the park in a convenient pamphlet.

The guide is categorized by area and then lists each vegan and veggie-friendly restaurant in the region of that park including the offered dishes.  Head over to Casey’s corner for a vegan hot dog, The Plaza for a veggie burger or Tomorrowland for a plant based sloppy joe.

Disneyland in California was recently crowned the most vegan friendly theme park in the USA by animal rights activist group PETA.  Hopefully this means that Disneyworld will soon have just as many vegan friendly options.

The guide is available at the following locations in the Magic Kingdom:

  • All Table-Service and Quick-Service Restaurants
  • All Guest Experience Team podiums
  • Guest Relations (City Hall and Liberty Square Ticket Office locations)

For any questions or concerns about allergy-free dining and dietary preferences, see Walt Disney World’s page on special dietary requests. Alternatively, you can contact them at with any questions you might have.

*Images courtesy of WDWNT

Gluten Free & Vegan Dining Options Near Disney

vegan and gluten free dining in orlando

For those who are gluten intolerant or vegan, it can be very difficult to find delicious dining options.  We’ve rounded up 4 great restaurants that offer fresh & delicious vegan and gluten free options in the Orlando area.

Etho’s Vegan Kitchen

Etho’s menu is 100% vegan and features hearty, homestyle fare.

Gluten free options include a Coconut curry wrap, chickpea salad sandwich, and chocolate amaretto mousse for dessert.

601-B S New York Ave, Winter Park, FL, 32789, (407) 228-3898


Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation

This restaurant is a buffet/salad bar style with fresh fruits, vegetables, soups and baked goods made from scratch, all following homemade recipes bursting with flavor.

Their current specials include vegan Sante Fe black bean chili, and gluten Free Lemon muffins.

12561 S.Apopka-Vineland RoadOrlando FL 32836  (407) 938-9461


Bolay offers nutritious, wholesome and nourishing bowls that are 100% gluten free along with some vegan options.

Bolay creates the perfect blend of nutrient-rich and savory flavors by offering freshly prepared gluten-free ingredients. Choose your base (sweet potato noodles are yum!), veggies, protein (includes tofu), and sauce to create your own unique nutritious bowl bursting with flavour.

1971 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792  (407) 907-6577

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen offers any of their delicious panini sandwiches like their Florentine chicken on a gluten free bun, as well as vegan options like a tempeh bacon panini.

8015 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL, (407) 355-7768

We hope that we have given you some delicious dining options to try on your next visit.

The Most Fun Family Restaurant In Orlando

t rex cafe orlando

There is a multitude of dining options in Orlando, including several restaurants owned by celebrity chefs.

T-Rex is a family restaurant located in Disney Springs that offers a unique family dining adventure.  As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you will notice is a giant Dinosaur that greets you. As you venture inside, you will feel like you are stepping back into the prehistoric era complete with meteor showers and giant prehistoric creatures.  There are several rooms each with their own style & theme and each room offers a dramatically different experience.

Every 20 minutes or so, guests will experience a meteor shower complete with sound and lighting effects. If you have children whom are sensitive to sound this may not be the place for them.  Overall, the restaurant is pretty loud.

The cuisine is primarily standard American fare, but with a fun prehistoric twist – like their Bronto burgers and their Chocolate Extinction dessert with a side of smoking volcano!

The restaurant doesn’t stop at dining. Budding paleontologist’s can have fun in their Paleo zone where they can dig for bones and pan for precious stones while you wait to be seated.

T-Rex Cafe is a fun restaurant that is sure to create some wonderful photo ops and precious memories.  T-rex is located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs and I highly recommend making reservations in advance.

Top List Of Where Kids Can Eat Free In Orlando

kids eat free in orlando

Your trip to Orlando will no doubt be one filled with magnificent experiences and memories. But it could also break the bank. We enjoy sharing our cost savings tips with you and here is one you won’t want to miss.  We’ve compiled a list of restaurants in the Orlando area that offer kids eat free.  If you plan your meals accordingly, this could save you tons!  (Locations and days may change without notice. We recommend calling the location in advance).


Steak & Shake: 1 free kids plate with every $9 you spend

Tony Roma’s:  Free kids meal with purchase of adult entrée


Manny’s Chophouse:  Free kids meal 10 & under with purchase of adult entrée. 2 kids per adult

Chilli’s:    Free kids meal with purchase of adult entrée


Miller’s Alehouse:  12 & under eat free with adult entrée purchase

Manny’s: Free kids meal 10 & under with purchase of adult entrée. 2 kids per adult

Denny’s: Kids 10 and under eat free 4-10pm

Gator’s Dockside:   5:30-8:30 Free kids meal 12 & under with purchase of adult entrée

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse: Free kids meal 12 & under with purchase of adult entrée

Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Free kids meal with purchase of adult entree


Steak & Shake: 1 free kids plate with every $9 you spend

The Kids eat free card

When you purchase a Kids Eat Free Card, you will be able to use it at multiple restaurants in the Orlando area.  Browse through their website to discover the restaurants and deals for you.

The card is $19.99 and could save you well over that in kids meals.  The list of participating restaurants is extensive but here are just a few:

CICI’S pizza, Dominos, Sizzler, Texas Road House, Uno Chicago Grill, A&W, Hokkaido Chinese & Japanese Buffet, McDonald’s and so much more.

It’s important to note that only select locations participate in this program and could change at any time.  Please call in advance to see if your restaurant participates.

The Kids Eat Free card is valid for 90 days from the date of first use and can be used an unlimited amount of times

Each card is valid for 1 child with a full paying adult

Qualifying child must be 11 years or younger

Sweet Tooth? Sugar Factory Serves Up Dessert In Orlando

sugar factory orlando

Got a sweet tooth?  Sugar Factory Orlando serves up the best dessert in Orlando! Some Signature sweet treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!  Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory.   Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops.    You can check out theses celebrities and their favourite sweets here.


But its not all lollipops and gumdrops.  Upscale dining classics are served from brunch to late-night ranging from decadent crepes to flavorful milkshakes, gourmet burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more.

kingkong sundae

Night cap?  Guests will want to stay long into the night to enjoy the innovative smoking goblet drinks, top hits dance music, and lively social scene.

Beers, Burgers and Fords

ford burger

Ford’s Garage is your neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome. The restaurant chain pays homage to Henry Ford, who wintered at his Fort Myers, Florida estate.  Ford’s Garage will give you the vibe of being in a 1920’s service station to include vintage Ford vehicles, gas pumps, and fixtures.  The bars feature prohibition-style elements of old brick, rich wood, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.  Many more unique features really make The Garage a fun place to visit and take pictures!

They are a gourmet burger bar serving up the finest varieties of Black Angus Beef, American Kobe, Open Range Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Tuna, and Vegetarian products coupled with all-natural aged cheeses and gourmet toppings.  Also specializing in popular American comfort food entrees such as homemade meatloaf, chili, and famous macaroni and cheese.

I’ve said it before, Florida has plenty of options for the beer connoisseurs and Ford’s Garage is no exception serving well as over 150 beers on tap and in bottle.

The Lakeland location is located at 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809.  863-337-FORD

Highway in the Sky Dine Around

The Highway in the Sky experience is a progressive dinner via the monorail. Along the way, you will travel in a private monorail car which awaits you at each stop.

Your Dine Around adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors. Relax and mingle with your fellow diners, enjoying a welcoming appetizer and specialty cocktail before setting off on your epicurean odyssey. Bon voyage and bon appétit!

First stop: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort—where you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in a far-flung tropical paradise. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the charm of this exotic retreat, with an enticing variety of island-inspired libations and appetizers.

Then it’s time for a change of scene and cuisine—as the monorail transports you a world away to the opulent Victorian-style Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Step inside and step back into a bygone era of elegance and gracious hospitality. Here, you’ll be invited to sip champagne and enjoy an artisanal selection of cheeses or charcuterie. You’ll also be escorted to the award-winning Cítricos, where you’ll be treated to a special Chef’s main course selection amid the restaurant’s refined ambiance.

Afterward, board the monorail once more to return to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the culmination of your evening. Here, you and your Dine Around companions will retire to a private patio to enjoy an indulgent assortment of desserts, cordials and coffee. From this exclusive location, watch in wonder as the Happily Ever After fireworks show lights up the up the night over Cinderella Castle—a musical, magical grand finale to your one-of-a-kind dining adventure.

Further info here

BBQ Throwdown Memorial Day Weekend

Kissimmee, Florida is hosting the Old Town BBQ Throwdown Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26.  Professional and amateur barbecue competition with world champion barbecue vendors, steak cook off, public sampling, live music, kids play area, street performers, car show, grilling demonstrations and all the amenities attached to an amusement park.

“The BBQ Throwdown is a new concept developed by Old Town and will bring some of the best barbecue teams on the competition circuit to participate” said Ron Cates, event organizer. “Even though there is $10,000 up for grabs, it’s really about more than that; it’s about respect among their peers and having a great time with the barbecue community. We’re all family.”


Date: May 25 – May 26

Annual event on Memorial Day Weekend

Time: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Venue: Old Town Kissimmee

Address: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA


Woody’s Lunch Box To Open In Toy Story Land June 30

smores sandwich

Disney has announced the opening of Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land which will be serving up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist. Guests will also find nostalgic soda floats and other speciality beverages.

Sandwiches include S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this treat is oozy goodness and is comprised of  chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles.  Inspired by the popular breakfast toaster pastries, the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and the Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon and of course the quintessential lunch box sandwich,  Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – provides a light and fresh option. A creamy Dijonnaise gives it a kick of flavor.

Big kids can also enjoy the backyard with Grown-Up beverages like the Lemonade Cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.

Woody’s Lunch Box is set to open June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Make sure to visit their website for the complete menu.



4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokes house cooks up mouth watering BBQ dishes – Brisket, Ribs, pulled pork,  prime rib & more.  They also feature delicious signature Stacker dishes like the Longhorn: Chopped brisket, Texas sausage served on a toasted roll over smokehouse relish, topped with onion rings and melted provolone.

But don’t take our work for it. The founder of 4 Rivers Smokehouse John Rivers, attracted local and National attention with four consecutive invitations to present at the 2011 – 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and appearances on NBC and FOX morning shows. He’s also been celebrated by USA Today, Paula Deen Magazine, FOOD Magazine, Cooking Light, Food & Wine, Cigar Aficionado, Restaurant Business, and, and named a finalist for the 2013 Florida Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

You’ll want to hit up 4 Rivers Smokehouse when  your in the area. You won’t regret it.

874 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee FL 34741