ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) – In a sign that veganism is breaking into the US mainstream, Disney announced Tuesday that plant-based food options will be added to any dining space in their theme parks in the US.
More than 400 vegan dishes will be available at fast-food restaurants and diners in Orlando, Walt Disney World in Florida in early October, followed by Anaheim, Disneyland California in the spring of 2020
This is a major endeavor: there are more than 602 Walt Disney dining sites in Orlando and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, most of them uniquely themed in a theme park or hotel.
Soon, each of them will have a vegan-themed version to match, such as the Star Inspired by the War "Tatooine Two Solar Hummus" at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando or "Le Fu Fustin" at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney's Magic Kingdom, also in Orlando.
New additions extend beyond the park walls: each dining location includes 36 Orlando hotels and three Disney Anaheims will also receive vegan options. They include "Carrot Nonnocchi" at The Barf Club Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and "Cauliflowe Tacos" on the wave of American flavors in Disney's contemporary resort. Tofu "at Animal Kingdom for Main Street USA's Eggless Florentine, Disney is careful to call the items" plant-based "rather than" vegan. "That's because the exact definition of what qualifies as vegan has long been
To help guests easily notice the plant-based plates, Disney has highlighted each menu item with a new green leaf logo.
However, the company said all items "were made without an animal. meat, dairy, eggs or honey ", which meets the broadest definition of vegan cuisine. [1
The paucity of plant-based eating options, plus the difficulty of identifying them, has led Disney vegan fans to create their own online survival guides.
Eric Brent, founder of vegan HappyCow Nutrition Guide, was delighted with the expanded menu.
"Vegans and those looking for plant based options are in the seventh heaven with all the good news and awareness," he said. "We are confident that the recent increase in Disney offers will be well received and we hope to see a day soon when they will be fully compassionate about their food options."
There are plant food options in international parks, including Disneyland Mushroom Risotto at Disneyland Paris, Vegetable Fried Fried Dumplings at Hong Kong Disneyland or the Banana Cake Caramel Mix at Shanghai Disney Resort.
But the plan to include a Vegan variant on every Disney menu is now a US initiative.
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