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Vegan at Disneyland – California Adventure’s Lucky Fortune Cookery

I have posted about Disneyland before and will continue to update as I try different vegan options in both Disneyland and California Adventure.  Click here to see all posts about Disneyland.  Eventually, I plan to put together my own comprehensive list.

My sister, Sammi, decided to get an Annual Pass and came to Disneyland with us this weekend for her first visit in a long time.

We decided to go to Lucky Fortune Cookery in California Adventure this time, since I hadn’t yet had a chance to try it.  It’s in the Pacific Wharf area along with many other restaurants.

Lucky Fortune Cookery Exterior | A Vegan in Progress

They offer Asian rice bowls, each with steamed rice and seared Asian vegetables.  First you choose your protein, then you choose your sauce.  The fact that they offer both tofu and meat options makes this a good place to go with others that allows everyone to get what they want.

Lucky Fortune Cookery Menu board | A Vegan in Progress

Sammi is vegan too, so we agreed to order difference sauces so we could try both.  She ordered a tofu bowl with Spicy Korean sauce and I got a tofu bowl with Teriyaki sauce.  We realized later that we may have been able to ask them to substitute brown rice, since they offer it in their kid’s meals.

The Spicy Korean sauce was flavorful, but a little too spicy for my taste – and I usually like things spicy!  Sammi really liked it, she has a higher tolerance.

The Teriyaki sauce was just as flavorful with a little less heat, but still on the spicy side.  It was my preference.  I didn’t think it had quite enough sauce.  Sammi thought hers had enough sauce, but it could have been because it was so spicy that she appreciated a little plain rice in there to cool off her tongue.

Both of them came out piping hot and perfectly cooked.  The used silken tofu, which isn’t my favorite – I like it a little firmer.  We were given pretty good portions, but when compared to gumbo in an edible bread bowl, it seemed a little expensive.  It was originally $10.49, but after a Premium Annual Passport holder discount, it came to only $9.63 including tax.

I would eat here again to break up my habit of ordering Veggie Gumbo from Royal Street Veranda, which remains my favorite.  However, I did prefer this meal over the N’awlins Vegetable Ragout from Cafe Orleans, which is more expensive.

More reviews to come as I try different dishes around the parks!

Vegan at Disneyland – Royal Street Veranda and Links to Comprehensive Guides

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This past weekend was my last before the Fall semester begins at my university.  I will be taking 5 courses, totaling 13 units, while working full time, so I doubt my weekends will be free for the next four months.  Eric and I decided to take advantage of our last free weekend and go to Disneyland.  His cousin (who usually works at Space Mountain) graciously offered to sign us in for the day.  Eric was nervous about our dining options because this would be my first vegan day at Disneyland, so we planned ahead.  We packed a lot of vegan snacks (grapes, kettle corn, kettle chips, nuts) and a lunch for each of us (I brought a vegan focaccia pizza thing that I found at Sprouts).  My mom kindly pointed me toward some websites that she found when Googling “vegan Disneyland”.  There are actually quite a few options for vegan diners.

We decided to try the gumbo at Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square (above Pirates of the Caribbean, right next to the stairs that go up to the Dream Suite).  They offer vegetarian gumbo (it is in fact, vegan), steak gumbo, and clam chowder.  The gumbo is hearty, spicy, and comes in a yummy sourdough bread bowl.  I remarked that it is possibly the best meal I have ever had at Disneyland, vegan or omnivore.  The bowls were $9.29, which is not horrible when you consider that it’s Disneyland food.

Vegan Gumbo, Disneyland | A Vegan in Progress

Much tastier than it looks!

In recent years, Disneyland has improved their healthy options in the park.  There are many snack stands that offer fruit, water, apple chips, and hummus and pretzel packs.

Snack Market, California Adventure | A Vegan in Progress

The new look of California Adventure is just adorable. Look at this little snack market!

However, the prices for these items are pretty steep, so I recommend bringing your own.  I have never had a problem bringing food into the park even though they check all bags.  They are just checking for glass and other dangerous items.  We always bring a few big water bottles from Trader Joes instead of paying something like $6 for each bottle of water.

Throughout the hot day, Eric was eyeing the many food stands that offer ice cream.  The power of suggestion combined with the heat made me really crave something cold, so I decided to get a frozen lemonade from a cart and suggested that Eric get his ice cream at another cart.  He, instead, opted for a lemonade as well and we enjoyed our tarty treats at the Bengal Barbeque seating area across from the Indiana Jones ride while we waited for our fast passes to kick in.  The barbeque smelled delicious and I caught a glance of a passing veggie skewer that looked really good.  I may try that on a future visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.

In case you are interested in other options, below are links to a few websites where I found lists of places to find vegan food at both parks.

Mickey and Minnie tumblr

Peas and Thank You

All Ears

Chow Vegan, part 1

Chow Vegan, part 2

The Very New Vegan: Disneyland

The Very New Vegan: California Adventure