Planning what delicious foods you are going to eat at Disney is always such a big part of any trip! I love planning, (which is why I set up Most Magical Guides!) and because of this I have done hundreds of hours of research into which restaurants have the best reviews, what menus sounded the best for us as a travelling party with mixed dietary needs and which dishes made my taste buds tingle.
I had planned out where we were going to eat over 6 months in advance of our trip and knew just what I wanted to order. 6 months in advance?! That's crazy! I agree it does sound crazy! But this was so I could book our ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations). Disney offer ADRs for all their table service restaurants via their website (and for a few of their quick service restaurants too). I always book as soon as my booking window opens to make sure I can get the hardest to get reservations.
Advanced Dining Reservations can now be booked 60 days in advance of your trip. Everyone can book ADRs, you don't have to be staying on-site at Disney to do this. The benefit of staying on-site at Disney is that you can book your whole trip (up to 10 days) all at once! If you are staying off-site you can book reservations one day at a time.
Alas my trip had to be cancelled for this year but to bring the Disney spirit into my house I decided to make some of the meals and treats I wanted to try at home!This was one of my top tips in my blog post Your Disney Trip Has Been Cancelled. What To Do Next?
Below are 8 Disney dishes that even a novice cook like me managed to make! Some of the elements I improvised or changed slightly to ingredients that I had to hand. They all were super easy to make and so delicious!
I am vegan so all the dishes below are plant-based but you can easily swap any of the ingredients to fit with your own dietary preferences and needs.
LeFou’s Festin from Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom
I love a great breakfast dish and LeFou's Festin looked like the perfect way to start the day in Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately breakfast is no longer being served at Be Our Guest Restaurant but I was so keen to try this so I made my own version at home!
LeFou's Festin is a plant-based dish and comes with a sausage, 'eggs', breakfast potatoes and fruit.
To make this dish at home I used:
Birds Eye Green Cuisine Sausage (you can use any sausage of your choice)
Potatoes (I chopped these up and then put them in the microwave for 4 and a half minutes to soften, then coated in oil and salt and put into the oven for 20 - 25 minutes until golden)
We don't have Just Egg in the UK at the moment so I swapped the eggs to a tofu scramble. Tofu scramble is one of my favourite dishes! It is really quick to make and a lovely alternative as a replacement to eggs.
To make the tofu scramble I pressed a block of firm tofu to squeeze out the moisture. I love the Tofuture tofu press. I've been using it for years! It is really easy to use and removes so much moisture, making the tofu much easier to cook and gives a better texture. It is a really handy way to press tofu and a kitchen staple for me! If you would like your own Tofuture tofu press you can purchase it here!
I leave the tofu in the press and put it in the fridge for a few hours to allow it to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Once ready I crumble the tofu up so it resembles scrambled eggs. I put some oil in a pan and once it is hot I add the tofu. I let it brown very slightly and then add a range of spices to give some awesome flavour! I like to use turmeric (which also gives a great yellow colour to the tofu), cumin, black pepper, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. I cook this for just a few minutes and then as I remove the pan from the hob I add a dash of kala namek, also known as black salt, which gives an eggy taste.
This dish takes only around 20-25 minutes to cook and then you are all set for a filling and delicious breakfast!
Lighthouse Sandwich from Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom
The Lighthouse Sandwich is a fan favourite and is something that always pops up on lists of hidden gem food items at Disney. It is really nice to sometimes be able to have a lighter meal, especially in the Florida heat.
The Lighthouse Sandwich is filled with hummus, broccoli slaw and tomatoes. This sounded like a really unique and delicious combination to me so I made my own version!
To make the Lighthouse Sandwich I used:
Red Pepper Hummus
Homemade Broccoli Slaw
To make the broccoli slaw I used:
A Store Bought Coleslaw Mix
Hellmans Vegan Mayonnaise
I added the coleslaw mix into a large bowl and then cut up the broccoli into pea sized pieces. I added the broccoli to the coleslaw mix and then added 2 heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 and a half teaspoons of Dijon mustard and a good squeeze of Sriracha mayonnaise. Stir until all the vegetables are covered with the sauce. And it is done! So quick and so yummy!
You can find the recipe I used here!
I cannot stop making this broccoli slaw! It is so easy and really tasty and can be added to so many different meals that I almost always have some in the fridge now!
This sandwich lived up to my expectations and I can see why people rave about it. It is really unique and very flavourful. On my next trip to Walt Disney World I cannot wait to try the original version to see how mine compares!
Loaded Slaw Dog from Casey's Corner in Magic Kingdom
A trip to Casey's Corner is a staple for most people when they visit Magic Kingdom. This plant-based loaded slaw dog tastes as good as it looks!