How To Be Vegan At Universal Orlando!
Universal Orlando has some of the biggest thrill rides in Orlando, a total of three parks and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! As one of the most visit destinations in Orlando it is somewhere most people want to experience during their trip!
Universal Orlando has tons of restaurants in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay water park, City Walk and the Universal Hotels. But how easy is it to be vegan at Universal Orlando?
The best source to find out every single vegan option across the whole of Universal Orlando is Universal Orlando Vegans! Check out their incredible wiki page for a list of all the vegan food which updated regularly so you can easily see what will be available during your trip! This is your go to place to know exactly what you can eat!
Universal Orlando Vegans also have a Facebook Group which features the latest updates, news and reviews and is the place to ask any questions you have!
Be sure to follow Universal Orlando Vegans on Instagram for mouthwatering photos and the latest information!
Best Options in Universal Orlando
New vegan options are being added regularly so there are so lots of vegan dishes to choose from!
Vegan options are now listed on menus and Universal also lets you know which dishes can be modified to be made vegan! Be sure to check out the Universal Orlando Vegans wiki page to find out what dishes can be made vegan and just how to modify them!
Here are some of the best vegan foods you can enjoy whilst visiting Universal Orlando!
The Mummy Platter (jackfruit sandwich) from Monsters Cafe (open seasonally)
Plant-Based Penne Genovese from Lombard's Seafood Grille
Vegan Supreme Cheeseburger Platter from Wimpy's
Avocado Toast from The Today Show Cafe
Vegan Shepherd's Pie from Finnegan's Bar & Grill
I Heart Vegan Sandwich from The Today Show Cafe
Plant-Based Crepe from Central Park Crepes - flavour changes and currently is Plant-Based Chick'n
Jackfruit Rice Bowl from Thunder Falls Terrace
Pad Thai from Mythos Restaurant (request this to be made vegan)
Burger Smokehouse Burger from NBC Sports Grill & Brew
Ital's Stuffed Peppers from Bob Marley: A Tribute To Freedom
Vegan Sausage Pasta from Vivo Italian Kitchen
Hot Vegan Platter from Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches
Vegan Field Dog from Hot Dog Hall of Fame
This is just a small sampling of the dishes on offer! Make sure you visit and bookmark the Universal Orlando Vegans wiki page for the full list!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter there are no specific vegan options but if you really would like to experience dining in these magical locations then you can modify dishes to be made vegan.
At the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure you can order a modified vegan breakfast made from Baked Breakfast Beans, Grilled Tomato, Sautéed Mushrooms and Breakfast Potatoes. You are also able to order Steamed Oats or Gluten-Free Pancakes which can be made vegan upon request.
For lunch and dinner the only vegan options are Vegetable Sides (made without butter), a Baked Potato with baked beans (with no butter or sour cream) or a Garden Salad with Italian Dressing.
At the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley in Universal Studios you can order the same breakfast items as in the Three Broomsticks. Their lunch and dinner vegan options are a Veggie Platter (no bread), a Side Salad with Italian Dressing, a side of Cooked Tomatoes, Beets, Potato Wedge or Mixed Roasted Vegetables.
Sadly Butterbeer isn't vegan but many other drinks, like Pumpkin Juice, Tongue Tying Lemon Squash, Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice and Wizards Brew, are vegan.
You can also get vegan sweets from Weasley's Wizard Wheeze, Honeydukes and Sugarplum's Sweet Shop. Some of the vegan sweets include:
Candy in a Can
Tongueburners Tooth Splintering Strong Mints
Dark Mark Lollipop
If you are visiting Volcano Bay to cool off in the water and get thrills from the slides then rest assured there are vegan options for you to enjoy whilst here!
There are vegan options at all three restaurants at Volcano Bay. Kohola Reef Restaurant may be the best bet as it has the most amount of vegan dishes.
You can enjoy foods such as a Chick'n & Avocado Sandwich Platter from Bambu, a Tropical Baby Greens Salad from Waikawaiwai Eats and a Beyond Burger, Veggie Wrap or Vegetable Sushi from Kohola Reef Restaurant.
It can be hard to find breakfast options at Universal Orlando. The Today Show Cafe in Universal Studios is your best bet where you can get a vegan Avocado Toast and vegan Overnight Oats.
You can also modify a breakfast dish in Wizarding World to make a vegan breakfast. Be sure to let the server know you are vegan at the time of making your order. At the Three Broomsticks and the Leaky Cauldron you can order the following items for breakfast:
Gluten-Free Pancakes which can be made vegan upon request
Baked Breakfast Beans
Old Fashioned Steamed Oats
Voodoo Doughnuts good option if you buy them in the evening as you leave the parks and have them for breakfast the next day.
Sweet Treats and Snacks
If you are looking for some sweet treats or snacks during your visit here are the vegan ones you will find!
Range of Vegan Doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts
Vegan Brownie from Croissant Moon Bakery
Elderberry Croissant from San Francisco Pastry Company
Pretzels (made with oil not butter)
Fruit Cups and Fresh Fruit
Starbucks Drinks with Plant Milks
Dole Whip and Sorbet from Schwab's Pharmacy.
Vegan Food at Universal Orlando Compared to Disney World
Universal is offering more and more vegan options all the time. Compared to Disney World there are fewer options on offer but Universal are catching up!
We are also starting to see items listed as vegan, or how to make them vegan, on menus which is fantastic to see! It is getting easier all the time to eat vegan at Universal Orlando with more foods to try and dishes to choose from!
A big bonus is that the food is often cheaper at Universal Orlando, particularly for table service options. Prices in City Walk are really quite affordable with quick service options around $8 to $10 and table service entrees starting from $12 up to the mid $20's. This is far cheaper than some meals at Disney World which can easily be $40 to $100 per person depending on what you order!
To find out all about the vegan food at Disney World be sure to check out my Vegan WDW page full of blog posts, best dishes lists and free downloads so you can find out every single vegan option currently available!
Be Sure To Follow Universal Orlando Vegans!
A massive thank you to Shelby at Universal Orlando Vegans for all she does and for keeping everyone up to date with all the amazing vegan food options at Universal Orlando!