I haven’t stayed at all of them by any means. I’m working on it! My family always stays on-property when we go. At first, this was because Little Sis had a cast member discount. Now it’s because, given that we travel with two toddlers, the bus service is practically a necessity. Plus, the resorts have more character, and they have food courts. But you can eat at a resort food court even if you’re not staying there.
– The dirty rice at Sassagoula Food Works, at Port Orleans, looks like it isn’t vegetarian, but it is. The “meat” in it is actually soy crumbles. (This is just about my favorite sneaky thing I know!) They’ll also do their chicken quesadillas with only cheese, if you ask, and you have to have the beignets at least once. They’re so good.
– Individual or family-size cheese pizzas are an option at just about every resort food court I know of, as long as it’s one of those walk-up-and-order ones. Most places also have marinara and alfredo sauces that are vegetarian. They’re usually on the menu with something including chicken or meatballs, but you can get the dish without the meat. The pasta and sauces don’t touch the meat ’til it gets plated, so you don’t have to worry about contamination.
– You’re pretty much totally screwed if you’re trying to get food at the Yacht or Beach Club after about 9 PM. It’s room service or nothing at that point. Luckily, you can get pizza and pasta and the like this way. I found their Caesar salad yummy, though I know that’s cheating.
– Riverside does a create-your-own-pasta bar, which means you can have it any way you want. It has pesto, alfredo, and marinara sauce, and all kinds of veggies. They’ve looked at me a little funny when they ask “chicken or shrimp?” and I say “neither,” but it’s really good, and it’s a staggering amount of food, at least two servings for most people. They use vegetable oil for sauteeing, so you can easily make this a vegan meal.
– Riverside also does create-your-own-omelet in the morning. Oh yeah.
– Animal Kingdom Lodge has an Indian-inspired restaurant called Saana, with an extensive vegetarian menu. Their counter-service food court has really tasty falafel, too. (I’ve gone over there to eat lunch even when we’re not staying there.) I love them a lot, because the first time we stayed there, I wanted the falafel again the night before we left, and they were out. The food court chef went over to the restaurant and made some for me. ♥
– Pop Century and the All-Stars have a nice variety of stuff at their food courts, mostly all-American, but, like every place at Disney World, they make sure to have at least some options for vegetarians. Pop has a vegetarian calzone, hummus, and veggie lo mein; the All-Stars have cheese pizza and pasta with sauces, as mentioned above.
– If you’re a fishetarian, or you cheat from being strictly veggie the way I sometimes do on vacation, Wilderness Lodge has really great Northwest-inspired seafood at their restaurant.
– If you’re planning to eat at Victoria & Albert, they’ll do a vegetarian menu if you notify them when you make the reservation (which you have to do about six months in advance!). Obviously, I need to sample this in the name of research. It has nothing to do with just plain wanting to eat there…