Eating Vegetarian at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich and Carrots
© The Walt Disney Company

Disney's Hollywood Studios offers more than great entertainment, you'll find great food here as well—from the fine dining at the Hollywood Brown Derby to some of the best snacks in Disney World at the Sunset Boulevard Candy Store.

However, when it comes to eating out as a vegetarian or vegan, especially when traveling, it can be rather difficult to find restaurants in some parts of the United States that serve veg-friendly menus; fortunately, the restaurants in Disney's Hollywood Studios offer a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options.

In fact, during Vegetarian Awareness Month in 2015, Disney World released a guide to the top vegetarian meals at Disney World. Among those named, two from Disney's Hollywood Studios made the cut: The Backlot Express, which offers a grilled vegetable sandwich, and Hollywood Brown Derby, which offers a noodle bowl with wok-fried coconut tofu and soybeans.

Quick Bites and Fast Service Vegetarian

Although the restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios offer fewer vegetarian options than Disney World's other resorts and parks, there are still several delicious meat-free menu items you can enjoy as a vegetarian.

Anaheim Produce is the perfect place to pick up fresh fruits, fruit snacks, and vegetables or you could grab an imaginative salad at the ABC Commissary. The Trolley Car Cafe is perfect for pastries and serves some of the best coffee in Disney World while both Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano and Catalina Eddie's offer pizza and a Caesar salad that can be ordered without the meat.

Like most character dining locations, the buffet at Hollywood & Vine is packed with tons of options, but be sure to double check with the staff to confirm that the daily pasta and soup offerings are really meat-free. You can at least count on appetizers and sides to satiate your appetite here, though.

Fine Dining and Other Options for Vegetarians

Not surprisingly, the finest dining location at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Brown Derby, is also the most adept at creating vegetarian dishes. The noodle bowl features wok-fried coconut tofu, soybeans, sugar snap peas, bok coy, and shiitake mushrooms in a red curry broth, and you the restaurant will also produce wonderful vegetarian versions of menu favorites upon request.

The Backlot Express, which also ranks among the best in the park, offers a grilled vegetable sandwich that's served on basil asiago artisan bread and topped with cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. It is chocked full of watercress, fresh mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes, making it one of the best vegetarian options in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

While this part of Disney World doesn't offer that wide of a selection of vegetarian dishes, other parks are more accommodating to this diet. Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park, for instance, has several restaurants with full vegetarian menus including the Crystal Palace buffet, Be Our Guest lunch quiche, and the Liberty Tree Tavern veggie sandwich.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert