Vegan Disney World Guests Now Have 400 New Menu Items to Choose From

HarshLight, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
HarshLight, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

There has always been a variety of foods to choose from at Disneyland and Walt Disney World—unless you're vegan. While many guests associate Disney with turkey legs and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, others have had to settle for much less Instagrammable treats when dining at the parks. That changes this month: Disney recently announced that it's introducing 400 new plant-based items to its resort menus.

The new vegan dishes will first appear at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, starting at quick service locations on October 1 (National Vegetarian Day) and then spreading to table service restaurants on October 3. In spring 2020, the same menu update will roll out at Disneyland in California.

The offerings are a departure from the token vegan items that are usually tacked on to theme park menus (if they're made available at all). New dishes include steamed Asian dumplings from Le Cellier at Epcot, shiriki noodle salad from the Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom, and a chili-spiced crispy fried tofu bowl from the Satu’li Canteen at Animal Kingdom.

Even Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is new to both Disneyland and Disney World this year, has options for vegan diners. The "Felucian Garden Spread"—a plant-based kefta with herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, and pita—is coming to the Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo restaurant.

The Walt Disney Co. is the latest major corporation to embrace vegan and vegetarian fare as mainstream food options. KFC, Burger King, and McDonald's have all been experimenting with adding plant-based meat alternatives to their menus in the past few years. Not only is expanding vegan options more health-conscious and environmentally friendly, but it's also good business: Market research shows that the global vegan food market will be worth $24.3 billion by 2026.

Naples, Florida, Resort’s Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar Costs $35 and Offers 48,000 Flavor Combinations

The Catch of The Pelican
The Catch of The Pelican

There's no limit to the snacks, garnishes, and full-fledged meals that can be served on top of a Bloody Mary. And at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, you don't have to edit yourself when assembling the cocktail. The bottomless Bloody Mary bar at the hotel's Catch of the Pelican restaurant has enough ingredients to make 48,000 possible combinations, and guests can access them all for $35, Travel + Leisure reports.

The drinks served at this bar start with either red or green Bloody Mary mix and vodka, or tequila if you want to make yours a Bloody Maria. You can dip the rim of your glass in one of the eight salt and spice mixtures created in house and up the heat factor with a dash of hot sauce—20 brands of which are available.

But the garnishes are where the bar gets serious. With 75 toppings to choose from, the spread looks more like a Vegas buffet than a Bloody Mary bar. Options include classics like olives and celery, as well as over-the-top indulgences like egg rolls, jalapeño poppers, and fried ravioli.

A single drink from the bar costs $14, but $35 for the bottomless option isn't bad if you think of the garnishes as all-you-can-eat brunch. The Catch of the Pelican also sells brunch items that aren't served on top of cocktail glasses. For diners looking for a more simple drink to go with their meal, there's a make your own mimosa bar.

The hotel restaurant serves brunch every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make it to Naples to try the Bloody Mary bar in person, you can experience the glory in the pictures below.

Bloody Mary Bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary bar.
The Catch of The Pelican

Bloody Mary.
The Catch of The Pelican

[h/t Travel + Liesure]

We’re Lovin’ the McSki, Sweden’s Ski-Thru McDonald’s

Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Gliding down the slopes for a few hours can leave you happily exhausted and so ravenous that you wish you could stuff a big, juicy burger in your mouth before you even get back to the lodge. At one Swedish ski resort, you can.

Lindvallen, a ski resort located approximately 200 miles northwest of Stockholm, is home to the McSki, a quaint, wood-paneled McDonald’s that you simply ski right up to. If all the surrounding snow leaves you with a hankering for a McFlurry, have at it; Delish reports that you can order anything from the regular McDonald’s menu. (Having said that, we can’t promise the McFlurry machine will actually be working.)

The ski-thru window is ideal for skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to break for a lengthy lunch, but there’s an option for people who would rather not scarf down a combo meal while standing up: According to the blog Messy Nessy, the indoor seating area can accommodate up to 140 people.

The McSki has been delighting (and nourishing) vacationers since it opened in 1996, and it’s definitely a must-visit for ski lovers and fast food aficionados alike. It’s not, however, the strangest McDonald’s restaurant in the world. New Zealand built one inside an airplane, and there’s also a giant Happy Meal-shaped McDonald’s in Dallas. Explore 10 other downright bizarre McDonald’s locations here.

[h/t Delish]

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