Going on vacation can be dangerous for a vegan like me. For one, there are very limited options as is, but venturing out into the wild of an unknown ‘hood more than triples the likelihood that I’ll have to end up eating tons of apples or even worse… SALAD! Gasp!
Theme parks are also not exactly known for having palatable choices when it comes to food, and Disneyworld was no exception. As this was my first visit to Disneyworld, I first had to get accustomed to their method of ordering and charging you for food — via a meal plan, which is the cheapest option if you plan to stay at their resorts.
There are two options for meal plans: Quick Service and Table Service, which entitles you to a certain amount of “meals” and “snacks” per person, per day. Quick Service, the cheaper option, basically has you going up to a counter and ordering, then finding a seat for yourself, essentially a self-serve type meal. Table Service is what it sounds like — you sit at a table like at a regular restaurant and order food, at a pricier rate for the meal plan.
Since my plane tickets and hotel fees were already pretty pricey, I chose Quick Service (who needs someone to bring you your food anyway?), which entitles you to two meals and two snacks per day. Personally, I recommend that you bring plenty of your own food, because honestly, who eats only two meals a day? Two snacks definitely do not make a full meal, by the way.
I also stayed at Pop Century, the cheapest resort option available. No frills here!
Any meals you eat will be taken off your record via Disney’s new RF-enabled Magic Bands, an adjustable wristband that has snaps like a snapback hat and is color-customizable through the Disneyworld website. Basically, you tap the band to the cashier’s Mickey-shaped pay pad, then enter a PIN to redeem your meal. The Magic Bands are also used for park entrance and Fastpass.
Because my experiences with the food at the resorts and in the actual park were vastly different, I’m going to split my review into two separate categories: RESORT and PARK. Stay tuned for parts II and III!