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Disney Theme Parks Will Now Be the Happiest Place on Earth for Vegans, Too

Plus, there might be a note of mouse in your natural wine, and more news to start your day

The Cinderella Castle at Disney World during an overcast day Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

Finally, vegans won’t have to subsist on pineapple-only Dole Whip

Having any dietary restrictions (or just wanting anything besides a ginormous turkey leg) in a theme park can be a nightmare, whether you’re the Celiac who has to ask for a bunless hamburger, or the vegetarian who eats fries for three days straight. But now Disney is trying to cater to its plant-based patrons by adding vegan options to the 602 places to eat across Disney World and Disneyland, many of dishes themed to the restaurants they’re served in.

Though there have always been makeshift vegan options (and entire websites dedicated to eating vegan in the parks), now those with a plant-based diet won’t have to search far and wide when they’re at risk of heatstroke in the Florida or California sun and desperately need sustenance. The 400 new vegan dishes will all be rolled out by spring 2020, and include things like “Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu” at Animal Kingdom and “Eggless Florentine” on Main Street U.S.A. But also, you CAN still do pineapple Dole Whip, because Dole Whip rules.

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  • McDonald’s is trying techify its restaurants, but it might be too expensive for its franchisees. [Bloomberg]
  • The Trump administration could end free school lunches for about 500,000 children. Cool. Cool cool. [Washington Post]
  • Somehow, José Andrés and Tomi Lahren agree on something: bringing back country of origin labels on beef.