So, anyone have recommendations for lunch inside Universal Studios?
As for Disney, I spent nearly a week park hopping with my sister and nephews during their spring break from school 2 years ago. There was only one restaurant that really stood out to me as a "must visit" for veg*ns in the Disney parks, and that's Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom (I know, I know ). Tusker House is an all you can eat buffet, with a ton of vegetarian and vegan options - great spot for lunch or dinner.
It's been a really long time since I've been to any of these theme parks. I know that Busch Gardens and Adventure Island have lockers which you can rent for most of the day. If I was travelling to any of these parks, I would pack dried fruit and nuts in a small fanny pack, and store a lunch cooler in the locker. I wouldn't expect much accommodation. The buffet options will probably be the best bet, they had a few fruit options when I was last at the theme parks in Tampa.
At Universal, I think I had a veggie burger at a place near the Jurassic Park ride last time I was there. I don't remember if it was particularly great or anything, but it was an option.
Thank you so much for recommending Tusker House! I happen to be a fan of Disney and have been interested in this subject myself. Especially since my mother was kind enough to suggest going on a vacation together to WDW this summer that she'll be springing for and I need to know about all of my vegan food options! One of the ideas I have is taking a cooler with me into a hotel room that has a kitchenette or mini-fridge, and loading the cooler with easy, simple things like Tofurky deli slices, Daiya cheese, wheat bread, vegan mayo, hummus, baggies of baby carrots, soy milk, tortillas, etc. But I also need to find out more about restaurants that offer the vegan option, so any info is awesome!
Edit: Sunshine Seasons at Epcot Pavilion has some vegan/vegetarian food options.
I know you didn't bring up Legoland but it's a great amusement park, particularly for young children and lovers of Legos. There are rides, shows, lots of places to build things, a water park, minilands (lego versions of NYC for example), lots of Star Wars stuff, etc.
Both Legolands allow you to bring food into the park so that's nice. I went to the California Legoland recently and brought a full lunch for my family and I so we didn't have to worry about it at all. The first time we ate a vegan stirfry we bought there. It was actually really good.
The one in California even has a few vegan options marked on the website. Here is the link: http://california.legoland.com/en/plan/dietary_guide/
They appear to treat the animals well, with large areas for them and everything looks clean. The food for the herbivores looks very healthy. They used to have a horrible dolphin "show" at Busch, but they got rid of that years ago thanks to local AR folks.
Oh, and there is some vegetarian food, but last time I went it was pbj and side salad. They do have beer , and you can bring in food if you're not too obvious about it at the front gate.