Disney World’s Vegan Addition
A gluten-free & vegan bakery has opened shop at Disney World in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. It’s Erin McKenna’s Bakery – with locations in Los Angeles, New York City, and now Orlando, Disney World can effectively serve the vegan community. As a renowned tourist destination, Disney World brings people from all over the globe, and with the crowd comes a world of unique dietary needs and preferences. Vegetarians and vegans alike are no strangers to the food-restriction problems associated with traveling to tourist hotspots, albeit, the popularity of smartphones has certainly eased the burden of finding a nearby restaurant that will sufficiently fit these needs. For the time being, snacking won’t unnecessarily plague theme park-bound vegans with excessive searching or calling.
According to The Huffington Post, having broken the news yesterday (3/31/2015), “McKenna says that the Orlando shop gets a lot of return customers…[she] estimates that only 10 percent of the customers visit Erin McKenna’s Bakery for dietary reasons; the rest are enticed by the live performance of cupcake frosting and donut dunking happening in the storefront window.” This is great news, as it tips Erin’s business at an extremely competitive location to one that appeals to a rather wide audience, instead of maintaining a typical niche model with an extremely limited albeit consistent customer base.
As of this writing there’s only one review on Yelp, albeit it’s a five-star (out of five) review, which puts Erin’s newest project on the right track early toward another successful bakery, not unlike her Los Angeles location with four stars (out of five) with +200 reviews, or New York location with three-and-a-half stars (out of five) with +800 reviews. With another premium location and what appears to be fairly universal appeal given their latest opening, Erin McKenna’s Bakery may very well see vast expansion and a national following of its own.
Photo (of Disney World location) from: http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/erin-mckennas-bakery-nyc/gallery/13feb2015-erin-mckenna’s-bakery-nyc-overview/23339.htm