HOW TO EAT GLUTEN-FREE AT DISNEY WORLD
I just returned from my family’s first trip to Disney World. I was a bit nervous about finding good food options for gluten-free at Disney World. You know, delicious food—not food that leaves you feeling left out of the fun.
~~To have the best experience possible, I used Jessica Tullino from http://www.imagineeredvacations.com. She is a Disney Concierge and she planned everything for us (fast passes, meal reservations, tips, and more!) plus found us some excellent deals at no extra cost to us! I highly recommend her—click through to her website for a quote and tell her I, Sharon from The Helpful GF, recommended you.~~
To say I was floored by the dietary accommodations they provided is an understatement. We were wined, dined, and treated so well!
Keep reading to learn more about how Disney World accommodates gluten-free and other allergies.
Are you new here? I also have the following posts to help you implement the gluten-free diet while traveling without the stress!
- The guide to eating out SAFELY when you’re gluten-free
- 20 of the best snacks for gluten-free travel
- How to travel to an all-inclusive resort when you’re gluten-free
- Gluten-free guide to Universal Studios & Resorts
…and of course, you should join my EXCLUSIVE Facebook community “Stress-Free Gluten-Free” by clicking here!
The tips below are based on my personal experience and research. Always be sure to discuss gluten-free options with your server and ensure that your personal dietary needs are accommodated.
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Eating at Disney World
For the Disney newbies—there are 3 levels of food options when it comes to eating both at Disney World parks and resorts:
- Disney World Restaurants (table service),
- Quick Service (counter service),
- and Snacks.
Keep reading for my experience in navigating gluten-free and allergy accommodations with all three levels for you.
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Eating Gluten-Free at Disney World Restaurants
Each Disney World Restaurant operates a little bit differently in how they treat gluten-free and allergies. Some will have an official “Disney World Allergy Menu” they will give you, others will bring out a chef or someone trained in special diets to go over your options.
For example, when we ate at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, we ordered our food with a cashier instead of at the kiosk so the cashier could discuss our options and tag specific meals as needing gluten-free accommodation. They always serve pastries at breakfast, and we were surprised that in addition to the gluten-free breakfast platter, they brought up a couple different slices of gluten-free tea breads such as banana bread.
By contrast, at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort, they did have a Disney World Allergy Menu detailing which options were gluten-free. Furthermore, the servers working the buffet gave us further guidance on which options were acceptable. They even prepared a special dessert not on the buffet of a delicious brownie with berry sorbet and served it to our table.
Whether or not the Disney World Restaurant had a specific Disney World Allergy Menu, at each restaurant, the table servers always had a receipt detailing who in our party had the allergy and which allergy it was.
All of our restaurant reservations were made by Jessica, our Disney concierge.
Gluten-Free Quick Service at Disney World
Throughout the parks and resorts there are lots of quick service options!
Each quick service counter we visited either brought out a manager or special cashier to discuss options or pull up options and flag them as “gluten allergy” on the computer.
For example, at the quick service counter at the Art of Animation Resort, someone specifically trained in allergies would come forward to the counter and prepare our meals.
While all the quick service counters we went to had gluten-free options, some may not. However, we had a great experience with gluten-free quick service at Disney World.
Plus—did you know that you can bring a reusable water bottle into the parks and the quick service restaurants will fill it up for you with ice water? We brought in our insulated reusable water bottles and Arbonne fizz sticks to stay hydrated and energized!
Snacks at Disney World
There are a number of gluten-free snack options throughout Disney! In general, the same rules apply to getting a gluten-free or allergy friendly snack as ordering quick service.
For example, at the ice cream shop we visited at Magic Kingdom, a manager came out to the cashier to specifically ensure that what I was ordering was gluten-free. Furthermore, the manager scooped the ice cream with a clean scoop from a brand-new ice cream tub to further protect against cross contamination. The manager then personally served our ice cream to us from a different section.
At kiosks, the server will be able to look up the gluten-free options available at their specific stand.
Many of the Disney favorites are gluten-free such as Mickey Ice Cream Bars and Dole Whip. Plus, if you’re looking for a trusted gluten-free treat, step into a Starbucks and look for easy grab and go treat labeled gluten-free (like Marshmallow Dream Bars or Kind Bars).
Depending on where you are in the park, you can find EXCLUSIVE gluten-free snacks and treats! For example, at Port Orleans they have gluten-free beignets and at Animal Kingdom they have gluten-free churros!
No matter where you are in the park, if you’re hungry, just ask what gluten-free options they have. 🙂
- Looking for other grab and go snack suggestions? Check out this post for some more suggestions.
- Are you interested in reading my general tips to eating out gluten-free at restaurants? Read my tips for eating gluten-free at restaurants here.
- Visiting a non-Disney all-inclusive resort? Read my top recommendations and tips here!
If you’re planning a trip to Disney, start getting excited about the gluten-free and allergy friendly options available to you! There are so many, and you will be treated like a princess. And don’t forget to contact Jessica and tell her I referred you. She made our whole trip totally easy.
Don’t forget– Clear the confusion and make dinner simple with “FIVE IN FIVE”–the free e-cookbook containing easy dinners you can make with 5 ingredients or less!
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