|GF Chocolate chip cookie widely available throughout |
the Magic Kingdom. This one's from Sunshine Seasons Food Court, Epcot.
Needless to say, planning our trip to Disney was daunting. I spent more time researching where and what those two would eat than I did planning the more fun aspects of the trip! I am happy to report that Disney World is extremely accommodating for those with food allergies, and with a little planning, it can be a food-stress-free vacation!
I highly recommend getting yourself a Disney Destination Specialist travel planner (ours, Tiffany, did strictly Disney and was thoroughly knowledgeable of the park, all of its restaurants and the Disney resort properties). She sent me menus to all of the park restaurants as well as resort eating options and made reservations for us for each "table service"(sit-down dinner with a wait person) and alerted the chef that we had two in our party with allergies. For each of these meals, not only was the wait very minimal (if any), the chef came to discuss our meal, particularly the options for those with allergies and how the food would be prepared. As it was our kids' first trip to Disney, we spent almost all of our time in the Magic Kingdom and a half day in Epcot. There are lots of GF food choices in the other parks as well. This is our experience.
|GF Mickey pancakes at our resort, Coronado Springs.|
For breakfast at our resort, Coronado Springs, the chef at Pepper Market Food Court prepared gluten-free Mickey-shaped pancakes to her delight. These were served with fruit. For other meals at the resort we stuck with Pepper Market Food Court, and ate grilled chicken fajitas on corn tortillas, specially prepared for the GF, and delicious GF brownies.
|GF DF waffles, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage & fruit at the|
Princess Storybook Breakfast, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall,
In Epcot, after a fun ride on Soarin', (the kids' favorite), we had lunch at Sunshine Seasons Food Court in the Land Pavillion. Figuring out the lines/food stations took us a moment and finding someone who spoke English well enough to understand "allergy" and "gluten" took a little longer, but finally, a supervisor came to point out GF food options. There was chicken, beef and pork at the rotisserie station. We went with pulled pork, black beans and rice, yogurt, fruit and the OMG It's Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie. (Sorry, no photo of the meal, only the cookie.)
|A gluten-free feast at Liberty Tavern! |
(GF DF meal pictured)
|GF DF Raspberry sorbet with berries|
at Liberty Tree Tavern
|GF Cheeseburger & fries at Pecos Bill Cafe... meh.|
Our least favorite GF meal in the Magic Kingdom was at Pecos Bill Cafe in Frontierland. The crowd was overwhelming. Since it was "counter service", no reservations are accepted. The lines were out the door. Once we got to our cashier and told her of our food allergies, she had to call the manager over which required more wait. The manager was friendly and knowledgeable, however, the special order caused more wait and your party cannot sit down until the entire party has received their food. After being beaten to a table by two other patrons, we finally found a spot to sit. The expensive, now cold, mediocre cheeseburger and fries weren't worth the wait and the hassle to get them. Of course, we had already had wonderful gluten-free meals in the park and our expectations were high. If this had been our first GF meal in the park, we might not have been quite so disappointed and just thrilled to get fries fried up in its own dedicated fryer (not shared with gluten-covered chicken nuggets and onion rings), and a GF bun (tapioca).
|GF DF Spaghetti & meatballs at Tony's |
Town Square Restaurant, Magic Kingdom
Our Disney Specialist had to call several times before a reservation spot opened up at Tony's Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. We were pleased to only wait five minutes, while those without reservations were on a two + hour wait. The chef came out and gave the GF and DF options and told how the meal would be prepared. The service was slow, but the GF spaghetti and meatballs were a hit, as were the light-up Tinkerbelle & Buzz Lightyear straw clips (that they later wore on their mouse ears) and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. The granny smith apple sorbet with mint was beautiful, but didn't score high on taste. It was like an unsweetened green apple icee with lots of apple peel. The cheesecake (not GF or DF) was pre-made and nothing spectacular either. It went untouched after one bite, the eater preferring a rainbow pop at the next popsicle stand instead.
|GF DF Granny Smith Apple Sorbet.|
Lovely, but pass.
Just in case, we always pack Lara Bars, sunflower seeds, bananas, apples and M&M's for the plane and GF hunger emergencies!
|More Mickey pancakes!|