In case you haven’t heard, Disney is AMAZING at handling food allergies. This was my first ever trip to Disney World, so I was really excited to not have the stress of food hanging over my head the entire time. When we made reservations online for sit-down places, we just checked off gluten on a list of special requests. Every sit-down restaurant had an allergy menu that featured gluten free options. In addition, most walk-up quick-service places had at least gluten free buns or the equivalent depending on what they offered, and the chefs had a great knowledge of what I could and couldn’t have at the buffets. Here are the places we went on a 2 day stop through, before our Disney Cruise (post on that coming soon!):
Be Our Guest
Full disclosure, I really wanted to go to Be Our Guest for lunch or dinner, but even several weeks out there were no reservations outside of breakfast available, so be sure to make reservations early! Still, the breakfast was fantastic. You enter your order at computer screens in the front entrance before choosing where you want to sit. There are 3 dining rooms with different themes: the main hall, a side room, and the Beast’s chambers. We chose the Beast’s chambers and were not disappointed. There are some cool illusions and projections that make the room feel really magical, which I loved because Beauty and the Beasts is my favorite of the princess films.
We both got the Feast A La Gaston, which featured eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and fruit. They also came with a massive dish of pastries, and I got DELICIOUS gluten free ones too! I ate all of them because I didn’t want to miss out on a special gluten free thing. The joke ended up being on me because there are things like this everywhere in Disney.
Another of my favorites is Winnie the Pooh (it was the theme of my childhood bedroom), so when I discovered a beautiful, garden-themed restaurant, with characters and gluten free options, I was in. As soon as we were seated, the chef came out and walked me through what I could have at the buffet. I got chicken, fish, lots of veggies, and everything was delicious. They also had gluten free cookies and brownies that the chef brought out for me.
After the fireworks we had extra magic hours in the park, so we wanted to grab a quick dinner and catch some rides that had super long lines during the day. We opted for the hotdogs we’d eyed every time we’d walked by at Casey’s Corner on Main Street USA. I asked what they could do for gluten free and they had buns, knew what condiments I could have, and had chips since their fries don’t go in a separate fryer. The food was great and the speed helped us get to rides and see the park at night, which we both loved.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
OH. MY. GOSH. We ate so much food at this place. The setting is super fun—they play old sci-fi movie clips on a screen while you sit in an old car. It definitely fits in the Hollywood Studios atmosphere. They have popcorn for you while you wait for your table, which-like the rest of the popcorn in the park-was gluten free. We got the Spinach and Artichoke Dip to start, which was massive and delicious. For our main courses we got Honey-Chipotle Barbecued Chicken Wings and Spicy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken. Both were breaded and gluten free, so we shared (by ‘we shared’ I mean I ate a bunch of Brexton’s food and he didn’t complain about it). They had several gluten free dessert options but we were both too full to try anything.
EPCOT World Showcase
There are a LOT of options in EPCOT that are gluten free. I was so full from our Sci-Fi Dine-In lunch that I only ate one—a ice cream stuffed strawberry macaron from the ice cream shop in the French pavilion. 2 of my favorite treats in one!
We wanted to go to Biergarten for dinner, but we also wanted to catch IllumiNations, the EPCOT fireworks show. So we settled for Sommerfest, the quick-service stand outside Biergarten. It was delicious! I got a gluten free bun with my brat, chips, and potato salad. It was perfect to take with us to sit and enjoy the show.
There were lots of gluten free snacks we found throughout the parks, my favorites were:
Overall, I'd like to give Disney a HUGE thank you for how they handle allergies and diseases like celiac. I felt so welcome and not at all like I was a problem or inconvenience to anyone, even the chefs who had to come out and take special orders or walk me through the buffet. It truly is a magical place, because for a brief couple of days, I felt completely normal when it came to food.