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Cape May Cafe Character Breakfast- gluten free and allergy food review

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Good Morning from the Cape May Cafe Beach Bash Breakfast! I just had breakfast with the Characters here at the restaurant and it was a pleasant experience. I actually came by myself for this one, as weird as that seems, it wasn’t weird at all. The cast members were just as kind as when I’m pulling my hair out from too many kids asking too many questions while I’m trying to understand what food is safe!

We’ll talk about the food, the options, and the allergy procedures as well as the fun character options and festivities available.

Where’s it located

Cape May Cafe is located in the beautiful beach club resort! It is a beautiful resort that has a lot of nice amenities, and it’s easily accessible if you are staying at any of the resorts on the Boardwalk area and is one of two character meals here. The other is Trattoria Al Forno with the princesses and their guys.

You can also get here from the back entrance at Epcot, though if your in Epcot, I highly recommend Garden Grill. It’s certainly a favorite of mine!

ADA friendly

If you use a mobility device there is a good amount of room. The bathrooms are separate from the restaurant, so you need to go out the main entrance and around the entire restaurant to get to the ones on the side (that are accessible by stair if you are inside the cafe). It is also a buffet- so that always presents problems if you don’t have someone there to help you!

What’s Special There?

I didn’t have anything special, nor did I see anything memorable online… Besides the characters. They are in some festive gear that is just toooooo cute!

Precautions and Eating with Allergies at Disney World

For one, when you reserve dining, make sure to list your allergies (they don’t have options for all, so pick what you can!) Then CLARIFY at check in that you have allergies, get an allergen menu and ask to speak to a chef or manager.

Please consider talking to a manager or chef- especially if you have more than one allergy and ESPECIALLY if you have a cashier that might seem like they don’t know what they are doing.

As far as the kitchens, Disney has dedicated allergy kitchens and we know that they follow FARE guidelines. If they have a risk of CC they tell you.

For me, the times I’ve had exposure was when the cashier/server didn’t understand/didn’t properly list the allergies/gave me incorrect information. In their defense, they aren’t necessarily trained in allergies- so talk to a chef or manager if you are concerned.

You know those gut feelings that something isn’t right. Speak up! They have never (ok once at a quick serve place did a cashier give me grief) given me any problems.

My Review and what I ate

Since I came by myself I only got to see what would be brought out specifically for my allergies.

We did this intentionally because my husband has a shellfish allergy and I was curious how the reactivity would be, so we didn’t risk it with him or the kids.

They do have Gluten free waffles (with the soy flour) there and the irons. They also had the namaste mix, but the chef cautioned against waffles because they are shared with the soy flour. Instead, I got pancakes that were soooo gooey. You can peep that hear on my instagram story highlights under ‘Cape May

I also got some breakfast potatoes which tasted very similiar to the ones I had at the plaza a few months ago.

Plus Erin Mckennas donuts (mmmmm I love their food) with some rice milk, they also had soy and almond milk for those that don’t do dairy.

Of course I had to order some tea because they offered it and I felt fancy dining by myself enjoying the silence while I drank my tea. So that was a very cute touch!

I got to see all of the characters in their beach best- it was adorable and I love it! You’ll find Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy in their beach gear. Though if you ask Daisy, the outfits were her idea.

Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus

Initially my server tried to do a relay between myself and the chef, but she was having such a hard time. She grabbed the chef and we went over what we could and couldn’t get. The chef did suggest grabbing things from the buffet- but also not to use the waffle iron because of cross contamination….. SO I asked for everything from the back.

Buffets give me serious anxiety anyways, I mean, think about the number of people that just freely carry allergens out into public (like nuts!!) that have no idea about the allergy community. I just can’t do buffets.

Here’s the allergy menus!

FAQ’s

There’s been some rumors that the namaste mix was discontinued… but thankfully they still have it!

What’s the cost?

For my adult meal, for the character breakfast, I paid 41 dollars plus tax and tip. I’ve said it before but I’ll repeat it now- the meals aren’t just for food. They’re for the character interactions.

Conclusion

This was a great place to eat, very casual and laid back. It was so cute too when they did the ‘surfing lessons’ with the characters for the kids to dance and hang ten. I love character breakfasts, they are just the perfect way to share the day and they are so much fun!

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