Good news for those with dairy allergies: eating dairy free at Disney World IS possible!
How, you may ask? Well, it just takes a little bit of planning… and knowing where to find the best dairy allergy-friendly meals and snacks!
But trust me: you will not starve and you WILL be able to enjoy some delicious Disney eats while you’re on vacation! Don’t be scared, you’ve got this, and I’m here to help!
So let’s dive into where you can find dairy free food at Disney World and get to planning a delicious (and safe!) allergy-friendly vacation! Need other allergies besides Dairy? I’ve got you food allergy fam!
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***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
What to Expect with a Dairy Allergy/ Intolerance/ Restriction at Disney World
There’s a lot of planing involved when you have foods that you avoid, wether it’s for a new baby who is gassy because of dairy, an avoidance of cows milk or someone that is anaphylactic and has to obsessively watch for allergens because it could be a life or death situation… trust me when I say that all of these people have gathered and enjoyed Disney World.
It is going to look different for those of you that have an intolerance/ethical preference vs those of you with a non negotiable allergy.
For most people, you’ll be able to eat foods listed on the allergen menu (where available) and maybe most importantly, choose the options with the plant based symbol. In 2019 Disney World rolled out a new menu at every location that has at least one plant based entree, and you can see it on the menu with the green leaf.
This means that for some people, speaking with a chef won’t even be necessary because ordering the plant based symbol or ordering from the allergy menu that most locations have will be enough to avoid milk based products.
If you have a NON NEGOTIABLE allergy, things will be *slightly more complicated* because you’ll need to speak with a Chef/Manager and be diligent in confirming that your food is actually dairy free. Always double and triple check with everyone you talk with that you have a life threatening allergy and confirm that food comes out seperate (and likely with a little allergy skewer)
I’d love to tell you that no planning is required, but that’s simply not the case! There are some locations that are better for those who avoid dairy, and you’ll find that snacks and treats will need to be preplanned as well.
However, planning has gotten so much easier with the inclusion of the allergy menu and plant based offerings, plus we’ll talk below about some of my favorite treats and places to get them in the parks and resorts!
Ordering with food allergies
Table service is a sit down option, pretty comparable to other casual sit downs like Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse. You can expect to find bread at most of these locations (and yes, they have some incredible gluten free bread!) and you can also order appetizers, mixed drinks and dessert.
First, when you reserve dining, make sure to list your allergies. (They don’t have options for all, so pick what you can!). This can be done on your my Disney App, online at Disney World, or over the phone (but you typically won’t call in unless you have more than 8 people in your party).
Once you get the restaurant, Then CLARIFY at check in that you have allergies and get an allergen menu (if they have one). I also like to grab a regular menu so that I can cross compare some options, and always check to see the differences between what they offer the kids (like dairy free mac and cheese) versus what they offer the adults.
*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.
Eating at Quick Serve with a Dairy Allergy
Next up is quick serve, or the fast food equivalent for Disney World. While they used to have McDonald’s fries in Magic Kingdom years ago, quick serve isn’t actually fast food. You’ll find some hearty options here in addition to sandwiches and burgers.
When it comes to strictly quick-serve, Mobile ordering is another option that Disney World has pushed in 2020- and good news! It’s pretty easy to use with a non-life-threatening Dairy Allergy.
For those of you with severe allergies, Mobile Ordering is NOT the best option, and you need to walk up to the quick serve and talk to them about placing and order with a cashier and manager.
Ask to see an allergen binder, and see for yourself what is in each entree.
Why? Because accidents happen- even with the chefs. The thing about mobile ordering is that the person that hands you the food is not the person that prepares it and there are huge concerns about misplaced food and cross contamination (Think grabbing a chocolate milk with spillage and then not changing gloves before handling your tray).
When you talk to a manager or a Chef then you can alert them to how serious your allergy is and they can limit the number of people touching your food.
Favorite Dairy Free Restaurants at Disney World
And you’ll want to stick mainly with restaurants that are owned by Disney, because then you know for sure that they have allergy protocols in place. Here’s a list of restaurants that are NOT owned by Disney so you can watch out!
For snack kiosks, you’ll want to check labels! Most quick-serve places have prepacked food that list allergens, but there are also some that offer menus. Pecos Bill is a good choice in Magic Kingdom and Sunshine Seasons at Epcot also has some options.
At Animal Kingdom, the dino-themed Restaurantosaurus is a fun place to grab lunch and Zuri’s is ideal for snacks and treats, like these enjoy life products that you’ll find at some locations throughout the parks.
And in Animal Kingdom, we’ve had good experiences with Satu’li Canteen over in Pandora (And they also have the fun treat that you can see below…)
For sit-down restaurants, your options will vary depending on where you go, but most places will accommodate dairy allergies! Ask for a menu and don’t be afraid to speak to a chef or manager! At Magic Kingdom, This italian themed eatery is a ton of fun for us and we really love this easy to access restaurant over in adventure land! Most of the sit down in Magic Kingdom can whip up a great dairy free only meal- including this character meal!
TL;DR- list of options you that are highly recommended for Dairy Allergies
- Tony’s Town Square- Magic Kingdom
- Be our Guest Breakfast- Magic Kingdom
- Garden Grill- Epcot
- Docking Bay 7- Hollywood Studios
- Regal Eagle- Epcot
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe- Hollywood Studios
- Satul’i Canteen- Animal Kingdom
- Boma Breakfast- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Topolinos Terrace- Riveria Resort
- Cape May Cafe- Beach Club Resort
But let’s talk about dessert…
When you can’t have regular dairy desserts like ice cream and cake, it’s always a triumph to find delicious, dairy allergy-friendly alternatives that satisfy your sweet tooth! Fortunately, you can find some yummy options at the parks!
I do have a full list of top dairy-free desserts at Disney World, but let me just highlight a few!
Blue and Green Milk, people!!!
When you’re at Galaxy’s Edge, you just have to try the blue and/or green milk! And the best part is: it’s Top 8 free! (does contain coconut oil! )
Does Disney have dairy free ice cream?
Disney World has quite a few options for Dairy Free Ice Cream all around the property. Most restaurants carry a raspberry sorbet, and you can find Tofutti and So Delicious at Magic Kingdom, Epcot Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios!
In the France corner of the Epcot World Showcase, you’ll find L’artisan des Glaces Ice Cream Parlor, which offers some really yummy dairy-free sorbet!
Sunshine Seasons also has a great coconut-based fruit parfait!
And if you’re in Hollywood Studios, the Sci-Fi Dine-In has a delicious dairy-free cookie milkshake made with soy, though I wasn’t a fan of the ambiance.
Last, but not least, you can head over to this famous ice cream shop that has So Delicious and Tofutti options!
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Cookies or Chocolate? One of my favorite #allergyfriendly brands has been Disney-fied! Yes friends, you can find #Enjoylife products at quite a few places (not everywhere but many places!) You’ll find them in the teal packaging that you know at many quick serve and table service options, and you’ll also find them in this “snacks with character” line. IMPORTANT- many “snacks with character” products are allergy friendly BUT NOT ALL. I personally hate that they use the same branding for allergy and non allergy products- but it’s also amazing that my kids can have “Mickey candy bars and cookies” as part of #disneyallergyfriendly options ☺️So this is me being thankful for the options we do have 🙃 while also warning you about what we don’t have 🥴 Where can you find these fun rebranded snacks with character treats? 💜 most resort gift shops 💜 Main Street confectionary (mk) 💜 Zuris Sweet ship (Ak) 💜 many gift shops in the Disney World Parks (not Hollywood studios) 💜 Blizzard Beach 💜 Typhoon Lagoon Really tho- everything with Mickey on it just seems to taste better 🥳
Last but not least- Epcot Festivals!
I can’t leave you without talking about the Epcot Festivals- especially because it’s a big part of the Epcot experience (and yes, I’m biased, Epcot is my favorite park!)
Epcot now has 4 festivals throughout the years and many of the stands/booths stay up year round waiting for the next new menu to arrive!
The good news is that there are some options for you.
The bad news is that it’s not always obvious and you’ll have to do a little online digging and hunting to find some of them.
More Good News is that I’ve got a guide for you!
The vegan guides are helpful, however, they omit anything with animal, leaving out some really good dairy free options that have things like egg, seafood, or protein. (I’ve also had this weird thing where they don’t want to modify it because it’s a calorie waste and they’d rather have other options?! not my expertise for sure)
Will I find Dairy Free Ice Cream at Every Park?
Yes and no! Sometimes that have the options (like raspberry sorbet is popular around the park) but sometimes they don’t have the options due to supply constraints. Most resorts have dairy free ice cream/sorbet and you can stop by for a treat!
How hard is it being Dairy Free and Vegan/Vegetarian?
Not too hard- just requires some planning ahead. Checking the menus and making sure that you’ve got a back up. There’s lots of plant based options around the parks- some are much better than others!
How hard is it being Keto or Paleo at Disney World?
With a grain free/dairy free/sugar lite/corn lite kiddo I can relate to this question!
It’s tempting. That’s what it is. Your hit with smells and lots of treats and sadly there’s very few ‘healthy’ options for snacks and desserts at the parks. Highly recommend table service options and places that have a buffet where you can load up on meat. Favorite Budget options include Whispering Canyon Lodge, Boma and Trails End. Also consider places like Crystal Palace, Garden Grill, and Tusker House.
I have a Baby that has a Dairy Allergy, how hard is it going to be for me?
It will truly feel like a vacation! Sure you’ll still have to avoid Dairy (and trust me, you aren’t alone in this. I’ve had to do it with all three kiddos and know countless other women that have had to do it too!) but you’ve got lots of options for good eats and caring chefs that can make a safe meal for you and your baby!
If you’d like some tips/pointers on successful breastfeeding or pumping while at Disney World, I’ll quickly tell you that it’s easier if you try not to get too many expectations and bring lots of patience. It’s vacation! You should enjoy yourself. The Baby Care Centers are a total game changer too!
Well that’s a quick guide to dairy free eats at walt disney world. If you have more questions, check out the detailed FAQ section for food allergy questions.
Otherwise, drop a comment below!