Disney is generally pretty good with allergies. As they’ve expanded their empire and created the new Disney Springs, we’ve seen an increase in gluten free offerings inside and outside of the parks?
But what about the water parks?
Are they safe too? It’s a question you have to ask yourself since they are very seasonal in what they serve and how much traffic they bring in. Sure we can go swimming in the winter, but not many people think about the heated pools and water parks when they come for a Disney Christmas vacation.
We grabbed up some annual passes this summer and we checked out the Typhoon lagoon water park- I was a little unsure of what to expect, basically I was told to go to the largest quick serve that was open and ask for a manager.
Check out the menu and the food below!
What Precautions should you take when eating Gluten Free at Disney World?
So what precautions should you take?
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.
Same thing applies with quick service, ask to talk 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.
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.
What can you eat at Typhoon Lagoon?
Turns out, you can eat a fair amount at Typhoon Lagoon!
I will say that the cashier was pretty clueless, so you need to verify your order and then make sure you receive your food from a reputable person (like a chef or manager)
We did the kids turkey sandwich and then the allergy tenders with fries!
Both were yummy and no reactions 😊
We also got the GIANT bucket of ice cream! I verified with the allergy binder what was safe and then spoke to the head server at the little hut. It did make me kind of uneasy- because of the risk of CC. But we ended up trying it (its pretty easy to spot Oreo pieces in ice cream).
Overall, we will be back to eat at Typhoon Lagoon and back to play in the water! It was a lot of fun.
There are lots of items to choose from, like pizza (I heard it was UDI’s?), rice bowls, burgers, hot dogs, salads, chicken tenders and Mac and cheese (I think this is Amy’s brand).
I still plan to bring snacks (I ALWAYS bring snacks!) but I also noticed their were a few items in the shop that could be bought if we were in a pinch and something happened at the restaurants.