EPCOT food allergy options (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Top8 options)

Epcot with food allergies can seem intimidating since there’s all this countries, lots of foreign foods, and more alcohol than you’d want to see on a weekend night.

But things are actually doable at this iconic ‘giant golfball’ when it comes to dietary restrictions, and with all of the transportation options, you can even find a place super close if nothing in the parks works out for you!

Epcot is a big favorite for us with food allergies. Eating Gluten Free at Epcot is decently easy (there’s a few restaurants I wouldn’t recommend) and then eating with other allergies in the top 8 at Epcot is also doable when you stay at the restaurants owned by disney.

When you are eating at some of the other locations in the World Showcase that are not owned and operated by Disney, food allergies can be a bit of a hit or miss, and I’ll be honest, they scare me sometimes because I’m so spoiled by Disney! But we know Disney Springs can accommodate many allergens and they are mostly independent- so weigh your comfort level and enjoy your vacation!

Are you looking for other guide too? Check out our posts for doing Magic Kingdom with a Food Allergy and the All New Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios!

***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 Do I need to know before heading to Epcot with Food Allergies

Before we talk about stuff in the parks, let’s talk about what you should know before you get into the park, especially when we talk about free from eating.

First things first, you can (and should ) bring in some snacks or even meals to Epcot.

I ALWAYS recommend snacks for everyone that deals with an allergy or intollereance because, out of the 300 times I’ve eaten at Disney World in the last year, almost 1 in 50 meals was totally wrong and had to be remade, or I had to leave and find better food elsewhere.

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Luckily you’ve got the inside scoop (see below!) with the best eats BUT you’ve got to bring some snacks just in case you get the hungry grumbles and need some allergy safe food.

Second thing is that you need to know that the menus and offerings can (and will) change especially when talking about allergy friendly food. Sometimes its that the suppliers dont have it on hand, sometimes it’s that they aren’t selling the food (though most of the allergen friendly food at Epcot is prefrozen and then cooked for you!)

Lastly, there are a number of great places within a short walk (or a monorail ride!) or you can catch a bus or ferry to the resorts.

I like to leave the Epcot and head to the nearby resorts for a much needed A/C break and the resorts tend to have more options on hand for food allergies, especially gluten free food, dairy free food and other yummies in the top 8. I’ve also found that if you are in the top 14 allergens that the resort table service options definitely handle allergies better than the busier options in the parks!

So if you head to the Boardwalk (through the back entrance to Epcot called the International Gateway and where you exit the Skyliner) you can eat at some incredible places like one of my favorite character meals , and this character meal that you might be better avoiding for breakfast.

On the Boardwalk you’ll also find a very popular place for ordering Ice Cream and fun eats– but it’s not at the top of my list (actually its at the bottom!) If you go, just have a lot of patience and lower expectations so if everything goes well, you’ll be happy, and if things don’t go well, then you can still enjoy your vacation!

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Gluten free dessert alert! ⁣ ⁣ It’s actually friendly for quite a few allergies ☺️ 🎉⁣ ⁣ Chocolate Banana cake! You’ll find this at Epcot year round (so it’s not a festival exclusive!) and that makes it even better! We love knowing where the ‘staples’ are around the parks that we can depend on. ⁣ ⁣ It does contain egg and dairy with cc warning for pn/tn BUT no sesame or corn or soy or gluten or red dye!!!! If you want a dairy and egg free treat- head to sunshine seasons! They have a coconut based fruit parfait there that is so good. ⁣ ⁣ My husband said this #glutenfreedisney chocolate banana cake was totally delicious and had a good texture to it- and very creamy. Pretty sure he said it was ‘rich’ tasting 🤪⁣ ⁣ Find this inside Kringla Bakery in Norway. Price was 4.99.

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What to expect when ordering food 

There’s a lot of planing involved when you have foods that you avoid,an upset stomach, an serious avoidance 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). This means that for some people, speaking with a chef won’t even be necessary because ordering from the allergy menu that most locations have will be enough to avoid gluten 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 gluten free. Always double and triple check with everyone you talk with that you have a life-threatening allergy and confirm that food comes out separate (and likely with a little allergy skewer)

One more thing- more about quick service food allergies versus table service with food allergies at Epcot

Seriously, the last thing you need to know about the food before we get to the actual food!

There’s food shops, there’s shops with food, there’s little cart stands with popcorn that is so delicious and friendly for top 8 (minus the coconut oil!).

Then there’s quick service, table service and character dining!

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. Most of the quick service options are decent (or really good ) for quick serve. The ones at the resorts tend to have more options than those in the parks. 

Then 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 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.

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Then 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 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.

Food Allergy Friendly Epcot Festivals

Festivals are all the rage at Epcot and for good reason! They are so much fun! They are fun for everyone, from dedicated things for the kiddos, to events and live music for the adults.

And when it comes to allergy friendly food, Epcot Festivals are in a category of their own.

There are a lot of people that will tell you there’s only a few options (or that you shouldn’t eat there) and I encourage you to check out the guides below because there is a lot more than meets the eye.

There’s 4 festivals currently, (2020 is obviously looking different) and they are keeping the booths up year round with more dedicated spaces just for festivals (like eating spaces and sidewalks off the main path)

  1. International Festival of the Arts run Jan-Feb
  2. The Flower and Garden Festival runs March- June
  3. The Food and Wine Festival runs Sept- November
  4. The International Festival of the Holidays Nov-Dec

There are some festivals that are better for food allergies, and some that you should have very low expectations for.

This Epcot festival is my favorite for food allergies , and this one comes in a close second for food allergy eats . I typically haven’t found much at the international festival of the holidays (it’s also shorter and has less options)and the food and wine festival can be a lot of fun if you just plan to go for drinks!

My Recommendations for Food Allergies at Epcot

Check out the other options-

Magic Kingdom Gluten Free and Food Allergy Options

Animal Kingdom Gluten Free and Food Allergy Options

Hollywood Studios food allergy options

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