We have a tradition in our house since we are so fortunate to live close to a safe bakery. Every year at our Birthdays we load up and go to Erin Mckenna’s in Disney Springs for some safe baked goods
Where’s it located
This delicious bakery is located in Disney Springs. It’s very close to Raglan Road, and very centrally located.
I will admit, the bakery is very tiny. There is barely room for a stroller and the stores aren’t automatic. That said, the workers there are extremely kind and helpful, and they’ve opened the doors for us more than once. They also have some seating outside where some of our family waits. They few times my MIL visited with us in her wheelchair, she waited outside because of how tiny the entryway and area was.
What’s Special There?
All of the food is gluten free, vegan and kosher. It is also soy free!
The facility is not nut free- they do use coconut (but apparently they do not use any other nuts). I’ve read up a lot about this, and some people with nut allergies feel comfortable, others don’t because they do use Bob’s red mill flour and they’ve had undisclosed allergy issues in the past.
With advance notice, Erin Mckennas can accommodate corn allergies as well.
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.
😊 Our Review and what we ate
We’ve eaten everything on the menu 😬
My favorites are the Thin Mint Cookie and the Kitchen Sink.
My Husband loves the Kitchen Sink and the Cinnamon Donut.
The kids will eat anything, but they really enjoy the cupcakes (since we make cookies at home) We are also a big fan of the breads! You can also get these breads at Be Our Guest for Breakfast.
If you get a chance to go to this bakery, I highly recommend it. Even if the food isn’t as moist as the original allergy covered creations you find in bakeries across the world, it gives a sense of freedom that we rarely find in the food allergy community. It is literally the only place that my children can walk in and order ANYTHING they want. That alone make its one of my absolute favorite places in the world.
Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus
This is an easy one, since many of the items there are just safe because of how the bakery is ran. I did check the ingredients obsessively when we first started going there, but we go every other month now and I have to admit that I’ve gotten lax with checking because of our excellent track record with them. We’ve been eating there for the last 3.5 years and have always had an excellent experience.
Many people want to know how this compares to Sprinkles cupcakes (which is also in Disney Springs)
Disney Springs is the old Downtown Disney- it is free admission so you don’t need a park ticket. There are so many wonderful places to eat and shop in Disney Springs, you can peep all my recommendations here.
Erin Mckenna’s has been a lifesaver for us- seriously. I can’t express my gratitude. It’s the only thing we did for my son for his 1.5 year birthday celebration (he has FPIES so we didnt do anything for his 1 year as he wasn’t tolerating any food then)