Review: Gluten Free, Vegan, Allergy Friendly Erin Mckenna’s Bakery in Disney Springs Orlando

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It’s not everyday that you get the option to order ‘anything’ off the menu when you have allergies–heck sometimes you can’t order anything off the menu.

Sometimes locations just aren’t safe for you to eat at… that’s just the sad truth of living with allergies.

Thankfully, We’ve got Erin McKenna’s in Disney Springs.

The one place where my kids can go in and order whatever they want, where dreams do come true, and where the service is some of the best I’ve ever received! Not an ad- I just really love this place!

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Erin Mckenna’s in Disney Springs is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and Egg Free. They can also accommodate Corn Free options with advanced notice.

Is Erin Mckenna’s in Disney Springs Nut Free?

Per Erin Mckenna’s posted signs, they are technically nut free, but do to FDA’s classification on Coconuts, they cannot claim nut free status as they use Coconut in the bakeries. The bakery is 100% Peanut Free, but they do use a flour from Bob’s Red Mill that is processed on shared Treenut equipment including almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and cashews.

If your headed to Disney World definitely check out the Ultimate Food Allergy Foodies Beginner’s Guide to Disney World!

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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.***

Where is Erin McKenna’s located? πŸ€”

This delicious bakery is located in Disney Springs. Lot’s of people refer to it as Disney’s Vegan Bakery, or Disney World’s Allergy Friendly Bakery.

It is NOT inside the parks, but you can find some of their options for breakfast and dessert at several sit down table service locations.

What’s Special There? ⭐

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 food allergy safe baked goods.

All of the food is gluten free, vegan and kosher. It is also soy free! We love going to Frontera Cocina for a bite to eat, and then heading here for dessert. But if you don’t want to sit down, the Disney Owned, D-Luxe Burger, is also a great quick serve option!

If your headed to Disney World definitely check out the Ultimate Food Allergy Foodies Beginner’s Guide to Disney World!

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.

This is the same flour that they supposedly use with the Beignets as well!

With advance notice, Erin McKenna’s can accommodate corn allergies (you will need to contact them to confirm).

Common Menu Items at Erin Mckenna’s

There are a number of staple items, and then seasonal items sprinkled in! Right now, with the 50th celebration, there are some fun 50th items that are allergen friendly.

Common Menu Items available Year Round subject to availability:

(pricing as of October 2021)

Cupcakes at 6 dollars.

Donuts at 4.75

Cookie Sandwiches at 7

Thin Mints at 4.75

Cookies at 2.50

Crumb Cakes at 7.75/slice

Loaves at 5/slice or 40/full loaf

Teacakes at 5.25/slice or 42/loaf

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bites at 2 a piece or 22/dozen

Coconut Mounds 3.25

Baking Kits at 16 (brownies, choco chips and vanilla cake!)

Ice Cream Cookie Sanwiches 10.75 (+2 with chocolate)

Scooped Ice Cream vanilla or chocolate 6.50

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.

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.

At Erin McKenna’s there are a still precautions.

Currently it’s safe for peanut BUT there are treenut warnings. Because of the flour they use, there is a CC risk for many allergens.

These items do not have:

animal products

gluten

soy (flour CC warning)

dairy or eggs (vegan and kosher)

dyes/refined sugar

peanuts

They also recently updated their signage to better reflect their options for those of us with dietary needs.

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Both of these are heavenly and great for breakfast

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.

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thin mint cookie! safe for my Food allergy babies

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.

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Everything on this plate at Erin McKenna’s looks good!

Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus πŸͺ

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.

If your headed to Disney World definitely check out the Ultimate Food Allergy Foodies Beginner’s Guide to Disney World!

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Look at all those yummy treats!!!!!

Many people want to know how this compares to Sprinkles cupcakes (which is also in Disney Springs)

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    FAQs 🧐

    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.

    Conclusion 🍰

    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)

    There is a lot to learn when it comes to food allergies at Disney World- especially if you want that magical vacation. It’s part of the reason people ask me for this so much. If you want the confidence of eating at Disney with food allergies, I highly recommend you take a look!

    Have you been to Erin McKenna’s and had their allergy-friendly desserts? Which is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!


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    2 thoughts on “Review: Gluten Free, Vegan, Allergy Friendly Erin Mckenna’s Bakery in Disney Springs Orlando”

    1. Thank you so much for all the work you’ve put into this! 4 out of 5 of us have Celiac, severe tree nut allergies, FPIES (never have I ever talked to anyone else who has had a child with FPIES!!) and other intolerances. We found Disneyland to be amazing for our needs in 2019 and Universal Hollywood to be very un-amazing. So, I figured the Orlando counterparts would be the same. Sounds like we will have more options for this trip and I am so thankful!

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      • Natalie,
        Hello fellow allergy family! It’s a strange delight to find someone who knows is familiar with your allergy adventures. I’m happy to report that there are a lot of options, and I’m sure you’ll get to enjoy many of them on your trip! Let me know if I can help.
        Seely

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