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.
***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’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. The 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?
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
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 sit down, the Disney Owner, D-Luxe Burger, is also a great quick serve option!
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 Mckennas can accommodate corn allergies as well.
We love getting the bread here, but I have to say, the new allergy friendly bread at Regal Eagle is giving Erin Mckenna’s Breakfast bread a run for it’s money. OR we could just have EM’s for breakfast and Regal Eagle for lunch! That’s even better.
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.
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:
soy (flour CC warning)
dairy or eggs (vegan and kosher)
😊 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.
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Gluten-free gingerbread men! We came to the wilderness lodge to check out all the new holiday decorations (which I am crazy happy about!) I love how festive and fun it is. It’s amazingly beautiful here and the BEST part? Safe treats! They have #Erinmckennas gingerbread men for sale with all the rest of the goodies- swipe for the ingredients list 💜 it’s always great when you can find #glutenfreedisney goodies!
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)
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!