I’d say welcome to the Disney World Food Allergy club, but I wouldn’t wish allergens on my childhood bully, let alone an internet stranger.
Safe to say though, that I am happy you are here, and happy you are planning a food allergy vacation to one of the best places in the world!
My family has been dining at Disney World with Food Allergies for almost six years now, and it’s so excited to share what we’ve learned with you the hard way, so that you can have a fun (and safe!) vacation the easy way!
In general, 95% of the restaurants on property can serve you *something* that is safe for your food allergens.
In some places that looks like a simple plate of starches (like a plate of unbuttered rice, or potatoes) with a protein, in other places you’ll find the full course meal complete with dessert!
We’re going to talk about the BEST places to head to and then if you have the time, some helpful tips and hacks we’ve learned that will make turn your vacation from an anxiety filled trip into smooth sailings.
Other Recommended Resources include:
Disney World Food Allergy FAQ post
Bringing Food into Disney World (like snacks!)
⭐ And if this is your First Time to Disney World, you’ll want all the insider tips and done for you plans found in the Food Allergies at Disney World Made Easy Guide
***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.***
The Best Allergy Friendly Restaurants Disney World
These are all table service locations (not quick service fast food options). You can learn more about the differences between the two in this Restaurant FAQ post. If you are looking for locations that have allergen binders, scroll down to the quick serve options.
Some of these locations below are inside the parks, but many are at the resorts. See the Graph below for location.
While these are the best options, also see the worst options you should skip on your vacation!
Top 10 Disney World Allergy Friendly Restaurants for Table Service
-Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen
–The Hollywood Brown Derby
-Cape May Cafe
-Grand Floridian Cafe
-Coral Reef Restaurant
-Boma – Flavors of Africa Breakfast
-Trattoria al Forno Dinner
Top Allergy Friendly Table Service Restaurants at Disney World by Location
|Magic Kingdom Area||Nearby Resort|
|Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen||‘Ohana (Polynesian Resort)|
|Tony’s Town Square||The Grand Floridian Cafe (Grand Flo Resort)|
|Coral Reef Restaurant||Trattoria al Forno (The Boardwalk)|
|50’s Prime Time Cafe|
|Animal Kingdom Area|
|Tiffins||Boma – Flavors of Africa (Animal Kingdom Lodge)|
Eating at Disney World with food allergies honestly is possible! With some planning and preparation, and a lot of communication with restaurant personnel, you can make your Disney World vacation absolutely magical. I do prefer Table Service locations as they have more ingredients and it doesn’t feel rushed.
Several of the items are Buffets, and folks… Disney buffets are different. I do recommend you see this post on Dining at Buffets Safely at Disney with Allergies before you exclude them (but also read it if you love buffets and want to know how to do it with your restrictions!)
But you do not have to always eat at Table Service locations for a safe meal. Let’s talk below about the best Quick Service locations for Food Allergies!
The Best Quick Service Locations for Food Allergies at Disney World
-Docking Bay 7
-Sassagoula Floatworks Factory
-Peco Bills Tall Tale Inn
-Gasparilla Island Grill
– Landscape of Flavors
See a full touring plan by allergen, with over 200 snack recommendations in the Food Allergy Touring Plan
Should you use Mobile Ordering with Food Allergies at Quick Service Locations?
With the reopening of Disney World, they have introduced mobile ordering in almost every place on property. This means mobile ordering food and beverages has become the norm for those who aren’t dealing with dietary needs. But what about those of us with food allergies?
You are not required to use mobile ordering with food allergies, and can speak with a Chef or Manager to see Food Allergy menus and ingredient lists. You can use mobile ordering if you have one of the allergens listed on the app, and are not concerned with cross contamination.
- You do not need to use mobile ordering, but it is available if you have ONE allergy and feel comfortable with a risk of CC.
- You can still speak with a chef or manager, ask to see the ingredients and the allergen binder, and order a customized meal at a cash registers.
- The time is still the same, you should just prepare mentally, and with snacks, that your allergy friendly food will take longer. Sometimes 5 minutes, sometimes 30. If it goes past 30, always always always talk to a manager. More than once my meal was lost, given to the wrong person, or there was a miscommunication.
Best Disney World Character Restaurants for Food Allergies
Character meals are the more expensive options for meals- but rightfully so as you get to meet with some cool characters!
The Best Character Meals at Disney World for Food Allergies are: Topolinos Terrace at Rivera Resort, ‘Ohana at The Polynesian, Tusker House in Animal Kingdom, and Chef Mickey at The Contemporary Resort.
Runner Up’s include, Storybook Dining at Artist Point and Trattoria Al Forno.
You’ll find that all character meals have *something* for the top 10 allergens (including sesame and corn) but they might not have a full spread like the four that are listed above.
But also- character meals are so special even without the food. If you have the opportunity to try it once, please do! Breakfast is a great time to go before you get sweaty- and your pictures will look great if you can get a good spot by the window.
Disney World Water Parks Restaurants
Disney has two water parks- both of them are open during the summer, and then one of them is open all year (weather permitting) while the other one is closed for refurbishment and then they switch back and forth.
The first is Blizzard Beach. This is located over by the value resorts. It’s Winter themed, and definitely the favorite for our family! You’ll want to eat at Lottawatta Lodge. I
The Next is Typhoon Lagoon. This is located across from Disney Springs. It’s fun and enjoyable, just not our favorite park for our family as we prefer the kid area at Blizzard Beach more, but really it IS a fun park. Here’s the updated guide for Typhoon Lagoon with Food Allergies or Gluten Free.
Disney World is really great when it comes to managing allergies- but we find that the level of service changes from quick serve to the parks to the resorts, and we found this to be true at Disney Water Parks as well.
Overall, There’s options for you at Disney World!
I’ve checked out all the Theme Parks in Orlando, and Disney World is the easiest one to talk to with the most options. I still recommend you bring snacks!
See more specific guides below: