Enjoy the island life at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort!
Even better? Enjoy it gluten free with safe to eat goodies!
We took the family to a character breakfast last week and it was one of the highlights of our trip (even though it was on the last day!)
It was some seriously good eats. We had so much fun there! It was actually a lot more than we were expecting, especially since we are so used to doing character meals at the parks and this was outside of the parks.
The resort itself was so fun and festive, and more importantly, we had a view of the castle that early morning. It was absolutely magical.
Wanna see the pictures and hear all the deets? I’ve got it for you below!
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.
Ohana and the Polynesian Overview
The ambience of the resort is really fun. We’ve stopped in here a while back (and by awhile I mean a few years when we were monorail hopping) and it was a cute, but we didn’t stay.
This time we took advantage of our reservations and walked around some.
We were slightly disappointed that it took us almost 20 minutes to seat from our check in (and we had a reservation) but we enjoyed checking out the shops and taking a picture with pluto.
During the meal it was cute to see the gang all walking around to meet people! The characters had a wonderful handler, and they moved efficiently from table to table.
They weren’t quite as charismatic as we’ve seen them at other restaurants, but they were still sweet and playful, and that’s what matters.
You get to meet Mickey, Lilo and Stitch at this character Dining!
The Gluten Free FOOD!!!
Let’s talk about the delicious eats!
At first, we spoke to our server and a chef and they brought out some finger foods.
We had a fruit plate, and some yummy cinnamon donuts from erin mckennas.
For drinks, we had Teas, Juice, Soda, Coffee options, but the signature was a mango, guava juice blend. It was surpassingly refreshing and very similar to the one served at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.
Next up, we had the main course!
I seriously thought the cast iron skillets were so cute! They weren’t ‘real’ as they were for serving and didn’t quite have the weight behind them. But they are a lot of fun.
For the main breakfast we had Mickey and Stitch Waffles with syrup in one skillet.
In the other, we had an assortment of scrambled eggs, link sausage, sliced ham, sliced seasoned potatoes and a pineapple topping.
Overall, it was a delicious and filling meal. They brought out just the right amount of food. So we didn’t even want to do seconds (that was a first!).
We confirmed with multiple people (I think five? I’m sure it was four) that we had an allergy. The whole table was an allergy. We wanted ZERO gluten items.
We spoke to a chef who said he would bring out our food- and he did.
BUT before that, we had a runner come by and start to set down a plate of food. I asked him if it was gluten free.
‘No sorry’ he mumbled and left.
I get it, things happen. He maybe assumed that everything was fine as everyone generally gets served a plate at this family style restaurant.
BUT THEN, he served another person behind us a plate of food, only to have the server come running up almost yelling that it was an allergy table.
And then having to explain and apologize that it wasn’t food they could eat, the chef would be out soon, etc etc.
It would be nice if they had a small indiscreet way of marking the table as a general allergy table so that simple mistakes like this wouldn’t happen again.
We LOVED it. like really really loved it. Like I may have planned to go back really soon, kinda loved it.
It is a new favorite!