Aloha from the poly! Sit down, relax and enjoy the island life at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort Character Breakfast.
Even better? Enjoy it with gluten free and allergy friendly eats! We’ve got the deets for the top 12 food allergens!
We’ve been to the poly a few times now for some yummy eats- so this post covers two different visits!
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. This is on the Monorail Loop- and there’s lots of allergy friendly eats to be found riding the monorail between three resorts! But here at the Poly you’ve got three food options. Quick Serve at Capt’n Cooks, Table Service at Kona Cafe, and then Ohana turns into a dinner show on Tuesdays- Saturdays!
Wanna see the pictures and hear all the deets? I’ve got it for you below!
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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.
You can find more steps, tips and strategies for food allergy eating and safety in this guide made for food allergy vacations at Disney!
***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.***
Ohana and the Polynesian Overview
The ambiance of the resort is really fun. We’ve stopped in here a while back (and by a while 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. (surprise surprise- they were also running behind when we went in March 2020!)
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.
We had a total blast meeting the characters- it’s always so much fun to do a character meal, and way more relaxing than waiting to see characters in the hot summer sun.
You get to meet Mickey, Lilo and Stitch at this character Dining!
They also have the cute little character parade that the kiddos (and parents) can participate in!
Plus the view of the castle is breathtaking! I highly recommend doing this meal just for the view of Cindy from the Poly!
The Allergy Friendly Eats on July 2019 (Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, treenut free, shellfish free)
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 the POG juice (passion fruit, orange juice and guava). 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. Trattoria also serves the food in cast iron skillets and it’s such a nice touch!
For the main breakfast we had Mickey and Stitch Waffles with syrup in one skillet. Mickey Waffles are my absolute favorite!!
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!).
The Allergy Friendly Eats March 2020 (Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, treenut free, shellfish free)
We were happy to see that the food options haven’t changed- still served on large family style!
We had yummy fruits- some Erin Mckennas Donuts- and a yummy plate of the same foods.
Some differences- I had Namaste Waffles that are free for the top 12 (sesame, mustard, peanut, treenut, gluten, dairy, soy, egg) and you can see the full ingredients here.
I dive into Mickey Waffles more in this guide– but just know that there are multiple types for different allergies and you cannot find safe waffles everywhere! some places just don’t have all of the mix options.
The regular options ARE safe for peanut, treenut and sesame- so no modifications needed (how exciting!!!) BUT the bread they serve at the beginning has coconut oil.
I also got a plant based sausage (that was delicious) that was soy, gluten and dairy free. Plus the Earth Balance butter for my waffles! I declined eggs and meat as it was a plant based day for me!
Can we talk about these potatoes tho?!? Seriously- they still the show! Love these!!!! Very similar to The Plaza potatoes but not quite… these ones are more tasty!
Concerns on July 2019 Trip
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.
Concerns on March 2020 Trip
We LOVED it. like really really loved it. Like I may have planned to go back really soon, kinda loved it. if you’re planning to head to Disney Soon and would like to know more about eating with allergies, make sure you have the tools you need!