Gluten Free Disney World Restaurants, Snacks and Special Events 2023

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I mean, It’s one thing to try to navigate gluten free options near your house, pack your safe food, quiz the staff… but traveling to a new location with new eats and more menus and restaurants than you can even memorize is a lot to take in!

Thankfully, many places are more aware of restrictions/allergies, and many restaurants on Disney World Property can do some really good look alike gluten free meals, like Character Dining and Water parks! (not all… but we’ll cover that in detail below!)

***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.***

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  • Snacks? ✔️
  • Menus? ✔️
  • Favorite Places? ✔️
  • 100% Gluten Free? ✔️
  • Tips for a Magical Trip? ✔️

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The Best Quick serve options for Gluten Free Foodies on Disney World property

⭐ Before we get started, Ive got to mention the Gluten Free Guide that has all the options available (with menu items!) so you can quickly plan (or change plans on the fly!) for your Disney trip. Experience the Ultimate Selection of Gluten Free eats at Disney here!

Regal Eagle  🍴 EPCOT

Y’all. Texas toast. Beef brisket. Sweet tea. I am in BBQ gluten free heaven! It TRULY is a salute to all cook offs but mostly Barbecue! 

Docking Bay 7 🍴Hollywood Studios

Everyone was so excited when they came out with all of these themed foods- I mean, Docking Bay 7 has some fun and cool eats! We’ve got the entire galaxy’s edge land covered when it comes to your gluten free eats

Satuli Canteen 🍴Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’ve eaten here a number of times. Everything is pretty laid back, and easy to customize because it’s a ‘build your own bowl’ style.

Sunshine Seasons 🍴EPCOT

This is another one that is pretty basic, but it is basic in a good way! Located inside the Living with the Land building in Epcot, this hidden eatery has some great gluten free eats!

*** Note that this location is typically only open for lunch. You’ll need to check hours on the day you visit.

We love grabbing dessert here. And if I’m being honest, this is my favorite place because there’s plenty of seating and air conditioning on a hot day!

Disney World Gluten Free Quick Service and Mobile Ordering 

***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.***

You’ll find some hearty options here in addition to sandwiches and burgers and pizza. Most of the quick service options are decent (or really good ) for quick serve. The ones at the resorts tend to have more options than those in the parks. 

For those of you who are Casual Gluten Free, Mobile Ordering is a great option! You can see some menus ahead of time, and order food without the long waits.

For those of you with severe needs, Mobile Ordering is NOT the best option, and you need to walk up to the quick serve and talk to them about placing and order with a cashier and manager.

Why? Because accidents happen- even with the chefs. The thing about mobile ordering is that the person that hands you the food is not the person that prepares it and there are huge concerns about misplaced food and cross contamination.(Think grabbing a tray with spillage of allergens and then not changing gloves before handling your tray. And I simply don’t expect the regular staff, many who have no allergy/GF training, to understand this cross contact. )

You can see picture walk throughs, and also real life mess ups, for Mobile Ordering at Disney World while Gluten Free.

Table Service Gluten Free options at Disney World

Table service is a sit down option, pretty comparable to other casual sit downs like Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse. You can expect to find bread at most of these locations (and yes, they have some incredible gluten free bread!) and you can also order appetizers, mixed drinks and dessert. 

Interested in all the Table Service options? You’ll find them inside the Unofficial Gluten Free Disney World Guide (with menus and recommendations!)

Delicious gluten free bread is served at many of the Table Serve Restaurants

First, when you reserve dining, make sure to list your allergies. (They don’t have options for all, so pick what you can!). This can be done on your my Disney App, online at Disney World, or over the phone (but you typically won’t call in unless you have more than 8 people in your party). Clarify when you get there!

The Best Gluten Free Table Service Options at Disney World!

Skipper Canteen 🍴

Be prepared to enjoy lots of corny jokes and some hella good eats at this sister location to the infamous jungle cruise ride.Not only did we survive with our heads about us, but also our wits and a full belly after a delightful lunch.

FRIED CHICKEN.

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    The Boathouse in Disney Springs 🍴

    It’s very laid back here- very southern style.  So many incredible options, it’s a hidden gem in Disney!

    We love heading here when we visit Disney Springs and getting a seat on the back deck over the water. Great food and great ambiance (and yes, kid friendly!)

    the boathouse allergy friendly

    Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom 🍴

    This is standard italian style fare. Most people dislike this because it’s similar to Olive Garden, but since we can’t enjoy Olive Garden with our Gluten allergy- we love Tony’s! You can’t beat the view either!

    The menu has been changed, but they still have gluten free noodles on the kids menu (and you can have an adult portion)

    The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom 🍴

    The Plaza Restaurant is another amazing place to grab a bite to eat when you aren’t able to Gluten. The view is fantastic (it’s a great view of the castle!) and great food.

    Gluten Free Snacks and Desserts

    There’s actually quite a lot of desserts… Check out the top gluten free desserts at Disney World!

    ⭐ The top three Favorite Desserts inside the parks are:

    Churros at Nomads Lounge in Animal Kingdom

    Chocolate Covered Bananas with Peanuts

    Dole Whip at every park (except Hollywood Studios!)

    Discover all the best Snacks and Treat options inside The Unofficial Gluten Free Disney World Guide! Easy to find, easy to plan… you’ll never miss a treat (because we’ve got them all listed for your convenience)

    Gluten Free Character Meals 

    Character meals are very much like table service meals, except they have characters! And they also cost more- you certainly aren’t paying for the food and more for the experience. 

    Not all locations are recommended, here’s several Character Meals that are top of the line, and a few you can skip based on your preferences.

    The top options here would be Crystal Palace and Hollywood and Vine (because both the food and experience were superb!) but other classics like Chef Mickey, Tusker House and Garden Grill work too! 

    Oh and my new favorite, Topolinos. Highly recommend if you get the opportunity to go! It’s just so cute and brunch elegant and they had an incredible amount of options. My favorite was the smoked salmon, but I love love their little fruit displays!

    There are more character meals than this… and we’ve reviewed them for you in this master list!

    Mickey mouse Character Meal

    What about Gluten Free at the Water Parks?

    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!

    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. 

    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.

    Just another beautiful rainy day at Typhoon Lagoon!

    There are SO MANY places to eat- but only ONE is truly trained in allergies. 

    You can check out this quick serve recommendation for Blizzard Beach, and then this other option for Typhoon Lagoon. 

    If you find that the menus are lacking (like not being able to do Udi’s pizza because of dairy allergy/intolerance) ask the resorts if they could make you a sandwich to go the night before and then pack it with you on your way to the waterpark (resorts typically wont make lunch/dinner when breakfast is in session)

    Eating at Disney Springs while Gluten Free

    While Disney Springs is known for it’s shopping, it’s also known for its food! But what about for those that have allergies or food limitations? Is there only one place to eat?

    The anwser is complicated because not all places are owned by Disney and have the same standards, but many have some really good allergy friendly standards too.

    I have another very large article that cover in depth eating gluten free at Disney Springs, but you should know that, depending on your comfort level, there is quite a lot to choose from.

    There’s gluten free onion rings and there’s also an entirely gluten free (yes 100%) bakery at Disney Springs called Erin Mckennas.

    However it’s important to note that Erin Mckenna’s uses Bob’s Red Mill (and for those of you that aren’t familiar, please check out this post explaining that ).

    Not quite the same level as the gluten free rice krispie debacle, but still something I would point out for you to make an informed decision.

    What to Expect when Ordering Gluten Free Food 

    There’s a lot of planing involved when you have foods that you avoid,an upset stomach, an serious avoidance or someone that is anaphylactic and has to obsessively watch for allergens because it could be a life or death situation… trust me when I say that all of these people have gathered and enjoyed Disney World.

    It is going to look different for those of you that have an intolerance/ethical preference vs those of you with a non negotiable allergy.

    For most people, you’ll be able to eat foods listed on the allergen menu (where available). This means that for some people, speaking with a chef won’t even be necessary because ordering from the Allergy/Gluten Free menu that most locations have will be enough to avoid gluten based products.

    You’re meal normally comes out with an allergen stick.

    I’d love to tell you that no planning is required, but that’s simply not the case! There are some locations that are better for those who avoid gluten, and you’ll find that snacks and treats will need to be preplanned as well. There are some locations that are NOT owned by Disney World and don’t have the same Gluten Free procedures in place that Disney World uses in their kitchens.

    Like, your wondering, do all locations have shared or dedicated fryers? That answer is no. However, if the place does have a dedicated fryer, I include it in my restaurant reviews (over 100 reviews now!) and that can help you make an informed decision. You can also find a handy Dedicated Fryer Cheat Sheet in the Gluten Free Disney Guide.

    Can I find safe gluten free (certified) food everywhere I go?

    The answer to that is also no… but things are improving and getting better. I always recommend having a back up plan (like a meal replacement), your own safe snacks, and flexibility that you might be eating a lot of rice and protein depending on what locations you’ve picked! 

    Planning has gotten so much easier with the inclusion of the Allergy/Gluten Free menu and you’ve found this guide- so let’s jump in and learn more about the options (and some lack of options) at Disney World!  This guide below is great for those of you comfortable with Disney, but if you’re new to vacationing with food allergies, please check out the Ultimate Food Allergy Foodies Beginner’s Guide to Disney World!

    these gluten free churros are absolutely heavenly!

    Gluten Free Epcot Festivals

    Festivals are all the rage at Epcot and for good reason! They are so much fun! They are fun for everyone, from dedicated things for the kiddos, to events and live music for the adults.

    And when it comes to Gluten Free Food, Epcot Festivals are in a category of their own.

    There are a lot of people that will tell you there’s only a few options (or that you shouldn’t eat there) and I encourage you to check out the guides below because there is a lot more than meets the eye.

    There’s 4 festivals currently and they are keeping the booths up year round with more dedicated spaces just for festivals (like eating spaces and sidewalks off the main path)

    1. International Festival of the Arts
    2. The Flower and Garden Festival
    3. The Food and Wine Festival
    4. The International Festival of the Holidays

    They have introduced new Allergy/Gluten Free procedures, which means that you can actually talk to someone and have Gluten Free food at the festivals! See more in the post about EPCOT Allergen Procedures.

    That’s all for this Quick Post on Gluten Free Eats

    If you’d like more recommendations, please check this guide made to make Disney Gluten Free Dining as easy as possible.

    Everyone should eat well on vacation! Learn more common questions and concerns in the Food Allergy FAQ or the Gluten Free Disney FAQ.

    Plus the latest Disney News when it comes to Food Restrictions, eats, and offerings. Connect with the MouseEarMemory Gluten Free and Allergy Community at the socials listed below or @Mouse.Ear.Memories

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    Hollywood Studios

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