Being a Gluten Free Foodie can sometimes have its disadvantages- but those aren’t as noticeable at the most magical place on earth!
Disney World is know for it’s culinary accommodations, and they have some amazing Gluten Free Treat Options!
It is one of our most favorite places to visit, since we know that our kids can be kids and won’t get left out when it comes to dietary restrictions. While they have a few other restrictions, being gluten free is something the entire family does now- and I have to say, Disney does a great job with making you feel “normal”
Let’s check out these treats!
Table of contents
- Is it possible to eat gluten free at Disney
- Precautions you should take to avoid exposure
- Gluten Free Bakeries
- Gluten Free Treats without paying for a Disney World Ticket
- Top 5 Gluten Free Sweet Treats in the Parks
Is it possible to eat gluten free at Disney World?
First things first, is it even a good idea to try to eat out if you have a gluten allergy? We’ve all had a time where we were ‘glutened’ by someone who made a mistake or didn’t take us serious. So is Disney worth the risk?
That is a very personal decision, but for my family, we feel very safe at Disney. In fact, it’s one of the few places we actually eat at, and since we are annual pass-holders we make special trips just for the food!
I already loved Disney World, but when we found out that our son had a rare allergy disorder, we didn’t know what to do. I came across a group that talked about Disney with Food Allergies and I fell in love with Disney all over again! Since that diagnosis, we’ve struggled with eating out, but not at Disney!
Precautions you should take to avoid exposure
At the height of my son’s issues, he could only have a handful of foods- though that has changed over the years. For many people, an allergen exposure can be severe.
So what precautions should you take?
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.
Same thing applies with quick service, ask to talk 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.
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.
Gluten Free Bakeries at Disney- Erin McKenna’s and Sprinkles
Let’s talk cake!!!
Disney Springs has a dedicated gluten free bakery. They are also vegan- so the textures can sometimes be ‘off’ from just a regular gluten free pastry.
The Bakery is called, Erin Mckenna’s, and offers a wide variety of yummy and safe pastries. They will also deliver to your resort. So keep that in mind!
There is also a bakery called, Sprinkles. It is not dedicated gluten free, but they do offer gluten free cupcakes and special order cakes (think birthdays and celebrations!)
Gluten Free Treats without paying for a Disney World Ticket
Talking about Disney Springs and their gluten free treats, there are other options for yummy treats WITHOUT having to buy (or use) one of your tickets!
As you’ll see below, you can find many gluten free treats at the resorts. And the resorts you don’t need a ticket for- though parking could be hard to find if you are driving!
When we are near Disney for the day we always stop by one of the resorts for a safe bite to eat, or maybe just for dessert!
Top 5 Gluten Free Treats on Disney World Property
Animal Kingdom Churros
Perhaps one of the most infamous treats, are the yummy gluten free churros from Tiffins Lounge in Animal Kingdom.
While this is a lounge, it is totally kid friendly and they also have other safe options to choose from! In fact, almost their entire menu can be made gluten free!
The Tiffins lounge is located to the left when you enter Discovery Island in Animal Kingdom.
Plaza Ice cream Parlor
We all scream for ice cream!
The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street In Magic Kingdom is another must stop for gluten free foodies! They have many delicious options that can be made gluten free for you in the park!
The ice cream parlor is also another place that you can find allergy accommodations for things like dairy or egg. We’ve gotten 2 different flavors of RICE DREAM ice cream there as well.
(I’ll grab a picture of this in the winter- all my summer ice cream pictures are dreadfully melted looking!)
Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich in Epcot
If your looking for a fun and safe treat in Epcot, the Macroon Ice cream sandwich from Le Celliers in France is the place to be!
Side note- Epcot has a good amount of gluten free snacks and treats during their festivals! The only downside is that they may be more cross contamination risk and they aren’t able to do many modifications since they aren’t a full kitchen.
Mickey’s Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream
This is the ultimate Ice Cream Sundae- and yes, it’s safe!
Not only do they have safe ice cream options and shake options- but this Mickey’s Kitchen Sink is the best gluten free sundae I’ve ever had! Completely customizable and large enough to share, you want this on your list for your next Disney visit!
Update- Beaches and Cream will be closed till December 2019 for refurbishment. We don’t know if they will be bringing back the beaches and cream gluten free sundae.
Replacement for Beach Club- The yummy Zebra Domes at the Mara
They may not look the prettiest, but I can assure you- it is worth the hike over to Animal Kingdom Lodge to get these domes! Read all about the Mara and their offerings
Must Eat Top 8 Free Beignets at Port Orleans
If you are looking for a unique sweet treat to have at Disney World, head over to the Port Orleans resort for some yummy gluten free Beignets! These come two ways, plain or as an Ice cream sundae!
These fluffy, hot and covered in powdered sugar treats are some of our favorites (I might have saved the best for last!)
I would also say that these are one of the easiest treats to get if you have your own transportation or live close by (or plan to stay at the Port Orleans resort!!!!). No going into the parks or waiting in long lines.
Those are my top 5 sweet treats- gluten free of course! Are you excited to try these the next time you go to Disney? I’m not going to lie, I wish I was eating some of these right now!!!
Did I miss a treat that should be in the top 5- reach out and let me know! (sorry I dont count dole whip, as you can get it other places in the world)