Going to Disney World with Food Allergies seems both easy and hard. One one hand, the internet forums make it seem like a magical escape from your kitchen, on the other hand, there’s so much unknown and unsaid that could set you up for failure.
And then there’s Magic Kingdom… you’ll know it by the beautiful Cinderella’s Castle and that it’s a food allergy friendly vacation destinations unlike any other. This is by far one of the most famous parks too, seeing an average of 30 million people each year!
Sure, Disney Food Allergy conversations are hard to come by online- and it might make you alittle uneasy to take my word for it.
but from the Fall decor *swoon* to the Holiday decor, and then the year round festivities, parades, shows, entertainment and rides; Magic Kingdom is a can’t miss park!
While we could talk all day about fun facts related to Magic Kingdom, let’s talk about the allergy-friendly offerings inside of the parks. Well provide pictures, tips and details about doing Disney World Food Allergy Style and hopefully give you the confidence you need to take the trip!
While you can catch a monorail from Magic Kingdom to check out the other allergy friendly eats close by (and some you can walk to!) it’s often easier to stay inside the park and check out one of these yummy places for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a tasty snack!
But finding those snacks requires a little bit of preplanning (or maybe alot depending on how many allergies you manage) and some patience with managers and chefs as you navigate food allergies together in a safe and fun way!
***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.***
What Do I need to know before heading to Magic Kingdom
Before we talk about stuff in the parks, let’s talk about what you should know before you get into the park, especially when we talk about free from eating.
First things first, you can (and should ) bring in some snacks or even meals to Magic Kingdom.
I ALWAYS recommend snacks for everyone that deals with an allergy or intollereance because, out of the 300 times I’ve eaten at Disney World in the last year, almost 1 in 50 meals was totally wrong and had to be remade, or I had to leave and find better food elsewhere.
Luckily you’ve got the inside scoop (see below!) with the best allergy friendly magic kingdom eats BUT you’ve got to bring some snacks just in case you get the hungry grumbles and need some allergy safe food.
Second thing is that you need to know that the menus and food allergy offerings can (and will) change especially when talking about allergy-friendly food. Sometimes it’s that the suppliers dont have it on hand, sometimes it’s that they aren’t selling the food (though most of the allergen-friendly food at magic kingdom is prefrozen and then cooked for you!)
Lastly, there are a number of great places within a short walk (or a monorail ride!) or you can catch a bus or ferry to the resorts.
I like to leave the Magic Kingdom and head to the nearby resorts for a much needed A/C break and the resorts tend to have more options on hand for food allergies, especially gluten free food, dairy free food and other yummies in the top 8. I’ve also found that if you are in the top 14 allergens that the resort table service options definitely handle allergies better than the busier options in the parks!
Most importantly though, you’re only a 10 minute bus ride to these mind blowing allergy friendly and gluten free beignets (and top 9 free)
But, if you want to stay inside Magic Kingdom from Rope Drop to the Kiss Goodnight, you can do that (yes, even with food allergies!)
You might also like: Galaxy’s Edge Food Allergy Guide for Hollywood Studios
What to expect when ordering at Magic Kingdom with food allergies
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 menu that most locations have will be enough to avoid gluten based products.
If you have a NON NEGOTIABLE allergy, things will be *slightly more complicated* because you’ll need to speak with a Chef/Manager and be diligent in confirming that your food is actually gluten free. Always double and triple check with everyone you talk with that you have a life-threatening allergy and confirm that food comes out separate (and likely with a little allergy skewer)
One more thing- more about quick service food allergies versus table service with food allergies at Magic Kingdom
Seriously, the last thing you need to know about the food before we get to the actual food!
There’s food shops, there’s shops with food, there’s little cart stands with popcorn that is so delicious and friendly for top 8 (minus the coconut oil!).
Then there’s quick service, table service and character dining!
Quick serve, or the fast food equivalent for Disney World. While they used to have McDonald’s fries in Magic Kingdom years ago, quick serve isn’t actually fast food. You’ll find some hearty options here in addition to sandwiches and burgers. 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.
Then when it comes to strictly quick serve, Mobile ordering is another option that Disney World has pushed in 2020- and good news! It’s pretty easy to use with a non-life-threatening Allergy.
For those of you with severe allergies, Mobile Ordering is NOT the best option. Thankfully it’s super easy to order at quick service with food allergies. Just walk up to the quick serve and talk to them about placing and order with a cashier and manager.
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 that is also top 8 friendly! ) and you can also order appetizers, mixed drinks and dessert.
I’m a big fan of table service restaurants with food allergies because it gives the Chef more time to prepare a meal, and they have more ingredients in the kitchen than at quick serve options.
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.
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Here’s an allergy friendly snack that gets almost no love… but it’s also an acquired taste LeFou’s brew is located in the Magic Kingdom at Gastons Tavern. It’s a apple flavored slushie with marshmallow flavoring and it’s top 8 safe (no gluten, egg, dairy, soy, fish or nuts!) I expected it to be fruitier- but it almost has a fermented taste- like an apple cider. You can get it in a souvenir mug too! This section of fantasyland is perfect for the beauty and the beast fan, and I love the theming inside the tavern 😍 peep those other allergy friendly snacks at #memsnacks
My recommendations for Food Allergy Friendly Eat’s at Magic Kingdom
There are a few places that seem to consistently offer safe food- we all know that this depends on Chef’s and Menu’s but when a cast member runs a tight ship- it shows.
Since I go monthly (minus some of 2020 because… 2020)
For Quick Service I highly recommend Peco Bills and Pinocchio Haus. These two quick serve have quite a number of good options for the top 9 allergens.
At these two places you can get food that generally accommodates the top allergens without much issue. Just gluten free folks will likely enjoy Columbia Harbor House, and we have decent luck at Cosmic Ray’s (tho soy oil is an issue there).
If you are just dairy or just gluten or just peanut, Casey’s Corner can be a good option. They do not have an allergen menu (you can see all the quick service options across the parks that do have an allergen menu)
Table Service gives you some more allergy friendly options.
Tony’s Town Square is a great 1-1 allergy vs. non-allergy restaurant in that you and your party can get identical meals without telling much about who has the allergy and who doesn’t! I love when these kind of options come together- and Tony’s also has dessert options for all of the top 9 allergens making this a nice place to enjoy a family meal without being worried about accommodating everyone.
we LOVE Jungle Skipper Canteen with it’s unique cast members and lots of great food for all of us that are free from! It’s got items like steak, fish, and plant based protein, plus it’s one of the few locations that has appetizers (soup for those that are top 8 free) that most people can have!
Liberty Tavern is an ok option, but it would not be my first choice. In the late afternoon and for dinner they do a family style buffet and the Chef refused to come out and speak with me- so I was left with half a large tray of food I couldn’t eat and absolutely no food for my son who was with me. If you want to eat here just go in very prepared.
Another Ok option is the Plaza Inn. They can easily accommodate the most common allergens (and the views of the castle are superb!) however, they are very much a Burger and Fries place with no dedicated allergen fryer. Thankfully the diced potatoes are delicious! Grab a reservation here during one of the showtimes so you can see the fire works- and it feels up fast because of how limited seating is inside! (OH and bottomless milkshakes for those that can have dairy! if you want a gluten and dairy free milkshake, head to SciFi dinner for their soy based milkshake)
I was NOT impressed with the dinner at Be our Guest as it is a signature Character meal but it left a lot to be missed, but lunch and breakfast are pretty nice in this beautiful castle. I’d recommend breakfast because you can get into the park earlier and still enjoy the ambiance and the nice pictures. The room to the far left is my favorite (the rose room) but the middle room is nice. If you have a Belle fan, get the room to the right.
Speaking of Character Dining, Disney World has two other options for meals (besides BOG). My favorite of the two would be Crystal Palace with Pooh and Friends. It is a buffet but you can get your plate from the back when you speak with a chef to avoid cross contamination. The Royal Table is a signature meal know for meeting the Princesses, so your paying for more than just food. Don’t expect to be super impressed and you’ll have a great time!
Food Allergy Desserts and Free From Snacks
For dessert, you’ll find a lot of the same options. There’s no gluten free cone (and forget the Starbucks for allergy friendly treats but they do ok with drinks!) but you can find regular ice cream, dairy-free Tofutti (rice dream is gone) and raspberry sorbet at the Plaza Ice Cream Shop.
I’ve checked a few times this year and they haven’t had enjoy life cookies for “mickey ears” but they used to. Instead head over to the Main Street Confectionary and purchase a ton of Enjoy Life Products. These are safe for the top 14 allergens.
The easiest snacks would be shellfish/fish free, then gluten free and then peanut/treenut free . Soy is the hardest one here (but you already knew that if you deal with soy!) and Dairy can be hit or miss because of the cross contamination / may contain.
I always recommend bringing a few snacks in with you to help with the hunger pains- but don’t be ashamed to stock up on minute maid frozen lemonades (safe for most top 9), popcorn (contains only corn and coconut ) and turkey legs (sometimes contains dairy or gluten)
There are LOTS of carts and kiosks and stands around the parks where you can get prepackaged goods, like at the Liberty Market (they have a lot actually!) and the popcorn which is safe for most people (excluding corn and coconut oil.)
Ask to see an allergen binder at these stands/carts and see if you feel comfortable eating there! And like I mentioned above, hopping on the monorail for a safe meal is always an option!
The Lefou Brew (modified to avoid food allergens) is a pretty popular and satisfactory treat. Bonus: Gaston’s Tavern also sells fruit, prepackaged cheese, and other little snacks to go!
Special Events at Magic Kingdom and Food Allergies!
There’s lots of great events that happen at the Magic Kingdom through the year, but the holidays are some of the best festivities you’ll see!
At Halloween time, prepare to be spooked with this hard ticket event, Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party. Check out this allergy friendly guide to Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party to see if you’d enjoy getting your own teal mickey bag and trick r treating.
For the Holidays, Disney does a Hard Ticket event called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas. This event typically only has apple juice and enjoy life cookies for those with food allergies, but I hope they add more in the future.
Christmas at Disney World is one of my favorite times to visit! There’s so many reasons a Christmas celebration is the best time of year.
Can you bring your own food into Magic Kingdom?
Yes you can bring your own food inside Magic Kingdom! We always bring snacks in and I’ve known other families to bring in entire meals. Disney does limit things by not allowing glass, things that need to be heated (minus baby food) and no loose ice or large hard sided coolers. I’d recommend an insulated backpack and grab a locker to keep your food out of the hot Florida Sun.
How do I find Menus For Magic Kingdom?
The quickest and easiest way to find menus is to use the My Disney App, however, most of them do not include the menu for food allergies! On my site you’ll find links to reviews + menus + our experience with food allergies at each location.
I’m sure there’s something I left out (and please leave a comment below!) but overall, dining with food allergies at Disney World is not only doable- it’s also enjoyable. You can also head to Universal Orlando , Legoland Orlando , and Seaworld Orlando with food allergies!