Soy Allergies (or Soya Allergies) are sometimes hard to manage in real life, and it seems like it would be hard to manage on vacation!
But Disney World is my go to place for a Soy protein allergy for myself, and all forms soy for one of my kids (soy protein, soy lethicin, soy oil!).
There’s so much to share with you, and I don’t want you to get overwhelmed! Bookmark this page to come back to it, and connect with me on social media to see more about how I manage a Soy allergy in Disney.
Do Mickey Pretzels have Soy?
No. Mickey Pretzels do not have Soy currently. You can ask to see ingredients in person before ordering to confirm!
Does Disney Dole Whip have Soy?
No. Dole Whip doesn’t have active Soy, though some people may react to soy derivatives of mono & diglycerides. You can ask to see ingredients in person before ordering to confirm!
⭐ If this is your First Time to Disney World, you’ll want all the insider tips and done for you plans found in the Food Allergies at Disney World Made Easy Guide
***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.***
Soy Free at Disney- It’s actually Soy Friendly- and it’s confusing
One of the things talked about in the Disney World Food Allergy FAQ, is that Disney has strict disclaimers in place. Because of these strict disclaimers, Disney labels everything ‘Friendly’ and they are not very consistent.
So that means that we still need to do the whole allergy song and dance, ask about procedures, ask about brands, and ask how items are made. Disney does not include ‘may contain’ statements in their allergy menus, and they’ve been known to make mistakes with labeling.
I would highly recommend you talk to Disney Staff at every location and check ingredients to make sure there is no soy, or hidden soy, in the product. Ask about cross contact, shared fryers, and how it’s made.
➡️ 🚩For Soy Allergies in particular, some menus include all forms soy, and some only include Soy Protein. This changes based on the location, it’s very confusing, and it means that you must always double check items.
You should bring snacks just in case, and there’s some other things to consider packing for a safe allergy trip.
Top Three Restaurants for Soy Free
While there are a lot of restaurants to choose from (and many that are really good for you!) there are some I would recommend over others and then ones I’d skip. For the current list of ones to skip, check the Restaurant Skip List.
I did not list any third party restaurants (they are officially called ‘Operating Participants‘) here, only those owned by Disney. While many third party locations have great allergy procedures in place, they vary by location and some are no better than your restaurant’s back home.
My top three favorite locations for lots of Soy Free options (including a dessert) would be:
- Coral Reef at EPCOT
- Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios
- The Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom
These locations are all table service locations, and table service locations do typically require a reservation and cost more. You can find great soy free options at Quick Serve Locations too!
For Soy Free Quick Serve, I recommend:
- Regal Eagle at EPCOT
- Peco Bills at Magic Kingdom
- Satuli Canteen at Animal Kingdom
There are a lot more options than that, and many can find something to share with you. Please don’t think you can *only* go to those locations listed above- those are just my favorites after reviewing and checking procedures on the restaurants at Disney World. You can click around on Disney’s Site, as many of the options have allergy menus (but not all!)
Mobile Order with Soy Allergy
In 2020, Disney World introduced Mobile Order, and shortly after brought Allergy Mobile Order to the table.
It’s a nifty addition, BUT, it is not a very safe addition especially as the Soy allergy menu is so inconsistent. (Sometimes it includes all forms soy, other times only soy protein and leaves off soy oil and soy lethicin)
Mobile order is great for a minor restriction, but not for moderate or severe allergies. There’s a few reasons why it’s not so good. For one, you can only choose one allergen, which means it’s not an option for people with multiple food allergies. For two, the allergy menus can sometimes be wrong (about 1 out of every 30 times is my experience) and you need to double check ingredients to be sure. For three, Mobile Ordering does not take into account ‘may contain’ or ‘shared facility’ statements. If you aren’t comfortable with those, please speak with someone to check products.
You can mobile order safely by selecting what you’d like, and then asking to speak to ‘someone’ (generally a coordinator) before placing your order! Then when your order is ready, just double confirm that it’s for your allergy.
Character Meals with a Soy Allergy
You can still eat at Character Meals with a Soy Allergy 🥳
Many of the below options are buffet style. You can still eat safely at a buffet at Disney World, learn more about buffets here.
Each of the Character Restaurants has an allergy menu (and you can see all the soy free character reviews and allergy menus here), and then you talk to a Chef or Manager about the best options for you. I do recommend getting all items prepared by the Chef to avoid cross contact.
But not all Character Meals are worth it, and I don’t recommend a few of them for Soy Allergies. Tusker House lunch and dinner was hard to navigate, and Cape May Cafe isn’t at the top of the list either.
Popular Soy Free Snacks
There are a lot of snacks at Disney World, and some could argue that the main point of a Disney vacation is the ride, entertainment and fun eats!
At Disney World, these are the most popular Soy Protein Free Snacks.
- Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
- Dole Whip
- Cotton Candy
- Some Snacks with Character Line
At Disney World, these are the most popular All Forms Soy Free Snacks (this includes soy derivatives like mono and diglycerides and veggie oils)
- Mickey Pretzel
- Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade Ice
- Some Snacks with Character Line
If you want a full list of snacks for quick planning with all top 8 allergens listed (or quick change of plans on vacation!) grab the Touring Plan with Snack Guide.
Soy Free Disney Wrap Up
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