The best part about going to Epcot is all of the fun and interesting things (especially when you go around the world) BUT it can be one of the harder parks to find some allergy free fare, especially if you want to do quick serve.
Thankfully, we’ve got the sunshine seasons quick serve- centrally located and it has good options for yummy and safe eats!
Where’s it located
Sunshine Seasons is located in The Land arena (it also houses the garden grill restaurant which we really like, Living with the land attraction (ada friendly) and Soarin ride)
This is a little tricky to get too. If you have a mobility decice you will need to go up a hill, inside, and then to the left where you can get on the elevator to go downstairs.
If you want to eat at the Garden Grill (which I highly recommend!!) you will stay on the top level (but you still have the outside climb to deal with.
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.
Please consider talking 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. If they have a risk of CC they tell you.
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.
You know those gut feelings that something isn’t right. Speak up! They have never (ok once at a quick serve place did a cashier give me grief) given me any problems.
What’s Special There?
I don’t think there’s anything really special there- at least for those that have allergy restrictions. Maybe they’ll have something fun soon!
Our Review and what we ate 🍲
We’ve eaten there many many times- in fact, I would say it’s the quick serve we frequent the most just because of how epcot is set up.
This time we grabbed Salmon and Rice for one meal, and then chicken with beans and rice for the other. Here’s the pictures of those.
Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus at Sunshine Seasons
Let’s look at the allergy menus- BUT please ask to speak to a chef,\ in case you want to ask if they can accommodate you, leave off an ingredient or find a work around for your allergy!
Also- they have a lot of prepackaged food at this location that I find especially helpful if we just want to get something without having to wait for a chef. This is also our “picnic restaurant” for when we are at Epcot. Whenever we bring in food, we stop here so that way we can grab a few snacks to supplement and we can sit in the a/c.
Do I need to speak with a chef? This is totally up to you! We tend to speak to a chef because some of our allergies can get complicated. Sometimes I want to check the allergy book for an ingredient list, or I want to ask for food from the back because of a high cross contamination risk.
With all of the changes coming to Epcot- Sunshine Seasons will be THE place to go to get allergy friendly food for quick service options. There are other places to eat (and other sit down restaurants) but many of those will be going through refurbishment or closing.