When the moon hits your eyes like a big pizza pie… that’s amore!
And we love some Italian options, sprinkled with Lady and the Tramp candore, so it’s amore for us as we enjoy a gluten free and allergy friendly meal at Tony’s in the Magic Kingdom!
Tony’s is one of our frequent stops, especially when we come to MK. It’s got a great laid back atmosphere, reasonably priced items, and lot’s of food to choose from! While it didn;t make our top 10 list of recommendations for those with food allergies, it’s definitely in the top 15!
And for those of you wondering about other options, check out the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Food Allergies at Disney World!
Plus, it’s lady and the tramp themed. I don’t know about you. But I think most (if not all) of the restaurants and eateries at Disney should have some Disney theming. It’s part of the magic! And Tony’s brings the magic. It’s so cute!
There’s some other fun options at Magic Kingdom if you want a Sit Down Options. This jungle cruise inspired restaurant is a great allergy friendly sit down, and this hybrid option is a fun quick serve with beautiful views!
Questions about Magic Kingdom and Food Allergies? We’ve got you covered with this post of Epic proportions that covers all things Food Allergy at Magic Kingdom!
Table of Contents
Precautions and things you should know (plus reservation tips!)
***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.***
Where’s Tony’s located
Right at the front of MK.
Literally. I love it.
Walk inside and it’s on your right, in the same building that you can meet Mickey and Tinkerbell. It’s perfect for a meal when you first get to the park, or when your ready to meet mickey (I love a reservation at Tony’s followed by a fast pass to see Mickey. lots of a/c and a nice break in your day!)
We also like to head here about an hour before the night time show, or the parade, so that way we can finish up our meal and come right outside to enjoy the festivities on main street! This can also be done at Crystal Palace, just plan your meal about 1.5 hours before whatever event you want to see (fireworks, parade, show) and then come out of the restaurant and go write to the festivities.
The atmosphere is super cute. It’s very themed without going overboard- you know right where you’re at but you aren’t nauseated by cheap thememing and overthetop imagineering.
ADA friendliness and important notes
The restaurant itself is very easy to get to. There’s a ramp to the right hand side of the building, wide open doors and lots of tables if you need to use a mobility device. It is located inside of another building, so the wait area is more of a shared space.
Lighting is low key, and it’s noisy but not too loud. It’s also has two sections, so you can always asked to be moved it it’s too much.
The restrooms are located in the waiting area, directly outside the entrance to the restaurant. There are three stalls, so it’s a tight turn if you need some space. There are large easily accessible restrooms directly across from the Town Square building by the Guest Services with lots of turning room. Those are preferred if you don’t like tight corners in your mobility device.
What’s Special There?
It’s not character dining, but it is Lady and the Tramp themed. They also have a good selection of desserts- so that’s nice. (and you can peep my top gluten free sweets at Disney World if you’ve got a hankering for some treats.
But what’s really special, at least to me, is the ability to have a ‘normal’ dinner. If you are eating with others in your party that dont have allergies- Tony’s is one of the few places thats really apples to apples.
It’s fun because the kids don’t realize that their noodles are different from anyone else’s. They get bread just like other people do, and dessert IS an option (when many places it can’t even be mention because nothing is safe or it’s just enjoy life cookies).
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.
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. Find out more about what procedures to expect by checking out the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Food Allergies at Disney World!
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.
Making a Reservation- How to do this with food allergies
Making a reservation is easier than ever with the MyDisney App, but you can still make a reservation on your desktop computer or over the phone for very large parties or Kosher/Halal meals.
When you go to make your digital reservation, simply select that you have special accommodations, and pick the allergens you avoid to let the Host know to mark your ticket.
If you want to make a reservation in person, walk up to the desk and ask about Times! Tony’s has a lot of availability when there isn’t a parade or during Cinderella hour (12 pm lunch time is always a mad rush!)
Is Tony’s Town Square on the Dining Plan?
Tony’s is on the Dining Plan! This is one Table Service Credit- though I would recommend saving those for the Character Meals if you want the most bang for your buck.
Tony’s also offers Annual Passholder Discounts and DVC member Discounts.
Tony’s Town Square Menu Options
The food offerings at Tony’s are pretty comparable to other Italian Restaurants. Not quite an Olive Garden Spin, but certainly a traditional Italian Eatery that has some good options with bread and pasta sauce.
There’s lots of pasta options, and several non pasta options. You can get things like Grilled Chicken, Buttered Noodles, Pizza, Roman Style Steak, and Scampi Shrimp Pasta.
You can also select a plant based offering with Impossible Meatballs (good for those with milk, egg, fish/shellfish and treenut/peanut allergies) or go big with a Caprese Salad!
Curious about non food allergy options? Check the latest menu on Disney’s Website.
Tony’s Town Square Allergy Friendly Menu Options
The cool thing about food allergies at Magic Kingdom is that you have a lot of options, and Tony’s definitely has a full allergen menu!
Some Favorites include the Roman Style Steak, safe as is for all top 8 allergens.
The Rice Past Noodles with Sweet Italian Sausage, safe for all top 8 allergens.
And the Grilled Chicken with Potatoes safe for all the Top Allergens!
Gluten free Tony’s Town Square options include delicious eats like Mac and Cheese, Chicken Caesar Salad and Grilled Chicken Parmigiana. Where Dairy Free Tony’s options are easy to make as you can remove the cheese on the meals (since very little is baked and mostly all whole foods)
Soy free at Tony’s is a little harder to navigate with a few options off limits, but there’s at least six options on the allergen menu to accommodate soy free and Chef’s are very aware of all forms of soy.
Tony’s Town Square Dessert
There are a couple of great options for dessert and it all depends on your allergens.
There’s sorbet and gelato- good for most allergens.
For Gluten Free Eaters, there’s the chocolate hazelnut cake!
For Peanut and Treenut, plus Shellfish and Fish, there’s cupcakes!
No matter what you decide (or if you head over to grab a fun sugary drink safe for the top 9 allergens with a souvenir mug!) you’ll be so full by dessert you’ll need to snooze on the hub grass and ride around tomorrowland on the People Mover so you aren’t miserable!
Our Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Review of Tony’s and pictures of what we ate
Many of these reviews it’s our first time eating at a restaurant, especially since there’s so many choices at Disney world. But when it comes to Tony’s, thats a different story.
We’ve been to tony’s many times and it’s in one of our top 5 places to eat at Disney World Resorts. Seriously. Don’t sleep on the awesomeness (and really, normal-ness) of some good Italian options in the most magical place on earth!
For starters, you are served allergy friendly rolls. You’ll find these all over Disney parks (seriously, just ask. They more than likely have them at many of the restaurants you visit!) And we love these when they are served in plastic. I know there’s no way to have cross contamination, and they seem softer. We’ve had them served outside of the plastic and they were very hard.
Originally, these were the Ener-g rolls, but as of 2020, we’ve been updated to Bloomfield Farms.
Old Allergy Friendly Rolls:
New Allergy Friendly Rolls, Bloomfield Farms:
This time that we went, my husband grabbed the chicken parmigiana. This is seriously one of his all time favorite meals gluten free disney world meals. Even though it’s simple, this dish is hard to beat. It’s got a flavorful sauce, a good serving of veggies, and some very tasty cheese covered chicken.
I grabbed the Rice Noodles with Turkey Meatballs and sauce. I’m pretty sensitive to MSG, glutamates, histamines etc and the turkey meatballs were delicious with no reaction. WOOO. They went great with the allergy friendly bloomfield farms bread and I was totally stuffed!
For my daughter, they had several options but we just went with some cooked potatoes for her. We’ve done several of the kids options there, and they are all favorable. But this night we were there for the halloween party and I knew she would want to eat snacks and apple sauce, so I didn’t want to bother with a large plate for her. I talk more about Mickey’s not so scary halloween here, it’s a fun place for those who have allergies! But if you don’t want to go to the party and still want some halloween meet and greets, there’s Minnies Halloween Dine.
On another night we went with all the kiddos, and we grabbed a plate of kid’s rice noodle spagetti, and a plate of chicken with potatoes. These are both top 8 free options, and free from gluten , dairy, and soy as well as the other allergens.
We did get dessert. Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. God Bless America- it was DELICIOUS. so light and fluffy and cake like! And if you’ve been gluten free for awhile you know, it’s hard to find a good cake!
Tips for Ordering Food and The Allergy Menus
This time around we just used the allergy menus BUT this is because we are very comfortable (maybe too comfortable) with Tony’s and we know what our food is supposed to look like (only angel hair noodles- no bowties). The buns come prewrapped, the food comes with the allergy sticks, and we make sure our server knows that is is an allergy NOT a preference.
Here’s the allergy menus for you to check out! You can see them have a lot of options for the top 8.
This is the Updated Allergen Menu for 2020
Garden Salad, Caprese
Roman Style Steak , Spaghetti, Spaghetti with Impossible Meatballs, Chicken Caesar Salad, Scampi Pasta, Grilled Chicken Parmigiana
Entrees Options pre 2020 (leaving this up so you can ask about these options if you want to see if they can still make it!)
please note- it’s very very important you talk to a chef if your kids have allergies. There could be instances of “may contain” that aren’t listed on the menu. The chefs can double check ingredients and packages to make sure you get safe food.
Basically, Tony’s is a great fit for our allergy family. There’s some great gluten free options for the husband, dairy and gluten free for me, and top 8 options for the kids. Locals complain that it’s boring, but I really don’t care- since we know how great it is to have a safe and delicious allergy friendly meal on vacation! I’d love to hear if you’re planning to go there and how your meal went!