Walt Disney World serves up magical vacations for everyone ~ even those of us with gluten allergies. The meals, snacks, and treats I was able to enjoy were absolutely delicious. I never once felt deprived of any of the yummy goodness Disney has to offer on a daily basis.
My first gluten free trip to Walt Disney World was shared with a friend, Jennifer, who has a gluten intolerance as well. We were on the Disney Dining Plan, which includes one quick service meal, one table service meal, and one snack per day. I am so excited to share with you all of the delicious cuisine we got to sample while we were there last week.
Let’s start with quick service, shall we? Walt Disney World offers more than your typical amusement park fare. You can get your chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and hamburgers if you prefer that; but there is so much more to experience if your taste buds long for more!
Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom is a table service restaurant at dinner, but quick service at lunch. The venue is gorgeous, with three Beauty and the Beast themed dining rooms. At Be Our Guest (BOG), you will get a lot of bang for your quick service buck, for sure. We did not have to ask for a special menu at BOG, as there were several tasty gluten free options on the normal menu.
Tuna Nicoise Salad
*I am unsure if the Braised Pork is completely gluten free. It may have a bit of flour in the gravy.
The dessert was the star of the show at Be Our Guest. This pastry is completely gluten free, and fantastic. I present to you the Lemon Raspberry Cream Puff.
Next, we have lunch from Flametree BBQ in Animal Kingdom.
This Chicken and Ribs platter came with a wedge of Jalepeno Cornbread. I was unsure if it was made with some flour, so I passed on it. Again, at Flametree you can get a lot of bang for your quick service buck.
On our Epcot day, Jennifer and I decided to share lunch plates from two different locations in World Showcase. Our first stop was Morocco at the Tangierine Cafe. We shared the Gluten Free Chicken Shawarma Platter. As you can see, there was plenty to share!
We stopped in France for a special treat, which I will share with you in a bit. After strolling through The American Adventure to listen to the Voices of Liberty and watch the show, we moved on to Mexico where we indulged in a big pile of nachos at La Cantina de San Angel.
At Hollywood Studios , Jennifer chose to enjoy a typical amusement park favorite at Rosie’s All-American Cafe.
DIStracted Tip! You can request a gluten free menu at any of the Walt Disney World restaurants. You never know what surprises await you, like a gluten free hamburger bun!
Now, if your taste buds are not tingling enough already, let’s move on to our table service selections!
We had the privilege of dining family style at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. Admittedly, I was not very excited about this particular dinner. Liberty Tree serves a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and it is just not one of my favorite meals, except on Thanksgiving. I will say right now, this was my most pleasant dining surprise all week. It was such a truly scrumptious meal!
Did you see that picture of DINNER ROLLS? That was the best surprise ever! Gluten free breads are not always very tasty. Fresh, hot, and soft gluten free rolls are as rare and hard to find as some of our favorite characters of yester-year at Walt Disney World.
Next, we taste the exotic flavors offered at the Yak & Yeti restaurant in Animal Kingdom. This has long been one of my all time favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World. I was anxious to see if I would still feel that way after trying the gluten free options. The answer is a resounding YES!
Jennifer and I did “cheat” a bit on dessert. We could not stop ourselves from indulging in the famous Fried Wantons ~ these do contain gluten!
Now we journey to our most memorable gluten free dining experience, Chef Mickey’s for brunch. We were greeted by Sous Chef Michael. He walked us around the entire buffet, letting us know what was safe for us to eat, and what was not. He then asked if we had any requests for specific dishes he could go into the kitchen to make for us. We both wanted Mickey Waffles, and Jennifer requested a special omelette.
There were PLENTY of gluten free options on the buffet as well.
Desserts were a bit of a disappointment here. The chef kindly walked us over to the table filled with colorful pastries and treats, and sadly told us, “They are not as good as they look, I promise.” I did get to enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with a warm blueberry sauce.
Chef Michael was so phenomenal, we wanted to get our picture made with him.
He also shared his business card with me when I told him I would be writing an article on this wonderful experience.
Next we move on to Hollywood Studios, where we dined at 50’s Prime Time Cafe. This lunch was not only delicious, it was also FUN!
Jennifer was celebrating her birthday on this day. So, dessert came with candles and a sing-along from the entire dining room.
I had the gluten free Smores dessert, and I got a special surprise with mine as well.
This is what may happen if you do not finish your veggies at 50’s Prime Time Cafe!
Finally, I will show you some wonderful gluten free snacks and treats that can be had while you visit Walt Disney World, including some beautiful and delectable macaroons from the France Pavilion in Epcot.
As you can see, Walt Disney World is a perfect place to vacation and enjoy delicious cuisine, even when you have food allergies.
The Cast Members were all very accommodating. We were treated with kindness and respect at every turn. Do you have allergies other than gluten to consider? This wonderful article from another one of our fantastic Magical DIStractions writers is chock full of relevant food allergy information.
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Kathy Miller says
Awesome article Connie…enjoyable & very informative. It’s made me hungry!