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This question comes from Arnold, who asks: “What Walt Disney World restaurants are best for gluten free diets?
Arnold, thanks for your question and for reading Chip and Co. I also want to apologize for taking so long to answer this question, but I wanted to give it the time it deserves. The good news is that with a little planning, it’s very easy to follow a gluten-free diet at Disney World. In fact, Disney World is a very accommodating place for anyone on a special diet. Table service restaurants should give you no problem at all, but counter service locations can be a bit more problematic. Let’s start with table service first.
You can look at menus ahead of time to determine whether or not something on the menu fits your needs; two sites we like with frequently updated menus are WDWInfo and AllEars. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on the menu; even on short notice, the chef can whip up a gluten-free dish, but for added comfort, make note of food allergies when you make your advanced dining reservation (ADR). You can also call Disney’s hotline for special diets at 407-824-5967 or email at WDW.Special.Diets@disney.com and request a special diet worksheet. Fill it out and fax or email it back. Call again 72 hours before your ADR. Almost all restaurants can substitute gluten-free pasta for wheat pasta in a dish that’s already on the menu or the chef can prepare something especially for you. At buffets, the chef or a cast member will personally take you around the buffet and let you know what is safe for you to eat. Whether you go through the above steps or simply try to “wing it”, make sure you tell your server about your needs so that she can alert the kitchen to avoid contamination of your food.
I know that cross-contamination can be a big issue when eating in restaurants, but I haven’t heard any reports of people getting sick from ingesting gluten at Disney. When I called Disney to discuss how they handle the issue of cross-contamination, they assured me that Disney chefs are trained to avoid contamination of knives, cutting boards, etc., with wheat. Disney takes steps to avoid cross contamination beyond the kitchen: Your meal will be brought out separate from the other guests at your table to further reduce the risk.
Almost all counter service restaurants have gluten-free options. Most often a gluten-free bun can be substituted for a wheat bun. Veggie burgers and hot dogs are gluten free. You can even get gluten-free chicken nuggets at Backlot Express in Hollywood Studios. I won’t tell you that the bun you get with your sandwich is going to be just like a wheat bun or that the gluten-free brownie or cookie is going to the stuff of your dreams, but it’s all very acceptable. Check out this post on The Mouse for Less for lots of great information and recommendations on counter-service and table-service options.
You can find gluten-free packaged cookies and snacks in resort gift shops, but the variety is limited. If you’re worried about finding what you like and particularly if you’ll be staying somewhere with a refrigerator or full-kitchen, you may want to do some shopping off site. Super Target has a limited but very well-priced supply of gluten-free items. There’s a Whole Foods near Universal that has just about everything you could want. I generally find the prices comparable to Publix. If you don’t have a vehicle, consider using a grocery delivery service. We Go Shop will shop where you ask them for a small fee and they are a very reliable company.
Good luck. I hope this helps.
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This yummy article comes to us from Disney Parks Blog:
Our teams have been hard at work in the kitchen coming up with new and innovative summer treats, just for you. From sweet and sour, to candies, cookies, apples and more … here’s a glimpse of what’s “in store” for you during the month of July and tips on where you can find them.
July 1: Sinfully delicious Key Lime Tarts (available during the month of July)
July 2 – 3 only: Old fashioned Candy Sticks (available in two flavors: Peppermint and Butterscotch)
July 5: Celebrate with our 55th Anniversary Cupcakes (available for a limited time)
July 9 – 14: Step up to the plate and grab a Baseball themed Mickey Mouse apple.
July 17: 55th Anniversary Candy Apple themed to Bandleader Mickey
Special fun facts about our hand-made Old Fashioned Candy Sticks…
- The candy sticks are based on those made and carried at the park in 1986.
- The candy sticks are hand-made by our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers.
- The candy sticks are made in a similar fashion to the Candy Canes that are made during the holidays but have a slightly different shaping routine at the end of the process.
- Peppermint and butterscotch are two of the most popular flavors of candy sticks among Guests.
Don’t miss out on these candy sticks. They’ll only be available July 2nd and 3rd at Candy Palace. Or if you’re looking for some of the other delectable treats that I’ve mentioned above then stop by some of our other candy kitchen locations throughout the Resort.
One of my favorite things to do in a Disney park has nothing to do with visiting the attractions or seeing shows. It’s having a table service meal. I love the ability to get out of the elements and relax and turn down the volume for a bit, all while enjoying a good meal. There’s something about a restaurant experience in a Disney park setting that makes it extra special, regardless of what you happen to be eating. Of course, a big part of that is the theming, which continues the story from the attractions right down to something we can all appreciate: The food. Today I’m going to look at the Magic Kingdom’s four and a half casual dining restaurants (which does not include the biggie, Cinderella’s Royal Table). Here they are, in no particular order.
The always-popular Crystal Palace is located just off Main Street as you go to the left woard Adventureland. I’ve made no secret that I’m not a huge fan of buffets, mainly because as a mom I feel I do enough running around at meal times, but I think Disney buffets are a step or two above what you’ll find elsewhere and they warrant a visit. Breakfast here is pretty standard fare, filling and good. You’ll find plenty of high-calories treats (alas, no Mickey waffles) mixed in with healthy options like fruit and cereal. Lunch is varied. You’ll find roasted meats, veggies, pastas, and salads. One thing I liked for picky eaters (my oldest child) was that they had everything you could ask for to make a sandwich, so worst case scenario, they’re going to have something to eat. As it turned out, my kids loved the food there. The desserts also warrant mention; they’re really good, some of them as good as you’d find in a signature restaurant.
In general, everything at Crystal Palace is fresh and the proper temperature and like all Disney buffets, it has a quick turn around. The food is filling and the variety is impressive. For those on special diets, this place is a plus: There’s literally something for everyone and if you need hlep finding something that fits your needs, just ask. This is also one of the best character meals in Disney World, where you’ll find Pooh and friends in attendance. The restaurant is filled with light and can be crowded and loud, but it’s always cool–a nice break on a hot day.
Panna cotta from Tony’s Town Square, courtesy of The Daily Disney.
I’ll be honest, I’ve heard a lot of complaints about Tony’s Town Square and I wholeheartedly agree with one of them: This restaurant should be a showplace. The location, right as you come in the Magic Kingdom, is ideal. There’s even a small amount of seating where you can watch the parades. The food? Well, the food can be hit and miss. If you’re Mom’s Itailian, you might be disappointed. Stick with simple fare like sandwiches and salads and you’ll have a decent meal in one of the oldest restaurants on site.
Plaza photo copyright Solarius.
While the Plaza has a limited menu, the sandwiches and old-fashioned ice cream treats hit the spot. I especially like the Banana Split–I mean, how often do you see a banana split on the menu anymore? There’s also a good vegetarian sandwich. It’s location right off Main Street on your way to Tomorrowland means it stays crowded, but don’t hesitate to try to get a walk-up if you don’t have an ADR; it happens. Prices are just slightly higher than counter service options elsewhere.
Okay, so you’re probably wondering where the “half” comes in. Well wonder no more, my friend. During busier times of the year Disney opens The Diamond Horseshoe, located between Frontierland and Liberty Square, as a table-service restaurant in a space that’s normally used for private functions. The theming is just so-so, but if you’re looking for decent food in a sit-down environment, this buffet featuring home-style, American classics from the same kitchen as Liberty Tree Tavern, will fit the bill. If you want to read more about it, check out this post on The Disney Food Blog. The Diamond Horseshoe does not accept the Disney dining plan.
You can easily get an advanced dining reservation for any of these restaurants at the 180-day mark. The only one you’ll have actual difficulty getting a few months out is Crystal Palace which, because it’s a character meal, fills up very quickly. Holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, will fill up very quickly. This is particularly true at Liberty Tree Tavern. If you want to eat a Christmas eve or day dinner in the Magic Kingdom, make your ADRs when they become available. Finally,all of these restaurants but The Diamond Horseshoe are one table service credit. If you’re paying out of pocket, you’ll find prices similar to an Applebees or Olive Garden.
Good luck and happy eating.
The Diamond Horseshoe photo copyright Walt Disney Company.
Where is it? Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort, Walt Disney World
What is it? Everything including the kitchen sink!
Why you want it? There is something for everyone. Loaded with all your favorite Ice Cream flavors and every dessert topping they have available!
Photo Credit: by sanctumsolitude via Flickr
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This Article comes to us from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel:
Let’s face it. Today, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollars. Doug I. of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel knows exactly where to go to feed his hungry princesses and which places won’t break his piggy bank. Here’s the list:
1. Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Enjoy a quick service meal with table service ambiance.
2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe at Magic Kingdom Park – Start with a burger and add veggies, etc. at the fixin’s bar to make it into a great meal.
3. Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – It’s an amazing buffet at a lower price. The characters at breakfast make it an even better deal!
4. Tangierine Cafe at Epcot – It may be more expensive than most quick service locations, but the more complete meals featured here make this like a table service restaurant without the added expense of tipping.
5. Snackapalooza at Epcot – Who says you have to go to a restaurant to eat? Grab little bites to share with each other as you walk around the Epcot World Showcase and feast on a global menu and try new things you have never eaten before.
Do you have any to share? Please let us know in the comments.