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10 Best Meals for a Gluten-Free Diet at Walt Disney World

If you’ve never been to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you may be surprised to discover that anyone can visit the parks and have a great time—even those with food allergies and sensitivities. Disney World chefs are great at catering to a wide-range of food allergies including wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, dairy and more. But if you live with a gluten sensitivity or allergy, you know how daunting it can be to make sure no part of what you’re eating has gluten—including sauces and spices, which can be really stressful! But I’ve seen first-hand the amazing job Disney does for Guests who need to avoid gluten. My best friend and I are about to embark on our third trip together (with our families), and every time she’s needed gluten-free alternatives, not only are the chefs pleasant and helpful, but sometimes the food they bring on her platter looks more tempting than what’s on mine! So if you’re planning a trip to Disney World, but you’re worried that there won’t be enough gluten-free options for you to enjoy, take a look at this list of some of the gluten-free meals at Disney. (This list is by no means exhaustive or extensive, and there is a myriad of other gluten-free options in the parks. Remember, when in doubt, ask for a chef, and a Cast Member will gladly ask one of the chefs in the kitchen to come out and answer your questions!)

 

 

1. Splitsville – Disney Springs

The Turkey BLT Salad at Splitsville not only makes a great pre- or post-bowling meal; it’s also gluten-free. Enjoy roasted turkey with avocado, tomatoes, bacon, red onion and bleu cheese, all on a bed of leafy green lettuce. You won’t miss a thing!

2. 50s Prime Time Café – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Head back in time and enjoy all the comforts of home cooking when you visit the 50s Prime Time Café at Hollywood Studios. They’ve got something amazing for those sensitive to gluten—Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie. It’s a generous portion, and is chock full of mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions and peas, just like Grandma used to make it! Other options include Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop with Gouda cheese and apples served with roasted potatoes and carrots. And if you’re looking for a great salad, try the Chicken Caesar Salad!

3. Liberty Tree Tavern – Magic Kingdom

At Liberty Tree Tavern, you can eat everyday like it’s Thanksgiving! For starters, there’s the Declaration Salad full of veggies. And then comes the feast! Guests with a gluten sensitivity can enjoy the roast beef, roast turkey and seasonal vegetables. And Liberty Tree also serves gluten-free gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes! It’s not too often that you find great gluten-free stuffing, and theirs is very good! For dessert, you can choose to enjoy fresh fruit or sorbet (or maybe both!)

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4. Yak & Yeti – Animal Kingdom

Yak & Yeti restaurant is one of Guests’ most favorite places to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And if you have a gluten sensitivity, it may become one of your favorites too! As an appetizer, enjoy the lettuce cups filled with chicken breast, chopped vegetables and Tamari sauce. For your meal, choose from many options, including the Kale and Red Quinoa Salad with cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette. Have yours with grilled cilantro-lime chicken or seared cilantro-lime shrimp. Or you can enjoy the Atlantic Salmon with garlic ginger butter, Jasmine or brown rice and steamed seasonal vegetables. Yak & Yeti is a great place to have a great gluten-free meal!

5. Akershus – Epcot

There are lots of options for your meal at Akershus in the Norway pavilion at Epcot! Make a meal of the Airline Chicken Breasts with roasted or mashed potatoes. As your sides, you can also enjoy asparagus, carrots and corn. During the lunch and dinner meals, there is a cold appetizer buffet offering such options as seafood, Norwegian cheeses and cured meats. If you’re concerned about seasonings and spices, be sure to ask for a Chef, who will be happy to talk with you about your options, answer your questions and help you enjoy the best meal ever at Akershus!

6. Le Cellier – Epcot

If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free meal to enjoy while you’re visiting the World Showcase at Epcot, you’ll want to book a dining reservation at Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada pavilion. How’s this for a great meal—try the Sweet and Spicy Pork Belly with apple kimchee as an appetizer, and either the Black Angus Rib-Eye with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts or the Le Cellier Filet Mignon with mushroom risotto and asparagus-tomato relish as an entrée. And for dessert, try the Maple Crème Brulee or the Camembert Cheesecake. I don’t know if I could do much walking around the World Showcase promenade after such a meal!

7. Flame Tree BBQ – Animal Kingdom

If you’re avoiding gluten but love great barbecue, stop by Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree BBQ at Discovery Island. Enjoy BBQ ribs or BBQ chicken and coleslaw. They even have gluten-free brownies!

8. Restaurantosaurus – Animal Kingdom

This fun quick-service restaurant at Dinoland U.S.A. at Animal Kingdom will have you excited about your next fossil find! But you won’t have to search long to find some great gluten-free menu items! The restaurant serves gluten-free buns with their burgers on request, so don’t hold back—order the Angus-Bacon Cheeseburger on a gluten-free bun, and then choose either applesauce or French fries as your side. If you’re looking for a healthier gluten-free meal, order the mixed green salad with roasted chicken. Wow! Who knew eating gluten-free could still be so enjoyable?

9. Backlot Express – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can sit back and enjoy your meal while looking at a treasure trove of movie props at the Backlot Express restaurant. This quick-service eatery offers several things for Guests who are sensitive to gluten. There’s an all-beef hot dog served on a gluten-free bun, an angus cheeseburger on a gluten-free bun and the Galactic Chicken Salad. (You’ll need to request the GF buns.) For dessert, try the gluten-free brownie or gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

10. Fairfax Fare – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At Fairfax Fare at Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy lunch or dinner with menu items like an all-beef hot dog on a gluten-free Udi’s bun, the taco salad without the chili or even smoked chicken with coleslaw. There are other options as well, and a Cast Member is always willing and able to help you with any questions you may have about the menu items.

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.