Top Ten Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants at Walt Disney World
More and more people are cutting gluten out of their diets. Some people do it because of gluten intolerance. Others just do not want to eat foods that are high in gluten. You might worry that eating gluten-free at Walt Disney World is difficult, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are plenty of delicious options all over Walt Disney World. Without the gluten, you won’t go hungry.
If you are making a dining reservation online, there is a place to include gluten-free under special dietary restrictions. If you make your reservation over the phone, mention it when you call. You also might want to call back 72 hours before your reservation, just to be on the safe side. If you are looking for a counter service meal, ask a cast member which items are made without gluten. You might want to go when the restaurant is not crowded to make sure that the staff gets your order right without holding up the line.
This list by no means offers the only places where you can find gluten-free foods. The choices here are meant to give you a variety of options, so I’ve tried to include a little bit of everything. There are a few places that go above and beyond, so they receive the top spots. Don’t let your gluten-free diet keep you from trying any restaurant at Walt Disney World. You will be happily surprised by the choices.
10) Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Downtown Disney, full service
What is nice about Raglan Road is that they understand that even a small amount of gluten can bother some people. They have a special gluten-free batter that they will use upon request. They will also cook your food in a different fryer, so there won’t be any gluten in the oil. Most fried items on the menu can be made without gluten, so you can enjoy fish and chips or onion rings without having to worry about the consequences. Even though Raglan Road is a pub, it is also family friendly.
9) The Wave… of American Flavors
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, full service
The Wave is a quick monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom, and it is a breath of fresh air! You’ll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and contemporary design, it is a far cry from the craziness of a theme park. You can order a gluten-free pizza here, or you might want to try a salad or stew. The menu changes from time to time so that the freshest produce can be used.
8) Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Disney’s Hollywood Studios, full service
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is more than just a restaurant, it is an experience. You will dine in “cars” under the “stars” while trailers for old science fiction movies play on a giant screen in the front. Sandwiches can be made with gluten-free bread, and the staff will try their hardest to accommodate your special dietary needs. You’ll have a great time at one of the most fun restaurants on Disney property, and you’ll have enjoyed a delicious meal as well.
7) Le Cellier Steakhouse
Epcot, full service
At Le Cellier you can start your meal with gluten-free rolls. From there you can enjoy salad, steak, and several other items. You might want to ask about the sauces before you try them because they might contain gluten. You can even end your meal with a refreshing seasonal sorbet.
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6) Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Magic Kingdom, counter service
At Pecos Bill you won’t leave hungry! The portions are large and the topping bar has plenty of choices. You can order a burger on a gluten-free bun and they sell gluten-free cookies that you can enjoy for dessert.
5) Coral Reef Restaurant
Epcot, full service
There are so many gluten-free choices at Coral Reef that you will have a hard time deciding. There are several different seafood options, or you might instead want to order the pork tenderloin. Make sure that you save room for dessert! You can enjoy gluten-free chocolate cake, butterscotch crème brulee, or even cookies. Coral Reef goes above and beyond to give you choices.
4) Crystal Palace
Magic Kingdom, character buffet
One quick tip about gluten-free dining at Walt Disney World buffets. Talk to a cast member about having your food brought directly from the kitchen. That way, you won’t have to worry that someone used the serving spoon in a dish that contains gluten and then put it in a gluten-free dish. Most of the buffet chefs are more than happy to accommodate special diets, and the staff at Crystal Palace will go out of their way to give you an enjoyable meal. If you’re there for breakfast you can still have Mickey waffles or pancakes. Lunch and dinner feature salads, vegetables, and meats that are prepared without gluten. They even have restaurant-made gluten-free brownies that you will love. A visit from Pooh and friends will add to your experience.
3) Gardens Kiosk
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, counter service
There are two reasons that you should stop by Gardens Kiosk. First, you can purchase gluten-free snacks there. Second, they can give you information on the gluten-free choices at any restaurant in the park. They have handouts that list the allergy friendly options at Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus. They also have information on the park’s other restaurants. You’ll be able to choose what you want before you arrive at a restaurant, and you won’t have to ask as many questions.
2) Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
Downtown Disney, counter service
This amazing bakery that features cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, and other sweet treats. The best part of all is that Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is gluten-free! You can enjoy delectable treats that you never thought that you’d be able to try on your vacation. The food is also vegan, kosher, and diabetic friendly, but you won’t think that anything is missing. It is located at The Landing, which was previously a part of Pleasure Island, facing The Boathouse restaurant.
1) Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Downtown Disney, full service
Splitsville goes above and beyond when it comes to gluten-free dining. Not only did Chef Patrick Steele and the staff add 16 gluten-free options to the menu in late 2013, the choices are marked with a “GF” symbol so you will not have to wonder what is what. You can try a rice bowl, pizza, sushi, or a turkey BLT salad. You won’t be eating dishes that just substitute one ingredient for another, these dishes were created to be gluten-free. There are gluten-free appetizers and entrees on the menu. You’ll enjoy the food so much that you’ll forget that you’re eating in a bowling alley.