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.