Walt Disney World is one of the most visited vacation destinations in the world, and its popularity increses every year, with the addition of new and exciting attractions and rides, new Disney Resorts, and many new magical adventures. The Disney Company is known for its attention to detail and making sure all their guests have a very memorable experience. This attention to detail includes Disney’s concern with guests who have food allergies or special dietary needs. In this regard, there are special menus and choices at most of their restaurants and kiosks around the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and the Disney Hotel Resorts. Listed below are 10 of the best gluten free (GF) foods and where you can find them.
1. Columbia Harbour House — Liberty Square — Magic Kingdom
This beautifully decorated quick service restaurant captures the atmosphere and charm of a Colonial American coastal village dining establishment. If you have a GF allergy, there are some delicious choices for your needs: grilled salmon with steamed broccoli, GF chicken tenders and GF french fries, and GF chocolate chip cookies.
2. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe’ — Tomorrowland — Magic Kingdom
This oversized space age quick service restaurant is filled with fast food from the future. Enjoy the food and the floor show put on by Sonny Eclipse, an animatronic alien who entertains the audience with his music and comedic stories. GF choices include a 1/3 pound Angus bacon cheeseburger on a GF bun, ½ rotisserie chicken served with GF French fries, green beans, or garlic mashed potatoes, and a GF brownie or chocolate chip cookie. Enjoy your meal and enjoy the show.
3. Pinocchio’s Village Haus — Fantasyland — Magic Kingdom
This cozy restaurant is fashioned after the popular Disney animated full length feature film, “Pinocchio”. If you’re really lucky, you’ll find a table by a viewing window looking over the loading area of the “It’s A Small World” attraction. Your GF choices include Amy’s rice macaroni and cheese, GF chicken tenders and French fries, or a pepperoni or cheese pizza on Udi’s GF crust. A Mediterranean salad with a Balsamic Vinaigerette dressing is also available. Dessert is the typical GF brownie or chocolate chip cookie.
4. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant — Main Street — Magic Kingdom
“Lady and the Tramp”, Disney’s full length animated feature film is the inspiration for the design and atmosphere of this Italian Bistro. Everywhere you look are articles and fixtures that look as if they came right out of the movie, including a beautiful life sized statue of Lady and Tramp. The GF menu is fantastic: grilled chicken Parmigiana topped with Mozzarella and House-made marinara on a bed of rice pasta, spaghetti (rice pasta spaghetti) with House-made marinara and turkey meatballs, shrimp scampi with sun dried tomatoes and asparagus tossed in a garlic sauce on a bed of rice pasta. For dessert, you can choose from chocolate Gelato, or flavored sorbet. Lady and Tramp will be glad you stopped by for lunch or dinner.
5. Sunshine Seasons — Epcot – Futureworld — The Land Pavilion
As you enter the Land Pavilion, you will be amazed at the size of the open court area. It is filled with colorful mosaics, floating miniature hot air balloons, and the sun comes shining in from all directions. Two well-known attractions, “Living With the Land” boat tour, and “Soarin’ Around the World”, a flight simulator which lifts guests up to 40 feet into a projection screen dome for an exhilarating virtual, scenic journey above more than a dozen extraordinary international destinations. Disney imagineering and innovative digital projection technology immerses you into an experience of riding a hang glider, with banks left and right, and angling up and down in perfect synchronization with the camera angles. After either of these two attractions, visit the enormous Sunshine Seasons food court, and for your GF menu, choose from some of these favorites: pork chop with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and bbq sauce, grilled salmon with green beans and tomato pepper relish, Asian noodle salad with seared tuna, fish taco with plantain chips, rice pudding, creme brulee, and several other food choices. The airy atmosphere of the Land Pavilion somehow makes the food taste even better.
6. 50’s Prime Time Cafe’ — Hollywood Studios
Step back in time to an era when the family sat around the kitchen tble and enjoyed their food while watching their favorite shows on a black & white television. But you had better behave yourself and clean your plate, or your server (playing the part of Mom or Dad), will chastise you for not making a happy plate, or tell you to get your elbows off the table and sit up straight. Some of your GF food favorites are: Dad’s stuffed (gouda cheese, apples, herbs) pork chops served with roasted potatoes and carrots, Mom’s meatless meatballs served over GF spaghetti and basil marinara sauce, or chicken pot pie, a crustless creamy cheese mixture of chicken, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and peas. For dessert, try fruit salad, GF chocolate brownie topped with rice ice cream, or a yogurt parfait. The cuisine here is delicious, but mind your manners!
7. Flame Tree Barbeque — Animal Kingdom — Discovery Island
You can’t walk past this colorful restaurant without smelling the sweet aroma of an outdoor barbeque feast, with an Asian twist. Once inside this open air seating area, you will be glad you chose here to dine. Some delectable GF menu items are: ½ rib meal with beans and fruit, ½ chicken meal with beans and fruit, pork sandwich on a GF bun served with fruit, or jerk chicken salad or watermelon salad. Unfortunately your dessert choices are the usual GF brownie or chocolate chip cookie.
8. Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Restaurant—Disney Springs — The Landing
This beautiful restaurant highlights the fresh flavors and farmhouse cuisine of the state of Florida. From the colorful mural over the kitchen depicting Floridan wildlife and agriculture to the rustic but beautiful kitchen farmhouse furnishings and decorations, this unique restaurant offers an outstanding menu, including the following GF choices: shrimp and grits with Tasso ham gravy served over creamy Bradley’s grits with a side of KC (braised kale & collard) greens, strip steak topped with Palemetto butter with creamy mashed potatoes and dressed greens, or fresh Florida catch of the day, grilled and served with Iron Skillet sweet potatoes and KC greens. Although Chef Smith’s does not offer GF desserts, you will be so full with their delicious meals, you won’t want anything else.
9. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano — Hollywood Studios
If you’re in the mood for authentic italian cuisine, this is the place to go, especially if you require a GF menu. Mama Melrose’s is a casual and colorful Italian eatery serving home-style Italian dishes. Here are some GF choices: Carne D’Italia Flatbread with pepperoni, house-made sausage, pancetta, and spicy marinara sauce on a GF crust, Penne alla Vodka with GF rice pasta and chicken, vegetable lasagna with layers of grilled vegetables and spinach ricotta topped with Mozzarella, with GF cheesy garlic bread. Their luscious gourmet dessert is a flourless fudge cake made on the premises and is not on the menu but is always offered to GF patrons. Buon Appetito!
10. GF snacks all around the World
Here are some general GF snacks that you can find at different vendors in the four theme parks, water parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs: dole whip—cool, refreshing pineapple juice with pineapple ice cream popcorn-naturally gluten free and delicioussoft serve ice cream in a cup or a Mickey ice cream bar, fruit flavored slushies in addition to these and other GF snacks, you can get GF cupcakes at Erin Mckinna’s Bakery NYC in Disney Springs – yum yum!
If you have any food allergies, Walt Disney World will accommodate your dietary needs. Be sure to check with the restaurant Manager or Chef to discuss your particular allergy, and they will make sure to assist you in your request. In most restaurants there are designated fryers for French fries, chicken tenders, or any food items that are fried in oil. So, don’t fret about what to eat when it comes to food allergies. Disney’s got you covered and will make sure your meals are safe and delicious.
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