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Favorite GF destination, Nov 29, 2009
|reviewer: Jeank from Fort Collins, CO USA
|No matter what you think of Disney, they take care of their GF guests! At every resturant we ate at my daughter and I were greeted by the chef. If the meal was a buffett we were briefed on what was GF then our order was taken and our meal was assembled in the kitchen so as not to risk contamination on the buffett line. Nearly any item on the main menus could be made GF, even the chicken nuggets. By the end of the week my husband and older daughter were feeling left out as we got all the attention at meals. It was a great family vacation!
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Magical Gluten Free Dining In And Around Disney World, Jul 31, 2009
|reviewer: Christa from New Jersey
|Our family travels to Orlando several times a year to visit the
Disney theme parks. We typically stay in a pool home or a
townhouse with our own private pool – yes, they do exist! -- in
a resort community just outside of Disney so that we can have
our own kitchen and our own private pool. We cook some of
our meals in, eat others at the Disney-owned restaurants, and
also dine at some of the Celiac-friendly restaurants outside the
Disney -- as you probably know -- accommodates the gluten-
free diet very well. We NEVER have any problems with them
accommodating our daughter even if we don't have advance
reservations. We have also found that many restaurants in the
Orlando area accommodate the gluten-free diet as well. Here
are some of our favorite places to eat gluten-free, both inside
and outside the parks.
Typically we park at the Boardwalk Hotel and eat breakfast at
Spoodles when we are planning to go over to EPCOT. They are
never crowded, and it’s nice to start the day at the Boardwalk.
At Spoodles, you can get gluten-free pancakes, waffles, French
toast, etc. They have an "All American Breakfast" that our
daughter loves. It comes with two eggs any style, breakfast
potatoes, bacon, fresh fruit and gluten-free French toast. You
can then take the boat or walk over to EPCOT. We choose to
take the short walk because it’s great exercise after a big
breakfast. From the Boardwalk Hotel, you enter through
Epcot’s World Showcase. In EPCOT we have eaten dinner at
most countries in the World Showcase, and they all
accommodate our daughter with great gluten-free meals. Our
favorite restaurant in EPCOT, however, is LeCellier Steakhouse
When we plan on going to Magic Kingdom we typically eat
breakfast at either Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Hotel,
Ohanas at the Polynesian, or 1900 Park Fair at The Grand
Floridian. All these locations have a breakfast buffet, but the
chef still always comes to our table to take my daughter’s
order. They will make her anything she wants and more! They
ALWAYS go above and beyond to please her. Eating at any of
these three restaurants for breakfast also enables us to leave
our car at the hotel and take the monorail to the Magic
As for eating in Magic Kingdom for dinner, we have eaten at all
the restaurants there, and they all accommodate us. However,
we are not thrilled about the food, so we usually leave and go
to Outback, Longhorn, Smokey Bones, or one of the many
other Celiac-friendly restaurants just off the Disney property.
Recently I have heard about a restaurant at The Grand
Floridian called Narcoossees. It is located on the water of the
Seven Seas Lagoon. It is a “Signature Dining” seafood
restaurant and is expensive, but the amazing thing about it is
they have a water show at night on the Lagoon that you can
see from the restaurant. You can also see the fireworks for the
Magic Kingdom from the restaurant. Just ask the person taking
your reservation what time they'd recommend you make your
reservation in order to see both the water show and the
fireworks. We are definitely going to check this restaurant out
next time we visit.
When we plan on going to Animal Kingdom we typically eat at
The Character Breakfast Buffet which is now at the Tusker
House Restaurant. We enjoy eating dinner at the Rainforest
Cafe on the way out of the park or we leave and go to the
Outback, Longhorn, or Smokey Bones nearby, depending on
what we’re in the mood for. It is so nice to have so many
options for us to choose from.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
When we plan on going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios we
usually eat at Spoodles on the Boardwalk and then take the
boat ride over to Hollywood Studios.
For Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios we usually choose a
restaurant that offers us a “Fantasmic Package.” The package
is for dinner and tickets to the Fantasmic show. The tickets
allow you to enter the show separately from the rest of the
guests, and you’re seated in a reserved section. This option is
nice because you don’t have to try and get into the show an
hour or so before it starts in order to get seats. We just go in
right before the show starts and sit in the area already set
aside for guests with the “Fantasmic Package”.
We enjoy all the restaurants at Hollywood Studios. However,
we do favor The Brown Durby which is one of the restaurants
that offers the “Fantasmic Package.” At The Brown Durby, like
all of Disney’s restaurants, they offer many gluten-free options
for dinner. They also offer warm gluten-free dinner rolls with
our daughter’s meal.
Other Restaurants in and Outside the Disney Property
We also enjoy eating at T-Rex in Downtown Disney. It is new
and our kids love it. The food is better there than at the
Rainforest Café. However, it is noisy, and you need
reservations unless you're going off-season.
I also recommend Maggianos if you like Italian food. The chef
will come to the table to talk with you, and they have really
good gluten-free pasta. They are located on International Drive
in Orlando. http://www.maggianos.com/locations/detail.asp?
Disney World finally offers on-line dinning reservations on their
website. I have been waiting years for them to do that and
they finally did it! You can even input your food allergy
information when you make your reservations online.
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Disney is heaven!, Dec 05, 2008
|reviewer: Ss101483 from New York
|Walt Disney world is the best place to go if you are celiac. I go at least twice a year because I know that I can eat safely and all of the restaurants and bakeries know what celiac disease is. I ate in at least 25 different places the last time I was there and I did not have a single reaction. At each restaurant the chef came to my table and told me what was safe for me to eat off the menu. At most places the chefs also offered to make me something that was not even on the menu. In addition, the candy stores, bakeries and hotels all had "allergy" sections with gluten free brownies and rice krispy treats.
I have been to Disney World numerous times and I will continue to go back so I can have fun, worry free, vacations.
Here are some great things to get...At the Brown Derby (In Hollywood Sudios) they have yummy tapioca rolls. They were delicious with the chicken dish they offer. Tony\'s Town Square (Magic Kingdom) has gluten free pizza. Tepanyaki (Epcot) has gluten free food that they will make in the kitchen even if you sit at the hibachi. The bakery at the boardwalk has great pre-packaged GF brownies. The BEST is breakfast. At all of the character breakfasts, even the buffets, the chefs will make fresh GF waffles (often in mickey shapes). If it is a buffet for the table the chefs always make a GF plate for the GF person. If it is regular buffet, the chefs will walk you around and show you what is safe to eat. If you are uncomfortable taking from a buffet, he or she will make you a plate in the kitchen and bring it to you. It really is the most magical place on earth!