We just got back from an AMAZING three days in Disney. I was worried though because I usually have enough problems eating at a regular restaurant, but was super scared that I wouldn’t be able to eat in the parks. Boy was I wrong. I did a ton of research before we left and wound up making plans to traverse the different parks and resorts in search of different foods that I wanted to try.
Our first day in Orlando was actually spent in Universal. Needless to say there are minimal options there. In the main Universal Studios park we ate lunch at the Leaky Cauldron where I had a great chicken sandwich with bacon on a gluten free bun. I was starving and it was excellent. That was literally the only option I knew of other than going to Mythos in Islands of Adventure. Sadly though there isn’t much I could eat otherwise. Even the Butterbeer had dairy in it (the topping) and they can’t make it separate.
That night we headed to Epcot and we ate dinner in Mexico and I had amazing GF tacos at the margarita stand. I also grabbed a GF skinny margarita inside the temple at the tequila stand. It certainly hit the spot.
The next morning we headed over to the Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge to get some GF/DF Mickey waffles. This is a quick service restaurant but I was able to speak to someone dedicated to allergies and she went in the back and made me special waffles and gave me bacon too. It was fantastic and I was really grateful for the hearty breakfast. If you can eat dairy, but not gluten, you can ask for GF zebra domes which look fantastic but are loaded with dairy.
We then headed over to Animal Kingdom where I knew we had to try two things: Dole Whip and the Night Blossom drink in Pandora. We first headed over to Pandora where we waited for 2 hours to do the Flight of Passage (totally worth it!) and then when we exited the ride we went over to the drink stand where we got the Night Blossom drink. Many people compare it to the Unicorn Frapp from Starbucks or Butterbeer from Universal. It is SWEET. The boba balls aren’t GF, so we left those out, but I was glad I got to try it.
We then headed over to Africa and stopped at Tamu Tamu to pick up Dole Whip. I LOVE pineapple and so I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. LOVED it. Again, sweet, but worth it.
That night we had planned a special dinner to celebrate our anniversary (a little late) and Valentine’s Day (a little early). We headed over to the Grand Floridian and ate at Narcoossees. The waiter was fantastic and walked me through what he could make gluten and dairy free. I also asked if he had GF rolls and he brought some out to me with olive oil for dipping. We were there at the time of fireworks at Magic Kingdom, so we went out on the balcony and watched the show before continuing dinner. It was MAGICAL. The chef made me salmon, potatoes and asparagus for dinner and I loved it. They also keep a few GF/DF desserts on hand, which I appreciated. I chose the “rice cream” which was pretty great. They truly took care of me there, and I was so grateful.
The next morning we went over to Sassagoula at Port Orleans to get GF/DF beignets. The chef came out to chat with me and made them in no time. It was awesome and they were delicious – so worth going over there.
Before we headed to the airport we grabbed lunch at one of the restaurants in Magic Kingdom – across from the Haunted Mansion (I didn’t catch the name!). They served GF/DF chicken strips, fries and green beans and cookies. I never really eat chicken strips, but this was too good to pass up and they were SO worth it.
I hope my experience helps some of you who might struggle with similar dietary needs. Disney was truly the best place to go and I didn’t get sick once. If you do some research before you go, that will definitely make your trip a little easier!! I’m happy to answer any questions about my experience. Have any of you tried any of these?!