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How To Eat Gluten Free At Disney World

How to Eat Gluten Free at Walt Disney World

If you have to eat gluten free at Walt Disney World these are the steps you need to follow to make your holiday easier.

Let Disney know your dietary requirements

It is always best to inform Walt Disney World that you need to eat gluten free around 14 days before you go there. That process is really simple to complete, all you have to do is email them, and explain your exact needs. To provide details before you go contact their Special Diets team at this address: Special.Diets@WaltSDisneyWorld.com.

Once Disney has received your dietary needs information the resort will make all necessary arrangements to ensure that you can eat at any of the venues and restaurants at the resort.

Gluten Free options at Walt Disney World

All of the table service restaurants and some of the quick service venues at Disney World can cater to most of the mainstream food allergies, which include:

  • Gluten/Wheat
  • Lactose / Dairy intolerant
  • Peanuts and Tree Nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Corn

However, there are some limitations when it comes down to picking a gluten-free restaurant at Disney.

Gluten Free Buffets

When arriving at any of the Disney World buffets guests with dietary needs should speak to either a chef or to a manager to find out about the available gluten-free options at that particular buffet line.

Due to the limitations in the size and also the facilities, not all the buffets can meet all of the special dietary needs.

Gluten Free options at Quick Service Restaurants

Only a few selected branches of the quick-service restaurants are able to deal with special dietary needs. However, Disney World are working to increase that number so check before you eat.

With more quick service branches offering gluten-free meals and treats year on year, you’re are able to pick from fast food counters, burger bars and pizza outlets. The range of meals is increasing due to the efforts of the company.

It is best to make the cashier or server aware that you or someone else has a diet restriction or food allergy, as they will quickly bring a manager or a coordinator who will then advise you about everything that is safe to eat.

Your meal will then be prepared using dedicated equipment as well as top quality special ingredients and products.

At Animal Kingdom there is even a 100% gluten-free eatery, which allows you to buy gluten-free food and snacks, and it is called the Gardens Kiosk.

Dining Gluten-Free at Disney World Signature Restaurants

There are some Signature Restaurants such as Victoria and Albert’s that actually draw up a gluten-free menu personalized for you and everyone in your party. You cannot beat that for excellent customer service. If you have already made a reservation for Victoria and Albert’s give them a call to discuss your precise food needs prior to dining.

Though some of the other Signature Restaurants will not go to such lengths you will find that they are all really helpful with regards to eating gluten-free.

Just one more thing about Disney World Restaurants

None of the restaurants have separated kitchen areas set aside for food allergies. What they do offer in a shared kitchen is dedicated equipment along with dedicated products to meet your special diet needs.

The restaurants are not completely safe from the risk of contamination though no eatery is unless you are eating at a 100% gluten-free establishment.

Once you get to the restaurant

When you get to your restaurant double check with the cashier or your server that the restaurant are aware that gluten-free meals are needed. Doing this will ensure that your needs have not been overlooked and that you get the meal you requested.

So it is possible to eat gluten-free at Disney World and the number of restaurants that are capable of meeting your dietary is increasing all of the time. It is best to contact them and then recheck the details every single time you make a booking.

Holly Smith

I'm Holly a Mum of 4 with a love for everything Disney & Orlando!

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