I’m going to make this short and sweet (mmmm…. sweet….). Here are my five favourite Disney World gluten free treats. Now, in my defence, and before you start claiming I missed the “best one” or whatever, I didn’t try every single option. I sure as hell tried, but I am only one man and I put on enough weight as it is! As far as I am concerned, Disney World’s catering to gluten free diets is one of the best things about visiting (as well as the atmosphere, cast members, rides, accommodation, etc). I’ve been living with coeliacs disease for a long time and I have never before felt so catered for (pun intended) when visiting a fast-food restaurant and snack-distribution-outlet. So, lets get on with this.
My Favourite Disney World Gluten Free Treats (in no particular order)
The Turkey Leg
Available from a variety of places across all four Disney World parks, what’s not to like about this? It’s huge, tastes like chicken (well, kinda) and you can hold it in your hand like an ice cream! I grabbed this one at a kiosk outside Liberty Square for lunch – and couldn’t finish it (I know, I’m so ashamed).
Mickey Ice Creams
Disney World gluten free treats come in all shapes and sizes, but the best shape is Mickey’s head… These delightful, choc coated ice creams were the very first thing we ate at Disney World. Not a particularly healthy choice for a family meal, but we had just got off a 5 hour flight and were excited to be there, so stop judging! 🙂 You could buy them pretty much everywhere, but be warned – on a hot day they melt fast.
French Desserts at Epcot’s World Showcase
Creme brûlée, parfait and macaroons? All gluten free? For me? A visit to Les Halles Boullangerie-Patisserie at Epcot’s World Showcase is a must-visit for people that eat gluten free and like dessert. Maybe even a must-visit-twice (I know I did!). I think they even do savoury stuff, but, I mean… why?
Oh look, another Mickey-head-shaped Disney World gluten free treat! If you have breakfast at pretty much any restaurant at Disney World, these are going to be on the menu. We found all the restaurants very helpful with our dietary needs and the chef or another experienced staff member would always speak to us. They made gluten free Mickey Waffles fresh for us, as often as we asked for them!
Hotdog with Mac Cheese
When I first read that Restaurantasaurus at Animal Kingdom sold a gluten free hotdog with gluten free mac cheese, I made it a priority to pay it a visit. In fact I might have organised our whole visit to Animal Kingdom around being in Dinoland USA for lunch (I will deny it if you ask). If you don’t normally eat gluten free then you may not understand my excitement, but the idea of a hotdog on a bun that looked and tasted like a hotdog bun, with mac cheese that looked and tasted like real bright-yellow plastic cheese – that’s quite a novelty! It was delicious.
Gluten Free Beer and Donuts? Don’t mind if I do.
I was very excited to find these at the Discovery Island Allergy Kiosk at Animal Kingdom. To be honest, I was already super-full from eating lunch (Mmmm…. mac cheese hotdog….), but when I saw these two delights I couldn’t pass them up. I may or may not have had a tummy ache afterwards…
Okay, all I know is it had gluten free brownies and ice cream and cream and chocolate sauce and Kirsty and I couldn’t finish it, even combining our super-eating-powers. We spent an evening without the kids (thank you kids club!) and wandered in to Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at the Beach Club Resort. I think we ordered the Fudge Mud Slide – it normally comes with Oreo cookies, too, but make sure you ask for the GF option! They do all sorts of gluten free and dairy free desserts (as well as “normal” ones if you’re into that), and we found ourselves dropping in for an ice cream cone with the kids on a regular basis.
So there you have it – my favourite Disney World gluten free treats. I have say, I was really impressed with all the dining options for allergy diets at Disney World. Every fast food place had a folder with the ingredients of everything they served, and a manager would speak to us about how they could best serve what we wanted to eat. No wonder they call it the happiest place on Earth!