Aller-gee, I want to pig out.
Walt Disney World is a magical place, a place I can go with my kids and be a kid again. The resorts are magical, the parks are magical, even the transportation is “magical”.
I find as I get older my focus has shifted away from the magic of the rides and attractions and towards the food!
As an adult and the main “Disney Trip Planner” in my household, I spend more time researching dining options and making reservations than I do researching resorts and booking fastpasses.
This use to be easy, and even enjoyable for me, but about 4 years ago I found out I was allergic to gluten and I was forced to change my eating habits.
After finding out about my allergy, I had my two kids tested and found out they were allergic as well.
So what does this mean for us? Basically we are no longer able to eat anything with flour (which is in almost everything) so things like sandwiches, pizza, pasta, cake, cookies and brownies aren’t an option for us any more.
I took being able to eat all of those things for granted. Removing gluten from my diet was a tough transition, especially when going out to eat. I have become comfortable with it now and there are actually a lot of alternatives to things I used to be able to eat.
When we’re away from home it can be hard to find a restaurant that is accommodating to a person with this type of allergy. With two young kids who are picky eaters as it is, it is even more of a task finding food they will want to eat without a lot of whining and complaining.
When we are home, and I am making the food it is easy because I know what they like, but when we are out we have to choose from the options presented to us.
Now, with our new allergy, I have to dive deeper into my research when figuring out places to eat at Walt Disney World.
When looking at Walt Disney World restaurants and their menus, all of the food looks fantastic, and I want to try it all, but if it’s not obvious then I don’t know what I can and what I can’t eat.
All restaurants have a allergy friendly menu, but they do not post them on the Walt Disney World website, if I am lucky I can search a name of a restaurant and the phrase gluten-free and find an image of the allergy menu someone else has posted.
So what I do is I read the menu, try to make my own diagnosis of whether or not I can eat it or if they probably have an alternative for it and then I make my decision.
One thing they have, that I don’t know if I would be able to live without, is gluten-free Mickey waffles. Honestly there is no better way to start our day at Walt Disney World, than with a plate full of Mickey waffles, some syrup and some fruit.
It would be hard for me to fathom my kids growing up in a world where at Walt Disney World they couldn’t eat Mickey waffles or Mickey ice cream pops (gluten-free).
On my last trip, I found most restaurants were very accommodating, the chef comes out to greet you if you have an allergy and he tells you exactly what you can eat and what you can’t. For someone who is always reading menus when out to eat and trying to do his own diagnosis without knowing the ingredients this is a welcomed practice. This process can be time consuming though, because as the rest of your party is able to order right away from the menu, you wait for the chef which could take 5 minutes or 20 minutes.
I found, for the most part, they have alternatives for anything I wouldn’t be able to eat and I was actually able to eat what I wanted, at least as close to it as possible.
The dessert menu is quite limited though, besides ice cream there aren’t many choices and where most restaurants have their own signature cakes and pies they all serve the same gluten-free options.
The main thing is compared to the options I have at home, when I’m at Walt Disney World they do there best to serve me and my family the most appetizing food and allow us to pig out if we want to and when I’m at Walt Disney World that is what I want to do.
What’s your favorite gluten-free treat to eat at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments below!