Sharing our gluten and dairy free dining experiences at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Ok where do I begin? First, we had JUST enjoyed 1900 Park Fare the day prior and it was my new favorite, but I thought my husband may enjoy the non character version so I suggested Grand Floridian Cafe. We had not trouble getting night prior reservations for breakfast.
Upon being seated, our experience was negative all the way around. First, the server was very sweet, but she took it upon herself to start discussing our gluten and dairy allergies and telling us what we can and can’t eat. She didn’t know what she was talking about, however, which was bizarre. Normally a chef comes out, which we did ask for after that strange interaction.
Next, the wait was SO SO SLOW! I couldn’t understand it as I knew there was a huge buffet next door and I could see the restaurant was not even close to busy. We waited. And waited. And waited!
So, we were already over it when our food arrived. My teen’s steak looked like a burnt puck and I was told it tasted about the same. She asked for med rare, but got scorched. Then, to make matters even more disappointing, all the food was only so so. At the price point these meals are set, I expected to be delighted with every bite. Instead I was longing for a local diner or to be back home where I could prepare a better meal for a fraction of the price. We had an additional meal, not pictured. My youngest ordered the eggs Benedict because she loved the ones she had next door the day prior, but these were vastly different and drowning in sauce to the extent that she could taste nothing else. She didn’t care for her dish, either. This was a total disappointment and the next time I am looking for breakfast near the Grand Floridian, it will be at 1900 Park Fare, for certain.
This was a last minute choice and we were able to book reservations the night prior without trouble. Our favorite has been Crystal Palace for years and years, but this just may be a new winner! I especially loved the guac and salsa options on […]
Again, I don’t know why I didn’t take meal photos, but there were plenty of safe and enjoyable options for us here. We always like the dessert, which is simple but yummy! This is a great choice for our larger gatherings with little kids because […]
It was a beautiful, but surprisingly hot spring day at Disney Springs. We stopped at Vivoli il Gelato in hopes of something dairy free. They had a special of the day which was a lemon sorbet and strawberry sorbet with a canned sparkling water sweetened beverage poured in. The whip cream seen on top is not dairy free, but ordering without that would be a safe bet. They can clean serving spoons before hand, but there is risk of cross contamination of course. These were incredibly tart for the kids, and they didn’t love them, but it was cold and refreshing while we listened to a high school band play Disney classics by the water. It was a lovely little stop.
We had another delightful morning meal at Crystal at Palace this spring. It is always a family favorite. This time around, my daughter said “Mom, I would really LOVE it if the chef could make me a crepe. Do you think they can do that here?” I said that while they may not, there was no harm in asking. Well, the chef busted out the magic and brought her a savory crepe, which she adored. I didn’t post the other photos because they are almost exactly the same as the ones below, so take a look, but everything was delicious. We had gluten free dairy free vanilla glazed donuts, and the chef offered us Mickey waffles, but we declined. You cannot go wrong at Crystal Palace!
I ducked in to grab my husband a coffee while he rode Star Tours for the 3rd time, with the kids. I asked if they had anything gluten free this time, and they did. They had a Mickey Mouse shaped macaroon in bright green or bright red. I didn’t get it, because the intense food coloring did not appeal to me, but it was nice to know that there is an option other than EnjoyLifeFood cookies. I would assume that cross contamination is an issue, however, as they share the case with all the other baked goods.
One morning, we stopped at Pepper Market for a late breakfast while visiting with family. I find that it is much easier to order here than it used to be now that they have done away with the paper system that was oddly confusing. I went to an open window and asked about an option to make a gluten free dairy free pancake. The person at the counter called my request to the kitchen and got it started. My daughter liked her pancakes, and the serving was large. I did ask for adult portion, knowing she loves pancakes.
We wanted to order pizza to the room one night, but for the gluten free girl, we walked to Pepper Market and got an order of tacos on corn shells. To make this dairy free, order without cheese. She really enjoyed it. We did ask for the chef to come out and ensure safety, which went quickly during the evening (not as busy as the morning). They didn’t have a good dessert option to offer with the dining plan, but they had these gluten free Hilltop cookies to try. My daughter didn’t have much to say about the cookies, but she loves tacos and she really enjoyed her dinner.
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Well, we braved the pre order option and used the filters to choose our Wheat Free Dairy free foods. We found out that if you do this, a chef will not be offered. They will just let you seat yourself and your food comes out. We were OK with this, but if you don’t think you’ll like that option, then you probably shouldn’t pre-order. We found the system a little confusing because no one explained how it would work (no one said, go get a drink, or we’ll find you, or you’ve already paid). But I was able to ask a very friendly cast member and we figured it out.
My husband was not excited about the system of ordering and he was already determined to dislike the meal. To his surprise it was his favorite of the trip. My daughter agreed that the pork roast was delicious! She absolutely loved her lunch and she proclaimed the green beans and potatoes were also very tasty. I chose the quinoa cake and salad, because I knew I would want a lighter lunch option. It was also quite good, but I only ate about half of it after such a huge breakfast. I was grateful I ordered light. The quinoa cake was well seasoned and the beat cubes on top were delightful. The olives chopped into the salad greens were a nice touch.
Now, my daughter has always wanted to try a French Onion Soup, but we have never found one gluten free and dairy free. When you order the soup with the wheat filter, it gives you the option to eat the French Onion Soup without the bread crumb and cheese topping. This was confirmed on our receipt, so when I saw all the cheese, I sent it back. They brought out a second batch without any cheese and they explained that they did make it gluten free, but they left the safe cheese on for my daughter. It was not clearly labeled this way in ordering, so that was a bit confusing, and she ended up eating the cheese free version (which her tummy appreciated). She loved it, and she was so happy to have tried French Onion Soup, at last.
The soup and entree were the stars of the show. My daughter was disappointed with the gluten free cream puff. She said the dough was very hard (rock like) and that the lemon filling was incredibly tart, which she did not enjoy. As it turns out, a scoop of rice dream would have been a better choice for her, but it was fun to try something new. I ordered the only dairy free option I could find, which was a sorbet. I chose the lemon sorbet, but it was bitterly tart. I ate a little, but left the rest behind. While Be Our Guest has mastered the lunch entrees, they have a room for improvement in the world of gluten free dairy free dessert offerings. We are still disappointed that the French Meadow Bakery items are no longer offered on property, or the babycakes (Erin McKenna) in a restaurant like this. I did ask, via email, the Special Diet department if there were any other options for us, but they did not get back with an answer. So, this is what it is. We didn’t walk away hungry and we had a wonderful, and quick, lunch experience.
We decided to give the Kona Cafe another try, but this time, for breakfast. We had a large group of 12, so finding a non character non buffet option took priority. Our seating was great, and we had a fabulous time as well as wonderful service. The gluten free dairy free waffle was in place of the biscuit that would have come with this meal. I would guess the waffle was made with Bob Red Mill’s gluten free pancake mix because it had that cornmeal taste to it. The chef did a fantastic job with it, however. Unlike our experience at Mara, this waffle was cooked perfectly. The rest of the dish was good, though nothing amazing to report. We received rice milk and earth balance butter along side. The Kona coffee was a treat, as well.
Back again in June 2013 for more goodies! I can’t rave the brownies enough. But my stomach does get a bit mad at me when I eat this two days in a row. Still, what a nice treat option! Attached to the BabyCakes bakery is the Pollo Campano quick service restaurant where you can order rice, salsas, and chicken.
We LOVED the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review at Fort Wilderness. The chef gave us most of the same food options as everyone else. They had corn bread, and we did not (they did have gluten free corn bread, but not dairy free).
They gave us salad, beans, ribs and baked potato. They offered to make us grilled chicken, but we passed. There was plenty of food. I was disappointed with the dessert, once again. It was raspberry sorbet. I don’t really like raspberry sorbet, in the first place, but it was this, or fruit. Yay!