We stopped in at the second floor Mizner’s Lounge to enjoy some of the live old timey music and to enjoy whatever treat we could find on a beautiful day. They had a delightful raspberry sorbet option that was both dairy free and gluten free. […]
Well, what ever you can think of, they are baking it at Erin McKenna’s without gluten, without dairy! This pineapple upside down cake is a huge serving of traditional sweetness that will transport you back to Grandma’s kitchen. Texture is gooey, cakey, and delightful and the pineapple has the perfect caramelized sweetness. While this dessert is a little too sweet for me, it is done perfectly and I dare say can pass as a non gluten free dairy free version. Enjoy!
A nice September stop at Erin McKenna’s Bakery in Disney Springs delivered a delightful and very hard to find treat…vegan soft serve ice cream with caramel sauce! This is the best option for dairy free ice cream, and the toppings are just such a treat. […]
Ok, so Canadian fries with meat and sauces on them? Hmmm…That just isn’t barking up the right tree for me, but my 17 year old was excited to try it! While I don’t eat dairy or gluten, the teen only avoids gluten, so this dish was ordered with the cheese, but modified to exclue the gravy. The result? She was not overly impressed. I suspect the sauce and the toppings are really what bring it together and when you take away the sauce, it is just fries with some stuff thrown on top. So, this is not a repeat for us.
As we sat in Disney Springs, enjoying a sunny and productive morning and wrapping up a snacking lunch, we noticed the Amorette’s Patisserie building. While the kids finished their lunches, my husband and I went in to check it out. I did not expect to […]
As we were still making our way around Disney Springs for gluten free dairy free snacks, we decided to try the Polite Pig. We noticed this restaurant as it was located just outside the lime parking garage, and we walked by it on our start to explore Disney Springs. I happened to see someone eating a salad that looked too lovely to pass by, so that is what I ordered. The salad was a meal on it’s own, loaded with protein from bacon, eggs, and roasted corn. The mix was very good, easy to enjoy, and the service at this walk up to order type diner was still wonderful. People came to check on us at the table and see if we needed anything at all. It was a lovely spot for a quick lunch. While I didn’t try the BBQ, I can recommend the salad as a great gluten free dairy free option!
As part of our adventure to eat our way around the new Disney Springs via quick service, we made a stop at Frontera Cocina for gluten free tacos. The one that is dairy free with red onions was the pork taco. The one with dusting […]
On our first night in town, we checked for last minute reservations and found that Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs was open. My oldest loves all Mexican foods, and the youngest likes Asian and American foods. The menu looked like it would hold something for everyone, so we went ahead.
We started with an appetizer of fried plantains, shrimp, and pico. It was said to be safe for our allergies. My oldest didn’t try it, and I was not impressed with this dish. It was ok, but not fresh or rich in flavor.
The kids loved the salsa and chips, and ended up eating every bit of that. I was not a big fan of their salsa. It had a sweetness to it that my savory taste buds were just not craving.
I opted for a grilled chicken sandwich on a gluten free bun, which is a rare meal item for me, and fries (also rare for me!) The results…not delightful! The chicken was pinkish and tough at the same time AND lacking in flavor. All in all, this was not a repeat meal for me.
Having said that, the gluten free enchiladas (which were not dairy free, as you can see by the cheese) were my daughter’s favorite meal of the trip!
Back for more! I am quite spoiled by my local Chicago Swirlz gluten free dairy free cupcakes. Their cookie dough variety is the best. Additionally, I make very good chocolate gluten free dairy free cupcakes at home, so in order for me to get excited […]
While at our Saratoga Springs Resort, we had a time period where we had to wait for a leak in our room to be fixed up. While waiting, we sat by the pool and ordered some non alchoholic drinks. The bartender told us that the Piña […]
I have mentioned that Disney was trying very hard to avoid bringing a chef to the table and, for the most part, it was working well. There were a few times during our trip that the servers were not aware of the full options and the experience at 1900 Park Fare was one of those times. First, though we had a reservation, I had to wait in an awkward slow and long ling to check in. This took approximately 20 minutes, and made little sense to me as there were 3 staff members doing nothing behind the only 1 staff member checking people in.
If you plan to do something after this meal, give yourself at least 2 hours for the experience!
Once checked in, I was handed this chart and told to review so that we could choose our low allergen options. Um…really? I need a desk to sit down and study this thing! And there is more on the back. After looking at this for a moment, I tucked it away deciding that was not incredibly helpful.
Once we were finally inside (another 10 minutes after check in), our server was rushed. She told everyone to go get food, including those with allergies and she instructed us to use the chart if we had any questions. She was about to sprint away when I stopped her and asked for some rice or soy milk to use with my coffee. I am pretty sure she rolled her eyes at me. It was a bizarre encounter. She obviously did not want to deal with allergy requests. I also asked her to bring a chef to the table, and here is why. The server said my options were on the buffet and identifiable by the chart. I know that is not true and that there are other options to help expand our breakfast experience such as donuts, low allergen milk, low allergen pancakes. We have dined here many times and the server was not prepared or willing to suggest any of those for us. She was happy with us fuddling through with a complicated chart and a buffet that was ripe with cross contamination. In this way, Disney has gone downhill in an effort to streamline a system. The problem is that this system is what had previously set them apart from everyone else and put Disney Dining in a class of their own. Now, you are back to fighting for yourself in an attempt to get a fair option from servers who may or may not have a clue about what is happening in the kitchen.
The woman brought out my soy or rice milk in a container that looks exactly like the container for the regular milk and I made that mistake the last time we were here, so I moved them far apart on the table instead of side by side. I mentioned it to her and she sharply told me they were different. Ok. So far I am not in love with this server and while I may sound rather picky, keep in mind how much our party of 8 is spending on a breakfast here and how limited my options would be if I didn’t make a few requests, and it may make more sense.
The chef who came to our table was very nice and we knew what we wanted so we didn’t need to waste her time. I just let her know we would be delighted with gluten free pancakes for the teen and safe eggs that were dairy free as well as a gluten free donut for myself. Easy! They brought out those items for us and we managed a few things from the buffet that looked to be safe from spills of cheese and sour cream. As the breakfast potatoes were not available this trip and had been replaced with tator tots (that is an odd one!) she also offered to bring out gluten free dairy free hashbrowns, which was very nice.
The servings for these items can be very small as this is a buffet and they imagine you will be eating many things off the buffet, so I make a point to ask for a full serving of pancakes as this is primarily all that my older one eats here. That works out well. My point, as you can see, is that you just have to ask and advocate for yourself as they will not be doing it for you in the same way that they used to. If you are not used to the old system, this will not be of issue, but you also may not know that you can ask for options that your server may not be aware of, such as those mentioned here and in other recent posts.
If you are comfortable asking for what you need, you will be delighted with the options (except for desserts…which have dwindled for those who cannot eat dairy or gluten). And, as always, the chefs are wonderfully helpful if you get the opportunity to talk to them. Our server continued to be rude and rushed throughout our meal and I was annoyed at her ability to detract from our happy day, but I also know this is rare at Disney as most Cast Members are amazing and we paid and moved along.
The character interactions were fun and the Mad Hatter stole the show! That tiny image is one of me with Alice during our breakfast where we just happened to be thinking along the same lines of fashion! The Tigger and photographer on the exit were great, too. You’ll always have fun with the characters at 1900 Park Fare!
We arrived for an early morning (pre park opening) breakfast at Garden Grill so that we could eat and then ride Soarin’ without fighting the crowds. This part of our plan worked out wonderfully and it was worth the meal just for the sake of riding Soarin’ so easily.
The server was on board with the hurry and get on Soarin’ agenda and he rushed along some initial food platters.
Our server told us he could do our platter gluten free dairy free. Now, this is where I get a little grumbly, the gluten free dairy free group was not offered a replacement of any type for the dishes of warm gooey cinnamon rolls on the table. That looked like the yummiest part of breakfast! I asked if they had any gluten free donuts, and he said they did not and that the only thing they did have was a gluten free muffin. So, upon my request, he brought us two Udi’s blueberry muffins. Not my favorite, but it’s something! The point is that if you are ordering a meal that is missing an entire section due to allergy, Disney usually CAN fill in that missing slot with something else, but odds are you will have to ask them, and most likely, ask the chef. I have found that while the servers are very well intentioned, they often don’t know all the options in the kitchen. The new focus is for the server to handle the allergy, so again, you will have to be your own advocate and with some of the servers, that felt challenging as they were very rushed with us. I noticed this especially at buffets and family style dining.
That said, I loved the sausage and my teen loved the bacon and waffles. I asked for more eggs and they brought us a ridiculous amount. They did bring a nice salsa, house made, but no breakfast potatoes to put it on. I am not a fan of tater tots for breakfast. Those didn’t get touched. The coffee was quite good!
You can see in the main food photo that they brought a large quantity of those tater tots and small amount of eggs and gluten free waffles for 2 adult eaters. If you are in a hurry for Soarin’ and you notice this, you can always ask for more of whatever item you love right away and they will be happy to help. Enjoy!
To start with, this restaurant was a hidden gem…literally! It is tucked back out of a busy pathway and easy to miss, but once inside, I was so surprised to find out this restaurant was pretty huge, beautifully themed, and half empty during the busy […]
To begin our first meal at Mama Melrose, the server brought us a low allergen meal. This is the new trend to avoid bringing the chef to the table each time, and for this meal it worked out smoothly. There were options we could enjoy […]
This stop is always a must for me. Gluten free dairy free bakery! YES! However, I must warn you…I’m kind of picky
about my gluten free baked goods. You see, I have been baking gluten free for over a decade and, not to toot my own horn, I’m pretty good at it. SO if I am spending my hard earned money on a gluten free dairy free dessert, it at least has to be as appealing as something I make at home. Erin McKenna’s is a mix for me. There are items that are not very good, in my opinion, and then there are amazing items! I fell in LOVE with the chocolate chip banana bread, for example. The cupcakes, however, are just not for me. If I was going for a cupcake, it would definitely be the mocha mint brownie, however. The extra flavors in that are a true treat. Now they deliver dairy free coconut ice cream! I was so pleased to try it. It turns out I could have used a snack credit for this, but it wasn’t visible on the menu, so I didn’t ask. The ice cream was great. Not TOO coconut. Nice texture. The topping I chose was a brownie crumb. That was a little bit of a let down, but still, it’s nice to have something on my vanilla! I really enjoyed the ice cream and I think this is a stand out option for the dairy free crowd.
For the rest, maybe not for me. If you are in Chicago, check out Swirlz Cupcakes. You will NOT be disappointed in their gluten free vegan options! Don’t let this fool you…I’ll be back with another review for McKenna’s before the trip is out!
While staying at the SSR (Saratoga Springs Resort) we stopped in for breakfast with the counter service meal plan at Walt Disney World. For the first meal, I ordered from the low allergen menu, the Bounty Platter without dairy or gluten. I noticed on this […]
I didn’t even realize that I liked banana bread until I tried Erin Mckenna’s chocolate chip banana bread in Disney Springs (pictured below). It was so delicious! Who knew that banana would benefit from chocolate (ok, maybe everyone knew that except me!)
Upon arriving home, I was definitely missing that flavor and came up with this recipe that is a healthy daily treat to take me back to a warm day at Disney Springs. My version does not include sugar, and it adds in protein rich almond flour to make it a more suitable option for breakfast or snack mid day. For park days, I will be happy to splurge on some of the treats from McKenna’s Bakery, though! Enjoy.
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 Cup Bob Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour mix
- 1 Cup almond flour
- 1/8 Cup flaxseed, ground
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 Cup Swerve Erythritol sweetener
- 1/2 Cup avocado oil or coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 Cup walnuts – optional
- 1/2 Cup Lily’s dark chocolate chips, sweetened with erythritol and stevia
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We are back with a review of 3 days eating gluten free and dairy free in Disneyland California. We hope this information can help you on your travels and/or inspire you in your kitchen!
Not all of the amazing caramel apples are gluten free, but this one was. It was a layer of caramel on apple with white chocolate and chocolate decor. It was not dairy free, but it was gluten free. 3 of our group shared this, and they reported it as being very good!
Dinner at Ariel’s Grotto was a treat for us, and it was my favorite low allergen dining spot of the trip. The children enjoyed a starter of fruit, jello and optional cheese as well as salad.
For the adults there was a tier of appetizers to choose from. While the standard seafood was not gluten free, the chef offered to make anything I wanted gluten free and dairy free. I only opted for the salad, olives, and tomatoes for appetizer. They were quite good. The yellow tomatoes were very sweet and tender and the salad had a wonderful dressing. I very much enjoyed the variety of olives to sample
While the others in our party were served warm bread, we were not offered a bread option. I asked our waiter if they had gluten free rolls and olive oil and they did. They were brought to us, promptly. As it was a chilly evening, my daughter appreciated the warm gluten free rolls.
For dinner, the children both had the tri tip steak and mashed potatoes. These were gluten free, but not dairy free. The chef assured me she could make anything dairy free if I wanted it, but she recommended the rice instead of potatoes. I opted for the sustainable fish of the day, which was a wonderful choice.
The children liked their steak and potatoes and I LOVED my fish. It was cooked with a wonderful, subtle flavor. It was not overwhelmed by oil or seasoning, yet it delivered a nice taste. The fish was tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked. The vegetables served alongside included squash on the grill and a pineapple red pepper salad in addition to wild rice. While I love all of these dishes, I was not able to eat this much food in one setting. I focused on the fish, and much of the rest had to be forfeited for this trip. I was left craving this fish for the next week!
The chef was very friendly and kind here, and I would highly recommend this restaurant to those with allergies. My suggestion would be to speak up for what you would like, however, as we would not have received all aspects of our meal had we not asked for them.
For dessert, we only had one option. It was a bit odd, but actually quite refreshing and nice. We had a blood orange sorbet with berries. It was a tad too bitter to eat the whole thing, but one bite of sorbet with a bite of berries was a nice combination.
We ordered room service from the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel. They brought gluten free dairy free eggs and potatoes with peppers. The potatoes were delicious. We enjoyed these with tea and honey.
A different morning we ordered breakfast from the Disneyland Hotel Steakhouse 55. The atmosphere in this hotel was great. It was a calm retreat from the standard Disney dining. I opted for a simple breakfast of tea and frozen gluten free dairy free waffles. They offered to jazz these up a bit, but I was not in the mood for much more than a plain waffle. The rest of the group ordered omelets.
In addition to these dining options we also ate at the following venues:
House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Here my daughter had a gluten free burger, gluten free fries, pickle, tomato, lettuce, and no bun. I had a pork sandwich and coleslaw. I didn’t ask if the pork sauce was dairy free and or gluten free and I did end up feeling quite sick after this meal. It was the only meal that upset my stomach on the trip. My daughter was fine with her meal, but we made a point to make sure hers was gluten free.
We had a quick service lunch at Troubador Inn in the Disneyland Park. We had baked potatoes and brats with saurkraut. The only guaranteed gluten free item was the baked potato, so that is what my daughter had. She loves baked potatoes, so she was content with this. I got a banana to go alongside as well as sliced apples.
Three members of our group ate at the Wine Country Trattoria in the California Adventure Park where they served gluten free pasta. I was not present for this meal, but I was told that is was good, not great.
The Surf’s Up quick service restaurant was our late lunch stop one day. It is located inside the Paradise Pier Hotel. At our lunch time, late afternoon, they were not interested in doing gluten free fries or looking for gluten free buns, but they were able to do a cobb salad (so so) and a burger without bun. The server was friendly, but the selection was very limited.
We enjoyed a free meal, courtesy of booking through Costco, at Goofy’s Kitchen. This is a character dinner. We have never been to a character meal with SO MANY characters. It was Pluto, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Aladdin, and Minnie! They had plenty of gluten free and dairy free foods to choose from on the buffet and the chef offered to make us gluten free pasta if we’d like it. We didn’t feel the need with all the other choices available. While they did not have a dairy free ice cream, they did have a gluten free dairy free brownie that they brought out at the end of the meal. It was my daughter’s birthday, so we were happy about that. The disappointment was that it tasted terrible. Despite the fact that it was our only dessert on the trip, save for the slightly bitter sorbet, we both took one bite and left it on the table. Disneyland California could benefit from some pointers on serving those with allergies from Disney World in Florida. We didn’t encounter any establishment to have rice or soy milk on hand, or rice or soy ice cream. The selection was surprisingly limited. We stopped at two ice cream shops and were told there was nothing dairy free, unlike the main ice cream shops in Walt Disney World.
Our final shopping for food took the place of fruit from the fresh fruit stands in each park. Here we found pineapple, banana, apple, pickles, and mango in addition to a few other snack offerings. I really enjoyed this as an alternative to chips or nuts throughout the day.
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.