We keep going back here! It has become one of my favorites, for sure. Even though it was a cold night to go out and see the animals, they were incredibly active and I have never witnessed giraffes running so much before! It was amazing […]
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It has been several years since we stopped in for breakfast, but this seemed a great time to visit with family and enjoy the beautiful views in and around the resort at Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World. For the gluten free dairy free crowd, […]
What a beautiful setting for a meal!
We sat outside on the water for a lovely evening meal in March. The Boathouse is owned by my husbands hands down favorite restaurant in Chicago, Gibsons. Going into the Boathouse with that in mind is not a good place to start. This is more casual and fun and less of a formal experience, but I do think it was a good addition to Disney Springs, all in all. We ordered salads and added the option of cuts of steak. They were fine, but nothing too exciting. My husband’s steak was better and I am sure you are going to have the best meal at a steakhouse if you don’t order salads as an entree.
Even still, our server was very attentive and helpful and we were surprised to find that they did have a gluten free dairy free dessert brownie on the menu. I took this to go, as I was really not hungry, but it was a nice option in Disney Springs for a gluten free dairy free dessert. Served warm and with a raspberry sauce, it’s something different from the usual options.
The baked potato came without any toppings, which did surprise me. I expected something to elevate this a bit. Would we go back? Maybe to try the burgers, because I’m curious what an award winning Gibson’s burger tastes like! And, again, the view and location are lovely. Enjoy!
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 […]
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. So glad we passed by! More samplings coming in a future post.
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 […]
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 of cheese can be made dairy free by ordering without cheese.
The review is that they are good, fine, but not as good as our favorite tacos back in Chicago.
The Guacamole and chips were a hit and were quickly gobbled down. The staff was very friendly!
While the burger place and pizza place had lines that looked to be 30 minutes long, you could walk up to the quick service window and order with 1 or 0 people in front of you. I wonder if shoppers don’t realize they can order there? I don’t know. If you need something quick, this was a great option!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 trip that rather than have a chef come out at each meal, Disney has prepared menus for allergies at the restaurants and they like to have the server help guide you through the menu and offer the chef only if needed. So, I only saw a chef once on this trip, which is very different than previous trips. There are pluses and minuses to this change, which I’ll go into later, but for now, the breakfast…
The Bounty Platter had eggs, bacon, sausage, and Mickey Waffles! I was pretty excited to try it. The results…the eggs were delicious, but hit and miss each day. The sausage was also delicious. I didn’t eat the bacon, but it looked fine. The waffles, however, were a major disappointment. Now, I have been cooking gluten free dairy free for 10+ years and I can make a half dozen different recipes of waffles that are better than these!? I don’t get it?! The inside has the bizarre texture that is somehow elastic and raw like all at the same time. Gross. I passed on these. My teen ate them, smothered in syrup, and didn’t seem to mind, but I prefer a closer to waffle texture, so that was the last time I ordered those.
When using the dining plan, you have a meal and a snack included. The store had plenty of gluten free dairy free snacks available, as you can see here. BUT this is where I get grumpy again. All the brownies and cookies have dairy! In 2007-2009, Disney provided French Meadow Bakery cookies and brownies that were gluten AND dairy free. Before that, they had some products that were both gluten and dairy free by Divvie’s. Now, if you are unfortunate enough to have a gluten AND dairy allergy…you get Enjoy Life Foods. Blah. The most blah of all gluten free dairy free options. I’m glad they exist, but they are so boring!!! I can bake SO much better at home, and there are so many other companies out there that do much better as well. Considering the AMAZING desserts my group ate all week, I was disappointed with my ongoing deluge of Enjoy Life Food cookies, overly sweet chocolates, and toffuti/rice dream. The allergies ARE an important part of why we traveled to Disney in the first place, so I hope they can turn that around a little bit, moving forward. Still, you can see they had the usual chips, popcorns, food bars, plus granolas, nuts, and fruits. You won’t go hungry!
Now my kid, who is not allergic to dairy, got an omelette with seasoned potatoes and a flourless chocolate cake as her snack side item. Um, that looks a LOT better than an enjoy life food cookie (grumble grumble). It was a much loved dessert for breakfast and the rest of the breakfast food was considered good and as expected. All in all, we enjoyed the ease of ordering and quick service here. The staff at the registers were all very helpful and friendly in explaining how the Disney dining plan worked, as well. I recommend it!
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, […]
Underwater Grill Seaworld:
This restaurant was listed as “Allergy Friendly”. It is also listed as a fine dining option. The server, like many others we encourted, lacked any training on dealing with allergies. She brought bread to our table. I asked if they offered a gluten free bread and she said no. I was doubtful that this was the case, so I mentioned that the restaurant is advertised as their “allergy friendly” option. She made a comment that it was regarding nut allergies. Again, this seemed doubtful to me, but I didn’t push it. She must have asked someone, because another girl came out and said they do have gluten free bread (buns) across the street at their sister eatery
, but that they would have to warm them up. Did we want them to do that? Um, yes. That’s why I asked. So, off they went. They didn’t offer an olive oil for the dairy free among us, but I’m sure they would bring it if you asked. My daughter had steak and mashed potatoes. I had a salad. The food was fine, but nothing outstanding. The service was sub par when compared to Disney, but the staff were all friendly. The reason to dine here is really for the view. You have a beautiful shark tank that takes the entire wall of the restaurant, and that view is what made this meal worthwhile.
We went to the Aquatica water park two of the mornings during our trip. You can bring in prepacked snacks such as chips, bars, trail mix. I brought in gluten free bars and chips as well as bottled water. We bought some soda and additional chips while we were there. There was a sit down restaurant, but we didn’t eat a full meal here, so I have no review. I noticed they had frozen fruit bars in strawberry that would likely be gluten and dairy free.
Seaworld had 3 different Gluten Free To Go snack pack options at their shopping stores. They weren’t available everywhere, but we did notice them, so you can ask for help locating. I emailed Seaworld in advance of our trip, and they were unhelpful with any specifics. My questions came back unanswered and I received an auto email response instead.
Gluten Free Discovery Cove , Seaworld, Aquatica – Dairy Free Orlando
You start your day at Discovery Cove with breakfast and lunch as well as snacks. We waited in line, and the chef came out to ensure us that the eggs, ham, and potatoes were all gluten free. We didn’t ask about dairy, this time. We just stuck with the potatoes, ham, and fresh fruits. We noticed some more options as we walked through.
Lunch was a repeat of waiting in a line (longer line this time) and then a chef came out and helped us with safe food options. We then stepped to the side while the chef prepared our food. We had my favorite French Meadow Bakery brownies (I wish Disney still offered these! LOVE Them!) sauteed veggies, tilapia with tomatoes and onions, rice and peas, and a burger with a sad looking gluten free bun. They also offered the Gluten Free to Go allergy box with cookies, sucker, gummies. You could walk up and ask for the snack box any time of day. They also had lays potato chips for snacking and a frozen fruit bar (strawberry) at most drink stands.
Mama Della’s at the Portofino Universal Hotel June The Portofino has plenty of fine dining options. I loved the singers that went from table to table in this restaurant. They came to our table twice, and their voices were smooth as silk. I would have […]
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 […]
Meals are all included when you are on the ship. We opted to eat lunch here, as it was not at all busy. My appetizer was not what I ordered, but it was fine. Dairy free and gluten free. No problem.
Disney Wonder Cruise Triton’s Lunch
Bean declined the gluten free bun for her burger and fries.
My chicken dish was fine, but bland. After the truly amazing chefs at Disney World, I have been spoiled! The Cruise Line did a great job bringing safe foods, but they were pretty bland and they would have been so much better with a little sauce, spice, or oil blend.
Disney Wonder Cruise Triton’s Lunch
While everyone else had strawberry shortcake and lava cake, our only option was plain rice dream or tofutti. Ok, but I paid extra for some espresso to put on top of mine…for some flavor!
Disney Wonder Cruise Animator’s Palatte Supper
Disney Wonder Cruise Animator’s Palatte Supper
Bean enjoyed her steak. Potato could have used something for moisture.
Disney Wonder Cruise Parrot Cay Supper
Interesting appetizer that worked for our allergies. It was also a little bland, but it was very pretty.
Disney Wonder Cruise Parrot Cay Supper
Bean really enjoyed her steak and the gravy. She doesn’t get a beef gravy very often, so that was a treat for her.
Disney Wonder Cruise Parrot Cay Supper
This chicken meal was better, as the chicken had some spice rub, which I liked.
The breakfasts on the boat were pretty good with plenty of fresh fruit and denver egg mixtures with or without potato.
All in all, Disney World wins for best food for the gluten free dairy free crowd, but there is still AMPLE food to choose from on the cruise
ship. Much more then what I pictured. There are always choices of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, hot dogs and hamburgers without buns, plus drinks. The dinners all have rice dream or tofu ice cream and EnerG rolls (though we did not receive anything to put on our rolls). There was rice milk on the ship, but it was never in a location accessible without putting someone out. The calling and letting them know in advance of our allergies didn’t seem to make much of a difference. The process was still not as smoothly run as it is in Orlando, but they do a better job than most restaurants we have to choose from locally. On the Castaway Cay island, there was chicken, chips, fruit, potato salad and hot dogs to choose from.