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Sanaa Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge gluten free dairy free dinner

Sanaa Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge gluten free dairy free dinner

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 […]

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY NYC DISNEY SNACK DESSERT

ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY NYC DISNEY SNACK DESSERT

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 […]

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free


chart allergens

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.

1900 Park Fare gluten free pancake  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. 

aliceThe 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!

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

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 […]

Saratoga Springs Resort Artist Palate Breakfast

Saratoga Springs Resort Artist Palate Breakfast

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 […]

Tokyo Dining Epcot Dinner

Tokyo Dining Epcot Dinner

We began our reservation by waiting for about 10-15 minutes to be seated for our 6:40pm meal. Once seated, I was surprised how loud and busy the restaurant was. I don’t know why I had the silly notion that it would be zen like! This was Disney during Thanksgiving week, after all.

Our servers were very friendly and helpful. On the dining plan, they advised we choose two of the gluten free sushi rolls as our entree, and miso soup for an alternative to the dessert as they did not have a gluten free dairy free dessert option. I was pleased with that, as a warm bowl of soup sounded quite nice. A bottle of gluten free soy sauce was brought to the table.

The miso soup was fine, the tea was nice, and the dinner was fun and enjoyable. The sushi tasted the same as the quick service option in Epcot, but with many more choices. If you love sushi, I recommend this. The dinner did take a VERY long time, and I had forgotten how sprawling Disney Dining can be. I was getting a little anxious to leave when the staff came out with a candle in a cup of fruit singing a happy birthday song in Japanese. That was very sweet and we all enjoyed ourselves quite a bit.

There was only one area where I was confused and that was in paying the bill. With the dining plan and a party of 8, I am used to tip being included, but it appeared they did not include the tip. I went ahead and added the recommended amount, but later when looking closer, I believe they did include the tip in the first place and I double tipped. Oh well, good karma will hopefully come back. They were very busy and working hard, so it is not a waste. I found the receipt there didn’t match what every other dining establishment gave us while we were in Disney, so just look carefully at those numbers and enjoy some sushi!

Tokyo Dining Epcot Gluten free