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StoryBook Dining Artist Point Gluten free Dairy Free

StoryBook Dining Artist Point Gluten free Dairy Free

We had such a fun night at the Artist Point Storybook Dining character meal with Snow White, the Evil Queen, Dopey and Grumpy. We have been to the old Artist Point several times in the past and it was a quiet retreat from the hustle…

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 about a gluten free cake item, the bar is high. Sadly, Erin McKenna’s cupcakes don’t measure up for my taste preferences, but I do enjoy the brownies with mocha! That being said, the ice cream was the star of the show during this visit. I was so impressed by the vanilla and it’s smooth flavor, not overwhelmingly coconut. Amazing texture! I headed back for more, only to find that they had sold out of vanilla! Sigh. So I reluctantly accepted chocolate, and asked for their vegan caramel topping in addition to a cookie crumb gluten free topping. That was a wonderful treat! I also very much enjoyed the chocolate ice cream. Again, the texture is light and smooth while the flavor is almost delicate! Sweet enough, while delivering the flavors without throwing them in your face. The caramel is the main delight as I never have dairy free caramel! I am not sure how you even make it dairy free, as I have never tried, but what a nice surprise. This will be a repeat stop for me! Caramel vanilla next time 🙂 Enjoy!

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free

1900 Park Fare Character Breakfast gluten free dairy free

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…

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.

Allergen Menu Artist Palate Saratoga Springs Resort Disney

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.

gluten free dairy free snacks

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!

disney flourless chocolate cakeNow 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!

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…