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Pineapple Upside Down Cake gluten free dairy free Erin McKenna’s Disney

Pineapple Upside Down Cake gluten free dairy free Erin McKenna’s Disney

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 […]

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

Amorette’s Patisserie Gluten Free Desserts

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 […]

Fish and Chips Gluten Free Dairy Free Cooke’s of Dublin Disney Springs

Fish and Chips Gluten Free Dairy Free Cooke’s of Dublin Disney Springs

Well, it may be a case of invasion of the body snatchers because I voluntarily ordered fried food!!! This is a shocking new development, but when I saw this walk up counter service option that was gluten free and dairy free at Disney Springs, I had to try it at least once!

Cooke’s of Dublin didn’t have long lines to order, but the wait was quite long. Even though there was only 1 person ahead of me to order, I waited about 30 minutes. There were many larger orders ahead of mine. That being said, I got a beautiful piece of white fish breaded in a rice flour champagne mixture, eliminating the gluten and dairy. The result was fantastic! The texture on this fish was near perfection. My only complaint was the overall flavor being quite bland. I recommend LOTS of lemon and salt with this fish.

The fries are fine. I am not excited over fries on a good day, and couldn’t get too worked up about them here, but the choices for those with gluten and dairy allergies are amazing. Most of the menu could be made safely, and they even had these giant cookies labeled gluten free!

I didn’t try the cookie, but I do recommend a stop at Cooke’s of Dublin. While we couldn’t find a table, we did notice many nice outdoor tables with heat lamps. This would be a lovely space to stop and enjoy a counter service meal at Disney Springs. I’m glad I tried something new!

gluten free cookie disney springs
This cookie is bigger than my hand!
The Polite Pig gluten free dairy free lunch

The Polite Pig gluten free dairy free lunch

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 […]

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Gluten Free Dairy Free CS

Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Gluten Free Dairy Free CS

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 […]

Paradiso 37 Disney Springs Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free Options

Paradiso 37 Disney Springs Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free Options

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!

Piña Colada gluten and dairy free with Raspberry Sauce

Piña Colada gluten and dairy free with Raspberry Sauce

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 […]

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 […]

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

Dole Whip gluten free dairy free

dole whip with rum

I finally had a Dole Whip! After so many years of hearing that they are, in fact, dairy free, I took the plunge and tested the waters during a Thanksgiving Day visit to the Animal Kingdom Park.

As it was a holiday celebration, I opted for the version with added rum as that sounded like it could be quite a treat. The result? Delightful! I loved the texture of this little pineapple frozen mock ice cream. I loved that it was not overwhelmingly pineapple, either. The rum didn’t seem to add much to this dessert, so next time I would get it without that and just go for the snack credit. But I am happy to have finally tried a Dole Whip!

Sanaa Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free

Sanaa Dinner Gluten Free Dairy Free

We enjoyed our Sanaa dinner so much on previous visit that we had to do this again! This is a wonderful treat on the dining plan as we were able to try so many great foods. We did pay the extra for bread service, per […]

Garden Grill Breakfast gluten free dairy free

Garden Grill Breakfast gluten free dairy free

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 […]

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten Free Dairy Free

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 Thanksgiving week!!!

Our host was funny and he got us all laughing right off the bat. We had just finished up our Jungle Cruise adventure before coming to lunch, and we didn’t know the restaurant theme was tied to the ride theme, so that was a cute surprise. When our server came, she explained the low allergen menu and, again, did not suggest a chef to come to the table. She did warn us that there was a confusing component to the menu. They say “For gluten, For Milk, For Peanut” meaning that it is safe to eat if you have those allergies. That could read the opposite, so it was good that she pointed it out to us.Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free

I pretty much never, ever, EVER eat fried chicken with my gluten and dairy allergy combination, so this menu item was a fun thing to try. I also ordered a salad, and I’m glad I did because the veggies served with this large piece of chicken were sparse.

The star of this meal was the beautiful sauce under the chicken. When coupled with each bite, it made a sweet, spicy, lovely mix. I truly enjoyed it. The salad was nothing to write home about. It may look like there is cheese on it, but that is a radish or carrot or other mystery veggie. The disappointment for me was that they brought the salad with my meal. I would have preferred it before hand, otherwise it was fine.

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free

My Eldest ordered the steak dish, which also looked sounded good. It looks like it needs more vegetables, as well, from this photo, but I was told it tasted good, so that is a win. The service was slow, here, and our meal did stretch out for quite some time. Additionally, I have to comment on the low allergen menus…they lack the drink section so it wasn’t until we were leaving that I saw beautiful bubble tea and souvenir mugs! I know my kiddo would have enjoyed that, but it was not presented to us as an option. If you go here, take BOTH menus so you can check that out.

As we were on the dining plan, the dessert was a must try. We were all excited by the stunning images of creative desserts. Why, Disney, was there not a single dessert option for a gluten free dairy free individual on that low allergen menu? Not even a dish of sorbet. And the server said “Sorry, I know you’re here to celebrate your birthday, but we don’t have a dessert for you!”. Great. So, afterward I noticed sorbet on my daughters gluten free rice pudding dish and I wondered why didn’t they just offer me that? The rice pudding was gluten free, though not dairy free. I feel like if I would have asked for the chef, they would have come up with something that the server was not aware of and this is one area where I lost out, repeatedly, during our trip. Instead of wasting my dining plan dessert, I just asked that they apply my salad to that instead. Grumble grumble. BUT all that aside, we all truly enjoyed this meal and we all recommend it if you are not in a hurry and want to laze over a nice meal in a delightfully themed restaurant.

Jungle Skipper Canteen Lunch Gluten free dairy free

Jump over to EasyWDW and find some wonderful photos of the restaurant theme and more reviews from the new menu!

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner

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 […]

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC Disney Snack Dessert

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC Disney Snack Dessert

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 […]

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!

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast

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 […]

Boma Dinner and Dessert Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma Dinner and Dessert Animal Kingdom Lodge

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 […]

Hanger Bar Disney Springs Lunch

Hanger Bar Disney Springs Lunch

I have been looking forward to trying the gluten free food here since it opened, and mainly because I loved the idea of checking out the theme and the details in decoration. I wasn’t disappointed. There was a story on every surface! We went for an early lunch, at opening, and sat on the outdoor boat section which provided a beautiful view of the water and the car boats launching next door. I ordered the BLT  on a gluten free Udi’s style pizza crust and my child ordered the sliders. I LOVED my shrimp dish with delightful pesto style sauce. So good! A little difficult to eat with the crust, but worth the effort as it was such a treat. It was my favorite meal of the trip. My kids both had the burgers and neither of them were very excited about them. They ate them, but didn’t love it. But the thing that they all loved was the view and the theme. It’s a great lunch spot!

hanger bar disney springs gluten free dairy free lunch

Bongos Disney Springs Dinner

Bongos Disney Springs Dinner

My husband has been wanting us to try Bongo’s Cuban restaurant at Downtown Disney, Orlando. We finally found a time to dine there for lunch. To start with, the menu as labeled for gluten free options, which was very convenient. I just asked if they […]

Pepper Market Breakfast and Dinner CSR

Pepper Market Breakfast and Dinner CSR

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 […]

Maya Grill Coronado Springs Resort Dinner

Maya Grill Coronado Springs Resort Dinner

As I mention below, we were happy to find that the restaurants at Coronado Springs Resort have improved, dramatically, from prior years when it comes to gluten free dairy free food options. We went to the Maya Grill for dinner, and we could easily look at the large menu in front of the restaurant to see what our gluten free choices were, as they were properly labeled.  For some reason, they were not labeled on the restaurant menus, so it was helpful for us to look before going in. Removing dairy is not difficult, so I ordered the Airliner chicken with steamed broccoli and rice on the side.  It was delicious! I don’t know how they made that chicken so yummy, but I just loved this meal. I intentionally ordered as safely as possible to avoid any stomach trouble and my tummy was just fine. I am so happy

we had gluten free dairy free options, AND even happier that they were so yummy!

My daughter ordered a steak, rice, corn, guacamole dish that did include cheese.  This is a lot of dairy for her stomach, but she felt good to order it after a day of eating no dairy, otherwise. I would order without the cheese. They brought her corn shells and she loved

Coronado Springs Pool Bar Pepper Market

Coronado Springs Pool Bar Pepper Market

During our trip to the Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to give Pepper Market, Maya, and the other eateries of the resort a chance to redeem themselves from past trips. The results? A success! To start with, I noticed that some of the menus posted […]

Kona Breakfast Polynesian Resort

Kona Breakfast Polynesian Resort

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 […]

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner

Above is a salad sampler to share.  We loved thew watermelon salad with fennel as well as the chick pea salad in the middle.  The one on the far end was not gluten free, but they did have other gluten free and dairy free options. Our server, Chris, was a wonderful host and Chef Jake was so accommodating.  We had the best dining experience here, as the animals on the savana came up to the glass that adjoined our table.  I can’t recommend this restaurant enough.
Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner gluten free dairy free My entree consisted of dairy free gluten free options – chana masala, a roasted vegetable dish, and rice.

My daughter LOVES saag / palak paneer (not dairy free).  This wasn’t on the menu, but the chef offered to make her a gluten free version.  This was so nice of him!

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner gluten free dairy free

They did offer a coconut rice pudding dessert as well as a mango sorbet, but I was hungry for some vanilla toffuti, and I ordered us a bowl to share.  That was a nice finish to a wonderful meal full of great new foods, fantastic views, a very fun and helpful server and more. Plan to spend some time here and try some of the unique African wine flights.
A final recommendation would be to go early and ask for a table at a window.  If you are prepared to wait for this, you’ll be rewarded with a magical view.
For sure, this is a new family favorite!

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge Dinner gluten free dairy free

Whispering Canyon Cafe Wilderness Lodge Breakfast

Whispering Canyon Cafe Wilderness Lodge Breakfast

We have never dined here for breakfast, and on our last day of the trip we ate a 10am breakfast. Chef Junior was quite the entertainer, as was our server. I forgot that the restaurant was themed and I don’t want to give away what […]

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

  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 […]

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

Erin McKenna’s Baby Cakes Bakery Disney

 

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.

 

First, good luck finding this place!  It isn’t on the map, and it does not seem to be a place people know about.  I asked cast members and they had no idea what I was talking about.  Hmm…We got our baby cakes, and lunch, at the Pollo Comparo restaurant.  What a treat!  We tried several cupcakes and we used up 6 snack credits to grab more to go.  The Mocha Brownies and Banana Chocolate bread were my favorites! I did get a bad stomach both evenings after I ate these, but I can’t say for sure it was from the cupcakes, as we ate out for every meal.  Still, it made me hesitant to eat them again.  They were lovely and it was such a treat.  We enjoyed ordering lunch at Pollo Comparo and getting the Baby Cakes desserts included in our counter service meal, here. You really should try them out if you are in Disney and eating a gluten free diet. (note I have eaten these again over the coming years and they have never bothered my stomach, so I suspect timing of that was unrelated or perhaps too much sugar in one setting).
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review Dinner

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review Dinner

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 […]

Pepper Market Coronado Springs Breakfast

Pepper Market Coronado Springs Breakfast

Why does the Coronado Resort have to be my favorite, but the restaurants have to be so TERRIBLE for people with allergies? Well, I gave it another try.  I will say the they have improved from a few years ago.  The chef, in the morning, […]

Mara Breakfast Animal Kingdom Lodge

Mara Breakfast Animal Kingdom Lodge

We still had counter service credits to use, and since we were staying at Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to take our credits over to Animal Kingdom for breakfast.  The choices were good, and the food safe.  I will say that the gluten free waffle was the worst I have ever seen.  The inside was a bizarre texture that was nearly gelatinous!  Luckily, there was plenty of other food to eat.  The eggs at Sunshine Season were better, but this was a nice meal for the credits, and who doesn’t love visiting Animal Kingdom Lodge?