Disney World With Food Allergies - Allergy Menus
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Disney World with Food Allergies - Allergy Menus
Our family are big Disney World fans. There’s something for everyone, and although I’m more prone to motion sickness now than I ever was, I can go on ALMOST every ride without problem (but still took Gravel for Space Mountain).
Not to mention the fact that we can easily find safe food at all the parks and easily get a great accommodation with a kitchen in the Orlando area.
This last go-round, I pre-made my vacation meal plan using my meal plan printable so all we had to do was shop for groceries when we got there and we were SET! It was honestly so relaxing and even though I was doing the cooking, the recipes I used were so EASY that I felt like it really was a vacation because I never cooked for longer than 1/2 hour. We also got to eat at Disney a few nights so it was a really great mix of cooking for ourselves and dining out.
Check out the blog with the meal plan and recipes here. You can re-use this plan for any vacay that you plan to have a kitchen. Sooooo helpful!
When we go to Disney food isn’t a a big problem and things feel pretty care-free.
A few years back you would talk to a chef if you have any food allergies; but more recently they’ve started using pre-set allergy menus.
This year we noticed that you can now see allergy menus ON the Disney World app, where you couldn’t before. It’s still hard to tell WHICH quick-service restaurants actually have allergy menus so you have to look at the menu of every single place before you can decide where to go. Also, we found that wifi was a big challenge in the parks so we couldn’t always count on the app to look at the allergy menus. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered in this blog with the places that we found had allergy menus on our recent visit.
When using the allergy menus, if you have more than ONE allergy, you need to pick something that fits in BOTH allergen categories. IF you can’t find a meal that works because you have more than 2 or more allergies, you will need to talk to a chef to find something that will work.
There is a downside to this pre-set allergy menu system. If you have one allergy, it’s GREAT, because it’s much quicker, but when you have more than one allergy, like us (PN, TN and Gluten intolerance) it can start to make things very limited. So I’m not sure that it’s a perfect system, but we seem to find at least 1-2 things that work on each menu for the most part.
Keep in mind you can always talk to a manager or chef no matter how many allergies you have; but if you’re able to find something off the menu it saves the wait.
Read on to see pics of the allergy menus that we found at the quick service restaurants. This way you can easily see what each restaurant has and WHICH restaurants actually have allergy menus.
We don’t tend to go to very many sit down restaurants at Disney because they’re expensive (although many are worth it depending on your allergies), but they also take up much coveted park time! Our family always opts for park-time over the sit down restaurants.
Note*, although these are the menus we found on our spring break vacay, things can change at any time.
When you order at a quick service restaurant, you go to a cashier. You have to ask for the allergy menu at that time (or look at the app in the line up). As mentioned, the wifi in the parks was not really reliable so we ended up just asking for the allergy menu when we got to the cashier. I find this slightly frustrating because it would be nice to look at the menu while we’re waiting in line instead of when we get there because the cashier then asks to help the next person in line while we’re deciding (less park time!!).
Here’s what an allergy order looks like with the BIG bold word ALLERGY in red:
Here are the allergy menus we tried while we were at Disney World sorted by park. I hope they help you understand what allergy food is like at Disney world. Let me know in comment which one you’ll try!
Sunshine Seasons (Near Soarin’)
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (In Frontierland near Splash Mountain)
This restaurant had a topping bar which we weren’t comfortable with because of the chance of cross contact and contamination from what others bring to the park. This meant that our kiddo didn’t get anything extra except the meat and cheese on her nachos. If we would have known, we would have asked them to put some toppings on her nachos in the back when we first ordered.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
This restaurant has a topping bar for the burgers that was similar to the one at Pecos Bill’s. We weren’t comfortable with using the toppings given that they’re out and there could be cross contact. This was ok for us because my daughter only uses (buckets of) ketchup on her burger so she wasn’t interested in these toppings for her burger.
Yak and Yeti
Yak and Yeti has a sit-down restaurant and a quick service window (located a short distance from the restaurant entrance). Both had very good food and was one of our favourite restaurants at Disney. It was worth it to take the time to sit down and eat here for us.
This picture is from the restaurant. They only had a gluten sensitive menu, so the chef visit’s your table to help you choose a meal that will work for other allergens.
Flame Tree Barbecue
BONUS - TYPHOON LAGOON Water park at Disney World
There are 2 Disney waterparks in the Orlando area. We only went to Typhoon Lagoon since the other waterpark has a snow and winter theme which we just flew to Orlando to get away from at home!
We didn’t know what to expect at the waterpark as far as food so we had backups planned. We found that the ONLY restaurant on site that could accommodate allergies was the Leaning Palms, but it was sufficient. There was also soft-service ice cream in a stand just in front of Leaning Palms which was safe for tree nut, peanut allergies and gluten intolerance. Here is the menu we found.
Dining at Disney with food allergies is fairly easy and straight forward. Except for the occasional inconvenience, we find it pretty easy and my daughter thinks its delicious too!
Are you going to Disney World soon? Let me know what your allergy food questions are in the comments and if I know the answer, I’ll answer them!