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The Highly Educated Owl
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sunny CA
Gluten Free Dining at the Disneyland Resort: A Superthread
First, let me say that I am hopeful that this thread will be updated regularly and that others will scan their gluten free lists after their trips so that we can keep this as current as possible. I do want to warn people to use the information here only as a guideline and for planning purposes. When you arrive at the park, get an updated list, or be sure to check with the manager or chef at the restaurant to make sure the item is still gluten-free. Changes do happen and I would hate for anyone to have a reaction because they assumed something was gluten-free.
As an introduction, I do not have Celiac Disease, but my little sister (age 9) does. We often travel to Disneyland together and I have lots of experience at both counter service and table service as I am the travel planner for my family. I have found helpful information here on the Disboards and want to assist as many people as I can in how to have a great time at the DLR while eating gluten-free!
Obtaining a List of Gluten-Free Options at the Parks
When you arrive at the Disneyland Resort, either park has the list of gluten-free options at Guest Relations. At Disneyland, Guest Relations is in City Hall which is on your left as you enter the park. At California Adventure, Guest Relations is in the Chamber of Commerce building on your left as you enter the park. The list is multiple pages and stapled together and has all the options in the parks and the hotels of the Resort area. Please be advised that while this list is very good, it does not and cannot list all of the items that may be available at the signature dining restaurants such as Carthay Circle and Napa Rose. At those places, the chefs prefer to work with the gluten-free diner directly. They will often create a personalized meal based on preferences. So if you desire a fine dining experience, please dont think that you are limited to the options on the menu at those restaurants.
Additionally, this list is not exhaustive. Others have reported that when asked, modifications have been made at restaurants not listed. So if there is something you want, be sure to ask!
Table Service Dining
If you plan on eating at a table service restaurant, call in advance and make your reservation with Disney Dining. You can call them at (714) 781-3463 or email them at email@example.com. At the time of booking, make sure to tell the agent about the allergy need. They will attach it to your reservation, but will also make sure to tell you to alert the staff when you arrive. I have found that Disney takes this very seriously. I have always been ready to alert the staff upon our arrival, but they have always mentioned it first and double checked to make sure they have the correct information.
Counter Service Dining
If you plan on eating at a counter service restaurant, you will want to let them know about the gluten-free need. I have had highly varied experiences ordering from counter service. Sometimes the Cast Member (CM) will know what is gluten-free and will be able to complete the order. Sometimes I have had the CM fetch the lead on duty and they went over the options and completed the order. So your experience may vary. I always find it helpful to have a copy of the recent gluten-free options available from Guest Relations at either park. If I have that, I often feel the regular CM is comfortable completing the order. Without it, I oftentimes end up waiting for the lead. I would love to hear about the experiences of others, so that we can all be informed about what is happening at Disneyland.
Special Diets at the DLR
There is also a DLR Special Diets email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have not had to use them, as I have found that our needs have been met through the regular Disney Dining line. I would not hesitate to use them, however, for multiple allergies.
In addition to maintaining the gluten-free list, I would love it if we all came back here with our gluten-free experiences while in the parks. Please feel free to post gluten-free dining reviews and questions.
Latest Gluten-Free List from the DLR
Below are the scans of the gluten-free listed obtained from the DLR (Disneyland Resort) on January 1, 2013. The fine print on the bottom says it is valid until June 30, 2013. These scans are JPGs, maybe I should convert to PDFs if people find that easier to navigate.
Pages 1-5 are for Disneyland
Pages 6-10 are for California Adventure
Pages 11-14 are for the Resorts
I do not know of a list for Downtown Disney, but perhaps we can work on getting that information together.
Again, this list is NOT a substitute for your own good sense and you should definitely check again when you arrive at the DLR for the latest information. Please feel free to comment here or Private Message me with corrections or additional information. I hope this helps!
Last edited by ArchOwl; 01-09-2013 at 04:18 PM. Reason: new scans
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