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Old 01-30-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Gluten Free Tips?

My DD17 is on a gluten free diet, and from looking at the WDW information, they seem to be really exceptional at offering GF options. I was wondering if anyone had any particular tips about enjoying GF food at WDW. Thanks!
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You should ask over on the DISabilities forum.
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I was wondering if anyone had any particular tips about enjoying GF food at WDW. Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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I have a kid with several food allergies and I'm not ashamed to say that getting food at Disney world has brought a tear to my eye. (a little ashamed ) Its hard to travel and to eat out with a kid with allergies and being able to feed him easily right alongside everyone else was such a joy and such a relief. I know Cosmic Rays in the MK offers gluten free substitutions for hamburger and hot dog buns and i assume they have similar options in other locations you just need to ask. I didn't realize this when we went and I just ordered my son a hot dog with no bun, the CM asked me if he had an allergy and when I said yes she immediately got a manager who discussed his restrictions with me, reassured me about their prep methods and delivered his food to our table personally. It blew me away.

If you make ADRs mention the allergy when you make the reservation and they will take care of everything. Every time we dined out with my son the cook or chef came to speak to us personally, they have a folder with ingredient lists for everything they serve and they even go the extra mile with things like dedicated fryers and prep areas to prevent cross contamination. This is one area where Disney has really come through.

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Make sure you note her allergy on all your TS ADRs. CS places will have an ingredients binder you can look at, and they can also get a manager to help. The Plaza in MK was amazing, so was Boma, Flying Fish, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Wave, Kouzzina. We don't eat too much CS.
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My DD9 has celiac disease and not only did my husband and I cry (out of happiness!) with the way she was treated...we also joined DVC. She is over-the-top in love with our disneyworld trips...loves the characters, rides, parades, all of it. After being diagnosed, she said the best part of the trip was the food and that she "felt" normal again! We feel lucky and relieved that we know we can somewhere for 1 week a year where we don't have to think about food!

Yes, check out the disabilities board and also just do a bing or google search on disboard gluten free....you will be amazed.
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Thanks SO much for the suggestions! I completely understand the joy with WDW making it so simple! (Sometimes I wonder why more restaurants don't get it - it's not just the person with the allergy that you get as a customer, but you get all their family and friends too! We love eating at restaurants like Red Robin, where they have great GF alternatives.)

I will definitely take a look at the disabilities board too!
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Just chiming in that CS is wonderful too. On our last trip, we ate almost exclusively CS and my dh never had a problem. At all the places we went, the manager would come out and discuss options with him and then his order was placed and brought out to us separately. His favorite place was probably Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom, but he was able to get GF items that he enjoyed at every restaurant. So much easier to eat GF at Disney than in the "real" world. In our little town, most restaurants have never even heard of a gluten free bun or they don't realize that the sauces they use have wheat in them. Disney was a breeze.

Also, for desserts try out Babycakes in DTD. My dh loved their cupcakes and it was such a treat for him to have a freshly baked item.
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We were there last September and my Dd (9) has Celiac. She could eat in every restaurant. Most counter service seemed to have the same options, GF Mac and cheese, GF bun for a burger, etc. The table service restaurants were amazing. We loved the chef at The Plaza. He was over the top! He made chicken tenders for her, brought her a salad with gluten free croutons that were delicious and fries. We decided to skip dessert since we were all full but the chef gave us a bag of GF choc chip cookies to take with us. At Chef Mickeys, they had a GF dinner roll and GF cupcake that were good. We had dinner at Cape May one night and for dessert they had GF banana bread, donuts, cookies, etc. My dd asked for a donut for dessert and the chef brought out a to go box with 1 of each of the different desserts so she could save some for later. The only disappointment was the Main Street bakery. Since all the other restaurants had at least one GF dessert, I would have assumed they would have something too but they didn't.

At each restaurant (counter or table service), the manager or chef always took her order and they were the ones to bring her food to her. No one else came near her food. GF dining at Disney is so easy. We didn't have to think twice about where to eat.
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