Gluten Free Dining at the Disneyland Resort: A Superthread

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  1. Denine

    Denine I want to go on a cruise! I want to move to sunny

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    Thanks for this thread!

    DD,10, was diagnosed with celiac disease in January. We had a fabulous trip to WDW last week. From what I am reading, I fear that DL isn't as accomodating. We will be in DL for a couple of days in September prior to a Disney cruise.
     
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  3. disneychrista

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    Disneyland is just as accommodating as WDW. The difference is that there are A LOT more table service options at WDW vd DL, which is primarily counter service. Table Service is generally a lot easier to get special requests as the food can be prepared to order, while counter service food is usually pre-made and not as easily modified.
     
  4. runmommyrun

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    We will be at DL in just over 60 days, so we will report back. Our son is celiac. I have been VERY happy with WDW and how they handle his needs. I am about to start making dining reservations and will mention DS's celiac. I have to believe DL restaurants will handle this similar to WDW. But I will know shortly!
     
  5. dawnball

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    One doesn't preclude the other - ideally they work hand in hand. The lists of options make it much easier to plan. We started eating gluten free at WDW when they had the lists there - and they weren't 100% accurate, sometimes it was frustrating - but it was better than guessing, and it meant we had some idea what products they carried. No one at a WDW counter service has ever volunteered that they have gluten free mac and cheese. But my kid has eaten an awful lot of it over the years. WDW's current answer is much the same as the DL answer "Just go somewhere that you'd like to be able to eat and ask what they have!"

    For our upcoming DL trip, she's chosen to carry a PB&J sandwich on gluten free bread every day for lunch. She'd rather assume there are no good options for her than deal with waiting in line, then waiting for a chef, then discovering they don't have something she wants and going somewhere else.
     
  6. Wonder2008

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    I'm in the planning stages of a trip to Disneyland this summer. I'm not positive it will happen or not, but I'm just doing a lot of research right now.

    I'm gluten-intollerant, so if I have a little gluten I'll be fine. My sister can not have rice flour, brown rice flour, rice milk, or regular milk (she can, however, have soy milk and wheat/gluten). I'm a pretty flexible eater, but she isn't. I worry more about her than myself when we eat anything. I've found that a lot of items that are wheat/gluten substitutes (buns, dough, whatever) use rice flour as the substitute so she can't have any of those. She can have "regular" buns, etc, as long as they don't contain dairy.

    Speaking from experience (we were last there in 2009), we've had mostly good meals at Disneyland. I definitely agree that the Plaza Inn breakfast is very good. The pizza at Pizza Port is fantastic. We've never eaten a meal at California Adventure, so I will be interested to see what they have.

    For me, Walt Disney World is a car trip and Disneyland is a plane trip. WDW has a lot of pre-packaged items readily available that we enjoy, and we pretty much know what to expect when ordering from a table- or counter-service restaurant.

    ArchOwl, thank you very, very, very much for posting the gluten-free lists. There's been a lot of discussion about those not being available anymore. At least we can use them as a guide and realize the information isn't set in stone. WDW doesn't have lists anymore either, but I know we can both eat well there (we've also had more experience at WDW than Disneyland).

    One thing that concerns me about those lists is that they aren't all-inclusive. For instance, if I ate dinner at Goofy's Kitchen, it would appear from the lists that I would be limited to four things. I'm sure they have salads, maybe fish, that would be perfectly safe for us.

    Does anyone have more information about dairy-free eating that could help my sister? I'm sure we can ask for buns not to be buttered, for example, but if they have milk to begin with, she can't have those. At WDW, they carry a soy-based ice cream called Tofutti - does Disneyland have anything similar?

    Also, I would really like it one of you could describe those gluten-free cookies and brownies that were mentioned in one of the posts and the lists.

    I would also like to know how flexible the Disneyland chefs/managers are in making substitutions. For instance, if something we order normally comes with something we can't have (a side order, perhaps), will they substitute it for another menu item (another side order) that we can have? Or, would they double the portion of something we order if we can't have part of the entree?

    Thank you in advance for any information you can share.
    Robert
     
  7. VivekB

    VivekB Earning My Ears

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    Off to DLR tomorrow, just daddy & 2 daughters (11&9) as mom has to work. Kid newly diagnosed with Celiacs. We do DLR 1x/year so we're pretty familiar with it.

    If I'm tracking the various posts, I should be able to get her a burger with a GF bun at request, I just can't get a menu upfront. Although, I did save off the scans at the beginning of the thread to Google Drive, and have them saved on my phone (thanks for that).

    I'm still bringing an asinine number of GF snacks, more to give both kids a constant source of calories so they don't go uber-cranky in the middle of the day. But, we do need to actually eat meals :-)
     
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  9. Denine

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    I am looking forward to reading upcoming GF dining reports.

    I know DD wants to eat at the Asian place in CA. She loved it the last time when she wasn't GF. I guess we will see. I am only planning on one TS meal. we will be there 2 full days and a partial day.
     
  10. sherilaine

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    As to the GF Mickey waffles:

    The chef at Goofy`s Kitchen told me they only make regular GF waffles - they do not come in the mickey shape like the others - I make GF begian waffles with coconut and almond flour and they are the same as regular waffles, nice and light and fluffy, but I do not think Disney has put much of an effort into coming up with a good recipe as the GF waffles they gave us were cardboard crap.
     
  11. VivekB

    VivekB Earning My Ears

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    FYI Just back from Disneyland after the almost annual daddy/daughter trip (mom not allowed, bonding time :) ). First trip after the Celiacs diagnosis for the 11 year old, I was worried. I didn't need to be, esp the way we did it.

    We stayed at the Anaheim Marriott, not only did they have a dedicated gluten free menu, it was actually good food. They had a garden pasta that one of the non-Celiacs kids ordered as it was darn tasty. Doesn't look like I can add an attachment in this forum software, so I uploaded it to this picasa album.

    We also ate at the Village Haus (near Teacups). They had gluten free burgers & fries (fried separately). Took a little longer but we didn't order until 8pm so it was pretty empty. My daughter said it was edible, but not really very good.

    Same thing with Naples in Downtown Disney - gluten free pasta was edible, but the marinara sauce was seriously bland. Basically just tomatoes & garlic.

    We opted to eat a good breakfast at the hotel, then go to the park for 4-6 hours with plenty of GF snacks in the bag (tons of fruit-by-foot). We stopped at 1:30ish every day to go back to hotel, eat lunch, & swim for a few hours. Got us out of the mega big crowds, plus food was decent.
     
  12. Denine

    Denine I want to go on a cruise! I want to move to sunny

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    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Bumping per request
     
  14. scarlet_ibis

    scarlet_ibis "GET UP AND GET ON THE BUS!"

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    I'm upset to hear that they don't have the sheets anymore. (I was rather perturbed when WDW didn't have them last fall, leaving me to wander around...) They make you talk to a manager or chef when ordering an allergy meal anyway, so I don't understand the harm of the sheets. At least it lets you know if you're headed somewhere that will only serve you something you hate.

    Here's a tip, from back in December '11: If you're staying on the concierge level and have a gluten allergy, you will be able to eat almost nothing from their complimentary breakfast bar, but you can talk to the hostess and get an order or hot, allergy-friendly food from the kitchen. I had scrambled eggs daily on that trip, and received MANY jealous stares from other guests. If only they knew... I'd gladly trade those eggs for the ability to eat what I wanted.
     
  15. FreeTime

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    What GF items have you eaten at Café Orleans? Any chance that they make a monte cristo? Thanks
     
  16. scarlet_ibis

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    There's a *chance*. The chef I talked to last week says he has done it when he has had GF bread in stock, and he uses rice flour for the batter. Alas, he didn't have any in stock last week, so I was limited to the salad or the ragout, and any of the proteins were fine.

    My vote for best GF meal of the week (besides buffet)? The Coke BBQ pork with roasted corn and mashed potatoes (no gravy) at Flo's. Had it three times. Skip the GF bun; it was like particle board.

    My vote for worst? A tie between the fish tacos (minus sauce) at the little Mexican place in DL (too spicy and dry) and the California Omelette with potatoes at Storyteller's (too much basil in the omelette and too much pepper in the potatoes).

    No, wait... Can I change my vote for worst? That would be terminal 6 at LAX, where NO RESTAURANT WOULD SERVE ME DINNER. :furious: Thank God for Alaska Airlines and their GF snack pack.
     
  17. FreeTime

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    Thanks for the quick response. I will put a request in for one when I make the reservation. Hopefully, they will then have the supplies on hand. We will try the item at Flo's also. Thanks!
     
  18. ArchOwl

    ArchOwl The Highly Educated Owl

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    Thank you everyone for posting your experiences! Now there are no more sheets to share, reports from DISers will be more important than ever!

    I am wondering, should I leave the sheets up for now? With a very big caveat to please, please check with the restaurant before ordering? Or should they be removed? Let me know your thoughts. The sheets don't technically expire until June.
     
  19. disneychrista

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    I think you should leave them up with a Warning that they should check with the restaurants. It at least gives people a place to start. It is very likely that most of the information will remain valid.
     
  20. clanmcculloch

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    Does anybody by any chance know any of the brands for the gluten free specialty items such as buns, pizza crusts, brownies, pasta, etc? We've got laundry lists of allergies so at least knowing brands I can research ahead of time if any of these products are safe. I know brands can change at any time (BTDT with WDW) but at least I can get some idea ahead of time. We're only just over 2 months out so at this point I figure most likely not all the brands will change.

    Also, does anybody know if soy and/or rice milk or soy and/or rice ice cream are served anywhere? If yes, does anybody know the brands? At WDW it's very frustrating that the soy milk is a brand that contains gluten.

    Thanks!
     
  21. disneychrista

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    You may have to give Disney a call closer to your trip to find out which brands they are currently serving.

    Only place I know that has Soy milk in the parks is the Starbucks in DCA/Fiddler, Fiffer & Practical Cafe.
     

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