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Please help with Gluten Free Counter Service

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by rdevine10, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. rdevine10

    rdevine10 All our dreams can come true, if we have the coura

    Hi all!

    Well, we bit the bullet and booked a trip for April yesterday! We are so excited to go back to the World, as its been a while!

    But, this will be our 1st trip there since I have gone gluten free for some health issues.

    We ultimelty decided to do the regular dining plan as I know table service will be much easier for my food limitations, and the snacks should be pretty easy as well.

    I am however most concerned about counter service options.

    Does anyone know where I can find a list of items that are safe and what locations are best? I dont neccesarily want to eat a lot of gluten free replacements- I would rather just order items that are safe as is off the menu.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thank you!!!!!!
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  3. Dis703

    Dis703 New Member

    If you email Special.Diets@Disneyworld.com they will send you a list of all the restaurants and what gluten free products they carry. You can generally order a GF item anywhere, but some may take longer than others to accomodate. I know on Disney's website when you look up descriptions of counter service options there is usually one at each park designated to be more allergy friendly. If I can find my list I'll come back and post which ones they are supposed to be.
  4. Moose Mom

    Moose Mom New Member

    I don't have a list but any counter service restaurant will be able to accomodate you. I have been to Cosmic Rays several times where the chicken is fine and they will bake fries for you. We also love Flame Tree BBQ in AK and Sunshine seasons in Epcot. The one tip I would give is arrive before or after the crowd because in most places a manager will take your order and then they prepare it Special. Have Fun!
  5. gladdiola

    gladdiola New Member

    I have a family member with multiple food allergies/intolerances, including gluten/wheat. I received the following list from Special Diets on 12/30/12:

    "The quick-service locations listed below have menu items or products
    that, upon request, may accommodate common food allergy or intolerance

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
    - Restaurantosaurus
    - Flame Tree Barbecue
    - Pizzafari

    Disney's Hollywood Studios:
    - Backlot Express
    - Studios Catering Co.
    - ABC Commissary
    - Toy Story Pizza Planet

    - Liberty Inn
    - Sunshine Seasons
    - Electric Umbrella

    Magic Kingdom Park:
    - Be Our Guest (Lunch Only)
    - Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
    - Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
    - Main Street Bakery
    - Columbia Harbor House
    - The Pinocchio Village House
    - Casey's Corner"

    Hope this helps!
  6. geffric

    geffric <font color=teal>DH thinks I'm funny -- but I tell

    I just got back from WDW and I am GF. I ate breakfast at Mara ( we stayed at AKL) and they even made me GF waffles. Had lunch at Cosmic Ray's, Be Our Guest..they even brought me a GF dessert..YUMMY experience..Fame Tree, Electric Umbrella, Mexico, FountainView for ice cream ( they even had Rice Dream if one is DF too)_..I was so impressed with every place I was at. Without my asking at Fountain View, they got my ice cream from a new contianer, got my cup from a new plastic wrap, used a seperate scoop, and opened a new chocolate sauce bottle. Other snacks I had were Dole float, OMG brownies.

    The cs i went to had a seperate fryer to make fries etc, had a gf bun, manager oversaw entire process. TS I went to Crystal Palace and was very impressed..chef walked me through what I could eat and then got my food from the back to avoid cross contamination. Jiko had a seperate menu and made me seperate bread/cracker for the Taste of Africa ..

    Great experience!
  7. clanmcculloch

    clanmcculloch New Member

    I understand you'd like to be able to order things as-is without having to wait, but you need to consider cross contamination. Just how gluten free are you? If you aren't worried at all about cross contamination then your plan is fine, but if you do avoid all traces of gluten then you really should ask for the manager at CS locations anyway so that your food can be prepared using fresh gloves in an area that is free of gluten.
  8. rdevine10

    rdevine10 All our dreams can come true, if we have the coura

    You are right about cross contamination, but I am not overly concerned. I do not have a GI issue with wheat, it aggravates an autoimmune disorder I have. As long as I avoid it, I do MUCH better! However, it is not a true allergy.
  9. WebmasterLeah

    WebmasterLeah Administrator Administrator Moderator

    The gluten free chicken nuggets at Columbia Harbour House are really good! Much better than the regular chicken nuggets, although you will wait about 10 minutes. The baked fries are great too.
    I've found the counter service restaurants to be very knowledgeable and accommodating. They have a book they will bring out, so you can see any ingredients that is in the food. Normally the manager goes back and prepares the food themselves (or has a dedicated person do it), so it is made completely separate from everything else.
    I don't think the GF hamburger buns are very good, I would just get a sandwich without it.
    I did think the GF pizza crust at Pizza Planet was very tasty.
    The chefs at the value resorts have always been very accommodating as well and will make waffles specially for you. The GF brownies on property are great!

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