Disney’s Gluten-Free, Worry-Free Kingdom

I would first like to announce that today I have officially reached 2 months of being gluten-free! I’m making progress here people. I spent the last week in Florida for spring break with my mom. We spent three days in Tampa visiting my grandpa, and two days in Orlando at Disney World. My mom had done a lot of research that suggested Disney was a great place for gluten-free diners, and I was not disappointed. Every single place at Disney that we ate at had plenty of gluten-free options.

When we first arrived on Disney property, we stopped at the food court. When ordering I asked if they had gluten-free options, and they went to get the chef for me to talk to. The chef came out and explained my choices, and I decided on a gluten-free pizza. It was good, and I was reassured that it was gluten-free after getting to speak with the chef. However, I will say that it was pretty embarrassing. Luckily, there were not many people in the food court at the time, or I would have been mortified that the chef had come to speak with me.

For dinner that night, we went to Downtown Disney. We chose to go to an Italian restaurant called Portobello, because eating pasta in a restaurant is not normal for me anymore. At Portobello, our waitress was very well aware of the restaurant’s gluten-free menu. I was thankful for this, because the chef did not have to come out to talk to me in the middle of this fancy restaurant. We ordered a portobello mushroom dish and salad as appetizers. The portobello mushroom appetizer was amazing. If you ever have a chance to go to Portobello, you need to try this! My mom and I also split a pasta entree. It was a tomato basil sauce over penne pasta. The chef came out and delivered my meal. It was average, but the service and assurance of eating an entire gluten-free meal made it fabulous.

After dinner, my mom and I walked around Downtown Disney. We stopped at the gluten-free bakery called Babycakes to pick up dessert and a pastry for breakfast. Everything at this bakery was gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, agave-sweetened, vegan and kosher. I do not know how they do it, but the pastries were delicious. I got a chocolate cupcake with mint frosting for dessert and a piece of chocolate chip banana bread for breakfast the next morning. There were also donuts, which looked awesome! I was very impressed with this bakery, and I wish they had one in my hometown. Actually, maybe not, because that could be dangerous!

Finally, for lunch the next day. We went to a place called Liberty Tree Tavern, which was located in Magic Kingdom. Again, the chef came out to speak with me about my options, and we decided on a burger with a gluten-free bun and fries from a separate frier. I found it more embarrassing that the chef came out this time, because there were more people around. At least I knew the food would be free of cross-contamination. It was also really good, and I ate my entire plate.

Overall, I found Disney to be a great place for gluten-free eaters. There were always options, and I never felt worried about what I was going to eat for my next meal. My entire Disney experience was incredible, and half of the reason for that was their awesome gluten-free services.