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My Disney World Gluten Free Favorites

This is one of the things I am asked about the most on social media and my clients.  What are your favorite Gluten-Free places to eat at Disney World?

So finally, I’m putting it in writing to share with all of you!

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the gluten-free options at Disney World.  In fact, it’s not even close.  These are just the options I’ve tried, over and over again, and love.

Disney is fantastic at food allergies and nearly every place I’ve stepped foot into has something I can eat.

Some taste like my old life where gluten didn’t matter and others just do the job of filling me up.  The ones listed here, they’re my tried and true favorites.  The places I return to time and time again.  Which as you know is often!

Do note that I do not have Celiac disease.  Just an intolerance to gluten and therefore I avoid it.  Cross-contamination does not bother me so I don’t have any way of knowing if something was in fact contaminated.

If you are very sensitive please talk to the chef where you’re eating to ensure your own food safety.  Again, Disney is fantastic with this, and if you tell them just how important it is they will inform you of what their kitchen is capable of.

The Parks

Let’s start at the Parks! Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

I spend a fair amount of time there.  In general, you’ll find me at one of them once a week unless I’m traveling to other parts of the world to explore.

Magic Kingdom

Table Service Restaurants

Liberty Tree Tavern – serves a family-style platter of turkey, roast beef, and all of the fixings including macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.  ALL of which they make gluten-free.  IT IS PHENOMENAL!

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen when Skipper Canteen’s opened a few years ago I wasn’t a huge fan but the menu has been updated and now it would be a top pick for table service at Magic Kingdom.  Don’t get me wrong, EVERYONE should experience Cinderella’s Royal Table but if you’re looking for something a little more cost-effective Skipper Canteen is a great choice.  My personal gluten-free favorites are the “Tastes Like Chicken” Because it is! and Perkins Thai Noodles.   Not on the menu and they don’t always have it, is gluten-free cheese bread similar to what’s served at the Food and Wine Festival Brazil Food Booth.  If they have it, order it.  This is one place I break my “no dairy” rule.

Be Our Guest – Prior to the parks closing I absolutely loved their breakfast options that included gluten-free pastries and quiche.  There were other options but those were my favorites.  I have not visited since the parks reopened in July 2020 and I know the menu has changed.  But the kitchen is still the same and I would imagine the options are similar.  It’s definitely worth investigating and even trying just so you can see the inside of Beasts Castle and it’s three spectacular rooms.

Quick Service Restaurants

Pinocchio Village Haus is my favorite quick service location at Magic Kingdom.  I eat like a child there and enjoy their gluten-free chicken nuggets (breaded) and fries.  They also have gluten-free flatbreads but I generally don’t eat that much cheese so I go for the nuggets. You can order them on the app which is fantastic!

Snacks and Treats

Popcorn – also dairy-free

Candied Almonds – at most popcorn stands

Aloha Isle and Sunshine Terrace for the Dole Whips.  Personally, I prefer the orange swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace over the Dole Whip but either way, they’re both gluten-free, dairy-free, and a nice refreshing treat on a hot day!

Epcot

Table Service Restaurants

Garden Grill is one of my favorites at Epcot.  This character meal is family style but they’ll bring you a gluten-free platter all your own.  Plus Mickey in his farmer’s overalls is pretty awesome!

Teppan Edo – Japan is a family favorite at my house.  My girls often request to eat here for their birthday dinners.  This is a special treat because normally we just eat around the world at Epcot.  The staff here is great with gluten-free options and pretty much anything can be swapped out to accommodate your needs.  Personally, I love the fried rice and the Asakusa which is a combination of steak and shrimp prepared on the hibachi grill with all of the traditional fixings to go with it.

Quick Service Restaurants

Regal Eagle Smokehouse – American Pavillion – This is a newer quick service option in the Epcot World Showcase and one I’ve had a few times. They have gluten-free bread for the sandwiches and you can mobile order gluten-free options from the My Disney Experience app which is a bonus in my opinion.  If you need to talk to a chef, that’s an option.  Just request to do so with the Cast Member at the door or ordering station.

Personally, I love the Sliced Texas Beef Briskey Sandwich or the Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs.  Pick your favorite BBQ item you’d typically order and I’m fairly sure you’ll be happy with the choice!  If I remember correctly the fries are gluten-free and do not have a shared fryer with anything else.  But the app or a nearby Cast Member can help you be sure!

Festival Favorites

Festival of the Arts

There are typically only a handful of Gluten-free items at the festivals.  So plan ahead to know where you can find these items so you don’t wind up hangry.

  • El Artista Hambriento, Mexico – Pork Belly Pastor, Taco de Chocolate
  • Vibrante & Vivido Food Stand, in between France and Morocco – Blue Corn Pupusa, this is SO good!

Other Gluten-Free options at the Festival of the Arts

  • Pop Eats, Showcase Plaza near Disney Traders – Shrimp Ceviche
  • El Artista Hambriento, Mexico – Chile Relleno
  • The Artists Table – The American Adventure – Pan-seared Scallop

Snacks and Treats

I don’t often snack around Epcot.  There are too many great things to eat at festivals.  But during the few months that festival foods aren’t available (a small part of the summer) these are our go-to snacks.

Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in France – Macaroons!

Karamell-Kuche – Germany.  If you have not tried the Werthers Carmel Corn, you need to! Not diary free.  Sadly but worth the cheat every once in a while. (if you can)

Popcorn – There is a flavored popcorn cart near The Land in Future World (not always open) and also flavored popcorn near Canada.

Hollywood Studios 

Table Service Restaurants

50’s Prime Time Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat at Hollywood Studios.  Possibly because it’s a rare occasion that someone with a gluten allergy can enjoy fried chicken and meatloaf outside our own homes!  This is one of the first places I experience real “American homecooked favorites” after my gluten allergy diagnosis.  This was probably 8 ish years ago when gluten-free wasn’t as available or readily known.  And don’t forget to order the gluten-free brownie sundae which can be prepared with dairy-free ice cream too!

Brown Derby is my second favorite at Hollywood Studios.  They are well known for their Famous Cobb Salad but personally, I prefer the Angus Filet Mignon or the Wagyu Burger and the Decadent Flourless Chocolate Mocha Cake!

The Wagyu burger is a plant-based burger that I ordered accidentally one time not realizing it was plant-based.  I was shocked at just how good it was.  Give it a try!

Quick Service Restaurants

Rosie’s All-American Cafe – There is nothing exceptionally great about Rosie’s All-American Cafe but it does offer a quick spot to order a gluten-free burger or gluten-free chicken nuggets.  And truthfully sometimes we just need a quick place that offers good “junk food”.

Snacks and Treats

Popcorn – also dairy-free

Candied Almonds – at most popcorn stands

Notable:

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater – I”m mentioning Sci-Fi because it’s a fun and iconic place to eat at Hollywood Studios.  They have a gluten-free bun for a burger, gluten-free chicken strips, and a gluten-free brownie sundae.  All of which are great options.  Is there a better meal elsewhere? yes, but this is good for what it is when you just want to experience Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater.

Animal Kingdom

Table Service Restaurants

Nomad Louge – This is one of my top favorites!  It is a table service lounge with Tiffins next door.  Honestly, I haven’t ever eaten at Tiffins because I love Nomad so much.  The trick here is that Nomad does not take reservations.  It’s first come, first serve so plan to visit at off-hours.  If you show up at prime lunch or dinner time you may not be able to get in.  My favorites here are the Impossible Sliders, Gluten-Free Churros – better than regular churros, my gluten-eating friends agree,

Quick Service Restaurants

Satu’li Canteen – the menu looks strange but is actually amazingly good!  The bowls are all gluten-free.  Build the base you want and your protein and enjoy!

Flame Tree BBQ – the gluten-free options are endless here.  Ribs, chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches.  They’re all fantastic if you love BBQ and an easy option when you don’t have a reservation.

Snacks and Treats

Popcorn – also dairy-free

Candied Almonds – at most popcorn stands

Disney Springs

Table Service Restaurants

Raglan Road – This is a restaurant that I return to time and time again.  I haven’t had a single thing that I don’t absolutely love!  My personal favorites are “Let there be no Rush Pork”, Gluten-free Fish and Chips, and gluten-free onion rings.

Boat House – I love everything about Boathouse.  The ambiance, decor, and patio on the water!  I return here time and time again!  I always get the Filet Mignon Sliders on a gluten-free bun and upgrade my fries to Truffle Fries with lemon aioli.  There are other gluten-free options as well but I don’t stray from the above.  Also, don’t miss the Triple Chocolate Layer Cake or the Chocolate Martini.  My mouth is watering just writing about it!

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Wine Bar George – I love Wine Bar for the atmosphere.  There are very few gluten-free options but the ones they have I enjoy.  The Big Board is a great appetizer with your drinks (don’t eat the crackers) and the Skirt Steak is great for dinner.  It’s huge so you’ll need someone to share with you.

Quick Service Restaurants

The Daily Poutine – The Latin is my go too.  There are a few others on the menu that are gluten-free as well.

Polite Pig – a quick service favorite!  I get the Southern Pig Sandwich EVERY time.   And a side of Crispy Brussel Sprouts.  I get varying answers on if this is gluten-free but I never ask for a chef, so you might if you’re super sensitive.   The BBQ Waffle fries and Sweet Potato Tots are great too!

Cookes of Dublin – This is the quick service location that is part of Raglan Road.  It’s a much more limited menu than what you can have in Raglan Road but there is plenty to choose from.  I get the gluten-free Fish and Chips and often swap the chips (fries) for gluten-free onion rings.  Their gluten-free batter is crispy and amazing!

Snacks and Treats

NYC Baby Cakes – literally anything here is great!  Donuts, cupcakes, or a mash-up of them both in the “Kitchen Sink” cup.

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Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumphhttps://www.loveofthemagic.com
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.
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