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I went to Disney World ... and survived
For those who have been following my blog, you know about my
son's salicylate allergy and Sensory Processing Disorder, and you
know that it is a very, very tough allergy to manage. It is not
life threatening, but I decided I was going to avoid the foods that
were his big triggers and enjoy the rest of the
First I want to mention my last
post on travel beCAUSE. Christine Potthoff, the site's
founder, was amazing to work with and made the planning so easy. I
discussed our food allergies, and she said that she would have the
allergies noted in the system when she booked character meals. That
took quite a bit of pressure off me.
Here is a round-up on our experience dining Gluten Free and
Allergy Free in Disney World:
We arrived to the Boardwalk
Villas in the late afternoon on Monday and were hungry. I asked
our concierge for the best place to dine on the boardwalk if you
need gluten-free meals. She said there were two choices: a brewery
ESPN Zone. We chose ESPN Zone, where the chef was super cool
about our needs and noted their fries were not fried in a separate
fryer. My son got chicken breast with roasted potatoes and green
beans. I had a gluten-free and dairy-free burger. The buns are from
Udi's and made for a decent fast food meal.
We were pumped up for our
Supercalifragilistic Breakfast with Mary Poppins and
friends. The chef at the
Grand Floridian 1900 Park Fare was fantastic. He made very
special Mickey waffles, hash brown potatoes and sausage for my son.
My daughter got her own gluten- and soy-free waffles, and mine were
gluten, soy and dairy free. The muffins were from
Kinnikinnick-after being gluten-free for several years and sampling
many products, you begin to notice what is what. This also was the
only place that had coconut milk that I wanted for my coffee.
Overall, this was my favorite character meal - characters included.
Again, hats off to the chef and their homemade special juice!
That evening we went to
Hollywood Studios to see the extreme stunt show with Lightning
McQueen. I scoped out where to eat ahead of time and chose the
ABC Commissary. I got us all gluten-free meals since their
fries are made in a separate fryer. The kids also got gluten-free
and allergy-free chicken tenders
by Allergy Free Foods, created by a former Disney
chef. They were great and the kids loved them. They even asked for
more! I ordered the chicken sandwich with carrots and apples and
got my daughter carrots, too. We all received Enjoy
Life Foods chocolate chip cookies (It's always nice to
see local companies).
On Wednesday, since we had homemade Mickey waffles left over
from the day before, the kids were able to eat breakfast in our
room, which was nice to do. My daughter and I headed to
Epcot for her Storybook Princess lunch. She really wanted a
grilled cheese sandwich, so I asked if the chef had gluten-free
bread. He agreed and she was so happy. That's something she does
not usually get when we go out to eat, so it was a treat indeed.
Their blueberry muffins were fantastic and gluten, soy and dairy
free. The chef made me a nice breakfast and we were able to take
the leftovers home.
That evening we went to the Animal Kingdom and opted for a
little Chinese at
Yak and Yeti. The staff was great and made us a gluten
free/dairy free meal, although we had to wait almost 25-minutes for
them to cook it separately. My kids got grilled chicken tenders
with rice, my husband had the honey chicken, and I got
the sweet n sour grilled chicken. It was all great and we had
leftovers, which I knew would make for a perfect lunch break during
our Magic Kingdom trip the next day.
Thursday was the big Magic Kingdom day and the kids were
excited. We ate breakfast leftovers in our rooms. Then I packed up
some snacks and we headed out. Our meal didn't come until the
evening, when we ate at
Liberty Tree Tavern for a Thanksgiving-style dinner. Although
they were accommodating, I felt like we were more of a burden
there. This was my husband's favorite place - the pork and
beef were tasty and they made my son dairy-free mashed potatoes.
They had the best gluten, soy, dairy and corn -ree buns, but I
didn't feel the allergy free love. They brought out vanilla ice
cream and fresh fruit for dessert, which my daughter loved, and
some berry-flavored sorbet, which my son enjoyed a few bites of as
well (even though fruit is a no-no on a salicylate free
We ended our last meal at The Crystal Palace in the Magic
Kingdom for Winnie the Pooh and Pals Breakfast on Friday. The meal
was average, but the chef was great. They had those same
allergy-free buns as Liberty Tree Tavern, so we enjoyed those
again. My daughter had a chocolate chip muffin from Kinnikinnick
and some bacon. The potatoes were seasoned with Lawry's Seasoned
Salt. Having cooked with it in the past, I recognized the taste,
but I knew it had cornstarch in them, which is a no-no for my son.
There was only dairy or soy as an option for a creamer, which was
one of my disappointments on the trip. Rice milk, which was
available, is just awful in coffee.
We had so many snacks to use up from our dining plan, so we got
the OMG… It's Gluten
Free brownies and the gluten and dairy free chocolate
cookies. And yes, the brownie is OMG!
Last year on a business trip, I took my daughter and we did
Magic Kingdom for the day. That time, we ate lunch at Pecos Bill
Tall Tale Inn and Café and dinner at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café.
Both cook food separately and safely for an enjoyable fast food
On this trip, my son did get some salicylate-based foods.
Overall it is super-hard to avoid, but the chefs and teams did a
wonderful job in helping us eat gluten-free there.
I know there are better gluten free products in terms of buns,
breads and other desserts, but I won't complain. Hopefully Disney
will look into Canyon Bakehouse for their amazing buns, breads and
I was really glad to get home. We are now finally back on track;
it has taken my son about a week to recover from being overtired
I'm happy we were finally able to do a big family trip to Disney
and found it is possible to have fun and make those
classic family memories without constantly worrying about
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