Managing with Celiac and Gluten Intolerance at Disney World – How to Stay Gluten Free

Disney World has a huge fan base among those with Celiac and gluten intolerance. It’s no wonder. With the massive amount of dining options available there, and the extensive food safety training the chefs receive, it’s possibly one of the easiest destinations in the world to visit, if not the easiest.

Disney has hundreds of restaurants, and most of them have a variety of gluten free options. According to Walt Disney World Catering, gluten free is Disney’s top special dietary request. In our opinion (my wife and myself), they’ve risen to the challenge and gone way beyond.

In the “real world”, dining strictly gluten free often means that it’s necessary to order tasteless, simple dishes to avoid possible gluten based additives. Some restaurants have gluten free menus, but most just have some of the items from the main menu, along with a note for each dish stating what you need to leave off to make it gluten free. Usually what ends up on your plate is an unappealing, bare dish. So for example you might end up with a salad with lemon on it, a plain baked potato, and a plain piece of broiled fish.

With Disney, it’s a different world. We find that almost all of the Disney-owned full-service restaurants have many gluten free options, and they often include gluten free substitute foods. For example there are a couple of restaurants where you can get breaded and deep fried fish and chips, made with a gluten free breading and fried in a dedicated fryer.

Gluten free Disney fans love the wide variety of options throughout the resort and parks! Here’s a comment from one of them:

“If I get glutened, I’m in misery and practically bed-bound for a week. I used to love eating out, and I enjoyed all kinds of foods, but I’m only able to eat safely at the same few restaurants in my area. Every time I visit Disney World, I gain around 10 pounds, but it’s 10 pounds of absolute pleasure! It’s awesome to be able to choose from so many restaurants. I can easily get a hot dog and French fries, eat Asian, Mexican, African, UK, and everything else! Even breakfast is a blast. I’ve had great experiences, and I’ve never gotten sick.”

Disney has even been stocking gluten free snacks in their stores, gift shops and snack locations.

Start planning for your Disney Dining here with step by step directions for managing at Disney with special dietary needs:

If you’re planning a visit and you have celiac or gluten intolerance, START HERE:

You’ll find step by step instructions to help make your reservations and to help you order when you’re in any Disney World restaurant. There are also answers to a wide variety of questions for managing at Disney with special dietary needs, including celiac and gluten intolerance.

Now get ready to have a wonderful time!

You can also check out a couple sites that have restaurant reviews for gluten free dining in Disney World and in the Orlando area:


For more information on Disney World dining with special dietary needs, visit here. 

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