Blogger Street Team member Alexis Salerno knows a lot about Disney dining. Her website Gluten Free in Orlando chronicles her culinary journey in Disney World, Orlando, and beyond. In this blog post, she highlights the Top 10 Disney Restaurants Without a Park Pass.
If you are attending the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention in November at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and will not be buying a pass to visit the Disney parks, you will still be able to enjoy some of my favorite Disney restaurants. Nobody handles special diets better than Disney, and there are plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from at Downtown Disney and the Disney Resorts.
Sassagoula is home to one of my favorite treats at Disney World, gluten free beignets. They are dairy free and egg free as well. They do not contain soy or nuts, but the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Pizza Crust that is used in the recipe is made in a facility that handles nuts and soy products. Chef Tony, Chef Raphael, Chef Paul, and the rest of the team of chefs at Sassagoula do an amazing job with special diets! There are plenty of gluten free options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just ask to speak to a chef at one of the food stations when you arrive. Some of my other favorites are the gluten free Mickey Waffles, and their cheesesteak sandwich & french fries. You can view all of Sassagoula’s menus here.
Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has a wide variety of gluten free options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Little Mermaid themed waffles are probably the best gluten free waffles I have ever had at Disney World, and I loved their turkey bacon too. This quick service restaurant offers both international and American favorites at their various food stations. My favorite for lunch and dinner is the World of Flavors station, that features gluten free tandoori boneless chicken thighs, tandoori shell-on-shrimp, Mongolian grilled fish, and Mongolian grilled beef stir fry. Gluten free sides at this station include roasted cauliflower with tomatoes, acorn squash, basmati rice, and roasted potatoes. You can view the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for Landscape of Flavors here.
The Mara, a quick-service restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is worth a visit just for their African Stew and gluten free Zebra Domes. They also offer a variety of salad options, flatbreads on gluten free pizza shells, and mini cupcakes from BabyCakes. I’ve heard they have some great allergy friendly options for breakfast as well. You can read more about The Mara, and view their menus here.
Gluten free fish & chips, onion rings, fried shrimp, garlic & parmesan skinny chips (fries), and fried scallops — need I say more? All can be enjoyed at both Raglan Road, a table-service restaurant, and Cooke’s of Dublin, their quick-service counterpart in Downtown Disney. At Raglan Road, most menu items can be modified to meet your dietary needs. Their strawberry & apple crumble with vanilla ice cream & fresh cream is just one of many reasons I am going there for my birthday this month. Sit back and relax at Raglan Road and Cooke’s of Dublin, where the servers and chefs do an incredible job accommodating people with special diets. You can read more about Raglan Road and Cooke’s of Dublin on their website here.
Last fall, Splitsville in Downtown Disney added 16 gluten free options to their menu, including my personal favorites, the fiesta chicken and steak fajita rice bowls. We love to meet family and friends for bowling and dining at Splitsville. If you’re not in the mood to bowl, you can just go to enjoy the food. You can view Splitsville’s bowling prices and menu on their website here.
Sanaa is one of the best restaurants at Disney World for special diets, and features African cooking with Indian flavors. They have gluten free and dairy free menus, and an incredible team of chefs who make dishes like gluten free naan, tamarind braised lamb shank, and slow-cooked dishes like beef short ribs and butter chicken. Sanaa, a table-service restaurant, is open for lunch and dinner. You can view their menus, and make advance dining reservations (ADRs) here.
Like Sanaa, Boatwright’s boasts an incredible team of chefs that take great care of people with special diets. Chef Tony and his team serve up amazing gluten free dishes like Cajun-seasoned crawfish bites, shrimp & grits, and Voodoo chicken. If you’re in the mood for some New Orleans specialties, you have to pay Boatwright’s a visit. You can check out their dinner menu, and make reservations here.
Boma – Flavors of Africa has been a family favorite of ours for over a decade. Boma features African dishes at an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet at both breakfast and dinner. I love their wide selection of gluten free meats, vegetables, soups, salads, and desserts at dinner. I have heard their breakfast is pretty amazing for people with special diets as well. You can view Boma’s menu, and check availability here, on Disney’s website.
‘Ohana features all-you-can-eat Polynesian specialties like grilled chicken, marinated steak, and spicy grilled peel-n-eat shrimp, that are brought to your table on huge skewers. Make your advance dining reservations early for ‘Ohana, because it is one of the toughest restaurants to get ADRs at in Disney World. I have only eaten there for dinner, but ‘Ohana is also open for breakfast, which features character dining with Stitch and friends. You can read more about ‘Ohana, and make advance dining reservations here.
The chefs at Disney’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue make gluten free cornbread, served with honey butter. If that isn’t enough, you will be entertained by the Pioneer Hall Players for two hours while you dine on gluten free ribs, grilled chicken, chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, french fries, salad, baked beans and corn. Even the sangria is included in the price of your ticket. It has become our tradition to spend New Year’s Eve at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, then watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the dock at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. If you have never been to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, you definitely need to add it to your Disney Bucket List. You can check show times and availability on Disney’s website here.
Detailed reviews of all of these restaurants are available on my website Gluten Free Orlando.