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 tells us the her top gluten-free breakfasts around the resorts and the parks.
Having breakfast at a Disney restaurant is an experience that should not be missed when traveling to Orlando. Where else can you be visited by Disney friends while eating gluten free Mickey waffles? Whether you are in the mood for an all-you-can-eat buffet, or a more budget-friendly breakfast, I’ve got you covered. If you would like to read my full review of any of the restaurants in this post, or find links to make advance dining reservations, click on the name of the restaurant above or below each picture.
Tusker House is the only restaurant on my list that is in a theme park, so it’s the only one that you would need a park pass to visit. For breakfast, Tusker House serves up American and African inspired dishes at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and you will be visited by Safari Donald Duck and other characters as you dine. Some of my breakfast favorites include the beef bobotie, Mickey waffles, sweet plantains, and potato & leek frittata. I love that Tusker House now has a gluten free station on their buffet, where you can find gluten free bread, bagels, muffins, and donuts.
Boma-Flavors of Africa, has long been one of our favorite restaurants for dinner, and it has recently become one of my top picks for breakfast as well. Earlier this summer, I was introduced to their Mickey waffles with bananas foster. Oh my goodness, what an amazing combination! I also love their carving station, tater tots, pap (white cornmeal), and their avocado, grapefruit & papaya salad. Like Tusker House, there are so many gluten free options on the buffet. If you are worried about cross contamination, Disney chefs are always willing to bring you food from the back.
Just this week, I had breakfast at ‘Ohana for the first time. So many of my blog readers were raving about it, I had to give it a try. I prefer Boma and Tusker House, because they are less crowded and a little more low-key, but I really enjoyed my Island Feast of Stitch juice, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, and gluten free Mickey waffles. While we dined, we were visited by Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto, so if you are looking for a pretty traditional American breakfast, with characters, on the Magic Kingdom monorail line, ‘Ohana is a great option for you.
My favorite budget-friendly breakfast spot at Disney World is Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. I almost always order their amazing gluten free beignets, but they have other great breakfast options, like gluten free Mickey waffles made with Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix. To order the beignets, head to the beignet counter, and tell a cast member that you would like to order the gluten free beignets, and they will find a chef for you. The chefs at Sassagoula have been experimenting with the recipe in the last year, so I ask for my beignets the way I like them — lightly cooked, not too brown, with lots of powdered sugar.
Another budget-friendly quick service option is Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Their Little Mermaid themed waffles are some of the best gluten free waffles at Disney World, and their turkey bacon is amazing too! They have a beautiful selection of fresh fruit, and other gluten free options like pancakes and french toast.
Other great quick service options for breakfast are Everything POP at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, where they have huge gluten free POP waffles that are the size of a dinner plate, and The Mara at the Animal Kingdom Resort, which offers a great bounty platter with the best breakfast potatoes at Disney. When you go to any of these quick service restaurants, ask to speak to a chef, who will discuss gluten free options with you.
If you will be at Disney World before October, you have to have breakfast at Kouzzina by Cat Cora on Disney’s BoardWalk. For years, we dined here on Christmas morning, but sadly Kouzzina will be closing its doors on September 30th. Hopefully Trattoria al Forno, the new Italian restaurant that will be taking its place in December, will be serving breakfast dishes that are just as amazing as the ones we were used to at Kouzzina.
I have been hearing great things about Whispering Canyon Cafe for breakfast from some of my blog readers, so I hope to check it out soon. As far as Chef Mickey’s goes, people either seem to love it or recommend avoiding it.
If you are looking for a list of restaurants where you can order allergy friendly Mickey waffles at Disney, head over to Gluten-Free & Dairy Free at WDW. Sarah has all the locations listed for you here.