I am taking the kids to Disney in a few weeks and I noticed when making meal reservations there was an option to check Gluten Allergies. Of course I did, however, what should I expect?? Has anyone been to Disney since they went Paleo and if so what was your overall experience?
I'm an annual pass holder, nearby resident, and started eating 80-90% paleo a month or two ago. I just discovered the gluten allergy button on the ADR (Advanced Dining Reservations) site not long ago. Saturday I had my first meal after letting Disney know I was "gluten allergic". The chef will come out and talk about how they can accommodate your 'issue'. In my case, I just asked for a bunless burger and double veggies instead of the pasta and veggies that normally came with the meal. I had ordered the same thing the same way previously, but with the gluten 'problem' I got a bigger portion as well as larger variety of veggies. The veggies were cooked in some type of oil, but I didn't ask what. I was happy with what I received size wise and figured a bit of vegetable oil on one day wasn't going to matter much. Mind you this was at a sit down restaurant. Trying to eat paleo at counter service locations will be much trickier depending on which park you are at. I do have some suggestions and particular restaurants that work better than others and would gladly share them if you let me know what parks you're going to be at.
I haven't been in ages, but I found this food blog that's pretty interesting:
It's actually pretty comprehensive, from what I've seen, and offers reviews of restaurants that they've dined at while at Disney. :)
We go six times a yr...stay in a DVC resort they have full kitchens and you can shop at whole foods off of doctor Phillips road. You can easily paleo. Just rent a car Saves huge time. Old key west resort is a great place to stay. I have my groceries delivered directly to my room by pre offing over the net. Bell services will load it up for. Each DVC resort has a small grocery store built in it. WDW is fun......just don't eat anything there except at France and morocco pavilions in epcot. In the land building where soarin is there is a new healthy food pavilion.....another part of the parks you will need to go for the turkey legs or the dill pickles. Bring a back pack with water bottles and macadamia nuts. Have fun.
My last trip to Disney I was only avoiding soy and HFCS. For my next trip, I'm planning on packing a lot of yogurt, sauerkraut, raw cheddar, jerky and so on and having breakfast in the room (we drive and have a big cooler). I'm also planning on packing mini Rubbermaid containers of butter and coconut oil since it's hard to get enough good fats down there, and I want to get some Tanka bars for emergencies, plus some glutenzyme pills to carry with my lactaid. :-)
I've been wondering how to avoid gluten as well, since we don't do much with the sit down dinners, so I've been mapping out ideas. It's almost impossible to get veggies aside from carrots, celery, and salads if you don't go to table service restaurants (though they usually have green beans at the resort food courts), but my back up plan what Dr. K recommended- turkey legs and dill pickles. Also, if you register with Disney ahead of time as Celiac/Gluten Intolerant, you can get Amy's pizza (gluten free) at the pizza counter service restaurants (like Pizza Planet at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Pinocchio's at Magic Kingdom).
My two best recommendations are: check out the menus before hand, and make a print out for each park of where you'd like to eat and what you'd like to get and take the print out with you. It saves a lot of time even when you don't have special dietary needs, but this could really help to keep you from going crazy once you're there: http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm
And also to read up here: http://allears.net/din/guestceliac.htm It seems that most of Disney's idea of gluten free means gluten-free-frankenfoods, so there may be a way to do GF/low carb to avoid all the GF buns and pastas. At a table service restaurant, they'll probably talk to you personally to discuss what you need, but at counter service, they may just assume that you want rice noodles and gluten free hamburger rolls.
Disney's done away with most of their toppings bars, but you may want to check out Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland/Fantasyland border)- a bunless burger or chicken "sandwich" with their toppings bar could net you a really nice meal.
Hello... I just wanted to share a website we are currently developing that addresses this very issue: www.PaleoMouse.com. We are a family of four who visit WDW regularly and are trying to adopt a Paleo/Primal style diet. I hope you can find helpful suggestions on our blog, but I will share my best tip: GardenGrocer is a local grocer that delivers to the WDW resorts for a low delivery fee. We find that placing an order before we fly down allows us to eat many meals less expensively and adhere to our diet. I would also say do not be afraid to ask Disney cast members for assistance with any dietary restrictions - they are generally very helpful. Many chefs will even prepare a special dish customized to your requests. Happy travels!
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