When you have a food allergy or sensitivity, taking a vacation can be turn out to be somewhat less than magic. Trust me, I’m right there with you – as I struggle with food allergies and insulin resistance myself. However, I’ve found in my many travels to Disney, that they are more than willing to make special accommodations for special diets and will even go out of their way to make your experience magical. For those of you who are struggling with making a trip to Disneyland, here’s a little guide on dining gluten-free.
Note: As with any food allergy, it is best to consult the chef on ingredients. The following guide is based on our own experience dining at Disneyland and menus/ingredients are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information regarding special diets, we always recommend contacting Disney directly.
Special Dietary Requests for Gluten-Free Disneyland Restaurants/Reservations
The best way to ensure that you have dining options that are gluten-friendly, Disney has provided a number of ways to contact them and plan your vacation without making “gluten-free” seem like a wicked witch’s curse.
When making reservations with Disneyland online, please indicate all food allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements at the time of booking as well as upon arrival at the restaurant.
To make reservations by phone, call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 and indicate any special dietary requirements when booking as well as upon arrival at the restaurant.
At the Restaurant
Inform the server, chef or on-duty Cast Member trained in special diets of any restrictions upon your arrival.
For questions/requests related to food allergies, intolerances and other special dietary needs, contact Disney directly at Special.Diets@disneyland.com.
Personal Food Items
Guests with food allergies or intolerances are allowed to bring food into Disneyland Resort theme parks and dining locations. When passing through the park’s security bag check, simply inform a Cast Member that someone in the party has special dietary needs.
Top 10 Gluten-Free Eats at Disneyland
Here are a few of our favorite gluten-free items from Disneyland and California Adventure! Remember to ask for the allergy menu at each dining location as each of these selections were ordered from those menus. Remember, menus change often (especially Carthay Circle) so items below might not always be available or continue to be gluten-free. It’s always best to ask your server.
Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya
Blue Bayou (Disneyland)
Toasted Cheese Sandwich and Tomato-Basil Soup
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café (Disneyland)
Mickey Waffles, Eggs, Bacon & Hashbrowns
Storyteller’s Café (Grand Californian)
Wine Country Trattoria (California Adventure)
All-Beef Hotdog & Filmstrip Fries
Award Wieners (California Adventure)
Plaza Inn (Disneyland)
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar (Disneyland Hotel)
Bacon Cheese Melt
Carnation Café (Disneyland)
Grilled Eye of the Rib-Eye and Cabernet-Braised Top Cap
Napa Rose (Grand Californian)
Mishima Ranch Wagyu Flat Iron
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)
What are your best tips for dining gluten-free at Disneyland?
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