If you’re traveling to Southern California, there is probably a pretty good chance you’re going to be visiting Disneyland. I wrote a previous post on a So Cal Native’s Tips for Visiting Disneyland, so definitely check that post out for some of my tips on how to get the most out of your visit to the park.
This post, however, is for those of you who, like myself, have some dietary issues. My celiac diagnosis means I need to eat gluten free. If you’re like me, you will understand the stress and research that goes into researching food options when you’re traveling or even going to a new restaurant. Thankfully, I have good news for you Disneyland-bound gluten free travelers out there: It’s easy to eat GF at Disney. Hooray!
I had a season pass to Disney for years until they raised their prices, but I’ve probably been to Disneyland at least 100 times, so I know the park really well. Here are some things you should know…
Almost all of the restaurants at Disneyland can accommodate special diets. I’ve found that most menus for most restaurants will clearly list their GF menu items, and if not, you can always ask a cast member (staff member…they call them cast members) and they will be able to help you out. The Disney staff is well trained and knowledgeable so feel free to ask them anything!
If you don’t want to go to that trouble, I do have a few suggestions on what to eat. Please ask when you order though, because this list is subject to change.
From vending carts around the park:
- fresh fruit and nuts
- turkey legs
- Plaza Inn: breakfast foods, including GF waffles by request, baked chicken for lunch or dinner.
- Coke Corner: They will make you a hot dog with a gluten free bun by request.
- Carnation Cafe: Breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc. Also at lunch you can get chicken breast or sandwiches made with GF bread or lettuce wrapped by request. They also have Dreyers Ice Cream available here.
- Jolly Holiday Bakery: Most sandwiches can be made with GF bread, also some soups and salads (ask for without the breadstick, and ask which ones are GF when you order)
- Tomorrowland Terrace has breakfast items (potatoes, eggs, bacon), and for lunch or dinner you can order burgers or a chicken breast sandwich with a gluten free bun and a side of fruit or fries.
- Pizza Port: Rice noodles with marinara or tomato basil sauce is available. They will also do a grilled chicken salad for you, and…rejoice! They have gluten free pizza (cheese or pepperoni) available on request!
- The Tiki Bar has pineapple spears and Dole Whip, and you should definitely try the Dole Whip because it’s amazing.
- Rancho Del Zocalo: order tacos, quesadillas, or enchiladas with corn tortillas
- River Belle Terrace: Turkey sandwich with a GF bun.
- Burgers are available with a GF bun, and also fries.
- Troubadour Tavern: Baked potato. Not much, I know. But I do like baked potatoes.
- Toon up Treats: Salad (check the dressing label though)
- Bunless kid’s hot dog.
- honestly, maybe eat in a different “land” because Toon Town doesn’t have the best offerings
New Orleans Square
- Blue Bayou: Lots of good stuff. Filet mignon, New York steak, cajun salmon, surf and turf, etc. This place is great! But it’s expensive and you need a reservation, so keep that in mind.
- Cafe Orleans: Salads, vegetable ragout, also chicken breast and salmon fillets. Rice noodles are available upon request.
- Hungry Bear Restaurant: Burgers available with GF bun, sweet potato fries (ask that they are cooked in fries only frier), and watermelon chicken salad.
Disney California Adventure
Throughout the park, they also have carts with fruit and nuts, turkey legs, etc.
Hollywood Pictures Backlot
- Award weiners: Hot dogs are available with a GF bun upon request
- Ariel’s Grotto: The menu changes, but they always have something available. Ask to speak with a manager for current options.
- Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta: Cheese, pepperoni, and BBQ chicken pizzas are available with GF crust. They also have salads (without croutons or breadstick), and rice noodles with marinara.
- Paradise Garden Grill: Lots of chicken, beef, or vegetable skewers, cucumber salad, and Greek salad.
- Taste Pilot’s Grill: Burgers with a GF bun, chicken sandwiches with GF bun, salads (request GF), also fries.
- Cocina cucamonga: Lots of things available, most menu items with corn tortillas. Ask a staff member.
- Golden Vine Winery: lots of options on offer, and they even have GF pasta as a substitution.
Find out more (pretty much every piece of important information you need to know) about dining at Disneyland while gluten free at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/