Gluten-Free Disneyland Traveling Tips with Nima Community Member Kimberly
My name is Kimberly and I just got my Celiac diagnosis 4 months ago. I have a very very severe case and am very sensitive to cross contamination. I already had severe food related anxiety and food related PTSD from having severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum with all three of me pregnancies. So when my Celiac diagnosis came it got even worse, with my fear of being “glutened”.
A few weeks ago when planning a trip to Disneyland for our family, I had an overwhelming sense of anxiety about being afraid to eat anything while I was there, getting sick, and it ruining our vacation. I then found an Instagram post about Nima. I went to the Nima website and read a lot of reviews and I was instantly sold!
Fast forward to 2 days after getting back from our vacation and I get emotional when I say Nima has changed my life, in terms of eating out! I had the best time on my vacation. Not only was Disneyland VERY accommodating, but it was so nice to have my Nima for my sense of reassurance with my anxiety. I would not have eaten if I didn’t have my Nima though. With my anxiety and sensitivity I personally cannot trust a restaurant if they say it’s gluten-free.
I ate so much food and everything came up gluten-free! I felt great and such a sense of ease and reassurance when eating out, it really has changed my life. I cannot thank Nima enough for coming out with something like this!
Here are some of my favorite spots from Disneyland I want to share with the Nima community.
This is the Pixar Pier Parfait!
It’s a non dairy gluten-free lemon soft serve and a blue raspberry frozen slushy. This is my new favorite and I had two of them when I was there! It’s located at the new Adorable Snowman Treats over on the Pixar Pier in California Adventure Park.
Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes
This is a really good sandwich, I’ve had it before! They don’t skimp on the roast beef. This can be found at Flo’s V8 Cafe in California Adventure Park in Cars Land. See more reviews from Flo’s V8 Cafe in the app.
Roasted Giant Turkey Leg
They are gluten-free and can be located in California Adventure Park at a food cart across from The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure! These are really good, but greasy!
Gluten-Free Cheese Pizza
This isn’t best looking pizza but it hit the spot! It’s a gluten-free cheese pizza from Alien Pizza Planet in Disneyland over in Tomorrowland next to Space Mountain. They also had a gluten-free pepperoni option as well. See the reviews from Alien Pizza Planet in the app.
Lemon Blackberry Macaroon
These are macaroons shaped like the aliens from Toy Story. This was amazing!! It wasn’t on the allergen menu for gluten allergy but the allergens on the label only listed soy, I believe it so I tested it and it came up gluten-free! This was also located at the Alien Pizza Planet in Disneyland over in Tomorrowland next to Space Mountain.
Caprese Sandwich on a GF Bun. With Fresh Potato Chips
With mozzarella, basil, tomato, and balsamic, this was a really good and refreshing sandwich. It’s located at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland at the end of Main Street. See the review of this sandwich in the app.
Tips for Visiting Disneyland Resorts
Disneyland is highly rated for their food allergy accommodations. Everyone is very knowledgeable about Celiac and cross contamination. Almost every restaurant has an a separate allergen menu! When you specify your allergy; depending on the severity, a chef will come out and talk with you! I talked with a chef almost every time. I’m very sensitive to cross contamination, so I would have to ask details about how my food was being cooked or handled.
One night we made reservations at Cafe Orleans. I told them my allergy, and the chef came out and advised me that he wouldn’t be able to make any of my food without it being contaminated. He was very apologetic but I was so thankful he was so honest in preventing me from getting “glutened”. That’s how most restaurants there are, very thorough in telling you areas in which there could be a risk of cross contamination.
Even with my food being safely made I ALWAYS used my Nima. For me and my food anxiety, I couldn’t take that risk of getting sick and it ruining our vacation. And a plus, the chefs loved seeing my Nima in action, knowing that my food was in fact gluten-free, and that they were all doing everything correctly in the kitchen!
We stayed at the Red Lion Hotel this last time and the time before we stayed at The Anaheim Hotel. It was only about a 10 minute walk or so. It was nice because I had a lot of my food in the hotel refrigerator, so we could walk back to the hotel for lunch and to rest.
Additional tips for a day at Disneyland:
– Even though they do have gluten-free options, bring extra snacks for yourself for throughout the day (popcorn there is gluten-free though).
– Bring in a small cooler with food if you don’t plan on eating all meals there (I packed some fruit and some sandwiches in my backpack cooler for lunches).
– Don’t be afraid to talk to the chef and ask questions about how your food is being prepared, they are extremely nice and accommodating.
– Always specify that you are Celiac or have a severe allergy to the person taking your order or your chef, to ensure proper handling and cooking.
– If you don’t see something you like on the menu, ask a chef and they will almost always make a special request (new Orleans Cafe you can even order a gluten-free Monte Cristo sandwich 24 hours in advance and they will make it downstairs in a safe kitchen).
– Bring your Nima if you have one and extra capsules (I tested something that was not labeled as gluten-free or on their allergen menu, and it was safe!).
– Don’t be afraid to test your food with your Nima, even if it was said to be made safely and gluten-free.
Plan your family trip
Thank you Kimberly for sharing your Disneyland experience! You can follow her on Instagram at @kimmie2430. If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, make sure to check the app for the #Nimatested reviews contributed by Kimberly and other community members! Kimberly is making more trips to Disneyland this year, so make sure to continue checking in the app for new reviews!
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