Gluten-free Disneyland: A #nimatested guide to the happiest place on earth
This blog was updated on April 5th, 2019 with new #nimatested dishes in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks.
Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Disney. Since being gluten-free, I’ve also learned to appreciate how accommodating the Disney Parks are with special dietary needs. I recently went to Disneyland on vacation and found not just #nimatested and approved gluten-free meals, but tasty ones to boot. Read more for my top gluten-free Disneyland picks at each park (and a resort thrown in as a bonus!).
Restaurant: Alien Pizza Planet
#nimatested Dish: Pepperoni pizza and chocolate chip cookie
Notes: This restaurant is located in Tomorrowland right next to the Tomorrowland Theater and Space Mountain. It is a quick service restaurant but the server took the time to call over the chef who took down my order and served me personally. So thankful for such an accommodating place!
Restaurant: Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
#nimatested Dish: Apple Pie Sundae
Notes: Go to the Parlor around Halloween and you’ll get a spooky goblet to go along with your dessert like the one in this picture! I talked to the staff about gluten-free options and found that while most of their ice cream is gluten-free, the toppings might not be. They were so curious about Nima after I explained that I could test the food, so I ordered the Apple Pie Sundae and tested the toppings for gluten. It came back clean and I was able to demonstrate how Nima works!
Restaurant: Hungry Bear Restaurant
#nimatested Dish: Hamburger and french fries
Notes:This restaurant is located in Critter County and is the perfect place to eat after a ride on Splash Mountain. A waitress with an allergy menu in hand was there to greet me as I walked up to the entrance. My meal came with the gluten-free tag but I tested it just to be sure and Nima approved!
Restaurant: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
#nimatested Dish: Chocolate chip muffin and chips
Notes: This restaurant is located at the end of Main Street and is a great breakfast and lunch spot. The cashier pointed out my gluten-free options and Nima smiled.
Restaurant: Red Rose Tavern
#nimatested Dish: Hamburger
Notes: This Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant is located in Fantasyland. I was told anything on the menu could be prepared gluten-free so I order a hamburger and got all smiles from Nima.
Restaurant: Refreshment Corner
#nimatested Dish: Hotdog and Chips
Notes: A quick service restaurant located on Main St. and was able to make anything on the menu gluten-free! This is a great place to grab a quick bite and catch one of the parades that come down Main St. throughout the day.
Restaurant: River Belle Terrace
#nimatested Dish: pulled pork sandwich on an allergy-friendly bun and brussel sprouts and carrots medley
Notes: Among the many options for both quick-service and table-service dining is River Belle Terrace, which has comfort food with a southern flair in Frontierland. Ask for more BBQ sauce on the side if you like your sammies saucy!
Restaurant: Tiki Juice Bar
#nimatested Dish: Dole Whip
Notes: Who can forget the classic Disneyland treat – the Dole Whip. In a sea of churros and Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, it’s hard to believe that you’ll find a sweet indulgence that’s GF. But, did you know that the Dole Whip soft serve is gluten-free and vegan? We tested it, Nima smiled and then we smiled as we devoured this tart frozen treat on a warm day.
California Adventure Park
Restaurant: Lamplight Lounge
#nimatested Dish: Potato Skins
Notes: Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time for this popular sit-down restaurant on Pixar Pier! They have a separate menu for food allergies including appetizers and entrees.
Restaurant: Lucky Fortune Cookery
#nimatested Dish: Chicken Teriyaki bowl
Notes: Located on Pacific Wharf, this quick service location can accommodate for gluten-free allergies for most things on their menu. It’s a great place for a quick lunch or dinner as your walking the park.
Restaurant: Paradise Garden Grill
#nimatested Dish: Chicken Tamales
Notes: Located in Paradise Gardens, this is a great place for a quick lunch or dinner. I stopped by for dinner and caught a small show outside of the location. It’s a great spot to see entertainment and watch people enjoy the park.
Restaurant: Smokejumpers Grill
#nimatested Dish: Cheeseburger and french fries
Notes: A quick service restaurant in Grizzly Peak, this is a great place to grab a bite to eat after a ride on the Grizzly River Run. Most things on the menu were gluten-free and Nima approved!
Restaurant: Wine Country Trattoria
#nimatested Dish: Gluten-free spaghetti bolognese
Notes: A table-service restaurant at the parks, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds! The wait staff brought out allergy-friendly bread before our meals, and the gluten-free spaghetti bolognese was one of the best GF pastas I’ve had. Pair that with an outdoor patio shaded with vines and trellises, and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon at California Adventure.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
Restaurant: Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
#nimatested Dish: Scallops appetizer, gluten-free bread service (a rosemary flatbread of sorts) and the seared lamb chops for dinner
Notes: If you want to take a break from the parks and have a quiet evening with good food and wine, you’ll definitely need to book a reservation at here. You can enter the hotel from either Downtown Disney, California Adventure, or from street access if you take a car from off property. Napa Rose is heavily influenced by California’s wine country (hence the name) and offers the freshest ingredients and a seasonal menu. Not only did they have an allergy menu, but our waiter said that they can adapt pretty much anything on the menu for gluten-free. Holy moly were all of them #nimatested, approved and delicious. You won’t be disappointed – it’s worth the price!
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