Trail’s End Brunch- Gluten Free Review
Trail’s End Restaurant is one of Disney World’s hidden gems, probably because getting to it requires a bit of work. Located at the Fort Wilderness Campground, Trail’s End is best accessed via boat from either the Magic Kingdom or one of the monorail resorts and then a short walk to the restaurant. If you happen to be staying at the Wilderness Lodge, there is a walking path that will you lead you to Fort Wilderness. (Editor’s Note: This path is currently closed as construction of Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge is being built.)
Trail’s End is an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet boasting traditional Southern cooking in a rustic log cabin style setting. Reservations are recommended and the check-in podium is outside on the porch, which has rocking chairs and a bench or two for you to relax on while you wait. To further the authentic vibe, the restrooms are located around the corner from the restaurant. Which means you will need to actually exit the restaurant and walk around the side of the building should you need to visit the little pioneer girls’ washroom during your meal.
We visited Trail’s End on August 11, 2019 for brunch. After checking in for our reservation, we only had to wait a few minutes before being seated. I was given an allergen guide for breakfast, however there were also brunch/lunch options listed on the back. The allergen guide breaks down items by section and indicates whether or not they are safe for an allergy with a green check mark for safe to consume or a red slashed circle for not safe. I was given the option to speak with a chef if I had any questions as well as being offered gluten free Mickey waffles (do they even need to ask?!). The allergen guide seemed pretty self-explanatory so I passed on speaking with the chef and headed to the buffet to see what looked good!
Pastry Island (aka Gluten Island) is clearly to be skipped. There was also a station of cold breakfast items. The only item marked as unsafe was the granola, however I would suggest asking for fresh items from the back for this station as someone had spilled granola outside of the container. If at anytime there is concern for cross-contamination, you can always ask for something to be brought out fresh from the kitchen. There were a few items at the hot station that were marked unsafe, but I was able to try quite a few: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy potato casserole, breakfast potatoes, and tater tots. I also added some steamed vegetables, fruit, and banana syrup to the mix (for my Mickey waffles). Everything I tried was delicious! The Mickey waffles were cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The banana syrup had banana slices in it and was very sweet, however it was a perfect dipping sauce for the waffles. The bacon was crispy and the cheesy potato cassserole was seasoned well. Overall, a great brunch and I would definitely return on a future trip.
The current price for breakfast at Trail’s End varies depending on time of year and day of the week, ranging from $15-$34.99. Dinner is priced higher, ranging from $35-$59.99. The higher prices are for peak days and holidays. Disney Dining Plan is accepted and is 1 table service credit. Trail’s End accepts Tables In Wonderland (20%), Passholder (10%), DVC (10%), and Disney Visa (10% at breakfast and lunch only, excludes alcohol) discounts. As always, prices and accepted discounts may change at any time.
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