Tips for Dining Gluten-Free at Disneyland

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Gluten-Free Teriyaki Chicken meal at Lucky Fortune Cookery

All my friends know how much I love Disneyland. So much so that when one of them is planning on a day there, they reach out to me to ask for advice. I am usually very happy to share my expertise with them.

But recently a request from a friend stumped me. It seems her daughter would be going to Disneyland. Her daughter has to follow a strict gluten-free diet. So my friend asked me what I knew about gluten-free dining at Disneyland.

I was stumped.

Alien Pizza Planet offers two gluten-free pizzas and a salad

I am not one to simply give up, so I did a deep-dive into Disneyland’s website for answers about gluten-free dining. I also asked my friend to report back on how her daughter did at the park. This is what I found out.

The first thing to remember is that whenever you feel hungry at the park, if you’re outside a restaurant, definitely ask a Cast Member about what gluten-free options they have. Sometimes they will be able to list them for you. Other times they may hand you a menu that has allergen-friendly items on it. But they will never shrug their shoulders. They will find the information that you need, and they will do it with a smile.

The French Market Restaurant offers four gluten-free entrees!

My friend wanted to know a little bit about the options in advance, so I looked at the menus that are available on Disneyland’s website. What I discovered is that nearly every restaurant, be it quick service or full service, had a few gluten-free items on their menu. Usually, these were listed on the very bottom of the menu.

Just to see what was available, I chose to look at a menu from a restaurant that I had eaten dinner recently: Alien Pizza Planet. When I scrolled to the bottom of the menu, I saw three gluten-free options listed: a green salad and two different kinds of pizza made with a gluten-free crust.

Some of the other restaurants, like the full service Blue Bayou that overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean, did not list gluten-free options on their online menu. Instead, it simply said “Allergy-friendly menus available on request.” My advice if you want to eat at a table service restaurant and have any food allergies in the party is to call ahead to make a reservation, and at that time, speak to the Cast Member about the food allergy.

Gluten-Free Jabalaya and Cajun-Style Chicken Caesar salad at the French Market

I was pleased to see that one of my favorite Disneyland restaurants, the French Market, offers four great entrees!  You can choose from the Herb-Roasted Chicken, Cajun-Style Chicken Caesar salad, Jambalaya, or a child’s meal of Chicken Breast with Rice.

Armed with this information, my friend’s daughter had a wonderful day at Disneyland. She wound up having lunch at the classic Golden Horseshoe, where the gluten-free option was a Chicken Mixed Green Salad.

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