Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Resorts Gluten Free and Dairy Free Dining Reviews Walt Disney World

Boma Animal Kingdom Lodge

April 2016
I am not sure why I didn't take photos of the main dinner meal, but I LOVED the Boma dinner. We haven't had dinner here in years, and it was so much better than I remembered. There were many options on the buffet that were gluten free and dairy free, but for me, the highlights were the roasted turkey and the salad with lime cilantro dressing. The true delight, however, was this dessert with toffuti and enjoylife cookies. Individually, I don't love either product, but put together with a little chocolate, it was like magic. So so good! I had to buy them when I got home and re-create the magic. I highly recommend Boma for dinner, if it fits into your schedule. Our server was great. He even tracked down my favorite tea with honey. What a nice dinner for our group of 10.

Bongos Downtown Disney 
June 2015

 My husband has been wanting us to try Bongo's Cuban restaurant at Downtown Disney, Orlando. We finally found a time to dine there for lunch. To start with, the menu as labeled for gluten free options, which was very convenient. I just asked if they could make the gluten free selection dairy free, and we had no trouble. My daughter ordered the roast pork with steamed vegetables. She was not a huge fan of the pork. It was a touch sweet, which she didn't care for. The serving sizes, however, were just huge, so I shared mine with her, and I still had more than I could eat.
I ordered a steak dish in a cilantro garlic mojo. It was very good, though not as tender as the other gluten free offering.  Both steak dishes were very good. I was a big fan of the sweet plantain. It was not too sweet, and the texture was nice. I look forward to trying those again. The dish was served with black beans and white rice, and the portions were just huge! To drink, I ordered a non alcoholic lemonade with mint. I just loved this drink. It was tart with a hint of effervescence. The muddled mint was fresh and delightful. The menu had several lemonade offerings that are a fresh treat. We enjoyed our meal, and our relaxing and fun environment at Bongos. While it wasn't my favorite Downtown Disney eatery, it was a definite repeat!

Coronado Springs Resort Pepper Market
November 2014

One morning, we stopped at Pepper Market for a late breakfast while visiting with family. I find that it is much easier to order here than it used to be now that they have done away with the paper system that was oddly confusing. I went to an open window and asked about an option to make a gluten free dairy free pancake. The person at the counter called my request to the kitchen and got it started. My daughter liked her pancakes, and the serving was large. I did ask for adult portion, knowing she loves pancakes.

We wanted to order pizza to the room one night, but for the gluten free girl, we walked to Pepper Market and got an order of tacos on corn shells. To make this dairy free, order without cheese.  She really enjoyed it. We did ask for the chef to come out and ensure safety, which went quickly during the evening (not as busy as the morning). They didn't have a good dessert option to offer with the dining plan, but they had these gluten free Hilltop cookies to try. My daughter didn't have much to say about the cookies, but she loves tacos and she really enjoyed her dinner.

Maya Grill Coronado Springs Resort
November 2014
 As I mention below, we were happy to find that the restaurants at Coronado Springs Resort have improved, dramatically, from prior years when it comes to gluten free dairy free food options. We went to the Maya Grill for dinner, and we could easily look at the large menu in front of the restaurant to see what our gluten free choices were, as they were properly labeled.  For some reason, they were not labeled on the restaurant menus, so it was helpful for us to look before going in. Removing dairy is not difficult, so I ordered the Airliner chicken with steamed broccoli and rice on the side.  It was delicious! I don't know how they made that chicken so yummy, but I just loved this meal. I intentionally ordered as safely as possible to avoid any stomach trouble and my tummy was just fine. I am so happy we had gluten free dairy free options, AND even happier that they were so yummy!

My daughter ordered a steak, rice, corn, guacomole dish that did include cheese.  This is a lot of dairy for her stomach, but she felt good to order it after a day of eating no dairy, otherwise. I would order without the cheese. They brought her corn shells and she loved this meal. Tacos are among her most favorite food in the world, so this was a clear winner.

Coronado Springs Pepper Market and Pool Bar
November 2014

 During our trip to the Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to give Pepper Market, Maya, and the other eateries of the resort a chance to redeem themselves from past trips. The results? A success! To start with, I noticed that some of the menus posted outside of the Maya restaurant and at the pool bar had meal options labeled with "GF", which makes it so much easier to know how to order a safe food. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. The Pepper Market items were not labeled, but we did go directly to any counter that was not too busy and ask if a chef could assist us. I would not ask the people behind the counters if foods are safe, as they will not know and they may give you wrong information. Just ask for the chef from the get go. The Chef told us that the Tortilla Soup was gluten free and dairy free, and it sounded great to me, as I was chilly and worn out from travel. The soup was pretty good. I felt it would have been much better with some fresh cilantro and some corn, but for a cafeteria soup option that was allergy safe, it was nice.
The nachos, pictured above, were from the poolside bar. These are not dairy free, but they could be made dairy free if you like. The bottom of the dish was layered with spicy chili. I did not try these, but the kids enjoyed them until they got to the bottom, which they left behind. We had other meals at CSR during our stay, and I will report those soon. All in all, we were very happy with the improvements they made.

Kona Poly Resort December 2013
We decided to give the Kona Cafe another try, but this time, for breakfast. We had a large group of 12, so finding a non character non buffet option took priority.  Our seating was great, and we had a fabulous time as well as wonderful service. The gluten free dairy free waffle was in place of the biscuit that would have come with this meal.  I would guess the waffle was made with Bob Red Mill's gluten free pancake mix because it had that cornmeal taste to it. The chef did a fantastic job with it, however. Unlike our experience at Mara, this waffle was cooked perfectly. The rest of the dish was good, though nothing amazing to report. We received rice milk and earth balance butter along side. The Kona coffee was a treat, as well.

Gaylord Palms December 2013

We dined at several restaurants in the Gaylord Palms hotel during our stay. They had very similiar options from place to place. The two images come from the poolside bar, and I think our dinner on the indoor boat looked pretty much the same. Here you see a burger, lovely salad, grilled chicken sandwich and EnerG style gluten free bun. While the food was good, we strongly prefer our experiences at Disney restaurants.  The prices at Gaylord are much higher than would seem comparable to other Orlando establishments and the wait time everywhere we went was so slow. Waiting for 1.5-2 hours to receive a simple meal is just too much for 4 kids and 4 adults! We did not enjoy that aspect of our meals. Still, the hotel was lovely. I'd recommend staying here and eating on Disney property.

After our stay we drove to Pensacola Beach and stayed at the Hilton. Inside the Hilton is a restaurant called H20 and it was hands down the best non Disney hotel restaurant we've dined at.  We kept going back for meals as their ingredients and menu options were fantastic. If you're looking for a beach getaway after a Disney trip, I highly recommend it! While they didn't have fancy gluten free baked good options, they had sushi, surf and turf, burgers, and beautiful salads as well as sorbet and ice cream treats.

Sanaa Animal Kingdom Kidani Villages June 2013

 Above is a salad sampler to share.  We loved thew watermelon salad with fennel as well as the chick pea salad in the middle.  The one on the far end was not gluten free, but they did have other gluten free and dairy free options. Our server, Chris, was a wonderful host and Chef Jake was so accommodating.  We had the best dining experience here, as the animals on the savana came up to the glass that adjoined our table.  I can't recommend this restaurant enough.

 My entree consisted of dairy free gluten free options - chana masala, a roasted vegetable dish, and rice.
 My daughter LOVES saag / palak paneer (not dairy free).  This wasn't on the menu, but the chef offered to make her a gluten free version.  This was so nice of him!
They did offer a coconut rice pudding dessert as well as a mango sorbet, but I was hungry for some vanilla toffuti, and I ordered us a bowl to share.  That was a nice finish to a wonderful meal full of great new foods, fantastic views, a very fun and helpful server and more. Plan to spend some time here and try some of the unique African wine flights.
A final recommendation would be to go early and ask for a table at a window.  If you are prepared to wait for this, you'll be rewarded with a magical view.
For sure, this is a new family favorite!

Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge:
We have never dined here for breakfast, and on our last day of the trip we ate a 10am breakfast. Chef Junior was quite the entertainer, as was our server.  I forgot that the restaurant was themed and I don't want to give away what turned out to be very funny surprises, so I'll just say it was a fun time, and very loud! We had a blast.  The food was good, too.  Chef junior made us gluten free dairy free pancakes and all the breakfast goodies featured.  We had more than enough to eat! I wasn't a huge fan of the dinner at Whispering Canyon, but I LOVE the breakfast! Also, they have rice and soy milk available for coffee, if you ask!

Baby Cakes Gluten Free Dairy Free Cakes DownTown Disney  June 2013 and November 2012

 Back again in June 2013 for more goodies! I can't rave the brownies enough.  But my stomach does get a bit mad at me when I eat this two days in a row. Still, what a nice treat option! Attached to the BabyCakes bakery is the Pollo Campano quick service restaurant where you can order rice, salsas, and chicken. (see rice and salsa below)

First, good luck finding this place!  It isn't on the map, and it does not seem to be a place people know about.  I asked cast members and they had no idea what I was talking about.  Hmm...We got our baby cakes, and lunch, at the Pollo Comparo restaurant.  What a treat!  We tried several cupcakes and we used up 6 snack credits to grab more to go.  The Mocha Brownies and Banana Chocolate bread were my favorites! I did get a bad stomach both evenings after I ate these, but I can't say for sure it was from the cupcakes, as we ate out for every meal.  Still, it made me hesitant to eat them again.  They were lovely and it was such a treat.  We enjoyed ordering lunch at Pollo Comparo and getting the Baby Cakes desserts included in our counter service meal, here. You really should try them out if you are in Disney and eating a gluten free diet.

Hoop Dee Doo Fort Wilderness November 2012

We LOVED the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review at Fort Wilderness.  The chef gave us most of the same food options as everyone else.  They had corn bread, and we did not (they did have gluten free corn bread, but not dairy free).

They gave us salad, beans, ribs and baked potato.  They offered to make us grilled chicken, but we passed. There was plenty of food. I was disappointed with the dessert, once again. It was  raspberry sorbet.  I don't really like raspberry sorbet, in the first place, but it was this, or fruit. Yay!

They could add some chocolate and fresh berries and make it LOOK pleasant.  Oh well.  I was not impressed with the food flavors, but it was a great dinner show.  We enjoyed it immensely.  I just thought the beans and ribs were so so. Every other place I've had ribs have had a better sauce, but it was fine. I recommend going to see the show!

Pepper Market November 2012

 Why does the Coronado Resort have to be my favorite, but the restaurants have to be so TERRIBLE for people with allergies? Well, I gave it another try.  I will say the they have improved from a few years ago.  The chef, in the morning, made us gluten free pancakes that my daughter did enjoy.  We went at opening to minimize confusion and cross contamination.  The food was very bland, but safe.  We went back for an evening meal and that was awful.  The process of finding a chef to help us was ridiculous and while there are many people working, they do not help other stations.  It was really unpleasant, as a dining experience. The food was reported to be safe, though I did end up feeling quite ill that evening. I, still, cannot recommend the Pepper Market for a meal if you have allergies, with the exception of going at opening and ordering VERY safe and smart for quick breakfast.

Animal Kingdom Mara November 2012

We still had counter service credits to use, and since we were staying at Coronado Springs Resort, we decided to take our credits over to Animal Kingdom for breakfast.  The choices were good, and the food safe.  I will say that the gluten free waffle was the worst I have ever seen.  The inside was a bizarre texture that was nearly gelatinous!  Luckily, there was plenty of other food to eat.  The eggs at Sunshine Season were better, but this was a nice meal for the credits, and who doesn't love visiting Animal Kingdom Lodge?

Narcoosees Grand Floridian Resort dinner November 2011

My daughter ordered filet mignon over white sweet potato mash. She did request a green vegetable, but it was left off her plate. EnerG rolls and olive oil were served. She enjoyed this dish very much.

I ordered the whole fish with rice and vegetables. The fish was prepared nicely, but the description of a soy lime sauce was misleading. Instead this tasted decidedly sweet and more like an orange maple. I am not a fan of sweet with fish, so I did not enjoy this as the sweet sauce over powered the entire dish. Also, it was incredibly difficult to eat as all components were
stacked. The rice was buried and the wild greens on top in the way, to some extend. We enjoyed this beautiful restaurant and atmosphere, but I would not recommend it based on our food. We had better food at other locations around the Disney resorts and Epcot. My husband ate the surf and turf, and while he agreed it was good, it didn't live up to the expectation we had going in.

Dessert consisted of brownies, tofutti ice cream, marshmallows and optional Hershey's chocolate.

Raglan Road Downtown Disney
lunch November 2011

No reservation needed, we were able to stop in for lunch. While they did not have a gluten free menu, they did have gluten free fish and chips on their menu. We did not order this, and instead I ordered a safe meal of boiled potatoes, steamed broccoli, and chicken. Once again, the chefs were hesitant to send out aioli that was meant to come with the chicken. Though aioli is typically dairy free, they were unsure and they brought a pesto sauce instead. The pesto was a simple oil and basil blend that worked nicely. My daughter ordered her usual, which is a gluten free burger and vegetables. We all enjoyed our meal.

Shutters Caribbean Beach Resort
Supper November 2011

We enjoyed our dinner at Shutters. The chef was able to modify the menu safely. I ordered simple foods: rice, chicken, mango sauce, vegetable. Gluten free EnerG rolls were brought out as well. The meal and service were very good.

Counter Service Caribbean Beach Resort
lunch November 2011

We stopped for a quick late lunch. The options were typical : gluten free bun, burger. The chef may have been able to prepare more foods. We did not inquire further. They did have gluten free brownies and dairy free ice cream, but the chef and staff did not seem to know where items were located and everything took a little extra time to track down. Still, they can handle allergy needs and they were very friendly. The ordering process can be confusing as they have multiple windows to order from and each window has a different menu. Payment is taken at a separate line.

Breakfast November 2011
We ate here twice during our trip. There were many options such as the standard eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, chef made pancakes. In addition there were nice choices such as grilled tomatoes, quinoa porridge, grilled asparagus and more. We enjoyed our meals. The atmosphere is lovely in decor. Attention to detail is unsurpassed at this resort. The location is popular for breakfast and we enjoyed dining early, by 8am.

Captain Grille Yacht Club
Late Lunch Oct 2010 DDPTS (Table Service Credit on Dining Plan) This restaurant worked well for times when we didn't have reservations.

Our first stop for a meal after travel and we were ready for some of that Disney kitchen magic! Chef Allen at the Yacht Club was our most creative chef throughout the trip. He made this beautiful gluten free pasta dish for us.

Captain Grille Yacht Club Late Lunch

He transformed the plain scoops of rice or tofu ice cream by adding a sugar candy treat on top. Bean truly enjoyed it.

Captain Grille Yacht Club Late Lunch

He took the pre packaged brownie served throughout Disney World and warmed it up for me, then added a lovely sauce. This may not seem like much, but we loved the thought he put into our meal. The end result was a delight!
Captain Grille Yacht Club Breakfast

We so enjoyed our late lunch the day prior that we came back the next morning for breakfast. I loved loved loved this dish! Chef Allen served an omelette for Bean, and this salmon and vegetable dish for myself with gluten free bread (toasted - served with dairy free butter). He also topped Bean's egg dish with a gluten free dairy free cheese. She loved it.

Yachtsman Steakhouse Yacht Club Resort Dinner May 2010 DDP2TS

First, I am not a steak fan, and I had salmon already for 3 meals, so the menu left me very little to choose from. BUT I wasn't very hungry, either. I asked the chef for dairy free pasta with olive oil and spinach. He offered a Mediterranean vegetable medley over pasta, dairy free. It was delicious. It was my favorite meal of the trip! Now, these noodles are not gluten free, but you can certainly get the same dish with gluten free noodles. I just loved it. Very simple, very satisfying. We also had rolls and I asked for balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping. Bean had steak, which she does love. She enjoyed the carrots and potatoes. Her mashed potatoes did contain dairy, but you could substitute for a dairy free alternate side. She enjoyed her meal, considerably. I was so craving this pasta salad, I made one the day after we got home. Yum!

Hurricane Hannah - Quick Service Poolside Yacht Club Lunch

While enjoying the AMAZING pool at Yacht Club during our stay, we had quick lunches here. The low allergen choices were hot dogs or burgers with EnerG buns, safe fries, and cookie/brownie. Grapes and Carrots also available. Kid meals would come in buckets like these when they were available. We got them to take with us on the cruise.

Cape May Cafe at Beach Club Resort Character Breakfast

Our first impression of Cape May was...WOW it's LOUD and chaotic in here! It seemed that it drew an even younger crowd, overall, then Crystal Palace. Maybe that is partially because it's in a resort hotel? That aside, the food was delicous. I had potatoes and eggs with salsa and rice milk to drink. It was all very yum. Bean had eggs, meats, fruits and Mickey waffles as well as rice milk to drink. She loved her breakfast. The kids enjoyed the character interaction quite a bit, as well.

Our service left something to be desired, but it was okay. One thing to be aware of: if you are celebrating and you let your service staff know, they sometimes bring out a cupcake for celebration. The problem is that we have had multiple staff members hand our daughter regular wheat flour cupcakes. They know she has allergies, but they just don't think of it when it comes to the end of the meal and they are delivering their treat. This has happened 3 times, and none of the places offered her a low allergen dessesrt. They just left the allergen dessert at the table. This waitress said "Oh, you can't eat that, but Happy Anniversary, and you will have to write in your tip because it's not included". Yeah, really. But still, we enjoyed the meal very much and the chef was helpful and friendly. I can recommend it, and especially if your little ones want some face time with Minnie, Donald, or Goofy.

Pop Century Food Court Breakfast May 2010 DDPQS

The chefs here have ample gluten free ingredients to pull to ensure you and/or your little ones don't go without all those fun treats. They made gluten free, dairy free Mickey waffles on a dedicated waffle iron. They also brought out pure maple syrup. They were quite good. We had rice milk to drink, and fruit on the side.

Ohana Polynesian Resort for Supper Oct 2010 DDPTS Get reservations in advance!

Another restaurant we were told we just HAD to try, so on our 5th trip (or is it 6th?) we finally did it! This is another establishment that requires early reservations, which was evident by the LONG lines of hungry (and grumpy) people waiting to get in. Luckilly, we made reservations 6 months prior. The meal was a lot of fun. The chef brought Bean out this meal that was all gluten free and dairy free. We had a really nice time and I can see why people enjoy Ohana so much. Everyone is in a good mood here, and there is no rush at all. We spent nearly 2 hours at this meal and it was a great experience. The kids left with leis to wear and smiles on their faces.

Ohana Polynesian Resort Supper

Our dessert was transformed here, too. This is such a nice touch when every dining establishment serves the same brownie, ice cream and cookie (gluten free dairy free).

Kona Cafe dinner at Polynesian Resort 2007 DDP1TS

 Here we had the worst service of our trip. We checked in at 5pm and then they forgot us. At 5:30 we went back and they said "whoops, sorry!".
That was just the beginning...All through dinner, the service was awful. Slow, rude, unprofessional. This was NOT what I expected from the
Kona at the Poly! I am hoping we just caught them on an off night (I had heard so many wonderful reviews, that I think this must be the case!)
. The chef we worked with was not anywhere near as creative or helpful as any other chef we talked to on Disney property. He basically brought
us the bare bones. I asked for rolls, and we get a basket of them with nothing to put on them. The salad is torn down to just lettuce,
the chicken, while it looks delicious, was terribly dry and bland. The only good thing was the side salad with dinner (on the plate below) and the non dairy ice cream for dessert!

There was one other good thing, my daughter liked her rice noodles. She didn't like her chicken, and she didn't eat anything other than the noodles, but at least she liked them!

There is my dish. The side salad with almonds was very good. The chicken was just dry as a bone.

The Wave Contemporary Resort May 2010 DDPTS

We decided to do a late lunch here after a Magic Kingdom morning. It was an easy ride over on the monorail and a nice opportunity to cool off and eat in a quiet place. Bean had a gluten free pizza, but it was not dairy free. It was an Amys pizza. Amy's does make a good dairy free and gluten free pizza with the soy free Daiya cheese, but we just brougth enzymes for Bean for this treat. She so rarely has pizza! I had a vegetable stew that was dairy free. It was very good with nice flavors, although I should have ordered something cooler for such a hot day. For dessert, Bean had a dairy free ice cream and I had the sorbet trio (dairy free/gluten free). I truly loved the pineapple flavor, although I didn't care much for the other two. I was so full, it was more of a final tasting, which worked out fine. We enjoyed our meal. It wasn't a favorite, but I would still recommend it for anyone on dining plan 1 table service credit. It's easy to get in on short notice, and it was pretty quiet for a Disney restaurant.

Artist Point Wilderness Lodge Dinner

We have dined here 3 or 4 times, and not really because it's our favorite. We have always been taken out to eat here by family members, which is very kind of them. I must admit, though, that 3 of the 4 times I have dined here, I did get a tummy ache. I can't figure out why, because my food does seem safe. I had a chicken dish over rice with broccolini. The vegetable was overcooked, which was disappointing, but the rice was seasoned well and the chicken was divine. I was too full for dessert, so I skipped that.

Bean had a burger with a second plate of toppings. She had a lot of fun building her burger. She loves tomatoes and pickles, so this was a good one for her. For dessert, the chef brought her the white chocolate Mickey puzzle with edible paints. She adored being able to eat that It was gluten free (may have had dairy, we did not confirm). This normally comes with 2 large cookies, so we had those sent out on a second plate and we gave those to others at the table. This dessert is very fun for the kids, very creative. Bean mixed her paint colors to expand the choices, and then she painted and signed before eating. The SteakHouse at Yacht Club had the same dessert. These are 2 table service credit meals. I thought it was good, but the atmosphere is what makes this worth more, and not the food. The food did not taste better than the food we get at Coral Reef, and that is a 1 table service choice. If you are looking for a quiet place to take a group on short notice, though, this is a nice choice.

Artist Point for Supper at Wilderness Lodge 2008

While the burger with gluten free bun and fries made in a dedicated frier may not seem very exciting, it is a rare treat for my daughter (something we do not make at home) so she was pleased.
I had a fabulous dish that was a blend of navy beans, chorizo, chicken, and greens. It was quite possibly the best dish of the trip. Dessert is lacking across the board in Disney World. The only option most places have for us is a brownie (pre packaged, even served in the package) and rice dream ice cream. That is fine. We enjoy places that have an additional option, but this was not one of them.
Great meal, fabulous service and wonderful atmosphere. Their menu lends itself well to gluten and dairy free dining.

Whispering Canyon Cafe for Supper at Wilderness Lodge 2008 DDP1TS

I have to admit to being very unhappy with this dining experience. They were very slow in helping with our special allergy requests, here. The chef was casual to the point of worry. I asked if something was gluten free and he answers with a "more or has a modified starch, but it's probably fine"...umm...probably? No, that doesn't fly in my book. The waitress, while friendly, was terrible. She was so slow and she messed up our order 3 different times. In the end, I did not pay for my meal or my daughter's, as they were repeatedly brought out wrong and then billed incorrectly. To top it off, the chicken was very strong in rosemary flavor, to the point of being over powering, which I did not even enjoy. Not a repeat for me.
Still, the atmosphere was very fun and festive!

Whispering Canyon Cafe dinner in Wilderness Lodge Resort 2007 DDP1TS

Again, loud and crowded, but the food was very good. The chicken was tender and delicious. Dessert was nothing too special (Itzakadoozie pop).
But did I mention how good the chicken was (second chicken pictured below...I didn't actually taste the kids grilled chicken)?

Artist Point dinner in Wilderness Lodge Resort 2007 DDP2TS

I had the Market Salad and Salmon. It was delicious. They were very attentive to my restrictions. I did, however, get sick this night.
I can't say for certain if it was from the meal or something else. They seemed to be doing a very good job of keeping the allergens out!
There were only packaged gluten free brownies for dessert. But the atmosphere was my favorite of the trip. Much quieter, beautiful paintings,
fun and knowledgeable wait staff!

Artist Point: dinner Wilderness Lodge Jan 2007 DDP2TS

Artist Point is a fine dining restaurant. We all loved our food. This is the buffalo with green veggies and sweet potato.
We also had gluten free chicken and white potato. It was all very good (especially my daughter's chicken)!

Jiko Fine dining dinner within the Animal Kingdom Lodge 2009 DDP2TS

Jiko would be a 2 TS restaurant on the Disney dining plan. The food was really lovely. We ordered salads, and my salad was so delicious! The girls loved the flowers on top.
Bean had a steak with fruit and 2 vegetable sides. This was a wonderful meal for her, and she enjoyed it very much. She said we should ask for the recipe for their steak preparation, because it was so good.
My husband and I both had beef short ribs with Yukon potatoes. I am not certain if this dish was gluten free, but I know it was dairy free (I did ask for clarification on that).
The chef recommended this, so I thought I would try it. It was also very good. My husband reports that for those wanting this tender beef short rib dish that almost the exact same dinner is served at Coral
Reef for 1 table service credit instead of 2. I was beyond full when it came time for dessert, so I passed on this. Bean was able to choose between a rice dream or raspberry sorbet. She chose a small amount of each, and she liked that.
This was very good. I would be inclined to come back, order salads, drinks, and split a dinner with my husband, as the meat servings were so huge!

Boma: dinner Animal Kingdom Lodge Jan 2007 DDP1TS

The Chef offered to make us gluten free pasta, but I declined because there were 6 other people in our group who would be eating buffet right away and I didn't want to have two of us sitting and waiting. Next time I may think to call 10 minutes ahead for the gluten free pasta!
There were many choices for myself, but not so much that my daughter loved. Many of the foods were too spicy for her, although I enjoyed that.
The coconut salmon, potatoes, and mango vinaigrettes were my favorites here. I have read wonderful reviews of what the chefs will do for allergy restrictions at Boma, so do take your time to find out!

The Dessert was a sorbet. She enjoyed it.

Mara and other Stores in the Parks 2007

Some common found snacks were these yummy rice treats, brownies, and nuts. We were able to get these at Mara as well as at many of the shops

Mara: breakfast Animal Kingdom Lodge 2007 DDP1QS

Chef Eddie, at Mara, was wonderful. He made our daughter some gluten free dairy free waffles each morning, and he made me dairy free eggs served with fruit.
This was counter service so we purchased drinks and fruit separately. He was so nice, as were all of the chefs. He always came out to talk to
our daughter and to make sure she enjoyed her meal!

1900 Park Fare character dinner at Grand Floridian Resort 2008 DDP1TS

We had been here before and we had a great time. This time, we had a bad experience with our service, but good food and good time all in all.
The chef came out promptly, as per usual, but for some reason, there was nearly an hour delay in getting food out to my daughter.
Meanwhile, the rest of our group had finished eating and my daughter was sadly looking at her plate wondering why her rice pasta, veggies and meats were
still no where to be seen. When her food finally arrived, she did enjoy it, and the rest of the interactions here were very fun. The manager did not charge us for her meal, due to the extreme delay.

The Grand Floridian Cafe for Supper at Grand Floridian Resort 2008 DDP1TS

This is a lovely resort. We had a very nice meal. My daughter enjoyed filet mignon with fresh steamed greens and gluten free potatoes. I had the above pictured chicken with potatoes, onions, greens, and tomatoes. All was dairy and gluten free. The service was very slow. The meal took nearly 2 hours. Still, it was good and we enjoyed ourselves. We always bring along toys for the children when dining in Disney, as slow service abounds within these very busy restaurants.

1900 Park Fare character dinner at Grand Floridian Resort 2007 DDP1TS

The Chef offered to make us a special dish or let us choose from gluten free dairy free choices on the buffet.

My daughter loved the fresh fruits and veggies. I adored two wonderful salads available and the chicken from the kids station!
There was one salad in particular that I adored. It was a mouth watering blend of greens, beans, tomatoes, olives, oils, and delight. I loved it!
The chicken was just perfect and only seasoned with salt and pepper. Yum yum yum.
And for dessert, Toffutti ice or Rice Dream cream was available (we don't eat Toffuti at home, and someone emailed me to let me know there is
controversy about if the Vanilla used in Toffuti is actually 100% gluten free, so do check on that before you consume!).
The atmosphere was loud and busy, but it was worth it! Everyone had a great time, and full belly.

Maya Grill Breakfast buffet within the Coronado Springs Resort 2009 DDP1TS

If you have read my dining reviews, you'll know I love the CSResort, but I am beyond disapointed with their counter service dining choice.
This trip, we decided to try the Maya sit down version. It did prove to be much easier to order, although the flavors were just lacking. Breakfast at
Crystal Palace and Tusker House both have much more flavor in the eggs and potatoes. Some salsa would have helped. The food was very bland, but it was quick and convenient.
Again, I cannot really recommend eating here with allergies, but if you are in a pinch, you should be able to find something for breakfast. There was a large assortment of fruit, scrambled eggs, and meats.

Pepper Market breakfast Coronado Springs Resort 2007

Hands down the WORST experience of our two trip. We ate there 3-4 times and each time was awful. The manager, hosts, and wait staff just refused
to help us with our dietary restrictions, and the chefs were just too busy and uneducated to provide us safe meals
(for example, handed me bacon that was sitting in a bowl of bread, went to put the batter in a gluten cooking waffle iron, stuff like that).
When I asked for help, I was treated rudely. One woman actually threw her hands up in the air and stormed off, shaking her head, when I asked
her where I could find something that was held behind a counter. The manager barked a rude command at a host, totally ignoring me, when I asked
him for help with our allergies. This restaurant is not run by Disney and it shows. This is the only NON Disney run restaurant we ate at, and the only place we had these problems. We do love the resort, but next time we stay there, we will plan our meals eleswhere.

Olivia's for Supper at Old Key West 2008 DDP1TS

We decided to try this dining establishment for something new. It was a lovely place to visit. We enjoyed the family diner feel and the atmosphere of the resort. The food was typical - salmon, burger, gluten free rolls, salads. Nothing was very good. Everything was just fine. There seemed to be some creativity lacking in the kitchen.
Still, we did enjoy ourselves and our meal.

The Grand One Yacht Cruise:

If you take a cruise, be sure to bring your own drinks. There was no running water, nor were there any beverages to buy, so we had a two hour drive
with gluten free cake and nothing to wash it down! Just come prepared and enjoy the luxury.

Rengetsu: dinner Orlando - Not part of Disney

At Rengetsu in Orlando (not Disney) they took special care to bring us gluten and dairy free Nigiri. They subbed the sushi rice
(which is soaked in a sauce that could contain gluten) with gluten free. They used no sauces. Our daughter ate every bite and she loved it.

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