Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Disneyland Gluten Free and Dairy Free


We are back with a review of 3 days eating gluten free and dairy free in Disneyland California. We hope this information can help you on your travels and/or inspire you in your kitchen!

Not all of the amazing caramel apples are gluten free, but this one was. It was a layer of caramel on apple with white chocolate and chocolate decor. It was not dairy free, but it was gluten free. 3 of our group shared this, and they reported it as being very good!

Dinner at Ariel's Grotto was a treat for us, and it was my favorite low allergen dining spot of the trip. The children enjoyed a starter of fruit, jello and optional cheese as well as salad.

For the adults there was a tier of appetizers to choose from. While the standard seafood was not gluten free, the chef offered to make anything I wanted gluten free and dairy free. I only opted for the salad, olives, and tomatoes for appetizer. They were quite good. The yellow tomatoes were very sweet and tender and the salad had a wonderful dressing. I very much enjoyed the variety of olives to sample

While the others in our party were served warm bread, we were not offered a bread option. I asked our waiter if they had gluten free rolls and olive oil and they did. They were brought to us, promptly. As it was a chilly evening, my daughter appreciated the warm gluten free rolls.

For dinner, the children both had the tri tip steak and mashed potatoes. These were gluten free, but not dairy free. The chef assured me she could make anything dairy free if I wanted it, but she recommended the rice instead of potatoes. I opted for the sustainable fish of the day, which was a wonderful choice.

The children liked their steak and potatoes and I LOVED my fish. It was cooked with a wonderful, subtle flavor. It was not overwhelmed by oil or seasoning, yet it delivered a nice taste. The fish was tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked. The vegetables served alongside included squash on the grill and a pineapple red pepper salad in addition to wild rice. While I love all of these dishes, I was not able to eat this much food in one setting. I focused on the fish, and much of the rest had to be forfeited for this trip. I was left craving this fish for the next week!

The chef was very friendly and kind here, and I would highly recommend this restaurant to those with allergies. My suggestion would be to speak up for what you would like, however, as we would not have received all aspects of our meal had we not asked for them.

For dessert, we only had one option. It was a bit odd, but actually quite refreshing and nice. We had a blood orange sorbet with berries. It was a tad too bitter to eat the whole thing, but one bite of sorbet with a bite of berries was a nice combination.


We ordered room service from the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel. They brought gluten free dairy free eggs and potatoes with peppers. The potatoes were delicious. We enjoyed these with tea and honey.

A different morning we ordered breakfast from the Disneyland Hotel Steakhouse 55. The atmosphere in this hotel was great. It was a calm retreat from the standard Disney dining. I opted for a simple breakfast of tea and frozen gluten free dairy free waffles. They offered to jazz these up a bit, but I was not in the mood for much more than a plain waffle. The rest of the group ordered omelets.

In addition to these dining options we also ate at the following venues:

House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Here my daughter had a gluten free burger, gluten free fries, pickle, tomato, lettuce, and no bun. I had a pork sandwich and coleslaw. I didn't ask if the pork sauce was dairy free and or gluten free and I did end up feeling quite sick after this meal. It was the only meal that upset my stomach on the trip. My daughter was fine with her meal, but we made a point to make sure hers was gluten free.

We had a quick service lunch at Troubador Inn in the Disneyland Park. We had baked potatoes and brats with saurkraut. The only guaranteed gluten free item was the baked potato, so that is what my daughter had. She loves baked potatoes, so she was content with this. I got a banana to go alongside as well as sliced apples.

Three members of our group ate at the Wine Country Trattoria in the California Adventure Park where they served gluten free pasta. I was not present for this meal, but I was told that is was good, not great.

The Surf's Up quick service restaurant was our late lunch stop one day. It is located inside the Paradise Pier Hotel. At our lunch time, late afternoon, they were not interested in doing gluten free fries or looking for gluten free buns, but they were able to do a cobb salad (so so) and a burger without bun. The server was friendly, but the selection was very limited.

We enjoyed a free meal, courtesy of booking through Costco, at Goofy's Kitchen. This is a character dinner. We have never been to a character meal with SO MANY characters. It was Pluto, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Aladdin, and Minnie! They had plenty of gluten free and dairy free foods to choose from on the buffet and the chef offered to make us gluten free pasta if we'd like it. We didn't feel the need with all the other choices available. While they did not have a dairy free ice cream, they did have a gluten free dairy free brownie that they brought out at the end of the meal. It was my daughter's birthday, so we were happy about that. The disappointment was that it tasted terrible. Despite the fact that it was our only dessert on the trip, save for the slightly bitter sorbet, we both took one bite and left it on the table. Disneyland California could benefit from some pointers on serving those with allergies from Disney World in Florida. We didn't encounter any establishment to have rice or soy milk on hand, or rice or soy ice cream. The selection was surprisingly limited. We stopped at two ice cream shops and were told there was nothing dairy free, unlike the main ice cream shops in Walt Disney World.

Our final shopping for food took the place of fruit from the fresh fruit stands in each park. Here we found pineapple, banana, apple, pickles, and mango in addition to a few other snack offerings. I really enjoyed this as an alternative to chips or nuts throughout the day.

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Get the List!

When you enter the Disneyland parks, you can get a listing of up to date gluten free foods available. Here is a copy of the list I was sent via email request. Keep in mind these lists change frequently! Still, I found it very helpful to know of a few places we could duck in if we were hungry.

Thank you for your e-mail to the DISNEYLAND® Resort.

For questions regarding accommodations for special dietary needs while
at the DISNEYLAND® Resort theme parks, including product availability,
preparation methods, and ingredient lists please contact our Chefs at
(714) 781-3569. They may not be available to answer all calls
immediately; however, they will answer all messages left on voice mail.
For the Hotels of the DISNEYLAND® Resort, please contact the Chef's
Office at (714) 956-671

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/

Please be aware some locations may close due to rain or slow times in
the Park. Some menu items will require an additional preparation time
and due to Guest demands may not be available. Disneyland Park
Various Fruit Carts: located throughout the park with fresh whole fruit,
cut up fruit packages; ask for ingredient list for any prepared items
Outdoor Vending Carts:

? Turkey legs

? Cotton candy

? Popcorn (made with a combination of vegetable and coconut oils)

? Kettle Corn

? Mickey faced premium ice cream bars on a stick
** NESTLES NOVELTY ICE CREAM IS MADE IN A PLANT THAT PRODUCES NUT AND
WHEAT PRODUCTS.

Tomorrowland Terrace:
Breakfast
Scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes

Lunch/Dinner
Hamburger with lettuce & tomato: Request Gluten Free Bun. Side of fresh
fruit
Cheeseburger with Cheddar cheese, lettuce & tomato: Request Gluten Free
Bun. Side of fresh fruit
Grilled Chicken Breast sandwich with lettuce & avocado sauce: Request
Gluten Free Bun. Side of fresh fruit

Redd Rockett?s Pizza Port:
Rice noodles with marinara sauce or tomato basil sauce
Romaine Lettuce with Chicken Breast and Fat Free Raspberry Dressing
Starfield of Greens with Basil Vinaigrette
Planetary Pizza Salad: Request a new base and bowl to avoid
cross-contact
Cheese Pizza: Request Gluten Free shell
Pepperoni Pizza: Request Gluten Free shell

Tiki Juice Bar:
Pineapple Spears
Dole Whip Frozen Drink

Please note: Disneyland Parks and Resorts will use reasonable efforts
to prevent the introduction of the allergen of concern into the food
through close attention during our sourcing, preparation and handling
processes. However, it is ultimately always up to the Guest to use his
or her individual discretion to make an informed choice regarding
whether to order any particular items, since Walt Disney Company cannot
guarantee that allergens may not have been introduced during another
stage of the food chain process, or even inadvertently, by us.
Disneyland® Parks & Resorts Dietary Request Reference Sheet Celiac
Offerings **Always ask to speak to a chef or manager as vendors,
products, and ingredients may change. Ingredient labels are available
upon request. Please be aware some locations may close due to rain or
slow times in the Park. Some menu items will require an additional
preparation time and due to Guest demands may not be available.

To use his or her individual discretion to make an informed choice
regarding whether to order any particular items, since Walt Disney
Company cannot guarantee that allergens may not have been introduced
during another stage of the food chain process, or even inadvertently,
by us. Please note: Disneyland Parks and Resorts will use reasonable
efforts to prevent the introduction of the allergen of concern into the
food through close attention during our sourcing, preparation and
handling processes. However, it is ultimately always up to the Guest ?
Kids Chicken Breast: Request Rice Noodles

? La Salade de Maison (House Salad)

? Crescent City Salmon Salad

? French Quarter Blackened Chicken Caesar: Request Raspberry Vinaigrette
or Orange-Cilantro Vinaigrette

? Creole Ratatouille

? Kids Seared Salmon Fillet: Request Rice Noodles

Big Thunder Ranch:
Ask to speak with Chef or Manager.
Menu offerings are available.

Village Haus:
Angus Pastrami Burger: Request Gluten-free Bun
Hamburger or Cheeseburger: Request Gluten-free bun
French Fries: Request that the fries are cooked in the Fries only Fryer

Apple Cheddar Salad

Troubadour Tavern:
Baked Potato with butter and sour cream

Toon-Up Treats:
Chef Salad: Ask for Salad Dressing to check label
Kids Hot Dog: Request no bun, with apple sauce

Blue Bayou:
Five Pepper Roast New York
Blackened Cajun Spiced Salmon
Tesoro Island Chicken
Portobello Mushroom with Macque Choux
Broiled Filet Mignon
Bayou Surf & Turf (after 4 p.m.)

Café Orleans:
Rancho Del Zocalo: Disneyland® Parks & Resorts Dietary Request Reference
Sheet Celiac Offerings **Always ask to speak to a chef or manager as
vendors, products, and ingredients may change. Ingredient labels are
available upon request. Please be aware some locations may close due to
rain or slow times in the Park. Some menu items will require an
additional preparation time and due to Guest demands may not be
available.

? Entrées:

o Vegetable Tacos: Request Corn Tortillas*

o Plain Chicken Tacos: Request Corn Tortillas*

o Quesadillas - 50/50 Cheese in Corn Tortillas

o Cheese Enchiladas with Cotija Cheese*

o Cheese Enchiladas with Carne Asada, Cotija Cheese*

o Fire Roasted Chicken (Corn Tortillas)*

??*Rice, Beans, Shredded Lettuce, 50/50 Cheese, Pico de Gallo,
Guacamole, Sour Cream

o Tostada salad (plain chicken or veggie): Request no Shell

? Dessert:
Fresh Fruit Plate.

River Belle Terrace:
Mississippi Turkey Breast Sandwich: Request Gluten Free Bun

Hungry Bear Restaurant:
Hamburger: Request no bun
Bacon cheeseburger: Request no bun
French Fries: Request that the fries are cooked in the Fries only Fryer

Southwest Salad: Request no croutons

Plaza Inn:

? Breakfast:
Omelets, Bacon, Fresh Eggs, Fresh Fruits, Hash Browns, Sausage, Bacon,
Ham

? Gluten Free waffles can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation

? Baked Chicken

Cone Shop:
All ice cream is made by Dreyers, (only flavors not Gluten-free:
Cookies and Cream & Tollhouse Swirl)

Gibson Girl:
All ice creams is made by Dreyers, (only flavors not Gluten-free:
Cookies and Cream & Tollhouse Swirl)

Coke Corner: Disneyland® Parks & Resorts Dietary Request Reference Sheet
Celiac Offerings **Always ask to speak to a chef or manager as vendors,
products, and ingredients may change. Ingredient labels are available
upon request. Please be aware some locations may close due to rain or
slow times in the Park. Some menu items will require an additional
preparation time and due to Guest demands may not be available.


John Morrel, Hot Dog: Request Gluten-free bun

Carnation Café:

? Breakfast:
Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, Bacon, Ham and Fresh Fruit
(Oranges, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, and Bananas)


? Lunch/Dinner (All items are served with a Pickle Spear and choice of
Fresh Fruit (Cantaloupe, Oranges, Grapes, or Strawberries), Sautéed
Vegetables or Green Salad with Italian or Fat-free Raspberry Dressing):
Pan-Seared Boneless Chicken Breast
Three Cheese Veggie Sandwich: Request Gluten-free Hot Dog Bun in place
of bread
Turkey Sandwich: Request Gluten-free Hot Dog Bun in place of bread
Oscar?s Choice Chef Salad with Italian or Fat-free Raspberry Dressing:
Request no croutons
Steak Melt: Request lettuce in place of bread
Child?s Hot Dog plate: Tapioca Bun Available

? Dessert:
Scoop of Dryer?s Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla Ice Cream

Disney?s California Adventure:
Various Fruit Carts: located throughout the park with fresh whole fruit,
cut up fruit packages; ask for ingredient list for any prepared items
Award Wieners:
John Morrel, Hot Dog: Request a Gluten-free bun

Pizza Oom Mow Mow:
Cheese Pizza: Request Gluten Free shell
Pepperoni Pizza: Request Gluten Free shell

Taste Pilots? Grill:
Hamburger patty with or without cheese: Request Gluten-free bun
Grilled chicken salad: Request no cucumber sticks. Your choice of
dressing (check ingredients)
Grilled Chicken Sandwich from a fresh pan: Request Gluten-free bun
French Fries: Request that the fries get cooked in the Fries only Fryer

Kids sliders without bun, with carrots

Baker?s Field Bakery:
Chicken Caesar salad with no croutons, choice of dressing (check
ingredients on packet)

Burr-r-r Bank Cones:
All ice creams are made by Dreyers, (only flavors not Gluten Free:
Cookies and Cream & Tollhouse Swirl)
Lucky Fortune Cookery:
Chicken, Beef, Tofu with rice & vegetables: Sub sauce with yuzu

Cocina Cucamonga:
Corn Tortillas
½ Chicken
Carne Asada
Three Way Veggies
Six Way Veggies
Kid?s Chicken
Fruit Cup
Mexican Rice
Refried Beans
Veggie Salad
Guacamole
Pico do Gallo
Sour Cream

Outdoor Vending Carts:

? Turkey legs

? Cotton candy

? Popcorn (made with a combination of vegetable and coconut oils)

? Mickey faced premium ice cream bars on a stick (not the Mickey
sandwich)
** NESTLES NOVELTY ICE CREAM IS MADE IN A PLANT THAT PRODUCES NUT AND
WHEAT PRODUCTS.
Golden Vine Winery - Trattoria:

? Appetizers:
Caprese Salad
Shrimp Picatta: no crust on polenta
Italian Iceberg Wedge

? Entrée Salads:
Tuscan Salad: Sub Balsamic & Vinegar for Dressing
Trattoria Salad: No Crostini
Arugula Salad: Sub Balsamic & Vinegar for Dressing

? Entrées:
All create your own pasta can be substituted with Gluten Free Pasta:
Bolognese, Shrimp Scampi, All Vongole, Broccolini Aglio Olio & Pomodoro
Seasonal Fish
Garlic & Herb Roasted Chicken: Sub Gluten Free Pasta

? Dessert:
Please check with Chef or HOH Lead for options

Ariel?s Grotto:
Ask to speak with Chef or Manager.
Menu offerings are available.

**Always ask to speak to a chef or manager as vendors, products, and
ingredients may change. Ingredient labels are available upon request.
SOME MENU ITEMS WILL REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL PREPARATION TIME Disney?s
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Storyteller?s Café:

? Breakfast:
Gluten Free Pancakes can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation
Gluten Free Waffles can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation
Bacon, Eggs, Hash Browns and Fresh Fruit


? Lunch & Dinner:
Vegetable Soup: Request no croutons
Grilled New York Steak Sandwich: Request Gluten-free bun
Roast New York
Grilled Salmon
French Fries and Baked Potatoes
Pizza: Request Gluten-free pizza dough
Hamburger: Request Gluten-free bun
Hot Dog: Request Gluten-free bun
Salad with oil and Vinegar Dressing

Whitewater Snacks:
Pizza: Request Gluten-free pizza dough
Hamburger: Request Gluten-free bun
Hot Dog: Request Gluten-free bun

Napa Rose:
Grilled Steak
Grilled Fish
Chicken Quesadilla with Corn Tortilla
All sauces (they have all been reduced and are not made with starch or
thickeners)

o Bacon, Eggs, Roast Potatoes and Fresh Fruit

o Gluten-free Pancakes can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation

o Gluten-free Waffles can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation

? Breakfast:

Disneyland Hotel
Steakhouse 55

? Breakfast:
Gluten Free Pancakes can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation
Bacon, Eggs, Roast Potatoes and Fresh Fruit

? Dinner:
Grilled Steaks
Grilled Salmon or Grilled Sustainable Fish of the Day
Grilled Chicken
Grilled Pork Porterhouse
Lobster
Baked Potato
Shrimp Cocktail
Caesar Salad: Request no croutons
Grilled Asparagus

Goofy?s Kitchen

? Lunch and Dinner:
Pizza: Request Gluten-free pizza dough
Gluten-free Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
Roast New York
Baked Potato

Paradise Pier Hotel:
PCH Grill

? Breakfast:
Gluten-free Pancakes can be made, requires an additional time for
preparation
Gluten-free Bagels (upon request)
Bacon, Eggs and Fresh Fruit


? Dinner:
Hamburger: Request Gluten-free bun
Spaghetti: Request Gluten-free pasta
Pizza: Request Gluten-free dough
New York Steak
Roasted half Chicken
BBQ Ribs
Any Specialty Salad: Request no croutons

Again, thank you for taking the time to write. We hope you will have the
opportunity to visit the DISNEYLAND® Resort soon and trust your visit
will be pleasant in all regards.



Sincerely,

DISNEYLAND® Resort
Guest Communications


Please note all information is subject to change without notice and
should be confirmed just prior to your visit.

Received date: 9/13/11

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