Top 6 Disney World Resorts for Food Allergies

Are you planning a trip to Disney World with food allergies? I’ve been frequenting Disney World and Disney Cruise Lines since 2009 with my daughter who has severe food allergies to dairy, peanuts and tree nuts. We’ve stayed at almost every resort and we have dined at nearly every restaurant, all without incident thanks to the fabulous Disney Chefs, and careful planning.

All Disney Chefs are trained in food allergies and cross-contamination. Disney Chefs are considered the “gold standard” for accommodating food allergies and most other restaurants are compared to Disney for food allergy handling.

This is the first of many Top Lists that I’ll be posting about food allergies and Disney, as there are many aspects for planning a food allergy-free Disney vacation.

First, specify allergies on your Advanced Dining Reservation or ADR, especially for multiple food allergies. It helps if they know you’re coming. Next, always ask for the chef to come to your table when dining at a Disney-owned restaurant. If you’re dining at a Quick Service, ask for the manager to see the “allergy book” located at each restaurant. If you have more than four food allergies, call Special Diets at 407-824-5967.

Note: All restaurants at Disney World are not owned by Disney, including restaurants located at Epcot, Downtown Disney, Boardwalk and the Coronado Springs Resort. However, many of these can also accommodate food allergies.

One of the first decisions an individual or family makes, with or without food allergies, is where to stay. I strongly recommend staying “on property” at a Disney Resort if you have food allergies. Many families consider renting a hotel with a kitchenette or a house off-property, planning to prepare their own meals. However, there is no way to guarantee that these kitchens are safe from food allergens without a deep cleaning. You can’t safely use the toaster, oven or refrigerator without a deep cleaning. Plus, at a time-share, there will likely be food particles on every surface — the carpeting, upholstery, remote controls, etc. I suggest that each of my clients stay on properly, and I request that their rooms are thoroughly deep-cleaned. Disney offers resorts that fit most budgets and preferences, and all can safely accommodate food allergies in their dine-in and quick service restaurants. It’s a much safer option, with lots great benefits. This is one of the many reasons to use a Authorized Disney Travel Planner, as there are many important options to consider.

That being said, here are my top 2 resorts in each of the Disney Resort categories, which are Value, Moderate and Deluxe.

 

Top 2 Value Resorts for Food Allergies

  1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The newest addition to Disney’s Value category offers a great quick service, Landscape of Flavors, with a lot of healthy options. Chef Julie and other wonderful chefs have all taken great care of us.
  2. Disney’s Pop Century Resort – This resort, like the one above, does not share a bus to the parks, like the all of Disney’s All-Star Resorts. The quick service food court, Everything Pop, is also fantastic with food allergies. Simply ask for the chef to discuss your options.

Top 2 Moderate Resorts for Food Allergies

  1. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court has a dedicated fryer and also makes gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free beignets. How could this not be the top Moderate resort!? If you prefer them with syrup, I recommend asking the chef for it rather than using the self-serve option.
  2. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort – This resort also has a great Quick Service, Riverside Mill Food Court, and a Casual Dining restaurant, Boatwright’s Dining Hall. Both are great at accommodating food allergies, and the resort is not far from those beignets at the French Quarter!

Top 2 Deluxe Resorts for Food Allergies

This is really hard because they all have fabulous options for food allergies, but some have little extras that put them at the top.

  1. Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Here you will find the legendary restaurant, Chef Mickey’s, where you will often see the chef going from table to table for their guests with food allergies. Additionally, the chefs make top 8 allergy-friendly cupcakes, in chocolate and vanilla. Ask for them at breakfast as well! Also, the Contempo Café quick service sells these cupcakes, but you have to request them – they are not on the interactive menu used to order your meal. Always be sure they are safe for your food allergies when requesting them. The Wave, at the bottom of the Contemporary, is a farm-to-table, foodie type restaurant. The chefs here have access to Udi’s Pizza Crusts and Daiya cheese to make fantastic dairy-free and gluten-free cheese pizzas. Plus, this resort is on the monorail and just a few minutes away from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
  2. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – This resort has the Whispering Canyon Café. The chefs here go out of their way to accommodate food allergies. This is one of the few locations that will make dairy-free pancakes. Chef Philippe, and some other fine chefs, work here and make wonderful meals for those with food allergies. In fact, Chef Philippe’s wife is a pastry chef who has food allergies! There are several other reasons to stay here and one is just a boat ride away. I’ll mention this gem of a restaurant in another article.

 

If you have any question about these or any Disney World restaurant, drop me a line.

Pixie Lizzie Reynolds
I specialize in traveling to Disney resorts, parks, cruises, and all other Disney destinations. I have gained experience in this field by caring for my daughter who has severe dairy, peanut, and tree nut allergies. We travel to Walt Disney World every couple of months and take cruises at least twice a year.

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