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    sarahjoe37
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    Hi everyone!

    On doctor’s orders I am now Gluten free and Dairy free. As you can see, I am at a loss of how to work this into Disney meals! I understand of bringing snacks, but what about restaurants and snack carts. I’m going to miss my Mickey Pretzel…. :(

    Anyone else here have this same issue or have any ideas?

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    starbee
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    I think @SEJ101 has a dairy free diet? He’s also a local so he may be able to help you out :)

    #134311
    Eagle90
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    I’m supposed to be gluten free too but I don’t follow it very well. I sometimes pay for it if I eat gluten but I still eat it sometimes. I try to eat gluten free but sometimes it just doesn’t work. When we go to Disney, I try to stay away from gluten because I don’t want to suffer the consequences while we’re there. The most difficult places to find stuff that I like to eat but also gluten free is quick service. I find the same thing when we eat fast food while traveling. Most offerings have bread, breading or something that has gluten.

    It seems like Disney lists gluten free options on the table service menus. I don’t remember if quick service does or not.

    Dairy I can’t help you with. That stinks to have both gluten and dairy intolerance. Sorry you have it and I hope you can get it figured out before you go.

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    Nascfan
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    I’m not either of those but I do know that Disney is very, very accommodating with special diets. I think they have quite a bit of menu options for both, at both table and counter service, but I’m not sure how one goes about finding those out other than asking. @acamm I think you have issues with gluten also, can you help her out? I’m sure there are several other D-cotters who do also.

    #134320
    sarahjoe37
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    I’m supposed to be gluten free too but I don’t follow it very well. I sometimes pay for it if I eat gluten but I still eat it sometimes. I try to eat gluten free but sometimes it just doesn’t work. When we go to Disney, I try to stay away from gluten because I don’t want to suffer the consequences while we’re there. The most difficult places to find stuff that I like to eat but also gluten free is quick service. I find the same thing when we eat fast food while traveling. Most offerings have bread, breading or something that has gluten.

    It seems like Disney lists gluten free options on the table service menus. I don’t remember if quick service does or not.

    Dairy I can’t help you with. That stinks to have both gluten and dairy intolerance. Sorry you have it and I hope you can get it figured out before you go.

    Less than a week in and I am feeling so much better. I had no idea these things were making me feel so terrible. I too, don’t want to suffer the consequences while at Disney. The last time there I was so tired and lethargic, I just wanted to sleep all day. And it wasn’t fun as I wanted so badly to be happy and healthy and have fun with my boys. I do recall some things marked as GF, but I agree, everything Quick Service that I can remember is a breaded, bunned, something or other..

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    SEJ101
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    Say goodbye to the snack carts… :P :heimlich:

    Dealing with allergies in the parks is actually pretty easy. At quick serves, there’s typically an allergy menu you can get from the cashier at the register. The allergy menus include separate yet similar entrees to the regular menu and list what they’re suitable for (such as egg allergies, gluten, dairy, etc.) You can also ask to see the ingredients and they tend to bring out a big binder filled with all the ingredients used throughout the eatery. Snack carts also have the ingredients, only the binder is a lot smaller. The hard part is reading them. :goofy: Both of these options require waiting in line unfortunately. If you go the mobile order route, there should be an option to add allergy. We don’t use mobile order because for the longest time there wasn’t. Plus CM discount doesn’t apply in the app :P

    Table services are a piece of cake. They ask if you have allergies. Even when you make a reservation, you can add an allergy. Many table services also have allergy menus. You can also speak with the chef if you ask (typically the waiter will ask that as well). The chef will come out and he can make a personalized meal just for you (this is the route we usually take).

    Don’t be afraid of certain places either. There’s always an alternative. We eat at PizzeRizzo all the time, I just get vegan cheese on my pizza (it’s pretty good too). Cast members are EXTREMELY accommodating to allergies.

    It’s a hassle, but it’s not hard. Just gets tedious. :goofy: Hope this helps!

    #134328
    sarahjoe37
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    OMG that is such a good help!

    I’m *glad* that you are also GF and DF as I know you know exactly what I’m looking at.

    Is it intimidating/weird/embarrassing asking for extra menus/ingredient lists/TALKING TO THE CHEF????

    #134331
    lauralaylin
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    I’ve had a mixed bag talking to chefs (which I’ve never asked for, they always insist when I state that I’m a vegetarian). Some will rush through everything, while others go through slowly and give good ideas and suggestions too. It’s always been helpful though!

    #134336
    SEJ101
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    Clarification: I’m not GF, just DF. But I still know the system and I’m more than happy to help :stitch:

    Only if you have social anxiety is it intimidating. But eventually it becomes a normal procedure and you get more comfortable as you go along. Sometimes if you dine at an establishment frequent enough, namely the quick serves, you can memorize the menu after a few trips and you won’t even have to ask. When I dine at PizzeRizzo, it’s all just “Hi I have a dairy allergy, so I’m going to do a pepperoni pizza with vegan cheese please” and they know exactly what I’m talking about. The only real downside is getting used to it. Oh and at quick serves, it takes a while longer to come out because they disinifect the preparing area thoroughly. So two downsides, but pretty worth it.

    “A small price to pay for salvation.”

    #134337
    manutdserg
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    My wife is DF recently, and we have had great success talking to chefs at the sit-down restaurants and great success using the app to advance order. It will take your food a little longer to come out, and they are very particular about making sure it meets all the specifications when they bring it to you.

    Also – if you put the dietary restriction in when you make your dining reservation, the server will bring it up with you before you bring it up.

    I have zero allergies so it took me a little bit of time to (a) remember to say she did and (b) just talk to the people taking the order – once I did those two things the rest is a piece of cake (of which there are dairy free options at some places)

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    dngnb8
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    As long as the restaurant knows, it can plan. One thing about Disney, they work hard to abide by all diets.

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    Acamm
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    @sarahjoe37 You’re in luck! I’m Gluten Free and Dairy Free … and I have 6 years experience of dining at Walt Disney World! The Disney chefs are awesome about accommodating you. PM me with any questions… as I’ve eaten at probably 50% of all WDW restaurants and have had some super meals!!! :minnie: :minnie:

    #134483
    sarahjoe37
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    @sarahjoe37 You’re in luck! I’m Gluten Free and Dairy Free … and I have 6 years experience of dining at Walt Disney World! The Disney chefs are awesome about accommodating you. PM me with any questions… as I’ve eaten at probably 50% of all WDW restaurants and have had some super meals!!!

    That’s great! As time gets closer to our trip I will DEFINITELY hit you up! I’m already struggling with what to eat when we aren’t at home. I just ordered a salad. Not that salads are bad, but I don’t want to spend my entire Disney trip eating salads! LOL

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    Julia
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    @sarahjoe37 there’s probably tons of facebook groups about this! also, i’m pretty sure IvyWinter on youtube did a video on doing whole 30 at disney (which i think is mostly gluten and dairy free too?) but i bet there’s lots of other disney youtubers who vlog about eating in disney with dietary restrictions!

    #134505
    Disneydana
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    just out of curiosity, what are some of the symptoms when you have a gluten or dairy allergy? I cut out dairy for about 2 months once and the weirdest thing happened, on my face, my pores got this orangy, very thick, waxy build up in them, and my face felt rough in those areas, like stubble or sand paper. It was mostly around my upper lip and along the sides of my nose. I would have to scrape it with one of those tools that a dermatologist uses. I mean my skin was awful! Did that happen to anyone when they cut dairy out? As soon as I started dairy again it went away.

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