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Disney World is an absolute foodie’s delight. Good food can be found anywhere on Disney property. This is even true for people who must eat
This post is just one of the gluten free Disney parks series I’m working on putting together. So far, I’ve also put together a comprehensive guide to eating gluten free at Magic Kingdom. Make sure you go check that one out as well. I plan to add a post about each of the parks and Magic Kingdom is the first one completed.
Finally, as with all food allergy related orders, make sure you notify your server to take precautions to avoid cross-contamination. Everyone’s gluten tolerance is different. These snacks have worked for my own experience, but please, double check with a Cast Member before you order any of these items. Remember, ingredient lists are always available!
10 Best Gluten Free Snacks at Disney World
Out of necessity, I admit that there are a lot of ice cream based snacks on this list. Let’s face it, it’s an easy fall back. But Disney gives us some great ice cream options.
However, there are quite a few non-ice cream snacks on this list, some of which are at the parks, some which aren’t. But trust me, they are worth the trek or extra hurdles you have to jump through to get them.
10. Mickey Bars
Yes, this is pretty much a basic popsicle of vanilla ice cream covered in a chocolate shell. It just happens to be shaped like Mickey’s head, which makes everything taste better. Mickey bars are good, clearly, or I wouldn’t put them on this list, but they aren’t exactly
A common question that comes up is: are Mickey ice cream bars gluten free? The great new is, yes they are!
However, the distinct advantage of the Mickey bar is that you can find them pretty much anywhere around the parks, in multiple locations in each park. This makes them an excellent fall back when you want a snack and are in a location with few
I have often gone right to one of the many food carts that litter the parks to get myself a Mickey bar in the absence of other options. When in doubt, grab a Mickey bar.
9. Zebra Domes
Unfortunately for everyone, Zebra Domes can only be found at Animal Kingdom Lodge, which isn’t exactly conveniently located. However, if you are staying there or plan to go there for a delicious dinner, these should absolutely be on your list. They can be ordered at Boma or located in the refrigerator at The Mara. The container at The Mara is clearly labeled between gluten free and not gluten free.
Traditionally, Zebra Domes are made with a thin layer of cake on the bottom. However, the gluten free variety are made with a thin piece of chocolate in the bottom, making this already chocolate-y dessert even more so. Those delightful little domes are filled with a rich chocolate mouse.
Warning: These are incredibly rich, which definitely isn’t to everyone’s taste. However, if you are a die hard chocolate lover, you just found your new favorite gluten free snack at Disney.
8. Citrus Swirl
The Citrus Swirl has become an iconic fixture at Magic Kingdom. It can be found at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland. If you go to Sunshine Tree Terrace, you can see there is an option for a Citrus Swirl or an Orange Cream. The Citrus Swirl is the original, while the Orange Cream is essentially like orange creamsicle ice cream.
The Citrus Swirl is vanilla ice cream swirled with frozen orange juice slushy. If you love orange juice, then this is right up your alley. The combination of the creamy vanilla ice cream with tartness of the frozen orange juice slushy is just a refreshing treat.
You can also get the Citrus Swirl as a float with orange soda if you want something with a little extra pizzazz.
7. Anything from Erin McKenna’s Bakery
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, many of the items on this list involve ice cream of some sort. This is partially due to my
That’s why Erin McKenna’s Bakery, located in Disney Springs, is such a big deal. For a person with
You can find Erin McKenna’s items at some other locations around the parks, but not the full array of options. The Boardwalk Bakery on Crescent Lake often has a small selection of cupcakes from Erin McKenna’s Bakery. In addition, if you go to breakfast at Be Our Guest, the assorted pastries that come with your gluten free meal are from Erin McKenna’s Bakery.
6. Night Blossom
Let’s change gears a little to a slushy-type treat. The Night Blossom is a bit of tart deliciousness at Pongu Pongu snack stand in Pandora. Trust me, this picture just doesn’t do it justice.
I found this slushy to be so refreshing on a hot day. First off, it’s limeade, and I LOVE limeade. Specifically, the limeade is apple and desert pear flavored.
To finish it all off, the slushy is topped with a pile of passionfruit boba balls.
It’s just refreshingly delicious.
5. Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
When I first began eating gluten free, I was thrilled to discover that macarons are naturally made gluten free. It’s always great to have something you already know is safe.
If you are looking for a little twist on your macaron you can get the Macaron Ice Cream sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces. This is exactly what it sounds like, ice cream stuffed between two macarons.
There are two different options for your Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. The first is a chocolate version, the second is Strawberries and Cream. My personal favorite is Strawberries and Cream, but that’s simply because I prefer fruit flavors.
The Strawberry version gives you a strawberry flavored macaron with vanilla and strawberry ice cream sandwiched inside. The ice cream in and of itself is yummy, but adding the macaron cookies to it is a
Seriously, you can’t go wrong with either flavor.
The biggest downside to the beignets is simply their location at Port Orleans French Quarter. The resort is out of the way and most people have no reason to go there in the first place. But if you are gluten free, it is well worth the trip. Order some beignets and then explore what is a very pretty resort.
For an additional $1.99 you can get either a caramel, raspberry, or chicory coffee ganache dipping sauce to go with your beignets. I actually completely forgot about the dipping sauces when I ordered mine!
I will be the first to admit, this picture of the beignet is dreadful, but I was so eager to eat them I never got a better picture! Look at all that yummy confectioner’s sugar…
3. Pineapple Dole Whip/Dole Whip Float
Not only is Dole Whip gluten free, it’s absolutely delicious! I couldn’t quite decide between the standard Dole Whip and the Dole Whip Float, so I decided to just include them as the same general thing.
I should preface that part of my love of the Dole Whip stems from the first Dole Whip I ever had. That Dole Whip was eaten in Hawaii, on my honeymoon, at the Dole plantation. Clearly, that was a great memory.
Doug and I talked about those Dole Whips for years after that trip. When we discovered that Disney also has Dole Whips, it was perfection.
Aloha Isle, located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom, is the original spot to get Dole Whip in Disney World. While the Dole Whip has since expanded to both Animal Kingdom and the Polynesian Resort, Aloha Isle continues to have the most offerings.
You can get your pineapple Dole Whip in all pineapple, pineapple swirled with vanilla, either of those options drowning in pineapple juice, with a pineapple upside down cake, with rum…you get the point.
Bottom line: the Pineapple Dole Whip is a light and refreshing snack, especially on a hot Florida day. It has also become an experience that is synonymous with a Disney World vacation. For that reason alone you should give it a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
2. Churros at Nomad Lounge
By now, you all know how much I love the gluten free churros at Nomad Lounge. I often wax poetic about these things. They are just
Both of the dipping sauces that come with the churros are also
I am a girl who loves baked goods, and I miss them tremendously since eating gluten free. To be able to eat a batch of churros and not worry about feeling awful later is amazing. These are so good that I’m willing to bet that most of the patrons at Nomad Lounge have no idea they are not made with wheat flour.
The biggest downside to the churros is that they are not exactly grab and go. Nomad Lounge is a sit down style establishment so will necessarily take up more time than grabbing a Mickey bar at a snack cart. But if you’ve read my review of Nomad Lounge, you know that I feel taking a break at Nomad Lounge is a great way to relax in the afternoon.
Update: You can now also get gluten free churros at Three Bridges at Coronado Springs Resort. Not exactly a convenient location, but good to know!
1. Macarons at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
So, I didn’t think the churros could ever be dethroned, but then I discovered this gem at Epcot. Yes, the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich was already listed, but trust me, these are different.
First, Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie offers standard macarons in the display case. They also offer a macaron collection which gives you six delectable macarons in traditional flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and pistachio.
These are delicious and should definitely be purchased and consumed with relish. The lemon and the raspberry were my personal favorites. However, the real gem is coming up next…
I present to you, the Macaron with Raspberry and Lime Cream!
This unassuming little dessert is my #1 best gluten free snack at Disney World. Hands down.
The macaron was nice and soft, delicious in and of itself. But the real star is the combination of the raspberry and lime flavoring together. The lime cream is perfection, lip puckering, tart perfection.
This is a bit of a messy treat to eat so grab a knife and fork, but you won’t be sorry.
Best Gluten Free Snacks at Disney Honorable Mention: Epcot Festival Booth Food
If your trip happens to fall during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, Flower and Garden Festival, International Festival of the Holidays, or the International Festival of the Arts, then you have several other snacks to choose from.
During each Epcot Festival, there is a selection of
The food at the Festivals is definitely worth the money (or snack credit). However, since the Festivals aren’t in place
Final Thoughts on the Best Gluten Free Snacks at Disney
Well, there you have it! And this list only contains 10 of the best Disney World gluten free snacks. In reality, there are even more scattered throughout the parks. Go forth and have fun discovering what your own list of favorites looks like. Dining at Disney with food allergies really is the best.
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