Friday, October 10, 2014

Gluten Free at Disney World - Be Our Guest for Lunch

This week was my first out of town trip since becoming gluten free, and of all things to do, I went to Walt Disney World with three friends specifically for the Food and Wine Festival.  While we were there, we also had the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom and Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian.

I had read online that Walt Disney World was accommodating for food allergies when you let them know of your dietary restrictions.  We had planned this trip several months before my celiac’s diagnosis, so I was curious to see how accommodating they would be in reality.  My analysis? They go out of their way to meet your needs and by letting them know ahead of time, that makes things a little easier when it’s time to order.

Many of the menus are available online and have a gluten free designation by those items which are safe for me to eat. I had read reviews on other blogs about the food options at Be Our Guest so I knew what I thought I wanted to order, but as always, it’s best to check with the restaurant in case something has changed in the way the food is prepared.  At Be Our Guest at lunch, you order from a kiosk, and the kiosk has an option to indicate your food allergy. The Cast Members are great at helping you know how to put the filter on for the foods that are gluten free, so having just those options appear limited my choices.  I ordered the gluten free version of braised pork with mashed potatoes and green beans while one of my friends ordered the same thing without restriction.  My food came out first with an allergy flag in it and they double checked with me before leaving the food on the table.  My friend’s order came after mine and the only difference appeared to be the sauce that was on her meat.  Mine was delicious, the pork so tender, the potatoes flavorful, and the green beans were crunchy.  I also ordered the gluten free dessert option which was a lemon raspberry creation that was just ok for the price.

The photos are from the Be Our Guest lunch.

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