Gluten Free Character Dining in Disney

Gluten Free at Disney Character Dining

I always love a family vacation to Disney. And, even though I may have grown up, I still love to take my photo with various characters. Now, I don’t wait in EVERY line anymore, but when there’s something special like all seven dwarves at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I’ll be the first (or sometimes unfortunately last) in line.

Gluten Free Character Dining in Disney
Seven Dwarves at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Now, if you end up standing in a lot of lines, character dining is the perfect way to see a bunch of Disney characters at once. The most common option is Mickey and his pals, but there are also restaurants that feature princesses and other characters!

As I’ve mentioned before Disney tends to be a pretty good spot for those with celiac disease or food allergies to dine. (You can read multiple restaurant reviews on my Gluten Free in Disney Page.)

 

Gluten Free Character Dining in Disney
Emile and Remy

Unlike most Disney restaurants, character dining restaurants tend to be buffets. Buffets are the worst nightmare of someone with dietary restrictions. There is the risk of cross contact with your allergen. However, if you have celiac disease or a food allergy, then you don’t have to eat off the buffet. (Indicate this on your reservation and when you arrive.)

The chef will come out to your table, and walk you through the buffet. They’ll tell you what options meet your dietary needs, and then they’ll go prepare it in the back for you. At restaurants where my options have been highly limited on the buffet, they’ve often offered to make me something else as well. And on these occasions I have some amazing creations! Your table may have to wait a little while longer and if it’s crowded these meals tend to be blander than the rest, but it’s still great that special diet diners can enjoy these character dining experiences. 

The only caveat is that if you have a severe allergy, it’s important to note that characters are moving from table to table, so there’s a chance that there could be a food allergen on their costume.

Want to learn more about a specific restaurant? Check out the restaurants from some of the character dining locations I’ve visited in the past below!

Restaurants in Disney World

Meet Mikey and Pals at Chef Mickeys (Contemporary Hotel, Disney World)

Gluten Free Character Dining at Disney World
Proud Member of the Clean Plate Club

Meet Your Favorite Disney Princesses at Akershus Princess Storybook Dining (EPCOT, Disney World)

Gluten Free Options at Disney's Character Dining Spots
Ariel at Akershus Princess Storybook Dining

Meet Your Favorite Disney Princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom, Disney World)

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This was my mom’s, so it’s not gluten free. But, it’s still so cool! Read the article to see the gluten free options!

Meet Winnie the Pooh and Friends at Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom, Disney World)

 

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Crystal Palace Brunch

Meet Chip and Dale and Friends at Garden Grill (EPCOT, Disney World)

Gluten Free at Disney Character Dining
Garden Grill in EPCOT

Restaurants in Disneyland

Meet Your Favorite Disney Critters at Storyteller’s Cafe (Grand Californian, Disneyland)

Gluten Free Options at Disney's Character Dining Spots
One of the most creative meals I’ve had from a Disney chef- hashbrown omelets.

Meet Goofy and Pals at Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland)

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One of the best meals I’ve received off

Happy Wanderlust Wednesday!

26 thoughts on “Gluten Free at Disney Character Dining

    1. Have such a great trip! I was so nervous to go to character dining, but it ended up working out well. There are some other great restaurants in all the parks, I really like Le Cellier in EPCOT even though I don’t think I’ve blogged about it yet.

  1. We go to Disneyworld about 2-3 times per year and they are truly the best! So accommodating without ever making you feel as if you are putting them out.

  2. In the mid 90s a friend moved to Orlando and I went to visit her 2 times and we did the parks, totally fun as an adult too. No character dinners for us but we did eat at Epcot and the chipmunks were all over us (not kidding). Glad they cater to all restrictions and love the Mickey plates!

  3. Healthy gluten-free meals plus your favorite characters…what great dining options for the young and the young at heart!

  4. Oh you are too cute! My husband and I used to go to Disney a lot when we lived closer – it isn’t just for kids!

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