Sarah's first trip to Disney

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Sarah's first trip to Disney

“It all began with a mouse…”

I am a self-proclaimed Disney junkie, whose love of Disney began at 2 ½ years old. With my family, I’ve been traveling to WDW for many years. We love food, and we love food at WDW even more. The highlighs of trips included great meals at places like ‘Ohana, Boma, and California Grill. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and I found myself facing dietary restrictions including the exclusion of gluten and dairy. Later, I was also diagnosed with celiac disease. In August 2009, I had my first post-diagnosis & special diets trip to WDW. I was very nervous, but with the help of reviews from my fellow Disney fans at sites like the Disboards, Passporter Boards, and Walt Disney World’s Special Diets Department, I was armed with the knowledge that I would be able to eat at WDW…and eat I did! I was amazed at the level of professionalism, compassion, and..well, pure Disney magic that I experienced on that trip. It reminded me that I could visit my favorite place on earth and still eat great, tasty food and not get sick. I could enjoy a turkey leg or even have a frozen treat. And now, my love of Disney has grown even more. I began taking multiple yearly trips to WDW, and in 2011, I relocated from Michigan to Florida and now live a short drive from WDW. Now, I have even more opportunities to eat at WDW and share my experiences with you. And that’s where this site comes in…

“If you can dream it; then you can do it…”

I created Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW in 2009 around the time I first went to WDW with dietary restrictions. If you’re like me, I’m a planner, especially when it comes to WDW vacations. There are always loads of Disney food pictures and reviews out there, but I wanted to find honest reviews that could address my dietary needs. Sure, I knew certain places could provide something gluten and dairy free, but what exactly would I get to eat? And even more important what did it look like?!

This site offers just a taste of what is available to eat at WDW with dietary restrictions, and my personal reviews typically only cover gluten and dairy free menu items. I also include reviews from guests with other dietary needs — from peanut free to vegan. I’m always looking to include information about various special diets. This site also includes special diets menus, references sheets and more.

To get up-to-date options and information, always contact Walt Disney World Special Diets Department.

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8 Comment

  1. L says: Reply

    Travelling to WDW in July on the Quick Service Meal plan would love suggestions and help

    1. Sarah says: Reply

      Feel free to use the contact me to send me a message and I’d be happy to help! Otherwise, I recommend checking out the quick service reviews on the blog, as well as the quick service menus listed on the menus page. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Jenn says: Reply

    Hiya! I’ve got Crohn’s like you and although I was diagnosed back in 2006 when I was only 10 I haven’t had any major dietary restrictions (other than avoiding large amounts of fiber and under cooked onions) until last year when they changed my drugs and things went a little awry.
    In the last three months after a lot of experimenting we’ve worked out that I’m gluten, dairy, and yeast intolerant, as well as oats. Your blog has been an absolute gift as my parents are taking my boyfriend and I to Disney in August, and although we’ve been before (sans boyfriend) I haven’t had major dietary restrictions before. Until I found your blog I was insanely anxious about it all. I can’t thank you enough for the work you’ve put into your blog! I was thinking I’d have to eat salad all the time, bleugh – now I know I’ll actually be able to eat normal food too!
    You have my thanks, and that of my family for calming me down a little, all the way from the other side of the pond. 😀

    1. Sarah says: Reply

      Thank you so much Jenn! I’m so glad to hear that this site has been helpful! I hope you have an amazing time on your Disney vacation! 🙂

  3. Marcie says: Reply

    Thank you so much! My husband has celiac disease and we followed your blog for our entire Disney trip. It was so helpful and we were able to truly enjoy our dining experiences. Great suggestions from all of your posts! Thank you!!

    1. Sarah says: Reply

      Thank you, Marcie! I’m so happy to help & I’m thrilled to hear that the blog has helped your Disney trip! 🙂

  4. Joe Martin says: Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    I always wait for your report on the wine and food festival.
    Each year I cannot wait to go back even if its the same things I just enjoy the atmosphere, the fun, it’s Disney, and the food and wine.
    Last year I was surprised when I went to Africa booth they told me the steak was not gluten free and they even checked with the chef. So I guess it was one time they added something that caused it be glutenized. (my word for food with gluten HA)
    But it is always a great time and its like Christmas just one of those special events you always you forward to this time of year. Me and my wife will be there October 11th through 14th. Can’t wait to read your report.
    Loyal fan,
    Joe M. (better known as Coach to family & friends)

    1. Sarah says: Reply

      Thanks so much, Joe, for your comments! I can’t wait to share more info with you, as I get it (which will be very soon). There have been a few instances where something has been marked gluten free, but ended up not being safe. I also say glutenized! 🙂 Thanks again, and have a wonderful time when you visit the festival!

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