It’s the most wonderful time of the year — holidays at Disney World! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a ticketed event that takes place during the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom and runs from November 8 – December 21, 2018. The party includes a variety of activities and events (my favorite is the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade) and guests who attend this party a variety of cookies and other treats that are included with the price of your party ticket. But, if you have a special dietary need, will there be options? We recently went to the Christmas Party and were able to check out some of the options available.
Included with your party ticket are a variety of complimentary treats. These are available at designated treat stations marked by a giant candy cane balloon (and indicated on your party park map). These locations are open until midnight and typically serve cookies, hot cocoa, and apple cider. This year, they also added some other treats, which were unfortunately not gluten free (or dairy free friendly).
On our visit, we noted two locations that serve allergy-friendly treats. These included Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland and Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland. Both locations had signs noting allergy-friendly treats were available.
When we arrived at both Cosmic Ray’s and Pinocchio Village Haus, we got in line and then asked a cast member handing out cookies about allergy-friendly options. In terms of allergy-friendly beverages, the apple cider is your best choice, as the hot chocolate sometimes contains gluten or has a cross-contamination warning for wheat.
At both locations we were given Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Mini Cookies.
Here are the ingredients for these cookies.
Unfortunately, there were no other gluten free options available during the party. However, if you’re vegan, they do also have the JUST Birthday Cake raw vegan cookie dough at Pinocchio Village Haus. NOTE: This is NOT gluten free.
Treats for Purchase
In addition to the complimentary treats at the party, guests can also purchase treats for an additional cost or use snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has several unique items that can only be purchased during the party that are designated as gluten-friendly.
The first is the Scrooge McDuck Eggnog Custard Dessert. It is found at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland. We did not try this dessert, as we hadn’t heard good things about it. And, neither Brandon or I really like custard or eggnog. If you are interested in this dessert, do ask for the ingredients list for this dish to double-check ingredients.
The other two items that are gluten-friendly are Yule Logs. You can find a traditional Yule Log, which is essentially a flourless chocolate cake, at the Main Street Bakery. And the other one is found Pecos Bill’s in Frontierland. This particular Yule Log is inspired by the Three Caballeros and is a spiced cake.
We did not get a chance to try these either, as we were both entirely too full after our dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern. However, we have heard reports that the ingredients binder shows a cross-contamination warning for wheat with the candy and decorations on the cake. So, I would recommend double-checking ingredients and using your own comfort level when consuming this. I was so bummed that Disney is marking this as gluten-friendly but not ensuring that items are safe.
In addition to the complimentary treats and treats for purchase, I also highly recommend some classic favorites to enjoy during the party. These are items that are always available at the parks.
One of our must-do’s at any party is popcorn. The freshly popped popcorn at Disney is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. We especially loved the holiday themed buckets that you can purchase to help make it more festive.
You can also find treats like Dole Whips and Spiced Nuts available too.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a wonderful way to experience the holidays. Though there aren’t a ton of options, guests who are gluten free will find complimentary GF cookies, a few potential items for purchase, and some theme park classics to help celebrate the holiday season.
Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? What was your experience with the special dietary needs treats?