Columbia Harbour House at the Magic Kingdom (as of 2/2019) – This menu covers the top 8 common allergens (gluten/wheat, milk/dairy, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish). Check with the restaurant for modifications and/or other special dietary needs.
*This dining experience took place in July 2018.
Dinner at Columbia Harbour House
Columbia Harbour House, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, is a one of my go-to quick service restaurants in the theme parks for allergy-friendly chicken tenders. Even though the allergy-chicken tenders are typically the same across Disney property, for some reason, I just like the way they cook them at Columbia Harbour House. Recently, we stopped by the restaurant for a quick early evening dinner as Brandon and I were both craving allergy-chicken tenders.
*This dining experience took place in February 2018.
Dinner at Columbia Harbour House
Columbia Harbour House, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, is one of my go-to quick service spots in the park. Though it’s allergy-friendly lunch and dinner menu is somewhat limited for guests with special dietary needs, they serve allergy-friendly chicken tenders there — one of my favorite quick service meal options. On this occasion, we stopped by for a quick dinner in between some fastpasses on a random weeknight in the park.
*This dining experience took place in January 2016.
Hear ye, hear ye! Liberty Tree Tavern, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, finally re-opened a few months ago after a lengthy refurbishment to accommodate for the newly opened (and shared kitchen space for) Skipper Canteen in Adventureland. Having missed out on Liberty Tree Tavern during the holiday season (a family tradition), I finally got a chance to get in my Disney turkey dinner cravings.
Liberty Tree Tavern offers an a la carte lunch and family style all-you-care-to-eat dinner. Typically, my family dines here during dinner, which offers a full Pilgrim’s Feast with all the trimmings; however, on this occasion, we chose to grab lunch. Though no allergy friendly menu is given for dinner, guests will receive an allergy friendly menu when they dine a la carte for lunch. In looking at the menu, I was glad to see some options, including the New England Pot Roast with mashed potatoes which can be served gluten and dairy free.
Our server did ask several times if I preferred to speak to a chef or order directly from the allergy friendly menu. Having dined at Liberty Tree Tavern numerous times and ordering the Pilgrim’s Feast, I felt comfortable ordering without speaking with a chef.
Typically, I do still speak to a chef but since the dishes were completely gluten free and dairy free without modifications (and the server wrote my order on the yellow food allergy notification pad), I felt OK ordering straight from the menu. Of course, if you ever dine at a Disney location and don’t feel comfortable with the options or allergy friendly menu, you can always talk to a Disney chef. Just ask your server!
First on my order was the traditional house salad served with a strawberry vinaigrette. It’s a classic Liberty Tree Tavern dish, and a must order for me. I did ask for an extra side of vinaigrette as in previous years (and on this visit), the salad was woefully under-dressed.
I also inquired about gluten free and dairy free rolls and Earth Balance Vegan Margarine. Unfortunately, I was given Ener-G rolls, which I don’t really enjoy. Last year when I dined here, I was given GNI brand rolls which I love, but Ener-G gets very dry and has a Styrofoam texture that is very unappealing. Though I appreciated the offering, I didn’t eat much of them. Sadly, not even dipping it in their gluten free and dairy free gravy could save these rolls.
For my entree, I chose the Pilgrim’s Feast which is a lighter version of the dinner offering. It only comes with turkey instead of three meats, but this was fine with me. Accompanying the turkey were dairy free mashed potatoes, green beans, and gluten free and dairy free stuffing and gravy.
The turkey was super moist and delicious and the mashed potatoes were outstanding. Is it wrong that I get that excited over a dairy free mashed potato? It’s a rarity in restaurants, but seriously so easy to make. To add to this is Liberty Tree’s gluten free gravy, which I adore. My whole family also prefers it to the regular gluten-filled version of gravy that is served in the restaurant. It’s probably because we grew up eating holiday gravy based in cornstarch instead of flour, and this version tastes very similar to what we have always served at home.
The green beans were nothing spectacular. Just a plain steamed veg.
The gluten free and dairy free stuffing was just OK on this visit. The taste was great but the texture was off. I’m not sure if they are using a different type of bread or if they just added too much liquid to the mixture. The texture was very mushy and almost a bit gritty. When I went last November, I had this and absolutely loved it. It was the perfect texture and taste. This time, it just wasn’t as good as it was the year before. That being said, I’d definitely give it a try again.
Overall, Liberty Tree Tavern consistently serves up holiday inspired fare, making it the perfect holiday season restaurant. It’s not one I’d dine at all the time, but during Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s an absolute must-do for me. There’s really no other restaurant around that can serve up gluten free and dairy free stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes!
Have you been to Liberty Tree Tavern? What did you think of their allergy friendly offerings?
*This dining experience took place in November 2014.
Liberty Tree Tavern located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom is one of my family’s favorite seasonal places to dine during the holidays. We almost always eat at this restaurant for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Something about the turkey dinner reminds us all of the holidays.
On this particular visit, I was joined by blog reader Laurie as we enjoyed a meal before the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on November 22nd. It was the perfect meal in the few days before the event, as I needed all the fuel I could get while setting up and getting ready for guests.
One of the things I love about Liberty Tree Tavern is the holiday decorations during the winter season. I love the Christmas trees with touches that are inspired by colonial times.
Liberty Tree Tavern’s menu is an all-you-care-to-eat feast that includes all the fixins’ and have included dairy free mashed potatoes (upon request) and gluten free gravy for many years now.I also really adore the mugs that they serve dinner with (of course, I miss the days when the mugs were actual glass and not made of plastic).
One thing that has always alluded me was stuffing. I crave that traditional stuffing every time I go there, and as I learned recently from Gluten Free in Orlando, they were now carrying a gluten free version. My hope was that it was also dairy free, and luckily I was not disappointed!
We were greeted by Chef Alfonso, who said he would take good care of us. Laurie is just gluten free, but he asked if he could make the entire meal gluten free & dairy free and that worked for her (which was awesome).
First up, came GNI brand rolls along with some Earth Balance vegan margarine. The rolls were heated well and tasted great with a bit of the Earth Balance.
Next up came the house salad with strawberry vinaigrette. The last few times I’ve visited, I’ve found the dressing to be very underwhelming both in flavor and seasoning but this time I found it to be spot on. They had a huge container of it on the side, which was great for adding as much or as little as we wanted.
As you can imagine, I was pretty excited about the prospect of stuffing. In fact, I think it was the thing I was looking forward to most! The meal came with turkey, roasted pork and roast beef, along with dairy free mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and sweet potatoes.
The turkey is by far my favorite meat served at Liberty Tree. I like the roasted pork but do really miss the ham that they used to serve here. I never eat the roast beef, but Laurie said it was good. The mashed potatoes were excellent but the star along with the gluten free gravy was the stuffing. I’m a sucker for stuffing of all types, and this one was fantastic. Very moist and full of traditional stuffing flavor, it really made my meal complete.
The steamed green beans were probably my least favorite dish, mostly because it’s just plain steamed green beans. They’re good, but really nothing special.
The seasonal vegetable at Liberty Tree is always an interesting one. Sometimes it’s great — like sauteed squash and zucchini and sometimes it’s not the best match for the locale – like sauteed broccoli rabe. This time, it was sweet potatoes in brown sugar.
These were quite yummy, and I’m partial to sweet potatoes. They were a bit overcooked though and the texture was just slightly off. Overall though I found these to be a welcome addition, as the last few visits I haven’t enjoyed the seasonal vegetable much (due to overseasoning or overcooking)
After our main meal, Chef Alfonso came out and shared with us the recipe to his stuffing, which I’ll share soon here on the site! It’s made with Udi’s Gluten Free Bread and classic stuffing ingredients. You could tell he was really proud and dedicated to making offerings that are safe for multiple special dietary needs.
For dessert, Liberty Tree Tavern typically carries sorbet with fruit for gluten free and dairy free diners; however, Chef Alfonso said he was going to create something special for our meal. I was a bit surprised with with he came up with!
For dessert, Chef Alfonso created something really unique and very nicely themed for the restaurant. It included homemade gluten free & dairy free waffles along with a cranberry compote and Tofutti ice cream. It was definitely a wow moment for the meal, as neither of us were expecting this kind of dessert.
I really enjoyed the waffle which paired well with the cranberry compote. The compote was tart, as you would expect cranberries to be which combined with the ice cream was a great combo. Of course, despite being really full from the meal, I managed to make my way through almost all of my dessert. It was too great to pass up!
Overall, I was really pleased with my visit to Liberty Tree Tavern and loved what Chef Alfonso is doing with the special dietary options. He really went above and beyond to make a great meal for us, and everything was really well prepared.
The last few visits I’ve had, I’ve haven’t enjoyed as much but this visit totally redeemed my love for Liberty Tree Tavern. It’s a staple in my family’s holiday traditions and I look forward to keeping it that for years to come.
Have you been to Liberty Tree Tavern? Are you looking forward to trying the gluten free and dairy free stuffing?
*This dining experience took place in June 2014.
Hear ye, hear ye! Liberty Square Market located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom is a surprisingly great choice for special diets diners to grab a quick bite to eat. With standard grab and go options along with special diets pre-packaged products and a few unique treats, this is a must-do for those looking for a snack or a treat.
From the exterior, Liberty Square Market might not look like it would have much, and it can also be easily overlooked. Situated in between the Hall of Presidents, Liberty Tree Tavern, Columbia Harbour House, and the Haunted Mansion, it’s outdoor seating and atmosphere will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time to colonial New England.
When you enter the market, you’ll notice lots of grab and go stations as well as a main ordering station that display Liberty Square Market’s most unique offering – the popular baked potato. This is the perfect substantial snack or light lunch for a special diets diner. These are served salt crusted and do not have any toppings added to them unless requested. This means if you’re non-dairy like me, you can bring a non-dairy substitute with you and top it on your potato. If you’re gluten free and can have dairy, ask for butter and sour cream.
Under $4, the baked potatoes also count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan!
Perhaps the coolest part of Liberty Square Market is that they have an entire section devoted to special dietary needs and products. Yay! These include:
- Varieties of Lundberg Rice Chips
- Surf Sweets
- Rocky Mountain Caramel Corn
- OMG It’s Gluten Free Brownies
- OMG It’s Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies
Note that not all of these items cover all allergens or special dietary needs. For instance, OMG It’s Gluten Free Brownies contain dairy.
The location also carries fresh fruits and vegetables – some whole fruit (like bananas and apples) and others in packages, like apple slices.
Overall, Liberty Square Market has an abundance of great choices for special diets diners visiting the Magic Kingdom. From sweets to fresh fruits and veggies, there is a nice variety to choose from.
Have you been to Liberty Square Market? What’s your go-to snack from this quick service location?