Gluten-Free Disneyland finds! My family of four had a blast at Disneyland, and we found some pretty amazing gluten-free food at Disneyland that we wanted to share with you.
My husband and I popped into Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland a couple of years back and we had such a great time that we knew we had to bring our girls back. Good thing Disneyland does a great job with food allergies.
Finding gluten-free options in Disneyland and California Adventures was a breeze. There are so many resources out there, and if you don’t have time to do research before you go just make a quick stop at City Hall on Mainstreet, U.S.A inside Disneyland. They have a packet listing all the restaurants and snack locations and what gluten-free options they offer.
We’ve been to Disneyland a few times, so we already had planned to stop and enjoy some of our favorite gluten-free Disneyland foods, but we grabbed a packet in case there was something new for us to try.
We flew down for a short getaway and spent Friday night in Disneyland, attending Mickey’s Halloween Party. Saturday we ventured over to California Adventures before flying home Sunday.
Our first meal on our gluten-free Disneyland trip was at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. They have several gluten-free options including tacos, salads, and nachos.
The restaurant is set up cafeteria style so be sure to mention that you have a gluten allergy when ordering. They will note it on your order, and start their process for changing their gloves and prepping your meal. While gluten is present in the restaurant, they do their best to prevent cross-contamination.
We found Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante to be the most economical place to eat – you get a lot of food for your money. My youngest and I shared a meal and we were stuffed.
We found a lot of gluten-free snacks throughout Disneyland and California adventure on our Gluten-Free Disneyland trip. Most snack stands have a variety of fresh fruit, chips, and ice cream bars. The candy store on Main Street, U.S.A has enjoy life chocolate (packaged in Disneyland packaging) if you need a chocolate fix.
We enjoyed lots of popcorn and fresh fruit on our gluten-free Disneyland trip. Cotton candy was everywhere, for those that enjoy cotton candy.
Make sure to check labels before you purchase pre-packaged snacks as ingredients can change.
The whether was gorgeous when we went in September, staying in the mid-70’s. We loaded up on fresh pineapple and watermelon. They also had apples, and pickles but the watermelon and pineapple called to us.
Markets are located throughout both Disneyland Parks. Each one carry’s the same snack items, chips, pickles, fresh fruit, and drinks. For the ice cream bars, or frozen bananas, head to an open cart in either park.
Every time time we go on a gluten-free Disneyland trip we stop for Dole Whip. Like most people, it’s a must-have. It’s naturally gluten-free and oh-so-delicious. There is always a line, but it’s worth the wait.
They also offer Dole Whip Floats, but we usually just grab a soft-serve.
Our last meal in Disneyland on our gluten-free Disneyland trip was at Jolly Holiday Cafe. We had never eaten there, but I am so glad we took a chance and tried it. We ordered gluten-free grilled cheese sandwiches. You can get a bowl of tomato soup on the side, or a side of their house-made chips.
It was the least expensive meal on our trip and it came with a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. The gluten-free bun was amazing (I wish I knew which brand it was). Everything was prepared separate and the bun was perfectly toasted.
Before we slipped out of the park I ordered a frozen lemonade from a stand in front of the Haunted Mansion. It was very refreshing. You can choose to enjoy it plain, or with flavored syrups added. I went for the raspberry and wasn’t disappointing.
Gluten-Free California Adventure food did not disappoint. There are several options at the Pier, but we opted to try waffle fries and a gluten-free burger at Smokejumpers Grill on this gluten-free Disneyland trip. They mark everything as allergy, prepare it in a separate area, and fry the fries in a separate vat of oil.
It takes a little longer to get your food, but it was well worth it. The burgers were served on the same tasty buns as our grilled cheese sandwiches from Disneyland, and the waffle fries were better then most fries we had before.
Smokejumpers also offers a pre-packaged gluten-free brownie, but we forgot to order one. Next time, though!
There is a little cookie stand on Pixar Pier, next to the Incredible roller coaster. They offer pre-packaged lemon cookies with a raspberry filling. The cookie is gluten-free, and kept seperate but it is prepared in a facility that also processes other glutinous cookies.
We gave it a try and were swooned. The cookie was soft, and a little gooey and we are definitely getting one next time we go.
The last sweet treat we tried on our Gluten-Free Disneyland trip was a Pixar Pier Parfait. It’s a lemon soft serve with swirls of blueberry and raspberry deliciousness. There was also a long line to get one, but it’s worth it. It was refreshing and the flavor combination was perfect.
The next time we take a gluten-free Disneyland trip we are going to try some new things. When we do, I’ll update this post.
My friend Chandice from This Vivacious Life also went to Disneyland, you can read her post on Disneyland Gluten-Free & California Adventure Gluten-Free. If you are looking for more gluten-free friendly travel destinations check out my post on Gluten-Free Bahamas, and Gluten-Free Florence.
What gluten-free foods at Disneyland have you tried? Anything we should add to our list?