Garden Grill (EPCOT)

If you are planning a trip and curious about what it’s like to eat out with food allergies/sensitivities, I’ve got you covered! Every Thursday I plan to share my go-to tips on how to eat out/how to eat while traveling with food allergies and sensitivities.

Are we surprised that my next blog post is about Disney?! Yeah, me neither! For those who don’t see *basically* every single picture I post, Disney is my favorite place in the entire world. I think it boils down to the nostalgia that I feel when I walk around the parks, remembering the times that I went with my family when I was younger and remembering the Disney commercial with the 2 kids and the suitecase at the beginning of every Disney move (90s kids, you feel me on this?!). I also love active vacations, so Disney is the perfect place for me!


All ears aside (I crack myself up!), I also enjoy vacationing at a Disney park because I CAN EAT ALL THE FOOD. When you have food allergies/sensitivities, you get used to not being able to order the dish you want when you go out to eat. Or maybe you can order it, but without all of the good stuff. For example, I can basically order a salad anywhere I go, but if I go to a standard Applebee’s or Chili’s, I’ll probably have to ask for a salad without cheese, croutons, eggs, and with a different dressing that’s not ranch, blue cheese, or honey mustard (essentially not eggs, eggs, or more eggs).

At Disney, specifically Walt Disney World because I have yet to go to another park in the past 12-15 years, I just have to make a reservation online and check off my allergies/sensitivities in the appropriate section and BAM, I will magically have options when I arrive to the restaurant. I can outline exactly how to do this in another blog post, but, for now, it’s just as simple as that. Each restaurant approaches food allergies/sensitivities differently based on the type of restaurant/the chef’s preference, but the general idea is the same. There are allergy friendly options that are already worked into the menu, and if there are not, all you have to do is ask.

My absolute favorite breakfast experience thus far at Walt Disney World is at the Garden Grill in EPCOT. 1) I just love getting an 8am reservation in general because you can get into the park earlier than the general public, and 2) it was the place where I was first introduced to the allergy friendly Mickey waffle. For those who aren’t Disney fanatics like this girl, the Mickey waffles are one of the most iconic and distinguishable breakfast items in all of the Disney parks. They are a part of each buffet on the property and you can order them at most, if not all, breakfast options around Disney. Basically, if you want an iconic and instagram-worthy Disney breakfast, you order a Mickey waffle.


Anyway, back to the Garden Grill. This restaurant has a lot going for it because it’s served family style at your table, you can meet characters like Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale as you eat, and the restaurant rotates around a ride called “The Land,” not to mention that it’s a hop, skip, and a jump away from Soarin’ (can you tell yet that I love it here?!). The family style meal is served with eggs, bacon, sausage, tater tots, and Mickey waffles, about half of which I cannot eat normally. Eggs are obviously out because, well, eggs, bacon is out because sometimes red meat/high fat can cause my stomach to act out, and the normal Mickey waffles are made with eggs, dairy, and wheat. So that leaves me with the lonely options of sausages and tater tots.

BUT, let’s not forget that I made the reservation and listed my food allergies right in the reservation! At the Garden Grill, the server double-checks with me to make sure that I listed all of my allergies/sensitivities, and then the chef is able to make me MY OWN PLATE with all the yummy goodies, INCLUDING allergy friendly Mickey waffles! These waffles are egg, dairy, gluten, and yeast free, although I cannot confirm if they are soy free.

Disney is easier than most places to order food because it already has a built-in system that caters to those who have food allergies. But don’t fret! Look for my posts every Thursday to find out more tips on how to eat out with food allergies and sensitivities!

~ Meagan


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