We had an amazing time last week on vacation! We spent a couple of days in Orlando and then went on a cruise to the Bahamas. It was a nice relaxing time before the craziness of the holidays!!
So, once again, I wanted to do a “What I Ate” post and share with you what I ate during our day at Disney World! Spoiler alert: It was delicious! 🙂
We only had one day there, so we had to really pack it in. Before we arrived, I made reservations for breakfast and dinner through the My Disney Experience app. I knew we would be exploring the parks during lunch and could pick up something at a quick serve place, if we had lunch at all since we were eating such a large breakfast. It was also helpful to have reservations, because you can alert the restaurant before hand that someone with a food allergy will be coming. I would rather the restaurant know then just spring it on them! It’s just better for all!
For breakfast, we went over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the breakfast buffet at Boma. When we arrived for our 9:45 am reservation, it was so crowded! But, much to my surprise we only ended up waiting about 5-10 minutes for our table. When we arrived at the table, I noticed that our receipt was marked with a large red ALLERGY notification. I’m already pleased.
Our server asked who had the allergy and I told her I had Celiac. She said to wait at the table and a chef would walk me through the buffet line. Wow! I’ve never had anyone offer to do this…ever. I almost cried.
After a few minutes, a chef came over and took me to the buffet. He went through every item on the buffet and told me whether I could eat it or not. He also showed me the dishes they had changed to be now gluten free since our last visit to Boma (about five years ago). He also offered to bring a sampler of gluten free baked goods and a few gluten free Mickey waffles to the table. My reply? Of course!! 🙂
Here’s the sampler plate of baked goods. I think the only thing he made fresh were the Mickey waffles. Most of the other items were Udi’s products that just came right out of the package. But, I appreciated the effort.
The waffles were OK — a little spongy, but I had heard amazing things about them in the blog-osphere and probably had my hopes too high.
Here’s what I got off the buffet. It was good but pretty standard breakfast fare.
Around lunchtime, we were at the Magic Kingdom and still pretty full from breakfast. So, we just decided to pick up a quick snack while enjoying the Christmas festivities and decorations!
We shared an order of french fries from Casey’s Corner on Main Street.
And, of course, I needed to get a Nestle Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar!
I had my heart set on a Dole Pineapple Whip, but after seeing the line at Aloha Isle, I decided I didn’t need one that bad!
Next, it was off to Epcot. It was the last day of the Food & Wine Festival, so it was much more crowded than usual.
For dinner, we had 6:15 pm reservations at La Hacienda de San Angel at the World Showcase. Once again, we were seated quickly (even though we showed up early) and our receipt had the large red ALLERGY notification. Our server, Esmeralda (How could I not remember that name? We’re at Disney for goodness sake!), showed me the gluten free items on the menu (They were also already marked GF if your server doesn’t mention it) and offered up some alternatives that the chef could create! Awesome!
I ordered the shrimp tacos (which were the Tacos de Camerones) on the menu. Our server said the chef could make a gluten free version in their fresh handmade corn tortillas and grill the shrimp instead of fried. Ummm… yes, please!
As with any Mexican restaurant, we were brought chips and salsa as an appetizer. I had read online that they weren’t gluten free (no dedicated fryer), but I decided to try them anyway and risk exposure (Did I mention how much I love chips and salsa?!). I may have just gotten lucky, but they didn’t bother me at all. The chips came with a traditional red salsa (which was supposed to be hot, but no one at our table thought it was all that spicy) and the green salsa (which was a mild). I liked the green better — I thought it had a better flavor.
Next came our meals. I can not say enough good things about my meal. They were some of the best tacos I’ve had in a long time! I highly recommend!!
Also, enough rice and beans were brought for the entire table — also gluten free and also delicious!
My family also ordered the La Hacienda (which feeds two and also gluten free). They raved about the corn and chorizos. It seems expensive when you’re just looking at the menu, but it was a lot of food especially for just two people.
I was disappointed that they didn’t offer the corn ice cream anymore. Our server said they had recently changed their menu and had done away with it. 🙁
The next morning on our way to board our cruise, we stopped at the Port Orleans Resort and had a quick breakfast at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory.
This is one of my favorite resorts! I stayed here (when it was still called Dixie Landing) on my first ever trip to Walt Disney World when I was in college. That memory still holds a special place in my heart!
I couldn’t leave Disney without trying the gluten free beignets, and they did not disappoint! A little messy — but well worth it!
Overall, I had a great time at Disney World and can’t wait to come back (hopefully for longer next time)!! I’m itching to try the gluten free breakfast at Ohaha! I’ve heard amazing things about it! Maybe next time!!