Going to Disney? There's a Gluten-free App for That! - Celiac Disease
Sep 21 2011

Going to Disney? There's a Gluten-free App for That!

Even though I’m aware that there is an app for everything under the sun, I only recently got a way to download any of them.  One of the first apps I downloaded was one from Gluten Free Passport.  Even though I’m not a huge fan of Disney (or other places with a zillion hyper kids running around), I’ve heard many fabulous things about how wonderful Disney does gluten-free.  Therefore, I jumped at the chance to review the GF & AF Disney World app.

First of all, Kim Koeller’s team is always thorough in terms of research for anything they do.  Such is the case with the Disney World app.  They info in the app is from Disney World so the information can be trusted.  I’ve learned that this is not the case with all apps.

The Gluten Free Passport app was the first one I ever downloaded so in fairness, I have no other apps to compare it to.  However, anything easy enough for me to figure out how to use is easy enough for anyone.  I’m not what one would call a techno-geek – at all!

Once you get into the GF Disney app, you will find the following categories:

  • Animal Kingdom
  • Downtown Disney
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Resorts
  • Water Parks
  • Food at WDW

Based on where you’re headed at Disney World, you just click on the place and you’ll find a list of all the places you can find gluten-free and some allergy free foods as well.  Just like in the real world, some places have more gluten-free options than others.  For instance, in the Downtown Disney listing you’ll find Babycakes and everything there is gluten-free and most of the offerings are free of other allergens as well.  All that important info is listed in the app.

You’ll find specific dining information about each restaurant in each park as well as each restaurant at each hotel or resort that Disney manages.  In all, there is information on more than 130 places to eat!  In fact, the only thing that might overwhelm a park visitor are the extensive choices available to them.  Usually it’s the other way around.  Sometime when dining out, there is so little to choose from that it seems hard to find inspired meals.  This doesn’t appear to be the case at Disney World.  The rumors about how great it is to be gluten-free at Disney are all apparently true.

Even the safe offerings at food carts are included in the app and those options are more varied than I would have imagined they’d be at such a venue.  There is even a listing for gluten-free foods offered in the park and many of our favorite brands are listed in that section.  There is a phone number to call and pre-order a gluten-free cake for someone’s birthday, etc.

It remains unseen if I’ll ever be able to put this app to good use personally.  However, one thing I know for sure is that it has to be much easier to download this app for only $2.99 than to call the non toll-free number at Disney and try to piece meal a dining plan together yourself.  The Gluten Free Passport team has done all the work for you and now that I know how fabulous the GF Disney app is, I’m excited to try some of the other apps from this line!


*The product reviewed above was sent to me at no charge.  As always, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any outside sources.

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!

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