Well, we've come to the end of my seven-part series on eating allergy-free and Paleo in Disney World! You can find links to all the previous posts (covering all the parks) at the bottom of this post, if you'd like to go back and catch up.
Today, I'll tie up a few loose ends and discuss some of the food sources that didn't fit into the previous categories. Disney's water park, Typhoon Lagoon, offered more healthy choices than I realized it would (I was expecting burgers and dogs and nothing else). At Downtown Disney we made a pilgrimage to the Babycakes vegan bakery, which I've mentioned in previous posts but finally we see all the bakery has to offer. We had room service breakfast a few times, and also ordered a special birthday treat from Disney Floral and Gifts, and amazingly, we were able to eat allergy-free all of these times.
This gorgeous water park features several walk-up, counter service restaurants, all offering casual, "beachy" food like burgers, hot dogs, fried fish and battered shrimp. While it's certainly possible to eat some of these options without their gluten (i.e.: dump the bun from the burger), it's not that easy and not very filling. Luckily, Disney has added a few healthier options to the menu over the years.
|Inside the cabana.|
|The chill chest full of ice.|
|Caesar Salad with Chicken|
Downtown Disney: Babycakes Vegan Bakery
As I mentioned in previous posts, the Babycakes vegan bakery is increasing its presence across the Disney parks, and offering a wide variety of treats that are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free and refined-sugar free. We enjoyed Babycakes cupcakes and cookies at Animal Kingdom, and loved the delicious Babycakes birthday cake we had delivered to the Biergarten in Epcot.
|To find Babycakes, enter Pollo Campero.|
|The signage is quite small, and hidden off to the side of the entry doors.|
Once inside the entry doors, turn to the right to find the Babycakes counter hidden in the corner. When we went, there were no other customers, and I hope this is not a sign that people can't find the place!
|The Babycakes counter is on the far right when you enter.|
|Vegan, allergy-free cupcakes|
|Vegan, allergy-free breads and donuts.|
Here is the link to Babycakes website.
Visiting Disney World for a week can be quite tiring, between getting up early to be one of the first in the parks, walking for miles all day and into the evening, and trying to handle the intense Florida heat. So, on two occasions we opted to sleep in a bit and have room service breakfast delivered to save a little time.
|Room service breakfast!|
Plenty of egg dishes are available, as well as gluten-free Mickey waffles, sausage and bacon side dishes, and some lovely fresh fruit. Fruit smoothies are also on the menu, but call to make sure yours is made without dairy.Disney Floral and Gifts
Our youngest son turned nine during our visit, and to help mark the day we ordered a special food gift from the Disney Floral and Gift service. Much like FTD Florist, a wide array of floral arrangements and gifts for special occasions are available to order online, ahead of your visit. We chose a birthday "cake" that actually was not a cake at all. It was an arrangement of candy and treats made to look like a cake, with a special set of Mickey ears that proclaimed "It's My Birthday" on top!
|A special birthday "cake" made of candy and treats!|
|Inside, the "cake" is lined with Hershey bars.|
|Other treats inside included Rice Krispie treats, lollipops, and gummies.|
Thanks for coming along with us on our Disney vacation! I hope the information we shared about our experiences helps you eat allergy-free on your next trip, and I look forward to hearing about your own experiences in the comments :)
|Mom is always trying to capture the action!|
Other posts in this series:
Part 1: Planning for your allergy-free Disney vacation
Part 2: Eating in the Magic Kingdom
Part 3: The new food allergy kiosk in Animal Kingdom
Part 4: Eating allergy-free in Hollywood Studios
Part 5: Eating allergy-free in Epcot
Part 6: Eating allergy-free at Disney hotel restaurants
Part 7: The rest of the parks (Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon, room service and more)
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