Special Dining Needs at Disney: A Food Tale As Old As Time

IMG_0686It’s a tale as old as time, girl loves food, food loves girl, but then gluten gets in the middle of it.  Disney steps in, escorts gluten out, and girl can eat happily ever after!  I know many people out there feel the same with a few substitutes: boys, girls, men, women, gluten, dairy, peanut, or kosher.  There are many things that make us unique, what we can manage to eat being one of them.  As you already know I love Disney because I can eat almost anything my heart desires.  The last time I went though I fell in love all over again.

One of my new favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World is Be Our Guest.  I was nervous at first that I would not have a wide variety of choices in the way of gluten free, I was wrong.  We sat down in the Ballroom, which is every bit as magical as you can imagine it.  We let the hostess know I was gluten free, and I received a gluten free menu.  When the waitress came she already knew someone at our table was gluten free and had alerted the chef who was on his way out.  After our drinks were ordered the chef came right to our table with his pad to take my order.  As everywhere else on property, the chef was well aware of my allergy and what I could and couldn’t have.  I very quickly decided to have the potato leek soup, if you didn’t know most soups have a little flour in them as a thickener.  I also had ordered the Salmon for dinner. 

As each course came out I was floating higher and higher on cloud nine.  The soup was so delicious I could barely spare a spoonful for my fiancé to try.  I would have licked the bowl clean if I wasn’t too caught up taking in the scenery.  You are seated in one of the three themed rooms when you dine at Be Our Guest, but you are more then welcome to wander to the other rooms while you are there.  I of course jumped at this opportunity to take a tour of Beast’s castle, though I wish I could have found his library.  The room’s all jump right off the big screen and into real life.  There’s the West Wing, enchanted rose included, as well as the Rose Gallery with portraits on the wall and a giant music box with Belle and Beast dancing on the top.  You can find the sketches of the music box in Maurice’s workshop on your way to Enchanted Tale’s with Belle.  Of course there is the iconic Ballroom as well.  The ceiling, the windows, the chandelier, it’s everything you think it is and so much more.  You can even see snow fall outside!  I would have spent the rest of the afternoon looking at every little detail but knew that dinner would be on the table shortly.

The salmon was delicious; again I cleaned the plate.  Once everyone had finished their dinner the dessert cart rolled up to the table, similar to the movie when Belle went down to eat!  Everything in that cart looked delicious but I was stuffed.  However since we were celebrating our engagement we were wearing pins that said, “Just Engaged.”  Our waitress had noticed and brought up a card and a plate.  On the plate was some grey stuff, unfortunately it was not gluten free so I was urged not to try it.  However Beast, Belle, our waitress, and the chef signed the card congratulating us on our engagement.  Tom did get to eat the grey stuff and urges all those who can: try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!

When it came time for us to plan our honeymoon and book our dining reservations Be Our Guest was at the top of our list.  We were able to get a dinner reservation while we are there, we tried to get the breakfast reservation as well but was unsuccessful.  Although all of Disney’s restaurants are more then accommodating when it comes to food allergies I think that Be Our Guest is my current favorite.  With the delicious food, magnitude of choices, and the atmosphere it just has everything I could want.  If you ever get the chance to try Be Our Guest, allergies or no allergies, you really should take the opportunity to give it a go. 

Until next time my food friends have faith and trust, and be our guest by sharing in the sprinkling of pixie dust.

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Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!

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