Special Dining Needs at Disney: Welcome Home for Breakfast at Olivia’s Old Key West

IMG_0393Breakfast has never been a favorite meal of mine, but for some reason when I’m at Disney it’s something I just can’t seem to miss out on. As long as I can remember I’ve been having breakfast at Olivia’s at Old Key West Resort whenever I’ve been down in Disney. Even on our upcoming honeymoon I’ve made reservations for breakfast on our last day, as to not break the tradition.

Having been on a few different dietary restrictions while trying to figure out what was the actual allergy, I’ve had several special breakfasts besides the breakfasts without any dietary restrictions. I can tell you one thing though, you don’t want to miss out on a great breakfast before a busy day in the parks.

I don’t know if it is because I’ve always called Old Key West home, my parents are Vacation Club Members and Old Key West is their home base, or because I’ve had so many memories there but Olivia’s is one of my favorite places to eat, no matter the meal.

The last time I ate at Olivia’s was for breakfast. Olivia’s does do a character breakfast if you would like but not every morning. This time I did not do the character breakfast. I was however dining gluten free. At the check in counter we made sure to tell them that there was a gluten allergy although they already had it on the reservation.   When the waiter came to take our order he double-checked that we had a gluten allergy and told us that he had alerted the chef. Meanwhile he took our drink orders. A round of coffee for everyone was expected, but the waiter over heard our discussion about the day’s plans in Epcot and commented on the mimosas on the menu. When our coffee came to the table it was accompanied by mimosas, mine in a big glass, because of some comment I had made. Another reason why I enjoy Olivia’s so much, like most of Walt Disney World the waiters listen and make you feel at home without you even really having to ask.

IMG_0394Olivia’s has gluten free bagels, bread, and rolls. They also make gluten free hash browns, which surprisingly is not all that common elsewhere. Most of the menu can be adapted to gluten free, even the pancakes. The chef came out to talk to us about the options even offering an egg sandwich if I wanted. I opted for the Sombrero Beach Omelet and was not disappointed. I think for the first time I was able to just about finish everything on my plate, which tends to be a common theme with my meals at Disney.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner Disney does not disappoint when it comes to getting you an allergy free meal. Waiters, hostesses, and chefs alike make a huge difference in Disney and continue to make you feel at home and like you aren’t a hassle. Next time you’re in Walt Disney World give my home base a try and visit Olivia’s for a down to earth welcome environment that has safe food for everyone.

Until next time, have faith and trust, and plenty of pixie dust to start your day.

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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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