Dole Whip! Dairy-free and available in many places

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Dole Whip - Not dairy-freeOne of the most popular treats at Disney World is the Dole Whip soft serve. A few years ago, we posted about the change in formula, making it dairy-free, but with a cross-contamination risk. However, a couple of years ago, Disney World made the pineapple soft serve the exclusive offering at Aloha Isle, then made the Dole Whip available in several other locations. So, we thought it was time for an update, since our previous posts are still top pages on our website.

While the Dole Whip is now free of most of the top 8 food allergens, it does contain coconut oil and carries a warning for tree nuts. Check ingredients at the Precision Foods website and also, verify with the Cast Member and ask to see the ingredients in their Food Allergy Book.

Where to find Dole Whip at Disney World

Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom at Aloha Isle. However, Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace swapped places, due to the demand of the Dole Whip. Aloha Isle is now located near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the Tiki Room.

Dole Whip at Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom, in Africa at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. Here, you’ll find the classic Dole Whip and two varieties with rum.
Check out the Tamu Tamu menu

Dole Whip at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

At Disney’s Polynesian Resort, at the Pineapple Lanai on the way to the pool. Keep in mind, the Dole Whip served here includes the vanilla flavor, which opens up the possibility for cross-contamination. However, make the Cast Member aware of your allergy and they will take extra caution to avoid cross-contamination. If the Cast Member is unsure, ask for a manager. We found out that some Cast Members haven’t taken the training for food allergies. Those that have, are able to serve it safely, reducing the chances of cross-contamination. 

Pineapple Lanai menu

Dole Whips at Captain Cooks are self-serveYou can also find a Dole Whip dispenser in Captain Cooks, the quick service restaurant. It’s a self service dispenser, so there could be a cross-contamination risk from other patrons.

Also, around the corner at the outdoor Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar, you can find Dole Whips with rum, again.

Dole Whip at Disney Springs

Update! You can now get Dole Whip at Marketplace Snacks. Be aware, the dispenser also has the vanilla soft serve. So, there is a cross-contamination possibility. We spoke to the Cast Member who informed us that they do not follow the same process as the Pinapple Lenai, and sometimes switch the mixers containing the pineapple and vanilla mixes.  Maybe this will change in the future. 

Dole Whip in Disney Springs

Dole Whip at Epcot

Occasionally, you can find Dole Whip at Epcot during festivals, like the Food and Wine Festival, at a kiosk near Canada.

If you spot a Dole Whip at some other location, please let us know!

D-Luxe Burger gluten-free review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife avoids gluten.

My wife has celiac disease, we ate here last week.(Feb 2017) she had her burger with a lettuce wrap. The fries and all the dipping sauces are gf. We had a great meal and the food was delicious and the staff very informed and helpful. Would highly recommend.

Recommend D-Luxe Burger for gluten free?: Yes
 

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Raglan Road at Disney Springs gluten-free review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife avoids gluten.

A quick review is really not sufficient for this venue. My wife has celiac. This is not our first time here but we cannot say enough about our February 2017 visit. My wife was ecstatic to get gluten-free onion rings AND French fries. She got a steak salad that she says was absolutely delicious. Every employee of this restaurant was informed and educated on her needs. Our hostess made sure our waitress Lindsey knew of our needs, she thoroughly went through all of our options. Her manager John also looked in and asked if we wanted a chef to come out. Again not our first time there and knew the chefs are all informed. We give this restaurant 5 chef hats and will go back again. We highly recommend it to anyone.

Oh yeah, the dancers, the musicians, the drinks are all out of this world too!

Thanks for a great night, we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Recommend Bill for gluten free?: Yes

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Wolfgang Puck Cafe gluten-free review

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This quick review was provided by Bill, whose wife avoids gluten.

My wife has celiac disease, we ate here last week.(Feb 2017) was rather disappointed with our experience. My wife doesn’t eat fish which makes selections more difficult but the choices for a gluten free diner were really slim (she had the chicken) the staff did not seem to be very educated on our needs and while everything was edible nothing at this restaurant stood out as accommodating. Would not recommend this as a go-to place for dining.

Recommend Wolfgang Puck Cafe for gluten free?: No
 

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La Cantina de San Angel food allergy review

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This quick review was provided by Laura, whose daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame.

cantina-san-angelThis is our go-to quick service place at Epcot. The food is exceptional and we have had countless meals here. We mention the girls allergies–peanuts, tree nuts and sesame every time and have been assured there are none of these allergens present.

My daughter is a guacamole addict and she loves to chow down on that with some of their homemade corn chips.

We also love the Chicken Cascabel –a tasty naked bowl of sorts with rice, beans and tasty tender chicken and SAUCE!! It’s always a winner.

A trip doesn’t go by without the Barbacoa Tacos. Can you say WOW? They are the best tacos on property in my opinion and you get a side of rice and beans with a trio of them. Quick, easy and super affordable. A favorite of everyone in our family.

We tend to avoid Mexican restaurants due to the presence of Mole (which is made with peanut butter) but there is no mole here–which makes it an excellent choice.La Cantina de San Angel with peanut, tree nut and sesame food allergies

We have also eaten the cheese empanadas and while they are good they don’t hold a candle to the Cascabel or the tacos. Same for Nachos–good and great to share among a group for a snack but I wouldn’t pass over the two mentioned above for them.

The best part: HOMEMADE CHURROS!! As all allergy parents know, finding safe dessert options are HARD. These are not your standard Disney churros –you get a basket of 6 (I think?) circular churros and a bowl of hot caramel sauce to dip . My girls favorite part of the meal!

We can’t recommend this place enough–it’s our favorite!

Recommend La Cantina de San Angel for peanuts, tree nuts and sesame food allergies?: Yes

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Food Allergy Fastpass #5

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fa-fastpass-ep0005Welcome to our fifth episode! Amy, Larry, Lizzie and Jeff interview discuss their favorite Walt Disney World Epcot restaurants for food allergies. And we include a bunch of tips for navigating the park and getting the most out of your Epcot visit.

Enjoy!
 


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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater lunch with egg and dairy allergies

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Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater with a food allergy

This quick review was provided Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg.

This was my daughter’s favourite meal all week. Chef Jason spoke directly to her and asked her what she wanted to eat. He prepared a gourmet safe burger with toppings of her choice- sautéed onions, pickles, lettuce and ketchup all on a safe bun served with fries and a glowing Ariel lemonade.

The waiter was also happy to serve both of the kids apple slices (listed as a dessert) as a starter, and they brought out a safe chocolate ice-cream sundae. She loved her meal here. There was one minor hiccup here…for some reason a busser/different waiter delivered a bowl of pickles and mayo to the table where she was sitting. Not sure if that is a standard delivery or was a mistake meant for another table, but in the dark it could have easily been missed or mistaken and accidentally consumed by my daughter if she was younger or less aware.

The darkness in this venue and the way the cars are set up (kids in front, parents in back) may be uncomfortable for some allergy parents, as it makes it more challenging to see and inspect the food being delivered and eaten.

Recommend Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater for dairy and egg free?: Yes

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Captain’s Grill lunch with dairy and egg allergies

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This quick review was provided Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg.

Our flight landed earlier than expected and we were able to get a last minute unplanned walk-in seating at this restaurant for lunch. My initial impression of this place was very good. I spoke with the host about whether they could accommodate my daughter’s egg and dairy allergy and they showed me an allergy menu that had several options for those restrictions. The seater who walked us to our seat even asked if the restaurant crayons and cutlery were safe for my daughter to use. However, on the walk to the table she commented on how sad it is for kids to have allergies and how much they miss out on. While I know she was trying to be kind it was a very negative way to start our trip as one of the reasons we love Disney, is because we don’t feel we miss out on anything.

The waiter and seater were more than happy to get the chef for us to speak to. The chef came out and we discussed how he could safely prepare the kids shrimp skewer meal and substitute fries for the rice. We agreed on a safe dessert option of Tofutti Ice-cream, Enjoy Life Cookies and Hershey’s Syrup. He said he would check the ingredients on the sprinkles to see if they were safe for her. He explained that they had a dedicated fryer to make the fries and the food would be safely prepared on a separate grill. At that point I was confident that she would be taken care of. That’s when things went unfortunately very wrong.

A busser brought my daughter her meal to the table stacked underneath her sisters open cheese burger, this unfortunately transferred cheese residue all over the bottom of the plate. There was no allergy stick on the food. We waited to speak with the waiter who told us that they remove the allergy sticks before the food is served? Before we could even address the cross contamination issue we noticed that the order was incorrect…she had been sent brown rice instead of fries. The plate was sent back to the kitchen and I was told a new one would be prepared. Minutes later the skewer of shrimp returned with extra shrimp added to it and a pile of green beans and we were told we would have to wait for fries to be prepared. Concerned about the food, we inspected it closely and found penne noodles covered in an oily residue buried within the green beans. We decided to allow her to eat the shrimp only, which unfortunately by this time were cold and terribly over salted, and waited for the fries which were brought out 10 minutes later. I probably should have complained more but we were so tired and hungry we figured she could at least eat the dessert the chef had promised.

Once again when dessert arrived it was not what was ordered. She was sent a bowl of Tofutti on a plate with Hershey’s M&M’s, Sprinkles and Syrup. I immediately noticed the M&M’s and pushed the dessert away. At this point the waiter, began adamantly stating that M&M’s were safe for dairy allergies. I literally had to google an ingredient list to show him that they contained milk and were not safe. He took them back to the kitchen and then came back and apologized, bringing me a bottle of brand new unopened Hershey’s syrup. The cookies never arrived. I asked to speak with the chef but was told he was too busy with the rush to speak to me about what happened. Instead the waiter offered free light out Tinkerbells and was very apologetic.

We were very happy to have avoided what could have been a very serious reaction. However, the series of events that occurred during this meal service showed me that there were multiple places were further allergy training was required with the staff on duty at the time. We were very glad that this was our only disappointing experience of the entire trip.

Recommend Captain’s Grill for dairy and egg free?: No

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review with dairy and egg food allergies

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review with dairy and egg allergies

This quick review was provided Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg.

A favourite dining experience for our whole family. My kids thought the whole show was hysterical. We were so excited to see that the “famous” Chef TJ would be looking after my daughter’s meal here and he did not disappoint.

He made her a tower of safe foods including her first ever fried chicken, ribs, baked potatoes, corn and a bucket of fresh delicious salad with a safe specially made Italian dressing.

Dessert was a huge tower of sugary delights, cookies and ice-cream topped off with cotton candy and syrup. It was a magical evening that won’t soon be forgotten or topped.

Recommend Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review for dairy and egg free?: Yes

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Skipper Canteen with dairy and egg allergies

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Disney's Skipper Canteen with food allergies

This quick review was provided Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg.

Before dining at this restaurant I reviewed the menu and found on-line versions of the allergy menu so that I would have a good idea of what might be safe for my daughter ahead of time. It was a good thing I did, because we were told that there were no allergy menus available on that day.

The waiter brought the chef who asked what she would like. He told us many of the proteins could be prepared safely. WE asked if the Tiki Tiki Fishy Fishy on the regular kids menu would be safe and he said it was and he would make sure she got some trainer chopsticks to eat it with! She was also able to have the feature frozen slushy from the menu and a full plate of Enjoy Life cookies.

Recommend Skipper Canteen for dairy and egg free?: Yes

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