October 2011 trip to Disney World with a food allergy

Posted on : 09-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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We’re heading out, back to Atlanta, after another successful trip to Disney World. It was successful because we met lots of fans and had NO ALLERGIC REACTIONS!!! And once again, we encountered a lot of people who didn’t know about the Disney food allergy program until they arrived, or shortly before. So we made a lot of new friends and we also passed along the information about our contest and our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Our winner for this contest found us at Epcot.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party photosOne fabulous find, this trip, was Le Chefs de France. They make their own sorbet, and have dedicated equipment with no cross-contamination with dairy. They also make their own French rolls, again without dairy or cross-contamination. Our daughter enjoyed eating fresh French bread for the first time. More about this later when we write the review.

Two more highlights were The Plaza in the Magic Kingdom and the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios. Prime Time Cafe was literally a blast from the past, and the chef prepared a special plate for our daughter. Later, we found the lounge was an excellent place to stop and cool off.

Akershus was great as usual, for breakfast, and the Princesses were wonderful with Mary Poppins paying a visit this time.

When we first arrived in Disney World, we dined at Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe, where Chef Carlos carved beautiful roses out of fresh strawberries after serving a wonderful grilled chicken for Charlotte. That night, we also flew through BabyCakes NYC to pickup some items to have around in the hotel. We stopped in the next day and discovered another gem in Downtown Disney. Fresh-A-Peel, in the same building as BabyCakes NYC and Pollo Campero, has a smoothie stand that never uses dairy, nuts, or gluten in their blenders. It was the first smoothie our daughter has ever had that we didn’t prepare. They also have other gluten-free options, healthy snacks, juices and fresh fruit.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was a big thrill! We plan to go next year, too. It was so much fun but we didn’t get to do everything. The Disney Villains were behaving as one might expect, wicked and scary, but not too scary. We didn’t have any problem avoiding the candy and there was so much excitement everywhere that our daughter didn’t even noticed the candy stations. We simply brought our favorite Enjoy Life candy bars, Divvies Jelly Beans and other treats so that she had a basket of candy like everyone else. During the Boo to You Parade, Charlotte was offered candy from Goofy’s Candy Company crew, but politely declined.

Another great experience was the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party. We had no real expectations for our daughter’s dessert, but we were absolutely impressed. On top of all the delicious dessert samples available for the masses, the waiter met with us and said the chef had prepared a special plate of fabulous desserts for her. And boy did he ever deliver! More about that in our review.

Look for more reviews to come.

So, until we return to the Happiest Place on Earth, we’ll be dining out at our local “allergy free haunts,” Moes, California Pizza Kitchen, Red Robin and Dulce Vegan bakery.

Find the Mouse – Day 1 itinerary

Posted on : 04-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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We arrived in Disney World on Monday night around 8, checked in and made it to BabyCakes NYC around 9:30, then arrived for a 10:00 dinner reservation at Wolfgang Puck Cafe. Full review to follow later but, basically, it was outstanding and Charlotte even received a little  extra treat at the end from Chef Carlos.

Tuesday, October 4

Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCFind us at Downtown Disney or the Magic Kingdom today to win a delicious box of treats from our sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Look for someone wearing a blue AllergyFreeMouse.com t-shirt, like the one pictured below.

Here is our plan for the day, subject to change at which time we’ll update the page, if possible:

  • Back to Downtown Disney Marketplace around 9:30 AM
  • Wolfgang Puck Express around 11 AM.
  • Quick stop at BabyCakes NYC.
  • Magic Kingdom – 2-ish
  • The Plaza Restaurant – 5:20 PM
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at 8 PM

We’ll also post some locations on Twitter, follow us there @AllergyMouse.

Look for this guy (not Pinocchio)

 

Wolfgang Puck Cafe dining review

Posted on : 30-05-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

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Tortilla Soup at Wolfgang Puck - the best!On this trip, we had dinner at Downtown Disney’s Wolfgang Puck Cafe on the first night we arrived. We had great experiences here on the last two trips, so we felt it was a safe place to start our Disney dining. They, of course, aren’t owned by Disney, but they have a great food allergy policy. They are included in the Disney Dining Plan.

We checked in and the chef, Christopher, came to our table and discussed the menu options. We felt completely comfortable with his understanding of our daughter’s dairy allergy and we were shocked by the outstanding effort he put into preparing her meal. He told us that it would take some extra time to prepare her meal, because he needed to wash all of the pots and pans first! We couldn’t believe our ears — wash the pots and pans! Yes, he really got it!

A dairy free salad at Wolfgang PuckWhen her meal arrived, everyone wanted her dinner. He pan-grilled her organic chicken and HAND CUT her french fries. She also had a beautiful salad and the meal resulted in the biggest smile. This is what the Disney allergy dining experience is all about!

When we arrived home, we asked our daughter “What was your favorite thing that we did at Disney?” It wasn’t Cinderella, not the Princesses at Akershus, not the gang at Chef Mickey’s, not the Aloha Show, not the theme parks, not even meeting her beloved Rapunzel. Her answer was, and you won’t believe this from a 6-year-old, as she smiled and said, “the best and juicy chicken ever at Wolfgang Pucks!” Wolfgang — we need your picture for our scrapbook! To be a 6-year-old’s favorite at Disney is awesome, Wolfgang!

Dairy free organic chicken

Notice, most of the chicken is GONE!

We had delicious meals, as well. I LOVED the tortilla soup. It’s a perfect blend of spices and heat. It is garnished with crispy tortilla strips and tangy goat cheese. I also had the ravioli and was very satisfied. Wolfgang Puck’s makes one of the best chicken Caesar salads ever! My husband had the Chicken Alfredo and ate every bite.

Afterward, our daughter had her 1st fresh donut for dessert from BabyCakes NYC.

We’ve read about a serious allergic reaction, and even been contacted by a person who had one, at Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe in 2008. Maybe it was this incident that brought about the change at Wolfgang Puck Cafe. In the past 2 years, during multiple visits, we’ve had nothing but great success and feel comfortable with our daughter eating there.

The kid’s menu is included below. Here is a link to the dinner menu.

If you have a food allergy and you’ve dined at Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Wolfgang Puck Express or anywhere else within Downtown Disney, please share your experience with us so that it can help other food allergy diners make informed decisions.

Gluten Free at Disney Springs

Posted on : 08-04-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Gluten free options in Downtown Disney

Gluten Free at Disney Springs

As with any other restaurant, you should always discuss your allergy with the chef or manager upon arrival at each location.

NOTE:  These items are subject to change without notice.  Please speak to a chef or manager upon arrival at each location for their most up to date information on their ingredients and menus. This information has been provided by Disney, requested an updated copy.

Market Place

Captain Jack’sChildren: hot dog with gluten free bun, chicken sandwich, Adult: peel & eat shrimp with no seaweed, pasta to substitute in entrees, salad with papaya dressing, rice, gluten free brownie

Rainforest Café – request to speak to Chef or Kitchen Manager and they will customize a dish

Earl of Sandwich – Salads and fruit cups

Wolfgang Puck Express – rosemary chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, some of the salads can be customized – please ask when ordering

T-Rex – alert server and they will send the Chef to the table to customize a dish; Wooly Mammoth chicken dish, gluten free pasta with protein or veggies

Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly Babycakes NYC) – This vegan bakery specializes in gluten, dairy, egg, and soy safe options.

  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery food allergy information: https://www.erinmckennasbakery.com/allergy-info/
  • Read our Babycakes NYC review.
  • Order food allergen-free cakes for delivery to Walt Disney World resorts and restaurants. Call 407-938-9044 at least 7 days (or more) before your dining event.
  • Disney Resorts where Erin McKenna’s Bakery products are found:
    • The Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
    • The Boardwalk Bakery at Disney’s Boardwalk
    • The Gardens Kiosk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    • Everything Pop at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Pleasure Island

Fulton’s Crab House – Seafood and Steak, veggies, not a lot of dishes with flour or bread options

Portobello’s – Gluten free pasta (available most of time, prefer it is acknowledged on the reservation)

Raglan Road – Ask server to get a Chef for explanation of options

Paradiso 37 – talk to Chef or Manager regarding the severity of allergy & they can customize menu

Westside

Planet Hollywood – varies depending on the food availability: Children: gluten friendly pizza, chicken tenders, chicken breast sliced in half and grilled. Adult:: gluten free bun for chicken sandwich and burgers, steak fries baked in oven upon request instead of French fries, side salad, small Caesar salad minus croutons, three salad dressings made in-house, side of vegetable or jasmine rice. New York & rib eye steaks, Mahi & Salmon, Fajitas can be altered for corn tortilla chips instead of the tortilla with Jasmine rice instead of Fiesta rice, no sour cream, Chef will come out to discuss option and the severity of allergies

Bongos Cuban Café – vegetable platter of white rice and vegetables

Wolfgang Puck’s Café – ask to speak to Chef and they will come to table to explain options for each of the items

Food Quest inside Disney Quest – pending on stock: chicken finger with rice breading, gluten free buns, gluten free brownies, occasionally pizza with gluten free crust

House of Blues – talk to Chef regarding the severity of allergy & they can customize menu

 

NOTE:  Menus subject to change without notice.  Please speak to a chef upon arrival at each location.

 

 

Quick service restaurants

Posted on : 27-03-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Quick Service Restaurants

Disney World has a hundred or more Quick Service Restaurants, where you can walk up and grab a quick bite to eat, some of which carry many allergy free selections. Always ask to see “the book” . The book is at each location and lists all of the ingredients for  each menu item. Then, ask to speak to the manager and explain your allergy / allergies. Ask the manager if they will make it for you, or at least supervise. I have never had this request turned down. They really understand and want to accommodate everyone.

Food allergens mentioned in the reviews are listed below each restaurant name.

ABC Commissary (Hollywood Studios)
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Quick service fast-food like chicken curry, chicken bleu sandwich and fish & chips, Angus cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets.

Africa Coolpost  (Epcot)
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Soft drinks and beer on tap, plus soft-serve ice cream and hot dogs

Aloha Isle(Magic Kingdom)
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Snacks and the famous Dole Whip

Amorette's Patisserie (Disney Springs)
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Pastry shop featuring éclairs, New York-style cheesecake, cookies, gluten-free macarons and signature cakes.

AristoCrêpes (Disney Springs)
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Sweet and savory crepes, ranging from s’mores and key lime cheesecake to beef with horseradish cream and turkey with brie.

Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies (Magic Kingdom)
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Ice cream sundaes, smoothies, floats and other sweets.

Backlot Express(Hollywood Studios)
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Quick service movie studio-prop shop café with vegetarian and turkey sandwiches,cheese burgers, chicken strips, salad with chicken, or hot dog.

Beastly Kiosk (Animal Kingdom)
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Quick, convenient snacks, featuring corn dogs, chips, sodas and water

Biergarten Restaurant (Epcot)
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German food, entertainment and year-round Oktoberfest.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works (Boardwalk)
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A restaurant and microbrewery that also serves sandwiches, salads

BoardWalk Bakery  (Boardwalk)
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Assorted cakes, pies and pastries baked fresh onsite daily.

Boulangerie Patisserie (Epcot)
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Quick service in France, serving sandwiches, quiches and French pastries.

Café Rix (Coronado Springs)
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Fresh salads, panini and freshly baked goods.

Capt. Cook's (Polynesian Resort)
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Pastries, burgers, salads, pizzas, fresh fruit, and ice cream treats

Casey's Corner (Magic Kingdom)
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Hot dogs, fries & drinks.

Cheshire Cafe (Magic Kingdom)
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Snacks and beverages, including fruit slushes.

Columbia Harbour House(Magic Kingdom)
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Sandwiches, salads, clam chowder, fish and chicken.

Contempo Café (Contemporary)
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Flatbreads and hot and savory sandwiches, like honey lime chicken.

Contemporary Grounds (Contemporary)
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Gourmet coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and specialty liquors.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe(Magic Kingdom)
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Burgers, chicken, BBQ ribs, soups and salads, with far-out flair.

Dawa Bar (Animal Kingdom)
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Refreshing cocktails at a rustic watering hole overlooking the African waterfront and located next to Tusker House Restaurant

Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream (Hollywood Studios)
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Soft-serve ice cream and novelty ice cream treats.

Earl of Sandwich® (Disney Springs)
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13 hot sandwiches, soups, fresh tossed salads, wraps, baked goods and desserts, and breakfast.

Electric Umbrella(Epcot)
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Quick service in Future World serving flatbreads, chicken Caesar salad, chicken breast nuggets, desserts and soft drinks.

Erin McKenna's Bakery(Disney Springs)
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Everything Pop Dining(Pop Century Resort)
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Fairfax Fare(Hollywood Studios)
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Quick service salads, sodas, beer, specialty hot dogs, and house-smoked barbeque specialties

Flame Tree Barbeque(Animal Kingdom)
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Quick service featuring delicious house-smoked barbecue chicken and rib meals or fantastic pork sandwiches

Florida Snow Company (Disney Springs)
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A fresh take on shaved ice.

Food Truck - Fantasy Fare (Disney Springs)
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Food Truck - Namaste Cafe (Disney Springs)
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Food Truck - Superstar Catering (Disney Springs)
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Food Truck - World Showcase of Flavors (Disney Springs)
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FoodQuest at DisneyQuest(Disney Springs)
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Fast foods including burgers and wraps to pizzas and salads.

Forty Thirst Street by Joffrey's  (Disney Springs)
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Freshly-brewed coffee and coffee products by Joffrey's Coffee. 2 locations.

Fountain View Ice Cream (Epcot)
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Quick service ice cream parlor.

Friar's Nook (Magic Kingdom)
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Hot dogs, sandwiches and hand-made chips.

Gasparilla Island Grill (Grand Floridian)
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24-hour arcade and restaurant, featuring sandwiches, salads, pizza and burgers.

Gaston's Tavern(Magic Kingdom)
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Quick service featuring snacks and LeFou's Brew.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop  (Disney Springs)
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Chocolate and world-famous sundaes topped with fresh, homemade hot fudge.

Golden Oak Outpost (Magic Kingdom)
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Chicken breast sandwiches, chicken nuggets and flatbreads.

Hollywood Scoops (Hollywood Studios)
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Hand-dipped ice cream cones, sundaes and chocolate-chip cookie sandwiches.

Katsura Grill (Epcot)
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Japanese quick service restaurant.

Kona Island (Polynesian Resoirt)
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Coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit in the morning. For dinner, sushiincluding Volcano Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Sashimi, Tuna Poke, and Nigiri. Plus cocktails, wine, and sake.

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Epcot)
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Norwegian quick service, featuring smoke salmon sandwiches and other fast food.

Kusafiri Coffee Shop (Animal Kingdom)
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Quick service with muffins, pastries, cakes and freshly brewed coffee

La Cantina de San Angel(Epcot)
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Mexican quick service on the World Showcase Lagoon. Features tacos, empanadas and nachos.

Liberty Inn(Epcot)
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Quick service in the American Pavilion featuring cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, salads and more.

Liberty Square Market(Magic Kingdom)
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Quick service with healthy snacks.

Lotus Blossom Cafe (Epcot)
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Chinese quick service featuring potstickers, egg rolls, orange chicken and more.

Main Street Bakery (Magic Kingdom)
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Quick service bakery with ice cream sundaes, cookies and confections. Now featuring Starbucks coffee and food items.

Min & Bill's Dockside Diner  (Hollywood Studios)
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Quick service sandwiches, snacks and refreshments

Morimoto Asia Street Food (Disney Springs)
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Pan-American street food

Oasis Canteen  (Hollywood Studios)
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Funnel cakes with your choice of soft serve, strawberry or whipped cream topping, powdered or cinnamon sugar. Ice-cold beverages.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Magic Kingdom)
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Cheeseburgers, BBQ Sandwiches, Chili-Cheese Fries, wraps and salads.

Pepper Market(Coronado Springs)
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Buffet-style dining for breakfast and lunch, and a quick-service dining experience at dinner.

Pinocchio Village Haus(Magic Kingdom)
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Mac & cheese, PB & J Sandwiches, pizza, fries & desserts.

Pizza Planet (Hollywood Studios)
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Pizza, of course, plus meatball subs, salads, cookies, and arcade games

Pizza Window (Boardwalk)
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Pizza pie by the slice.

Pizzafari  (Animal Kingdom)
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Pizzas! Plus sandwiches, salads and beer

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Magic Kingdom)
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Hand-scooped ice cream, floats, waffle-bowl sundaes and Mickey cones with chocolate ears.

Refreshment Port (Epcot)
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Soft drinks and other beverages.

Restaurantosaurus (Animal Kingdom)
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Quick service with burgers and other favorites.

Roaring Fork (Wilderness Lodge)
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Breakfasts, daily Chef's creations and snacks.

Seashore Sweets (Boardwalk)
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Saltwater taffy, fudge and other confections.

Sleepy Hollow (Magic Kingdom)
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Funnel cakes, waffle sandwiches and other items, prepared in an early colonial kitchen.

Sommerfest (Epcot)
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Quick service restaurant in the German Pavilion, featuring bratwurst, frankfurters and beer.

Sprinkles (Disney Springs)
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Gourmet cupcakes baked fresh daily. Also check out the cupcake ATM nestled outside.

Starring Rolls Cafe (Hollywood Studios)
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Delicious baked goods, sushi and focaccia sandwiches, plus fresh coffee, cappuccino and espresso

Storybook Treats (Magic Kingdom)
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Sundaes and refreshing beverages.

Studios Catering Co. (Hollywood Studios)
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Quick service featuring Greek salads, chicken Caesar wraps, sandwich choices like pressed Tuscan deli, buffalo chicken, turkey club and grilled vegetable

Sunset Ranch Market  (Hollywood Studios)
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5 quick service restaurants in one, featuring American fare, including turkey legs to veggie burgers, pizza, fries to fresh fruit, barbeque, plus hand dipped ice cream sundaes, and frozen margaritas

Sunshine Seasons(Epcot)
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Quick service in The Land, featuring Asian fare, sandwiches, soups and salads.

Sunshine Tree Terrace (Magic Kingdom)
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Frozen treats, ice cream, slushies and ice coffee.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments - Harambe  (Animal Kingdom)
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Quick service stand offering burgers and shakes.

Tangierine Cafe (Epcot)
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Mediterranean quick service.

The Daily Poutine (Disney Springs)
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Classic Canadian dish—hot, thick-cut French fries loaded with tasty toppings such as cheddar cheese curds and beef gravy.

Tortuga Tavern(Magic Kingdom)
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Quick service with Mexican cuisine.

Vivoli il Gelato (Disney Springs)
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Italian gelati, sorbetti, espresso drinks and more.

Westward Ho (Magic Kingdom)
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Lemonade and corn dogs.

Wetzel's Pretzels at Disney Springs Marketplace (Disney Springs)
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Wetzel's Pretzels at Disney Springs Marketplace (Disney Springs)
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Wolfgang Puck® Express–Marketplace(Disney Springs)
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The Express version of Wolfgang Puck's restaurant offers a more casual take on the signature dishes. TIP:You can use DDP snack credits!

Yak & Yeti™ Local Foods Cafe (Animal Kingdom)
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Quick service featuring Pan-Asian dishes, like crispy honey chicken and pork egg rolls

YeSake (Disney Springs)
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Hand rolls, unique sake slush drinks and cold beer.

Yorkshire County Fish Shop (Epcot)
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British quick service featuring fish and chips.


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