Food allergies are kind of the worst and can hinder the feeling of magic on your Disney trip. I wrote a blog post a while back about how to eat gluten free in Disneyland. Today I want to share some tips on how to eat dairy free in Disneyland so your trip can be just as magical.
1. Know which places you cannot eat at
One of the best things to know is where is not dairy free friendly. Unless you want spaghetti and meatballs, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta is pretty much all cheese. The ice cream places also won’t be dairy free friendly. Almost all the soups at the Harbour Gallery or the Pacific Wharf cafe have cream or some sort of dairy as well. Know which places you can’t go so when they come up as a possibility you’ll know to suggest something else.
2. Rejoice because Dole Whip is dairy free
The most, in my opinion, tasty treat at Disneyland is dairy free!
3. Try lemonade!
It’s disappointing when everyone else is munching on their Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwiches. Don’t pitifully watch, go grab a lemonade from a lemonade cart!
4. Don’t be afraid to ask the servers at restaurants
Disney is the best at being accommodating. If you are unsure about what is in a dish, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for the allergy-friendly menus either. It’s better to be safe than sorry and Disney cast members won’t be annoyed.
5. The churros aren’t dairy free but the popcorn is
The churros at Disneyland do use milk, as far as my research can tell, but they make their popcorn with an artificial butter so the popcorn is dairy free.
6. You can have the cotton candy
I always like to focus on the things I can eat, not necessarily what I can’t eat. And remembering that Dole Whip, cotton candy, lemonade and many other goodies are safe to eat is a good feeling!
7. Bring your own snacks and lunch
I made the same suggestion for eating gluten free, but even the most careful inquiry and research cannot replace knowing exactly what you are eating. I would highly recommend dining at Disney, but also reduce the risk of getting sick and bring your own snacks and lunch to have. Then you will know what you are eating will be dairy free.
What are your tips for eating dairy free at Disneyland?