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Cruising with Disney – Gluten Free Style, Part 2: Breakfast

If breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, you will have no problem filling up with a delicious gluten free meal while on-board a Disney cruise ship!  Breakfast was actually the meal I was most concerned about prior to embarking on our recent vacation, given its propensity towards all things gluten, but I needn’t have worried.  Not one bit.

Disney’s Gluten Free Breakfast Options at Sea

Breakfast is served at multiple locations on the Disney Fantasy and while most of the restaurants offer a buffet, The Royal Court on Deck 3, offers a full sit-down menu.  If you have a gluten-mediated medical condition and/or other food allergies, it is recommended that you dine at The Royal Court for breakfast so you can place your order directly with the head waiter (who will then consult and work directly with the chef) and your breakfast will be prepared in the safest manner.

Buffets

Yes, there are many gluten free options available on the buffets as well, but as with any buffet, the risk of cross-contamination is always present…you cannot always see/control the actions of others who have preceded you on the buffet line.  That being said, I really wish I had gotten up early enough to take a photo of the buffet setup (before the hungry crowds descended), because I was very impressed with the segregation of gluten-containing food options from gluten free food options.

  • Glutonium-filled breads, muffins and pastries were kept totally separate from gluten free items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, deli meats, smoked salmon, etc.
  • Fresh sliced fruits were kept in an enclosed case and served by a Disney crew member.
  • Oatmeal had it’s very own buffet station and cold cereals came in pre-sealed individual containers   **there were no gluten free cold cereal options available, but you could probably take some on-board the ship, if that is what your child prefers (they do allow you to bring bottled water and a limited amount of alcohol aboard, so I presume gluten-free cereal would be okay too), before you make the effort though, ask a Disney representative when booking your vacation.** 

We did eat off the buffet the first morning, before we were told that The Royal Court would be the safer option (but after the chef came out to personally show us the “no gluten added” food options and tell us what he could provide us from “behind the scenes.”  See below for that list of goodies!).  While my celiac self is not prone to the more immediate physical reactions of accidental gluten ingestion, my non-celiac gluten sensitive husband (and youngest son) are quite sensitive to even the slightest exposure and they did not have any problems whatsoever.

This is just a quick sampling of the breakfast options available.  I made a deal with Mike that he would let me take my camera to meals as long as I didn’t take it to all of them (true to my word, I did skip lunch on Wednesday!).  You will notice in the photo (above), that I did allow myself a small indulgence of cream cheese with my smoked salmon, so for those of you who can have dairy, this is a real treat, especially atop fresh, crispy cucumber slices (way better than bread or crackers in my opinion). :-D

Of course, for the kiddos…the “real” treats usually belong in the gluten free refined carbs category (hey, that’s what vacation is for, right?). :-D

Gluten free Baked Goods Available for the Asking:

Cinnamon Donuts (Kinnikinnick)

Chocolate Chip Muffins (Kinnikinnick)

Blueberry Muffins (Kinnikinnick)

Pancakes

Waffles (Kinnikinnick)

My crew certainly had more than their fair share of gluten free chocolate chip muffins, cinnamon doughnuts and waffles, but I also *tried* to get in a fair amount of protein to counter all the sugar.

Smoothies

For those smoothie diehards like me, there is a smoothie bar on Deck 11 that offers dairy and dairy free options (either coconut or soy milk) at an additional charge ($3.25 for a small and $5.25 for a large).

 

When I first saw the above photo, I thought, “Wow, those teenagers must have been very impressed with Sam’s shuffleboard form…”

Then I realized they were just waiting to see if the crazy Mom lying on the ground with her camera would get hit in the face with the puck.  ;-)

 


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Comments

  1. Carol says:

    How great to know that you can take a cruise and dine safetly!  Glad you all had a good time.

  2. Heather's Creative Concoctions says:

    Hi! I found your site about 30 minutes ago and can’t stop reading your amazing resources. I have been trying to follow a GF diet after realizing I’m having a reaction to it and only recently my digestion has really gotten on of control. I’m so glad I found the post on cross contaminated foods when your body confuses it for gluten. I have been experiencing that with many foods you have listed even though they are labeled gluten free and I don’t need to tell you how miserable that is. This week I am getting GI tests to hopefully find out exactly what is happening because when I was tested a year ago for celiac it came back negative. Nonetheless I feel much better after following this diet most times. I just wanted to thank you for spending so much time sharing everything you have learned and your resources, they are incredibly helpful and encouraging whiling trying to maintain this lifestyle. Hope you are enjoying your vacation with your family!

  3. ohmygosh that’s too funny that you laid down on the deck to take that photo!
    your breakfast looks fantastic— I’m a sucker for capers and lox!

  4. www.ourGFfamily.com says:

    We are leaving on a Disney Cruise TOMORROW and I am so happy I was checking out your blog and saw these GREAT posts. THANK YOU so much for the detailed reporting.

  5. Nancy Olson says:

    Delicious! This looks so good; I will have to try this!

  6. Allison says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have travelled with Disney 4 times, each with a severe Nut allergy, but this year I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease…and my first cruise since the diagnosis will be in May 2013. This info has helped me greatly! :)

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