When it comes to summertime in Florida, the heat can be brutal – especially when you are touring the Disney parks. Cool treats are the perfect way to cool down in the parks, and as a gluten free guests, you’ll find plenty of gluten free options that will make you feel chilly in no time! Here is a list of some of my favorite gluten free cool treats.
Frozen fruit bars are a terrific way to cool down while in the parks on a hot day. Served in a variety of flavors, these are a welcome treat. Most common flavors include: Pineapple and Strawberry.
The name just says it all! Disney serves Coca-Cola products at this location in Epcot and most are gluten free. You and your family will delight in trying new and interesting Coca-Cola soda flavors from around the world including the well-known Beverly!
One of my favorite things is lemonade. Turn it into a frozen treat, and you have one of my favorite ways to cool down in the summer. Disney currently carries Minute Maid brand frozen lemonade throughout the parks & resorts.
Disney has a variety of locations that offer shaved ice, including the water parks and the Japan Pavilion in Epcot. Kaki-Gori, found in Epcot, has a variety of flavors that are safe for special dietary needs. Check out flavors like strawberry, cherry, melon, tangerine, or rainbow (a mixture of all three flavors).
Nothing is more iconic in Disney than a Dole Whip. Guests can easily indulge in this frozen delight and all of the flavors: pineapple, orange, and vanilla are gluten free. But of course, the pineapple is the most popular! If you are vegetarian or vegan, this is a safe option as well.
Ice Cream Sundaes
Did you know that you can get special dietary sundaes at Disney? Sundaes at the Plaza Restaurant or Ice Cream Parlor include lots of toppings, and you can even get a banana split. Beaches n’ Cream offers their version of a sundae complete with peanut butter sauce. Looking for an allergy friendly brownie sundae? Head over to 50’s Prime Time Cafe. Their version is outstanding with a house-made allergy friendly brownie. Most locations carry Edy’s (which has gluten free flavors) as well as Tofutti, Rice Dream, and So Delicious non-dairy ice cream for guests wishing to order these options.
Root beer floats
Like John from the Carousel of Progress, grab yourself a cold sarsaparilla from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and other popular Disney restaurant locations. Disney only serves Coca-Cola sodas and uses Barq’s Root Beer for their root beer floats.
Mickey Bars may be one of the most iconic Disney World treats. How can you not love something Mickey shaped? Guests report enjoying this item as a gluten free treat; however, do note that in the past Nestle, the company that produces these bars has indicated that cross-contamination for gluten may occur during manufacturing, though any have reported success enjoying these treats.
Always remember to consult with Disney cast members for current product ingredients and cross-contamination procedures. Some pre-packaged items will note this information on the package label.
Are you feeling “Frozen” now? I know I am!
What’s your favorite gluten free cool treat?
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