Living With Food Allergies in Walt Disney World

-The Disney Exchange is Lisa Green, David Hodges, and me, Nicholas Maglio

-This week we are happy to welcome our special guest host Heather Brainerd to the show.

-Heather discusses her son’s recent diagnosis of Celiac Disease, which is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

-We discuss other allergies and resources to help plan for dining at Walt Disney World with a special diet such as Gluten Free and Dairy Free at WDW, as well as the Walt Disney World main site’s information.

-We talk about the differences in table and counter service and the various protocols for dealing with food allergies or dietary restrictions, as well as the Animal Kingdom’s Gluten Free kiosk, and an interesting response from Disney at her suggestion at putting one in each park.


Gluten free chicken and potatoes at Akershus, Epcot’s Norway Pavilion


Ribs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree BBQ

Photos: Heather Brainerd

-Gluten free snacks are discussed. I discover I’m the only big fan of the Dole Whip, although Heather’s reason she isn’t is rather surprising! Dave continues the shocks with saying he isn’t a fan of Disney Popcorn.

-We then hit the high seas and talk about the Disney Cruise Line and how they deal with food allergies as well as strategies for going ashore, and the lengths they will go to in order to provide top notch customer service even on Castaway Cay.


Gluten free pizza on the Disney Wonder

Photo: Heather

-We realize we need to add some Gluten Free options to our Craft Services Tent and Green Room.

-This week on the Wheel of Distiny: Favorite Walt Disney World attraction with no height requirement

Thank you again to our special guest, Heather Brainerd, and as always, thank you for listening to The Disney Exchange

Heather can be found at her Blog: as well as her Facebook author page : and on Twitter :