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to ask if you've eaten gluten-free at Disneyland Paris?

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nomdemere Sun 24-Aug-14 14:15:47

We're off next week, two of the DC have coeliac disease, and it looks like their options to eat are very, very, very limited (to almost non-existent). Obviously will take a lot of food in suitcase.

However, it would be great to hear from anyone with personal experience, who can recommend anywhere that can cope. I am finding it very hard to get information (have been ringing restaurants etc. but not getting helpful responses.) I know about the "allergy" foul slop in a pot meals, and have ruled those out.

RocknRollNerd Sun 24-Aug-14 15:03:41

I can't speak for Disneyland Paris but Disney Cruise and Disney in America were both amazing for allergies/special diets (DS is allergic to nuts). Have you tried going through guest services in the first instance as generally Disney as a corporation is extremely diligent with this kind of thing.

My experience was that they were very hot on making sure they did the right thing eg chefs/managers would come out to check exactly what DS couldn't eat, run through menu options, suggest alternatives etc. This extended with buffets (which fill me with fear and I normally avoid) getting all DS food direct from the kitchen/first off fresh dishes to avoid any contamination.

themightyfandango Sun 24-Aug-14 15:11:35

Are you staying on site? We went for a day and I was refused entry with my cool bag, had to pay to leave it at customer services so if you are planning to take food in smuggle it about your person as they do bag checks.
Food is mostly fast food, can't say I saw anything advertising GF but I wasn't looking specifically.
If you are staying in one of the hotels they can probably cater for you if you give them advance notice.

nomdemere Sun 24-Aug-14 15:29:39

We are staying in one of the hotels, but won't be eating there all the time.

Unfortunately Disneyland Paris is NOTHING like the US when it comes to gluten-free - they apparently just don't give a shiny shit.

I will take note about smuggling food about my person (!)

antimatter Sun 24-Aug-14 15:33:09

www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g2079053-i21935-k6305528-Gluten_Free_dinning_in_Disneyland_Paris-Disneyland_Paris_Seine_et_Marne_Ile_de_France.html

anotherdayanothersquabble Sun 24-Aug-14 15:33:29

In a number of the restaurants where we asked, they had individually packed gluten free meals available. They were not great but they did exist! Also the chips were gluten free and cooked in separate fryers. Have fun!!

Floralnomad Sun 24-Aug-14 15:35:45

The hotel will do you a GF breakfast ,if you ask ,and they do GF meals in the restaurants . It's not brilliant but it is catered for .

nomdemere Sun 24-Aug-14 15:51:21

Thanks. Have asked hotel for the gf breakfast, will ring to check they've still got that organised.

The 'special' allergy/GF meals in the restaurants are widely reported to be inedible slop, more like a vile type of baby puree with bits sloshing about in them. I have read many reviews from coeliac adults who won't touch them so I don't expect my 5yo and 6yo to eat them.

Chips may be a solution. It's hard when you can't get the information from the restaurant though - they need to tell you whether or not they are gf, you can't just assume they are.

westcountrywoman Sun 24-Aug-14 15:53:37

I friend went with her children who have various allergies (one is allergic to dairy, egg and wheat) and they were able to supply sealed meals for then.

CerealMom Sun 24-Aug-14 15:54:56

I found (as a veggie) that the food was p1ss poor. Even DH was craving veg by the end. You could probably make money smuggling in broccoli and vit C.

As a pp mentioned, the breakfasts are buffets - so when you que to pay (before eating) talk to a member of staff.

If you walk from hotel to park (which we found quicker and easier) there is a Rainforset Cafe and a Costa.

You can eat at hotels other than the one you stay at. The range of foods might be different at different priced hotels? So try the New York, New York and the Main hotel where you enter the park.

There are a couple of 'restaurant' places on Main Street. They are expensive but you might do better in there. The other place I found that was tolerable was in the other park section - the film theme bit. Near the Toy Story bit - had the Ratatouille Rat under serving tray going round 'entertaining' the kids.

Don't bother trying to find a decent cuppa (apart from Costa). The machines they use in the hotels to serve hot water only went upto 80 odd degrees. Sad, sad cup of tea.

Maryz Sun 24-Aug-14 16:08:19

I don't know about Disneyland, but I can tell you France in general is crap for gluten free.

In the ten days we were there we didn't see "gluten free" written on anything apart from on a very small bit of shelf in the humungous supermarkets - and even those shelves were mostly sugar free or lactose free; very little gluten free.

We took gf bread and treats. We managed to get crackers in the supermarket and he ate those with lots of cheese/ham/yoghurts. Restaurants were a nightmare - even the salad dressings an marinades all contained gluten - and it was often hard to work it out as in all but one restaurant everyone looked completely blank when we tried the "sans gluten" spiel.

French MacDonalds is a complete no, by the way. As were all chip places we found - restaurants and takeaways all cooked chips in the same fat as all the other breaded food.

Luckily we were self-catering. We ate a lot of bbq's and potatoes.

Maryz Sun 24-Aug-14 16:09:06

We were down south, by the way, but in a very touristy place. Maybe Paris will be better [hopeful]

bella89 Sun 24-Aug-14 18:44:16

My ds has different allergies but I emailed dlp in advance to ask if I could take food in with my allergy letter and they agreed and I printed this out but I never needed to use it. If you don't want a full set menu because one course is unsuitable tell the restaurant you want to pay for only one course. The best thing I did was get an allergy translation card printed and highlighted the allergies in French it made a big difference to the help we got in restaurants and at breakfast. The rainforest cafe were brilliant they cooked a special meal for my ds.

sara11272 Sun 24-Aug-14 18:53:59

We went with my coeliac niece in June. You're right, OP, that you can get separate meals in all the restaurants - they didn't look quite as bad as the purée you'd had described to you, but they were like aeroplane meals.

The meatballs and rice looked the most interesting, but there was also a veggie pasta and something else. They are the same choice whatever restaurant you're in.

In some of the restaurants - Rainforest Cafe, for eg, she didn't eat these but ate off the menu with slight amendments (eg no sauce, rice instead of pasta) - which they were happy to do.

The hotel did a g-f breakfast, as others have said, which included about a million (approx grin) crispbread, so my sister made up 'sandwiches' with the crispbread and some of the ham/cheese from breakfast and took them with her for lunch - most lunch options are of the chicken nuggets/fish fingers variety.

Good luck and hope you have a lovely time.

ICanSeeTheSun Sun 24-Aug-14 18:57:22

Just as a back up get a doctor to write a letter to state the allergy to gluten.

Minnie577 Tue 27-Oct-15 07:59:00

Does anyone know what 'we have coeliac disease and can't eat the food here' is in French??
We're staying off site & im worrying about being allowed to take food in now...

Zippidydoodah Tue 27-Oct-15 09:00:27

Coeliac uk used to do a leaflet with explanations in many different languages! Definitely worth contacting them or looking on their website.

I queued for ages at customer services and do recall finding something...cant remember what, but remember it wasn't that great.

DisappointedOne Tue 27-Oct-15 09:03:52

We had/have gluten free members in our party. Buffet restaurants are the answer for main meals - lots of choice of salad items and plain meat/potatoes etc. They found the gluten free breakfast stuff vile at the Disney hotels so stay at Davy Crockett now and self cater. The allergy meals aren't just gluten free, they're dairy, soya, etc free as well, hence being gross (by all accounts).

DisappointedOne Tue 27-Oct-15 09:04:40

We've never had problems taking food in. Last year I had hot drinks in thermoses, the works!

WoodleyPixie Tue 27-Oct-15 09:11:23

Is there a reason the French aren't as heavily careered for gf as the uk? Is it not as common?
I just wondered as h is gf although he didn't come to dlp with us but we are all going to France in May and am wondering if he will have issues. He's also yeast intolerant.

littleducks Tue 27-Oct-15 09:14:34

I think there is more info on the DLP forums but a few sandwiches in a rucksack is fine to take in but a cool bag/box with a picnic is not.

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