to ask if you've eaten gluten-free at Disneyland Paris?(15 Posts)
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.
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.
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.
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 (!)
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!!
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were down south, by the way, but in a very touristy place. Maybe Paris will be better [hopeful]
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.
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 ) 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.
Just as a back up get a doctor to write a letter to state the allergy to gluten.
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