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Gluten-Free Snacks at Disneyland

Indulging in snacks becomes a way of life, especially when you embark on a vacation like Disneyland. You'll find plenty of official and unofficial gluten-free options to savor. However, the bitter reality unveils itself: Are all Disneyland's gluten-free snacks and treats as safe as they appear to be?

From Dole whip to Dill pickles, Disneyland offers a wide variety of options to satisfy your taste buds. However, when it comes to gluten-free snacks and treats, there may be some uncertainty surrounding their true nature, despite the illusion of safety.

It is important to note that Disneyland does not have dedicated kitchens, which means there is a risk of cross-contact with other allergens.

One particular area where caution is advised is the food displayed in glass cases. These cases, located inside several candy shops in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, are temperature-controlled and enclosed. They often showcase tempting treats like churro toffee and marshmallow wands.

Unfortunately, these treats in the glass cases are not labeled for allergens. In order to determine their suitability for your dietary needs, it is necessary to ask a Cast Member for the Allergy Binder. This binder contains information about the ingredients in the items. You may find that some items, while not officially labeled as gluten-free, do not appear to be made with gluten ingredients.

Based on multiple visits and observations of Cast Members interacting with the glass cases, it is evident that there is always a risk involved. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with these risks before making a purchase.

Risks to Consider:

  • Shared Baking Environment (Kitchen & Equipment) 
  • Shared Case (mix of treats that have either gluten & non gluten ingredients) 
  • Shared use of Tongs to remove from case
  • Cast Members may occasionally touch multiple items with gloved hands
  • Crumbs potentially fall from other items in same Case
  • Trays are often moved to different slots
  • Occasionally some treats are pre wrapped in cellophane or other packaging (not always)
  • Allergens not labeled  

In summary, when it comes to gluten-free snacks and treats at Disneyland, it's important to be cautious. The display cases may not have allergen labels, and the risk of cross-contact with other allergens exists. Stay informed and make informed decisions to ensure a safer Gluten free experience while at Disneyland.