Episode 002 Dining with Allergies at Walt Disney World/ Making Ice Cream with a KitchenAid/ Gluten-Free Globetrotter

On this week’s show…

We talk to Sarah Norris about dining with food allergies while at the Walt Disney World Resort, Donna Currie joins us to talk about the KitchenAid Ice Cream Bowl attachment, and Erin Smith, from Gluten-Free Globetrotter, tells us how she became a gluten-free globetrotter after living gluten-free for 30 years. Plus, Elizabeth shares a recipe for corn, tomato, and avocado salad.


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Dining with Food Allergies at the Walt Disney World Resort with Sarah Norris

Sarah’s Favorites

50′s Prime Time Cake

Ohana at the Polynesian Resort

Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sarah’s Disney Dining Tips

  • Research the Disney restaurants before your trip. Disney offers a wide variety of food choices, from quick service meals to elegant table service dining. Select your restaurants before you arrive.
  • Make dining reservations and note your food allergies.
  • Contact Disney (e-mail address listed below). Some dishes, like the fried chicken at the 50′s Prime Time Cafe, take time to prepare and advance requests are suggested.
  • On-site, tell the servers that you are on a special diet. The chef should come out to greet you before you place your order. If this doesn’t happen, ask to speak to the chef or manager.

Getting in Touch with Disney

Disney’s Food Allergy Information Page

Contact Disney’s Special Dietary Needs Department

About Sarah Norris
A self-proclaimed Disney “junkie”, Sarah Norris began visiting Disney World with her family when she was two years old. In 2009, she learned she needed to avoid gluten and dairy. Soon after, she traveled to Disney and learned about their food allergy awareness.

Today she runs the blog Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free at WDW. Sarah resides only a hour and a half from Disney and dines there often.

Visit Sarah’s blog. 


KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment with Donna Currie

Donna’s Ice Cream Recipes

French Vanilla Bean

Strawberry Margarita Ice Cream (egg-free)

Berry Ice Cream (egg-free)

Avocado Ice Cream

Almond Breeze Ice Cream (dairy-free)


Ice Cream Books and Tools

The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook: Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, VeganBen & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert BookThe Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet AccompanimentsKitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

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About Donna Currie
Donna was born and raised and well-fed in the Chicago area, where she developed a love for interesting ingredients. When she moved to Colorado, she suffered from a lack of Chicago-style Italian sausage, gyros, and pierogi, among other things. So of course, she made her own – and then went on a mission to make as many things as possible from scratch – at least once.

She writes the bread baking, knead the book, and gadget column for SeriousEats.com. Visit her at Cookistry.com.


Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
Recipe type: salad
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Serves: 4

An easy summer salad that’s “buttery” without any dairy thanks to the avocado.
  • 1 large ear of corn or ¾ cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ red onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vinaigrette
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cubed
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. If using fresh corn, cut the top and bottom off the corn. Stand the corn up in a bowl and using a sharp knife, cut off the kernels using a downward motion.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine corn, tomatoes, onion, and vinaigrette. Stir to combine. Add avocado cubes. Stir gently. Season to taste.


Gluten-Free Globetrotter Erin Smith

Gluten-Free Globetrotter

Gluten-Free Fun

NYC Celiac Meet Up Group

About Erin Smith
Diagnosed with celiac disease in 1981, Erin Smith is a community organizer in the gluten-free world. In addition to running her two blogs and the NYC celiac meet-up group, Erin is an avid traveler.



4 thoughts on “Episode 002 Dining with Allergies at Walt Disney World/ Making Ice Cream with a KitchenAid/ Gluten-Free Globetrotter

  1. This was a great interview, with Sarah, about visiting Disney with food allergies. She has a great website with lots of great reviews from her visits to WDW. We have a site for Disney fans with food allergies, called Allergy Free Mouse. In addition to food allergy reviews, we have lots of planning advice and tips. We started this site after discovering that a lot of people, like you, were unaware of just how great Disney is for those with a food allergy.

    Also, the 50′s Prime Time Cafe is one of our favorites, too!

  2. While Disney World is the “gold standard” for food-allergic dining, recognize that not every one of their restaurants lives up to that gold standard. In fact, a small handful fall far, far short.

    To find out which, head over to AllergyEats Disney World (www.allergyeats.com/disney). AE Disney is a sister site to the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across America, AllergyEats (www.allergyeats.com). Like the core AE site, AllergyEats Disney World rates Disney restaurants (and many in the surrounding Orlando area) on a 1-5 allergy-friendliness scale. The ratings are driven by the reviews of other food allergic diners, not supposed experts or single opinions. By having the largest base of users, AllergyEats Disney World can provide the most true reflection of which Disney World restaurants “get it” and which don’t.

    Please check out AllergyEats Disney World and our parent, AllergyEats. And if you’re concerned about Disney World restaurants that do NOT handle food-allergic diners very well, rest assured the list is small. (But do look closely at the ratings on the “country” restaurants within EPCOT, or search “Disney” on the AllergyEats Blog – http://www.allergyeats.com/blog)


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