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Disney World Quick Service with Food Allergies

There’s lot of chatter about food allergies and Disney World Chefs. But what about Disney Quick Service? 

We weren’t sure it was safe enough with our  milk and nut allergy, but something magical happened on our first trip.

If you’re headed to Disney anytime soon, check this out!

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Have you heard?!

Our family recently went to Disney World with food allergies for the first time.


If you live with food allergies, you know what a big deal this is.

While we’ve already posted about our experiences at the reservation restaurants, I had to make a separate post about our one quick service experience.

It was so wonderful and deserves its own post.

Dairy Free Quick Service at Disney World

We Weren’t Going to Do It

Our plan was to not eat at quick service, the word for “fast food” at Disney.

But after three successful reservation restaurant days, I was ready to explore this quick service thing.

An hour before close at Animal Kingdom, I wondered off by myself to see if I could recognize any food place from my research.

When I saw Restaurantosaurus around the corner, I was drawn in.

The place was empty so I told the cashier I was a food allergy mom just exploring.

He then immediately pushed the button on his register to call the manager.

And within minutes, this adorable manager named Jessica appeared ready to help.

I apologized to Jessica, telling her we weren’t really going to eat there.

I was just looking around.

She asked our allergies,

proceeded to tell me how there were only nuts in their brownies and showed me where the brownies sat,

told me about separate fryers with just soy oil,

explained that she would cook allergy-safe food herself

and walked it around to the front, and get this…

Jessica said that she really hoped we would decide to come eat before the park closed and let me borrow the menu to make the case to my husband.

Jessica was not only confident, but she had the knowledge we allergy parents want backing up that confidence.

She definitely knew what she was talking about. 

Wanting to cry happy tears, I thought it would be an amazing end to our trip if we managed even quick service successfully.

After all, Miles still had chicken strips on his bucket list and it was our last night. 

In a private conversation, Jeff was convinced.

I didn’t want to get Miles’s hopes up, after all, if Jeff didn’t concede. 

Dairy Free Quick Service at Disney World

But We Did It!

So off we headed to Restaurantosaurus, asked for Jessica again, and she hooked us up.

She kindly made Miles chicken strips and fries and offered prepackaged Enjoy Life cookies for dessert

When I had to figure out ketchup, Jessica willingly offered to go get packages in the Cast Member break room but then realized they had closed for the night.

After inspecting the ketchup dispenser and checking the ingredient box with another manager, I pumped ketchup right into his cardboard dish.

And Miles was safe and sound. 

To avoid any contamination at the soda fountain, we brought in our own prepackaged soda from a kiosk nearby

Jessica wasn’t a chef, but she was a knowledgeable and caring manager whom I will never forget.

She took genuine interest in knowing Miles’s name and the name of our blog and showed willingness to take a photo. 

She then proudly accepted the thank-you note we made for her while eating. 

Dairy Free Quick Service at Disney World

To say our son was ecstatic would be an understatement.

Just look at that smile!

Maybe we just got really lucky with this quick service stop, maybe not.

I would certainly recommend that allergy parents do a little exploring and see what you think about trying it once!

One very helpful resource in my research, which gave me the confidence to try quick service, was this Podcast with Pixie Lizzie on Special Mouse.

Liz explains how quick service and restaurants are catering to food allergies and all about their allergy binders. 

I’ll be honest, I don’t think we could live on quick service three meals a day at Disney.

But we’ll definitely be willing to grab quick service during slow hours with a caring manager next time if we need to.

Hopefully we will see Jessica again!

If you’d like to read more about our first Disney experience with food allergies, check out this full report. 

Eating at Disney Restaurants with Food Allergies

Dairy Free Quick Service at Disney World


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We are happy to share them with you!

And if you have your own Disney quick service experience to share about, please leave a comment and let us know.

We’d love to hear!



We did see Jessica again during our 2018 Disney Trip and she made Miles his favorite chicken fingers and fries again.

PLUS, she cut up fresh cantaloupe for him upon request and beat him at a game of ski ball in a nearby arcade.

Disney is amazing, friends.

We hope you get to experience the allergy-friendly magic Walt Disney World, too!


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Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I know I am late to the party. I just wanted to comment how great Disney is with Allergy needs, my son has a nut allergy and can scratch until he bleeds with products that have milk and egg in them. We met a wonderful lady named Allie that took a liking to my son. She was the Manger for Contempo Cafe on the Disney Resort located in the Contemporary Resort Hotel. I was not sure what to order my son for breakfast and she made him the Mickey waffles with no milk or eggs. He was over the moon then she gave my son 2 allergy friendly cupcakes that were also dairy free. We we supposed to go back this year but can't with what is going on in the world. We will look her up again when we go back. She is no longer there as they rotate after so many years. Looks like they cater to us parents that need allergy friendly food for our kids.

Jamie Kaufmann

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Oh Kyra, I love this story!!! Let's go back!


Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Hello! Very happy to see your blog. We will be going to Disney World in June for our 9th trip as a family. My daughter Natalie is 15 and has severe food allergies (multiple). We have never taken a chance on buying quick service food (or any food for that matter) for her instead opting to pack all of her food. It would be a dream come true for her to be able to eat the chicken strips and fries your son was able to eat. Do you know if Jessica fixed his food in clean oil? I was told that the oil at all restaurants is recirculated and could be contaminated with allergens. You mentioned you saw her again in 2018, is she back at animal kingdom? Thank you so much for your wonderful encouraging blog!

Jamie Kaufmann

Saturday 24th of March 2018

Jennifer, I'm so glad it worked! At the moment, Jessica can be found at All Star Music. :) Hope you get to meet her and told her we sent you.


Friday 20th of October 2017

What a helpful post. I feel your joy! We are thinking of visiting Magic Kingdom with our children, one has a few severe food allergies. Finding safe food is so important to us!! Glad I found your post.

Jamie Kaufmann

Saturday 21st of October 2017

So glad this helped, Christina! Thanks for the sweet comment. It was life-changing for us, really. Inside our private support group, we are planning yearly meet-up's among our allergy members so we can eat together at Disney! We are getting help from Allergy Free Mouse. We'd love to have you join us someday! Here's info: www.subscribepage.com/MAMgroup


Monday 31st of October 2016

Our pleasure, Pixie Lizzie. You are an invaluable resource and we appreciate it. I would have been a wreck at Disney if it weren't for helpful people like you!

Pixie Lizzie

Sunday 30th of October 2016

Thanks for the shout out!!! I love your post and that Jessica's parents, colleagues, and friends were able to see the joy that she brings to guests everyday!! She is as magical as the big mouse himself!!

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