I have a friend and neighbor whose son is gluten free -- and has mulitple food allergies. He cannot eat gluten, eggs, nuts, sesame, fish, or red meat. They recently returned from a trip to Orlando, where they visited Disney World and Universal Studios. I thought I'd start by sharing the email they received from Bob Burdick, the head chef at Universal, upon inquiring about dietary issues in advance of their trip.
Here it is:
Hi, in Universal Studios, we have fruit stands in the parks with apples, oranges, grapes, and watermelon on them. We also have lemon and strawberry slush carts which will be ok. Turkey legs just smoked are ok. We have a full service unit...it is Lombard's Landing and Finnegan’s. We have a chef in each unit. Have the server bring the chef to the table and he can go over all the things he can do for you. In Islands of Adventure, we have two full service units. One is called Confisco's and one is Mytho's, We have Chefs in both of those units. Have your server bring the Chef to the table, and he can go over the things he can do for you. I have another walk up unit. It is Thunder Falls. I have smoked chicken, smoked pork ribs, roasted corn on cob and roasted potatoes with fresh herbs and salt and pepper. We also have French fries all natural cooked in soy blend oil that is the only thing cooked in those fryers, too. We also have Three Broomsticks restaurant, which has smoked chicken and smoked pork ribs, roasted corn on cob, baked potatoes, roasted potatoes with onions, garlic, salt and pepper, and fresh herbs and some salads too. The Butterbear is OK. If you need any more information or help feel free to give me a call at 321-388-2123. I will also say no desserts at all from any of the restaurants too.
** Chef Bob's email is [email protected]
Universal Studios also shares information about dining with allergies and food intolerances on their website.
In the end, the family decided to bring their own food for their son and did not dine at any of the park's restaurants. But I'm curious to know if any of you have any personal experience of your own avoiding gluten at any of the restaurants in Universal Studios in Orlando. While we get regular feedback on Disney, in the form of reviews submitted to our website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, we have little feedback on Universal.
Please share a comment below -- or submit a quick review sharing your experience on GlutenFreeTravelSite so that other gluten free travelers can benefit from your feedback!