Disney Cruise Line Launches Allergy-Friendly Menus

This fall, Disney Cruise Line quietly started to offer guests an allergy-friendly menu in the rotational restaurants. The allergy-friendly menus are similar to the menus you will find at the Disney Parks restaurants on land where each item has a brief statement below the description suggesting who this dish is intended.

For example, the Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower appetizer on the Enchanted Garden menus says “For Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, Shellfish, and Soy Allergies.”

Enchanted Garden Allergy Menu Dream October 2019

Each menu includes a notice/warning/random legal disclaimer of sorts stating Disney Cruise Line cannot guarantee each item in each dish is ok for your specific allergies or intolerances.

Animator's Palate Allergy Menu Dream October 2019

Disney Cruise Line cannot guarantee that allergens may not have been introduced during another state of the food chain process or, even inadvertently, during preparation. We do not have separate kitchens to prepare allergen-free items or separate dining areas for Guests with allergies or intolerances. Allergy-friendly offerings are reliant on supplier ingredient labels. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of each food item. Allergen advisory statements (e.g., “may contain”) are not regulated and therefore not taken into consideration when developing allergy-friendly meals. It is ultimately our Guests’ discretion to make an informed choice based upon their individual dietary needs.

Disney Cruise Line’s Allergy-Friendly Menu Allergy Notice

The following are samples of the menus from the Disney Dream for Royal Palace, Enchanted Garden, Animator’s Palate, and Pirates IN the Caribbean.

Royal Palace

Enchanted Garden

Animator’s Palate

Pirates

Special thanks to Heather Keller from StorybookDestinations.com for sharing these photos. They were available on our Halloween on the High Seas cruise, but we didn’t visit any of the restaurants.

We will continue to up date the menu pages with the allergy-friendly versions as we receive them. The above menus have already been added to the respective menu pages.

5 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Launches Allergy-Friendly Menus

  1. Laura

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. DCL already handles allergies so well. It is the main reason we sail (My daughter has Celiac disease). Our servers have always encouraged us to order anything we’d like for her. Will these menus make them less likely to be creative and accept special requests? On our last cruise on the Fantasy, I asked our server if the chef could make gf fried brie. He did, and it was delicious (and probably the only place on earth my daughter could try it in a restaurant). I hope that they will still go above and beyond like they did for us and not just encourage us choose from the allergy menus.

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    1. Dave

      100% agreed. I already like how DCL did it previously. I knew I could find the “DF” symbol on the menu…and when I couldn’t, I knew the servers would always have the Chef prepare something slightly modified from the main menu (or pull something from one of the other menus during standard rotation).

      So this is a positive change perhaps if it makes it easier to see a wider variety of “safe” options…as long as they’re still willing to do the special requests.

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  2. Lucy

    Before everyone gets too excited you should know that this does not necessarily apply to all the ships. My family recently sailed on the Fantasy just a few weeks ago and asked about these menus with anticipation, only to be told they did not have such a thing. I already complained to Disney cruise line so that they could actually have some consistency across all the ships.

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    1. dragynally

      I’m sorry Lucy. That’s super meh. Especially considering you really wanted them and need them.

      I don’t think this will change much actually. It’ll just give people a heads up about how the menu will work or not work for them. I don’t think servers will suddenly be less awesome.

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