Find out where we like to head for a delicious gluten-free dessert at Disney Springs when those sweet tooth cravings hit.
If you want gluten-free desserts at Disney Springs, you’ll have to do some detective work to pre-plan your visit. That’s because, unlike restaurants at the resort hotels and theme parks, each restaurant has their own menus, separate from what you may see at the official Walt Disney World website. So much so that several restaurants encourage diners to check their websites as opposed to the Walt Disney World’s site.
Because offerings change, this is not an exhaustive list of gluten-free desserts at Disney Springs. Rather, consider it a curated “best of” list, and remember it can change seasonally.
A note about Erin McKenna’s: Most celiacs and people following a gluten-free diet know about the gluten-free sweets at Erin McKenna’s. However, these treats are also plant-based; if you don’t want plant-based (or if you don’t like how sweets taste without eggs, butter, or milk), this may not be the spot for you.
Here are some of our favorite gluten-free desserts at Disney Springs:
DOLE Whip® at Swirls on the Water
This tried-but-true classic still rings in at the top of our list. There’s nothing special about a gluten-free DOLE Whip®, but that’s what’s nice about eating one: You don’t need to make any special requests, and it’s still delicious, and — as ever — gluten free. While the ones in cones aren’t gluten-free, everything else should be (doesn’t hurt to ask). We’re partial to the DOLE Whip® Float topped with Rum: DOLE® Pineapple Juice with DOLE Whip ® Pineapple, topped with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum or Malibu Coconut Rum (we go for the Malibu).
Stuffed Pineapple at Vivoli il Gelato
Sorbet in a pineapple shell? Disney, you South Pacific-ed my gelato, and I couldn’t be happier about it. If that’s not your thing, any of the gelatos here will hit the spot. Again, double check about possible issues and cross-contamination, but — as every celiac knows — gelato in its purest form is naturally gluten free.
Everything at The Ganachery (Well, Almost!)
The Ganachery has a key lime ganache pop that easily won our hearts for tasting like a day in the Florida Keys, but so much of what they have on offer here also hits the gluten-free sweet spot. Ask a chocolatier what you can eat — which is almost anything, really — and mix-and-match your way to a sweet ending to the day.
Flan at Jaleo
The default gluten-free dessert offerings at many places seem to be either flan or creme brûlée. Unfortunately, I cannot stand creme brûlée. Fortunately, I do love well-made flan. Even more fortunately, Jaleo at Disney Springs serves an amazing flan. Theirs, called “Flan al estilo tradicional de mamá Marisa” comes with espuma de crema catalana. That last part refers to a lemony citrus foam. This traditional dessert makes a stop at Jaleo even sweeter.
Final Thoughts on Gluten-Free Desserts at Disney Springs
Remember, Disney Springs isn’t a Walt Disney World theme park or resort hotel. There are a lot of different restaurants and snack spots here, and each one may have different protocols for gluten-free food. Don’t be shy to ask about those protocols; by their own admission, cross-contamination can be a factor. Be safe, but eat sweet and have a fun time!