12 Food Allergy-Friendly Amusement Parks
Going to an amusement park is a summer staple. Going with food allergies? It's absolutely possible with the right preparation. Guests with food allergies are protected under ADA regulations and may be eligible for accommodations. Some parks explicitly allow people with food allergies to bring in outside food, but there are some parks doing so much more.
From big names like Disney to independent parks tucked away in the Midwest, the ones that made our list offer food allergy-friendly concession options, provide ingredient and allergen lists and have policies that make guests with food allergies feel safe and included. So before you plan your next adventure, check out our list of the 13 most food allergy-friendly theme parks.
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Location: Farmingdale, New York
Park Dates: March 18, 2017 - October 31, 2017
Adventureland puts food allergies front and center. This classic Long Island amusement park has very limited nuts — only the Sweet Shop uses peanuts and walnuts. The Adventureland sit-down, family-style restaurant offers a special gluten-free pizza, and ingredient information is readily available at the restaurant and other food kiosks so anyone can find a food allergy-friendly snack.
Location: Sandusky, Ohio
Park Dates: May 6, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Cedar Point is the self-proclaimed roller coaster capital of the world, known for its high drops and equally high awareness of food allergies. At this Cedar Fair park, food and beverage supervisors are available to assist and recommend the best places to eat according to your food allergies — or you can use their online resources to sort vendors by allergen. Burger Patio is a great nut-free and soy-free option!
Spokin Tip: Nickles (bread) products served in the park are egg-free and milk-free.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Park Dates: April 22, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Locals love the old-school rides, Kiddyland and Watermania! attractions, but we love Cliff's for keeping strict guidelines to help minimize the possibility of cross-contact. The park does everything in their power to ensure a safe visit for guests with food allergies. Stop by the Cabana Grill and Chill, which is completely free of peanuts and tree nuts or grab a soft-serve ice cream — free of egg, soy, wheat, gluten and nuts.
Disney is a dream when it comes to food allergies. With a special diet team ready to help plan and coordinate your meals, Disney World (and Disneyland) works their magic to ensure each dining experience is customized to your food allergies. All restaurants in the Disney Parks are renowned for their experience serving guests with food allergies, but food allergy moms rave about Trail's End Restaurant in Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Here the legendary food allergy-friendly Chef T.J. is known for making egg-free and milk-free "dessert towers" out of strawberries, bananas, a brownie ice cream sandwich and chocolate sauce.
Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Park Dates: March 18, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Feel like a country star at this park dedicated to legendary singer and actress Dolly Parton. The Front Porch Café offers multiple gluten-free and special diet options, and chefs are happy to make a customized meal to fit any dietary needs. Use their special dietary guide to find additional options throughout the park.
The staff at Great Wolf Lodge knows how important it is for families with food allergies to feel comfortable and have a great time. All of the Great Wolf Lodge locations are dedicated to keeping guests safe by training their staff and keeping tree nuts and peanuts out of their facilities. Stop by the Lodge Wood Fired Grill and enjoy a meal prepared by Executive Chef Dan Davis, a man with plenty of practice managing food allergies in his own family.
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania
Park Dates: Year-Round
Chocolate meets adventure at Hersheypark, and food allergies are welcome! The park is committed to helping visitors with food allergies find safe options — including their recent addition, a dedicated food allergy-friendly restaurant called The Outpost. All ingredients on The Outpost’s menu are free from gluten, nuts, fish and shellfish. Allergen information is readily available at all other dining facilities.
Location: Santa Claus, Indiana
Park Dates: April 29, 2017 - October 29, 2017
The park makes food allergy accommodation a top priority by providing a detailed menu guide that not only labels allergens but includes cross-contact information. George's Gluten-Free Pizza Stand is a great option for guests with wheat allergies. The chicken nuggets at Kringle's Kafe and Luigi's Italian ice are both top 8 allergen-free.
Spokin Tip: Holiday Worlds offers complimentary sunscreen (nut-free Ocean Potion brand) throughout the park.
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Park Dates: Year-Round
Located in the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe brings TV to life and has plenty to offer guests with food allergies. The entire park is peanut-free, and guests are able to explore the 50+ restaurants the Mall has to offer. Grab a dairy-free ICEE at Grub or stop by the Hard Rock Cafe, which labels nuts and seeds on their menu and offers a separate gluten-free menu.
Location: Branson, Missouri
Park Dates: March 15, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Silver Dollar City offers an “authentic American adventure" and food options ranging from snacks to sit-down dinner, each with employees that are certified in food allergy training. Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant offers peanut, nut, soy, egg, dairy and gluten-free options, and check out Crossroads Pizza for gluten-free pizza or salad options. The park is also willing to pack a lunch specific to your needs if you call 48-72 hours in advance!
Six Flags does everything they can to help guests with food allergies enjoy their day of adventure. Outside food is allowed for guests with food allergies. Upon arrival, guest services will clearly mark and date your food containers to indicate that your food has been approved and is allowed in the park. All fried food prepared in the park is made with peanut-free oil.
Everyone loves Universal Studios Theme Parks for recreating our favorite worlds, but we also love them for how well they handle food allergies. All menus are available online, and you can make restaurant reservations prior to your trip to ensure a safe meal. If you're going to Universal Studios Hollywood, be sure to check their dietary food guide, which features gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options.