Going to Disney World: Gluten-free!

We interrupt our normal Thanksgiving program to bring you this important bulletin:

There are gluten-free cupcakes in Disney World.

If you’ve been on the hunt for gluten-free baked goods in New York or Los Angeles – or in the pages of your gluten-free dining guide – you may be familiar with Babycakes NYC.


The internet is abuzz lately, because Babycakes just opened a third location. Not only is it in Downtown Disney, it’s taken the place of a McDonalds.

Yup, you heard right. The happiest place on earth just got a little happier for those of us with what Babycakes founder Erin McKenna refers to as, “persnickety diets”. No word yet on whether or not Mickey’s been diagnosed with celiac.

Apparently they’re still putting the finishing touches on things, but the kitchen is up and running. And really, isn’t that the most important part?

Goods on offer include cakes of both the cup and standard varieties, muffins, pies, cookies, and other homey treats. Unlike the other two locations, where some clearly-labeled items are made with spelt, the Orlando branch is entirely gluten-free (Thanks, Emily W, for the info!). Most items are also free of refined sugar, casein and soy. Because everything is vegan, everything is also egg-free and dairy-free. And as if that weren’t enough merit badges for one girl scout, Babycakes website also states that they are certified kosher.

And, they took the place of a McDonalds. I’m very glad that people visiting Disney World have access to safe treats, and it speaks well of Disney that they recognized our demographic, etc. etc. Mostly, though, I’m just tickled pink that an indie shop won out over such an international behemoth. How’s that for sweet?

Have you gone gluten-free in Disney World? Will this news make you more likely to visit?

6 thoughts on “Going to Disney World: Gluten-free!”

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Good news! The new location is completely gluten-free! We still offer spelt items at the other two locations, but this kitchen is strictly gluten-free.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  2. I officially have a new favorite place at Walt Disney World. BabyCakes NYC Chocolate Banana Loaf is a big slice of heaven. Unfortunately you have to search just a little bit to find the location. If you make it to Disney World head to Downtown Disney and park near the T-Rex restaurant. The old McD’s location is now home to three dining establishments. Fresh A-Peel and Pollo Campero both have signage on the outside of the building, Babycakes is still working on some exterior signage. When you come in the main entrance, turn right to find the delicious treats. When you’re in the main dining area, there’s an extra treat – a window right into the Babycakes Bakery where you can see the magic being made.

  3. I love babycakes. But did you know that the restaurant in Cinerella’s Castle has been serving tasty gluten free bread (and pasta) for over 10 years.

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