Gluten-Free at Disneyland: Part I – Snacking

This is the first installment of my new Gluten-Free at Disneyland series! Stay tuned for more and make sure to view my videos at the park here. Also be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel while you're there so you are notified when a new video in the series is posted!

For Part II for breakfast and lodging click here

Part III for dining in the California Adventure Park click here

Part IV for dining in the Disneyland Park click here.

Truth be told, our family is a fan of Disneyland. When Ryan and I were in college in Southern California, we bought season passes and would take date nights there after our classes were done. There were even a few times we went and did homework at one of the hotels and then went in to the park after we finished up! We had a lot of great memories there and Asher has inherited our love for the park.

When we received Aila's diagnosis, Disneyland was the place we wanted to go while she was still alive in the womb and create some new memories as a family. So we bought season passes for the first time since Asher was born and we went again after she passed and again on her due date. It's strangely comforting and it's difficult to be sad when your 4-year-old is having the time of his life, so it felt right for us.

So of course, every time I post photos of us there the burning question is – What do you eat? This is the first post in a 4-part series (who knows, maybe more the more we go!), and I wanted to start with snacking! Be sure to watch the video below as well to see how we snack around the park!


Truthfully with the smells of churros and fresh popped popcorn wafting through the air at Disneyland, it's a little bit hard to not get hungry when you smell everything. I hear they even pump out waffle cone smells through the vents near the ice cream shops! Truth or myth, who knows, but it sure does smell tantelizing.

Just make sure that you snack during the day if you want to try and stick to your gluten free or Paleo diet. Being hungry leads to problems, so come prepared. Surprisingly, there's lots of things around the park that you can buy, like pickles, pineapple spears and other fresh fruit. While we usually pack a lot of our own snacks, our favorite place to buy snacks in the park is in Adventure Land.


The Tropical Imports Marketplace, near the Jungle Cruise, has freeze dried apples, fresh pineapple spears, grapes, watermelon, and awesome whole pickles. The fruits and veggies aren't organic, but they're a great alternative if you forget to bring something of your own. Just skip the Doritos, sugary juice drinks, and cheetos! If you're not on that side of the park, there's a cart on Main Street that also sells fresh fruit and veggies and one in Mickey's Toon Town as well. There's also quite a few carts located throughout the California Adventure park.



If you are lucky enough, or unlucky enough, to be pushing a stroller through the park, make sure to stock all of your snacks and waters underneath. We freeze our waters at night, so they stay cold throughout the day. Otherwise they'll run you $3-4 at the park. We also love to bring some dried mango, seaweed snacks, clementines and, of course, Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies to snack on, as well as homemade Fruit by the Foot Strips.

Stay tuned for the next videos and posts on eating meals in the park!

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