Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Southern California Adventure to Disneyland

We have the best friends anyone could ask for. Our Original Plans were changed at the last minute, our friends who live in San Diego, were treating us to a grand stay at The Disneyland Hotel. We had originally planned to spend a couple days with them at their home, then hit the Major attractions of San Diego like Sea World and The San Diego Zoo. However, after receiving a pleasant surprise phone call on Wednesday afternoon; we quickly found out that there was rain in the forecast and they did not want to ruin Miss J’s Easter. So they would treat us to a special trip of Disneyland and a overnight visit. Which was great because we have a pass plus  what child and or adult doesn’t like Disneyland. After a couple of days at the Disneyland resorts eating gluten free meals. I was quiet surprised how many options there were.

Tip When you arrive Stop at City Hall they have a whole list of gluten Free Options. Which I have attached at the bottom of this post. (Note these flyer's are dated and this one expires May 8, 2011)

It seemed that every restaurant had one or two and sometimes three gluten free options. We started off our trip by eating breakfast at Steak house 55. There Miss J  dined on Gluten Free Pancakes, Fruit and Bacon, I had the Eggs Benedict and my hubby had a Build your own Omelet plus our friends had eggs bacon and bagels, plus we all had coffee and Miss J had an apple juice I'm not sure what the bill was because our friends treated us. However I can tell you the food was just scrumptious and the company even better.

Then we went to The Disneyland Hotels Annual  Easter Egg Hunt. In order to participate you must be a registered guest. As soon as you check in you must register at Guest Services and if you do not have arm band you will not be allowed to hunt for eggs.  Every child gets a egg carton and can only pick up 12 eggs and the main goal is to obtain a golden egg  It was just fabulous and Miss J won the Golden Egg at The Disneyland Hotels annual Easter Egg Hunt, she was so excited to win this Pluto Stuffy.

After the Egg Hunt we visited Down town Disney and stopped at Marceline’s Confectionery and watched them dip there strawberries in using Guittard Milk Chocolate which happens to be gluten free. So we had to try these don’t they look yummy.

Next we rode many rides and visited many attractions such as Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted House and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. By now it is seriously raining and its not just drizzling it is coming down like cats and dogs.  So we grabbed Some Pop Corn and tried to figure out a place where we could get out of the rain.

We better try to get where its dry so we go to It’s A Small World and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. By now its about 1:30 pm and its starting to get crowded. So we decided to head back to our room and eat some lunch.

Money Saving Tip 2: I always try to pack cold cuts and fruit and cheese this way  when we want an easy lunch or snack we can have it in our room or use the Disney Resorts Picnic area in addition we save some dollars.  However, because it was raining really hard we decided to go back to our room and have the snacks that we had packed and some Easter Treats Mr. Easter Bunny Left and take a nap.

                                                                                                                                                                             We woke up after our nice nap and went to bugs land and rode Francis Lady Bug Flyer and
 Flik's Flyer's 

We had dinner at Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery we had the Pasta Bolanase which my husband and I split plus a Caprese Salad and Miss J had  the Gluten Free Option of Rice Noodles and Marinara Sauce. I would have taken a picture but she was so hungry it was gone before I could blink. The bill was 56.00 but we received a 10% discount because we are pass holders. 

The Pastas were  great however the next day we went to Pizza Port for Lunch and they had the same gluten free menu items for half the price! So If you are going for ambiance I’d definitely go to Sonoma Terrace. Plus they serve alcohol at The California Adventure Park and  you can have a glass of Wine with your dinner.

Next we rode the Ferris wheel and had a fabulous time then after we went to the ice cream cart and had a Mickey Ice cream. So yummy we ate it so fast there are no pictures. But the next time I go I will be sure to add to the post.

The best part about our stay was the view from our room. That night it was way to cold to stay out and watch, "wishes" and me being a Californian,I was a wimp! We watched "wishes", from our room on the 11th floor. Check out the view from our room of the fireworks. Across the hall was the presidential suite!

The next day we got up and had cereal that I had prepacked in our room. Plus the complimentary coffee that is offered in the lobby for its guest. Then off to the park. Starting with ride on the monorail into tomorrow land then off to Fantasyland to ride Dumbo, The Carousel

and a visit with the princesses.

We next went to Pizza Port for lunch they have a huge gluten free selection From Pizza to Salads to Pasta, so yummy.  Then off to see captain E.O which was a huge disappointment. Oh well, I hope you enjoyed our trip

Enjoy the Tips for a Gluten free trip to Disneyland and make sure you stop to get your own guide at the city hall in Disneyland, however, for your convenience mine is bellow.


Sheila Fretz


  1. Looks like you guys had a great time! I love how Disney is so much more accommodating to allergies than most other places. I know in Disney World, so I'm assuming at Disneyland as well, you can call 24 hours ahead of time and they will make sure they have gluten free ingredients at the sit down restaurant you will be at. Plus ask to speak to a chef when you are seated and they will discuss options and can make you something that isn't on the menu. Might be better options than the pamphlets they gave you a guest services! :)

  2. What a wonderful trip!!! Looks like you had such fun. How terrific they had so many gluten free choices! Love the photos.

  3. Looks like fun! We visited Disneyland last April and had a blast!

    On a side note, we just returned from a vacation and was very impressed to see our hotel had a gluten free section as part of their breakfast buffet :)