Sunday, August 18, 2019

Electric Umbrella - Epcot

February 17, 2020 Update - the Electric Umbrella has permanently closed 

Last month, I had lunch at the Electric Umbrella, a quick service restaurant in Future World at Epcot.

I wanted something light to eat, and had found a healthy looking option that interested me in the My Disney Experience app.

Mobile ordering is available at Disney owned and operated quick service restaurants at Disney World and Disneyland.

If a quick service restaurant has an allergy-friendly menu, you should be able to mobile order if you have only one allergy.

If you have multiple food restrictions, or if your allergy is not a top 8 food allergy, you will need to speak to a cast member at the restaurant. At table service restaurants, you can talk to a chef about your dietary needs, but at quick service restaurants, you can ask to speak to a manager.

In the celiac community, there is a lot of talk about gluten-friendly versus gluten free. At Disney World and Disneyland, gluten free options are listed as gluten-friendly on their allergy-friendly menus. There are disclaimers on menus, because Disney does not have dedicated gluten free kitchens. That being said, I feel very safe dining at Disney theme parks and resorts. The appropriate precautions are taken to keep food safe, but like anywhere, nothing is guaranteed, so advocate for yourself, and don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

I feel comfortable mobile ordering at Disney World and Disneyland, but I always double check with the cast member who delivers my food to make sure that my meal is gluten free.

The Electric Umbrella would usually not be my first choice for a quick service meal at Epcot, but I was excited to try the vegetable quinoa salad with cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, edamame, and agave lime dressing.

My daughters wanted to eat at La Cantina de San Angel at the Mexico Pavilion. They do have safe gluten free options, but I was not in the mood for Mexican food.

Because I mobile ordered before we arrived at the restaurant, I did not have to wait more than a few minutes for my food to be ready.

When you mobile order, you need to look for the mobile order pick up area when you arrive at the restaurant.

The vegetable quinoa salad at the Electric Umbrella was the perfect light lunch. I especially loved the agave lime dressing.

Sadly, I recently found out that the Electric Umbrella is closing this winter. Disney's website says that, "new dining options will be available in the future, featuring a variety of food and beverage selections."

With Epcot's Liberty Inn closed for refurbishment, gluten free quick service options are much more limited, but you can still find a safe meal at Sunshine Seasons in The Land, Katsura Grill in the Japan Pavilion, and La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion. 

What are your favorite gluten free options at the Electric Umbrella? 


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