Thursday, July 30, 2020

Backlot Express - Disney's Hollywood Studios

On the last day of our trip to Disney World earlier this month, we had lunch at Backlot Express, a quick service restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I mobile ordered our meal in the My Disney Experience app. If you do not see allergy-friendly options listed, click on "See All Categories" or keep scrolling to check for allergy-friendly choices. You can not mobile order if you have more than one food restriction, and not all quick service restaurants at Disney World have allergy-friendly options available for mobile order in the app. In the theme parks, you should be able to mobile order gluten free options at most quick service restaurants, but at the resorts, plan on talking to a manager or a chef. Talking to a manager is always an option at the theme parks. Just speak to the cast member guarding the door, and yes, cast members are literally guarding the doors to quick service restaurants during the pandemic. They want to make sure people do not enter restaurants until their food is ready, but I was allowed to enter restaurants when I needed to speak to a manager or chef before placing my order.

When you mobile order, confirm with the manager or chef that delivers your food that it is gluten free. Allergy sticks and different color trays seem to be standard at quick service restaurants in the theme parks.

I took this photo on my iPad this morning at home. You do not have to be at Disney World to see the allergy-friendly options that are available to mobile order. In the app, click on Mobile Food Orders, then Create a New Order, then choose the restaurant you are interested in, so you can see their menu options. You can also view gluten free options at quick service restaurants on Disney's website, on specific restaurant pages, if allergy-friendly menus are available.

On this visit, I decided to order the Southwest Salad, a dish I have been eating at Backlot Express since we moved to Orlando in 2008. To accompany it, I also ordered chicken strips and fries, which I shared with my family. My husband and daughters split two orders of the Tatooine Two Suns Hummus, which is not gluten free, because it is served with pita bread.

I really liked the black bean relish and the vinaigrette dressing served on the salad. I cut up my chicken tenders and put them on top of my salad, which was a great way to eat it. As far as the fries go, they were your typical Disney fries that I am so thankful to be able to order, since I so seldom find french fries made in a dedicated fryer in California. I definitely prefer the gluten free chicken nuggets I had at Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom, and Primo Piatto at Disney's Riviera Resort, but I did enjoy my chicken tenders at Backlot Express.

Overall, we all enjoyed our lunches, and will probably dine at Backlot Express again when we return to Disney World in November and December. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and we found the tables to be socially distanced well.

You can read more about Backlot Express, and view their menu and hours on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Backlot Express?


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