Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sanaa Breakfast at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

If I had to pick a favorite restaurant at Disney World, I would choose Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village.


Sanaa features African cooking with Indian flavors, and has long been a favorite of ours for lunch and dinner, so we were excited to try their breakfast service for the first time in July.


For lunch and dinner, Sanaa is a table service restaurant, but it turns into a casual quick service restaurant for breakfast.


There are grab 'n' go items, like the bobotie pie, which my gluten-eating daughters loved, but you can also place an order with a cast member at the register for casual dining options. Sanaa does not have an allergy-friendly breakfast menu, but my friend Sarah and I spoke to a chef about gluten free options before placing our order. We were told that most of the items on the casual dining options menu can be modified to be gluten free. You can read Sarah's review of her breakfast at Sanaa on her website Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.


We were each given a numbered animal, so a server could drop off our food when it was ready. If a table near the windows is available, I recommend choosing one, so you can see the animals on the Sunset Savanna.


The chefs at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge make the best gluten free waffles at Disney World. Allergy-friendly Mickey waffles are available at Boma and The Mara at Jambo House, and Sanaa serves gluten free Simba waffles, which I was so excited to try. Disney uses dedicated waffle irons for allergy orders to prevent cross contamination.


My waffles were so delicious topped with seasonal berries and syrup. I always miss having fresh fruit when I am at Disney World, so I was happy to have raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries with my waffles.


I love that the restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge are not making allergy-friendly waffles with New Carbon's Golden Malted gluten free waffle & pancake mix, which many Disney restaurants are now using. I had waffles made with this mix at the Grand Floridian Cafe in November, and at Kona Cafe in July. The waffles I had at the Grand Floridian Cafe were the worst Mickey waffles I have ever had at Disney World, and shortly after dining there, I learned that the Golden Malted gluten free waffle mix is made on shared lines with wheat, milk, and egg, which the manufacturer does not disclose on their website or on their packaging. I confirmed this information with New Carbon in January, and I have contacted Disney World Special Diets about this issue twice. I even emailed the head of Special Diets after our trip to Disney World in July after one of my blog readers was mistakenly told by a Disney chef that the Golden Malted gluten free waffle mix is safe, because it is made in an allergy-free facility. I have attempted to post a review of the waffle mix on Golden Malted's website three times, but they will not publish it. I guess they don't want people to easily find out that their gluten free mix is made on shared equipment. I highly suggest you ask what mix Disney restaurants are using before you order gluten free waffles. Boma, The Mara, and Sanaa use a mix of Bob's Red Mill and Namaste Waffle & Pancake Mix. The Golden Malted gluten free waffle mix contains soy, but even if restaurants are using it, they still might have Namaste on hand, which is free of the top 8 allergens.


My daughters are already asking me if we are having breakfast at Sanaa in November. When we return, I definitely plan on ordering waffles again, and a side of their house-made sausage, which came with Sarah's meal, and looked incredible. We have advance dining reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at Sanaa, because we had an amazing holiday meal there last year.

You can read more about Sanaa, view their menus and hours, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Sanaa?




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