As a mother of 2 kids with food allergies and as a Vegan…Disney’s Garden Kiosk is a blessing in disguise…in fact I think most people just blaze right past this little gem. What is this “Garden Kiosk”? Good Question, lol.
Disney’s Garden Kiosk is a cart stand located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This little foodie stand specializes in safe treats for those with dietary restrictions – I’m talking to you Celiacs, Vegans, Diabetics and Food Allergy peeps. This little stand of heaven serves various nutritional goodies for those that often have a hard time “snacking” while at the parks. For some (peeps like me) this stand is as awesome as any attraction or ride…it’s where one can get Babycakes, Tofutti, allergy friendly popcorn, hummus/veggies, gluten free beer and of course water. Ok…I know some of you are thinking…Oh what’s so special about that. Well when you have a dairy allergy, an egg allergy and/or are Gluten sensitive…that’s a big deal.
This past trip…snacking at the kiosk was a must as I began planning our trip dreaming of Babycakes. So on our Animal Kingdom day…I practically raced over to Asia (Discovery Island)…tripping over strollers, knocking people over…ok no I was walking normally and taking pictures…but in my mind I was racing to some sort of finish line. I had heard rumors that the Babycakes products sometimes run out early so I was NOT missing out on my safe treats. Problem was…we just finished eating at Tusker House (stay tuned) and well…no-one was hungry. Note to self…next time either walk slower or eat earlier so tummy has room for some goodies. Ok back to Babycakes…We got to the kiosks and I was in treat overload…since all of the treats were also 1 “snack” credit (dining plan) I decided it was worth it to use like 6 credit and get more treats than we needed and save for the next day.
We got 1 tub of Vanilla (chocolate also available) Tofutti (soy based ice cream) which was amazing as the WHOLE tub was only 1 “snack” credit and we all attempted to share…we got through 1/3 of the tub before we were to full…remember we just ate. We got 2 donuts and a 4 pack of mini cupcakes to take with us…along with some other yummy treats (safe caramel popcorn)…but it was the Babycakes that was the goal. So even though we didn’t enjoy until later…I can honestly tell you that those donuts were the BEST Vegan/Gluten Free donuts I have ever had.
And for those that don’t know…Babycakes is a Vegan/Gluten Free Bakery that use to have a store front at Downtown Disney…the store is currently gone (due to construction) but its popularity is still going strong and one can still find some goodies at certain resorts, the Garden Kiosk and by ordering from the bakery. I did hear a rumor that a store is returning (stay tuned)…but until then…the race is on and “finding Babycakes” is a popular mission. It is important to mention that although the goodies seem “nut-free” they do use a GF flour that has potential CC issue with nuts…so avoid depending on the severity of your Peanut/Tree Nut allergy.
So after being beyond full, we bagged up our goodies and continued on with our day…but to be honest I couldn’t really concentrate since I knew I had Babycakes in my bag…just calling my name. My only regret was not getting more donuts. Between chocolate glazed and cinnamon sugar…I got 1 of each…but I should have gotten 2-3 of each and just saved as they came in individual containers. As for those with food issues…baked treats/desserts at the parks are often the hardest thing to get…too many CC issues. Often we are left with Enjoy Life cookies and one can only eat so many before they aren’t really appetizing anymore…but if I had more Babycakes in my bag to enjoy – that’s more magical goodness for me (us).
The Garden Kiosk is also the place to inquire about safe treats/food at Animal Kingdom…the cast members behind the cart are full of knowledge and can guide you to the best places to dine with your specific allergy or sensitivity. It’s also worth noting that after you have enjoyed the Garden Kiosk and all its spender…please go to guest relations at the front of the park and let them know that you loved the Garden Kiosk and that you think adding one to EVERY park is something you would enjoy and benefit from. A safe place to snack and discuss food related issues is something all the parks need…so pass on the love and we might get rewarded with more awesome goodness.
Also remember that I specialize in Food Allergies and Dietary restrictions at Disney…so for those that can’t wait to find out the safe places to dine, stay or snack…I am your gal. I book Magical Vacations daily and my services are FREE…All you need to do is contact me and we can go from there. I can quote you various resort options, discuss your food dilemmas and step by step…you will have one awesome vacation planned…safe and sound. Nina@goTMCtravel.com or 734-890-2350
**UPDATE (Feb 2015) – Babycakes is NOW Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC – same company, different name. The Allergy Kiosk still carries some of her baked goodies…but NOT the donuts. The current donuts at the Kiosk are GF and Dairy-free, but contain egg. For Erin’s (Babycakes) Donuts and other fabulous goodies you need to head over to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) and go to her new Store front (Coming Really Soon).