100% Gluten Free and Vegan Bakery Lands a Spot in Disney World

Heather Suhr
100% Gluten Free and Vegan Bakery Lands a Spot in Disney World
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It’s a magical place where children’s dreams come true; it’s Disney World! It all started when Walt Disney produced a series of shows children could enjoy.  The first Disney resort opened in October 1971, and over the next 35 years, the Orlando property grew to over 27,000 acres of land; home to amusement parks, resorts, and restaurants. (1)

Disney World opens first gluten-free and vegan bakery

Along with Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck entertaining visitors, the parks are also home to indulgent foods – hamburgers, corn dogs, fried chicken, French fries, and highly processed sweets. It’s definitely not a friendly place for vegans or folks with gluten intolerance.

That is, until now. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC has landed a spot in the Disney Marketplace shopping and dining area. Formerly known as BabyCakes, the bakery specializes in a 100% gluten free and vegan delectable sweets. (2,3,4)

For most people, hunger would never be a problem at Disney World, but those with dietary restrictions have to carefully plan where they eat. McKenna states, “Disney is this place that’s a fantasy land. It was really exciting to open [Erin McKenna’s Bakery] there because it was completing that fantasy for a lot of kids and parents with food allergies.” (2)

More magic for everyone

With the first vegan and gluten-free shop opening, there’s definitely more magic for everyone. Visitors will be able to choose from a wide range of goodies including donuts, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and breads. Because it’s only available in one location, McKenna explains that many parents will be purchasing large order quantities for the family to enjoy all vacation long. (2)

Currently, Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is available in three locations: Orlando, New York City, and Los Angeles. Interestingly though, McKenna explains that approximately 10% of the customers that visit her bakeries have dietary restrictions, but the rest are just entertained by the “live performance of cupcake frosting and donut dunking happening in the storefront window.” (2,4)

Sources for this article include:
(1) thewaltdisneycompany.com
(2) www.huffingtonpost.com
(3) erinmckennasbakery.tumblr.com
(4) www.erinmckennasbakery.com

Image source: flic.kr

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