It’s pretty common to have some sort of food allergy, sensitivity, or restriction in a family these days.
In our family, I’m the one. I have to eat vegetarian, and I have a gluten sensitivity. It can be hard to find places to eat with the family – especially at a theme park – where I can actually feel like I’m eating WITH the family. A lot of restaurants have made huge strides in offering vegetarian and gluten free options but not a lot of places like theme parks or zoos, etc. have come that far yet.
Much to my delight, dietary restrictions won’t stop you from visiting Holiday World and enjoy every bit of the fun with the whole family!
Holiday World even makes it so simple to find foods by restriction type AND where they are throughout the park. There is an Allergen-Friendly Menu, a Gluten-Free Menu Guide, and a Healthier Options Menu. While we’re there, I just keep the main food and snacks link up on my phone’s browser, so I know what I can get depending on which part of the park we’re in throughout the day.
The biggest selection of food and these menu options can be found right at the front of Holiday World in the Christmas Section at Santa’s Merry Marketplace. I prefer to go there when we’re doing full meals.
A note that Impossible burgers are not gluten free, but I don’t personally have issues when I eat them. I did ask for a gluten free bun with an Impossible burger, and the staff was on top of it by making sure I knew the burger wasn’t gluten free and ensuring that I got what I needed. One thing important to mention, if getting a veggie/Impossible burger cooked, it will take at least 10 minutes. Another mom and I were just standing up there while our families had already eaten almost their entire meals. My recommendation is to go ask them to start it 10 minutes before you go back in line to order the rest of your family’s food. I made sure to do that the second time, and it was so much easier for everyone.
The biggest restriction I have with my gluten sensitivity is with breads and other baked goods. Their gluten free bun was one of the most delicious I’ve ever had, their gluten free brownie was just as good as a regular one, and my absolute favorite treat in all of Holiday World is their funnel cake!
I got mine at George’s Gluten-Free Pizza & Snacks in the 4th of July Section. I have never been able to get a gluten free funnel cake before, so this was such a treat and brought back so many wonderful childhood memories. My daughter doesn’t have any dietary restrictions, but she was game for helping me eat the funnel cake (it was way too big to eat by myself!). She even said it was just as good as a “real” funnel cake.
I found most all of my vegetarian options on the Healthier Options Menu. There was so much delicious food to choose from for me, I can’t wait to go back just to try more!
The kids may be excited about all the fun rides, but I just want the fun eats!
Next time you plan a trip to Holiday World, make sure to check out their special menus and all their tips they’ve included on the website. It’s so user-friendly and makes planning snacks and meals a breeze.
Thanks, Holiday World, for thinking of us with dietary restrictions and making the experience so magical for everyone!
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This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Courtney S.
A Cincinnati mom that spent my teen years in Indianapolis, I remember Summers at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari fondly. My family and I love travel and theme parks. I own the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Louisville Mom Collectives where we provide the best in trusted recommendations, tips, tricks, and resources to families in our communities. In my rare free moments, I like to write, read, draw, paint, game, go to the park, go to art museums, and try new foods.