Friday, August 8, 2014

Gluten-Free at Hersheypark and Dorney Park

gluten-free pizza at Hersheypark
People, even people with Celiac Disease, love going to amusement parks during the summer. But what do you do about food if you have Celiac Disease or a food allergy?

Most parks will stamp your hand for re-entry so that you can leave, go to your car, and picnic in the parking lot. Bringing your own food is always a safe bet.

But what if you just don't want to lose precious ride time walking all the way to your car and back?

For those of you riding roller coasters in Pennsylvania, you're in luck! Both Dorney Park and Hersheypark have gluten-free food!

I wasn't with my husband when he went to Dorney Park, but he said the gluten-free pizza was HUGE and really good. It did take 30 minutes for the pizza to be made, so plan accordingly. You can find the complete list of gluten-free food at this link.

I did go to Hersheypark with my husband, and we ate at one of the Famiglia pizza stands, which serves gluten-free personal-sized cheese pizza. Not as large as the Dorney pizza but still good, and it only took 15 minutes for the pizza to be made.

You can get more than pizza, though. The park map lists all the food stands that serve gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and kosher foods. The free Hersheypark app also lists what locations serve gluten-free food, and if you go to Hersheypark's website, you can look that information up there, too.

Hersheypark map listing dietary restrictions
That is helpful, but we wish that the menus at the food stands listed the gluten-free food information, too. Famiglia didn't list what KIND of gluten-free pizza you could order or that you could order gluten-free pizza at all, which kind of confused us for a second. I had to ask 1. if they did have gluten-free pizza (yes) and 2. what kind of pizza was it - personal (yes), by the slice (no), cheese (yes), pepperoni (no)? I'm not even sure how much it cost because that information wasn't provided either! Luckily, the employees were pretty knowledgeable about the gluten-free offerings, but having a posted g/f menu would have saved us some time.

Still, it's always nice to know that there are gluten-free options at places like this. But if all else fails, your $12 Hersheypark parking ticket is good for same-day parking re-entry, so you could always just drive down the street to Red Robin and have a burger on a gluten-free bun in air-conditioning.

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