Like most theme parks I’ve ever been too, Disneyland in Anaheim, California is on the outskirts of the city. So once you get there, you’re pretty much stuck and if you only have a day like we did, you’ll need all the time you can get on the inside. Unlike most theme parks in Australia, you are welcome to bring a picnic into Disneyland (though being gf is good reason to bring one anyway in Aus).
The good news is that you don’t have to be organised enough to bring your own food – there are plenty of gluten free options at Disneyland. Go to ‘City Hall’ on your way in – they’re on the left after entry, and they can provide you with a ‘Disneyland Parks & Resorts Dietary Request Reference Sheet – Celiac Offerings’. I’m sure you could get one at the Adventure Park too.
The document recommends using your discretion to make an informed choice, though the preparation and handling that I witnessed was pretty good. The list includes all-American classics like gluten free hot dogs (from Coke Corner – they take about 15 minutes to make which is reassuring), gluten free hamburgers and sweet potato fries (from Hungry Bear Restaurant and the list says to request the fries are cooked in the dedicated fries only fryer), gluten free waffles and hash browns, sausages and bacon breakfast from the ‘Plaza Inn’ and suggested outlets for gluten free ice cream.
There were lots of options at the ‘Rancho Del Zocalo’, including these chicken tortillas below which were made in a dedicated gluten free area. Hooray! No complaints then and we could get on with our (very long but enjoyable) day.
On the non-food front I’d definitely recommend getting there as early as possible – it packs out by about midday and the queues are much longer. We got a lot of good tips from this site: http://touringplans.com/disneyland which has lots of information for making the most out of your visit, including updated queue times and suggested itineraries.
Our little one got herself lost at one point (though we could see her, she couldn’t see us) and she asked a group of concerned people ‘Can you see my Dad?’ (pointing to her cheeks), ‘He’s the one with all the prickles.’