Tuesday, May 9, 2017

For Your Amusement

As the area's amusement parks gear up for another season, more of them than ever are offering guests gluten-free options.

At Hersheypark, The Outpost is an entirely gluten-free and nut-free stand location in the Pioneer Frontier section. The menu includes three kinds of flatbreads, chicken Parmesan sandwiches, cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, salads, soft pretzel bites and turkey burgers. Dairy-free and vegetarian options are also available.

Hersheypark continues its outstanding handling of gluten-free requests, with the most options available at Overlook Food Court: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, pizza, fries and snacks. Pizza is also available at Founder's Way, Hollow and Boardwalk area Famous Famiglia locations; hot dogs can be found at Timber Treats and Country Grill; and chicken tenders are also at Hollow Famous Famiglia. Burgers can also be found at Founder's Kitchen, Decades, Shoreline Grill and the Spring Creek Smokehouse.

The staff is trained to handle allergen-friendly food options: when an order is placed for a specialty item, staff members will wash their hands, put on new gloves, and use all new utensils designated specifically for specialty items.

New for the 2017 season at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown is the return of bumper cars and the addition of Cirque Imagine. These parks accommodate special diets with gluten-free
pizza (Amore Pizza and Papa Luigi's), chicken tenders and fries from dedicated fryers (Coaster's and Center Stage), wings and nachos (Chickie's Sports Bar), rotisserie chicken and baked beans (Smokehouse Barbeque), Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries, chicken Caesar salad without croutons or focaccia (Coaster’s, Chicken Shack and Smokehouse Barbeque), Dippin' Dots (all flavors except Cookies n’ Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough), popcorn, ICEE and cotton candy. The kitchens are also able to accommodate preparation requests such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and grilled chicken without rolls.

At Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, there's a new 4D Justice League thrill ride and Drop of Doom virtual reality experience. Gluten-free chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, salads, muffins and cookies are among the items available at Go Fresh CafĂ© - Nitro at Adventure Seaport and Go Fresh Express - Wildside at Golden Kingdom. Gluten-free options can also be found at G.A. Cafe on Main Street.

At Knoebels, the country's largest free-admission amusement park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, The Alamo Restaurant has a gluten-free menu, and there are gluten-free options at several counter-service dining locations, including burgers and chicken sandwiches at the International Food Court, chicken tenders at Phoenix Junction, and brownies, cookies and pretzel sticks at Phoenix Trolley.

Sesame Place in Langhorne offers Conte's bake-in-bag gluten-free pizza at Elmo’s Eatery and Sesame Cafe, salads at Elmo's Eatery, Sesame Cafe and Captain Ernie's Bistro, hummus plate at Sesame Cafe, and fresh fruit at all locations.

Merlin's Restaurant at Lancaster's Dutch Wonderland, located adjacent to the park exit, has gluten-free chicken tenders, tater tots, roasted chicken, pork ribs, and a full salad bar. A salad bar and chicken tenders are also available at Millstream Eatery.

In the Poconos, Great Wolf Lodge - home of a huge indoor water park - has specially-trained chefs that can offer a variety of gluten-free items. Guests can contact the lodge directly at 570-688-9899 to speak with a Food and Beverage Management team member.

Aquatopia, also in the Poconos, is the largest indoor water park in the Northeast. It's part of Cambelback Resort, where Trail's End restaurant offers gluten-free choices noted on the menu.

Camelback's outdoor water park, Camelbeach, has gluten-free pizza, chicken fingers and salads at Big Pocono Family Eatery.
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