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A Gluten-Free Trip to Hershey Park

Last weekend all 5 of us went to Hershey Park. What an experience to have with a celiac! We did search the official website for Hershey Park and was happy to see they offered a page listing all the ingredients of the food at the park.  There was one place that had gluten free hamburger buns.  Over all we did have a good time but
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worrying about what a person can eat and be at an amusement park is difficult.  Mostly because the one of the best parts to being there is munching on the junk food.  If we go again I will call and see if there is something we can do that would allow us to bring in his food since their offering was so little.  Have a great day and happy eating.

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Michael

said this on
24 Aug 2009 5:13:59 PM PDT
Nancy - Hershey Park rivals Disney as among the best for gluten-free options. For 2009, they added gluten-free wraps, pizza, hamburgers and desserts at multiple locations. Piazza Sorrento, among other restaurants, offer extensive gluten-free menus.

 
Nancy

said this on
24 Aug 2009 5:26:42 PM PDT
Michael, Thanks for the info. I looked at the official website for Hershey Park and only found a place in Minertown that had gluten free burgers. If you could give me the info or where you got it it would make the day at Hershey sweeter.

Thanks
Nancy

 
Felicia

said this on
25 Aug 2009 7:52:24 AM PDT
I know what you mean. Our family goes to Hershey every year. Last year, they didn't even have gluten-free on their menus -- so this is a good thing, but what good is a hamburger bun if you can't put anything on it? And I went to one of the stands that supposedly has a gluten-free on the map, and the employee there didn't know what gluten-free was!!! Hopefully, they will better educate their staff and next year, the choices will be much better. Or they hopefully will let you bring in your own gluten-free food!

 
Pat

said this on
11 Oct 2009 3:52:57 PM PDT
Your doctor can write a prescription (on a regular prescription pad like for meds) that you require a gluten-free diet without possibility of cross-contamination. Laminate it and show it at the gates. Some of out support group members do this and have never had a problem taking own food into sporting events, amusement parks, etc. Good luck and I hope this helps. Carrying a dining card helps as well.

 
Pat

said this on
11 Oct 2009 3:54:26 PM PDT
Also, I visited Hershey Park 2 years ago and had no trouble finding gluten-free foods. I also find a local support group and call ahead of time. Good luck.

 
debbi

said this on
25 Aug 2009 11:36:18 PM PDT
That's so true. I just pack my own snack and explain to personnel about my severe allergy to wheat.

 
Michael

said this on
30 Aug 2009 6:10:36 PM PDT
Here's a link to where the GF food is located at Hersheypark for 2009: http://www.hersheypark.com/food_and_shops/ingredients/index.php

Here's a link to the ingredients for the GF breads and baked goods: http://www.hersheypark.com/food_and_shops/pdf/gluten_free.pdf

 
Liza

said this on
12 Apr 2017 9:28:30 AM PDT
I realize the original post was from several years ago but since it came up in my search, it is probably coming up for others as well so wanted to add current info. Hershey Park has a dedicated allergy friendly food option - The Outpost. It is entirely gluten free and nut free! They offered wraps, pizzas, salads, chicken tenders and burgers.




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