Walt Disney World Special Diet Planning

Walt Disney World special diet
Your special diet interferes with the enjoyment of a meal away from home.  Also, you are afraid when dining out whether it is taken seriously in the kitchen.  For many, this is the difference between an allergic reaction or a fun night out.  Don’t let that discomfort sour your time at the happiest place on earth!

disney world special diets

At Disney World, guests with special diets get the full Disney Dining experience. The Cast Members and chefs truly go out of their way to make sure that you are comfortable, healthy and safe.    This is beneficial for guests with a variety of food allergies, special diets, and food intolerances.

How to make the Special Dining Reservation

     Disney dining  is incredibly popular due to the wild success of the Disney Dining Plan.  You should make meal reservations six months in advance in order to guarantee a seat.  Also known as Advance Dining Reservations, it is important to make note of the dietary request at the time you create it.

Call Disney Dining Reservations (407-WDW-DINE)

Notify the Cast Member of any special dietary restrictions while booking your reservation.

Booking on the Walt Disney World Resort Dining website?

  • Select your restaurant, party size, and time.
  • Book the reservation by clicking on the reservation time.
  • Put the names of the guests that will be attending the reservation in the first reservation screen that pops up.
  • Click next.
  • Put in your billing (credit card) information.
  • On the third screen, it will want a phone number. Below that, there is a screen called Special requests. Click “Add”.
  • An additional screen will pop up, prompting you to insert the Special Dietary Information or Accessibility requirements.
  • There is a section at the bottom of the page where you can note special dietary restrictions.
  • Consequently, if you have made your reservations, but did not notify the Cast Members at the time of reservation, fear not! You can always let them know at the check-in counter.
  • Furthermore, advance notice gives the best possible service.   email specialdiets@disneyworld.com.

Our Experience with Food Allergies

My oldest son is gluten-free.  Hence, dining out is often challenging.  We noted our allergies on each reservation as we booked them online or over the phone. A few weeks before we went, I emailed specialdiets@disneyworld.com to ask for specific information and recommendations.

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They flagged our dietary request upon check-in to the host desk.  Once seated, the piece of paper that the host hands off to the server notes the allergy.  As a result,the chef came out to personally greet us at every table service restaurant.

Also, at buffets, they led us around and pointed out which were safe for my children to eat.   At the sit-down restaurants, they made menu recommendations.  The staff is very flexible with side dishes.  They made truly magical modifications for our child.

At counter (quick) service restaurants, the chef came out to present our options. If he was unavailable, a manager would give us a special allergy menu or binder to identify specific allergens.  We were directed to pay, and given a special buzzer.

After buzzing, we came directly to the grill to pick up our allergy safe meal.  The meals were tasty and were always a fair representation of the typical menu.  Also, they brought us allergy-safe desserts, if the desserts were not compliant.

Best of all?  Regardless of age, Disney will accommodate dietary needs.  When our son was 2 years old, he did not require a charge at the buffets. The restaurants  provided gluten-free toddler friendly foods.

What Allergies does Disney World accommodate?

At Walt Disney World restaurants, chefs may substitute ingredients  so you get a balanced and delicious meal.  Disney World restaurants accommodate the following food allergies:

  • Gluten or wheat
  • Lactose or dairy
  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Corn

Disney World special diet

Always be sure to tell your server about specific lifestyle requests and dietary modifications.  Disney World will accommodate you if you need the following:

  • No Sugar Added
  • Low-sodium
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Finally, the following may require advance 2 weeks notice.

  • Allergy or intolerance not listed under common food allergies
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Multiple allergies in one guest or multiple guests within the same party

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Unable to eat out three meals a day in the Walt Disney World parks?  We don’t either, but we love ordering specialty items from Amazon Prime or the local grocery delivery service.  If you have access to a vehicle: Target, Walmart, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have locations nearby. Even staying on property provides unique options.  Request a ride with an  app like Lyft  to pick you up and get you to the store.

Do you have any special dietary needs?  Have you ever experienced dining with a Disney World special diet?

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