We have put together 5 tips for traveling to Disney World with dietary restrictions because visiting Disney World can be an exciting vacation destination for any family, but when you have to deal with dietary restrictions there are some special considerations.
Disney has over 135 restaurants on site that provide options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. Ranging from quick service to sit down meals there is something there for everyone.
You can use these tips to have the best dining experience during your trip to Disney!
Disney allows for accommodations for particular dietary restrictions and you can make those restrictions known at the time of reservation. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance which makes planning your trip easier. If you need to special ingredients (such as gluten-free flour) those accommodations can be made with enough notice. You can make reservations at 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or online.
Do Your Research
Knowing what restaurants serve ahead of time will give you time to find the best options for your needs. By checking out the menu ahead of time you’l be able to pick out what items will work for your family’s needs and plan accordingly. Check out the dining section of the Disney website for more information, and the ability to filter out restaurants based on service type, cuisine, and more!
Bring Your Own
If you’re particularly limited in your food options it might be easier for you to bring your own food. Disney provides an exception to their standard policy for any guests who have a specific food allergy. Guests are welcome to bring a small cooler (no more than 24″ length x 15″ width x 18″ height) into the park with snacks that don’t require cooking or reheating. No glass or alcoholic beverages will be permitted, but having snacks or sandwiches on hand can save you a lot of headaches.
Because food allergies and dietary restrictions can be quite dangerous Disney has set up a website specific to those needs. You can access that here, if you have a particular concern or need that isn’t addressed on the website contact Disney directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chefs and managers at all of the full-service restaurants will be happy to provide information on both the ingredients in the menu and how the meals are prepared, don’t hesitate to ask for that information.
One great way to stay safe if to make sure your children have their allergy information on them. Bracelets like these can save children from inadvertently being served something dangerous. This is especially helpful at quick serve or buffet restaurants. Having proper medical ID tags, allergy medications such as epi-pens will make sure that you’re safe in case the worst does happen.
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