Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 1, 2009
    Renee from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Anna, I noticed in your bio that you have had gastric bypass. I have visited WDW many times but this June will be my first since having that same surgery myself. I was wondering if you had any dining suggestions?

    Hi, Renee!  Everyone who has had bypass surgery has limitations.  This advice is based on my  limitations, so you may need to alter the suggestions to accommodate your own needs.

    The buffets are always good, as most of them offer cheese, soup, and a variety of proteins.  I know that I can't usually eat chicken, but I can still make a meal with soup, cheese, beef, and  fish.  I don't know how far post-op you are, but I couldn't eat salad well until recently, so now even the salads are an option for me at the buffets.  Boma is by far my favorite, because they offer a good selection of soup, and a change of pace from typical buffet fare.

    I love Jiko at Animal Kingdom - where you can get a cheese plate for an appetizer, and pair it with the sweet potato soup if you are eating your own meal.  I split the incredible filet mignon with my husband if we're there together, and skip the appetizers.  Raglan Road in Downtown Disney also has some pouch worthy favorites, including the Goat cheese and scallop appetizers. 

    If you're in doubt, ask to speak with the chef.  They have been incredibly helpful to me since my surgery in altering meals to accommodate my needs or making suggestions of things that work with my altered insides.  And always plan to linger after your meal, especially if you've tempted fate with too many fats or sugars. 

    If you have a post-op card from your surgeon, some of the buffets will charge children's prices for your meal.  You can also consult the child's menu, but honestly, you're better off ordering appetizers than the high fat, mostly breaded kids' menu option.

    Have a wonderful time rediscovering Walt Disney World dining, Renee!  I know I have!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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