• On Sep 21, 2018
    Sarah from MO 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! I am currently planning the first Disney trip for my family. My 5 year old daughter has Celiac Disease and both her and I are Gluten free. We would like to do the Disney Dining plan but we want to make sure there will be enough gluten free options!

    Hi there, Sarah!

    Everyone knows that one of the best parts of a vacation to Walt Disney World is the opportunity to enjoy some of the many wonderful and unique Disney dining experiences. The good news - no, it's great news! - is that Walt Disney World is truly one of the most accommodating vacation destinations I've ever traveled to when it comes to special dietary needs.

    To start with, you'll find most restaurants now offer menus for special dietary concerns. Even the quick service dining locations (counter service meals) have gluten free buns for burgers and gluten free chicken nuggets. You just have to ask when you get there what they have, and they'll go over it with you or give you the menu options.

    At the table service dining locations, including the buffet meals (many of which are character dining experiences), you'll be greeted by a member of the culinary staff. They're so helpful in going over the menu with you and can talk to you about foods which are already gluten free or can be adapted to suit your needs. 

    The big thing is communication. Note special dietary restrictions on any of your dining reservations, and when you are seated, notify your server of your concerns. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable about having options, you can reach out to Special.Diets@DisneyWorld.com at least 14 days prior to your arrival. 

    Rest assured, you will find an abundance of delicious food for both you and your daughter. Even on the Disney Dining Plan, you'll find something satisfying when you've got a rumbly in your tumbly.

    Enjoy your vacation!
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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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