Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 28, 2009
    Nicole from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My family and I have been to Disney World many many times. Eleven months ago I had gastric bypass surgery. I am trying to think of places that my family and I can eat that will fit my dietary needs. The free meal plan wouldn't help me much.

    Congratulations on your surgery, and welcome to Loserville!  I am three years post-op RNY, and I will tell you that I visited Walt Disney World 10 days post-op and cried over all the foods I wasn't able to enjoy!  Three years later, I have eaten my way back around the World, and have discovered things I love that I might not have tried before!

    When making your advanced dining reservations, have them note your special dietary needs.  In most cases, a chef will come and talk to you about the menu and what they can do to accommodate your needs.  I can't make specific recommendations, because we all have different issues following the surgery.  I can't eat chicken very often, as it gets stuck nearly every time.  The same happens with salmon and shrimp.  I will tell you that I have the best luck at buffets, and with a card from your surgeon, many of them will charge you the children's price.  I love Boma, because they always have delicious soups, and I can always eat soup.  'Ohana is also a good source for protein, just ask for portions that are not so well done.

    Ask your family where they would like to eat, then browse the menus at .  You can find things on nearly every menu that you can eat - especially if you look at the appetizer selections instead of the entrees.  That's my best trick!

    If you want to send a message with what your food tolerances are, I can match you with some pretty good meals!  Good luck!
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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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