Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 8, 2010
    Emily from MA 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.

    Grandma is newly dx with diabetes and is nervous about coming to WDW. I'm making reservations for buffet meals so she can pick what's best for her to eat. Would you recommend regular table service that could accommodate special diets? Any help appreciated

    Hi, Emily!  Another of the many things I love about Walt Disney World is the willingness of the restaurants to work with you if you have special dietary concerns.  When you call to make your dining reservations, notify them at that time that your grandmother is a diabetic, and they will usually arrange for a chef or someone from the kitchen to come and discuss your needs with you.  Dining reservations and special dietary requests can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE - but make sure you give them at least 72 hours notice!

    As a diabetic myself, you can rest assured Grandma won't go hungry!  There are plenty of options at each of  the restaurants to help her stay with her diet.  The best things to avoid are carbohydrates and sugars, but you'll find sugar free dessert items and you can even order things like a hamburger without the bun if you wish to.

    Have her talk to her doctor before she goes on vacation.  The doctor should be able to go over a list of things that would be better for her to eat and avoid; and ask him about how the increase in the amount of exercise she is likely to get may affect her need for medication.

    I hope you all have a magical 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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