• On Apr 27, 2019
    Mayra from Nuevo Leon 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.

    Hello, i'm planning to stay in a Disneyworld resort. I got a family of 5 and one of my kids have special needs. Do i need to pay for a dining plan for her even if she doesn't eat regular food? or can we keep her out of the Dining plan?

    Hi, Mayra!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am also the parent of a child with special needs, so I can assure you from personal experience that the Walt Disney World Resort does a wonderful job of providing services for guests with disabilities.  The Walt Disney World Resort also offers a wide range of options for guests with special dietary requests.

    When a guest wishes to purchase a Disney Dining Plan, they must do so for all of the guests staying under that Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation.  I spoke to a Cast Member and was told that the only exception to this rule would be if a guest was using a feeding tube.  If your child has a feeding tube, you may purchase a Disney Dining Plan for the rest of your family, excluding your daughter.  If this is not the case, you still have some other options.

    You can book your Walt Disney World Resort vacation package without adding on the Disney Dining Plan.  In this case, you would simply purchase your meals out of pocket during your vacation.  Please keep in mind that you are also permitted to bring food into the Walt Disney World theme parks, as long as you follow the guidelines detailed in the Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules.  If you would still like to purchase a Disney Dining Plan for your family and would like to see what accommodations can be made to fit your child's dietary needs, I would recommend contacting Special.Diets@DisneyWorld.com.

    If we can help you with any other vacation planning questions, please visit us again.  Have a magical day!
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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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