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  • On Mar 24, 2022
    Lori from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When making dining plans, is there any way I can do dietary restrictions for the one restaurants that have a set menu/meal due to not being able to eat much due to having had a gastric sleeve done two and half months prior to vacation?

    Hey there, hi there, Lori! Welcome to "Loser"ville, and congratulations on taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

    I had my gastric bypass surgery many years ago, when it was still kind of a new thing, and the rules concerning meals and weight loss surgery have shifted since then at Walt Disney World. You can - and should - absolutely let them know at any dining experience you want to try that you have special dietary needs. It can be noted when you make dining reservations, or you can speak with someone at the counter service locations about what you can eat and how they can help you adapt meals. A kid's meal is always an option at counter service locations. 

    Now, when it comes to buffet meals, all you care to eat meals served family-style, or prix fixe meals, in general, there isn't an accommodation in terms of pricing. In most of those dining locations, they won't allow you to pay for a kid's meal, even though you probably eat less than some kids at that point in your weight loss journey. But I do encourage you to speak with someone from the culinary team when you arrive at the restaurant, especially if there are things you really just cannot eat. I know, even all these years later, I still sometimes have issues with pasta and chicken. I've had a chef prepare me a pasta dish without the pasta when I saw that the sauce was protein-packed and perfect for a meal. They will work with you as much as they can. 

    I hope your recovery goes smoothly, and my fingers are crossed for a practically perfect 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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