Family at Citricos
  • On May 17, 2022
    Barbara florin from CT 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 one child in family has an eating disorder can they sit at table with family and not be charged

    Hi there, Barbara, and welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so glad that you found us and decided to stop by with your question today. We love helping Guests just like you plan magical Walt Disney World Resort vacations!

    Walt Disney World strives to be a place where all Guests can have magical experiences, regardless of the accommodations they may need to do so. In your specific case, I have a few suggestions that might make meal-time a more positive experience for your crew.

    In general, there are only a handful of dining experiences where each Guest seated for the reservation is required to participate. These are usually prix fixe set menus or buffets, and usually involve Character Dining or some form of entertainment. Examples include Biergarten Restaurant at EPCOT and Boma - Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. For other traditional Table Service restaurants where you order the items of your choosing from a regular menu, there is not a formal requirement for every Guest at your table to make a purchase.

    That being said, you may want to reach out to a couple of teams at Walt Disney World Resort prior to your visit to ensure all of your needs are able to be met. The Special Diets team can be reached at, and given that they are the primary point of contact between Guests and needs at dining locations, they may be able to provide additional information based on the restaurants you plan on visiting. Alternatively (or in addition), you may want to reach out to the Disability Services team at 407-560-2547 or via email. While it may seem a bit odd, I believe this would be the right place to request an accommodation if you plan to attend one of those dining experiences I mentioned earlier which do normally require all Guests to participate.

    Lastly, you may want to consider letting the host and/or your server know about this family member's needs. In my experience, Cast Members always want all Guests to have the best possible experience, and regularly go above and beyond to do so. If, for example, you feel it would be beneficial for the server not to ask this family member about placing a food order, you could make that request known.

    I hope this information is helpful to you as you plan your upcoming trip - please let us know if you have any additional questions!

    Ryan J.
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Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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