Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 6, 2018
    Christina from MA 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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    Hi! We plan on visiting WDW. My son is autistic, with a limited diet. We are interested in dinner at Be Our Guest and Cinderella's Table, but he will not even eat anything off the kids menu. Are we able to request fries or pizza to accommodate him?

    Hi Christina,

    Thank you for writing.  I have a son on the spectrum who, when younger, was incredibly picky.  I always felt compelled to check all of the dining menus in the hope of finding something he would eat.  In fact, on some of our early trips, I brought things he liked in my diaper bag, as a "back-up" in the event we were unsuccessful.  I'm happy to say that I never had to use them!  I understand  your concern, have some suggestions, and think I can allay some of your worry.  Most restaurants will do everything they can to accommodate guests with special dietary requests.  I recommend that upon arriving at any venue that you immediately speak to your server, who will partner with the Chef to attempt to accommodate your pirate's needs and requests.  In addition, when you make your advanced dining reservations, I recommend including your requests.  I have never been disappointed in how the Cast Members partnered with me to ensure that my son enjoyed both what he ate and his experience at our many, many meals on property. Often, this included providing him with something that was not on a printed menu and some extra TLC.

    Beyond dining, in my experience, Walt Disney World does an incredible job at ensuring that kids of all abilities have vacations that are as magical as they are.  You will find a host of accommodations that will help facilitate your trip, including a Disney Parks Disability Access Card which can help tremendously if your son struggles to wait in a conventional queue.

    I hope you and your son have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, Florida

I am Tanya from FL, mom to two teen boys who keep me on the go. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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