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  • On Nov 21, 2020
    Nikki from IL Asked

    We're planning our son's first Disney trip! He has autism and several food allergies. We will start preparing him in February and would love to know what food items he can have at specific restaurants so he's ready. What can we do for this?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Nikki!

    Oh, boy--your son's first trip to Walt Disney World? How exciting!

    When planning a visit with the youngest Guest, a little research will go a long way. Scoping out menus throughout the parks and resorts is a fantastic idea, enabling you to have a tried and trusted option at each location you choose throughout your stay.

    First, take a look at the most up-to-date dining information on the post Dining: Know Before You Go. There, you'll find lists and links to all of the dining locations currently available. If you plan to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, take a look at Disney Resort Hotel dining and search for your options at your home away from home. For example, if you will stay at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, click on that link and you'll be taken to a page that lists all of your dining options at that resort. Click on one of those, and you'll see the option to "View Menu" to the right of the photo on that location's main page. Three Bridges Bar & Grill is one of the locations whose online menu lists allergy-friendly options, including those for kids, but you can follow this same process to search for Dining in the Theme Parks and Disney Springs as well as Dining in Resort Hotels

    Another way to search what's available at dining locations is by using the super-handy My Disney Experience mobile app.  There, type "Order Food" into the search bar and you'll get a list of dining locations throughout the parks and resorts. Instead of clicking on an Arrival Window, select the name of a restaurant that is located in a park or resort that's convenient for you, then select "Menu". Scroll down to see allergy-friendly options there, too.

    When making a Table Service reservation, be sure to note the allergies present in your party; at check-in, the hostess will confirm that there is an allergy in your group and at that time, you can even ask for the chef to come to your table to help you navigate your options. I've even seen customization that enables everyone to enjoy a delicious meal that's just right for them. Truly, dining with food allergies or dietary restrictions at Walt Disney World is more magical than anywhere else on Earth.

    Be sure to check out Special Dietary Requests, too, which will give you greater insight into your dining options. There is even an email address for you to send questions related to food allergies should you need to have something more specific answered: Special.Diets@DisneyWorld.com. 

    As you plan your prince's perfect introduction to The Most Magical Place on Earth, be sure to send additional questions our way, Nikki. We love to help!

    Andrea
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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