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  • On Dec 1, 2014
    Melanie from IL 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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    We are planning a trip to Disney and one of our friends will not be able to eat a full childs meal, because they had gastric bypass surgery. The rest of the group wants to purchase the dining plan. What is the best option for our friend?

    Hi Melanie!

         I know exactly what you mean in your question because it seems like all of the adult meals in Walt Disney World are so huge!  I had Bariatric Surgery (a Gastric Bypass) in October of 2011 and have been to Walt Disney World lots of  times since then.  I have eaten at many restaurants in Walt Disney World during those trips. You can choose to get a Disney Dining Plan for your party and have your friend order what they want in the portions they want and have them pay for it with cash.  Since the Disney Dining Credits are pooled as a room, the rest of your traveling party can use them.   Also an adult can order a children's meal if they want typically without a problem.  You may have to explain your friend's particular situation at some restaurants because it is up to the particular restaurants if they let adults order from the kid's menu (I have only found 1 or 2 restaurants in Walt Disney World that would not let an adult order from the children's menu).  Another option for you would be to order a senior portion of a meal if they offer this or ask for a smaller portion of meat and any foods that your friend knows that they can eat without any difficulties.  I typically will order just the meat (like grilled chicken breast) without the bun and then any vegetables or fruit that I want for my meal and I skip ordering dessert.  For buffet meals, you still would have to pay the adult meal price or use and adult Disney Dining Credit, but then your friend can pick and choose what items that they want to eat from the buffet.  I have found that Disney is typically extremely accommodating for dining special needs or requests so your friend should be fine sticking to your Bariatric diet.

    I hope that your next Walt Disney World vacation is truly magical in every way!

    Keep Dreaming Big!

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Meet the Panelist: Marc, New York

I am a single Father to one incredible boy.  I would love nothing more than to provide people with Disney vacation planning that will enable them to have a new experience or make their Disney vacation just a little more magical! Learn More About Marc

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