EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jul 24, 2009
    Kathy from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have recently had the Gastric Bypass Sugery and can't eat hardly anythng. I have a medical card I carry around with me to notify every restaurant I go to so I can order from the kids menu or adult menu at a discount. Does WDW have somethng like this?

    Hi, Kathy!  Congratulations on your surgery, and welcome to "Loserville"!  I hope you are recovering well!

    I have to say, all of the Walt Disney World restaurants I have been to since my gastric bypass surgery have been very accommodating.  It really is up to the management how far they can go in terms of offering you the option to order from the children's menu or at a reduced price for smaller adult portions.  I have always felt comfortable speaking with the chef as well.  They are incredibly helpful at creating a meal you will enjoy that suits your altered insides.

    Some things they have done for me in the past include charging me the child's price for a buffet; charging me only an entertainment fee for a character meal (I was 10 days post-op and still on a liquid diet at the time), and allowed me to order from the children's menu.

    A word of caution about kids' menus - much of what is offered that is kid friendly is not necessarily gastric bypass friendly.  Talk to your surgeon, metabolic specialist, or nutritionist about foods that are pouch friendly.  When booking your advanced dining reservations, let them know what your dietary restrictions are, and that way, the chef knows you are coming in and will be ready to help you.

    If worse comes to worse, bring your protein from home (Isopure makes a protein product that comes in single serving packets that you shake into a bottle of water), fill your backpack or fanny pack with things you can eat that you can carry through the parks, and just sit with your family and enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurants without ordering anything.  The worst thing you can do on vacation is push yourself and regret it!
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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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