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  • On Sep 4, 2015
    Carolyn from NJ 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.

    Traveling to Disney World in December and I am Vegan and Grain-free due to health issues. I am traveling with a large group who does not have any dietary restrictions. We have made reservations. Will dining be near impossible?

    Hi, Carolyn!  If you were going anywhere other than Walt Disney World, I would tell you that yes, dining will be near impossible.  But it's Walt Disney World!  All kinds of pixie dust and magic happens!

    We travel often with extended family, and that includes vegans, people with gluten allergies, diabetics, people with lactose intolerence, and an allergy to red dyes.  We have it all in my family, and I can stay with every confidence that no one has ever walked away from a meal at Walt Disney World feeling like they didn't have options.

    The best thing to do is ask for an allergy friendly menu.  Most of the restaurants now have them, and they will outline items that are made with specific allergies in mind.  

    You can ask at any restaurant to speak with a member of the culinary team.  They will walk you through the menu (and in the case of a buffet, literally, they will walk you from one end of the buffet to the other) and make suggestions based on your specific dietary needs.  In many cases, they can talk to you about making substitutions to menu items that will make them more allergy friendly.

    Visit the Walt Disney World Special Dietary Requests webpage.  You'll find suggestions there that will help you prepare for dining at Disney World, including information on how to contact the culinary crew prior to your arrival.

    Wishing you the happiest dining experiences ever!
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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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