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  • On Oct 10, 2022
    Paula from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I wrote to special diet team sent me here. I’m unable to eat or drink anything with high fructose corn syrup. Are the ketchup, jams/jellies/syrups are made with sugar or corn syrup? Bottled drinks, juices, tea in restaurants made with sugar available?

    Hi there, Paula - welcome to planDisney!

    I know from my own experiences that it can be a tad frustrating to have a dietary restriction while traveling away from home, but at Walt Disney World Resort, you'll have plenty of options!

    It sounds like you may have already contacted the Special Diets team, but based on your arrival date, I think you should reach out to them again in a few weeks. While many more common dietary restrictions (e.g., gluten, eggs) can be accommodated without advance notice, your request may need additional time to accommodate at Table Service restaurants. The Special Diets team requests that you contact them no sooner than 14 days prior to your arrival. They may be able to provide you with additional resources and information about avoiding high-fructose corn syrup and make any necessary arrangements at Table Service dining locations where you have an advance dining reservation.

    In addition to that, I always recommend informing Cast Members at any dining location of your special dietary needs. This is something they handle all the time, and while you may have more limited options compared to a full menu, many locations are ready to cook up something special to help you avoid problematic ingredients!

    Given what's commonly available in the food world these days, you are likely to encounter high-fructose corn syrup in many items available at Walt Disney World Resort, including those common culprits you mentioned in your question. Most individually packaged or bottled food items will include standard nutrition and ingredient labeling for you to identify and avoid the ingredient. Most locations will also have a binder containing ingredient information for all the items they sell - I recommend asking a Cast Member to see it before making any selections!

    Did you know that you can also bring your own food and beverage items into the Theme Parks? There are some important restrictions, but this is a great option if you already know there is something you will want to have with you!

    I hope this information is helpful as you continue planning for your trip next month, Paula - stop by any time with more questions!

    Ryan J.
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