Dealing with Dietary Restrictions & Allergies at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World restaurants work hard to accommodate guests’ special dietary needs. When you make a dining reservation online or by phone, you’ll be asked about food allergies and the like. When you arrive at table-service restaurants and buffets, alert the host or hostess and your server.

Almost all Walt Disney World restaurants have dedicated allergy-friendly menus available; ask any cast member for a menu when you arrive at the restaurant. Allergy-friendly menus cover most people and offer a wide variety of food. For example, the Magic Kingdom’s Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe offers 14 entries for guests with seafood, nut, grain, egg, dairy, and soy allergies, as well as options for Jewish guests who keep kosher.

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Also, Disney chefs at many sit-down restaurants have adapted their dishes so that almost anyone with a common allergy can order off the standard menu. At Narcoossee’s, for example, every item on the standard menu has been adapted to the allergy menu. For more information, email or visit the special dietary page on the web

To request kosher or halal meals at table-service restaurants, call 407-wdw-dine 24 hours in advance. All Disney menus have vegetarian options; most can be made vegan without having to talk to the chef. Still, vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians should speak up when making dining reservations. 

Those with special diets and a sweet tooth should try the vegan, gluten-free, and kosher treats from Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, with locations at Disney Springs and many Disney hotel food courts. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC specializes in (mostly) allergen-free products. You can also order special-occasion cakes and baked goods. Call 407-938-9044 or 855-462-2292.

For guests who are subject to allergic reactions that can be severe or life-threatening, Disney provides epinephrine injectors (EpiPens) at First Aid Centers and other locations throughout the parks. These locations are shown on guide maps. Nurses and emergency responders are trained in EpiPen use, but guests with known conditions should always travel with their own supplies.

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For all there is to see and do at Disney Springs check out The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa.


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