Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Chefs and Table Service

So now you’ve made your ADRs and you’re ready to chow down on some delicious Table Service meals.

GF Fried Chicken

Luckily, Disney’s policy for food allergy folks is pretty simple to follow: consult the chefs or managers at all of the Disney-owned and operated dining locations… which is pretty darn easy to do.

When you arrive

disney special diets stamp

First comers are delighted to know that when you dine at WDW, the chef will come to your table to speak with you. Whenyou arrive to your reservation, you just need to tell the hostess (and often your server) that you have food allergies, and they’ll get the chef for you. Similarly, if you noted on your reservation in advance of your special diets needs, there will be a big ol’ ALLERGY or SPECIAL DIETS stamped on your table printout.

At the table

The server will generally do a drink order in advance, but won’t bring out the food until they talk to the chef. Similarly, if any fancy-schmancy drinks are questionable, you can ask about the ingredients. Though they might not know their allergen-status, if you’re a savvy label reader familiar with what is safe for you, then they can bring out the items for you to read.

If the server doesn’t bring out the chef and you’re a little worried about their knowledge (or lack thereof), simply request it. They might be new, have forgotten, or aren’t familiar with the system.

Chatting with the chef

When the chef comes to your table, they will go over options with you based on your dietary need(s). If there is something that is not on the menu, they may be able to make you an alternative. The odds of this happening are generally greater at signature and higher end restaurants because they’ll have more product and alternatives on hand.IMG_4998

But buffets are never safe!

That’s generally true… except at Disney World. Guests should again speak to the chef at the buffet, and the chef will lead the guest through the buffet, let them know what options are safe or can be modified, and take them from the back to ensure no cross-contamination.

Special meals

The sooner that you can let Special Diets know about your needs, the better… mostly because it will be better for your tastebuds! If you have a hankering for something on the menu that generally wouldn’t be safe, let them know… the right restaurant combined with the right chef can create that extra magical meal.

Can they do kosher?

They sure can! Kosher meals are available at certain Table Service restaurants, and can be requested at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Reservations number: 407-WDW-DINE ((407) 939-3463).

But Table Service restaurants aren’t the only option! There plenty of Quick Service and Snack options, too. Stay tuned! We’ll get those covered next!

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