Sometimes we want to eat a little, well, quicker than waiting for a Table Service dinner, and there are plenty of Quick Service options scattered throughout Disney World that are super Special Diet friendly. But navigating them to get the best experience possible is key.
Unlike Table Service restaurants, where you make a reservation in advance, at Quick Service restaurants you check in at the ordering podium and you let the cashier know that you have a special diet. They will then page a manager, who will bring a binder with their ingredient lists and go over your options.
The manager will take your order and then handle its preparation from start to finish themselves. The food will be prepared in a completely separate area from the other food, and some locations do have dedicated fryers for things like allergy-friendly chicken tenders and french fries. Sometimes food preparation at Quick Service can take a little bit longer than it normally would, so there might be a slight wait–especially if you make a special request. For example, many locations do have the allergy-friendly chicken tenders, but if you have a soy allergy, they are fried in the same fryer as the french fries (which contain soy), so they will likely offer to bake them instead… which tacks on an additional 20 minutes or so.
Before they go prepare your meal, the manager will either have you wait at the food pick-up counter, or if there is going to be a longer wait, they will bring it to your table. Often they also hand you a pager, so if you want to walk around (but stay close by) you’ll know when your meal is ready.
Some Quick Service locations offer more options than others, especially for those with multiple food allergies. We’ll outline locations specifically as we go long with these posts, but feel free to ask us about your favourites and we can share our experiences (and folks can add more in the comments).
But for the most part, if you follow the protocol above, you’re good to go! But, let’s be honest, we do have our favourites…