Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: The Most Magical Table Service Experience

Blogger Street Team member Sandra, who also goes by the moniker Gluten-Free Doll, was diagnosed with celiac disease over ten years ago. She shares her gluten-free adventure on her blog, Gluten-Free Doll, and is divulging today her top tips for the most magical table service experience!  

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Be Flexible

Reservations are important if you have your heart set on a particular restaurant. Especially when considering sought after places such as Cinderella’s Royal Table or Le Cellier Steakhouse. Instead of placing your reservation hopes on a specific time, be flexible. Choose your meal, and see what is available for the duration that it is offered. While this may not be the perfect solution, you will have a better chance of enjoying a meal in a popular restaurant.

You can make reservations for most Disney Restaurant’s online at . Prefer to speak to a Disney cast member? Call (407) WDW-DINE to reserve by Phone. Operators are available from 7:00 am – 10:00pm Eastern.

Persistence Can Pay Off

If you were unable to get your desired reservation, don’t fret. Keep calling and/or checking the Disney reservation website. Disney charges a fee for reservation no shows, so it is possible to have success in claiming someone’s cancellation closer to your preferred dining date. It is also possible, although not as likely, to be granted a table via walk in.

Plan Ahead

The Walt Disney World website provides detailed menus of its restaurant’s. Take some time to explore what is available. There are meal options to meet everyone’s needs and price points. Make note of what the operating hours are for each restaurant. If you have the dining plan, be sure to look into whether or not it is accepted at the locations you have in mind.

Ensure a Smooth Experience

The special diets team at Disney is phenomenal. When you make an advance dining reservation (ADR), have your special dietary requirement noted on each reservation.I would also suggest emailing to confirm what dining options will be available to you.

When you arrive at the restaurant, advise the staff of your dietary restrictions. Ask for the Chef or restaurant Manager to come to your table.

Keep in mind that some Downtown Disney and Epcot restaurants are not owned or operated by the Walt Disney Company. It is possible that their handling of dietary restrictions may be slightly different than that of Disney’s.

Be Practical

Disney reservations work a little differently then what most people are used to. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to your reservation time. Be aware that your table will not necessarily be ready at the exact time of your ADR. You are basically guaranteed the next available table for your party size. Depending on the day and particular restaurant, expect to wait about 15-20 minutes to be seated.

Immerse Yourself in the Magic

Every Disney restaurant has something unique that turns dining into a special experience. Take your time and enjoy the sights and sounds. Disney puts a lot of magic into sit down restaurants. Look at the detail, take photos and don’t rush. Seeing as Table Service meals can come with a hefty price tag, make a point to relax and really enjoy the moment.

Be Considerate

If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel it as soon as possible. You can do this by calling Disney directly at (407)939-3463. You can also do so by logging into your My Disney Experience account and accessing your reservations. Once you cancel via the Disney website, you will be emailed a confirmation of the cancellation.


Have do you have questions about planning your dining? Contact the FACCWDW team here!

And have you booked your extra magical, FACCWDW-exclusive special dining experiences yet? Read about those here.

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