Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: we want your experiences!

Part of our Friday Trip Planning experiences involve you, of course! We know that Walt Disney World is amazing for those with food allergies, and we love to share our own experiences with others so they feel safe when they travel to the most magical place on earth.

Whether it’s making plans before your trip, talking to the Special Diets department, or choosing your dining options, we’ve got you covered! Stay tuned as we navigate pre- and post-trip travel, snacks, cross-contamination, non-Disney dining…. and more!


But we want your voice, too. If you’d like to share your safe allergy dining experiences, feel free to add them to the comments below! But if you have a lot more to say than will fit in a comment, drop us an email if you’d like to guest post — we’d love to have you!

If you’re just tuning it, get all our tips so far here!

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. Continue reading

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: The Special Diets Department

So now that you’re familiar with a little basic Disney trip pre-planning, the next step is to contact the Special Diets calling special diets at WDWDepartment.

At Disney World, dealing with Special Diets is truly an area of their expertise! Chefs can offer substitutes and food options so it makes it easy (and delicious) to dine safely. They can easily accommodate the top 8 allergens, as well as corn and other special diets, such as low sugar, low fat, low sodium, PKU, metabolic disorders, other food allergies, and vegetarian/vegan.

However, the best way to receive these perks are to first do you research, then contact the Special Diets Department. They have a wealth of information at their fingertips and can give you the low down on options available and where to get them. Even better, they’ll send along your dietary requests to the chefs at the locations where you’ve booked your ADRs, so you’ll have nothing to be concerned about.

The Special Diets Department recommends that you email them about 2 weeks before your trip, that way, your reservation is fresh in the mind of the chefs and they can help make your meal just that much more magical. They can be contacted at

What about cross-contamination?

No need to worry at WDW! They go to great lengths to ensure that you can dine safely. Our next post will talk about the chefs at Disney and the magic that they create!

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: pre-trip planning

Though it’s possible to visit Walt Disney World without pre-planning, you’ll get a lot more out of the experience with a few steps beforehand. Having staff and chefs prepared for your visit will ensure that not only you eat safely, but you have a lot of options, too. So planning is the key!

But first a little Disney Dining 101.

Disney World often offers promotions for free and discounted dining, which means dining reservations, known at Disney as Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs), are essential for any table service, sit-down meal (think: restaurant-style).


For fast food dining, known as quick service (and sometimes referred to as counter service), you won’t need any ADRs, but knowing what is available for special diets diners at these locations is very handy for pre-vacation planning.

Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: an overview

For many guests with special diets, planning a vacation–of any kind!–can be stressful. And traveling somewhere with plenty of food options, such as Walt Disney World,  can seem daunting with a special diet in tow.

Magic Kingdom Castle

Because of this, we’re constructing a series of planning tips for folks who are heading in for the first time with a special diet. We understand that guests might wonder what they will be able to eat and if the food will be safe, particularly those guests with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, food allergies and food sensitivities. I mean, who wants to experience cross contamination? We know it can have debilitating results and, let’s be honest, spending your vacation sick (or having a sick family member) is not what a vacation is all about. Continue reading

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