Disney World With Kids With Food Allergies
If you are traveling to Disney World with kids with food allergies, let me tell you that the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is truly a magical place! For once, you can take a break from bringing your cooler and know that there will be some safe options and that a member of the kitchen will speak with you IN PERSON before every meal. What a great chance for kids to feel included!
We visited Disney World for the first time when the kids were 7 and 4 years old. My son is allergic to peanuts and soy and my daughter is allergic to eggs. When eating out this means we have to be careful with breads, baked goods, most ethnic foods, and especially desserts.
When you make reservations at any restaurant in Magic Kingdom you have the chance to tell them in advance about your special food needs and they will make a note of it. Then when you arrive make sure to remind the host/hostess. We did this at each restaurant and then when we sat down one of the kitchen chefs would come to our table to personally discuss the children’s needs. They knew most of the ingredients and safe foods for the kids off the top of their heads but if they didn’t they were more than willing to get more information for us. When we ate at The Plaza Restaurant on Main Street, there was a question about an item and they brought out a bound notebook that listed EVERY SINGLE ITEM on their menu along with nutrition information, ingredients and warnings! We were able to look at the notebook and pick safe items for our kids.
One of the signature treats at the restaurants in Magic Kingdom is an ice cream dessert served in the familiar shape of Mickey Mouse. Unfortunately the normal ice cream wasn’t safe for our son, but they used a substitute and made it look just like the other kids’ treats. It made him feel so special and included instead of having to eat another snack we brought from home like he usually does. We received the same service and treatment at Cinderella’s Royal Table where we met an assortment of princesses.
The trickiest of experiences is always a buffet but after speaking with the representative on the phone we decided to go ahead and book breakfast at Chef Mickey’s. When we arrived we once again let them know our situation and someone came and told us what we could and could not eat on the buffet. Although the kids did have to bypass some yummy looking breakfast baked goods, there were several things they could eat and we were appreciative of the information provided to us. With Mickey and Minnie and the other characters walking around to all of the tables, the focus is less on the food than the experience anyway. The other buffet we tried and enjoyed was Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare. The children’s buffet had plenty of safe options and once again they provided a special dessert made in the kitchen that was safe for us.
Very few places go out of their way to provide extensive information and yummy food substitutes and we were so pleased with the experiences we had at Magic Kingdom restaurants. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to look into Hilton Orlando as a place to stay and then enjoy your meals in the theme park knowing you will be safe.
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Know Before You Go
- If you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, be sure to pack adequate walking shoes. The resort is close in size to San Francisco!
- At Universal Orlando™, the general parking is $25.
- International Drive is known as the tourist center of the city – you’ll be close to trendy restaurants, bars, and sightseeing activities.