- Plan ahead! You can never be too prepared for a trip. There are so many great tools out there to help you plan ahead such as websites and books. Two websites I find to be most helpful are the Disney World website which lists their menus and answers most questions you have. They also have a separate website called the Moms panel which is a group of moms and a few dads who frequent Disney so you can ask them questions and they do their best to answer it in a reasonable time. Another website I find helpful is Allears.com It is not owned by Disney but it is just as helpful as the Disney website.
- Once you make your reservations online or over the phone you can add any allergies to your reservations to give the restaurant a heads up on what to expect.If you are making a reservation online once you get to the last page before you confirm your reservation, this is were you can add special requests. Click on the add button and it will take you to another screen.Once you are on the Special Request Screen you can add your allergy requests by checking off the boxes that pertain to you. Also if you need more assistance you can e-mail Disney at SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com or call (407) 824-5967
On our very first trip to Disney World I had e-mailed the chefs ahead of time to make sure they knew we were coming. This was super helpful when dining at O’hana. The Chef said she was able to put aside a brand new waffle maker just for my son to make sure it would not be cross contaminated for him! I have also called Disney before (the number listed above) to order special cakes for special occasions.
- Tell your server you have an allergy in your party. Disney is so wonderful when it comes to accommodating you and any food concerns you may have. Just be sure to remind your server so the chef can come out to the table and speak to you. Once the Chef comes over, you can let them know all your allergies. They will do their best to create something for you. I have been to a few restaurant’s that were unable to make my son anything because he has so many allergies. But this is very rare & luckily I had already brought a back up meal for him just in case Disney was not successful in accommodating him. So when in doubt bring a meal or snack from home. Disney allows you to bring food into all of their parks & most restaurants. We have never had an issue bringing special food from home for our boys with allergies.
- Be sure to write down any names of Cast members that went above & beyond for you and your party so you can let Disney know at the end of your trip. Disney loves to reward the cast members who made your trip extra magical.