Guests with special dietary needs, such as food allergies and intolerances, at the Walt Disney World Resort will now have access to printed special dietary menus at quick service locations throughout the theme parks. These printed menus will be similar to those that guests get to look at when they first arrive at a quick service location, often handed out by cast members.
Guests can then look at a printout which will indicate menu suggestions based on some of the most commonly requested special diets including: gluten/wheat, dairy, soy, egg, peanut, fish and shellfish. For example, a guest who is gluten free at Columbia Harbour House will have options such as Amy’s Rice Macaroni & Cheese, Allergy Chicken Tenders and French fries, Garden Harvest Salad with Chicken and more. If a guest has a special dietary need that is not covered on these new printed menus, they will still be able to consult the food allergy binders which each quick service location carries. Disney recommends that all guests with special dietary needs still consult with a Disney cast member when ordering food to ensure proper handling and minimize any potential risks for cross-contamination.
At this time, only select locations carry the new printed menus (including Columbia Harbour House at the Magic Kingdom); however, each quick service location will eventually offer such a menu. Menus are being implemented in phases, beginning with those locations that already offer allergy friendly menu options. The benefit to these new menus is that it helps guests get a better sense of whether a quick service location has offerings based on their dietary need without making the guest wait in a long line only to find out there are no safe options. In addition, it will help streamline the process for the guest, lessening some of the wait times that typically occur when ordering with a special diet. As mentioned, guests should make sure to contact a Disney Cast Member when ordering, even if these sheets are readily available.
Stay tuned to Chip and Co for the latest information about these new menus and to view actual menu offerings from select locations, head to Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW for the current listings, as they become available.
When Sarah isn’t sharing planning tips about the Walt Disney World Resort, you can find her at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW where she writes dining reviews and shares tips and tricks about dining at Disney with a special diet.
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