Food Allergies, Special Diets Continue as a Focus at Disney Parks

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Walt Disney Worlds culinary department has long prided itself on its hands-on approach to providing allergen-free food. In 2011, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts received the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Corporate Leadership Award for its commitment to food allergy awareness, education, and management. That year the parks and resorts accommodated nearly half a million special dietary requests due to allergies to gluten, wheat, shellfish, soy, lactose, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, or eggs. If you or a member of your traveling party have a food allergy, your first step is to make sure its noted when you make your Advanced Dining Reservation – as far out as 180 days and as close as 3 days from arrival. Youll find a spot to notate this on the dining website, or you can advise the phone operator if youre using the phone number (407-WDW-DINE). Next, you can email the Special Diets Department at for personalized assistance. When you arrive at the restaurant, make sure that your server brings out the chef or manager on duty so that you can discuss the allergy and agree on a safe meal. If youre at a buffet, a chef will assist you in selecting foods that are safe to eat, and can even have specially prepared foods, such as a specially-made salad, if cross-contamination is an issue.


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