Having specific dining preferences can be hard in most vacation locations, but when you’re looking at over 400 restaurants at Walt Disney World, there’s plenty of options to accommodate the pickiest of eaters!
Dining with Picky Eaters at Walt Disney World
Let’s be honest – The idea of “picky” is actually more of a comfort thing. Folks like what they like and it’s easier to say that they don’t like something instead of saying that they prefer to eat something that they are used to.
Before we get into the options, it’s important to state that this isn’t about specific allergies and folks who are eating a specific diet or lifestyle. If you want information for these, please reach out to Disney directly and they’ll point you to the right answers.
Picky Eaters at Buffets
The best place to go for simplicity sake will be at buffets or “all-you-care-to-enjoy” establishments. You’re able to choose between classics and basics that will appeal to anyone across the board, and that’s actually the design of the category.
Granted, most of the restaurants are character meals, but you’re able to get some great options that don’t involve the meet & greets.
- 1900 Park Fare @ Grand Floridian Resort
- Chef Mickeys @ Contemporary Resort
- Tusker House @ Animal Kingdom
- Crystal Palace @ Magic Kingdom
- Boma @ Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Biergarten @ EPCOT
- Cape May Cafe @ Beach Club Resort
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Picky Eaters at Table Service Restaurants
As Walt Disney World matures as a resort, the dining continues to grow and become more streamlined for folks who are accustomed to a little more finicky cliental. This is actually part of the training, so if you ask for a substitution or addition, there’s usually a work-around that the kitchen can provide.
Most restaurants will have the following on their menus:
This means that your decision is less about “what restaurants can we visit?” and more “what are the best options of the existing offerings?”
With each table service location, you’re able to provide a little extra information during the booking phase. From dietary preferences, allergies or “other”, you’re going to be able to ask for the opportunity to discuss your options with the chef in addition to your server.
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Picky Eaters at Counter Service Restaurants
Unfortunately, the counter service dining at Walt Disney World is still lacking in flexibility and consistency. This means that you should do your research into specific things that you know ahead of time will make your picky eater happy.
We’ve actually created a Google Doc with the restaurants and go through the menus over at AllEars.net to see what locations are interesting and what we know ahead of time that we can skip.
Kids menus and adult entrees are always able to be modified, but remember ahead of time to keep things within reason.
Picky Eaters’ Snacks
There’s no better paradise for picky eaters than snack options at Walt Disney World! From pre-packaged to hand-made and customizable candy options, you’re able to get a huge variety within a 3-5 minute walk at any park.
Always remember to know ahead of time what your picky eater actually likes because this will save you so much time! Plus, there’s always the The Best Snacks to Pack for a Day at Disney World to help you out for times when you’re in between snacks!
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