We recently returned from a family reunion down in Florida, which included a stop at Disney World. Part of my desire to bring the kids there was that the park has a reputation as “the gold standard” in how they treat their customers with dietary restrictions, and I was curious if that was hype or not. It’s not.
Though we’ve had positive experiences dining out with Amelia at all sorts of places, the level of care and professionalism Disney exhibits goes beyond anything I’d seen before. When someone in your dining party has an allergy, they send out a chef to talk over the menu with them. Instead of focusing on the things she couldn’t eat, the chef made it seem like Amelia could have anything she desired. End result: she felt special—not left out or embarrassed—by his attention and enthusiasm and I felt confident that he understood what it meant to cook for her safely.
We didn’t get to see it for ourselves, but last week Disney even opened a special kiosk at Animal Kingdom where guests with food allergies or celiac disease can get information on which restaurants can best accommodate them, and also pick up a variety of snacks without gluten or the top allergens.
Have you been to other places that even come close? I’d love to find out.