Tip of the week: Don't go hungry - call in advance for special meal requests at theme parks
Published: September 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM
You don't have to go without or leave the park to get the food you need or want on your theme park vacation. Parks are set up to accommodate just about any dietary need you have. Gluten-free? Low cholesterol? Peanut free? Theme parks can handle any need or request you have - you just have to know where and when to make it.
Special meal requests aren't just for people with dietary needs, either. If you're celebrating a special occasion - a birthday, an engagement or an anniversary, theme parks can create a special, off-menu meals for those occasions, too. Again, you simply have to ask. (And pay for it, of course.)
So how do you do that? The simplest way is to tell the operator what you need or are looking for when you make a dining reservation. Here are some of the phone numbers and webpages you can use to make restaurant reservations or special meal requests at top theme park resorts. (If there's no advance reservations number, just ask when you arrive at the restaurant.)
- Walt Disney World: 407-WDW-DINE, Special Dietary Requests
- Universal Orlando: 407-224-FOOD, Food Allergies
- SeaWorld Orlando: Allergen Information
- Busch Gardens Tampa: Allergen Information
- Disneyland: 714-781-DINE, Special Dietary Requests
- SeaWorld San Diego: Allergen Information
By the way, did you know that you also can make reservations at the Universal Orlando restaurants via Open Table, the popular online restaurant reservation service? (I didn't.)
For more tips on getting the most from a theme park vacation, please visit our new tips page: 100 Travel Tips for Visiting Theme Parks. And if you some advice for other readers on booking special meals at a theme park, please share it with us in the comments.