The following is a summary of responses to a question posed to the PKU Listserv group by a parent about travelling to DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida. The group shared these tips:
We've had a lot of questions on where to eat at Disney. These are our favorite restaurants. We've kept a notebook and wanted to share some information that might help you when you come to DisneyWorld. This is only for DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida.
As noted above, you can make a priority seating by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Tell them you have a medically restricted diet and they will give you the number of the restaurant directly to speak with the Chef.
Restaurant: Coral Reef
Location: EPCOT - Living Seas presented by United Technologies
Description: Dine at the base of a 40' aquarium watching sharks, sea turtles, and other tropical fish. Theater style seating and all technicolor views are excellent.
Special requests: Chef Keith Schockling (407) 560-6784 or (407) 560-7292
PKU notes: We called and asked Chef Keith to order penne pasta directly from SHS by calling 1-877-482-7845. He pureed fresh tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. He also made a nice mixed green salad w/vinagrette dressing. The dessert was scoops of mango and raspberry sorbets along with a black Mickey Mouse-shaped low protein cake.
Restaurant: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Location: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Description: Western vaudeville dinner show in Pioneer Hall Theater (singing, dancing, jokes). Regular menu is served family style from buckets featuring barbeque ribs, fried chicken, corn, strawberry shortcake, salad, bread. Show lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. Shows daily at 5:00, 7:15 and 9:30 pm.
Special Menu requests: Tara (407) 824-2803
PKU notes: They prepare a large salad with Italian dressing, grilled vegetable platter, and fresh fruit dessert.
Restaurant: Wolfgang Puck
Location: Downtown Disney Westside (across from Cirque du Soleil and DisneyQuest)
Description: Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck serves all of his famous dishes including wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas.
Phone: (407) 938-WOLF Chef Rick Ney
PKU notes: We brought a box of Loprofin a few days before and Chef Rick Ney prepared the best pizza with fresh garlic, tomatoes, onions, etc. Our son said it was the best pizza he ever ate and wants to go back (must be the oven...our creations don't taste like that!).
Restaurant: Chef Mickey's Buffet
Location: Disney's Contemporary Resort (4th floor on the monorail)
Description: 100 foot buffet featuring Chef Mickey, Minnie Mouse,Goofy, Chip & Dale and Donald Duck.
Phone: Chef Mark Dollard (407) 824-3674
PKU notes: Chef Mark called SHS and made SHS penne pasta with fresh tomato sauce. He also prepared a nice fresh fruit salad with raspberries and pineapple. The buffet also includes fresh vegetables, mixed salad greens, roasted potatoes, fruit. High protein includes prime rib and peel and eat shrimp. Chef Goofy features his cupcake extravaganza where you decorate your own cupcake with him. Birthdays are celebrated with group singing, balloon, special cupcake dessert and a specially signed birthday card (with advanced notice).
Restaurant: Hollywood & Vine Cafe of the Stars
Location: Disney's MGM Studios
Phone: Joe Karnath (407) 560-5381 (or Peter Simonini, Jerry Hunley)
PKU Notes: Chef Joe made the every popular SHS penne pasta with fresh tomato sauce. This is similar to Chef Mickey's and features a large buffet with mixed salad greens. Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale are dressed in classic 1940's Hollywood attire and visit every table for autographs and photos. The food is excellent.
Restaurant: Sci Fi Dine In Theater
Location: Disney's MGM Studios
Phone: Chef Javier Pareja (407) 560-3359 or (407) 560-7830
Description: Dine in a real car at a classic drive-in theater watching old science fiction movies.
PKU Notes: Chef Javier is one great guy and will fix whatever you wish!
If you dine at any location and are happy with how they accomodated diet needs, let them know. After your experience, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org We've learned that the compliment will go in the employees' personnel file and means a great deal. We've found that they know we want to come back and are starting to keep more products on hand, even visiting Publix in Tampa to buy special low protein products for when we visit.
The consensus seems to be Disney World is a great place and the diet doesn't have to be a problem. With a little advance notice and preparation, everyone will have a GREAT time!