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Walt Disney World and Disneyland have introduced a new procedure for guests who need special care taken with their food due to allergies. The roll-out includes approximately 120 quick-service and table-service locations, buffets are not included at the moment.

“Over the years, the number of guests with food allergies and intolerances has continued to grow. In 2013 alone, our cast members assisted with more than 650,000 special dietary requests. These new allergy menus are another way in which we can provide high-quality, safe and more accessible alternatives, and the best possible dining experience for guests with specific dietary needs,” said Gary Jones, chef and culinary dietary specialist for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

The new menus highlight allergen content for each menu item, allowing guests to make informed choices without having to consult a chef or manager.

Previously, if you had a food allergy, you had to speak to a manager or chef at the location who would then to back to the kitchen and supervise your food prep. This new procedure will allow guests to save time if they want to. A chef or manager is still available for consult if desired.

As a family, we’ve had to use the old system a number of times. We always found Disney to be very prepared and ready to assist those with special dietary needs. However, it was not always convenient to wait for a chef or manager to talk with, so this new system could be a big help.

Check out a sample menu here.

Have you every visited Walt Disney World or Disneyland with someone who needed a special menu for food allergies? How was your experience?