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Old 03-12-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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GF & Vegetarian & Dining Plan...Oh, My!

We haven't been to Disney in several years, since before my sons were diagnosed with Celiac. I am excited to see all of the gluten-free options in the parks and resorts, but I am a little concerned about our next trip, because they are also vegetarian. In the opinion of the forum Disney gurus, should I try out the dining plan? We never have before, but it seems the way to go now. Or should we just plan to pay for our food? I think I'm worried about being locked into specific places to eat that might not accommodate the GF + vegetarian necessity.

I know I don't have a high post count, but I have been lurking and learning on the boards for many, many years. Thank you!
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:42 PM   #2
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I am gf and went this past summer. I was able to eat everywhere the rest of my group wanted to eat. Just make sure you make the cm aware of your allergy before ordering.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:36 PM   #3
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Dd has celiac and we have gone to Disney every year for the past 12 years, and never had any problems. She has been able to eat at all the restaurants ( qs& ts) with a lot of gf choices. We did try the dining plan maybe 5 years ago and did not have any problems with it. I feel that Disney is one of the easiest places to visit on a gf diet.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #4
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I think you'll be very happy with the options! I had a vegetarian stew that was gluten free at the Wave in the contemporary, for example. There are many vegetarian options and the chefs can typically accommodate for allergies.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #5
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It's very rare for the dining plan to be a good financial decision regardless of dietary needs, but with dietary needs it can be even more difficult because it forces you to get a dessert but at many (most) locations that's just cookies/brownies and/or ice cream and/or sorbet, though some TS locations will doctor it up into a nice sundae. Without the dining plan you have more flexibility to go elsewhere to find a special treat from a cart or kiosk or even just skip dessert.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:06 PM   #6
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i definitely think you will find something for them to eat, QS will be the bigger challenge. depending on their age you may end up with Amys mac and cheese or frozen pizzas.

i think you need to do some serious menu researching on this one to figure out pricing and where you will plan on eating to get them the best choices. i would say veggie options cost less than salmon or steak, so unless you are doing character buffets it may cost more to get the plan. i have heard there can be an upcharge for GF items (bread, waffles, dessert etc) which can add to the meal cost, but have heard its rarely enforced (i always do free dining so im not sure).

also as others have said, you do often get the same cookies everywhere for dessert, i have taken fruit a few times or passed it up on the dining plan. for ex. last trip i had a great meal somewhere, and the only desert i could have was a dole fruit cup.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:05 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. We decided against the dining plan; the cost of food isn't really an issue. We usually take all four of our kids with us, so I think with only two of them this time we will end up spending less than we usually do. I guess I'm mostly worried that my kids will be eating a constant rotation of GF pizza and pasta and not much else. We will have groceries delivered so snacks and cheese and hummus will be on standby. And we're not going until September, so definitely doing serious research!
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Since you're no longer considering a dining plan, that does open up a lot more options than just GF pizza and pasta which would be what they'd be pretty much limited to with kids meals with only a few exceptions. When paying OOP you can choose a much wider variety of items, especially at TS restaurants. At CS restaurants there won't be much more but you can choose things like vegetarian chili (Columbia Harbour House) or baked sweet potatoes (fruit stand beside CHH) or lots of opens at Sunshine Seasons and more. At your resort, the chefs will have lots to work with. Your biggest limitation was going to be the dining plan so now that you're not using it, your options have burst wide open. Well, I'm assuming the dining plan was a limitation but I don't know your kids ages so that may not be true. If they're 10 or older then they could have ordered whatever entrees they wanted but for the 9 and under crowd they can only choose kids meals with a dining plan.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:33 PM   #9
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I should have posted their ages, they will be 9 and 13. We haven't told our 20-yr old twins they're not coming with us, but they are in college and hopefully won't break down in tears. I didn't even realize the dining plan required ordering from a children's menu; we have never done that with our kids before at any restaurant, there has never been anything they can eat on one. I feel better and better about this.

Thanks again to everyone and if you think of great options for gluten-free vegetarians, please let me know! My dh is on his own for research...he's vegan. But he's a grownup and can worry about himself!
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