Keep kosher at Walt Disney World

Question: How can we keep kosher at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida?

In order to make the most of your stay at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, you need to plan ahead. In addition to planning the best attractions for your family to visit, it is important to plan your meals. And when you keep kosher and can’t feed your family anywhere you want at Disney, it is especially important to research where you can find kosher dining in the Parks. Learn where you can find kosher food at Disney.
Answer: Keeping kosher at Walt Disney World is not too difficult. My family ate breakfast in our hotel room before leaving for the Park, as we kept disposable tableware, cereal and milk in our hotel room refrigerator. Likewise, we packed snacks and sandwiches for lunch which we carried into the Park with us. In addition, we were able to buy OU-certified soft pretzels and drinks within the Parks. And at night we ate kosher dinner at restaurants within the Disney Parks.

Kosher Dining at Walt Disney World: Counter Service, No Advanced Reservations Needed

Each of Walt Disney World Florida’s four parks contains one restaurant that offers kosher meals without advance notice.

In Animal Kingdom: Pizzafari (located on Discovery Island)
In Epcot: Liberty Inn (located in the American Adventure Pavilion of the World Showcase)
In Hollywood Studios: ABC Commissary (located in the Backlot)
In Magic Kingdom: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (located in Tomorrowland)

When you enter one of the above four restaurants, you can ask for a kosher menu at the counter. Meal choices tend to be hamburgers, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese and the like. In addition to the main dish, the meals tend to include a vegetable side dish, starch side dish, roll and dessert. Disney kosher meals, all Glatt kosher, come sealed in plastic packaging.

Since the restaurant workers need to heat each meal individually in a microwave, it can be a bit of wait to get the meals after you order them at the counter. So it is a good idea to send one member of the family ahead by 10-15 minutes to order kosher meals for the whole family.

Kosher Dining at Walt Disney World: Table Service, Advanced Reservations Needed

You can order kosher meals at most Walt Disney World Resort table service restaurants that accept reservations. The key is to call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 at least 24 hours in advance. Some of the restaurants require that the kosher orders be made 48 hours in advance. A credit card is required to guarantee dining reservations.

For a memorable and uniquely Disney experience, kosher Character Dining and Dinner Shows can be arranged. Character Dining means that Disney characters, such as Cinderella or Winnie the Pooh, make rounds in the restaurant in which you are eating, stop at your table to say hello, and take photos together with you. Dinner Shows, such as Mickey’s Backyard BB or Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, include singing and dancing entertainment while you eat. To reserve kosher meals at these special dining experiences, I suggest calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 at least 72 hours in advance.

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