Disney World - Info for Special Needs

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There is a very helpful book for Disney World vacations with disabilities and extra challenges:

"PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line", by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma

Info about the book can also be found at http://allears.net/

Walt Disney World Chef and Restaurant Phone #s

Great source for WDW menus: 

When you make priority seating arrangements at WDW, call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) up to 180 days in advance for most restaurants. 

Magic Kingdom Chefs:  407-824-5967
Epcot Chefs:  407-560-6395
MGM/Hollywood Studios Chefs:  407-560-3551
Animal Kingdom Chefs:  407-938-3288

You should also e-mail about your upcoming trip and reservations.  Let them know the dietary restrictions you or your child have.  There is a form that they can give you to fill out and return to them, which will list all of the reservations you have, foods that need to be avoided and foods that can be eaten.  They will, in turn, forward the info to the chefs at the restaurants and may ask them to call you in advance (or you can also ask that they do so). 

The e-mails for the special diets in WDW are:

MGM/Hollywood Studios:  wdwstspecialdiets@email.disney.com

You can contact the chefs at the park where the restaurant is located, but below are a few direct #s that we were also given:
Tusker House (Animal Kingdom) 407-938-2344
Rose and Crown (Epcot) – 407-560-6395
Chef Mickey's (at the Contemporary hotel) – 407-824-3831

Rainforest Café (Animal Kingdom) – 407-938-9100
(Note:  Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex, and some restaurants at Epcot's Word Showcase are not Disney owned.  We found the chef at Rainforest Cafe in Animal Kingdom to be amazingly helpful and accommodating.  They also only charged us for a child's portion there instead of an adult portion as they do in Disney restaurants.  Also note that Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex are also not part of the Disney Dining plan.)

Hotel phone #s (which should also get you to the restaurants at those locations): 

Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas - 407-938-3000
Contemporary - 407-824-1000  (Bay Lake Towers are also coming in Fall 2009)
Grand Floridian - 407-824-3000
Polynesian - 407-824-2000
Wilderness Lodge and Villas - 407-824-3200

Beach Club/Villas - 407-934-7000
Boardwalk Inn/Villas - 407-939-5100
Caribbean Beach - 407-934-3400
Coronado Springs - 407-939-1000
Old Key West - 407-827-7700
Port Orleans French Quarter - 407-934-5000
Port Orleans Riverside - 407-934-6000
Saratoga Springs - 407-827-1100
Shades of Green - 407-824-3400
Yacht Club - 407-934-7000
Swan - 407-934-3000
Dolphin - 407-934-4000

All Star Movies - 407-939-7000
All Star Music - 407-939-6000
All Star Sports - 407-939-5000
Pop Century - 407-938-4000

Fort Wilderness Campground and cabins - 407-824-2900

Kitchen facilities are only available at the Disney resort villas (all of the vacation club locations, which can be rented by non-members), Ft Wilderness cabins, as well as at a surprising location, All Star Resorts, which now has family suites with kitchenettes (sink and microwave, but no stove)!   Those are only in All Star Music right now, but I believe I read they may be added to the other All Star locations in the future.