Being an Orthodox Jew is not always easy, especially while traveling. Knowing your dining options can make your Walt Disney World vacation less stressful. The purpose of this blog series is to get some information out there and hopefully make your life somewhat easier. Let’s begin with kosher counter service options on property.
There are several resorts on property that have counter service kosher food on demand. These include the three All-Star resorts, Pop Century, both Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Gasparilla Island Grill at the Grand Floridian, and Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge. At these resorts you will, on average, have the options of pizza, hamburgers, chicken fingers, mac and cheese, and – of course – salads. It’s also important to note that not all cast members are aware that kosher meals are available as they are not posted on the menus. The best thing to do is ask to speak to a chef or manager if you get a blank stare from the cast member behind the counter.
In addition, all four parks have at least one kosher counter service location. In the Magic Kingdom you can find kosher food at Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland. In Epcot, you have two options, the Liberty Inn in the American pavilion and the Electric Umbrella in Future World. You will find your kosher quick service meals at the ABC Commissary in Hollywood Studios and Pizzafari in Animal Kingdom. You “should” have your choice of bagel burger (think bagel dogs with burgers), potato croquets, corned beef, bagel dogs and chicken nuggets at all of these counter service locations with the exception of Pizzafari, which serves pizza, as well.
All of these meals are Glatt kosher and prepared under the supervision of the Organized Kashrut (OK). Prices vary upon location, and no advance reservations are necessary. If you are planning to stay at one of the resorts that offer kosher meals at their quick service locations, I recommend calling the resort a few weeks before your stay and letting them know that you’re coming so they can stock up. That way you won’t be disappointed when your little one desperately wants mac and cheese and all they have are hot dogs. At the theme park counter locations your options will vary. The cast members will let you know what they have available when you order.
Finally, all Disney owned sit down restaurants offer Kosher meals, but only when reservations are made 24 to 48 hours in advance. In addition, there are also some off-site Kosher options, one of which will actually deliver to Disney Resort guests. There are even minyonim (prayer services with at least ten men) you can get to. More information will be covered in a future article. As always all reservations and requests can be made by calling 1-800-WDW-DINE or you can call the Disney Special Diet line at 1-407-824-5967.