Ask a Disney Question: Keeping Kosher at Disney World.
This question is for Sarah and Ben and all the other readers who’ve asked us about keeping Kosher on Disney property. The easy answer is yes, it’s possible to do so. Obviously, there are no certified Kosher kitchens on Disney property, so you can’t get a meal made to order as you might with other dietary requests. Instead, Disney provides prepared meals from several distributors. All Kosher food is certified by OK Labs.
Most WDW table service restaurants can accommodate guests who eat kosher. Call 407-WDW-DINE at least 24 hours ahead of time to let them know about your needs. You’ll receive a ready-made, packaged meal that will be microwaved. At buffet style restaurants, you will receive one meal. None of these meals are in keeping with the theme of the restaurant: In other words, you won’t receive Chinese food n the China pavilion. So your meal at Chefs de France might be the same as your meal at Citricos or the California Grill. It’s not ideal, but it will meet your needs, particularly if you’re only there for the atmosphere, such as a character meal. For this reason, I absolutely do not recommend the dining plan, as it’s simply not worth it to eat microwaved food. There are several places off-site that you’ll be much happier with.
Unfortunately, the following restaurants do not serve Kosher meals: Garden View Afternoon Tea, Teppanyaki Dining Room, House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello Yacht Club, Yak & Yeti, Rainforest Cafe, Shula’s Steakhouse, Bluezoo, and Fresh Mediterranean Market.
Some snack vendors have Kosher items. In addition, each park has a location where you can purchase kosher counter-service meals:
Magic Kingdom: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.
Animal Kingdom: Pizzafari.
Epcot: Liberty Inn.
Hollywood Studios: ABC Commissary
The word on Disney message forums is that these meals are decent enough, particularly the Weberman meals, but let’s be honest: It’s still a pre-made meal heated up in a microwave. If you want something special and have access to a car, considering visiting one of the Kosher restaurants outside of Disney World. Cohen’s Kosher Deli is about a ten minute drive from Disney property and is reportedly excellent.
You can also have food delivered to your resort. Kosher Culinary gets very high marks from Disney guests. They’ll delivery groceries and pre-made meals to your resort. There’s a new Whole Foods near SeaWorld that has a nice supply of Kosher foods; I generally find Whole Foods’ prices on specialty foods to be comparable or better than the grocery store. You can also find packaged Kosher foods at any Publix and at SuperTarget (there’s one on Highway 192 that’s very convenient to Disney World).
Some sites you may consider checking for more information:
I liked this database for all things Kosher in Orlando. I’m not sure how up to date it is. Includes reviews.
Chowhound: Local food reviews and recommendations. Has a Kosher sub-forum.
Passporter: Disney oriented message board with a dining board.
Disboards: Probably the most active restaurant board for Kosher food. You may want to do a search.
I hope this helps. Thanks for your questions and please let us know about your experiences and any tips you might have for our readers.
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