It’s taken a few visits and some trial and error, but we had such a great experience with halal food throughout Disney when we went back to Disney World this past August (and with relatively minor hiccups).
First and foremost, it is very important to research and plan ahead of time what restaurants on the Disney property you are going to eat at, and make a reservation ahead of time. A lot of the reservations at the Disney restaurants fill up quickly months in advance, so plan ahead… and if it’s a last minute trip — keep looking — reservations do open up.
Most Walt Disney Parks and Resorts table service restaurants that accept reservations can accommodate Halal meals if requested at least 24 to 72 hours in advance. I would just suggest doing it about two weeks prior to your trip if possible, so you have time to go back and forth with any questions you may have. To request it, there is a Special Diets form you fill out and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my experience from August 2019, at each of the restaurants where I had made a prior reservation, as soon as I alerted a staff member upon arrival, I was told that the Chef would come out and speak to me and my guests so they could be sure to accommodate what we were looking for.
Here’s a few places we ate at during our most recent trip in August 2019:
At Chef Mickey’s, not only do you get to enjoy a variety of items in their buffet including things like guava pastries and Mickey Mouse waffles, but the halal steak and grilled chicken were absolutely delicious!
At Spice Road Table in Epcot, we enjoyed their steak
At Cosmic Ray’s in Magic Kingdom (this is a quick service restaurant, with no reservation required ahead of time). we had chicken and beef burgers that were served in a Mickey Mouse bun:
The best part is that the halal options are not just limited to the restaurants that require prior reservations — not only have I had halal meals delivered to my resort through room service, but I was told that halal meals are readily available at the following Theme Park Food & Beverage quick service locations with no advance notice needed:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
- Satu’li Canteen
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
- ABC Commissary
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
- Sunshine Seasons
- Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table (can vouch for this one – see above)
Magic Kingdom Park:
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (can vouch for this one – see above)
- Tony’s Town Square
It’s sort of become a late night tradition that whenever we go to to Canada, we go out for nachos and desserts with our cousins.
A couple of weeks ago, I was craving those particular nachos… so decided to make my own version. The only thing I did differently was that I had diced avocados in mine… because who doesn’t love avocados?
Here’s what I use:
- Tortilla chips
- Taco seasoning
- Chicken, cut into very tiny pieces
- Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne paper (to taste)
- Nacho Taco Blend Shredded Cheese (the one I use is a combination of Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese that is seasoned with spices)
- Avocados, diced
- Tomatoes, diced
- Cilantro, minced
Here’s how I make my nachos:
- I take the bite sized chicken pieces and I marinate it with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. On low to medium heat I cook the chicken until it’s almost done cooking. Add the taco seasoning, and let the chicken absorb the flavors.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line your baking tray with tortilla chips.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on all the tortilla.
- Add the layer of chicken.
- Bake in your preheated oven for about five to seven minutes, until the cheese melts completely.
- Once you take it out of the oven, add the diced tomatoes and avocados on top. Sprinkle the cilantro last.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.