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Old 08-03-2011, 05:07 PM   #136
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No it's not worth it...unless you have people in your party who like to eat all day. There are only three restaurants in each park that participate and except for Louie's at the Studios, there are much better places you can try.
I'm going to add that quote to the sticky.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:12 PM   #137
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the meal deal is only valid from 11:00 to 30 minutes prior to park closing.

no breakfast is available at the counter service in the parks.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:00 PM   #138
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Your colomn is my guide to my first trip to Universal !!Thanks to you I have a much better idea of where to go to eat with 8 Special Needs folks I and my friend will be taking to Universal sometime next year !!
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:42 AM   #139
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Your colomn is my guide to my first trip to Universal !!Thanks to you I have a much better idea of where to go to eat with 8 Special Needs folks I and my friend will be taking to Universal sometime next year !!

Any info that you can bring back about special needs dining would be much appreciated. I'd like to be able to help more in that direction.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:38 PM   #140
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Any info that you can bring back about special needs dining would be much appreciated. I'd like to be able to help more in that direction.
I will be happy to do that!! I will be taking a group of 8 to Disney in October, but as a Veteran of Disney I am familiar with the dining options , but I have never been to Universal Studios and so lean heavily on veterans like yourself for ideas. Usually the group will all be ambulatory ( no wheelchairs) but there disabilities will range , some may have hearing or vision problems, some autism and the list goes on !! The biggest challenge can be to find places that have a variety of foods so all have something they can or will eat !! One of the questions I ask before the trip is for info on their food likes and dislikes and of course any allergies. You see usually we do not meet these guys till we get to the airport . By the time we part company we are all good friends and totally at ease with each other !!It is truly a rewarding experience for us Escorts !!
I can definately let you know how the food choices were , how the staff reacted and treated our guys , all of which could help you assit other vacationers with special needs folks !!
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I'm taking a food allergic child in November (Thanksgiving Week) for our first trip to Universal. Disney is fantastic in working with families with allergies, will Universal also work with us? My son's allergies are fairly extensive.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:28 PM   #142
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Has anyone been recently? Are there ANY vegan options at Islands of Adventure?
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #143
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Has anyone been recently? Are there ANY vegan options at Islands of Adventure?
Check out the food sticky. I've listed any vegetarian and vegan options that I could find.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:47 PM   #144
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I'm taking a food allergic child in November (Thanksgiving Week) for our first trip to Universal. Disney is fantastic in working with families with allergies, will Universal also work with us? My son's allergies are fairly extensive.
You need to call guest services. They will have their head chef contact you and let you know what you can eat. Individual restaurants will prepare stuff specifically for you if necessary.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:19 PM   #145
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I just got back a few weeks ago I'm a light eater at theme parks as it's toooooooo humid for me and I get whiny.


In Islands I ate at 3 broomsticks and had the soup and salad platter and an ice tea. I got the potato leek soup and it was amazing. It's not vegan but vegetarian. The prices are reasonable too. All that plus tax was under 10 bucks. I also went to the hog's head and had an ale and a butterbeer at one point both vegetarian. The ale is vegan and pretty good. I ate at Bubba Gumps too and the veggie burger is the best burger I EVER ate. It is portabella based and has avocado on it. AWESOME!!!!

I read through the menu sticky Damo created and made a list of all the places I wanted to try and the items I could have. I carried that with me so I would feel prepared. I had a fine time finding food for me!

If you have a car then I advise hitting the super target down the I-4 and grabbing some groceries. I did and it was great to have my favorite yogurt for breakfast each morning and cheaper diet cokes

Also,MelanieC's report was very helpful to read over.
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are you able to make reservations for dinner at the hard rock cafe? or is it just walk up - first come first serve? Also does staying on site get you any benefits in making reservations?
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are you able to make reservations for dinner at the hard rock cafe? or is it just walk up - first come first serve? Also does staying on site get you any benefits in making reservations?
By staying onsite you get priority seating. It is a list just for onsite people. You can also go here to make advanced reservations...


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By staying onsite you get priority seating. It is a list just for onsite people. You can also go here to make advanced reservations...


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awesome thanks! Do i just walk up and show my room key to get the priority seating? Or do I have to notify someone before we go?
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awesome thanks! Do i just walk up and show my room key to get the priority seating? Or do I have to notify someone before we go?
Just show your room key when you arrive at the restaurant. You don't have to call ahead or let anyone know ahead of time.
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Do not I mean do not eat at Mel's Diner. It was the worst meal I have ever had!!
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