Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 6:15am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We are going to Disney (Get me out of this snow). Does anyone have suggestions for handling meals for my PA son. Disney Dining was not helpful at all. They said to ask everywhere, which we do anyway, but I'm not sure we could trust the answers from overworked staff. I would love to here from anyone who has been there.

Posted on: Sat, 02/21/2004 - 10:26am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

There are a few threads on this topic so do a search. We went in Oct and had the greatest safe time. I have all the information that was faxed to me from the head chef and his assistant and I called them sooooo many times. They sent me a safe list of foods and then I checked them myself and found some that I was comfortable with BUT I did find one that was definitely unsafe and I called them and they took it off their safe list so do your own checking for sure. I would love to give you everything but my computer is down now but should be up next week so I am on my husbands. If you still need information please e-mail me directly next week and I will help you. I will say that at every restaurant we went to the chef came out and talked to us and we were so thankful. I took a photo of my daughter eating a huge plate of spaghetti and meat balls. I was still careful about what I ordered and kept it safe and simple but I also know they were very careful too. You definitely need to make reservations ahead of time for them to accomodate you and the chef can then prepare himself. We stayed at the Grand Floridian and ate dinner there every night but at the MAgic Kingdom we ate at a great Italian Restaurant as you enter the park on the right you will see it. I felt good about eating at that restaurant while at the park since if we had to get out of the park quickly to go to a hospital we would be right there at the entrance. My biggest concern were the amount of kids eating peanuts and peanut products even in line!!!! I went through sooooo many wipes and wiped down every ride as soon as we got on. Even the chefs assistant told me to bring lots of wipes and wipe down everything.
Dinner time so I must go... good luck and have fun.

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 9:42am
JanetB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2004 - 09:00

Disney was WONDERFUL to deal with. We went in September. Their staff was knowledgeable and did everything to make my son safe. Every restaurant we went to knew ahead of time of the allergy (I phone ahead for reservations). The hostess had a list of the children with allergies - there were always a handful. The head chef comes to the table and walks me through the menu!! And they'll special order ANYTHING if it makes you more comfortable. We will be going back - they are fantastic! Enjoy your trip!!

Posted on: Sun, 02/22/2004 - 1:23pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Not sure if you can get a kitchen or microwave in your unit, depending on where you stay, but that is a possibility as well(though you perhaps already have your reservations).
Anyway, we travel with our waffle iron or a sandwich maker(smaller) and can use it to heat our chicken nuggets in a pinch, make pancakes, and if your child likes, grilled cheese, etc.... Then we would go to a grocery sotre for fresh fruits, cereal and milk and such. You can do pretty well with cold foods if you have a cooler, access to ice or a fridge. Just so you do not have to do every meal at a restaurant.
I have no experience directly with Disney. However, my dd is so picky to boot, the only thing she would eat ina restaurant woud be french fries, plain pasta, or chicke fingers/nuggets(if no egg), so we need alot of our own food. The egg allergy adds to it as many fryers fry things with egg batter or the chicken has egg batter.
So, just sharing our travel solutions in general. HTH! Have a blast! becca

Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 4:31am
deegann's picture
Joined: 07/27/2003 - 09:00

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Posted on: Mon, 02/23/2004 - 6:41am
punkinsmom's picture
Joined: 12/07/2000 - 09:00

We just got back yesterday from Disneyworld and had a wonderful experience. I did not call ahead as we didn't make eating plans ahead of time. We asked at restaruants and they always brought out the chef. The chefs we spoke to all seemed knowledgable about allergies including cross contamination. There were several items we were told to stay away from because they did not make them and they could not ensure the safety. We had absolutely no problems.

Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 12:12pm
NutlessinNJ's picture
Joined: 02/23/2004 - 09:00

Just got back from there and had a wonderful experience. We took our 4 year old there for his birthday. The restaurant staff is really good about the food allergy situation.
We had a birthday dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern in The Magic Kingdom and we told the waiter that our son was allergic to nuts so we had to make sure the food was safe. The head chef came out to the table to assure us that they did not make anything with nut products. The only thing that he could not guarantee us about was the birthday cake because they ordered it from an outside source but they had never had an incident before.
We also ate at Epcot at a pub in England and the same thing happened . We alerted the waiter to the allergy and the head chef came out to speak with us directly and assure us that the food was safe for our son.
Now mind you that we were there during the busiest week of the year. The week between Christmas and Newyears and they were still very vigilant about our concerns.
The only place I would warn you about is MGM Studios. If you go to see Fantastics...which I might add is a fabulous water show with laser lights, dont eat the hotdogs. Not because of allergies but I think they kept them at unsafe temps. My son got sick that night and I had tasted his hotdog and it wasnt very good. They also have a kids "lunch box" at the show that has a PB and jelly sandwich in it. Eat before the show at one of the many restaurants.
Have a great time and just remember to tell any and all your wait staff that there is an allergy and they will be very helpful.
Have fun

Posted on: Thu, 02/26/2004 - 3:38pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

If you are going to Florida, BEWARE of the Wolfgang Puck Restaurant!! My son had a reaction there last year--he had a cheese pizza, and got hives all over his face. I asked if they use any peanut products, and apparently they have peanut oil in their salad dressing. It could have been a cross contamination issue.

Posted on: Fri, 02/27/2004 - 7:27am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

I recently called Disney to make our priority seating arrangements for our trip to DisneyWorld this summer. The gentleman on the phone made note of my son's allergies and commented that the chef would speak to us when we arrived and that if possible they would avoid using nuts that day.
You can reach them at 407-WDW-DINE.
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