Busch Gardens Williamsburg revisited

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 6:41am
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I know people had mention their connection to the National Peanut Board but has anyone been lately? Unfortunately, I can't get any info about food from their website. We will be there as well as Water Country this June.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 8:09am
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Hi,
Not sure if this will be any help or not, but I wrote to them some time back asking about the peanuts, and this is the answer I got:
"I have researched your inquiry in depth. It is very difficult to be 100 percent certain whether peanuts, peanut oil, or a derivative are contained in certain products and ingredients. Even if verified, certain ingredients in a product may not be specifically listed if only present a small percent of the time. If necessary, you may bring food into the park in a small cooler that can be left at our First Aid Station. Please stop by our Guest Relations Building and speak to our helpful staff about this issue BEFORE you enter the park.
Thanks again for visiting our website. Once again, I do apologize for the length of time it required for us to respond. Should you have further questions, please contact our Customer Service Information Center at 1-800-343-7946."
This was such a disappointment, especially after Busch Gardens Tampa (we have relatives all over, I guess) actually _called_ me to talk to me and tell me about all of the options in the park (and there were a lot). We ended up not going to BGW -- used to love the park back in my glory days, ha ha, but I just didn't get those warm fuzzies from their CYA answer, KWIM?
If you go, I hope you have a (very safe!) blast. They have the best rollercoasters. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Jamey

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 12:01pm
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Thanks for the (I totally agree with you) CYA letter. When you went, did you find that it was easy enough to find safe food? Was there a lot of peanut oil, etc.?
We usually "wing it" with the food (don't bring our own food) when we go to parks because there is almost always a pizza place or something that we can eat safely.
Yes, I have been well informed about the great rollercoasters as my husband is a total rollercoaster enthusiast geek! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/15/2006 - 12:33am
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well, we decided not to go to Williamsburg at that particular time, so I can't help you at all there. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] After we got the BGW email, I was checking into Williamsburg and found that just about all of their "authentic" restaurants served peanut soup, which just struck me as a real bummer. I seem to recall that I read somewhere that there are open containers of peanuts in some of the shops, so the whole idea kind of made me antsy. We're hoping for a future trip -- it's such a nice area.
Have fun!
[PS I remember you from a US Air post -- does that news rock or what? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ]

Posted on: Mon, 05/15/2006 - 1:31am
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We went to BG in W'burg in fall 2003. I emailed them and got the same response, but my sister called them and spoke to one of the park managers in their admin offices. He was super helpful and gave her several options for me. (At the time, I was only avoiding dairy because I was nursing a newborn who was allergic to milk.)
We ate in the Irish section, and the workers went out of their way to help me. I ate the Irish stew.
I did bring safe food with me just in case.
My advice is to call ahead and ask to speak to the food service manager.
Please post your results, because I want to take my kids there again when we move back to the States.
Anne

Posted on: Wed, 05/17/2006 - 3:07am
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Thanks for your help everyone!
Mimi

Posted on: Wed, 06/21/2006 - 2:47am
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Hi. I just wanted to leave an update as we have returned to our trip to Busch Gardens and Water Country. They are both owned by Anhauser/Busch so the food selection is very similar. Neither park used peanut oil (at least at the main eateries). The desserts selections were the same in both parks.
We avoided the desserts but actually the only one that looked "nutty" was the carrot cake. Almost all the eating places offered fresh fruit with whipped cream, chocolate pudding with whipped cream, jello, chocolate cake, carrot cake, and cheesecake. We still avoided all of these though because of the carrot cake. I would have liked it if the fruit was not served by the same person who was handling the cakes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
We were at Water Country for two days and Busch Gardens for 1 1/2 days. Both parks sold Dip n Dots and interestingly there was no PB or nutty flavors as choices. This may have been a safe choice but I wasn't sure so we didn't bother.
I also saw popcorn and funnel cakes but I did not ask about these. We did let my kids eat cotton candy without having any problems.
The first day we ate at Oktoberfest which is a huge building that you can get pizza, sandwiches, salads, and German food (i.e.hot dogs, turkey, sausage, knockworst with cabbage, potatoes)etc. No problems here.
The only problem that we encountered was on our second day at Busch Gardens. We went to the "Smokehouse" in France which is mainly chicken and ribs but also salmon and a few other things. It wasn't until we were right up there selecting our food when I happened to see on the inside food list an item that came with a peanut sauce! It wasn't listed on the outside menu so I had no idea until we had already gone through the line. The sauce was being served by the same person who would be handing you your chicken strips or mac and cheese! The least they could do is have it prepoured into cups to prevent cross contamination! Anyway, we had to leave the line and ended up going back to Germany instead.
Anyway, aside from that near mishap, all was fine and there were no reactions. In Williamsburg, we stayed at the Hampton Inn. The choices varied day to day but the kids were able to eat several good choices without problems and the hotel also has fresh Krispy Kreme Donuts too! In fact the only thing with obvious nuts that I saw were one of the muffins that they served. Otherwise, everything else looked fine. I only let them eat it once though!
The town itself had tons of restaurants. We avoided the quaint taverns as many serve peanut soup and supposedly use peanut oil. We ate at Red, Hot and Blue which was great.
We also ate at Captain George's seafood buffet but I ordered chicken strips and fries off the regular menu for my son. They don't use peanut oil and the only nuts that they had were on the dessert table.
Another night we ate at the Golden Corral. We totally stayed away from the dessert bar as there was all kinds of no nos all over the place but the regular food was totally separate from this and there were no nuts there. We got the kids mac and cheese and fried chicken. They were happy.
You're probably thinking that after all this junk food that my kids are fat. I could lose a few but they are actually quite skinny!
Anyway, now we're home and they will eat more healthily. The main thing was that they could eat safely though!
We had a great time.

Posted on: Wed, 06/21/2006 - 3:01am
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Glad to hear you had a successful trip. Thanks for sharing, I'm sure it will help someone else in the future.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 8:09am
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Hi,
Not sure if this will be any help or not, but I wrote to them some time back asking about the peanuts, and this is the answer I got:
"I have researched your inquiry in depth. It is very difficult to be 100 percent certain whether peanuts, peanut oil, or a derivative are contained in certain products and ingredients. Even if verified, certain ingredients in a product may not be specifically listed if only present a small percent of the time. If necessary, you may bring food into the park in a small cooler that can be left at our First Aid Station. Please stop by our Guest Relations Building and speak to our helpful staff about this issue BEFORE you enter the park.
Thanks again for visiting our website. Once again, I do apologize for the length of time it required for us to respond. Should you have further questions, please contact our Customer Service Information Center at 1-800-343-7946."
This was such a disappointment, especially after Busch Gardens Tampa (we have relatives all over, I guess) actually _called_ me to talk to me and tell me about all of the options in the park (and there were a lot). We ended up not going to BGW -- used to love the park back in my glory days, ha ha, but I just didn't get those warm fuzzies from their CYA answer, KWIM?
If you go, I hope you have a (very safe!) blast. They have the best rollercoasters. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
------------------
Jamey

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 12:01pm
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Thanks for the (I totally agree with you) CYA letter. When you went, did you find that it was easy enough to find safe food? Was there a lot of peanut oil, etc.?
We usually "wing it" with the food (don't bring our own food) when we go to parks because there is almost always a pizza place or something that we can eat safely.
Yes, I have been well informed about the great rollercoasters as my husband is a total rollercoaster enthusiast geek! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/15/2006 - 12:33am
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well, we decided not to go to Williamsburg at that particular time, so I can't help you at all there. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] After we got the BGW email, I was checking into Williamsburg and found that just about all of their "authentic" restaurants served peanut soup, which just struck me as a real bummer. I seem to recall that I read somewhere that there are open containers of peanuts in some of the shops, so the whole idea kind of made me antsy. We're hoping for a future trip -- it's such a nice area.
Have fun!
[PS I remember you from a US Air post -- does that news rock or what? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ]

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