When going out to dinner in an unfamiliar area, we just check the area by talking to the manager/chef without making plans ahead of time. We just talk right then and there. If we're not comfortable, we move on to the next place. We've never been at a loss for a place to eat.
We're heading to Disney in Dec. and honestly, I've heard Disney is so wonderful that we were just going to employ the same tactic there - walk in to place and ask them about it. I'm overwhelmed with this trip already between trying to find a safe airline, Disney packages (cheap or moderate), missing school/work "concerns"...(can you tell we don't travel much?)
Never been to Disney before so I'd really appreciate your experiences related to food allergies.
On Jul 12, 2005
DisneyWorld is a very crowded, very busy place. If you're planning to eat in sitdown restaurants in DisneyWorld (in either the parks or the hotels), unless you want to eat dinner at 8:30 at night or later, you will have to plan ahead and make reservations (or Priority Seating or whatever Disney is calling it these days). This is even without dealing with food allergies. (If you are eating at the fastfood style restaurants, this is not an issue.) If you are planning a character meal, you will want to call ahead as far in advance as they'll let you. (It used to be 90 days in advance, but I bet it's changed since then.)
And if you're already calling ahead to make the reservations, you might as well mention to them that someone in your party has food allergies...
Enjoy your trip!
On Jul 12, 2005
Lots of this information. Due a search or look in the travel section. Lots of good stuff. They are great.
On Jul 13, 2005
I think I wrote a book about our experiences this past May and just last week - we've been there twice this year! Here is my post - hope the link works and if not it is in the travel section here: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum20/HTML/000375.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum20/HTML/000375.html[/url]
WDW is GREAT! Just be sure to note the allergy on the priority seating reservations when you make them. DO NOT WAIT until you get there if you plan to do sit-down meals. You are requested to contact the restaurants a week beforehand. Brenda Bennett at Magic Kingdom Foods is very helpful. She will email you a list of safe items in counter service places and carts and discuss it with you on the phone - email me if you need her number.
I also talked to the chefs at the hotels where we stayed (if you're staying on Disney property) and they made special arrangements for him whenever needed. We loved flying Independence Air down there. Feel free to email or PM me with any questions!
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On Jul 13, 2005
Virgin atlantic is excelent-they banned nuts 4 rows each way!
On Jul 14, 2005
Hey! We just got back from Disney in May. We stayed at Fort Wilderness Campground and did cook some of our own meals, but we also ate out each day. We called ahead of time to inquire about peanut allergy issues. Brenda Bennett was wonderful. We received ingredient lists from the food carts and suggestions on safe places to eat. The list covered egg, wheat, gluten and other allergies as well. I also recieved phone calls at my home from the chefs at Fort Wilderness. We ate at the Trails End Buffet several times. Chef Gary and Chef Terry work there. They took me around the buffet and indicated what was safe and what to stay away from. They also offered to open a new bottle of cooking oil and make her a completely different dinner. We felt very safe eating at this establishment. At $18 to 25$ per person, you want to make sure that you are comfortable with your surroundings and will stay and finish your meal. We ate at the in-park fast food establishments several times as well. I let the hostess/cashier know that we were allergic and I had no problems. I took snacks and drinks in the park in a back pack and took my medication bag with an ice pack and 2 epi-pens. It was searched at every entrance, but we had no problems. There are even several ice cream stores that have separate rooms with peanut free ice creams with no chance of cross contamination. I was so nervous, but we had a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back.
On Jul 14, 2005
Originally posted by Shuleran: [b]Hey! We just got back from Disney in May. We stayed at Fort Wilderness Campground and did cook some of our own meals, but we also ate out each day.[/b]
We stayed for two weeks in 2003 and like the Fort Wilderness Campground so much we came back this April/May and stayed at Fort Wilderness CampGround *this year* for eighteen days. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
We stayed in Big Bear Loop near the Campfire. Our experience was very similiar. The staff was excellent. Among our experiences were the Hoop De Doo (again), Chef Mickey's Character Dinner, Trails End Buffet (during different times of the day), we ordered take out from Davey Crockett's, roasted treats (some from home, some from the concession stand) at the Campfire singalong and outdoor movie nearly every other night. and met so many chef's I lost count. We have a national calling plan and the chefs were a phone number away. They gave me both pagers and direct numbers. However, we were able to speak with Chefs before each meal.
I could wallpaper a small room in wrappers from a few frozen confections we made routine fair after swimming in the pool.
Are those Comfort Stations incredible or what???!
[i]I can hardly wait to go back.[/i] I'm hoping for the fall this year.
Although we stocked up before we got there, I found the Trading posts to have quite a few necessitites and reasonably priced. (as well as irresistable trinkets :cool [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]. Our RV was littered with those mouse bags.
I still have a copy of trails end menu from our stay (not sure if the prices will remain current, but we paid about $72.00 U.S. plus tip [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] for 3 adults (grandma came with :cool [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] and two cubs for [i]dinner[/i] at the buffet. (My debit card statement is littered with such charges [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]) They were almost eager to make *special substitutions* where necessary at no extra charge. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
There was quite a bit of food we brought home. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Just never got the chance to eat it.
What we paid per night at a our site: around 81.00 with applicable taxes and fees. (a deal IMPHO) We brought a golfcart we purchased refurbished second hand. (I *believe* golf cart rentals are about 45.00 a day, if I remember from our first stay).
Oh, and we purchased the trails end coffee mugs (free unlimited refills during your stay of a beverage hot or cold). Our morning routine was coffee and nibbles at the Meadow Trading Post, and a [i]trinket[/i] or two.
I couldn't begin to list *all* we did there, just touching on a few things.
OH, and just as a note, I've been over the debit card receipt numerous times: somehow, someway we made the trip from IL to WDW, in an 178 inch F-350 diesel towing a 31 foot trailer and a 1,000 pound golfcart in an 8ft bed, [i]on less than 250 dollars worth of fuel each way.[/i]
General Disclaimer: I am *not* offering advice in *any* manner or form. Just describing my own personal, highly individual, and possibly unique situation and happenstance. Individual Mileage May Vary. Literally, even. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
On Jul 19, 2005
We live here in FL and have gone to Disney numerous times. It is absolute heaven for a PA kid. They are so careful there and the staff is always knowledgeable about what's in stuff and what he can eat. He always feels very special.
Enjoy your trip!!
On Jul 19, 2005
I checked on most of these myself and feel safe with them except for the itzakoodzles. I called them and they could not guarantee the product safety. The Dole Whip ice cream is great and gives you a nice option for the safest ice cream. I never trust ice cream stores although they say they keep a safe ice cream in the back. Dole Whip has only a few flavours and has no peanuts or nuts at all. Good luck
June 2, 2005
Thank you for inquiring about gluten-free and peanut-free dining in the Parks. Any of our Table Service Restaurants are able to accommodate any type of special dietary restrictions. We keep gluten-free products on hand like gluten-free pizza, pasta and rice rolls. For breakfast they also have gluten-free pancakes. Please ask to speak to a Chef upon arrival to the Restaurant. The Chef likes to prepare these special dietary requests separate so there