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Just got back, had a GREAT and safe trip. Ate out all the time, counter and restaurants alike. The chef came to our table at Chef Mickey's to answer my questions about nuts (there were no peanuts but there were nuts on the toppings table for the ice cream, we just avoided that dessert and she had the deocrate it yourself cupcake!) Ate at a McDonalds in ANimal Kingdom, twice at Chef Mickey's (once for dinner and once for breakfast) and another restaurant in our hotel (the Contemporary) and had room service. Basically they lived on chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese! (both or their favorites). Not too many fruits or veggies in disney world but hey, we were on vacation! Actually, when I did pick up a couple of apples for them they were overjoyed! They loved the mickey mouse shaped ice cream sandwiches and everyone was very helpful when I asked about ingredients or to read lables, etc. Some of the places did serve PB&J sandwiches but when I passed on those counter places I saw that they were prewrapped. any questions let me know! it cost us a FORTUNE but me and the kids had a blast (mr. crabby daddy is another story LOL)

On Mar 6, 2001

Thanks for sharing your experience at Disney World. We are booked to go in July and already I am panicing about the flight and eating out etc.... It is very encouraging to know they take our concerns seriously and are helpful. I have been reading the pre-medicating thread with interest...I will check with her doc before we go just to see what he thinks about the issue.

On Mar 6, 2001

you can actually call the chefs in the restaurants you plan on going to in advance as well but I was comfortable waiting till we got there. I always give my kids an antihistamine before flying, not for the PA but for their ears. This trip they both were still getting over a cold when we left so they both had some pediacare. On the way back the same. The nice part on the way back was that it was an evening flight and they slept the whole flight!! (yeah) although the little one nursed in her sleep the whole way (ugh) We also made sure to wipe down the tables with baby wipes when we ate at one of the counter restaurants in Disney, just in case! Have a great trip, the kids had a blast and all my worrying ahead of time was for nothing! Even Delta airline pulled their PB&J sandwiches from all the children's snacks on our return flight, though they had told me they wouldn't do that prior to our trip! I heartily suggest the character breakfasts, they have them at a bunch of different places, in the parks and in the resorts! Even my little one was crazy about the characters by the end of the trip. I also suggest, depending on the ages of your kids, getting autograph books for them. My 5.5 year old's favorite part of the trip (other than buying LOTS of souveniers) was getting as many character autographs as possilbe! I think she got about 28 while we were there!

On Mar 7, 2001

Sounds like a wonderful trip...we can hardly wait..the kids are super excited and July seems a long way off for them right now! I am alternating between being excited about going and anxious about reactions...so far the excitement is winning, but I wonder how I will do as the date gets closer! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Mar 7, 2001

we just made sure to wipe off table tops with baby wipes, stuck with the basic food groups (ie, french fries, chicken nuggets and mac and cheese!) which is all they wanted anyway and we were fine. Actually, the warm climate I think helped her other environmental allergies as she hasn't been coughing at all since we got back home! (she seems to have a bit of a chronic nasal drip during the winter, I think also caused by the dry heat) you will be fine and the kids will love it. How old are your kids? My 5.5 year old LOVED getting autographs, that and shopping were her favorite things!! We spent most of our time looking for and waiting for character signatures. Once she got an autograph, she pretty much had no use for them, except of course at the character meals! Where are you staying?

On Mar 7, 2001

We are headed to Disney in a couple of weeks. We'll be camping at the Disney campground. We are traveling with another family and will be taking things as they come but I am happy to hear of some postive experiences. I'll be sure to have back up food for him just in case.

On Mar 8, 2001

My daughters are (or will be in July) 8 and 5.5. It is my 5 year old that is PA. The company we work for has corporate property that we will be staying at. We haven't been there before but it is 4000 sq. ft. house (with maid, pool guy and gardener) about 5 minutes from DisneyWorld. I haven't even been there and I have told my DH I want a house like that!!! So most of our meals will be at the house...just lunch and an occasional dinner out to fret about. We sure can't wait to enjoy the hot weather. It is very cold up here right now and summer seems a long way off. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Mar 8, 2001

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I want that house TOO@@@!!! Make sure to do a character breakfast, the one at Chef Mickey's is great! Even the older kids like getting up close and get their pictures snapped with mickey and all the gang! Yes, we could all use a bit of sunshine here on the east coast, thats for sure!!

On Mar 8, 2001

Hope - which province are you in? Here in Ontario, it's not so much the cold as the 10 foot snowbanks lining the streets!! Enough already!!

I just wanted to let you know that even if you don't book a character breakfast in advance, the characters are always willing to pose with your child for pictures. We went to the Contemporary resort (Chef Mickey's) with my then 8-year-old son, and we've got some great snaps of him fooling around with Goofy.

We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge (pricey!) the first year it was built ('95) and while we didn't have PA to deal with, the staff was unbelievably accomodating with everything. We got a terrific room with a double bed for us and a bunk bed for my son. They really do strive to make you a satisfied customer at Disney World! Have fun! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Mar 8, 2001

We are heading to Disney in April, and staying just outside one of the gates at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. We have a kitchen, so we will make breakfast, bring a lunch with us, and venture to restaurants in the evening for dinner.

We did this last year with no problems.

I am looking forward to a change in the weather after our very snowy Canadian winter!

On Mar 9, 2001

We are in Manitoba...in Winnipeg. The last 3 winters have been so mild we have been spoiled. We had such a cold snap here I just wanted to hibernate. Can't do that though...got to get the kids to swimming, brownies, ringette etc...you know how it is! Although we haven't had more snow than usual this year, some parts of Canada have been literally DUMPED on! No wonder we like to head south at least once a year! Can anyone tell me what the insects are like in Florida in July. We cope with nasty mosquitoes up here in the summer, is there any other biting/stinging insects there I should know about? We ordered one of those DisneyWorld video tapes...hasn't come yet. I am hoping it has lots of info on it. Has anyone seen one of them before?

On Mar 9, 2001

Hope, I ordered one of those videos in January, I am STILL waiting, we already got back from our trip LOL. Seriously though, it takes some people months to get it. There is a great discussion site for all you guys going to disney (or just thinking of it) I don't have the link here at home (I left work early due to a disasterous, and I mena HORRENDOUS attempt at blood donation at the semi annual drive they have at my office. Can we all say SUPER DUPER HEMATOMA!!!) but I can get it on monday when I am at work. Its great and it has all sorts of boards re: WDW (abbreviation for disney world), Resort Boards, Theme Park Boards, Transportation Boards, Tip Boards, RUmors Boards, etc. Its really cool and had a few good tips that we used!

On Mar 9, 2001

We stayed at the Disney Campground the first time we went and everyone had a wonderful time. I will tell you that it is the finest campground I have ever been in. Our kids did not want to leave the campground for the parks after they made friend there. The Hoop Dee Doo (sp?) Review is there, as is the River Country Water Park. The general store there is nice, and the boat shuttle to Magic Kingdom is great. Its just a hop,skip, and jump from there over to the Kingdom. You also have the buses to choose from as far as transportation. Hope this helps.

On Mar 13, 2001

Thanks for the info dhumphries...I am beginning to think a week won't be long enough to 'get it all done'!

Mom2two...what an awful experience...I know donating blood is a great thing, but I have only been able to do it twice. Nothing went wrong, I just have this gigantic fear of needles. (you would figure having two children would have cured me of that!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]) When you are back at the office, I would appreciate the web address....take care.

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On Mar 13, 2001

Hope, Here is the link, it has some good info sometimes.

[url="http://www.wdwinfo.infopop.net"]www.wdwinfo.infopop.net[/url]

On Mar 20, 2001

I just got back from Disney and had a great time. We ate at Tony's Italian Restaurant in Magic Kingdom and had a great experience. The chef came out and told me what had peanuts and nuts in it. They usually bring a pesto sauce out with the bread but he told the waitress not to bring it. He said they use no peanut oil due to allergies. The kids meal comes with icecream. I was worried since they usually roll it in pecans, so instead of worrying about cross-contamination, the chef walked two doors down just to get my kids fruit bars. I was really thrilled at how thoughtful they were. The Nascar Restaurant outside of Universal uses peanut oil and so does House of Blues at Downtown Disney.

On Mar 23, 2001

We just got back from Disney too. It was a WONDERFUL trip. We did not have any reactions. When we went to Animal Kingdom we stopped at Guest Services and they got the head chef on the phone. They advised us as to which places they would suggest to eat. We picked from the choices they gave us, and then the head chef called and told them we were coming. We ate at the Rainforest Cafe ($60 for lunch- a little spendy for us, but since they closed at 6 p.m. it was the only meal we ate there) The chef did actually come out to our table to talk with us- so it was worth it. The other parks treated us well too. If you are looking for a place to eat outside of Disney-we ate at TGIF's on Irlo Bronson Pkwy(on 192, I think) They were excellent. Probably the most allergy aware place we ate. The manager brought the food labels to the table so we could read the ingredients ourselves. They were very aware of the cross contamination issue. As far as fun places to go, if you have kids age 6-7 and older try Universal Studios. We didn't know what to expect but our kids liked it better than Magic Kingdom. The highlight of our trip was Discovery Cove where we swam with the dolphins for 1/2 hour and snorkeled all day. We bought our Disney tickets through Affordable Travel when we got to Florida. They were the cheapest place of all the places we checked-we called on the phone and they delivered them to the hotel. This was definitely a wonderful family trip. Hope some of this info is useful to someone.

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