Disneyland w/ PA?

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 3:09pm
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I'm seeing a lot of posts about visiting Disney World, but we're going to Disneyland in Jan. and wondering about what we need to do to keep our 5 y.o. DS who's a severe PA safe in and around the park. We're staying onsite at the Grand Californian.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 11:38am
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We have been to Disneyland and California Adventure with our DD who is 3 and severe(contact and airborne) PA/TNA and other food allergies. We always bring in our own food.
We have had McDonald fries at a stand that only makes fries and serves beverages. She has also cotton candy and popcorn with out incident. (Its been about a year since we have eaten the food in the park)
We always bring in our own food now.
I would call or ask when you eat somewhere- things change and they are not always careful. I am not sure what kinds of oil they use for the popcorn and the fries.
As far as rides and amusement you should be fine we always bring wipes with us people always eat in line. We have not had any incidents there with our DD. Bring your own food, water bottles ect.
You will have a great time the Grand Californian is a beautiful hotel to stay at and lots of restuarants, too. If you call ahead they may be able to advise you on a safe place to eat or safe food that they serve.
Have a great time!

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 11:39am
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We have been to Disneyland and California Adventure with our DD who is 3 and severe(contact and airborne) PA/TNA and other food allergies. We always bring in our own food.
We have had McDonald fries at a stand that only makes fries and serves beverages. She has also cotton candy and popcorn with out incident. (Its been about a year since we have eaten the food in the park)
We always bring in our own food now.
I would call or ask when you eat somewhere- things change and they are not always careful. I am not sure what kinds of oil they use for the popcorn and the fries.
As far as rides and amusement you should be fine we always bring wipes with us people always eat in line. We have not had any incidents there with our DD. Bring your own food, water bottles ect.
You will have a great time the Grand Californian is a beautiful hotel to stay at and lots of restuarants, too. If you call ahead they may be able to advise you on a safe place to eat or safe food that they serve.
Have a great time!

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 5:54am
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Thanks for the advice. Eating in line is a good point to mention, because what's the next thing those people will touch? That's right--the car your kid is sitting in. I'm curious if anyone's had any particularly bad experiences in any of the So. Cal. theme parks.

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 10:55am
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We did have an anaphylatic reaction at the California Adventure but since then we do not eat in the Parks we bring in our own food. The say their food is safe but there is risk of cross contamination and the definately do not take any responsibility for that. FYI

Posted on: Thu, 12/11/2003 - 9:03pm
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We take our PA/TNA 2-yr old DD to Disneyland (DL) and/or Disney's California Adventure (CDA) at least twice a month and, fortunately, we haven't experienced a reaction there.
We always call ahead of time to make a reservation at one of the sit-down restaurants, usually Ariel's Grotto (character dining at DCA). The number is (714) 781-DINE, and if you tell them about your DS's allergy, they'll make sure it's noted in the reservation. We've been impressed with how many people are aware of our DD's allergy when we get to the restaurant - the person checking us in, the person seating us, our waiter, the chef.
I seem to recall that one of the salads at the Blue Bayou restaurant (DL, near/in Pirates of the Caribbean) might have had walnuts in it. You might want to avoid that restaurant since it's very dark and it might be difficult to see what's in your food.
There's also a restaurant in DL on Main Street (Carnation Cafe?) that serves a 'peanut butter paint' kids meal--I was very disappointed when I saw this on the menu.
The Plaza Inn (DL) has a character breakfast. The Mickey-shaped waffles that they have out have a possibility of cross-contamination, but if you speak to one of the cast members behind the counter, they can make up a safe batch for you. It takes about 10-15 minutes, so be prepared.
Although we always bring lots of safe snacks for DD, we'll usually purchase fruit from one of the many stands throughout the park.
I believe the oil used for the popcorn is canola oil and the popcorn is Orville Redenbacher. When I contacted Con Agra's popcorn division, I was told that the Orville Redenbacher's commercial portion packs are manufactured in a peanut-free plant.
Most of the candy at the gift shops have warning labels on them, so be sure to check them. DD's been wanting the Pooh head lollipops for quite some time but, even though there's no warning, I haven't felt comfortable getting them for her. I really need to contact Disney to see whether they're safe.
DD loves hugging the characters, especially Pooh. There's a 'Meet the Characters' spot in Critter Country with Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore. The only problem I've seen here is that the gift shop next to the line sells 'Tigger Tails' with peanuts on them (Marshmallow or Twinkies? coated in chocolate, rolled in diffent things). I've had to carry DD over an area where someone dropped one--very difficult when you have a squirmy toddler and the line is moving slow. There's also a character spot with Pooh and Eeyore near It's a Small World if you want to be safe. Unfortunately, Critter Country also has the new Pooh ride.
DH and I are always looking out for kids eating ice cream with nuts and checking out the ground and railing while we're in line. We've been able to do this and still enjoy the park.
If you haven't done so already, check out the Disneyland website [url="http://www.disneyland.com."]www.disneyland.com.[/url] Also, you might want to call The Grand Californian to alert them of your DS's allergy. They might be able to give you some tips.
Have a great time! I've been dying to stay at The Grand Californian. Please share your experience when you get back!

Posted on: Sat, 04/02/2005 - 4:09pm
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We just returned from 5 days at Disneyland. First time for our kids, and we're pleased to report that all in all, we had excellent treatment in the food allergy arena.
DW had several conversations with Chef Chris leading up to the trip (see [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum20/HTML/000256.html),"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum20/HTML/000256.html),[/url] and he was really helpful in coordinating things with chefs (where needed) at each of our chosen restaurants! We even met him briefly at the Princess Breakfast at the Plaza Inn - he's really a great guy! (More about that later...)
We stayed at the Grand Californian, and enjoyed the hotel. The one somewhat negative experience (a bit un-Disney) was our first night's dinner at the Storyteller Cafe (in the hotel). The chef working that night took a long time to come to our table, and even then, seemed tentative in his responses (had to go back and check on some things); not the way we wanted to start the vacation (we were a little on edge as it was) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Anyway, we relayed our disappointment to Chef Chris and he was unhappy to hear about this; he went so far as to comp us a meal on Disney at one of the casual restaurants in the park. BTW, the Pizza Port in Tomorrow Land is sponsored by Buitoni, so we were able to take a break from burgers and pizza by getting safe cheese ravioli for the kids there...
Anyway, the best chef experience for us was Chef Chris (a different one) at Goofy's Kitchen (in the Disneyland Hotel). He showed tremendous concern for our situation, and besides walking DW/DS through the buffet to point out all items that were safe, he checked in with us during the meal to ensure that everything was going OK.
This is the first time that DS has ever been able to eat at a buffet, and he even got to indulge in multiple items from the dessert island (safe plate-size chocolate chip cookies, warm chocolate cake, etc.) - he was in heaven!
BTW, if you need to review Disneyland menus as a starting point before talking to Chef Chris for trip planning, you can view them at [url="http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/menus/dl/menus.shtml"]http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/menus/dl/menus.shtml[/url] .
We also ate successfully at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney.
Although we packed lunches most days for the parks, it was just awesome to eat out for dinner several nights in a row - such a change for us, as the norm is usually to have a kitchen and cook ourselves on vacation.
A great time! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 10:24am
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