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Posted on: Wed, 08/11/2004 - 10:47am
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We are leaving for DisneyWorld in 2 weeks. We have made reservations for almost all our dinner (will be there 10 nights). The reservations line have put in our computer record that my daughter has a peanut allergy. They also have given me a direct number to the kitchen at each restaurant, and told me which day (usually one week, then 24 hours in advance) to call and talk to the chef at each place. When you make reservations, they can tell you whether or not this restaurant can accommodate your allergy. Then, when you call the chef, he can make specific accommodations -- having different ingredients on hand, using separate utensils, pans, etc. I have read on general travel boards that everyone has had great experiences traveling to Disney. They seem to "get it."

Posted on: Wed, 08/11/2004 - 12:41pm
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yes, they get it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] We will be there on the 18th and I can't wait. Calling the chefs tomorrow to discuss PA and a few other food allergy issues. I may even fax them the info I have ahead of time. Looking forward to the royal treatment there. It is not like they look at you like you are out of your head as many other restaurants do!
Arlene

Posted on: Thu, 08/12/2004 - 8:23am
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When you call the chefs for each Disney restaurant, WRITE down the name of the person you talked to, and the date. Last year I jumped through all the hoops: had the PA info in every priority seating. I called all the chefs the week before the trip. When we checked in at each restaurant, I told the host/hostess and the server about the PA.
When we arrived at Cape May Cafe (in Disney's Beach Club resort), the chef came out and was almost belligerent, saying I didn't warn anyone. I hadn't written down the name of the person I talked to at the restaurant the week before. He claimed it wasn't even in the computer. I made him look at the record with me....and the PA info was there. He sort of apologized and made a lot of excuses. And my 4 year old son was left with little that was safe for him to eat.
This was the only bad experience we had the whole week.
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Jean
** son allergic to peanut and watermelon**

Posted on: Thu, 08/12/2004 - 8:33am
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THANKS! for that advice! I might not have thought of it. Funny, I'm so used to doing CYA at work and I think I get so sick of it, I never think to do it in my personal life -- probably where it matters the most.

Posted on: Thu, 08/12/2004 - 10:09am
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Jean,
Thanks for the heads up. We are staying at the Yacht Club so that may be in our itinerary. I already have my folder of stuff and I will put Anita's name in it. That's who I spoke to today.
Arlene

Posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 10:27pm
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I forgot to mention that the chef at Cape May said that IF he had known we were coming, he would have had the pastry chef make a special dessert for us.
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We still think Disney is great for allergic people. We are going back in December. This time staying at the Poly. I know Ohanas is out because too much peanut, but Kona Cafe is okay. And the Grand Floridian and Contemporary are easy enough to get to on the monorail...

Posted on: Wed, 11/17/2004 - 10:18pm
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Quote:Originally posted by jeancbpugh:
[b]I forgot to mention that the chef at Cape May said that IF he had known we were coming, he would have had the pastry chef make a special dessert for us.[/b]
The chef at Cape May made A.J. a safe birthday cake this past July when we were there. I cried because it was the first baked good of any kind that A.J. has eaten that I did not have to make. It was really touching. The entire restaurant sang to him. The best part was, I did not know anything about it. They knew about his b-day and his allergies and took it upon themselves to do it.
Jaime [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/2004 - 10:31pm
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Hi,
We just returned last week from a trip to Disneyworld, it was our first vacation since our dd was diagnosed with PA, and let me tell you, the chefs and staff were wonderful!
We also made priority seating arrangements, but me, being a big scatterbrain, confused a couple of the times. They were still able to accomodate us, and at each restaurant the chef came to our table and spoke to me and dd (who is almost 3 years old) about what she could and couldn't eat. I really felt as if they "got it".
It was a wonderful trip, I hardly worried at all. If only every dining experience was that great!
Good Luck and have fun!!
Kim

Posted on: Sun, 12/12/2004 - 1:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by jeancbpugh:
[b]I forgot to mention that the chef at Cape May said that IF he had known we were coming, he would have had the pastry chef make a special dessert for us.
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We still think Disney is great for allergic people. We are going back in December. This time staying at the Poly. I know Ohanas is out because too much peanut, but Kona Cafe is okay. And the Grand Floridian and Contemporary are easy enough to get to on the monorail...[/b]
Please tell us how your stay at the Polynesian was! We are going in April with our dd who is PN/TN. Where should we eat there and what must we avoid? Did you go to the luah dinner? My daughter wants to see them eat fire!

Posted on: Sun, 12/12/2004 - 7:08am
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I'll let you know when we get back. I won't be doing the Luau.

Posted on: Sun, 12/12/2004 - 10:29am
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We're heading to Disney at the end of January with our three children. The oldest is 11 with PA and TNA. The youngest is 2 and is egg allergic. I've been reading all the posts about Disney and I'm hoping I can relax and enjoy the vacation.
We're planning on quick breakfasts in the room (have a fridge reserved) and bringing our own snacks. Lunch will be in the parks-my kids will be happy with the basics.
We've made priority seating for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review and the Liberty Tree Tavern character dinner. We were given the numbers to call and remind the restaurants about the allergies.
This is our first major vacation with the kids so far away from home. We usually do weekend trips within a couple of hours of home. We picked Disney not only because it will be fun for us but because they seem so allergy aware and make it as easy as possible for families like us.
32 days and counting.....
Hope everyone's trips are fun and uneventful.

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