Posted on: Tue, 12/17/2002 - 3:46am
Lindka's picture
Joined: 06/21/1999 - 09:00

Has anyone on the board had experience of visiting DisneyWorld in Florida.

I have a 10 year old daughter with severe nut allergy and we hope to plan a visit from the UK next year.

We would like to get as much information as possible beforehand.

I can't find anything from the Disney sites, have you any contacts, emails, telephones - ANYTHING that would help us keep safe.

Many thanks, Merry Christmas to you all.


Posted on: Tue, 12/17/2002 - 6:13am
DadofTwo's picture
Joined: 09/13/2002 - 09:00

Disney world was SO accommodating to my son's peanut allergy this past april when we went. We have never felt more save than when we were there. Anywhere that we went to eat (that was owned by Disney), we would tell them about my sons allergies, and before we even finished explaining to them about his allergies, the head chef came over and talked to us. It was the best experience we've ever had at a restaurant...and it was consistent, regardless of where we ate inside or outside of the park, even at the Ice Cream Parlor on Main street.
Now I know why they say it's Magical...the experience truly was...and so we booked again. We're going back in April!!!
You do have to be careful outside of the park and be sure to mention about your childs allergies...we did go to a restaurant that was not owned by disney and they informed us that they do use peanut oil to fry even the french fries, they offered to bring him Carrot Sticks for dinner...needless to say we left there, went across the street to TGIFridays (owned by disney) and they were just as understanding as everywhere else!!!
We could only be so lucky if everywhere where like Disney World. One final suggestion would be to call ahead where ever you decide to eat and address it ahead of time, and you should be fine.
Have a great time.

Posted on: Fri, 12/20/2002 - 2:47am
McKenziesMom's picture
Joined: 03/05/2001 - 09:00

My 12 year old daughter went to Disney last February. She was accompanied by my aunt and uncle - it was a birthday present for her from them. They stayed at the Disney All-Star Resort, which is a moderate/budget Disney Resort, but they couldn't have been more accommodating. The chef went through the entire menu, took them through the cafeteria, and on a couple of occasions, made a special dessert for her. Anywhere they went in Disney, they were met by helpful and cooperative restaurant staff.
She is allergic to peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, shellfish, so she's pretty limited.
She took her own treats from home, so the only thing she missed out on was Ice-Cream, we just decided she should avoid that altogether.
We, her parents, were worried sick all week, and I really mean SICK, it took me about 3 months to recover from the stress, but the video they made of her enjoying the trip is worth every minute of stress she went through.
There's so much more to do at Disney than eat, so she just didn't make food a big thing. Ate what she was sure of and forgot about the rest of it.

Posted on: Fri, 12/20/2002 - 11:48am
bacheli's picture
Joined: 12/20/2002 - 09:00

We too took our daughter to Disney. We contacted the head chef for the park several months prior to our trip. We ended up meeting the chef and were able to personally thank him for everything he did for us. Not only did he inform all of the restaurant managers, he arranged a personal chef for my daughter at Goofy's Diner. The chef made her anything she wanted on BRAND NEW bakeware!! Needless to say, Disney is #1 in our books.

Posted on: Fri, 12/20/2002 - 3:17pm
nutcase's picture
Joined: 09/16/2002 - 09:00

We love Disney World Florida. They are so accomodating. We just went back there this past June(that being the third time) and had the same special treament as always. Our son has a peanut allergy and we had no problems what so ever. We could really relax while eating out and that is unusual for us! It is a good idea to call the restaurant ahead of time to explain the allergy. We chose priority seating most of the time and ate in sit down restaurants. The chef would come out every time and gather info about our son's allergy. Alot of the restaurants there do not have anything peanut because of the allergy being so serious. One of our favorite restaurants to eat was the Rainforest Cafe. I am not sure if that is Disney owned, but there is one in Downtown Disney and right outside of Animal Kingdom. We can't wait to go back again!! I know I am writing this in the wee hours of the morning, but I just got down Christmas cards. I saw this topic and just had to respond [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]. You will definately have a great time.

Posted on: Sat, 12/21/2002 - 1:57pm
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

We were at Disney last summer. Be very careful if you rent a car and go to any gas stations or convenience stores in Florida.
We saw lots who had boiled peanuts...at least the signs were in the windows advertising it.

Posted on: Sat, 12/21/2002 - 8:04pm
Lindka's picture
Joined: 06/21/1999 - 09:00

Thank you all so much, the feedback seems to be so positive at Disney. The other area I have to tackle is the airlines from UK to US and returns. That's the next topic on my list.
Merry Christmas to you all and thanks again.

Posted on: Mon, 12/23/2002 - 5:32am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Just adding my two cents. Disney is the BEST when it comes to ANY accommodations for kids!
We went this last summer with my two PA children, one of whom is autistic, and three other children (step-son and two of his half-siblings).
Not one employee of Disney gave me the "durrr" look when I inquired about peanuts. All of them understood the allergy, accommodated it and were ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. Our whole family got a "Guests with Disabilities" pass because of my son's autism (high functioning, at that, but no way would he have made it if we had to wait in lines!) and he even eventually rode some rides on the last day.
I cannot say it better than the others in this discussion, but Disney is pure Magic and absolutely FANTASTIC when it comes to kids and families and good, SAFE, healthy experiences.
Do come. You and your child will be so happy you did.

Posted on: Mon, 12/30/2002 - 3:07pm
momof4's picture
Joined: 03/26/2001 - 09:00

I am so glad to have run across this discussion since we are planning a trip in July with my inlaws and I was so worried about it all. It is only a 2 1/2 hour drive away, so it won't be so bad, but was so worried about her eating anything. I look forward to the trip now, sort of, I will have 4 kids one which will have just turned wonderful two [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/05/2003 - 1:57pm
nancy023's picture
Joined: 12/12/2002 - 09:00

My family goes to Disney lots. We have only had two troubling experiences. At Epcot in the French restaurant there was a language barrier problem, and at MK on the main street the chef gave bad info about Wonder Bread in reference to my son's soy allergy. Also, in Nov. at Epcot there were nut roasting carts in some parks. That said, Disney is really great about the PA and most restaurants have ingredients lists. Make dinner reservations in advance and inform them of the allergy whenever possible.
In two restaurants that could not guarantee their food was nut free, they gave my son free gifts instead (a bakery on the Boardwalk and Hard Rock at Universal).

Posted on: Sun, 01/05/2003 - 2:46pm
doreen's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

We've been to Disney twice, and they are WONDERFUL!
Well, that being said, the people there are still people that don't understand all aspects of food allergies. I know for a fact that Rice Dream ice cream is NOT peanut-free, yet they offer this as an alternative. I'm really not saying this to bash Disney -- you can't get any better (we bought a timeshare) -- just to note that no matter where you go you have to take charge.


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