Great Disney-Allergy Experience

Posted on: Mon, 11/11/2002 - 10:00am
BostonMary's picture
Joined: 06/02/2002 - 09:00

Just got back from 4 days at disney and I was so impressed with how we were able to eat at Disney, despite my daughters mutiple allergies (peanuts, soy, beans, peas). We stayed at the Wildnerness lodge and ate a number of times at the restuarant there. The chef came to our table and was very helpful. We also did a character breakfast at Cinderella's castle, MGM, and Animal Kingdom...all without any problems. I didn't think it was going to be possible. I was very pleased. Hard to find snacks within the park, however. We ended up eating a lot of chips since thye were labeled and were "safe".

Posted on: Mon, 11/11/2002 - 11:37am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thanks so much for posting this. Is this anywhere near the Polynesian Village? We're 100% set on where we'll stay, but it's great to know about the safe eating places.

Posted on: Tue, 11/12/2002 - 11:34am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

I know you didn't ask me but...
The Wilderness Lodge is not near the P. Village. The Village is near the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary.

Posted on: Thu, 11/14/2002 - 7:47am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Chicago - thanks for the post - I figure the P.village isn't going to be the safe place to eat (been there before, food excellent but not for p.a. kids that I remember). We loved the P.Village last time (entertainment, etc.) so really want to stay there with Syd this time around).

Posted on: Sat, 12/28/2002 - 6:31am
mchammond's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

We also had a positive experience at Disney recently. If you call ahead, you can make all of your dinner reservations. That will put the allergy on record with the chef and they will keep the kitchen safe. They will also tell you the resteraunts to avoid (they have several that keep peanuts on the tables). It was recommended not to eat at any of the fast food places. A backpack with frozen drinks kept our sandwiches cold until lunch, not mention saving a pile of money!

Posted on: Sun, 12/29/2002 - 12:54am
BONNY's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

Which park did they say not to eat at the fast food stands? I called Disney, well, about 2 years ago and they said in the Magic Kingdom the fast food stands did not use peanut oil or any peanut / tree nuts. I thought that was encouraging. I seem to remember that there is a fast food place near space mountain that is large and circular that seemed to not serve any nuts. We have been thinking of going with our kids maybe this spring or summer but haven't been able to do my research yet. I thought it would be easy having the fast food stands to rely on, did they say why you should not eat there? thanks

Posted on: Thu, 01/02/2003 - 6:32am
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

We were there a few years back, and had no trouble with any of the fast food (burger, chicken nuggets) type restaurants. There is a McDonald's at the Animal Kingdom that we got kid's meals at and we ate at others through out the park with no problems. Of course, we did ask about the oil, etc. and took no chances in eating any where they served any nut or nut products.

Posted on: Thu, 01/02/2003 - 11:10am
mchammond's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

We were planning on MGM, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard park, and Epcot. The person that took our dinner reservations told me that they would not guarentee the fast food type places. I didn't go into any more detail as far as which ones. Honestly, we did go to some for drinks and other things (not for my son) and they were clean and well organized. Being on vacation, I just took the statement as a "may contain" and avoided all of them.

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 6:29am
jeancbpugh's picture
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

We've been to WDW 11 times. They are very allergy aware.
We always eat in sitdown restaurants, and try to make reservations ahead of time so the chef can be prepared. At the buffets (Cape May, Chef Mickeys) we are usually told to avoid the baked goods, because they aren't baked there so they can't guarantee the safety.
The hardest place to eat with PA is Boma in Animal Kingdom Lodge. When the chef toured me through the buffet (the chef will ALWAYs come out and talk to you if you warn the restaurant about your PA), it seemed like half the dishes had some peanut product in them. So the chef sat down with my then-2 1/2 year old, found out what he liked to eat best, and went in the kitchen and made it. It was dinner time, but the chef fired up the waffle iron, made a fresh batch of waffle batter and cooked waffles. When he heard my son liked sausages, he made both links and patties. He was amazing!
I can't rave enough about Disney. They are so aware of the potential for cross contamination.
We didn't eat the snack food from the carts. I didn't think it was worth the risk of possible contamination.
Disney is such a huge place, and feeds so many people, that I am sure there must be some "incidents". But I feel safer eating out there than anywhere else, including at friends' houses.

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 12:16am
Kathy L.'s picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

When we went to Six Flags over the summer I had to turn over my pepper spray. They never even looked inside the little "epi kit" that we brought. I was wondering, do you need to inform Disney that you are carrying an epi-pen into the park?

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 2:59am
jeancbpugh's picture
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

Good question whether bag search security will have a problem with the epi-pen. Last June, and again in November, they hardly seemed to notice anything, other than to bum a few snacks off us. I will email Disney and ask...and post any response.


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