We are planning on taking our 2 1/2 yo PA son to Disneyland this year for his birthday and I searched for old posts and got some good info, but I was wondering if anyone has any recent info i.e. Chef contcat info, etc.... Most all info is from early 2006.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
On Feb 15, 2007
Hola from Scottsdale,
We are going to Disneyland tomorrow. The contact number regarding food allergies is Chef Chris at 714-781-3463 ext. 4. I have to say the Disney online info is very misleading, as it appears that they make accommodations. However, Chef Chris told me their ingredients can change daily and there is no way to plan ahead with a specific restaurant to avoid certain foods. He could only say to check in with the manager of each restaurant to discuss food choices.
This is problematic for my son, who has PA, allergies to all legumes (inc. soy, which is pervasive), tree nuts and seeds, and many other less severe allergies. We are taking bananas and other fruit, string cheese, etc., with us.
Does anyone else out there have tips for finding something to eat in Disneyland?
On Feb 16, 2007
Thanks for the info. It is hard to get any info on Disneyland, but it is so much closer than DisneyWorld. I see you are in Scottsdale, we are down in Sierra Vista. How do you find your allergists there? We only have one to choose from here!
Please let me know how your trip goes. Good Luck and hope you have fun!
On Feb 21, 2007
We had a safe trip to Disneyland--our 16 year old son had fruit and dry cereal brought from home. On his own, he decided the churros were safe and had 5 of them! He also enjoyed pizza from the Rainforest cafe and found a concession in Disneyland with clam chowder that was safe. However, he stayed away from most of the restaurant food in the park.
Ironically, after returning from our trip our son had a contact reaction at school yesterday. He took a natinal math test in the cafeteria, which he usually doesn't enter, and had red splotches and hives on his elbow and itching all over. The nurse gave him 50 mg. of benadryl, yet the itching persisted and he later had more benadryl and prednisone. Thank goodness there was no general progression, altho he missed the rest of the school day and was uncomfortable. We have no idea what he reacted to; probably peanut or soy. He has had other contact reactions thru the years--the worst happened after picking up a badmitton racquet in P.E., when he required an epi-pen, predisone, etc. and emergency care. We always have medicine with us and he carries an epi-pen with him at school.
We have a wonderful asthma/allergy group here--Az Asthma and Allergy Institute (480-451-6756), headed by William Morgan, M.D. We have gone there for years, with the best, up to date service and very caring staff. Clinical trials of Xolair were done here and my son now takes this for asthma and severe allergies. You may want to have a consult. from this group to make sure you are doing everything needed.
On Feb 24, 2007
We just got back today from our Disneyland trip (Feb 17-24). We did not have any issues, although both DDs got colds while on vacation. There was plenty of coughing and sneezing going on in the ride lines!
We visited Lego Land for one day. Expensive park food- but that is to be expected.
The emailed the Chef and he sent me an email of places to eat.
We spent 4 days at Disneyland/California Adventure and did not have any issues. We ate at the Plaza Inn (pasta/chicken) on Main Street, brought No Nuttin granola bars from home. There is a small McDonalds stand in the California Park. She had pasta at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. Ate at the Pizza Port in Tomorrow Land, bought really expensive fruit at a stand in Disneyland ($4- for a small bag of grapes!).
We did a character dining at the Plaza Inn (breakfast buffet) and Ariel's Grotto (dinner).
We stayed across the street and dined at the restaurant on hotel property, there was a McDonalds beside the restaurant too.
DD is almost 11 and PA only.
Enjoy your vacation!
On Mar 9, 2007
Hi there, I am in Phoenix and we are planning to go to Disneyland in April. (Our first trip with the boys). I am printing out all the info on where to eat and what to expect as far as resturants go. Thanks for everyone that has posted ideas. If there is any more helpful hints regarding food or places to eat.. we don't really eat out at all due to PA, so this will be new for us.
On Mar 25, 2007
I spoke with Chris, the head chef of Disneyland and he told me that whatever resturant I went into in Disneyland (NOT including Down Town Disney) they have an ingredient book that lists all the ingredients in all their dishes. He said if they didn't have a particular food item in the book, then the manager or chef would bring the labels to me to read! I am so excited. We never go out to eat in a "real" resturant so this will be so fun!
Do you all know any resturants I should avoid because of the high number of menu items with peanuts or would all be equally about the same?
What about the room service at the Disneyland hotel... does any one know about that?
Thanks so much! We can't wait to go. It'll be the first trips with DSs (ages 7 and 4).
On Mar 25, 2007
The Carnation Cafe on Mainstreet has (or did last year) a "peanut butter paint palette" on the menu. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
That's the only one that really jumped out at me... but we were advised at Ariel's Grotto by the head chef that most desserts would be "may contains." He kindly subbed a fruit plate at our table.
On Apr 3, 2007
We just took my 2.5 year old with peanut and nut allergies to Disneyland (in Anaheim) and had a great time.
We went to Ariel's Grotto, with no problem, and at the carnation cafe on main street (I don't recall seeing the paint with PB item! yikes). The staff was really nice and accommodating to our requests so we didn't stress out about it at all. I noticed that there were stands now along main street with fresh fruit and juices, so you could buy snacks there too.
Oh, and I did get my daughter a frozen fruit bar from a vendor near ariel's grotto. I was amazed that it was still in the plastic wrapper with all the ingredients - they let me read it before I bought it.
Along the shopping district between Disney and California Adventure (not sure what that is called - I think Downtown Disney) we ate at the Naples Pizza place. We also had some breakfast at the la brea bakery, although that was a little sketchy. the staff was super nice and did know which items had nuts, but i could see landmines (for cross contamination) all over the place. i ended up getting my daughter fruit and a sealed yogurt.
Good luck with your trips guys!
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On Apr 9, 2007
We just got back from Disneyland in CA. a couple of days ago. We had a wonderful time, but it was really busy, as CA was on spring break that week. We did have a disabiltiy pass for older DS so the lines weren't an issue, but without the disabiltiy pass - I think our trip could have been very frustrating and challenging.
Anyway, onto the food. We had an excellent experience there. I read up on all of your great posts about where to eat and not eat and helpful hints so thank you! We don't often go out to eat so this was a new experience for our family.
Our first night we ate at the Storybrook Cafe in Grand CA. hotel. The chef came out and assured us that the food for DS with PA would be prepared seperately and would be safe. He did not know anything about a ingredient book though, but he listed the ingredients (flour, chicken, canola oil etc). DS had a cheese pizza, no problems.
Second day we had some McDonalds fries and drinks (I then learned to make reservations for lunch and dinner, not just dinner since it was so busy). We ate at Goofy's kitchen in the Disneyland hotel. It was a buffet and it did have what looked like a PB and J pizza and desserts with nuts, but the chef came out and showed us what would be safe off the buffet table, but for us NOT to get it off the buffet, but he would bring it out before it got placed on the buffet table. The chef was so nice and its like he does this food allergy thing several times a day and it was no big deal. I felt very safe eating there.
The next day we ate brunch at the Carnation Cafe on Mainstreet. Chef again came out, assured us that the waffles would be safe. DS ate without trouble. For dinner we ate at a very expensive Granville Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. Boy was this expensive, 30 bucks for a steak and everything was a la cart, a baked potatoe was six bucks, salad 8 bucks etc.. but again Chef came out and said he would make DS chicken nuggets in a seperate clean fryer and DS ate without problems again. It was so nice to be in a place that understood food allergies.
Our final day, we lunch at the McDonalds by the park on our way to the beach and back to Disneyland Cafe Orleans for dinner. Now the Cafe Orleans in the New Orleans Square was the only resturant I was a little wary of. It was a sandwich place which I thought would be fine, but initially the waiter came out and I informed him of DS PA and it was also on the reservations (like at all the resturants) he went back to talk with the chef and came back to say everything would be fine expect for the fried PB and J sandwich.. (well duh) and then I ask about the fries and he said they would be fine, they don't use peanut oil. I ask him if the PB and J sandwich was fried in the same oil as the fries and he said YES!!!!!! So, if I hadn't been more persistant I may have fed DS fries that had been fried with a PB and J sandwich!!! I got nervous then. I asked to speak with the chef and the chef told me he would use a brand new clean frier for our sandwiches and fries. I still didn't let DS eat anything fried but had him get spagetti and drumsticks... he wanted fries, but by that point I was already uncomfortable about him eating the spagetti. I would have probably left but my husband thought I was being too worried since he wasn't going to eat anything fried and the chef basically guarteed his food would be safe. So we stayed and it was fine. That is the only resturant I wouldn't recommend. I didn't see the PB and J finger paint thing, I think that might have been at the Blue Bayou but that probably would have been safer to have at a resturant that fried PB and J sandwiches!
Overall we had a great trip and it was so amazing to see my children so happy. I kinda felt like a normal family, even though older son was wearing protective headphones most of the time - (he is senstive to loud noises) but just being able to go to a resturant was wonderful. Disneyland was magical and the parades were all wonderful. We saw three different parades and older DS (with the headphones on) danced in the street with the monsters from Monsters Inc. during one of the parades.
One highlight was when younger son (4 yo) peed his pants on the first drop of Pirates of the Carribean... poor thing. I was glad we stayed at the Disneyland hotel since we had easy access to monorail and change of clothes... tee hee.
Just wanted to add my update since all of yours helped me plan for our magical trip.