Seaworld Orlando & Hotel Options

Posted on: Mon, 06/16/2008 - 1:51am
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Hi Everyone -

We are going to Seaworld in Orlando in about 10 days and I was wondering what experiences anyone has had there with peanut/tree nut allergies. I booked lunch and dinner with Shamu at the Closet Clove Restaurant and the representative was very helpful and said she made a note of the allergy. She explained that where ever we go, to make sure we let the restaurant know and the chef will come out and speak with us. ??? We'll see. Can anyone recommend anywhere to eat that they know is safe or atleast has good practice with food allergies? And my other biggest concern is a safe hotel. Looks like there are a lot of Marriots around Seaworld and I'm trying to decide on where to stay. Has anyone had a good experience at any of the local hotels? Thanks, I really appreciate it. I love being able to come to this website for a quick resource from parents who are dealing with the same issues. Linda

Posted on: Mon, 06/16/2008 - 4:00am
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hi, i live in orlando and we have an annual pass to sea world, so we have already been 3 or 4 times since my daughter was diagnosed a year ago. i have not found sea world to be as allergy aware as disney, but i have limited experience with the restaurants there.
i know that they don't use peanut oil, and i didn't see many peanut products (if any) on the menus. however, it was the attitude i got from one of the managers. sure, i want someone to be careful/concerned about my daughter's PA, no doubt, but this guy's attitude was all about CYA, which i'm sure is what they teach them to do.
instead of reassuring me and letting me know that the items i had chosen for my daughter were safe, his response was "i wouldn't trust anything ... nothing is safe."
um, THANKS! i asked which items contained peanut at his restuarant and he replied none. then i asked why he thought the food was unsafe for my daughter and he said because the bakery items (none of which had peanuts) were made in a facility that processes peanuts.
needless to say, i ordered the food anyway, but i didn't feel comfortable, as i felt like his "declaration" gave him carte blanche to be careless and not suffer any repercussions (i.e. "i told you so!"), even though, in reality, the risk to me seemed minimal.
my advice, for whatever it is worth, is bring food with you when you can. i have a feeling the nicer restuarants like the one you mentioned may have a different attitude, but avoid the others if you can. ever since that incident, we have packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed eating it at shamu's happy harbor (the place for kids there) and my daughter couldn't be happier.
good luck and have fun!

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