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Posted on: Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:54am
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This is site is new to me but I have been searching for some advice. My 19 month old has had allergies since birth. Over time, we have discovered allergies to nuts, eggs, milk and (oddly) green peas. He also has tremendous difficulty with eczema. We are looking to take our first long vacation with him this summer and have no idea where to begin. We have a five year old son as well. So we're looking for tourist attractions that accommodate well to food allergies.

Posted on: Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:32pm
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Disney World was my first choice.... especially with little ones. Most of the restaurants are accommodating. If you let them know ahead of time that you will be dining there ( we made reservations ahead and that is one of the questions when you make your reservation) Also, Disney cruise line is also very good. We have been to Disney 3 or 4 times and have been on the cruise. We first went when my son was 2. He is now 14 and we are going again this summer. Good Luck

Posted on: Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:39am
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Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
Thanks for reaching out in our community boards and welcome to PeanutAllergy.com! Traveling with a child who has severe food allergies certainly requires extra planning, but careful preparation can make your trip safe and enjoyable.
Planning ahead can alleviate stress and allows time to find allergy-accommodating airlines, hotels and restaurants. Check out nine tips to help plan your vacation here.
If your family will be traveling by airplane, there are a few precautions you should take to avoid unnecessary risks. You can find eight helpful tips to ensure a safe flying experience here.
It’s important to be aware of an establishment’s food allergy policy. You can check out the food allergy policies of the most popular theme parks in America here.
Some theme parks, like Disneyland, go above and beyond to assist guests with peanut and other food allergies. Read about Disneyland’s new allergy-friendly menus here.
There are also safety resources available to make traveling easier. Here are a few allergy product resources that can increase your peace of mind.
We asked our Facebook community for their suggestions, and here’s what they had to say.
We hope you find this information helpful. Have a safe and fun vacation with your family!

Posted on: Sun, 05/24/2015 - 2:43am
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Plus one on the Disney choice. My son is peanut, tree nut, shellfish and sesame allergic. When we went to Disney, we always asked to speak with the chef and always got preferential treatment. In areas where there was a buffet, we were provided with the same items but straight from the kitchen so as to avoid any accidental cross contamination. I highly recommend the Biergarten restaurant in Epcot. Because of concerns with the desserts, the chef brought us out a huge custom prepared tray of safe desserts and fruits for him. I couldn't have been more pleased as it made my son very happy that he had many safe desserts to choose from.

Posted on: Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:08am
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Some of the restaurants do accommodate people with severe Food Allergies, but call way ahead so you can plan even before deciding where you want to go so your child will be fed safely.
We have a 14-year-old who is severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, egg whites and dairy. Disney World Restaurants accommodate people like our children, and they do it well, though I would avoid the Nine Dragon Restaurant at The Epcot Center, they don't seem to have a clue.
We have been to Disney World twice since 2010 and had no trouble with them, and they were awesome to our family. Our daughter was treated like a queen! :) And then we also went to Disney Aulani in Hawaii and also Westin Maui Spa and Resort (in Maui, Hi). Both of these Resorts have restaurants on sight and were awesome. They have lots of varieties of foods and fun :).
Last year, we went to The Black Hills to see Mt. Rushmore. We called around before we made our trip. They have Chilis, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday, and Red Lobster. These restaurants accommodate people with Food Allergies. I don't remember if Ruby Tuesday has its own Allergy Menu but the other three restaurants do.
Rest assured that since we discovered our daughter having Food Allergies since 2002, there are more awareness and accommodations now to help kids and people who have these allergies to enjoy life more.
Hope this will help.

Posted on: Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:11am
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I am so glad to hear about the Biergartens' Dessert Accommodation! We were there in 2010 and they didn't have much. So glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Posted on: Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:14am
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I just wanted to add, that since we started to travel for vacations, Baby Wipes have become our BEST friends!!! We use them to wipe down trays on airplanes, restaurant tables, and anywhere we eat. They are great for everyday's use when we are out. Even though our daughter is 14, Baby Wipes are still and will always be part of our family's "bestfriends".

Posted on: Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:55am
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Plus 2 on the Disney World recommendations! I am a 55+ Peanut Allergy "kid" and the Disney team is fabulous to work with. Two separate family vacations since 2009; stayed on property, purchased the "meal plan" and reserved all of the dining locations months in advance. As someone posted earlier, at the sit down venues the chef would typically come to the table and talk with me - extremely reassuring. Even the walk-up eateries were aware of my condition - my allergies were included in my personal profile and once they scanned my "Disney" card they immediately knew.
Have not been on a Disney cruise but several years ago my wife and I did an Alaska cruise with Celebrity. We booked an "Aqua-Class" room as it gave us exclusive access to the Blu restaurant for breakfast and dinner - I never feel comfortable at buffets and this mostly solved the issue. We also submitted the pre-trip dietary special needs form. The Blu staff was great to work with and I always felt extremely "allergy safe".

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