would you consider restaurant with these severe allergies?

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My 6 year old has been begging for us to take him to a restaurant. Since we live very near Disney and I know that some of you have vacationed there with good experiences with the restaurants I thought about going there for dinner . Now the allergies are more complex then before. Just found out that shrimp is as severe as peanut and soy is moderate but we are advised to stay away. since most places serve shellfish do you think this is a bad idea? I feel bad for him but now with shellfish involved I think there is too much of a chance of cross.. thanks for your input.. Kathy Ann

On Mar 31, 2004

Hi Kathy Ann:

From what I've experienced, and what I've read from other people who have visited Disney, there are some REALLY great restaurants there which I think, if you call ahead of time (make reservations, inform staff of food allergies), you will be very well accommodated and your child will have a wonderful experience.

Of course, with that said, we are only dealing with PA and environmental allergies in our family, not multiple food allergies.

The question really is; are you comfortable with the idea? If you're not comfortable with the idea, then avoid it. You don't want to be stressed out and have a horrible time worrying yourself sick through the entire meal. So, it all depends on your own comfort levels. But, then, if it means a LOT to your child, sometimes we have to sacrifice our comfort and just go prepared with EpiPen and Benadryl on hand...

Both my kids are PA. We had a wonderful time in Disney and didn't call ahead, but mentioned PA the one time we went out to eat and were treated very well and the staff was informative and courteous. Can't remember the name of the restaurant either. Oh well. But, there are some Disney threads where people mention restaurants where they were basically treated like VIP's and even had the Chef's come out and talk to them.

Can't beat that! Good luck in making your decision. ~Melanie

On Mar 31, 2004

My son is as allergic to shellfish as he is to peanuts and tree nuts. We have eaten out hundreds of times over the years and never had a problem. It a restaurant serves shellfish, we don't let him eat fried food there. We, of course, mention all the allergies and remind them not to share utensils.

We have been to Disney twice and haven't had any problems whatsoever. In most restaurants there, the chef did come out and speak to us. If I remember correctly, they had a code that they would put on the order to alert the kitchen staff of a food allergy.

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