Friday, August 14, 2009

Disneyworld & food allergies - need advice!

Okay, any food-allergy moms out there who've been to Disneyworld - please give me your tips! We're going in November and it's almost time for us to book our dinner reservations. Any Disney restaurants you recommend or don't recommend for a food-allergic kid? Am I crazy for thinking I might allow Ainsley to actually eat the restaurant food there (if the chef specially prepares it according to her needs, of course)? What do I need to know to get through this and hopefully even have a good time?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

We haven't been there yet. But I did look into it and have heard they are very accommodating for food allergies. My daughter has peanut and tree-nut allergies, so this is my biggest concern when traveling.

From what I learned, you call the Disney Dining office before you go and they tell you about all the safe choices.

I did join a Diseny Group on Yahoo - The Mouse for Less, go to Yahoo, search in the groups and then request to join. The people in this group seem to travel there often and are happy to give advice.

Below are a couple of links that might be helpful:

http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/home.aspx?CMP=OTC-DWMomVanityToMomsPanel

http://www.mousesavers.com/

http://allears.net/din/guestfood.htm

Hope that helps. Good luck with the trip, hope it's safe. In addition to dealing with the food allergies on vacation, we've been reluctant to fly because of this.

Linda

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Been there done that and it's wonderful!! They are so good with allergies. Contact Brenda at Brenda.Bennett@disney.com and tell her when you are going and what allergies your child has and she'll direct you from there. Contact me directly (my e-mail is on my blog) if you have any questions. I can't wait to go back. It's the only place that we've ever been that I actually felt safe feeding my son (where things were out of my control).

Anonymous said...

We just went in April with our 4 and 2 year old. Both have dairy/egg/peanut/tree nut allergies. We had the most magical vacation and were treated like royalty from the restaurants we visited. First we made our reservations. Then we contacted Brenda Bennet @ Disney World. She sent our info to the restaurants so they were prepared for our visits. We ate in Epcot at the Rose and Crown Pub and the Biergarten in Germany (my personal favorite). A chef came to our table to personally discuss our childrens' allergies and what would be safe foods for them to eat. We never eat out due to the fear of cross-contimination, but were made very comfortable by the knowledgeable chefs and successfully had "uneventful", delightful meals. We did suppliment the day with a small cooler under the stroller of foods the kids could have. We ate breakfast and lunch at the condo and made dinner at the parks our big treat. Enjoy your trip!

AllergyMom said...

We are also planning our first trip to Disney World at the beginning of February. We have decided to rent a house so we will have a full kitchen to prepare most of our meals. However, I've heard the restaurants are wonderful at accomodating food allergies and we are certainly looking forward to experiencing it for ourselves at least a couple of times during our trip!

Anonymous said...

We are actually leaving two weeks from today to go back to DW. We lived in Florida for a little over a year and visited DW 148 times. We always had great experiences- the staff never seemed "put-out" @ having to make special accomodations. They are WONDERFUL!!!!! They never made our son feel as if he were different than any other child- they handle the issue beautifully. We always advised the host and they would advise the chef he/she would come to our table and go over our sons allergies (DEADLY peanut, tree-nut & severe Egg)and help us to make sure our choices were safe. It has been Three years since our last visit (since moving back) and he is almost seven. This is the most comfortable trip we can take with him (as far as dining), the staff is so competant and handles it so well.
BUT- please beware of the hand rails in the lines and safety bars in/on the rides; on a regular basis you will see people "snacking" in line. and on several occasions we saw families pull out the tried and true PBJ sandwiches..... I understand the "ease" and how much less that cost for their family BUT then we have to be in constant fear of Ty touching the rail or making sure we have wiped of the safety bars... That is more scary than the dining for us. Enjoy you vacation and know you are not alone in this.
Stacy

Polly said...

We had a great visit at Disney! We made reservations and the chef came out every time to talk to Jake. He/she would give him all of his choices and would let him decide. It was the first time EVER that he was able to have dessert at a restaurant. He was SO excited!

Kristin said...

We are heading there in October for our 4th trip and our 5th Disney vacation...recently did a Cruise. If you have any questions feel free to email me. We stay at the resorts and have had wonderful experiences each time. DS is ana to Milk and Eggs and those are the easiest things for the chefs to avoid....they really have it down to a science! Good Luck with planning!