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Our good buddy, and frequent contributor, Jennifer shares her experiences at Disneyland on her newest journey in February 2015. She and her Mum have a number of meals allergy symptoms and extreme intolerances.

Dietary Restrictions:
Jennifer – anaphylaxis to tree nuts and peanuts; extreme dairy intolerance; vegan choice
Pat (my Mum) – anaphylaxis to sesame, peanuts, and peaches
Kyle: vegetarian/vegan choice

The unhealthy information: Sadly, the ice cream retailers and low store are actually contracted out to non-public firms and not provide allergy-friendly choices. We have been unable to search out dairy-free ice cream for Kyle or protected cookies for me. 🙁

Tip: Order protected treats delivered to your lodge (the day or two earlier than you arrive) and produce some with you into the parks every day. They promote recent fruit at many carts all through each parks – a protected snack. Or, there’s a Walmart near the park that you may cease at for snacks to convey into the parks with you – we had bananas and apples, largely as a result of I’m unfamiliar with what different snack objects can be protected in America.

The excellent news: We had a reaction-free vacation at Disney! (Besides one runny nostril incident because of my very own error – I didn’t understand a salad got here with cheese on high, and didn’t point out the intolerance, so I picked across the cheese and nonetheless ended up with a horrible runny nostril. We nonetheless don’t know if it’s an allergy or not however I keep away from it both means.)

Meals Allergy Evaluations

WestJet (airline) – The journey agent marked my allergy symptoms on my ticket when reserving our flights. Earlier than boarding, I used to be paged to the gate to verify my allergens they usually made certain I had my auto injectors on my individual. On the airplane, the flight attendants requested me once more to verify my allergens, that I had my autoinjectors, after which requested whether or not I needed a buffer zone or full airplane announcement made. (On the flight house I used to be solely given the choice of a full airplane announcement.) Bulletins have been made and all was good.

The Pizza Press (a restaurant simply outdoors Disneyland within the Carousel Inn and Suites, on South Harbor Boulevard) – $10 for a pizza with limitless toppings. All of their components are recent and ready on web site. The crusts do not need dairy. The pesto doesn’t have nuts. They don’t use any nuts, peanuts, or sesame on web site. They alter (latex) gloves between every order and can use each recent toppings and provides if you happen to point out dairy intolerance. The employees have been extraordinarily allergy conscious and improbable! The pizza was fairly good too. (These with anaphylaxis to dairy ought to use their very own judgement as cross contact in a pizza store is fairly excessive.)

Plaza Inn (character breakfast, Disneyland) – The chef got here out to take orders for these with allergy symptoms. The choice was pretty restricted however the chef introduced out plates heaped with protected meals: Mickey waffles (include dairy), bacon, sausage, fruit, potatoes, tomatoes. (Alas, their common waffles include dairy and their gluten-free waffles are made with a combination which will include tree nuts and sesame.) Characters have been considerable: Minnie, Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Max, Fairy Godmother, Hook, Rafiki. We had reservations for as quickly because the restaurant opened for Early Magic Hour. Our 4-day park hopper included an early magic hour morning however we didn’t have to make use of it for this morning as these with breakfast reservations have a particular entrance to the park. This allow us to use our early morning one other day. Make sure to use the breakfast entrance when you have reservations! This can be a excellent choice if you happen to want to go to characters with out ready in queues, because the characters come to you, work together with you, and you may have your pictures taken (with your individual digicam).

PhotoPass+ – Completely advocate this!! We had 400+ pictures in solely Four days. Order this on-line forward of you journey (minimal 14 days earlier than) to obtain all your character meal pictures, experience pictures, photographer pictures, and inventory pictures on CD for $65 (I believe). Greatest deal ever! If you happen to wait till you get to the park, this identical package deal is $100. Nonetheless price it, however pre-ordering affords HUGE financial savings. (The character breakfast pictures alone have been $35, or free when included with the picture package deal.) We had our character breakfast on the primary morning we have been within the parks, when the picture store was closed. The photographer on the restaurant was capable of activate our PhotoPass+ package deal and provides us our card to make use of for our keep. You can even merge PhotoPass playing cards collectively onto your PhotoPass+ account, so in case your group separates you’ll be able to nonetheless have all of your pictures collectively. DEFINITELY get this package deal, and accomplish that 14+ days forward of your journey!!

Allergy ingredient binders: Similar to WDW, all meals places have binders with components. Fast service places can name a chef to reply any questions you will have (if one will not be already on web site.)

Cotton sweet and turkey legs have been protected for peanut and sesame allergy symptoms. (I used to be too anxious to attempt the cotton sweet so I didn’t ask if it was protected for tree nuts or dairy, and I used to be assured the one two components have been sugar and meals dye, however undecided about cross-contact danger.)

River Belle Terrace (Fantasmic! dinner package deal, Disneyland) – Per normal, the chef got here to our desk to debate the menu choices that might be protected for allergy symptoms. The meals was simply okay – just like fast service meals high quality. The eating room was VERY noisy because of poor acoustics. It was tough to get pleasure from a quiet meal there. The FastPass tickets for Unbelievable! have been effectively price it, because the eating package deal company have a reserved space entrance and centre with an incredible quantity of room. We stretched out and had loads of room to observe the present with clear line of sight. One of the best ways to observe Unbelievable!, for certain.

Blue Bayou (contained in the Pirates of Caribbean experience, Disneyland) – Once more, the chef got here out to debate our choices. The meals high quality was glorious. The marinated mushroom with cous cous was protected for all allergens and particular diets in our group. The bread was protected for sesame and peanut allergy symptoms – a uncommon deal with for my mom!

Wine Nation Trattoria (California Journey) – We talked about allergy symptoms and have been instantly given allergy menus, itemizing the dishes which can be protected for numerous allergens. Chef Sean got here out to speak to us and evaluation menu objects, together with some that weren’t on the protected listing however turned out to be protected if the bread was left off (as an example). He spent a very long time at our desk and talked about how he and one other chef have been in control of menu growth and pressured over the allergy menu, questioning whether or not it could be useful and insisting that folks with allergy symptoms speak to the chef, even after reviewing the menu in case one thing had modified. The cooks make allergy meals themselves and take additional care to stop cross-contact with allergens. Chef Sean was superb and the meals we had was unimaginable!

Rancho Del Zocalo (fast service, Disneyland) – Hurray for Mexican meals! Upon mentioning meals allergy symptoms, the greeter went to get the chef for us to debate protected choices and make our meals. She was cautious to evaluation all of the components in every dish to ensure we have been glad with what we ordered. The chef made our meals herself, the parts have been very massive, and the meals was excellent. I extremely advocate this restaurant for company with particular diets – in addition to the Mexican fast service restaurant in California Journey. (We dined there a number of occasions on a earlier journey.)

Steakhouse 55 (high-quality eating, desk service, Disneyland Lodge) – Breakfast right here may be very fairly priced, the parts are satisfying, and the service was impeccable! As soon as once more, the chef got here to our desk to debate the numerous choices obtainable. The chef and server got here out a number of occasions to verify each ingredient, confirm preferences, and customise our order to satisfy each want and request. I extremely advocate eating right here for breakfast. We’ll positively dine right here on our subsequent journey – regularly, if time permits.

Tip (not likely a tip, however extra of a crucial instruction to observe to maintain your sanity): GET TO THE PARK EARLY!!!! I do know that’s a given with any Disney park, however the entrance space at Disneyland is de facto crowded from opening time till about two hours later. As in extraordinarily crowded car parking zone of individuals. It’s mad actually. Simply arrive 15-20 minutes earlier than park opening and also you’ll stroll proper in with little to no queue. (Plan to reach 30 minutes early to get by means of bag verify.) The doorway space is shared between the 2 parks, so it’s twice the quantity of individuals in a single small space that turns right into a zoo of actually lengthy queues. No thanks.