It is my pleasure to have Terri’s first blog here on “Mouse”cation. Thanks Terri for a wonderful article!
When you have an allergy, going out to eat can be daunting! Some restaurants just aren’t on top of things – whether it’s lack of knowledge, cross-contamination issues within the kitchen, or simply forgetfulness. It can be difficult all-around trying to find a trustworthy, knowledgeable location to eat out.
So, is there good news? YES! If you’re reading this blog, you’re interested in a possible Disney vacation. Rest assured, you and your food allergies will be well taken care of by the excellent chefs on Disney property!
Planning ahead for allergy-free dining can be a little frustrating, as Disney no longer provides a current list of allergy-free foods that remain available at certain locations. The fact-of-the-matter is that menus change, and vendors can’t always keep items stocked, so any ‘current’ list of allergy-free foods available becomes out-of-date pretty quickly.
You can still head to Walt Disney World (or any other Disney location) with confidence though! If you have an allergy, you can dine at ANY table service restaurant. When you’re seated, tell your waiter that you’ve got a food allergy. When it’s time to order, the Chef himself will come out to speak to you. He may point out things on the menu that you can eat, or he may offer to make you something not even on the menu – and when they do that, you know it’s going to be fabulous! When the waiter brings out the food for your table, the Chef comes out as well, carrying YOUR allergy-free plate! He’ll reassure you that everything on the plate is free of the allergen (or multiple allergens) that you mentioned. You’ll feel treated like royalty and the food will taste regal as well!
Quick service dining, in most places, can be accommodating to your allergy-free needs. Keep in mind though, that the term ‘quick service’ doesn’t apply to the allergy-free service. You will need to be patient and likely wait 10 to 20 minutes longer for your meal to be ready. Quick-service locations do take your allergy to heart though. When you go up to order, the cashier will page a manager to come and speak to you – that way you are ensured that your meal will be allergy-free.
Disney is one of the best places to vacation if you’ve got a food allergy or intolerance. They use best practices and proper measures to assure your food will be allergy-free. If you’re wanting to find reviews of restaurants (both table service and quick service), check out AllergyFreeMouse. Many helpful tips and reviews can be found there, which may help put you more at ease when wondering where and what can you eat while vacationing at Walt Disney World!
Terri is owner and writer for WaltDisneyWorldHints. She has experience with allergy-free dining, as she eats gluten-free due to having Celiac disease. Walt Disney World is her favorite place to vacation, because Disney truly understands how to prepare allergy-free meals!