When we booked our trip we knew our child’s food allergies were going to make things a bit more challenging for us in the meal department. We wanted to be sure we were keeping him safe from his allergens but also providing him with a range of healthy food as well as have a great time. However we weren’t expecting to have as many allergies as we currently do, and the list is still growing. Luckily if there is a place that is prepared for special diets, Disney is it!
This is how we planned and prepared to keep safe at the most magical place on earth.
Early in the planning process we contacted Disney about Special Dietary Requests. A quick email to guest services and we received an email package with allergen free items for the parks we were visiting and resort we were staying at. This was a great starting off point to planning where and what we would be eating during our stay. We printed this information for reference while we were there.
Our day pack was carefully planned out before we left on our trip. Epipens were easily accessible in our day pack. We also kept a large container of wet ones and baby wipes to wipe down hands and table surfaces when we stop for a meal or snack. Hand sanitizer would have been a more portable option, but hand sanitizer will not remove allergen residue, we had to lug the wet ones. Disney allows you to bring in your own food and snacks so we packed a few items we knew the kids would enjoy in a pinch. A yummy treat is a great way to kill a few minutes in a long lineup!
A month before we left for our trip, we ordered pre ordered our meals at Be Our Guest. The process was simple, quick and saves scads of time going over menus and keeping excited children still while we waited for food. It also allowed us to specify if anyone in our party had any allergies and provided a list of safe options when allergens were filtered out through the pre-order process.
We were able to select the little man’s breakfast order that was free from egg, peanuts and tree nuts. The allergens listed for breakfast were eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and corn. Additional allergies would probably require a chat with the Disney Chef. We do have a banana allergy but felt pretty good about this order process.
And yes, I ordered 2 Master’s Cupcakes for breakfast. I have to try the Grey stuff, I hear it’s delicious!
*For full disclosure we ended up cancelling this reservation unrelated to food allergies. (Read cranky toddler epic meltdown) However I put this process in this post to touch on the online preorder process and how you can specify a food allergy.*
We had a great 2 days exploring and enjoying all that the Magic Kingdom has to offer. With some extra planning and erring on the side of caution, we had an incident free, magical time at Disney!