Disney Cruise food allergy Guest Review

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We are excited to have Janet provide this guest review of her Disney Cruise experience.

It was our first time going on a cruise. The first time taking our children on a cruise. The first time take children with food allergies on a cruise. We are going to be in the middle of the ocean or at an island in the Bahamas. Let the panic commence! But wait, this is a Disney cruise. Remember how great Disney is with food allergies. Begin calming down.

Disney Cruise with Captain MickeyWe went on our first Disney Cruise in March/April of 2010. We had loved taking our allergy kids to Disney World in 2008 so I was hoping for the same type of experience on the cruise. Both of our kids are allergic to eggs and our daughter was allergic to milk also. This was a family trip, and I wasn’t in charge of booking anything, so I called Disney with lots of questions. Yes, they would make a note that our two little travelers had food allergies. No, they could not tell me specifically what foods would be available for our allergy needs. I decided we were going to see Mickey and go to the beach, so the kids would have a fabulous time even if they only got cereal and juice on the cruise. Of course, Disney far exceeded my expectations.

Quick service allergy free pizza on Disney Cruise deckWe arrived at Port Canaveral an hour before boarding time, and that worked out perfectly. We got checked in, had our picture taken with Mickey, and got our kids their ID bracelets. These bracelets stay on the entire cruise and are used at the kids clubs. You can give medical information during the registration process to get the bracelet and request your child not be given any food at the kids clubs. Once we were allowed on the ship we headed straight to Parrot Cay for lunch. This was a buffet and as soon as we let our server know we had food allergies a chef came and spoke with us. This was just like Disney World. Perfect!

Food allergies on a Disney CruiseWe met our servers that would be with us for our voyage at dinner that evening. Our main server knew in advance that the kids had allergies. We discussed it and at every dinner after that there was no explanation needed. It was beyond fabulous to walk to our table at every dinner and not have to go over our allergies. The soy milk was already waiting for our kids and the server knew their options for the evening. The pizza on board was egg-free and our kids could order plain meats, plain fruits, and plain vegetables or fries. Rice Dream ice cream was available every night, so no skipping dessert for the kids either!

Enjoying a Rice Dream sundaeBreakfast and lunch are on your own on the ship. You can walk into a restaurant or eat counter service on the deck and just speak to the chef or manager about your allergies. Most of our breakfasts and lunches we chose to do counter service because they were quicker. Our kids had lots of activities they wanted to do and an hour long meal wasn’t on the list! For breakfast the kids ate lots of cereal and fruits. The cereal was in individual containers, so we had no concerns about grabbing it off the buffet. Lunch options included pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs. The day spent at Castaway Cay you have the option to eat on the island or reboard the ship for lunch. We were impressed that we were able to feed the kids hot dogs and fruit at Cookies BBQ by the beach. We only ventured into a restaurant once for breakfast since it is hard to avoid egg and dairy at that particular meal. Disney cruise food allergy quick serviceThey were wonderful and found a french bread my daughter could have. Magically, our server appeared with this same bread that is only served at breakfast for dinner that night. This is an example of what sets Disney apart. They go above and beyond to make their guests happy!

Eating with food allergies on a Disney cruise was a wonderful experience. There is really minimal planning needed. Just be sure to let the cruise line know when you book or at least a month in advance that you have special dietary needs. Talk to the managers at quick service locations or the chefs at buffets. Don’t be shy about asking for what you want or need because they really are happy to make sure you have a safe and delicious meal. We hope to go on another Disney cruise while our kids are still small. We will pack our bags and head south with complete confidence that our children will eat safely and eat well during our trip!

Thank you, Janet, for sharing this Disney Cruise experience! If you found this helpful, please be sure to give her a thumbs up or share this on Facebook.

 

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Comments (4)

Huge sigh of relief when I read "pizza on board was egg-free!" Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review!

I'm glad you had such a great experience, but we were very disappointed with our 2011 Disney cruise when it came to handling allergies. It might have been because it was a new boat with a new crew, but after having such a great experience at the Disney parks, it was a BIG disappointment! The wait staff couldn't give us any dairy free options. Our daughter had to eat strawberries for dessert every evening and it took forever to even get powdered sugar for those. When we took the kids to the kids area the staff person checking them in said sometimes snacks are served and then proceeded to tell my daughter "no cookies for you"!

I just finished a 4 day cruise and must say it was extremely disappointing from the food side. The wait staff were not knowledable on gluten free. The manager tried to tell me that cream of wheat was gf as well as bacon that had bread sitting below it. The staff did not want to deal with the allergies and, in fact, on the last day they would not even get me anything for breakfast. I finally had to get a manager who got me something to eat. The food was low quality. If you pre-order your food, it will sit for a long time and will not come to your table fresh. There were few options for snacks and desserts. I ended up losing weight on the cruise. The only savior was Palo.

We have never had a problem with having enough quality food. I always fax the allergy restrictions ahead of time including what alternatives we would like a month or two ahead of time.

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