Dole Whip! Dairy-free and available in many places

Posted on : 12-03-2017 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Fun, News

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Dole Whip - Not dairy-freeOne of the most popular treats at Disney World is the Dole Whip soft serve. A few years ago, we posted about the change in formula, making it dairy-free, but with a cross-contamination risk. However, a couple of years ago, Disney World made the pineapple soft serve the exclusive offering at Aloha Isle, then made the Dole Whip available in several other locations. So, we thought it was time for an update, since our previous posts are still top pages on our website.

While the Dole Whip is now free of most of the top 8 food allergens, it does contain coconut oil and carries a warning for tree nuts. Check ingredients at the Precision Foods website and also, verify with the Cast Member and ask to see the ingredients in their Food Allergy Book.

Where to find Dole Whip at Disney World

Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom at Aloha Isle. However, Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace swapped places, due to the demand of the Dole Whip. Aloha Isle is now located near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the Tiki Room.

Dole Whip at Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom, in Africa at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. Here, you’ll find the classic Dole Whip and two varieties with rum.
Check out the Tamu Tamu menu

Dole Whip at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

At Disney’s Polynesian Resort, at the Pineapple Lanai on the way to the pool. Keep in mind, the Dole Whip served here includes the vanilla flavor, which opens up the possibility for cross-contamination. However, make the Cast Member aware of your allergy and they will take extra caution to avoid cross-contamination. If the Cast Member is unsure, ask for a manager. We found out that some Cast Members haven’t taken the training for food allergies. Those that have, are able to serve it safely, reducing the chances of cross-contamination. 

Pineapple Lanai menu

Dole Whips at Captain Cooks are self-serveYou can also find a Dole Whip dispenser in Captain Cooks, the quick service restaurant. It’s a self service dispenser, so there could be a cross-contamination risk from other patrons.

Also, around the corner at the outdoor Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar, you can find Dole Whips with rum, again.

Dole Whip at Disney Springs

Update! You can now get Dole Whip at Marketplace Snacks. Be aware, the dispenser also has the vanilla soft serve. So, there is a cross-contamination possibility. We spoke to the Cast Member who informed us that they do not follow the same process as the Pinapple Lenai, and sometimes switch the mixers containing the pineapple and vanilla mixes.  Maybe this will change in the future. 

Dole Whip in Disney Springs

Dole Whip at Epcot

Occasionally, you can find Dole Whip at Epcot during festivals, like the Food and Wine Festival, at a kiosk near Canada.

If you spot a Dole Whip at some other location, please let us know!

Disney World with multiple food allergies and intolerance

Posted on : 14-12-2014 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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Our Disney Cruise food allergy expert Jennifer, shares her experiences at Disney World on her latest trip. Be sure to check out her Disney Dream review, too.

Dietary Restrictions:
Anaphylaxis to tree nuts and peanuts
Severe dairy intolerance (possible allergy)
Vegetarian (vegan preferred)

Walt Disney World – November 2014

Fort Wilderness – Trail’s End
Trail's End with food allergiesI’ve only heard of the legendary Chef TJ and the works of edible art he creates. We had a free evening and were able to get some reservations, and were completely blown away. Whilst my husband ate from the buffet, Chef TJ created a six-course meal for me. It was more food than I could eat in two days, yet alone one meal!

To start: a basic salad with some grilled vegetables and a vinaigrette dressing.

Next up… and I thought this was my main course: vegetarian spring rolls with a sweet and sour type sauce on top. They were delicious! I ate them all. Then Chef TJ came out to say my second appetiser was on its way. Second appetiser???Trail's End - Chef TJ - food allergy magician

Chef TJ is truly amazing! This was the second appetiser: coconut carrot ginger soup (my new favourite soup), with some nacho toast? I wasn’t really sure what it was, but it was toast with salsa and melted Daiya cheese with a barbecue sauce on top. Pretty good, actually, but I liked the soup better so it disappeared first. I couldn’t finish this course, especially with the thought of an entrée and dessert yet to come…

Trail's End food allergy friendly feastAnd there it was, the main event, and it really was an event. Grilled tofu strips with roasted vegetables, barbecued potatoes, and a delicious barbecue sauce. It was like nothing I had tasted before, and it was amazing. Of course, I couldn’t eat half of it (and even that was a challenge), so Chef TJ boxed it up for us to take back to our resort. (We ate it for breakfast the next day…)

And then an epic dessert: a tower of fruit and chocolate with a cupcake, swimming in strawberry sauce. Pretty much the best dessert ever… so I had to find room to eat some of it. (The rest was packed up for breakfast…)

Trail's End dessert with food allergiesAfter two hours of eating, because the meal took at least that long (really), we waddled back to the bus stop and back to our hotel room. I would definitely recommend visiting Trail’s End when Chef TJ is working. Just come hungry, and don’t rush. My husband wanted to return to Trail’s End once more during our trip, because of how well I was treated and how happy I was with my meal, but I didn’t think my stomach could handle that much food twice in one holiday. (I never thought I’d say that.)

Port Orleans Riverside
DIsney's Mickey Waffles with food allergiesTwo words: Mickey Waffles!! Every single morning (except the day we ate leftovers from Trail’s End). Add some fresh strawberries and pure maple syrup and I couldn’t be happier. Pretty much the best breakfast you can get at Walt Disney World – or possibly anywhere. (These were Namaste brand mix made with apple juice.) I wish they made Mickey waffle makers to buy and use at home.

 

Magic Kingdom – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Food allergy options and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas PartyThe first thing we noticed about the Christmas Party, by looking at the map, was that they now advertise that they have EpiPens at the first aid stations – kudos to Disney for that. Next, they said there were free cookies and hot chocolate at select locations. Not exactly exciting for people with allergies, but I asked if they had any alternates and was given options – yes, options! – of apple juice, apple slices (prepackaged), and/or Enjoy Life cookies (prepackaged). I was pretty excited to have choices, all of which I liked. We were able to get the same safe snack options both times we went to the Christmas Party, and from different locations within the park.

Animal Kingdom – Allergy Food Kiosk
Disney's Animal Kingdom food allergy kioskA food cart dedicated to food for people with special diets, wow! I could only have the Enjoy Life cookies and bananas, but just the whole idea that something like this exists is fantastic! Tofutti at Disney food allergy kioskMy husband ordered some Tofutti frozen dessert, especting a small scoop in a bowl, and was happily surprised to get a whole TUB of frozen dessert. It was the highlight of his trip, even more than meeting the talking Mickey Mouse. I don’t think he was sad that I couldn’t have any, because he ate the whole tub himself and had a grin on his face for the rest of the day. And we went back another day… and he couldn’t stop smiling the whole day.

Other:
We dined at many other Disney restaurants during our trip: Rose and Crown, Le Cellier, The Wave (twice), California Grill (during the fireworks), Tony’s Town Square, and more… I just didn’t get pictures at them all. (Kyle was only taking photos of my food whenever I was really excited about something, or not so thrilled on Castaway Cay.) The Wave was one of our favourites, definitely, and we’ll go there for lunch every day we are in the Magic Kingdom next trip, I think. Their autumn curry stew was so good I ordered it twice this trip.

Pizzafari gluten free quick review

Posted on : 10-07-2014 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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Gluten free at Disney's Pizzafari

This quick review was provided by Gregory, who is avoids gluten.

Received outstanding service today! From the cashier to the two managers who made sure our meal was right, we were so pleased at the accommodations made to satisfy our needs. Dining at Disney has been made so much easier, and as always, Disney always does it better!

Recommend Pizzafari for gluten free?: Yes

If you would like to review Pizzafari or any Disney restaurant, submit a food allergy dining Quick Review.

Yak and Yeti food allergy quick review

Posted on : 03-03-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Emily, whose son is allergic to egg, nuts, dairy, sunflower and fish.

Dining at Yak and Yeti with food allergiesWe had the best experience with Chef Faythe at Yak and Yeti. Our reservation was at 4:45. Our son has a sensory disorder and would only eat nuggets during our trip. Chef Faythe went out of his way. He stayed past his shift, and made our son his own Chinese style nuggets, and sweet and sour sauce, with rice.

I was so amazed that he made him sweet and sour sauce. He also mentioned that he would stay and cook him more or something else if he wanted it. Well our son was falling asleep at the table, he would wake up eat a little fall back asleep he was so happy and said this is yummy in between falling asleep. I tried some before we left, and omg it was amazing for being allergy free!

It had to be the best meal we had during our 9 day trip. I wish we could have gone back. It is on our must do list now. I was extremely worried about this restaurant and when he started to fall asleep I was ok with it. Other people in our party have allergies and their food was amazing, too.

Recommend for egg, nuts, dairy, sunflower and fish: Yes

If you would like to review Yak and Yeti or any Disney restaurant, submit a food allergy dining Quick Review.

Flame Tree BBQ gluten free guest review

Posted on : 16-01-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Heather, who is allergic to gluten.

Flame Tree BBQ with a food allergyWe loved our dinner at Flame Tree. We informed the cashier of our gluten allergy and she immediately sent over the manager. The manager was friendly and immediately brought out the ingredient book. My husband and youngest son are on a strict gluten free diet due to Celiac Disease. My husband ordered the ribs and beans and he ordered the gluten free brownie (OMG brand) for dessert. They gave my son a plate of Grilled Chicken. He was given two chicken legs, a package of grapes and allergy safe French fries that were cooked in a dedicated gluten free fryer. He had the gluten free chocolate chip cookie (Enjoy Life Foods brand) for dessert. It was a delicious meal, and one we look forward to again.

Recommend for gluten: Yes

If you would like to review Flame Tree BBQ or any Disney restaurant, submit a food allergy dining Quick Review.

Animal Kingdom

Posted on : 10-08-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Food allergy reviews of Animal Kingdom restaurants

Dining with a food allergy at Animal Kingdom restaurantsBelow are food allergy restaurant reviews for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you don’t see one that you’re looking for, please contact us and we’ll find more information for you. If you would like to contribute a food allergy-free dining experience for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we would love to share it with our readers. Every shared experience helps the next reader.

 

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Flame Tree Barbeque

Quick service featuring delicious house-smoked barbecue chicken and rib meals or fantastic pork sandwiches
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Quick service with muffins, pastries, cakes and freshly brewed coffee
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Pizzas! Plus sandwiches, salads and beer
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Rainforest Cafe

Jungle-themed restaurant with animated animals and featuring burgers, pasta, poultry and vegetarian selections
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Quick service stand offering burgers and shakes.
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Tusker House Restaurant

Family buffets with African flavors during lunch and dinner. Also, join Mickey and crew on safari at breakfast and lunch.
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Quick service featuring Pan-Asian dishes, like crispy honey chicken and pork egg rolls
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Casual dining featuring Pan-Asian flavors such as maple tamarind chicken and seared miso salmon
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Tusker House food allergy Guest Review

Posted on : 09-02-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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We are excited to have Janeen provide this fabulous guest review of her dining experience at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Her son is allergic to wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, peanut, and tree nuts.

Tusker House - Africa - Animal Kingdom - food allergiesI made our reservation a few months before we traveled to Disney World. I made the reservation via Disney’s online reservations and it has an area where you can list all of your food allergies or special needs. When we arrived at Tusker House to check in, the hostess was already aware of my sons special needs as our reservation was flagged with “Food Allergies”. Due to the time of year that we went, the dining room wasn’t as crowded as I expected and even though we arrived 20 minutes early, we were seated right away. Our original reservation was for 10 AM.

Dining with food allergies at Tusker House in Animal KingdomBecause this restaurant is in Animal Kingdom, it has a safari feel to it. The characters themselves (Mickey, Donald, Daisy Duck, and Goofy are dressed in safari type outfits). The seating is comfortable and the tables are not too close together. Even though we were seated at the back of the restaurant, none of the tables were too far from the buffet. As you are dining, the characters come around to the tables to say hello, sign autographs and take photos with the customers. There is also a parade that takes place with the characters and the children are a part of it. Each child receives a percussion type instrument and they parade around the restaurant with the characters to music. Even my 10 years old son enjoyed this. It was a lot of fun.

Food allergies are no problem at Tusker House in Animal KingdomWhen we were seated, our server was also already aware of the food allergies. She took our drink order and went to the kitchen to let the chef know that we had a special order. The chef came to our table and let me know exactly what was safe on the menu for my sons allergies. Even though there were other safe options my son chose to have fruit, bacon, hash browns, rice and waffles. Because this restaurant is buffet style and buffets are never safe for food allergies due to cross contamination, my son was brought out a safe plate of food directly from the kitchen by the chef. The chef had also made my son safe Mickey shaped waffles which were really cute. We all ordered jungle juice to drink and it was really delicious.

The waitress and the chef came to the table at various points to make sure that everything was fine for my son. When he needed more bacon, the chef brought out extra from the kitchen along with some extras of the other food items he had originally requested. They really took great care with him and he never wanted for anything. Our dining experience and the staff at the Tusker House was top notch.

Some suggestions that I have are:

  1. Make your reservations in advance.
  2. Tell everyone and anyone who is handling your dining experience about your food allergies.
  3. Make sure to have the chef or the manager facilitate the food allergy order.
  4. If you are dining at a facility that has a buffet, make sure that your food comes directly from the kitchen and not the buffet.

You can find out more about our Disney World Dining experience at my blog www.zumfamily.blogspot.com

Janeen Zumerling is a Health Community Manager, Blogger and Food Allergy Advocate. She can be found blogging at: www.zumfamily.blogspot.com (Our Story: The Good, the Bad, and the Food Allergies) and at www.foodallergycooking.blogspot.com (Mom’s Food Allergy Diner). A former Sales and Marketing Representative, Janeen is currently a stay at home mom and lives in Ohio with her husband and two young sons one of whom has multiple life threatening food allergies and asthma.

Thanks, Janeen, for submitting this review of Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. If you found this helpful, please be sure to give her a thumbs up or share this on Facebook.

 

BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney Delivers…Cakes!!!

Posted on : 02-02-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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This is exciting news! We had a tradition (OK, for 2 trips) to have a dairy-free cake delivered to 1900 Park Fare or Cinderella’s Royal Table for our little Princess, early in our trip. She would enjoy that cake at the hotel for the rest of the week. Then, along came BabyCakes NYC to Downtown Disney, and everything changed. It became our first and last stops of the trip.

BabyCakes NYC - food allergy friendly bakery in Downtown DisneyNow, BabyCakes NYC can deliver cakes to Disney World, offering the best of two already great options.

Having a cake delivered to a dining event is already truly exciting for a child with food allergies. And our friends at BabyCakes NYC have the most delicious allergen-friendly and vegan baked goods on the planet. Therefore, having a BabyCakes NYC cake delivered to a Disney dining event has to be just as exciting as dining with Mickey Mouse or the entire Disney Princess Royal Family. At least, for a child with food allergies, it ranks right up there.

BabyCakes NYC offers a 6″ round cake (serves 8-10) in a number of different flavors including:  Vanilla, Chocolate, Carrot, Lemon, Brownie, Blondie, Banana, and Pumpkin. And they can also write personalized inscriptions, too!

Guests can place their cake orders by calling the bakery directly (407.938.9044).  They just need to have their reservation date, time, and confirmation number handy. BabyCakes NYC asks for at least one week notice for these orders, but the earlier the better!

We can hardly wait until our next trip to bring back this tradition. Of course, we’ll still have to stop in at BabyCakes NYC upon arrival in Orlando!

Animal Kingdom

Posted on : 01-02-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Food allergy reviews of Animal Kingdom restaurants

Dining with a food allergy at Animal Kingdom restaurantsBelow are food allergy restaurant reviews for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you don’t see one that you’re looking for, please contact us and we’ll find more information for you. If you would like to contribute a food allergy-free dining experience for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we would love to share it with our readers. Every shared experience helps the next reader.

 

Disney World with multiple food allergies and intolerance

Reviewed in this article:
Trails End at Fort Wilderness
Port Orleans Riverside
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party











Flame Tree BBQ gluten free guest review

This quick review was provided by Heather, who is allergic to gluten. We loved our dinner at Flame Tree. We informed the cashier of our gluten allergy and she immediately sent over the manager. The manager was friendly and immediately brought out the ingredient book. My husband and youngest son are on a strict gluten […]






Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdon – Guest Food Allergy Review

We have another fantastic guest review from Tara Wolfe who shared her son’s dining experience with multiple food allergies. Kevin is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, all tree nuts and coconuts. Flame Tree is a nice place to get a great bite of BBQ and sit in the shade for a while. I’ve never had […]






Pizzafari gluten free quick review

This quick review was provided by Gregory, who is avoids gluten. Received outstanding service today! From the cashier to the two managers who made sure our meal was right, we were so pleased at the accommodations made to satisfy our needs. Dining at Disney has been made so much easier, and as always, Disney always […]






Rainforest Cafe review

The Rainforest Cafe has two locations at Disney World, in Downtown Disney and outside the gates of the Animal Kingdom theme park. We’ve eaten at the Animal Kingdom location twice. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in an atmosphere that includes trumpeting elephants, howling monkeys and gorillas, plus an occasional thunderstorm — it is a […]






Tusker House food allergy Guest Review

We are excited to have Janeen provide this fabulous guest review of her dining experience at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Her son is allergic to wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, peanut, and tree nuts. I made our reservation a few months before we traveled to Disney World. I made the reservation via Disney’s […]






Tusker House review

The Tusker House restaurant is located in the Harambe village in the Africa area of Animal Kingdom theme park. Breakfast is the character event, called Donald’s Safari Breakfast, and includes Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy, all dressed in safari gear.  The breakfast buffet includes traditional American fare, plus a few unique African influenced dishes. The […]






Yak and Yeti food allergy quick review

This quick review was provided by Emily, whose son is allergic to egg, nuts, dairy, sunflower and fish. We had the best experience with Chef Faythe at Yak and Yeti. Our reservation was at 4:45. Our son has a sensory disorder and would only eat nuggets during our trip. Chef Faythe went out of his […]






Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdon – Guest Food Allergy Review

Posted on : 26-01-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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We have another fantastic guest review from Tara Wolfe who shared her son’s dining experience with multiple food allergies. Kevin is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, all tree nuts and coconuts.

Flame Tree BBQ with a food allergyFlame Tree is a nice place to get a great bite of BBQ and sit in the shade for a while. I’ve never had a bad meal here. The BBQ sandwiches are huge, but I don’t believe are allergy safe. My son just loved the chicken legs though. He kept saying how juicy they were. And their sauce…..WOW! Not too sweet, not too spicy, just right. Kevin also had carrots with his chicken, and grapes for dessert.

There is usually a crowd right around “feeding” time, so try to hit this spot on an off hour. The covered eating area fills up quick too, and few people may be there just to escape the heat. Not to mention the birds too. Be prepared as you are dining, there are tons of birds walking around your feet looking for a handout. Some may even hop up on the chair or table! But the area still remains clean. You see Cast Members constantly cleaning the area. And the restaurant staff really keeps the food moving, so there is no long wait. I just hope that in the future, Disney will decide to add some alternate choices for dessert. It seems I get burnt out on those little chocolate cakes pretty fast, since every counter service offers them.

Kevin enjoying a food allergy-free meal at Flame Tree BBQAs for advice on how to dine safely with food allergies, here are a few tips when planning and taking you vacation. Dining at a counter service requires no ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations), so first thing is to speak to a manager. Explain what allergies you are dealing with and they will show you their Food Allergy Binder. It lists all the products including the ingredients. The manager will personally prepare the food and deliver it to you.

Thanks, Tara, for submitting this review of Flame Tree BBQ. You can read more about her experience on her blog at The Wolfe Pack. If you found this helpful, please be sure to give her a thumbs up and/or share this on Facebook.