Rainforest Cafe, Babycakes NYC, The Plaza and Backlot Express food allergy reviews

Posted on : 14-07-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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Kelly shared these reviews with us. Her sons have multiple food allergies, including peanuts, tree nuts, egg, dairy, sesame seeds and bananas.

One of the reasons I initially wanted to take the kids to Disney World was I had heard they accommodate food allergies.  This is always a huge stress for me when we travel.

Disney has food allergy policies in place that really keep there guests safe and relieve some of the stress.  I made restaurant reservations on Disney’s website.  When making the reservation I was asked to check off which allergies are in my party.  Then I was told to contact Special.Diets@DisneyWorld.com and they sent me forms to fill out.  Those forms were sent to each restaurant.  They then sent a confirming email and asked that when we got to restaurant to mention the allergies once again and the chef will come out and talk to us.  The following is our experience at Downtown Disney, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Rainforest Cafe

Downtown Disney's Rainforest CafeThe first full day of our vacation we decompressed at the hotel pool and then headed over to Downtown Disney for a late lunch and a little shopping.  We had a reservation at The Rainforest Cafe

Rainforest Cafe has a really fun atmosphere for the kids.  You are surrounded by lifelike jungle animals and huge fish tanks.  Every 20 minutes or so there was a “thunder and lighting storm.”

Chef Richard at the Rainforest Cafe Downtown DisneyWe informed our server, Shawn, that we had two kids at our table with food allergies.  He sent out the chef.

Chef Richard assured us Nolan could have the chicken tenders and that he would make something special for Sean–two plain hamburgers and fries that would cooked in a separate part of the kitchen.

After a long day at the pool, these boys cleaned their plates—so did the adults, the food was good.

Dining with food allergies at Downtown DisneyFood allergies at the Rainforest Cafe Downtown Disney

Babycakes NYCBabycakes NYC Downtown Disney

One of the main reasons I wanted to check out Downtown Disney was Babycakes NYC.  This wonderful bakery is peanut and tree nut free, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, sesame seed-free.  Correction by AFM: BabyCakesNYC does not claim to be peanut free or tree nut free, due to the way their gluten-free flours are packaged.

I told Sean that this was a very special safe bakery and that he could pick out whatever he wanted.  He couldn’t believe his eyes.

Babycakes NYC delicious allergy freeBabycakes NYC food allergy free treatsSean ended up with two cupcakes, some chocolate chip cookies and chocolate frosted donut.  He has never had a donut!  We brought the box of treats back to the hotel and he saved one for each day.  He was so happy.  Mumma was so happy.

 

The Plaza Restaurant 

The first day in the parks we went to lunch in Magic Kingdom at The Plaza Restaurant.

A great chef at the PlazaThis time two chefs came right out, armed with a book of everything they served and all the ingredients. Nolan settled on a grilled cheese and Sean once again had a hamburger.  We were again assured that it would be cooked safely in a separate part of the kitchen.

They brought out some apple slices and crayons to keep little hands busy, while we waited for our food.

Sean cleaned his plate once again.

Dairy free dessert at The Plaza in the Magic KingdomThe Plaza restaurant with a food allergyThe Plaza with food allergiesSean could even have dessert.  They had Rice Dream ice cream, a dairy-free treat that he loves, with Enjoy Life cookies for ears!

Backlot Express

The next day we had lunch in Hollywood Studios at The Backlot Express.

The Backlot was an express type restaurant, which I was a bit apprehensive about.

Get Enjoy Life Cookies at Backlot ExpressWhen placing our order with Cody, I informed him of our food allergies.  I have to say it was one of the best experiences.  Cody was so helpful and then Chef Christa came out with that magic book.  This time there were chicken tenders and natural cut french fries that Sean could have.  And more Enjoy Life cookies 🙂

Every restaurant, express and sit-down, has a food allergy book, as well as every snack stand. Even the popcorn stand had a book.  Sean and Nolan could have the popcorn too.

All-in-all we had great experiences eating in Disney World.  Sean and Nolan eat like kings!

Thanks to Kelly Lessard for sharing her Disney food allergy dining experiences. You can read more about her family’s food allergy adventures at her blog. If you found this review useful, please give her a Thumbs Up!

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!

Find the Mouse contest winner

Posted on : 12-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCThis time around, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney sponsored our Find the Mouse contest. It was a lot of fun and our winner found us at Epcot at Le Chefs de France.

And the winners are Susan and Bill, and their children Will and Lainey, from Pennsylvania.

Will and Lainey collect their prizeWill and Lainey have severe food allergies tree nuts, peanuts, milk, egg, soy, wheat, shellfish and sesame. However, a box of treats from BabyCakes NYC was a perfect prize and they collected their prize the next day, on their way out of town.

BabyCakes NYC sponsored Find the MouseHappy, safe children is the reason we created AllergyFreeMouse.comHidden Mickeys at BabyCakes NYC Downtown Disney

 

A big thanks to BabyCakes NYC for sponsoring our contest. We had a great time and we are so happy to see the smiles on the faces of Will and Lainey.

 

Look for an updated review of BabyCakes NYC soon, with some exciting news we learned while visiting the bakery, one of the many times. Additionally, Susan has mentioned that she plans to send us reviews for some of the restaurants they visited while at Disney World. We look forward to sharing those, too.

 

UPDATE: Will is now telling his family his favorite part of Disney was Downtown Disney “because he got to eat doughnuts.”

October 2011 trip to Disney World with a food allergy

Posted on : 09-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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We’re heading out, back to Atlanta, after another successful trip to Disney World. It was successful because we met lots of fans and had NO ALLERGIC REACTIONS!!! And once again, we encountered a lot of people who didn’t know about the Disney food allergy program until they arrived, or shortly before. So we made a lot of new friends and we also passed along the information about our contest and our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Our winner for this contest found us at Epcot.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party photosOne fabulous find, this trip, was Le Chefs de France. They make their own sorbet, and have dedicated equipment with no cross-contamination with dairy. They also make their own French rolls, again without dairy or cross-contamination. Our daughter enjoyed eating fresh French bread for the first time. More about this later when we write the review.

Two more highlights were The Plaza in the Magic Kingdom and the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios. Prime Time Cafe was literally a blast from the past, and the chef prepared a special plate for our daughter. Later, we found the lounge was an excellent place to stop and cool off.

Akershus was great as usual, for breakfast, and the Princesses were wonderful with Mary Poppins paying a visit this time.

When we first arrived in Disney World, we dined at Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe, where Chef Carlos carved beautiful roses out of fresh strawberries after serving a wonderful grilled chicken for Charlotte. That night, we also flew through BabyCakes NYC to pickup some items to have around in the hotel. We stopped in the next day and discovered another gem in Downtown Disney. Fresh-A-Peel, in the same building as BabyCakes NYC and Pollo Campero, has a smoothie stand that never uses dairy, nuts, or gluten in their blenders. It was the first smoothie our daughter has ever had that we didn’t prepare. They also have other gluten-free options, healthy snacks, juices and fresh fruit.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was a big thrill! We plan to go next year, too. It was so much fun but we didn’t get to do everything. The Disney Villains were behaving as one might expect, wicked and scary, but not too scary. We didn’t have any problem avoiding the candy and there was so much excitement everywhere that our daughter didn’t even noticed the candy stations. We simply brought our favorite Enjoy Life candy bars, Divvies Jelly Beans and other treats so that she had a basket of candy like everyone else. During the Boo to You Parade, Charlotte was offered candy from Goofy’s Candy Company crew, but politely declined.

Another great experience was the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party. We had no real expectations for our daughter’s dessert, but we were absolutely impressed. On top of all the delicious dessert samples available for the masses, the waiter met with us and said the chef had prepared a special plate of fabulous desserts for her. And boy did he ever deliver! More about that in our review.

Look for more reviews to come.

So, until we return to the Happiest Place on Earth, we’ll be dining out at our local “allergy free haunts,” Moes, California Pizza Kitchen, Red Robin and Dulce Vegan bakery.

Find the Mouse – Day 4 Itinerary – Epcot

Posted on : 07-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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We spent yesterday at the Magic Kingdom, ending it with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. What a blast it was! We’re still exhausted.

Friday, October 7

Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCFind us at Epcot today to win a delicious box of treats from our sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Look for someone wearing a blue AllergyFreeMouse.com t-shirt, like the one pictured below.

Here is our plan for the day, subject to change at which time we’ll update the page, if possible:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at 10:50 AM
  • Via Napoli at 2:00 PM
  • Le Chefs de France at 7:30 PM

We’ll also post some locations on Twitter, follow us there @AllergyMouse.

Look for this guy (not Pinocchio)

Find the Mouse – Day 3 Itinerary – Magic Kingdom

Posted on : 06-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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We spent yesterday at Hollywood Studios and it was a lot of fun. Charlotte had some fabulous dairy-free meals at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. We met a lot of people who had food allergies in their family, but no one found us yet!

Thursday, October 6

Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCFind us at Magic Kingdom today to win a delicious box of treats from our sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Look for someone wearing a blue AllergyFreeMouse.com t-shirt, like the one pictured below.

Here is our plan for the day, subject to change at which time we’ll update the page, if possible:

  • The Crystal Palace at 9:15 AM
  • Liberty Tree Tavern at 1:00 PM
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (TBD)

 

We’ll also post some locations on Twitter, follow us there @AllergyMouse.

Look for this guy (not Pinocchio)

 

Find the Mouse – Day 2 itinerary

Posted on : 05-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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Yesterday was a blast at Downtown Disney and especially the Magic Kingdom. It’s a great time to be here, since the crowds are really light.

Wednesday, October 5

Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCFind us at Hollywood Studios today to win a delicious box of treats from our sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Look for someone wearing a blue AllergyFreeMouse.com t-shirt, like the one pictured below.

Here is our plan for the day, subject to change at which time we’ll update the page, if possible:

  • Hollywood Studios around 10:30 AM
  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe at 12:10 PM
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at 3:30 PM

We’re also going to the Contemporary for the MK fireworks and a 9:15 dinner at the California Grill, one of our favorites.

We’ll also post some locations on Twitter, follow us there @AllergyMouse.

Look for this guy (not Pinocchio)

 

Find the Mouse – Day 1 itinerary

Posted on : 04-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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We arrived in Disney World on Monday night around 8, checked in and made it to BabyCakes NYC around 9:30, then arrived for a 10:00 dinner reservation at Wolfgang Puck Cafe. Full review to follow later but, basically, it was outstanding and Charlotte even received a little  extra treat at the end from Chef Carlos.

Tuesday, October 4

Our contest sponsor, BabyCakes NYCFind us at Downtown Disney or the Magic Kingdom today to win a delicious box of treats from our sponsor, BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney. Look for someone wearing a blue AllergyFreeMouse.com t-shirt, like the one pictured below.

Here is our plan for the day, subject to change at which time we’ll update the page, if possible:

  • Back to Downtown Disney Marketplace around 9:30 AM
  • Wolfgang Puck Express around 11 AM.
  • Quick stop at BabyCakes NYC.
  • Magic Kingdom – 2-ish
  • The Plaza Restaurant – 5:20 PM
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at 8 PM

We’ll also post some locations on Twitter, follow us there @AllergyMouse.

Look for this guy (not Pinocchio)

 

Find the Mouse contest – October 4 – 8

Posted on : 01-10-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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Find the Mouse at Disney Contest Returns!

Babycakes NYC sponsors Alllergy Free Mouse

This time we have another delicious prize from another great sponsor – BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney!

We are so excited to have this fabulous sponsor for this fun and exciting contest. Don’t know BabyCakes NYC? You should! Read about the great allergen-friendly bakery here.

Babycakes NYC in Downtown Disney

Look for an Allergy Free Mouse shirt around Disney World

Now, the details of the contest.

  • This time, you must be present to win.
  • We will post our itinerary soon. Simply find us.
  • Win a surprise box of delicious treats from BabyCakes NYC.

That’s it! Easier than gluten-free cupcakes.

Whether you find us at Disney, or not, you should still stop by BabyCakes NYC located in the Fresh-A-Peel / Pollo Campero building, near T-Rex and Lego in Downtown Disney. The bakery is gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, casein-free, egg-free and everything is absolutely delicious.

Look for BabyCakes NYC in Downtown DisneyBabyCakes NYC allergen-free bakery in Downtown Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucked away, but well worth looking for in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Look for the day’s itinerary to be posted on our blog.

 

Gluten-free dining at Disney World – Guest Post

Posted on : 05-09-2011 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Review

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When one of our Twitter friends, Candice (@Candicerose90), asked us for our favorite Disney Boardwalk restaurant, we had to confess we had never been there. Then, we asked her to share her experience here, and she graciously accepted!

When I first went gluten-free, we had an upcoming trip to Disney planned. I had slowly started to see how the diet had a positive impact on my health, and was concerned with how I was going to maintain the diet away from home. With a little research and hearing from others experiences, I was ensured I would be in good hands.

I had no idea what to expect (it was literally my first dining experience away from home!) Boy, was my bar set high after dining at Disney! From having the chefs come out and personally speak with me to enjoying all the delicious gluten-free meals, I was blown away by how accommodating Disney was. It was an extra special trip, because it was the first vacation that I had experienced in five years without being sick. I truly experienced the “magic of Disney.”

After having a wonderful experience two years ago my family and I recently returned to Orlando knowing that I would be able to enjoy great, safe meals throughout the week (since dining at Disney the first time I am now also dairy-free). Though we came to relax at a resort, and did not specifically go to any Disney parks we dined at many restaurants on Disney’s Boardwalk, Downtown Disney Area, as well as the Grand Floridian Hotel. Below is a breakdown of my experience.

Gluten-free Chicken Tacos at Paridiso 37Paradiso 37, is a hip, but casual South, Central, and North American inspired cuisine restaurant located at Downtown Disney’s Paradise Island. They offered many GF items, and many things could be made without cheese. Items that were fried were off limits because of cross contamination, however instead of frying the items you can request it be grilled. I order chicken tacos, with onions and peppers in a corn tortilla. On the side, I got a salad. The meal was flavorful and very yummy.

Gluten-free pasta at Disney WorldThe next night we dined at Portobello (also at Downtown Disney) restaurant. For dinner I got the “value meal”. It came with a house salad, a giant dish of GF pasta (I chose tomato basil sauce) and a dessert. Though I opted not to have dessert (I allowed my brother to have mine), the GF/ DF dessert option was mixed berries. Note: They do recommend that you make your reservation in advance to guarantee that they will have GF pasta on hand.

It is too hard for me to decide what my favorite meal was when dining at Disney.  However, it would have to be between the Tilapia dish I had at the Flying Fish Café (Disney’s Boardwalk), and the Roasted Chicken Dish I had at the Grand Floridian Café. Not only did I love the atmosphere of the Flying Fish Cafe, but I loved before my meal I was able to enjoy a warm gluten-free roll! This was something I had not been able to enjoy at any of the other restaurants, so it was a really nice treat.

Allergy free bakery at Disney WorldOne of the places I was most excited to visit on our trip was Babycakes NYC! Their newest location is now open in Downtown Disney! I have been to the NYC location, and own both of their cookbooks. Needless to say I think their gluten-free treats are amazing! In addition to being gluten-free Babycakes is casein, wheat, soy, and refined sugar free, and is a kosher and vegan bakery. The bakery is a great new addition to Disney, and adds to the “magical experience” for us with food intolerances and allergies.

To say that I had a wonderful dining experience at all of the restaurants is an understatement. The experience that I had at Disney is one that can bring tears to my eyes. It was so nice knowing that each time I dined at Disney; I would be able to enjoy a safe meal without the worry.

Quick Tips for Dining at Disney with a Food Allergy or Intolerance:

  • Make your reservation in advance! Though many restaurants will accommodate you the day of, booking your reservation will eliminate stress and guarantee they will have the items on hand in order to make you a safe meal.
  • Many Reservations can be made online (some have to be done over the phone). Remember to click the food allergy notification option.
  • Before heading off to Disney, contact a representative regarding your dietary needs.  (SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com). They will send additional instructions as to how to request special meals, and will also provide you with a list of safe food items that you can find throughout the parks!
Candice has a fantastic gluten-free living blog called Embrace G-Free. Be sure to read more about her Disney trip there. You can also find her on Twitter at @Candicerose90 and on Facebook.