‘Ohana breakfast with dairy and egg allergies

Posted on : 02-07-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg. Read her full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

'Ohana food allergy reviewThe chef arrived promptly at the table and explained he would make our daughter her own wok with everything but the eggs and her own safe waffles.

The kids loved the characters and their meal, but overall, my husband and I found the food quality at this character buffet the most disappointing.  For our personal tastes, it was too salty and greasy, without many healthier alternatives like we were able to find at the other buffets.

Read the full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

Recommend ‘Ohana for dairy and egg free?: Maybe

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Contempo Cafe with a dairy and egg allergy

Posted on : 02-07-2016 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Gillian, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg. Read her full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

Contempo Cafe with food allergiesI saved this one for last because we ate here for 3 breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner and a packed lunch for our daughter for the journey home.  I have mixed feelings about this place.  In general we were satisfied with the breakfast food quality here, but really did not enjoy the lunch or dinner we had here.

The bbq chicken pizza my husband ordered was goopy and covered in sickly sweet bbq sauce, mayo (?) and mounds of greasy cheese.  I had a grilled steak salad and could barely eat it because it was swimming in dressing and oil.

However, the main issue at this place was the inconsistency between the managers when ordering our daughter’s food.  On our first visit, the manager told me the only safe option on the dinner menu for our daughter was the allergy tenders and fries.  In her words, “they are the only thing I can for sure guarantee”.  So that’s what we ordered. She also gave us a cupcake from Chef Mickey’s.

But then the next manager at lunch told me she had a lot of options and proceeded to pull out the allergy menu.  The tuna sandwich was listed on the egg allergy menu, which I thought was suspicious.  I questioned the manager (young blonde lady) and she kept saying the tuna sandwich was fine because it was on the menu.  She offered to get the ingredients binder which on closer inspection listed :”egg yolk” as I suspected in the mayo.  Then she continued to try and convince me that it was still safe because “egg” was not listed in bold as an allergen despite the clear listing of it in the ingredient.  I lost all confidence and asked if we could just have the allergy tenders again made in the dedicated fryer.  I also asked if we could have a cupcake, and she said no they were for Chef Mickey’s guests only.  She gave me a small pack of Enjoy Life cookies.

Later that evening I went back to Contempo to see if I could get a cupcake for our daughter to take to CRT the next day.  The male manager at the time, got me 2 from Chef Mickeys but as he handed them over, said “you got the last two from Chef Mickey’s, now they don’t even have any.”  This made me feel really bad.  I hope we didn’t ruin the night for another allergy kid.  On our second and third breakfast, Brenda was available to help me order breakfast and a safe lunch for our ride home.  She was fabulous, making our daughter waffles and giving us lots of those little packets of fruit and carrots to have in the parks.   She packed our daughter a goldfish sandwich and gave her some extra treats.  Thank you Brenda!

Read the full Disney World food allergy trip report here.

Recommend Contempo Cafe for dairy and egg free?: Maybe, but be careful.

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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.

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.

Contempo Cafe food allergy quick review

Posted on : 04-06-2014 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Amanda, who is allergic to dairy, soy, gluten, and tree nuts.

Contempo Cafe with food allergiesI am writing this review as a reminder that as good as Disney is with food allergies, major mistakes can still be made. I went to the Contempo Cafe for breakfast in May 2014, and after speaking with the manager put in my order for an allergen free Mickey waffle. When the cashier entered our order into the computer, she forgot to mark my meal as an allergy, so a regular waffle was brought to me instead.

Since it was our first day there, I was unaware that a manager always hand delivers allergy friendly meals to the guests who ordered them, so I assumed that the waffle brought to me was the allergy-friendly one and ate it. By the time the manager came to correct the problem, I had eaten the entire waffle full of gluten and whole milk. The manager handled everything very well, making sure I had Benedryl and an epi-pen, and offering to get me medical attention if needed. However, it goes to show that even in a place as food allergy friendly asDisney World, we should always be careful and confirm that the food delivered to us is in fact allergen free.

Recommend for dairy, soy, gluten, and tree nuts: Maybe

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‘Ohana food allergy quick review

Posted on : 12-03-2014 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Meghan, whose son is allergic to milk, egg and peanut.

'Ohana food allergy reviewWe did the character breakfast and had a great meal and experience. We had a party of 11 ages 4-66. My 4 year old son is allergic to milk, egg and peanut. The chef came out and explained their food prep and the would make a buckwheat waffle with sides of bacon, sausage and potatoes for him. My son doesn’t like sausage or potatoes so he didn’t eat either but he loved the waffles, bacon, fresh fruit and juice. I taste tested the waffles and they were really good! The character interaction was fun for everyone. I was skeptical because my 4 year old twins weren’t familiar with Lilo and Stitch, but they thought Stitch was funny. They loved meeting Mickey and Pluto. The rest of the family loved the food.
Highly recommend!!

Recommend for milk, egg and peanut: Yes

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Pepper Market food allergy review

Posted on : 07-10-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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Pepper Market at Coronado SpringsChef Ricardo rocks! He really went above and beyond his duty to help us.

We explained how much our daughter loved the Maya Grill and the build-your-own tacos she had there. He basically prepared the same thing for her lunch. My husband and I ate from the “buffet” where, basically, you walk around to each of the “market” booths and select your meal, quick service-like.

The next day, we knew Chef Ricardo was working during breakfast. So, we returned to the Pepper Market and he met us at the table to discuss our daughter’s options. She told Chef Ricardo that she loved the allergen-free Mickey Waffles, eggs and bacon. As a surprise, and big treat, he made Mickey pancakes! It was so exciting for her!

We told him about our Disney cruise and asked if it was possible to get anything “to go” so that we would definitely have safe food for her when we boarded the Disney Dream the next day. When you board the cruise ship, the quick service pool-side restaurants are open, and the pizza and ice-cream are readily available. And, while we could possibly speak to the head chef to prepare something safe, it wasn’t a sure bet. So, Chef Ricardo made us a “to go” version of her favorite build-your-own tacos to take with us when we boarded the cruise ship. It turned out to be the perfect option.

Chef Ricardo showed so much concern and was so happy to help. He gave us his personal contact information for our next visit, any time we need to get our daughter a safe Mexican fix. Of course, not only is he willing to do this for us, he stays in contact with many other families that have visited his restaurant. We love Chef Ricardo!

Maya Grill food allergy review

Posted on : 06-10-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

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Maya Grill dining with food allergiesThe Maya Grill is our daughter’s favorite restaurant in “the World!” As a Texan, I raised her to love Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Well, the Maya Grill is heaven for her! She never gets to eat Mexican food at restaurants because of all the dairy in the kitchen, and the chefs and kitchen staff are not trained in food allergy safety. But at the Maya Grill, she got to eat Mexican food that was safe and, not to mention, delicious!

We started with the salsa, guacamole and chips, though the chips actually came from the Pepper Market, next door. Our fabulous waitress, Michelle, recommended their chips over the Maya Grill’s chips, which were located in a general area and could have been in close proximity to dairy. Next our daughter ordered black beans, rice and flour tortillas, and made her own tacos. The flour tortillas are fresh and tiny — like 2-3 bite tacos!

We now have to eat at the Maya Grill on every trip to Disney World! Really. Not Be Our Guest, not Cinderella’s Royal Table, not the Brown Derby, but the Maya Grill!

Also, we were taken care of by a fabulous waitress, Michelle. She waited on us all three nights we dined there, though once we had to wait for one of her tables, as she is very good and very popular. Unfortunately, she was about to leave to go back to school to become a teacher, like her mother, who, incidentally, met her father at Disney. She’s going to make a great teacher, though we will miss her on our next visit.

And another bonus is a fantastic guitar player named Marcello, who plays a wide range of contemporary and classic 70s and 80s Top 10s, all instrumentally on the guitar. It was a really great time, with excellent Mexican food and wonderful acoustic guitar music. What’s not to love?

PS – there were also several gluten-free options on the menu.  Zoom in on our menu photo to see them marked “*GF”

Maya Grill menu (photo)

Maya Grill menu from Disney

Great new interview with Disney’s Culinary Dietary Specialist

Posted on : 13-09-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Misc

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Disney Culinary Dietary Specialist Gary JonesOur friends over at PeanutAllergy.com recently inteviewed Gary Jones, Culinary Dietary Specialist of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He discusses their approach, training and other dietary initiatives.

Some interesting data from the interview include the 625,000 guests who visited Disney World and Disneyland with one or more food allergies. He also mentions that guests visiting with 3 or more food allergies is not uncommon and does not “stress us out”. And he includes some tips for visiting with special dietary needs. Mainly, it’s all about planning accordingly, especially if you have multiple food allergies, including guests with especially complex food allergy combinations.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.peanutallergy.com/share/travel/walt-disney-world-the-most-allergy-friendly-place-on-earth

Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness – Food allergy review

Posted on : 03-07-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Sheri, whose daughter is allergic to dairy and egg.

Food allergy-free dining at Trails EndMy family recently took a vacation to Walt Disney World. Our first meal was at the Trail’s End at the Fort Wilderness campground. I had made advanced reservations for all of our table service restaurants well in advance and had our allergies noted at that time. Our party consisted of my in laws, my husband, myself, and our 7 year old daughter who has severe dairy and egg allergies. My husband and I eat on her diet when we are with her.

Trail’s End is a buffet and my in laws were able to start eating right away. we are used to waiting for a chef to come out but this time the chef was very quick, we did not even have time to place out drink orders before he showed up! He offered to walk us through the buffet and show us what we could have and what he could modify for us. I know that many people with allergies are rightly worried about cross contamination at buffet setting and I would like to note that we were the first seating of the evening and the buffet was virtually untouched. However, the chef still offered to make us a separate dish of anything we wanted if we had any concerns.

The chef was wonderful. he talked directly to our daughter, and the first thing he said was he would not let her leave without dessert (if mom and dad approved). Then he showed her what was ok. and most of the dinner foods were OK! pulled pork, ribs, fried and baked chicken, baked potatoes, and green beans were all safe. the corn had butter added but the chef offered to bring us some butter free corn. He also sent a dish of earth balance buttery spread to the table for our potatoes. My daughter saw salmon on the buffet and asked about it, it was not OK but the chef made her special salmon and she ate every bite of it (much to his delight). Corn bread and all desserts were off limits but this is something we are used to.

The food was wonderful as was the service. After we had eaten “all we cared to enjoy” our daughter got a dairy\egg free ice cream sunday with chocolate sauce and gummy bears. The chef came back at the end of our meal to thank us and told our daughter that he would be happy to cook for her whenever she came back. The experience was so great I considered canceling my other reservations to come back. Our waiter let us know that there were hula hoops and horseshoes waiting to be played with outside after we left.

This was hands down my favorite meal of the trip. And that is due to the wonderful service from the staff and chef. They in no way seemed inconvenienced by us being there and went out of their way to give my daughter a “normal” meal. And as any parent of an allergic child knows, it just does not get any better than that.

Recommend for dairy and egg: Yes

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Sanaa food allergy quick review

Posted on : 02-06-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Shana, whose wife is allergic to gluten.

Dining gluten-free at Sanaa in Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeMy wife and I had a truly delicious lunch at Sanaa. We mentioned the gluten allergy when checking in for our ADR. They have a separate gluten-free menu and a chef came out and reassured us that he took allergies very seriously and no gluten contamination would occur.

We had the gluten-free version of the bread service and all but one of the dips are safe. The tamarind dip has gluten. I would ask them to bring out that dip on a separate plate since their default is to put them all on the same plate. There were spoon for the dips so avoiding cross contamination was easy.

We had the goan fish curry, butter chicken, and vegetarian platter….all delicious. No reactions.

Recommend for gluten: Yes

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