The Plaza tree nut and peanut allergy quick review

Posted on : 11-03-2013 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Maria, whose son is allergic to Peanuts and Tree Nuts.

Disney World dining at The Plaza peanut-free and tree nut-free.We always make a point to eat at The Plaza our first and last day at Magic Kingdom. We have been going here for at least 8 yrs now, and The Plaza has never disappointed us. It is one of the most allergy friendly restaurants you can find. My son has a peanut and tree nut allergy. When we get seated, our waitress asks us about our allergy.

She then brings over the book of food with all the ingredients, while we wait for the Chef to come to our table. Chef Ken, is the greatest Chef there. He comes and sits down with us and talks to my son about what he would like to eat. He goes out of his way to just talk about our trip, and he always remembers something about our past dining experience at The Plaza. With all the costumers that come and go there, it’s nice that Chef Ken cares enough to remember. Our last trip my son had the grill cheese and fries. Chef Ken also offered to make my son more food if he was still hungery after his first dish. He also brought out fruit and salad for appetizers. The first dressing they put on the salad my son did not like, so he offered to bring out another salad with different dressing.

For dessert Chef Ken makes him the Mickeylodeon with allergy friendly cookies. For the ice cream he opens a new container every time, so there is no chance of cross contamination. Chef Ken will also come out through out the meal to check on us and just chat. If you are looking for good food and a friendly, happy place, The Plaza is the place to be. We are planning our Nov trip and the first thing the family asks is, When are we going to The Plaza.

Recommend for Peanuts and Tree Nuts: Yes

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The Plaza Restaurant food allergy review

Posted on : 19-11-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Review

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Dining at The Plaza Restaurant with food allergiesThe Plaza Restaurant is located in the Magic Kingdom, and is a Victorian Garden room. There is an ice cream parlor attached, but we steer clear of that! Even if they offered Soy Delicious Ice Cream, it could easily be cross-contaminated.

However, the Plaza Restaurant offers a variety of sandwichs, soups and salads. Our daughter had a turkey sandwich on an Ener-G roll, fries and fresh fruit. As always, we asked to see the chef, and he took great care of her. She devoured the sandwich, fries and fruit. Then, as an extra special treat, the Chef brought out Enjoy Life Foods cookies for dessert.

This is a great stop with some good healthy options. But, my husband ordered a cheesesteak sandwich, with the usual fries. He was very happy with this. I ordered a hummus sandwich, with cheese. It’s probably my favorite sandwich in the park. We will be back!

The Plaza Restaurant

Posted on : 16-08-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In : Guest, Misc, Quick Review, Review

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This quick review was provided by Laura, whose daughter is allergic to peanuts and avoids tree nuts.

Peanut allergy dining at The Plaza RestaurantOur family is lucky enough to travel to Disney World at least two times a year and until this last trip we have avoided the Plaza restaurant because I was convinced they would not be able to properly handle my 6yo daughter’s peanut allergy. I was aware that the menu featured ice cream sundae’s for dessert and didn’t want to take the risks that usually accompany ice cream parlors. However, one evening we did not make dining reservations in advance and were faced with heading back to our resort, a walk-up, or giving The Plaza a try. We asked the hostess if they could accommodate my daughter’s allergy without advance notice and of course they could.

The hostess took extra time to clean our table in my presence after I voiced my concerns and informed our waitress of my daughter’s allergies. While taking our drink orders she informed us the Chef would be out shortly to talk with us about our allergy concerns. I am very familiar with the allergy policy and practices at Disney and was extremely impressed with the extra time and attention Chef Ken gave to my daughter and our whole party.

Peanut allergy at Disney World's Plaza RestaurantWhen the Chef came to our table he asked my daughter’s cousin what my daughter’s allergy was and explained to them both that it was very important that they both understood what her allergy was and what it meant to have a life-threatening peanut allergy. After discussing this with the girls he asked my daughter what she would like to eat and she replied by asking what she could have. Chef Ken again asked first what she would like to have and when she answered with a sandwich (which
she could have) he continued to offer more options that you can imagine for sides. She was so excited to be able to have a ham and cheese sandwich with fruit and her cousin ordered with the chef at the same time to make her feel special as well. Her cousin chose a turkey sandwich and had soup as her side. The adults in the party had a mixture of burgers, sandwiches and salads which we all thought were very good.

Then the inevitable question came, What would she like for dessert and I was just waiting for my daughter’s disappointment when she was told she could not have ice cream….again. To my surprise Chef Ken said that she could have ice cream and not only that she could have chocolate and have it in a CONE, her first ice cream cone ever! She was all smiles from ear to ear! After many questions from me to Chef Ken assured me that it was peanut free. He even visited our table multiple times to make sure she was okay and enjoying everything. The memory of her being able to share an ice cream sundae in a restaurant is one I never thought I would be able to have, how could I have doubted Disney Magic? I can’t thank Chef Ken enough, that dinner was our best memory of the trip!

Recommend for peanuts and tree nuts: Yes

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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 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!

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.