As a Long Island parent with a son with food allergies and daughters with asthma who love to travel with Disney, I was pleasantly surprised how accommodating Disney really makes it for the families having to cope with asthma and allergies while on vacation.
My son has a severe allergy to peanuts and milder sensitivies to milk and soy. By the time he was born, we had traveled with Disney 7 times as a family of 4. Once he allergy was discovered when he was nearly 2 years old- we had already traveled to Walt Disney World once. Was this going to change things? When making the reservation, I (as our Disney travel agent) noted on our reservations (for the resorts and all dining reservations) the allergy. We had done this in the past when we made a resort reservation indicating our daughters’ asthma so the room would be properly and deeply cleaned. This type of cleaning is with with no chemicals or scents, and Disney will remove all linens (if you will bring own linens) if you request it and replace with new linens due to sever peanut allergies (which we have since learned for our son), and or air filter replaced and carpets cleaned. There is no guarantee these accommodations will be available at time of check-in, and we have waited for this service to be completed after we checked in. We have never had an issue with our resort rooms or Disney Cruise Line cabins when we have made this request on behalf of our children and we have found Disney to be the most accommodating with this special request.
When we went to a table service restaurant in Walt Disney World or on Disney Cruise Line, the chef would personally come out to meet our family and let us know what was safe for our son to eat. Most even offered to make him his own special meal- even if it wasn’t on their menu! This was really great- especially in a buffet setting when cross contamination can certainly happen. Again, we have never had any issues while dining, and it has been a pleasure to be able to eat with ease on vacation- something we certainly took for granted before our son’s allergy was discovered. What is truly amazing is that there are peanut free restaurants in Walt Disney World. Each park will also provide updated printed lists of available peanut free snacks, including ice cream,that can be purchased from the vendors in the parks! This was a HUGE plus for us because, again, you just never know and cross contamination can run rampant and a HUGE fear for peanut allergy parents. Did you know the Nestle premium ice cream Mickey Bars are made on a separate line making them completely nut free and safe?
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