Going on vacation fills most families with excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, families with food allergies might be feeling anxiety and fear instead of the excitement that they should be feeling. Beyond Castles Travel has experience in travelling with food allergies and we would like to share some travel tips.
One of the best ways to make sure there won’t be unexpected exposures is to plan ahead, which can be difficult on vacation. Disney is a company that makes planning ahead a bit easier.
All of Disney’s full service restaurants that take reservations can accomodate dietary needs related to intolerances or allergies when ordered at least 72 hours in advance. Common food allergies include;
- gluten or wheat
- lactose or dairy
- peanuts and tree nuts
If you are making your own reservations, you will need to let them know at that time what the allergy is and who in your party has it. Personally, I have also been given the direct phone number for a restaurant that we were going to eat at so that we could call them the day before to confirm that they knew about the allergy. Contact Diana at email@example.com or at 740-953-0373.
Once you arrive at the restaurant, remind the hostess and the server regarding your allergy and the chef will come out to discuss safe options and alternatives.
The locations listed below have quick-service menu items or products that, upon request, may accommodate Guests’ common food allergy or intolerance needs.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
- Flame Tree Barbecue
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park:
- Backlot Express
- Studios Catering Co.
- ABC Commissary
- Toy Story Pizza Planet
Epcot Theme Park:
- Liberty Inn
- Sunshine Season
Magic Kingdom Theme Park:
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
- Main Street Bakery
- Columbia Harbor House
- The Pinocchio Village House
And for pre-packaged items, please make sure you read the ingredient label.
Even though Disney will do their best to help avoid your allergen, always remember to have your emergency medication with you at all times. We will even bring wipes to clean off a table before my son eat.
Also, remember that you can bring food into the park. We always bring safe “treats” for my son because we like to get pastries from the countries in the World Showcase but they are not safe for guests with peanut allergies. So we bring safe treats for my son that he only gets to eat.
Eating on vacation can be a challenge with food allergies but Beyond Castles Travel would like to make that easier for you. We can make your reservations for you, taking care of all special notes. We will handle your reservation like it was our own and your dietary needs like they were ours so all you need to feel before your vacation is excitement and anticipation.
Travelling beyond Disney to someplace else in the world? Book your package with us and we will make all reservations and gather all the information that we can to help make eating on your vacation a piece of allergen-safe cake!