Does Disneyland live up to the gold standard of DisneyWorld when it comes to food allergies?
[The main part of this AllergyEats Blog post submitted by community member Linda Brown]
Many of you read my 7-day AllergyEats Blog posts entitled The Disney Chronicles: Dining out with 3 food-allergic children. (The first one is linked here, and all can be found by clicking on “March 2011” in this blog.) In those, I reviewed my family’s dining experiences on a 7-day trip to DisneyWorld in Florida. It will likely come as no surprise that most of our experiences there were very positive – after all, DisneyWorld is justifiably considered pretty much the gold standard in accommodating food-allergic diners (especially children).
When I wrote those posts, one reader asked if I would take my family to Disneyland in California next! Well, I haven’t fulfilled that request yet (though my children think it’s a great idea… purely for the edification of AllergyEats readers, of course), and so I have still never been to Disneyland. However, I assumed it would be like everything else Disney: perfect… including the accommodations made for food-allergic diners.
So I was caught quite off guard when Linda Brown submitted the following for publication in this blog:
I’m just back from a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim. I have read all the positive stories about Disney in Florida – and walked into Disneyland with excitement about my days dining experience – but was shot down with my first question. I have a dairy and egg allergy and the first stop I made was at the Main Street office and asked about allergy issues and if they could assist me. I was told they had a Gluten menu – but as far as any other allergy – I would have to ask at each dining facility to find out what I could eat. While this answer seemed a bit helpful – I spent the entire day looking for possible foods to eat – asking chef’s in restaurants. While they were helpful – my menu for the day was very limited and it was a chore to ask at each stand/restaurant what I could have. At one point in the day I actually turned to my husband and said I was feeling so hungry from lack of choices! I can only imagine what a family with a child with allergies would have felt like.
Not exactly a glowing review for Disneyland!
So I’d like to hear from other readers about how their experiences have been at Disneyland. Have you felt the same frustration? Or have you experienced the “Disney magic” in taking care of your (family’s) food allergies? Please click Comments or Reply below and share your thoughts. So many food-allergic families ask about the allergy-friendliness of the various Disney vacations and your input would be very helpful to them.
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