Hello everyone, I hope all has been magical lately! Today I am introducing you to a new segment of mine, “In Disney…Living Peanut Free!”! For all you fellow peanut-free-fellows out there, I know sometimes it can be really hard not being able to eat everything others can. Though I have many delicious treats and foods that I eat all the time at home, sometimes it’s hard to find stuff outside of the house that is safe for me, but there is one place in the world besides my house where I know I am safe – Walt Disney World®! When it comes down to Disney, they are truly amazing and very careful when it comes to food allergies. In all of the restaurants the chef comes out and tells you what is in everything and most of the time there is a peanut free dessert, too! It means a lot to me that Disney is so respectful; they don’t want anyone to miss out on any of the magic! So, in this series of posts I will be talking about restaurants and meals that I had on my last trip that were safe for me!
Today, I will be talking about my favorite dessert that I had on my last trip in September. It was in 1900 Park Fair at the Cinderella Happily Ever After Dinner!
Now, as I walked into the restaurant, I was a little sad because it was our last day, and we had already left Downtown Disney®. This was going to be our last Disney experience of the vacation! Also, as I walked in, I was NOT expecting to get the best dessert of my ENTIRE LIFE right in that very place.
So here is how it works in Disney when you have a food allergy: When you are making a reservation, always make sure to mention your allergy when making it and when you get to the restaurant, always double check that the chef is coming. If you did not make a reservation for the restaurant, just tell your waiter/waitress that someone in the family has an allergy, and the chef will come out and tell you what you can and can’t have. My chef that night was Chef Nick. He brought me around the whole buffet and told me all the things that were okay for me to have. I had the basic mac and cheese, raviolis, mashed potatoes, etc. (I will be highlighting the sweets today not so much the actual dinner) They were all so good, of course it’s a Disney buffet! My favorite character at the dinner was Anastasia; we even danced together during the waltz! (She’s not the most graceful dancer!)
Ladies and gentleman, right here is the moment of truth, the highlight of my little girl/Disney geek/foodie life… the Chef comes out and says “I will be bringing you out a peanut free dessert.” I didn’t think much of it because almost all of the restaurants just had a brownie as their peanut free dessert. Just a regular old brownie in a plastic wrapper…Boy, was I wrong…A few minutes later the Chef came out with something so beautiful that I was holding back tears. It was a Mickey shaped brownie with two scoops of vanilla ice cream for ears and a big strawberry on top with chocolate and raspberry sauce drizzled all over it, topped off with Mickey sprinkles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (The exclamation points go on forever) I didn’t know what to do and it took awhile for me to speak. (For those who know me, that’s a rare event) I couldn’t even make out “thank you” to him! I have never been able to have anything that special before. Like I said before, it’s hard to find things like that for me to eat. But then, a few minutes later I realized, I was lucky that I was just allergic to peanuts.
Our waitress came over to the table to pick up our dirty plates. She saw my plate and said “Oh, that looks so beautiful! That’s the peanut free dessert, right? Well your lucky because even I couldn’t have that, it has a strawberry on it.” She told me she was allergic to other fruits, too. I guess being allergic to peanuts isn’t that bad, after all, I was able to eat that! After that, I enjoyed those blissful minutes that consisted of me and my brownie and ice cream. (And afterwards, the plate was spotless)
(Pictures from the author’s personal collection)
So, now I have questions for you; are you allergic to peanuts, too (or anything else)? Do you think that Disney handles allergies well? Have you ever had an amazing allergy-free meal or dessert like me? Tell me your experience in the comments below; I’d love to know!
I would also like to say that I have been writing for WDW Radio for one year now! I can’t believe it and I would just like to thank Christy Viszoki, my parents, Kendall Foreman, and Lou Mongello for making this website I get to write for! And of course everyone who reads my blogs all the time. This has been an amazing year, and I am so happy I get to write about my favorite thing…Disney. Thanks for listening! Love, Ruby 8:)
Ruby is a twelve year old Disney fan, and she credits her mom with starting her early love of Disney. In addition to her enthusiasm for Disney, Ruby enjoys singing and writing. She will be reviewing Disney-related topics that are of interest to younger Disney fans—and their parents and grandparents!