RubyHello 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:Anastasia2 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 vanillaDessert 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!

 

 

8 Responses to "In Disney… Living Peanut Free!: “1900 Park Fair”"

  1. Andy says:

    Our daughter (9 now) is peanut/treenut allergic and Disney is hands-down the best vacation we have ever taken her on. She’s been there many times (starting around age 1) and each time we have never felt safer eating anywhere there. Each trip had several “magical moments” like yours where the chef went above and beyond to create something special to help her have something normal. I’ll never forget the first banana split she ever had was at Main Street Cafe. I almost teared up after watching her go through the first several years of her life without enjoying a truly great ice cream treat because of safety issues.

    She enjoys meeting and interacting with the chefs so much I almost feel bad for “normal” people that don’t get that extra touch!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Good article Rubster! So glad you are not allergic to chocolate.. that would be dreadful;-)

  3. Amy says:

    Hi Ruby, I grew up with your dad (I’ve known him since elementary school!) and saw his link to your post – this is great! I developed a tree nut allergy just a few years ago and had the same great experience with Disney as an adult, that you had as a kid. (‘Cause let me tell you, it’s not so much fun for adults with food allergies either!) We told Disney ahead of time that I had the tree nut allergy, and if you tell them on one dining reservation, they mark it down for ALL of your reservations. The chef will come out in every restaurant and it’s a really great thing. I agree, by the way – good thing you were able to eat that dessert – it’s beautiful! And great job with this blog, by the way!

  4. Jill L says:

    Always love you can count on Disney to go above and beyond with food alllergies

  5. David says:

    Thanks for this article!

    I have a bit of an odd food allergy, I am allergic to Lime. One night my Family didn’t want to go to the parks for dinner and we decided to go to our hotels sit down restaurant.

    We were staying at Caribbean Beach Resort and Shutters was very nice however most of the food was made with lime. The chef came out and was very nice referring me to what items I could eat. However when desert came out before I could take a bite the chef came rushing out and snatched my desert away from me. He explained the fruits that was part of my desert are usually prepared with orange juice but they ran out earlier in the day and they had been using lime.

    I was really happy with how aware he had been to catch that.

  6. Ruby says:

    Hey everyone! Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your stories.

    Andy:I’m so glad that your daughter got to feel the Disney Magic. I LOVE meeting the great chefs from Disney and i Know exactly what u mean by feeling bad for “normal” people! LOL

    Cheryl:I’M GLAD IM NOT ALLERGIC TO CHOCOLATE EITHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Amy: COOL! thanks for reading my post and I bet it’s equally frustrating when people say “But there’s no treenuts/peanuts in this!”, etc. LOL

    Jill: I Love It Too. :):)

    David: That is amazing that he stopped you so quickly! I just love that from allergies to lime to peanuts you can enjoy yourself there.

    I’m always happy when I hear other peoples’ trips becoming amazingly special because of the Disney magic :) Keep looking for more blogs on allergy-free dining! If you’ve never been to WDW and u have an allergy, don’t be afraid at all! Thank you again for reading, Ruby 8;)

  7. Sandy says:

    Your blog made me hungry and longing for a much overdue trip to WDW! Great job! :)

  8. Chrissy says:

    Nom nom nom!!! Great article, Ruby. When are we going to Disney together? There’d be no food left at a buffet if you ate with Mike. He’s really quite ravenous at a buffet!!;)

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