May 17, 2015

Updates on Disney

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , at 11:26 am by 1ElleofaWoman

I haven’t posted in a while but would like to add some updates based on a recent trip and comment on some announcements made by Disney.

 

Allergy Friendly MenusPancakes and Mickey Waffles

You may have already heard that Disney announced new allergy friendly menus that will roll out in the coming months. Each menu will list the allergen content for each food item, making informed choices easier. In many cases, it will eliminate the need to speak to the chef, which can take a while when the parks are busy.

You can still request to speak to the chef if you feel the need. The menus reflect the most common allergens so if you are dealing with allergies to things other than gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish, you may want to speak to the chef. You may also want to speak to the chef if you are worried about cross contamination at a buffet and want to request that the chef make something special.

By the time we make it to Disney again, the menus will be rolled out and I plan to comment on them here. I hope the menus will be posted online as well so that guests can decide beforehand which restaurants they want to try based on the allergens at each location.

We visited Disney in late 2014 and found that, as always, their treatment of food allergies was great.

**** This details my experiences only. As always, read labels and ask questions; do not assume that your experience will be the same. Menu items may be changed. Ingredients may be altered. Manufacturing or cooking procedures may change.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Magic Kingdom

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom

Located in Town Square by the entrance to the Magic Kingdom, Tony’s is modeled after the Italian restaurant in Lady and the Tramp. My family and I have eaten there several times and have never had a problem finding something safe on the menu, which includes traditional Italian food.

Tony’s and the Plaza Restaurant are also a little easier to get reservations for than the character meals in Magic Kingdom and are good options for a last minute reservations. We even walked into Tony’s several years ago and got a table. However, I recommend reservations.

The Plaza Restaurant, Magic Kingdom

Located at the end of Main Street, the Plaza Restaurant can be easily overlooked. It is styled to look like an early 20th century restaurant or soda shop and offers typical American Food. We had no trouble finding an entrée that was safe

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, Magic Kingdom

At the time we visited, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor was not serving any nut ice cream flavors nor did they have nut toppings so we ordered some ice cream from there and it was yummy. (Located at the end of Main Street, next to the Plaza Restaurant)

T-Rex, Downtown Disney

T-Rex Restaurant, Downtown Disney

T-Rex Restaurant, Downtown Disney

The food was good, but not spectacular. The real draw for the T-Rex is the atmosphere and if you have a child who loves dinosaurs, this restaurant is a must-do. The wait staff was very helpful in finding a safe entrée and the chef came out to further discuss our choices.

Planet Hollywood, Downtown Disney

We had 11 people at our table and two with food allergies (one with peanuts and one with shellfish). The wait staff and the chef were both very helpful.

The Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom

Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom

Like many Disney restaurants, the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom is both a buffet and a character dining experience (Winnie the Pooh and friends.) This is the place to be if your child or you are fans of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore or Piglet.

Breakfast included eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, breads, pastries and, of course, Mickey waffles. The day we ate, except for the some of the breads and pastries that were cross contaminated at the production facility, everything was safe for peanut allergies.

If you are worried about cross-contamination at a buffet, you can ask the chef to make something special.

Tusker House, Animal Kingdom

Tusker House, Animal Kingdom

Tusker House, Animal Kingdom

Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House is a buffet with an eclectic selection of food. There was the traditional American eggs, bacon and sausage breakfast, Mickey waffles, cereal and other common breakfast food.  There was also carved meat  and more.  Most of the pastries were cross-contaminated with nuts.

Donald and friends are decked out in their safari clothes when they come out to great you. We saw Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Epcot

Breakfast is served family style at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

 Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, part of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, is one of two places in WDW where your little princess can dine with Disney Princesses.   The princesses we saw that day were Belle, Snow White, Ariel (Little Mermaid) and Cinderella.   For those on the dining plan, the meal is only one sit-down meal credit. (Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, the other princess character meal, is two dining credits.)

Breakfast is served family style and each table is served  eggs, bacon, sausage and a potato dish.

The buffet offered traditional Norwegian fish and cheese.

The buffet offered traditional Norwegian fish and cheese.

In addition to the family breakfast brought by the wait staff, there is also a buffet.  Because it is in the Norway Pavilion, it offers traditional Norwegian food, including  fish and cheese. Fruit  was also available. Breads and pastries (cross contaminated with nuts) were offered as well.

I did not go to the buffet this time, so I cannot comment on whether nuts were at the buffet.

**** It is worth repeating that this details my experiences only. As always, read labels and ask questions; do not assume that your experience will be the same. Menu items may be changed. Ingredients may be altered. Manufacturing or cooking procedures may change.

 

 

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  1. Those look yummy!


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