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pixie921
02-11-2009, 01:18 PM
I have a latex allergy and am fine at WDW as far as dining because they've gone to a non-latex glove policy for food prep. (The only place we've found on property -- so far -- that uses latex gloves is Earl of Sandwich, but that's not Disney-owned. :( )

Anyway, I was curious if anyone knows if the ships are also latex-free in food prep? Or if there is a department/email address I can contact to find out?

TIA for any help! :)

lovethattink
02-11-2009, 01:40 PM
I'm sorry I don't have the answer about the food on the ships. Years ago, they were latex free in food prep. I'd definately call, and be sure your allergy is well documented on your paper work for the boat. I think our allergist wrote a note, if I remember correctly. The chef's were great with the latex allergy. They also looked out for banana and kiwi in dishes since there can be cross allergenicity.

However I do want to make you aware that with this year's celebration, there are latex balloons every where. I went to pick up a friend at Pop, and there were latex balloons that I had to weave around to get to the guest I was picking up. I was glad I didn't have my latex allergy son with me.

I know for the kid's celebrations on the boats, they were always wonderful with us about the balloons. They used streamers and other fun things instead. But it did require advanced notice and a doctor's documentation of the severe allergy.

tiggr33
02-11-2009, 02:07 PM
I would strongly suggest you fill out the medical forms and have your allergy noted on your reservation, and make sure you speak to your head server at dinner the first night. Many (myself included just after my diagnosis) with latex allergies/sensitivities are not aware of foods they should/need to avoid.

pixie921
02-11-2009, 02:11 PM
Thank you both for the replies. :) I'm pretty good at avoiding the things you mentioned (balloons, etc. and foods that could cause a problem) but I get nervous if I can't actually see the food being prepared. I think I'll go poke around the DCL website and see if I can't find someone to contact. :thumbsup2

pixie921
02-11-2009, 04:36 PM
Wow -- I emailed DCL this afternoon and got a reply within an hour! :thumbsup2

For anyone who might like to know, this is the response I received:

2/11/09

Thank you for your interest in a Disney Cruise Line Vacation! I am happy to assist you with your question regarding latex.

100% latex-free gloves are used in food preparation areas.

Disney Cruise Line will make every effort to accommodate all types of special medical needs. To be sure that our shipboard staff is aware of any special circumstances, we ask that you complete a Medical Information Form that lists any medical needs.

You may obtain a copy of the form by visiting our website at www.disneycruise.com selecting My Disney Cruise > My Online Check-In > Medical Information Form.

Please mail or fax completed form at least 14 days prior to sail date to:

Disney Cruise Vacations
Medical Special Services Specialist
P.O. Box 10210
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-0210
Fax: 407-938-4295

I hope this information has been helpful. If you require further assistance in planning your visit, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to sailing with you!

Have a Magical Day!

Francesca
Reservations Department
Disney Cruise Vacations

:thumbsup2 to DCL!

ontariomonkey
02-11-2009, 10:51 PM
OT but did you know that Tim Horton's lids have latex in them?