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clawmachine
02-06-2010, 08:34 PM
Hi! I am new to this site as we just booked our first cruise on DCL. I have been on several cruises before but we picked DCL for our first major family vacation with our 3 young kids, mainly because I have heard how great they are with food allergies. I have a shellfish allergy and my son who will be 6 is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Both of our allergies are considered severe and we carry epipens. I am really not worried about meal times as it is always pretty easy to find things he likes that are safe, but I'm just wondering about snacks. I keep hearing about how great it is to order these famous Mickey Ears bars and I know there is an ice cream snack shop onboard...are any of those safe for kids with nut allergies? Cookies? Also, I was wondering about the chocolates they leave on the pillow at night - anyone here with kids with peanut/tree nut allergies happen to know if those are ok?
I know I am a big time worrier, but I just want this to be a really special experience for him, and if there aren't any non-mealtime treats he can safely have, we can at least talk about it ahead of time so he isn't as disappointed when we get there and have to say "no."

Thanks a lot!!

GirlieGirl
02-06-2010, 09:12 PM
We sailed last year with our 6 year old that has a severe peanut allergy and she did fine. We made sure to leave her epipen and inhaler each time we dropped her off at the kids club and took it with us when we checked her out. The staff was VERY careful. When they made cookies in the club, they sent us a text to fine out if she could have one because the ingredients may have been processed in a facility with nuts. They had an alternate sugar cookie for her. I thought that was great. We didn't have any problems but, it sounds like you are pretty vigilant, as are we. Also, in the Dining Room our servers didn't bring sprinkles on her Mickey bar for dessert one night just in case a nut may have been mixed in! Disney is very careful and the servers made sure to ask us at the beginning of the cruise what would be okay for her or not. She has eaten Mickey Bars on each of our trips and never had a problem. I think she'd take her chance with those though--they are her favorite!
I hope that helps you a little. I know I worry about things until I go through them myself, but I hope our experience helps you a little! Have a wonderful time!

gfolchick
02-06-2010, 09:18 PM
We have taken our son who has peanut, tree nut and milk allergies on 4 Disney cruises, beginning when he was 3 years old (he's now 10). Treats were my biggest concern too because that is when he feels most left out. Treats available to him onboard were cookies made by Divvies and Enjoy Life and they had Tofutti frozen desserts. We celebrated a birthday onboard and our head server made a cake that our son would be able to enjoy too. At lunch he'd have Jello or fruit. I would not trust the chocolates on the pillows so I brought safe chocolate from home and had the stateroom attendant leave one for him each night (Vermont Nut Free chocolate coins). The head server made sure I had plenty of cookies and would send me back from dinner with a few packages for the next day to snack on until dinner. I've also gone the route of sending a gift basket to the room (from Perfect Gift) to make sure he had treats. On all 4 cruises he had plenty and we took stuff home with us too. They will work with you. I just have a picky eater so he tends to stick with what he likes so cookies and "ice cream" each night for dessert was enough for him.

peanutgirl
02-07-2010, 07:44 AM
Is the icecream soft serve and safe?? Thanks for any help we sail in 20 days.

TinksDH
02-07-2010, 08:09 AM
Is the icecream soft serve and safe?? Thanks for any help we sail in 20 days.

It was in 2008 when we sailed. There was also ice cream/frozen yogurt on Castaway Cay but if I remember correctly one of the flavors is a "may contain" and can contaminate the other flavors at the ice cream dispenser.

jilljill
02-07-2010, 11:18 AM
Just want to stress that anyone sailing with food allergies to fill out the medical form, that is available on DCL's website, and fax it in before their cruise. I think the website states to fax it in at least 2 weeks prior to your sailing.

CoreyLe
02-07-2010, 01:13 PM
Does anyone know if the Mickey bars have eggs in them? My DD is allergic to eggs and peanuts.

Also, do they have the Mickey rice krispy treats on board?

DisFamily10
02-07-2010, 01:16 PM
When you fill out the medical form note that you would like to discuss your concerns with someone. They called me (DD TreeNut/Peanut Allergy) they ansewered all my questions and are even trying to oblige request for safe chocolate chips for pancakes. :)
Have a great trip. We sail in 27 DAYS!!!!!

clawmachine
02-07-2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks so much, everyone! I knew there had to be many families out there who had gone through this! Please keep the suggestions coming - I know we most definitely have to verify everything as it gets closer (since ingredients can change) but it is very reassuring to hear stories of happy food experiences! DS handles his allergy well, but it certainly would be worth more than the price of the cruise to be able to see him (and me) relax about it for one week...

I'm still a bit confused about those famous Mickey ice cream bars. Are they safe for the nut-allergic (minus sprinkles?) thanks!

kimpossible
02-07-2010, 04:16 PM
When we sailed with our peanut/tree nut allergic child he was able to eat the Mickey bars and the ice cream on the ship. No one said anything to us about cookies, but we brought our own on board. That is great to know about the cookie making activity in the kids club.

Tinkermom3
02-07-2010, 06:55 PM
I'm still a bit confused about those famous Mickey ice cream bars. Are they safe for the nut-allergic (minus sprinkles?) thanks!

We have a son with severe peanut/nut allergy and carry and epi-pen. Mickey bars are safe! I check ingredients on them every time just to be sure but so far there is no mention of any peanut or nut allergens on them. DCL serves the same Mickey bars as they have at Disneyworld and they are awesome. Our son is looking forward to ordering his fair share of them from room service!

Treats available to him onboard were cookies made by Divvies and Enjoy Life and they had Tofutti frozen desserts. .

They have DIVVIES on board (never tried Enjoy Life)??!! I did not know this! This makes me happy as we can now order our cookies from room service and get some Divvies for DS! How did you get the Divvies - just from your head server? How long ago was this and was it on the Magic or Wonder? We are on the Wonder in 5 weeks! I sure hope they still have Divvies! :yay:

clawmachine
02-07-2010, 08:43 PM
The news about the Mickey Bars and Divvies cookies is fantastic! Thank you all so much for your info! I hope it stays the same or the options become even broader by the time we go. :)

clawmachine
05-02-2010, 12:16 AM
bumping to see if anyone has any recent experiences to share?

TIA!

justmestace
05-02-2010, 03:31 AM
My husband is severely allergic to peanuts, but he can eat the chocolates the room steward leaves for us.

lilpooh108
05-02-2010, 12:15 PM
I read elsewhere on the boards that the Mickey Bars are processed in a plant w/wheat, soy and nuts:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2395543&page=1

We're going on our first cruise in Dec., so can't speak from own experience. My daughter is allergic to all dairy anway so unfortunately, Mickey Bars are out of the question for her.

Are there "dairy free" ice cream-like alternatives on board? I think some soft serve may contain dairy powder. Is there rice ice cream? Frozen sorbets?

jilljill
05-02-2010, 02:57 PM
I read elsewhere on the boards that the Mickey Bars are processed in a plant w/wheat, soy and nuts:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2395543&page=1

We're going on our first cruise in Dec., so can't speak from own experience. My daughter is allergic to all dairy anway so unfortunately, Mickey Bars are out of the question for her.

Are there "dairy free" ice cream-like alternatives on board? I think some soft serve may contain dairy powder. Is there rice ice cream? Frozen sorbets?

There's a thread on here that people have reported getting non-dairy frozen treats.

clawmachine
08-21-2010, 10:42 AM
Has anyone had any recent experiences finding nut-free treats onboard? Are they still saying the chocolate chip cookies are not safe but providing prepackaged ones from Divvies or Enjoy Life instead?
Thanks!

Blueyed Girl
08-21-2010, 11:23 AM
Would love to know this too. We sail on the Dream in June! This is our 2nd cruise but our 1st knowing about DS's peanut allergies.

GW45
08-21-2010, 11:48 AM
We just got off the Magic on Wednesday after the 11 day Med cruise (sob sob....major withdrawal symptoms here) and my son has a severe peanut allergy and carries 2 epipens. The chocolates on the pillow were fine as were the cookies they serve at Goofeys Galley(also got them from room service one night), so was the soft serve ice cream and the Mickey bars were fine too but.......shock horror....they aren't in the shape of Mickey ears anymore!!
I joke but my son was devastated! They just look like Dove Bars or Choc Ices if you're from Ireland or the UK. They still taste the same and I had them check the label and they were fine. The novelty factor was gone though and he wasn't so addicted to them this cruise!

Just to reassure you, everyone really looks out for you and are vigilant when they know about the allergies- his orders were put through on a special pink form and they even made sure the birthday cake he had on the last night was safe. When they made choc chip cookies in the Oceaneers lab they had him make a sugar cookie instead and had him wear gloves just in case there was any cross contamination (though the choc chips are probably ok you can't risk it, as you know!). It comes up on the screen to ask for or return the epipen to you every time they check your child in and out of the kids clubs (unless he's over 11 when they no longer get checked in or out).
Just avoid the buffets -we ate at Topsiders/Beach Blanket(on the Wonder) most mornings but he just had the packaged cereals and milk to be safe. If you want pancakes etc go to one of the restaurants where the servers can put in a special order for them.

Just a tip - bring a few dry packaged snacks (whatever you know is safe and won't melt in the heat) along if you plan on going on any excursions or leaving the ship. My son ate plain pizzas and pasta in all of the Italian ports but in case you're somewhere where you don't trust the food it's handy to have a safe snack as a back up.

Be viligant as always but you really can relax and enjoy the cruise. I'm so jealous!!

clawmachine
08-21-2010, 01:04 PM
Thank you for such a detailed post with great info! It helps a lot! :-)

Blueyed Girl
08-21-2010, 09:19 PM
I 2nd that....Thanks so much for that info.

On another note WHY OH WHY WOULD THEY GET RID OF THE EARS ON THE MICKEY BARS????? :scared1::scared1::scared1:

clawmachine
08-21-2010, 10:27 PM
I 2nd that....Thanks so much for that info.

On another note WHY OH WHY WOULD THEY GET RID OF THE EARS ON THE MICKEY BARS????? :scared1::scared1::scared1:

I'm not certain on this at all so maybe someone else can chime in, but perhaps they do still have the Mickey-shaped bars on cruises leaving from FL, but just not in the Mediterranean... ?

Blueyed Girl
08-21-2010, 10:40 PM
I'm not certain on this at all so maybe someone else can chime in, but perhaps they do still have the Mickey-shaped bars on cruises leaving from FL, but just not in the Mediterranean... ?

I hadn't thought of that. :banana:

clawmachine
08-21-2010, 11:20 PM
I hadn't thought of that. :banana:

The only reason I am making a guess is because on other threads here I have seen people mention that certain food products are not made on the ship but require a local supplier. Something specialized like that might not be available overseas... we'll cross our fingers that they have the Mickey bars when we both travel AND that they are safe at that time! :)

GW45
08-22-2010, 03:30 AM
Maybe that's the reason - they still called them Mickey Bars but without the ears.....to a child, they weren't the same. He's not a fan of waffles either, but when he sees the Mickey shaped ones at breakfast he has me order them for him!

Blueyed Girl
08-22-2010, 12:05 PM
The only reason I am making a guess is because on other threads here I have seen people mention that certain food products are not made on the ship but require a local supplier. Something specialized like that might not be available overseas... we'll cross our fingers that they have the Mickey bars when we both travel AND that they are safe at that time! :)

It sounds right. The only other thing I could think of is that they have those as back ups in case they run out of the ear ones. But I think your theory makes more sense. :rotfl:

Does anyone know if real refrigerators will be standard on the Dream? I know you can get them if you have a medical reason but I'm hoping they become a standard thing.

lenshanem
08-22-2010, 12:47 PM
I have a daughter that is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. We've sailed twice and they were great, but it has been awhile.

I will be devastated myself if the ice cream bars aren't Mickey shaped anymore! That is what she had for dessert every night! I agree, it won't be the same if it looks like a normal ice cream bar.

I'm excited to hear they have Divvies on board. So you can order this from room service?!? That is so wonderful. What all did they have? The cookies? The brownies?

She had the soft serve ice cream onboard. I'm shocked that that might not be safe anymore. Anymore info on that? Was this just on CC?

Next cruise she will be going into the new tween club and will be able to check herself in and out. This kinda worries me...

lenshanem
08-22-2010, 12:54 PM
I read elsewhere on the boards that the Mickey Bars are processed in a plant w/wheat, soy and nuts:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2395543&page=1

We're going on our first cruise in Dec., so can't speak from own experience. My daughter is allergic to all dairy anyway so unfortunately, Mickey Bars are out of the question for her.

Are there "dairy free" ice cream-like alternatives on board? I think some soft serve may contain dairy powder. Is there rice ice cream? Frozen sorbets?

Wow. That is a major bummer. I have emailed Disney so many times and they have always told me the Mickey bars were safe, except for one trip they said they might contain, then they went and changed it back to being safe by the next trip. I even emailed them back to reconfirm the change. I think Disney is pretty careful about what they list - for example if you request info they'll tell you to avoid the popcorn. Even though they don't use peanut oil the company they receive their oil from also processes peanut oil.

Blueyed Girl
08-22-2010, 01:27 PM
Wow. That is a major bummer. I have emailed Disney so many times and they have always told me the Mickey bars were safe, except for one trip they said they might contain, then they went and changed it back to being safe by the next trip. I even emailed them back to reconfirm the change. I think Disney is pretty careful about what they list - for example if you request info they'll tell you to avoid the popcorn. Even though they don't use peanut oil the company they receive their oil from also processes peanut oil.

This is what makes dealing with food allergies so difficult. I have never had them tell me anything about the popcorn. Last trip they even handed me a binder at the little stand in front of "America" in Epcot. I read and it didn't say anything about that. He's had popcorn the past 2 trips and hasn't had a reaction from it. Thank goodness!!!

I wish there was a way for them (meaning everyone, not just Disney) to be more consistent.

clawmachine
08-22-2010, 01:35 PM
I hear you! I guess normally I'd just ask to see the packaging but I'm thinking with the cruise it will be so much easier if they can give me a definitive answer beforehand so I can prepare him for it so there are no big disappointments. Also that will help tell me what I should pack to bring with us (for example, I'd bring our own chocolate chip cookies but certainly not if I can get safe ones easily onboard...)

lenshanem
08-22-2010, 01:35 PM
When you make ADRs they give you a number to call. If you call that number you can give them your email address and they will send you tons of info on the food inside the parks. I do this every trip just to make sure nothing has changed. It lists food stands, etc. :thumbsup2

Blueyed Girl
08-22-2010, 01:56 PM
When you make ADRs they give you a number to call. If you call that number you can give them your email address and they will send you tons of info on the food inside the parks. I do this every trip just to make sure nothing has changed. It lists food stands, etc. :thumbsup2

I did that for our February trip this year. The list they sent did us no good. Most of the counter service places we set out to eat at because of the list, didn't have the items that were on the list. I also encountered many rude people in line behind me when I had to read the binder each time we got in line for food. Our experience with the food allergies is new. Before last summer, he was eating peanuts and was fine. Before I had a child with food allergies I would have NEVER treated someone that way. I just don't know what people are thinking sometimes.

Besides peanuts, he is also allergic to pea's. The chef at 50's PTC told us the pasta marinara dish with grilled chicken was ok. He ended up having an allergic reaction. Come to find out, the elbow macaroni they had was made with chick pea flour. :sad2: Yes, anyone can make that mistake. The part I was angry about with that incident was that it was written right on the box! If he would have actually read the ingredients like he said he did, he would have seen it.

Our Feb trip wasn't the best. There were some VERY helpful CM's and Chefs but not all the time. We went back in June and I cooked in our villa for dinner and made DS's lunch each day to bring with us. It didn't feel too relaxed for me since I still doing what I usually do at home. I've been reading a lot about the cruises and I'm hoping and praying these things don't happen once on the ship. I have read much better reviews for DCL than I had for allergies at WDW, so I'm hopeful.


Edited to add..... This is all another point about consistency. I think WDW has a good idea going with the whole binder thing. They just need to keep up with it. Each time a new food product comes in it should be someone's job to put the label in the binder. BAM!! Problem solved. Parents can read the binder and it will be updated and consistent.

lenshanem
08-22-2010, 02:17 PM
I did that for our February trip this year. The list they sent did us no good. Most of the counter service places we set out to eat at because of the list, didn't have the items that were on the list. I also encountered many rude people in line behind me when I had to read the binder each time we got in line for food. Our experience with the food allergies is new. Before last summer, he was eating peanuts and was fine. Before I had a child with food allergies I would have NEVER treated someone that way. I just don't know what people are thinking sometimes.

Besides peanuts, he is also allergic to pea's. The chef at 50's PTC told us the pasta marinara dish with grilled chicken was ok. He ended up having an allergic reaction. Come to find out, the elbow macaroni they had was made with chick pea flour. :sad2: Yes, anyone can make that mistake. The part I was angry about with that incident was that it was written right on the box! If he would have actually read the ingredients like he said he did, he would have seen it.

Our Feb trip wasn't the best. There were some VERY helpful CM's and Chefs but not all the time. We went back in June and I cooked in our villa for dinner and made DS's lunch each day to bring with us. It didn't feel too relaxed for me since I still doing what I usually do at home. I've been reading a lot about the cruises and I'm hoping and praying these things don't happen once on the ship. I have read much better reviews for DCL than I had for allergies at WDW, so I'm hopeful.


Edited to add..... This is all another point about consistency. I think WDW has a good idea going with the whole binder thing. They just need to keep up with it. Each time a new food product comes in it should be someone's job to put the label in the binder. BAM!! Problem solved. Parents can read the binder and it will be updated and consistent.


Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about your trip. I hope it wasn't a very bad reaction. We go often and my daughter has only reacted once - Boma. Luckily, it was a minor reaction with just a few hives and Benadryl did the trick. She didn't even eat off the buffet, the chef had gone in back to make her a plate. We now avoid that place like the plague.

My Dad had a reaction at Columbia Harbour House. He is allergic to mushrooms and the CM at the register and the CM at the food pickup told him the chili didn't have any in it. It did. He was OK, but it was quite the scene. I noticed on our next trip they no longer will let you order if you mention any allergy - each time we had to wait until a manager came over. A CM told me he is not allowed to even ring anything up until someone comes out. Yes, this does irritate the people behind you. And to be honest they can be irritated all they want, I don't really care. I'll never see them again! If it makes it safer than that is all I care about.

I do admit, we have our fav TS places now where I tend to find the chefs to be more helpful. I was always nervous about the Epcot countries, but Germany is FANTASTIC. I have even sent in letters praising them there. Chef Mickey's is another one we always have a good experience at. I was even happier when they took the PB&J pizza off the buffet!

clawmachine
08-22-2010, 02:34 PM
We were going to do WDW for the first time (with kids) this year but chose the cruise instead, primarily because it seemed like it would be more relaxing regarding food issues. I appreciate greatly how good WDW is wit the binders, etc, but I am really looking forward to not having to explain everything quite so often. I have a severe shellfish allergy and often I won't even mention that. Probably not the smartest thing to do but as a Mom I am just wanting them to mainly focus on DS and I don't want anyone to get confused. anyway, with the cruise I don;t think it will be difficult at al for us both to list our allergies - sounds like they are quite used to handling this.

Tentatively, we plan to go up to the buffet for most breakfasts, since DS only eats cereal anyway and that should be safe. We'll of course go to the character breakfast and maybe one other in the dining room. We'll always all go to dinner together in the main dining rooms. We will not be leaving the kids in the clubs anytime near a meal time so that they'll always be with us for eating. As for lunch, that one is trickier, because I know we'll be in port during a few lunch times. I'm kind of hoping we can get by with bulking up on food right before we leave the ship and right after we get back, and make do with just snacks we carry with us while in port. Key West is do-able because we don't get there til noon anyway and I believe Castaway Cay will be safe but DS is so picky I am not sure he will actually eat any of that style picnic food. We shall see! :)

If it is any consolation to you, BlueyedGirl, I was quite depressed when we first got DS's diagnosis (following a scary ride to the ER in an ambulance!) but in the years since, we have learned to deal with it just fine. I have had this shellfish allergy my whole life and it has actually gotten even a little worse according to my doc, but I don't consider it a burden or curse at all. It's just another thing that makes me me, and I'm grateful to have only that to deal with. :)

mmouse37
08-22-2010, 03:30 PM
I 2nd that....Thanks so much for that info.

On another note WHY OH WHY WOULD THEY GET RID OF THE EARS ON THE MICKEY BARS????? :scared1::scared1::scared1:

It was posted in another thread that the Med and Baltic cruises do not have the Mickey bars due to a supplier issue. I guess there are no suppliers of that product that they can use overseas.

I do believe that the Mickey bars with ears will be onboard again when the ship returns to Florida.

MJ

Blueyed Girl
08-22-2010, 08:34 PM
Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about your trip. I hope it wasn't a very bad reaction. We go often and my daughter has only reacted once - Boma. Luckily, it was a minor reaction with just a few hives and Benadryl did the trick. She didn't even eat off the buffet, the chef had gone in back to make her a plate. We now avoid that place like the plague.

My Dad had a reaction at Columbia Harbour House. He is allergic to mushrooms and the CM at the register and the CM at the food pickup told him the chili didn't have any in it. It did. He was OK, but it was quite the scene. I noticed on our next trip they no longer will let you order if you mention any allergy - each time we had to wait until a manager came over. A CM told me he is not allowed to even ring anything up until someone comes out. Yes, this does irritate the people behind you. And to be honest they can be irritated all they want, I don't really care. I'll never see them again! If it makes it safer than that is all I care about.

I do admit, we have our fav TS places now where I tend to find the chefs to be more helpful. I was always nervous about the Epcot countries, but Germany is FANTASTIC. I have even sent in letters praising them there. Chef Mickey's is another one we always have a good experience at. I was even happier when they took the PB&J pizza off the buffet!

Oh wow! Well, yes we were lucky that his reaction wasn't too bad either. It was the same as yours. I started noticing hives and immediately gave him benadryl. He had only taken 3 bites of the food and said he didn't like it. (thank goodness!!)

I am glad to hear that about Germany. Is that at Biergarten? I'm always compiling a list of TS. :rotfl: I will tell you that Kona Cafe' at the Polynesian has been FANTASTIC too. We have gone there 3 times since knowing about the allergies. O'hana was also EXTREMELY helpful. But I will not take him back there mostly because there is just too much peanut stuff to deal with. He didn't have a reaction and they worked overtime to make sure he was safe which we really appreciated. But I think we will save that one for a date night with me and dh only....just to be on the safe side. We have also had very good experiences at Hoop Dee Doo! No problems there at all. So those have been our favorites the past couple of trips. I'm glad to hear good things about Chef Mickey's. We haven't tried any buffet's since finding out about the allergies.

Thanks for all the info. I like this thread. It's good for all of us to swap stories of WDW and DCL! :thumbsup2