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szubieta
02-28-2010, 02:01 PM
I know all the expierenced Disney cruisers will have the answers to my question. And would like to thank you all in advance for your time in answering. :thumbsup2

I know DS will be able to get soy milk. What else will be available for him? What type of margarine do they use? Do they make mashed potatoes w/ chicken stock? What has been your experience/s. :confused3

2gr8DisneyKids
02-28-2010, 02:20 PM
I would love to know too as DD has severe lactose intolerance.

Thanks!

kcashner
02-28-2010, 02:26 PM
They will do whatever you ask/need. You will complete the medical form to notify DCL of your needs. The more info you can put on it, the better. Then, the head server will meet with you on the first night (and possibly a chef too), and will meet your needs. Yes, they will prepare food just for you/your child.

The more info you give them on the medical form, the better prepared they can be...if there is a particular kind of margarine you need, tell them.

The "normal" spread is a butter/margarine mix. I can get real butter by asking for it. If you need pure margarine, list that on the form and it will be there for you.

szubieta
02-28-2010, 02:45 PM
They will do whatever you ask/need. You will complete the medical form to notify DCL of your needs. The more info you can put on it, the better. Then, the head server will meet with you on the first night (and possibly a chef too), and will meet your needs. Yes, they will prepare food just for you/your child.

The more info you give them on the medical form, the better prepared they can be...if there is a particular kind of margarine you need, tell them.

The "normal" spread is a butter/margarine mix. I can get real butter by asking for it. If you need pure margarine, list that on the form and it will be there for you.

I pray they do. I know on our last cruise with RCCL I asked for veggie cheese for pizza & Nucoa marg. for toast, bread and potatoes on the med form, but they said, "No". So I would like to be prepared by bringing at least the Nucoa marg. But I am willing to even bring the veggie cheese so DS can enjoy his pizza too if they would use it. Unless they have breadsticks and marinara, then that's a plus :thumbsup2

kcashner
02-28-2010, 03:02 PM
I pray they do. I know on our last cruise with RCCL I asked for veggie cheese for pizza & Nucoa marg. for toast, bread and potatoes on the med form, but they said, "No". So I would like to be prepared by bringing at least the Nucoa marg. But I am willing to even bring the veggie cheese so DS can enjoy his pizza too if they would use it. Unless they have breadsticks and marinara, then that's a plus :thumbsup2

You may have hit a difference between RCCL and DCL. My friend's son has severe peanut allergies. She has found ONE company that makes chocolate chips that are safe; all others are made in factories that also make peanut products...and it would take a minimal amount of cross contamination to have her kid in anaphylactic shock. SO, she asked if she could bring her kind of choc chips on board and have them make cookies for the child. DCL told her to supply them with the information--brand and where to order the choc chips, and THEY would have them for her. No need to bring them herself.


I can't see why they would handle your allergy issues any differently....but please keep us advised. DO the medical form, specify what you need, and see whether they will agree to supply it. If not, you can bring your own.

MouseLovinMom
02-28-2010, 04:22 PM
My son has a milk protein allergy. He's also allergic to soy protein. We've cruised DCL 7 times and have had no problems. We do use the medical form, we've found that gives them time to prepare and ultimately makes things easier for us. Disney has been very accommodating, there have always been plenty menu choices.

szubieta
02-28-2010, 04:31 PM
My son has a milk protein allergy. He's also allergic to soy protein. We've cruised DCL 7 times and have had no problems. We do use the medical form, we've found that gives them time to prepare and ultimately makes things easier for us. Disney has been very accommodating, there have always been plenty menu choices.

Man, you have a rougher time at dinner than I do. ;) But I will do just about anything to make sure DS doesn't miss out and eats. Did they have desserts that he could eat, besides oatmeal cookies?

MouseLovinMom
02-28-2010, 08:44 PM
My son is not a big dessert eater, so that's an easy one for us. They do have rice dream ice cream which they will serve with sprinkles or fruit. He loves fresh fruit, so we've had some gorgeous fresh fruit plates come out for dessert. One cruise they baked sugar cookies just for for him and then on our last cruise they brought out a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries.

It's really been fine. We always request the same Head Server mostly because, after so many cruises, he feels like family but also because it makes the whole allergy thing really, really easy. He just "handles" it.

Sparkie
02-28-2010, 09:08 PM
where do you get the medical form?

DGD is lactose intolerant and we use Lactaid milk. Would be great if we didnt have to bring any with us.

Arkansasmom
02-28-2010, 09:34 PM
My son is allergic to milk, soy, and eggs. I sent in the medical form (you can print it online on the disneycruise site) and inquired about a few specific items. They called me a couple days later to discuss and were very nice. They said they would have rice milk and rice dream ice cream available. I had requested a milk/soy/egg-free sandwich bread but they said they would not be able to accomodate that. They said I could bring some but must be unopened in the original packaging. Our cruise is March 20th so we will see how it goes. From everything I have read here I am very hopeful that for once I will have a vacation where I will not be constantly stressed about DS's food allergies.

Janelle

szubieta
02-28-2010, 09:47 PM
They do have rice dream ice cream which they will serve with sprinkles or fruit.

This is GREAT!!!! Keep 'em coming. Any other foods available that are milk alteratives.


where do you get the medical form?
DGD is lactose intolerant and we use Lactaid milk. Would be great if we didnt have to bring any with us.

I found it under "my online check in" in my reservations. It's a PDF form.

My son is allergic to milk, soy, and eggs. I sent in the medical form (you can print it online on the disneycruise site) and inquired about a few specific items. They called me a couple days later to discuss and were very nice. They said they would have rice milk and rice dream ice cream available. I had requested a milk/soy/egg-free sandwich bread but they said they would not be able to accomodate that. They said I could bring some but must be unopened in the original packaging. Our cruise is March 20th so we will see how it goes. From everything I have read here I am very hopeful that for once I will have a vacation where I will not be constantly stressed about DS's food allergies. Janelle

Let us know...Good Luck and have a great trip!!

budwmn
03-01-2010, 09:32 AM
where do you get the medical form?

DGD is lactose intolerant and we use Lactaid milk. Would be great if we didnt have to bring any with us.

My DS is also lactose intolerant and will only drink Lactaid, not rice or soy milk. They do have it onboard and will serve it in the main dining rooms or through room service.

szubieta
03-01-2010, 09:40 PM
My DS is also lactose intolerant and will only drink Lactaid, not rice or soy milk. They do have it onboard and will serve it in the main dining rooms or through room service.

I know this won't help my DS, but just to clarify for those with lactose intolerance...did you have to fill out the med form to get it or do they always carry the Lactaid like they do soy milk?

budwmn
03-01-2010, 10:24 PM
I know this won't help my DS, but just to clarify for those with lactose intolerance...did you have to fill out the med form to get it or do they always carry the Lactaid like they do soy milk?

I don't know if they would have it without the form. I filled out the form and also had it noted on my reservation (over the phone with a DCL agent).

kcashner
03-01-2010, 10:45 PM
This is one of those items that there is usually a small amount on board, but if they know it will be needed, they will have more available.

It's always best to do the medical form in advance. For allergies, you don't need to have the doc sign it. By having it done ahead, it will be noted on your dining assignment--when you give your room number as you enter for breakfast or lunch, it pops up on the computer. Your dinner servers will already be aware of it. Any special requests for foods can be made on the form and hopefully be met in advance.

If they don't learn of your needs until you enter the dining room for the first lunch or dinner, it's too late to get any special supplies or increased quantities of other items. This MIGHT limit what they can serve you. You only need a small amount, but what if there are 5 people on board with the same needs? Or even more?

Sparkie
03-02-2010, 12:48 AM
I sent an email to disney cruise line with my reservation number and indicated that we had a lactose intolerant child and requested lactaid milk. The email response I got stated that it had been noted on my reservation and that they would have a "lactose-free" milk available but could not specify the brand because they have many different vendors. She stated that they also had rice and soy milk but we have never used either of these. The email also stated that these were only available in the main dining room and with room service and that on our first night at dinner we should remind our head server of the need of lactose free milk and someone would come to our table and talk to us.

Our baby doesnt have a severe lactose intolerance but its enough that regular milk will make her miserable and we would use lots of diapers.

I do think Disney does a great job in meeting the needs of its customers if it can.


Do you think I should do the medical form just in case? even though its already noted on our reservation

szubieta
03-02-2010, 01:16 PM
I sent an email to disney cruise line with my reservation number and indicated that we had a lactose intolerant child and requested lactaid milk. The email response I got stated that it had been noted on my reservation and that they would have a "lactose-free" milk available but could not specify the brand because they have many different vendors. She stated that they also had rice and soy milk but we have never used either of these. The email also stated that these were only available in the main dining room and with room service and that on our first night at dinner we should remind our head server of the need of lactose free milk and someone would come to our table and talk to us.

Our baby doesnt have a severe lactose intolerance but its enough that regular milk will make her miserable and we would use lots of diapers.

I do think Disney does a great job in meeting the needs of its customers if it can.


Do you think I should do the medical form just in case? even though its already noted on our reservation

I'd say yes do the form too.

Our DS had the same problem before he was diagnosed. He also started getting headaches and his skin got blotchy. Because of the headaches at 2 1/2 y the dr sent us to a Neurologist. The Neurologist told me that the cow milk is causing inflamination in the brain and will also cause behavioral problems, and it does.

PJB71
03-02-2010, 01:29 PM
Hi

My DD(10) has a severe dairy allergy as well as an intolerance to gluten/wheat.

On the 2DCL cruises we have been on Disney has been outstanding:worship:. We have always filled in the medical forms in advance and have never had a problem and they have always gone out of there way to accomodate her.:banana::banana:

clawmachine
03-02-2010, 01:43 PM
Hi

My DD(10) has a severe dairy allergy as well as an intolerance to gluten/wheat.

On the 2DCL cruises we have been on Disney has been outstanding:worship:. We have always filled in the medical forms in advance and have never had a problem and they have always gone out of there way to accomodate her.:banana::banana:


I am dealing with different food allergies but your reply encouraged me. I have a question though - how do they handle food the first day, before you even meet your main servers in the dining rooms? For example, as you walk on the ship and head to a buffet or fast food, who will be available to talk you through finding/obtaining safe foods? Just wondering! thanks!

PJB71
03-02-2010, 02:00 PM
Hi

Just speak to one of the servers and they are more than happy to help.:banana: they will get someone to walk through the buffet with you

Both times we have eaten in PC and there has been something we found that DD can eat that we knew she would be safe with.:dance3:

There has always been salads, meat, fruit etc. In fact on the last occasion we sailed in December they had big bowls of fruit salad and DD was miffed as all the strawberrys had gone bar one out of the bowl. I asked one of the passing waiters if they had anymore and within minutes they brought her the biggest bowl of strawberries you had every seen!!!:rolleyes1

Please dont let your allergies stop you from IMO having one of the best experiences of your life.:banana:

If you need anymore info then dont hesitate to askxxx

clawmachine
03-02-2010, 02:05 PM
Thanks, Paula! :) I am really excited about it and a big part of the reason we picked DCL is because of their rep handling food allergies. My allergy and DS's are severe enough that we usually are told to avoid buffets, but I'm thinking maybe Pluto's or Goofy's would work for us for lunch the first day. If we went up to a server at one of those "fast food" type places and asked for food ingredients, do you think they'd look at us as if we had 3 heads, or would they know? I certainly don't want to hold up any lines if the answers are not readily available.

I also read somewhere that you can still go to buffets and call ahead to have them bring the allergic person's meal out directly from the kitchen. Anyone ever tried this option and does it work smoothly?

PJB71
03-02-2010, 02:16 PM
Thanks, Paula! :) I am really excited about it and a big part of the reason we picked DCL is because of their rep handling food allergies. My allergy and DS's are severe enough that we usually are told to avoid buffets, but I'm thinking maybe Pluto's or Goofy's would work for us for lunch the first day. If we went up to a server at one of those "fast food" type places and asked for food ingredients, do you think they'd look at us as if we had 3 heads, or would they know? I certainly don't want to hold up any lines if the answers are not readily available.

I also read somewhere that you can still go to buffets and call ahead to have them bring the allergic person's meal out directly from the kitchen. Anyone ever tried this option and does it work smoothly?

Hi

Hope you don't mind me asking, but what are your food allergies?

DD is quite restricted with fast food as most of it has either milk or wheat in so we have always found the buffets easier for us.

I might be wrong (my memory isnt great!!!) but dont think that FF places open until later on in the day on the day of boarding?????

DCL have always brought one of the chefs out to walk through the PC buffet with us on as soon as you boards for lunch.

Oh I am sooooo jelious I wish is was us going again - when do you sail??

clawmachine
03-02-2010, 02:29 PM
Hi - I don't mind at all! I have posted about them on a few other threads already and just didn't want to bore the masses, lol!

We don't get to cruise for another 10+ months but I am a big-time planner so I think of everything early!! I have cruised before and handled my own allergy fine (mine is all shellfish), but in the past few years I seem to be getting more sensitive and my doc has instructed me never to go out without my epipens anymore. Buffets can definitely be a mine field for me because of cross-contamination. I am kinda glad they don't bread and fry shrimp regularly on the ships (sorry to all the shrimp lovers!) because that seems to be the biggest risk area for me - re-used frying oil/surfaces.

Anyway, DS has never taken any kind of big trip before and he is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. So much so that the way we found out was with a trip to the ER in an ambulance when he was 2 and a half...and he did not even actually swallow the peanut butter (long story but we think he licked it and/or rubbed it near his eyes). His doctor said he may not have any item that even has a "warning" about nuts (may contain, in the factory, etc) on it. At home we have found most chain restaurants to be extremely accommodating so I know Disney can do the same. We've never had an incident with him since that scary day. Of course you also are going to be in the middle of the ocean should something serious happen, so of course I want to take my own extra precautions too...

We will definitely fill out the med forms for both of us. I know it may seem silly this far in advance, but if I can kind of prepare DS for some of the things he may or may not be able to eat, it will help him a lot. :)

PJB71
03-02-2010, 02:42 PM
Hi - I don't mind at all! I have posted about them on a few other threads already and just didn't want to bore the masses, lol!

We don't get to cruise for another 10+ months but I am a big-time planner so I think of everything early!! I have cruised before and handled my own allergy fine (mine is all shellfish), but in the past few years I seem to be getting more sensitive and my doc has instructed me never to go out without my epipens anymore. Buffets can definitely be a mine field for me because of cross-contamination. I am kinda glad they don't bread and fry shrimp regularly on the ships (sorry to all the shrimp lovers!) because that seems to be the biggest risk area for me - re-used frying oil/surfaces.

Anyway, DS has never taken any kind of big trip before and he is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. So much so that the way we found out was with a trip to the ER in an ambulance when he was 2 and a half...and he did not even actually swallow the peanut butter (long story but we think he licked it and/or rubbed it near his eyes). His doctor said he may not have any item that even has a "warning" about nuts (may contain, in the factory, etc) on it. At home we have found most chain restaurants to be extremely accommodating so I know Disney can do the same. We've never had an incident with him since that scary day. Of course you also are going to be in the middle of the ocean should something serious happen, so of course I want to take my own extra precautions too...

We will definitely fill out the med forms for both of us. I know it may seem silly this far in advance, but if I can kind of prepare DS for some of the things he may or may not be able to eat, it will help him a lot. :)

Hi

Just sent you a PMxxxx

LeslieG
03-05-2010, 07:34 PM
I pray they do. I know on our last cruise with RCCL I asked for veggie cheese for pizza & Nucoa marg. for toast, bread and potatoes on the med form, but they said, "No". So I would like to be prepared by bringing at least the Nucoa marg. But I am willing to even bring the veggie cheese so DS can enjoy his pizza too if they would use it. Unless they have breadsticks and marinara, then that's a plus :thumbsup2

What kind of veggie cheese do you use, and where do you get it? My son has a dairy allergy, and I'd love to be able to find a cheese that I could use that tastes good.

szubieta
03-06-2010, 11:42 PM
What kind of veggie cheese do you use, and where do you get it? My son has a dairy allergy, and I'd love to be able to find a cheese that I could use that tastes good.


Galaxy Nutritional Foods "Veggie Shreds" Lactose Free it comes grated and in slices. It's in the produce section where they have the tofu. I get it at a local grocery store Von (Safeway). I use it for pizza, garlic cheese bread, quesadillas and tacos. It taste decent with spices and DS6 has eaten for a few years so he loves it. I also get soy pudding & yogurt at Whole Foods (organic store). Hope that helps.

LeslieG
03-07-2010, 08:11 AM
Galaxy Nutritional Foods "Veggie Shreds" Lactose Free it comes grated and in slices. It's in the produce section where they have the tofu. I get it at a local grocery store Von (Safeway). I use it for pizza, garlic cheese bread, quesadillas and tacos. It taste decent with spices and DS6 has eaten for a few years so he loves it. I also get soy pudding & yogurt at Whole Foods (organic store). Hope that helps.

I was so excited to check this out. I looked on Galaxy's website. Unfortunately, the veggie shreds are lactose free, but not dairy free, but I'm going to look through all their products and see if I can find something I can use. We live in a small town, and there's just not a lot of places to find specialty foods like this. I so wish we had a Whole Foods store, but none around for many, many miles. Thanks for the info.