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Old 03-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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2/15/13 8 day Magic with Food Allergies (Gluten free and corn)

My trip report will mostly be focused on the food!! Another TR already covered the trip pretty well.
This was our 4th Disney cruise, my 2nd with food allergies. I know how stressful it can be to travel with food issues so I will do my best to put your mind at ease. Disney is THE way to go!!! Gluten free is easy for Disney but my corn allergy put them to the test. They were great about it!
The first lunch & dinner is always the hardest because the chef has not been able to prepare you a special meal. Please be patient! It does get better.
I did alert DCL about my allergies. I don't know if it helped or not... A great thing I did was make a list of questions before going. I knew I would not remember everything on the spot. I inquired if the ice cream had corn syrup, if the ranch salad dressing had corn syrup, etc. They were not allowed to officially answer all my questions but the list absolutely helped. That was how I found out that the cranberry juice had corn syrup and that only the low-fat Italian dressing was safe. The list won't really help for people who are only gluten free but if you have an unusual allergy it could help. It seemed like corn was not a very common allergy for them to deal with and corn is EVERYWHERE.
Upon embarkation we had lunch at Parrot Cay. I asked for a chef to walk me around the buffet and I was able to eat several things but no dessert thanks to my corn allergy. That night I ordered dinner off the regular menu along with my family and had no trouble. BTW- I always tried to order the items easiest to adapt for me. I realize that cooking for me is a real challenge and I absolutely appreciated their efforts. You will see from the pictures that many of my meals were without sauce due to my corn allergy. I could not have ketchup, BBQ sauce, most salad dressings, etc.
After dinner each night the head server came over with the next days' lunch and dinner menus. He took my order and the chefs would make sure it was ready the next day. I would just go to Lumiere each day for lunch and tell the server that I had a pre-order. It was very easy! One day my family wanted lunch at Topsider so they made my food to-go and I had the best food at Topsider. Tip- lunch at Lumiere is awesome. (I will post menus.) Topsider will have some of the same things but certainly not all.
Most of the time I had the chef surprise me with dessert because I didn't know what special ingredients they had. I did give the chef an awesome, easy GF brownie recipe but they did not have any GF flour, only GF pancake mix. (I never tried the pancakes.) Okay - GF, corn free dessert is not their strong suit. There were some dishes that I ate just to be polite. I did appreciate their effort!! Only 1 dessert was just not edible. It was a cake served to me twice and I did not figure out what flavor it was intended to be. After that I asked for "soft" desserts instead of cake. I could have requested vanilla Rice Dream ice cream but I did not. All the "regular" ice cream had corn syrup.

More information, menus, and pics to follow once I get them into Photobucket.
Tracey Me DH DD(19) DS(15)
2/28/2008 3 day Wonder, CBR * 2/08/2009 4 day Wonder, CBR * 11/12/2009 3 day Wonder , Nickelodeon Hotel * 02/15/2013 8 day Magic 20th Anniversary/DD Senior Trip *

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