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Old 01-05-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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Disneyland with Food Allergies Dec. 12 - 16

We Simply Had a Wonderful Disneyland Christmastime


Hello everyone,

My name is Robert and I took my sister to Disneyland during the holidays for the first time. This trip report will focus on food allergies, but I'll also tell what we did each day.

We live on the east coast of the country, so Walt Disney World is a car trip away while Disneyland is a 5-hour flight away. We last went to Disneyland in June of 2009 - I don't think I need to tell you that a lot has changed over the last 4.5 years.

As I said, we both have food allergies. I'm gluten-intolerant, so it's not a severe allergy but I avoid gluten anyway. My sister can not have dairy, rice milk, or rice flour. Her allergy is more severe than mine. I'll start off by saying that our dining experiences were very, very good. I will detail where we ate and what we had during each meal.
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Thank you so much for your report!!!!
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Backing up just a little, we reserved our trip through AAA. You get a small discount on the price of the room, but you get a lot of free-bees as well. We got a free attraction photo package that we used at Radiator Springs Racers (5X7 + 4 wallets), pin/lanyard set, and a lot of discounts at Downtown Disney (we didn't use those). We also reserved our plane tickets through Delta's website. I won't say what we paid, but it was very close to what we paid in 2006 (amazing considering gas prices and the amount of airline mergers that took place).

Our morning began with a 5-hour plane trip on Delta. If you are interested, they offered peanuts, pretzels, and cookies as complimentary snacks. My sister got a lot of peanuts, but I had brought cereal for myself. On of my biggest fears leading up to our departure day was the weather. Would our plane be delayed by snow? Would we wind up sitting in the airport for hours waiting for a plane? Fortunately, none of the above, and we landed at LAX at precisely 10:00. Baggage claim was easy - by the time we got there, only our luggage was on the carousel! The Disneyland Resort Express bus came at 10:47 - we had pre-paid this as part of our AAA package, so we just showed the driver our vouchers. We had very light traffic and arrived at the Disneyland Hotel around 11:35 or so. This was not our first time there, but it was our first time after its recent renovation. Believe it or not, our room was ready and we were in the Frontier tower facing south (we paid for a standard room). We could see the Paradise Pier Hotel from our room, but not much else. We unpacked just a little, turned on our musical headboard, but all we wanted to do was to go to Disneyland! We really like the walk through Downtown Disney on our way to the parks, and all the big fountains. We also liked seeing Olaf's Ice Skating because they were playing the "Frozen" soundtrack. There isn't much for us at Downtown Disney (I've found restaurants not owned by Disney to be hit-or-miss at Walt Disney World, or the real world for that matter, on how they handle special diets). We entered Disneyland at 12:35, amazing timing considering all the weather variables this time of year. Once we were on Main Street, seeing all the decorations for the first time, the Dapper Dans singing, Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, the Matterhorn, horse-drawn trolleys with jingle bells, the happy tears started flowing! But, we hadn't eaten since breakfast Eastern time, so it's time for our first Disneyland lunch!
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mvf-m11c, BWV Dreamin, and Leshaface:

Thanks to each of you for reading!
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Glad getting to Disneyland was smooth sailing. And score on the great prices for Delta tickets! I enjoy walking through DTD as well. Gets you in the mood for the parks. Can't wait to hear about your first official meal!
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Glad getting to Disneyland was smooth sailing. And score on the great prices for Delta tickets! I enjoy walking through DTD as well. Gets you in the mood for the parks. Can't wait to hear about your first official meal!
Thank you for following! I had thought of a summer Disneyland trip, but the airfare was about $200 more than what I actually paid. Weird.
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First meal

Backing up just a little, we did a lot of research before our arrival on the Disneyland website. They have a menu for just about every Disneyland restaurant. It's a great resource, especially if you have dietary restrictions. You can see which restaurants you are most likely to be able to eat at, and it helps in planning.

We decided to eat in Tomorrowland. The chicken sandwich at Tomorrowland Terrace has been a hit with my sister in the past, so we started there. We asked a cast member for a chef, who came out to speak with us. They didn't have a bun that was safe for her, but the chicken and French fries were OK (this was a running theme for our 5 days). We took her meal over to Redd Rockett's Pizza Port where I got a gluten-free pizza. I was told it would take 5 - 7 minutes, but I'm pretty sure it was a little quicker. Again, that was a big hit with me in the past and it was again. I saw a really nice snowflake Rice Krispy treat there, but I waited to get one elsewhere (these are not dairy-free and some say they aren't gluten-free either, but I've never reacted to them). Oh - we also got 20% off shopping coupons attached to our receipts (we made good use of these!).

We spent the rest of the afternoon on Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters (I beat my sister), Autopia (a big favorite of ours), Mickey's Toontown, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, and Pirates of the Caribbean. We wanted to go on "it's a small world holiday", but the line was too long. We left Pirates around 5:30, and was amazed that it was already dark! And a lot colder. So, we went back to Tomorrowland and patiently waited for the next available Monorail front to be open. So, we took Monorail Orange to Downtown Disney, and got our jackets at our hotel. We got to see Olaf's Ice Skating Rink open - we may have done this if they had lessons or something for those of us who have not yet reached beginner's level. Anyway, we took a quick break in our room and went back to Disneyland for dinner and the rest of the evening.


Dinner and First Night

It hadn't been very crowded in the afternoon, so I was surprised at how crowded it was now. In fact, both the Plaza Inn and Jolly Holiday Cafe had a long line out the door (maybe it was because of the parade and fireworks). So, our next attempt at dinner was at the River Belle Terrace, another hit from the past. But, here we hit a bump in the road. It seemed like I'd be able to eat there, but my sister would not (she wanted their barbecue pork but it had some dairy in the sauce). That was a little disappointing, so we decided to just head to Main Street and wait for the fireworks. Tonight they were at 7:40, and it was a really nice show (and my favorite Mickey-shaped firework!). We loved the snowfall after it, and it was nice that it was actually cold that night! But, now we really had to have dinner. The line for the Jolly Holiday Cafe was much shorter now, so we tried to eat there. Here, the chef spoke to us over the counter where you order, but he was very nice and helpful. We both got turkey sandwiches, mine on a gluten-free bun and my sister's on sourdough. We also both got very good homemade (I presume) chips as a side. The order took about 10 minutes at most. This was a really good meal.

We had about an hour and a half before the park would close at 10:00 that night, and we went on the Indiana Jones Adventure (another huge favorite of ours), and our first time on Haunted Mansion Holiday. We are one of the few people who have not seen "The Nightmare Before Christmas", so we really didn't know what was going on. I knew going in that it would be a little weird, but it was really weird. (Leshaface - I'm sure this is a favorite of yours.) We got off after 10:00, and looked at some of the Main Street shops. We saw fresh peppermint bark at the Candy Palace and should have gotten it since we didn't see it again. We also looked in the World of Disney and didn't see a whole lot that interested us. We were back at our room around 11:30.

Up next - California Adventure and Cars Land!
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:56 PM   #10
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I'm glad Redd Rocket's worked out for you! I actually really enjoy their pizza there. A lot of times it's hit and miss for people, but I think it's delicious! Ugh, the rice crispy treats at DLR are so good! DH is pretty obsessed with them too.

You two got quite a bit of rides accomplished for half a day (including the monorail ride!) Usually that takes sooooo long.

I've only gotten sweets and the Jolly Holiday but heard great things about their sandwiches.

Ah! I was just going to say I love The Nightmare Before Christmas! Yes, the movie is a little weird (just like Tim Burton!) but it's great

Yay hope you got on Radiator Springs Racers!
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Writing it all down...Redd Rockets!
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:12 PM   #12
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Friday, December 13, 2013

All of our breakfasts were just some cereal and juice in our room, so you won't be hearing much about breakfast. I knew that certain restaurants could do gluten-free pancakes, but I could not find out if they could do them dairy-free as well. Anyway, today was our first time at the (new) California Adventure. When we were last there in 2009, it was still Disney's California Adventure, there were walls all over Paradise Pier, and the lagoon had no water in it.

California Adventure opened at 8:00 for Disneyland hotel guests, and were there about 10 minutes before opening. We sort of walked fast through Buena Vista Street, but we'd spend more time there later (I have no idea how they made a street out of the old entrance!). Our first stop was Cars Land. I like "Cars", but it is not a favorite movie of mine. But, I really liked Cars Land. Without sounding like a commercial, you really feel like you are walking in Radiator Springs. I had no idea what to expect from Radiator Springs Racers, but we really liked it (I think we were in the losing car). We got a 5X7 and 4 wallet size pictures for free (part of our AAA package), and went to Luigi's Flying Tires. Once we got the hang of it, it was fun. By now, the park would open to everyone else so it was time to get our World of Color Fastpasses for the 9:00 show. Next was Paradise Pier. It looked great, but I think it could have changed a bit more than it did. We loved seeing Cars Land from Mickey's Fun Wheel (non-swinging) and all four Disneyland mountains from the top of the wheel. My sister went on California Screamin' (not for me), Goofy's Sky School (again, could have been more different but the signs in the waiting area were funny), and The Little Mermaid. We got Fastpasses for Soarin' over California, went on the Monsters Inc. ride, then spent more time in Buena Vista Street. Just like Cars Land, I really liked how Buena Vista Street felt. It was a really great atmosphere, it's hard to put into words. We used one of our 20% discounts at Elias and Company, used our Soarin' Fastpasses, and it was time for lunch.


Lunch

Again, we ate at two different restaurants. I went to the Fidler Fifer and Practical Cafe for mine. When I got there, I saw a lot of coffee on the menu, but no lunches. So, I asked for help and it seems the lunch items are all prepackaged. I wasn't thrilled by that, but I got on line anyway and asked for a chef. Long story short, I was able to have their turkey salad with the croutons left off. I carried that over to the Taste Pilot's Grill where my sister got a chicken sandwich. This time, the chef told her she could have the bun, so that was nice. My salad was very good, I think I was just a little surprised by seeing a menu full of coffee and the lunch items were all pre-made. We ate outside and watched monorails go past Soarin'. Taste Pilot's had the snowflake Rice Krispy treat that I had seen the day before, and I got one of those too.

Up next - the anticipation builds for our first time seeing World of Color!
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You got a lot of rides done before lunch. Excellent!

Yeah, that Cafe should just change the name to Starbucks since that's pretty much all it is. All coffee, pastries and very minimal pre-packaged lunch options. Glad your DS was able to find something at Taste Pilot's. Love that place!
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Your TR title caught my eye and I'm surprised as it seems you were able to talk to chefs every time. My DD4 has peanut and fish allergies and when we took her in 2013, the chefs only came out once (at Goofy's Kitchen) and just told me to stay away from the PBJ pizza. They didn't do anything special, even though I had been told on the phone they should prepare fresh food for my DD because of cross-contamination concerns. Oh well, she didn't have any reactions and I just didn't let her have any pizza in case someone used the same serving ware on the PBJ and regular pizzas.

At Ariel's Grotto and Minnie's, no one came out from the kitchen as the server just told us there weren't any PB or fish issues. But your sister's allergies sound more difficult to "see" compared to my DD's so I'm glad they actually came out to talk to her.

Looking forward to reading more!
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Thank you for reading, smiles33.

It may just depend on the severity of the allergy. In some cases, more so at Walt Disney World than Disneyland, I probably could just order "normally", but I always ask for a chef in case an ingredient has changed. We've been surprised before with things that had dairy in it that we would otherwise have thought were safe, so we make it a point to always ask first.
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