Safe treats onboard for kids with nut allergies?

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  1. clawmachine

    clawmachine DIS Veteran

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    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!!
     
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  3. GirlieGirl

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    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!
     
  4. gfolchick

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    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.
     
  5. peanutgirl

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    Is the icecream soft serve and safe?? Thanks for any help we sail in 20 days.
     
  6. TinksDH

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    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.
     
  7. jilljill

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    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.
     
  8. CoreyLe

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    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?
     
  9. DisFamily10

    DisFamily10 Earning My Ears

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    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!!!!!
     
  10. clawmachine

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    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!
     
  11. kimpossible

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    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.
     
  12. Tinkermom3

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    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!

    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:
     
  13. clawmachine

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    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. :)
     
  14. clawmachine

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    bumping to see if anyone has any recent experiences to share?

    TIA!
     
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    My husband is severely allergic to peanuts, but he can eat the chocolates the room steward leaves for us.
     
  16. lilpooh108

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

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    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!
     
  19. Blueyed Girl

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    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.
     
  20. GW45

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    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!!
     
  21. clawmachine

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    Thank you for such a detailed post with great info! It helps a lot! :-)
     

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