MNSSHP with Allergies

 

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is one of the highlights of the fall season at Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into a slightly spooky, but never scary Halloween wonderland.

While you have the opportunity to see many of the decorations during regular days at the parks, it is when the entertainment at night really shines and makes MNSSHP extra special.

One of the Hallmarks of the event is the opportunity to go to various “treat stops,” that are marked on a map to go trick-or-treating.

But, if you have a food allergy, the decorations are not the only scary thing in the park.

The candy changes each year, but it usually stays around the same type including Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfingers, M&Ms and Kit Kats, Werther’s Caramels, chocolate and yogurt covered Craisins, Halloween Peeps and more.



When you enter the park, you will be greeted by cast members that give you a wristband and a treat bag. If your child has an allergy exchange the bag for a teal colored one at Market Street, City Hall, Heritage House, Town Square Theater or any of the treat locations. When you reach a treat location, the cast member will then give your child a teal token that can be redeemed for allergy friendly goodies or non-food treats at Heritage House and Town Square Theater. These are also places where you can go if you have any questions.

You might also want to check out the City Hall treat location because they have been known to pass out allergy free candy.

As with everything, if your child does have a severe allergy, do not forget to carry their medication with you.

If an issue would arise make your way to the park’s first aid station, located near the entrance of the Crystal Palace restaurant situated toward the left of Main Street U.S.A., where they will be able to give you emergency treatment.

If your child has food allergies, how do you deal with special events where there is a chance to allergy exposure? Leave your comments below.

 

 

Tot Five: How to Handle Food Allergies

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Photo courtesy of Disney Food Blog
One of the best things about Walt Disney World, Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line is they cater to the needs of everyone.
For those dealing with food allergies dining out can be come complicated and even dangerous, depending on the severity of the allergy.
Disney has many precautions in place that help people avoid contamination.
Here are the tot five ways to help manage food allergies in your family while at a Disney property.
1. Send an email
If you or a family member have a serious, uncommon food allergy, the number one thing you should do is send an email to special.diets@disneyworld.com. You need to send the email after you have made your dining reservations and at least 14 days prior to your vacation.
People who have an allergy with the following need to send the email:
•Any allergy or intolerance not listed as a common food allergy (i.e. Gluten or wheat, lactose or milk, peanuts or tree nuts, shellfish, soy, fish, eggs and corn)
•Phenylketonuria (PKU)
•Metabolic disorders
•A single guest with multiple allergies/intolerances or multiple guests with allergies/intolerances within the same party
2. Ask for the allergy menu
All restaurants, have a list of the ingredients that are in their menu items, include the counter service restaurants.
Some of the table service restaurants will have a special allergy menu, so don’t forget to talk to your server.
3. Indicate an allergy when making a reservation
It doesn’t matter if you make your reservations online, through the My Disney Experience app or over the phone you can indicate that you have a food allergy.
Because you have this indicated with your reservation you are more likely to have a chief come out and talk to you about your allergies.
4.  Make sure you are prepared
No one wants to think that something will happen on their vacation concerning their food allergies. However, you always have to be prepared with your medication should a need arise.
If there would be an emergency, and you forgot your EpiPen there are several stations throughout Walt Disney World that have EpiPens available.
The stations are located on the guide maps.
5. Don’t be afraid to speak up
If you think there might be an issue with your order or if you don’t trust an ingredient, please speak up. You are never inconveniencing the people that work at Disney. They want you to be safe and not see something happen to you.
Do you have any tips on dealing with food allergies? Leave them in the comments below.