Headed to an amusement park this summer? It’s a good time to plan your meals ahead so you don’t have a meltdown on your hands. And, navigating an amusement park can be easy! In fact, you may be surprised to see how many major amusement parks are well-prepared for guests with food allergies. If you’ve recently visited an amusement park, please be sure to leave us a comment and let us know how it went!
Headed to an amusement park? Consider these tips:
- Pack (or ship to your hotel) snacks and hard-to-eat-safely items like breakfast, hamburger rolls, granola bars and desserts.
- Bring a collapsible cooler (AND freezable cooler packs) to tote into the parks for the day. They are great at storing safe food as well as keeping epinephrine auto-injectors cool during long, hot days.
- ALWAYS carry two auto injectors. Everyone wants to carry as little as possible to an amusement park, but two auto-injectors MUST come with you. Consider a small backpack with a zipper so you’re not bogged down with a spillable purse or tote bag. You’re going to need sunscreen anyway…!
- Contact culinary services at least a week in advance to ensure you have a fun, easy and SAFE day at the park!
Walt Disney World, Disney Land and Associated Properties
Disney is renowned for how it accommodates guests with food allergies. They are truly the gold standard. Guests can review menus and have access to chefs to obtain further information. It is recommended that you discuss your food allergies with each server, as always. There’s lots of excellent information and suggestions online, including contacting them prior to your trip should you have 4 or more allergens and how to bring safe food into the parks.
Universal Orlando recommends prepping for your trip by reviewing menus and discussing your allergies with a Guest Services advisor. Plus, they outline how to bring your own food into the park should you need to!
If you’re headed to Universal Studios Hollywood, you’re in luck: you can easily view what’s safe online. Call Guest Services if you have multiple food allergies or further questions.
Legoland refers guests with food allergies to a Dietary Guide that doesn’t connect at the present moment. They also suggest contacting LLF-Food@legoland.com prior to your visit to answer specific questions. Per their guidelines, outside food and drinks may be brought into the park for dietary needs.
Did you know that Seaworld has designated dining facilities for visitors with food allergies? There is at least one restaurant in each of their parks that is best suited to handle food allergy issues and preparation. Click each link to read more about Seaworld’s food allergy preparations and policies.
In addition to making allergen menus available at most of Hershey Park’s restaurants, dining for those with food allergies has just gotten easier with the addition of a gluten-free, nut-free, fish and shellfish-free restaurant. Hershey notes that every nursing station is equipped with EpiPens, but – as always – remember to bring your own.
Sesame Place keeps its allergen information to individualized questions. They ask that guests ask specific questions to AllergenfriendlySPL@sesameplace.com at least 3-5 business days in advance for additional information. A culinary representative will work with each guest to ensure a safe dining experience. Guests with food allergies are allowed to bring in safe food.
Six Flags have a variety of restaurants at each park. While you cannot see an allergen menu on their site, you may be able to get the name of food vendors and research ingredients that way (for example, Six Flags Great Adventure has a Panda Express that a visitor could research). Should you have food allergies, you can bring food inside the park. If you plan on eating at one of the parks’ restaurants, be sure to ask LOTS of questions about ingredients and prep including french fry oil and cross contamination.
Busch Gardens seems to take food allergies seriously. They answers a lot of excellent questions right on their website and provide ways of obtaining even more specific information should it be needed. Busch Gardens Tampa even offers allergen friendly dining facilities. Again, collapsible coolers are allowed for those with dietary restrictions.
Cedar Point’s website identifies dining locations that serve certain allergens as well as a few that do not serve certain allergens. If you have multiple food allergies, this may take a little cross referencing to find a few things that are safe. They do not list information about brining in safe food from outside – so you may have to contact them directly.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farms follows the same process as Cedar Point in identifying products and locations that use allergens. They also identify certain locations and products that are free from specific allergens. Again, they do not list if you can bring in safe food from outside the park. Contact them directly should you need additional information.
Once again, Canada’s Wonderland follows the same process as Cedar Point and Knott’s Berry Farm in helping guests navigate the park. They list dining options by allergen, so if you have multiple food allergies, expect to cross reference these lists. They do not state whether or not you can bring in safe food from outside of the park. Contact them directly with additional questions.