In my other life I’m a travel columnist for the Boston Herald.
I’m putting together this week’s piece – which will run Thursday – about traveling with food allergies and dining wheat/gluten free. I interviewed Kim Koeller, author of “Let’s Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergen Free” about her book and her experiences traveling with dietary restrictions.
During the interview she said something that caught my Mousejunkie attention:
“Whenever people say ‘what do you think the premiere location is in terms of dealing with food allergies, with gluten free concerns’ – I say it’s Walt Disney World. As far as having protocols in place, as far as having the process. Walt Disney World makes you feel comfortable with the chef coming out to your table (to discuss allergies,) but it doesn’t have to be the chef. It can include front-of-house and back-of-house. And it does.”
She also pointed out that Disney is continuing to work on and improve and move its policy of dealing with food allergies and dietary restrictions forward. She said Disney makes it’s guests with food allergies feel “special” and not “different.”
Interesting, and nice to hear from someone who has traveled and lived all over the world. As the father of a 10-year-old who has food allergies, I’ve always been impressed with the way Disney treats such guests. To hear Koeller praise them as well showed me that I’m not just being wowed because I’m a Disney freak.