My daughter, Katie, is 9-years-old and has food allergies. She wrote this blog after watching Matt Hochberg’s video about the new approach Disney is taking to working with families with food allergies. So without further ado (I know, cliche) – Here’s Kate:
Hi. My name is Katie Burke and I have a food allergy to peanuts and eggs. When I go to Disney World, we go to a restaurant and I know that not everything there is safe to eat.
I have experienced eating eggs and nuts before, and it didn’t turn out too well. I really don’t want that to happen again, so I’m very careful about when I eat something that is possibly not egg or nut safe.
When we go to a restaurant, my mom or dad tell the waiter/waitress that I have an allergy to eggs and nuts, so the chef comes out and I ask him if the food that I want is peanut or egg free.
I feel happy when the chef comes over because then I know people want to help people with food allergies. Disney is nice. I mean, Disney is always nice, but they’re especially nice when it comes to food.
When I learned that the Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios had an interactive menu, I was excited. It’s an iPad that can save lives. Next time I go to Disney, I’m sure to go to Brown Derby and try it out!
I really think that it’s a good idea because some kids or adults have food allergies and could possibly get sick if they eat something that they’re allergic to, and it’s especially bad if it happens at Disney.
I know Disney wants to help people because they go out of their way to help the food allergy people.