Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Flying with a Special Diet

Blogger Street Team member Arianne from Special Alert has a combined passion of spreading awareness of food allergies a love for Walt Disney World. In her post today, she provides travellers with her experience in travelling with anaphylactic food allergies, including plane travel. Her blog shares her experiences, knowledge, and insight on the ins and outs of living with food allergies, hoping to make life a little easier for everyone. 

Your bags are packed, you’ve already booked a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain, and picked out the perfect spot to watch the fireworks at the end of the night. But, before you put on your wristband and Mickey Mouse ears you have to travel to Orlando, Florida and the most magical place on earth. Traveling by plane with a food allergy or a special diet can be nerve racking and scary, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your flight is as worry free as possible.

Carry-On Baggage

Let’s start with your carry on baggage. Other than the essential headphones and music there are a few items you can take to help make your seat a safe place. First, bring some wet-naps, they’re very useful when you travel. Use them to wash your hands after you board, or before you eat, wipe down your arm rests and seat. Having these wet-naps on hand can help limit the risk of coming into contact with hidden allergens. Next in your bag you should try to bring a few snacks. Airline food can be unsafe or risky depending on who you fly with or what is available. Having some safe snacks packed away can ensure you or your family has something to eat in the worst case scenario. Last but certainly not least, bring your medication, whether you require an auto-injector, inhaler, or an antihistamine it is important to make sure that you carry it on you at all times. You never know what can happen, or what may be available in the plane’s first aide kit. Being prepared lowers the risk.

Inform the airline

Now that your carry on baggage is ready, there are steps you can take to inform your airline of your dietary needs. If you’re flying with a severe food allergy, most airlines advise you to call 24 hours in advance and inform them of your allergies. Also, mention it to your flight attendant just to be sure. A buffer zone will be created around your seats where your allergen will not be served. Some airlines even refrain from serving the allergen on the flight if they know there is a food allergy. Don’t be shy about speaking up about your dietary needs, airlines are there to help you so make sure they know how to help.

Safety at the parks

You bag is ready, your carry-on is packed and you are ready to enjoy the most magical place on earth, Disney! Some of these tips can be helpful while you’re in the parks or touring the Disney grounds. Keeping your medication on you at all times is a safe and smart idea. Also, having wet-naps or hand sanitizer can help limit risks after touching multiple bars, safety harnesses, and it helps to clean up before and after eating. Bringing some safe snacks can help keep you full and ready to tackle the lines and parades throughout the day. It also ensures that you have a safe food to eat just in case you can’t find any options while you’re out.

Traveling with a food allergy can be stressful, but if you take the right steps and come prepared, you can limit the risk and maximize your relaxation. So, sit back buckle up and think Disney thoughts, you’ll be zooming down Splash Mountain in no time.

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One thought on “Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Flying with a Special Diet

  1. a note about buffer zones on airplanes. While Canadian airlines Air Canada and West Jet are required by regulation to create buffer zones, USA airlines are not required to. And many/most USA airlines will NOT create a buffer zone or make a general announcement.

    Allergic Living magazine has a really good article on their websites which outlines the various airline allergy policies. Also most airlines have at least some info about their allergy policies on their websites, often under a special needs area.

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