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I didn't have ANY food in my cooler that I expected anybody to prepare...it was ALREADY prepared, I just needed them to let me in with my cooler!!! Which they would not do for me but apparently that rule was not for everyone, because as I said, I saw several people IN the park with coolers the same size as mine. :blink:

I wonder if the reason your cooler wasn't allowed in was because it was on wheels? When we went to Disneyland in March 2006, we brought in a soft-sided, collapsible cooler (with a shoulder strap) everyday. It was full of regular (not gluten-free) food, snacks and drinks for our family of 5. The cooler was checked over by security each time we went into the park(s), and we were never refused entry nor had anything confiscated.

Michelle

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I wonder if the reason your cooler wasn't allowed in was because it was on wheels? When we went to Disneyland in March 2006, we brought in a soft-sided, collapsible cooler (with a shoulder strap) everyday. It was full of regular (not gluten-free) food, snacks and drinks for our family of 5. The cooler was checked over by security each time we went into the park(s), and we were never refused entry nor had anything confiscated.

Michelle

As I said my cooler is soft sided and collapsable too with a shoulder strap. We offered to take the wheels off it because they can be removed and the people at the security gate said no, that only coolers large enough to hold 6 drinks were permitted in the park! So you guys got in too with yours!!! :angry: I must have just had bad luck! <_< I wonder if I would have taken the wheels off it and gone back again the next day with it over my shoulder, maybe they would have let me in then?? :huh:

Oh well, it's all over now. So all you cooler toters out there beware, definitely don't take "No" for an answer!! :rolleyes:

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I know it's INCREDIBLY hard for those of you with celiac disease who can go anywhere and eat comfortably, something someone else has prepared, to be able to understand where I and celiac's like me are coming from. :( I was merely sharing MY experience as someone who can't dine out and what happened to me in that instance. If there are others like me, who are travelling there, then maybe they can learn something from what I went through. If you are not like me, then apparently, from the looks of most of the other postings in this thread, you will have a wonderful time and get to eat all sorts of great, "gluten not intentionally added" food. HAVE A GREAT TIME! :lol:

Lauralee,

I am very sorry that this situation happened to you like it did. :( I mean, vacations are supposed to be relaxing and fun and Disnelyland is supposed to be the "Happiest Place on Earth" right? I guess it wasn't that way for you.

You may have already answered this before, and forgive me for asking again if you did, but did you take a doctor's note detailing how severe your reaction is to even the slightest traces of gluten and that you cannot eat ANYTHING prepared by someone else or at a restaurant and that you should be allowed to take your own food into the park? Because Celiac is a medical condition that should be covered under the disabilities act and you should have been able to bring in food regardless of the size or style of the cooler. I know Disney bends over backwards to provide gluten free food, but for someone as sensitive as you it isn't enough and they should be able to recognize special circumstances and help you out.

I urge you to let the higher management at Disneyland know what happened to you.

On another note,my daughter's dance thing got moved to March instead of April and won't be on her birthday anymore. This solves the issue with trying to get a gluten-free cake for her. I can make her cake at home and she can have ALL her friends there, not just her dance friends. I am relieved about that. Now we only have to deal with finding gluten-free meals for 4 of us and working them into the dance schedule! I certainly need to call ahead!

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How do I get this guide BEFORE I get to Disneyland? We are going on March 23rd. I am going to try to find the right phone number to call, but I would like to have everything in hand before I get there.

I printed out the list Looking For Answers posted, and I know that will be helpful.

Also we will be staying at the Grand Californian (Thank God for park event discounts!) and I will call the hotel there and ask to speak to someone regarding the gluten free selections at the restaurants there.

Some friends of mine went last November and they said that when they ate at Rainforest Cafe there at Disneyland that they saw "gluten free" items listed on the menu. Does anyone know about this? I love Rainforest Cafe and would love to be able to take the kids. I guess I will have to call them, too.

I usually cook many of our meals when we go on vacation, but since this is a 3 day trip I did not want to have to spend the extra money on a suite with a kitchenette, and since it is Disneyland, there should be enough gluten free options available that we will only need to supplement with snacks.

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