I attended SeaWorld in San Diego yesterday and I knew I was going to be at the park for about 13 hours so I needed to plan ahead because I wasn’t sure how gluten friendly the park was. I called ahead of time and I was told that if you had allergies you could bring food into the park but they also said they had some options. I think we all know by now that just because an establishment has options it doesn’t mean that it’s safe to eat. So, I packed a back pack full of turkey slices, Udi’s Gluten-Free Granola, Pop Chips, an apple, cheese and crackers and water. When I was standing in line to enter the park, I saw a gentlemen that was checking everyone’s backpacks and I figured it would’ve been easier to just sneak by him then discuss what I was going through.
The day started off well as we first hit Sesame Street Bay of Play because the nephews were excited to go on all the kiddie rides. I found myself at this point snacking throughout the morning and realized that a full belly wasn’t the best idea when one of my nephews dragged me on the tea-cups, but I survived.
We then hit the dolphins at Blue Horizon’s Stadium. I will say that if you’re attending SeaWorld this is the best show out of all of them.
It was now time for lunch and I was a little nervous but decided to check out the Shipwreck Reef Cafe. I had some food with me but I stood in line and waited to see what options might be available. It’s the kind of restaurant where you grab a tray and can pick items off of the shelf and they will also make anything you want. While I was standing in line I saw a gluten-free snack pack that I didn’t pick up but was pleased to see something.
I found myself at the end of the line when I asked the women who was over seeing operations and asked if it was possible to just have turkey and ham slices. She asked if I wanted bread or fries and I said I had numerous food allergies. I told her the veggies would be fine and she immediately told the servers to change their gloves and use different utensils. This put the biggest smile on my face because she was aware of what was going on and knew the precautions that had to be made.
I was told that the best place to dine with food allergies was the Seaport Marketplace. I walked by there on my way to some of the water rides and I grabbed the allergy friendly card but I never made it to dinner because I was so busy chasing the little guys around. The card highlighted some good points that I wanted to share.
Tips For A Safe Trip
Follow these tips to allow us to best serve you and ensure a safe and great dining experience with us.
- Always ask for a supervisor upon arriving at a meal facility
- Visit meal facilities at non-peak hours or ahead of meal time so that you can be efficiently assisted and served
- Always ask about cross-contact potential
I sent out a few tweets while I was there and was informed that SeaWorld is looking into carrying 10inch personal gluten-free pizzas just like Chuck E Cheese. I was unaware of this or when it might happen but since they allow you to bring food in and are aware of what is going on, I was impressed with what I saw.
Thanks SeaWorld for increasing your awareness and allowing those with food allergies a great day at the park.