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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:51 pm 
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We are considering a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. My son has a peanut & tree nut allergy so of course I am concerned about the food. I will contact them to enquire about their restaurants. In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone has been there recently. How was your experience?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:07 pm 
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Well I have not been there but I know the Great Wolf Lodge near our home allows crock pots and Roasters in the rooms

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Allergic to tons and tons of food as well as perfumes, scented air sprays and cleaners. Hubby to Fish, ds #2 Shellfish, youngest to Eggplant, potato, Caesin, Raw Tomato & spinach.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:07 pm 
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Ellie,

We've been to Great Wolf Lodge several times, and it's GREAT!! It sounds like you would like to eat at the restaurants, so, I'm sorry, I can't personally help you with that. On one of our trips, we travelled with another family that happened to be dealing with peanut/tree nut allergies. They ordered in pizza from the on-site Pizza Hut. The restaurant looks to be buffet style. It's a very busy restaurant, and I know other families that bring their own food so they have the convenience of eating without waiting in a busy restaurant with hungry young kids :wink: There is a coffee shop on-site that serves very good coffee. But we always bring our own food and eat in our room. There is a microwave oven and a small fridge, and we will bring lots of food and something we can reheat for dinner. For example, we'll bring a "fun" dinner to eat there - something like tacos. We bring our breakfast and lunch stuff too. Anyway, we love it there. When we eat in our room, I bring a tablecloth for the table, plastic dishes and some dishwashing soap. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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15 yr old daughter: no health issues
12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:38 pm 
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Location: Ontario, Canada / Cambridge, UK
If you want a special meal outside the premises, I recommend The Fallsview Keg at Embassy Suites. We've been there a few times and it is allergy-friendly.

http://en.kegsteakhouse.com/locations/O ... gara_Falls

We also went to the Hard Rock Cafe and the servers doublechecked ingredients with the kitchen. They weren't sure about the hamburger in the kid's meal so they substituted it with a 100% beef patty from the regular menu. The menu also indicates which items have nuts/sesame (however, they lump these two allergens together so it's a bit difficult to know if the item contains just nuts). It is still useful because you can choose to avoid that item altogether.

http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes ... IBEnumID=3

We've been to Great Wolf Lodge but we didn't eat there. As the previous poster said, the restaurants are buffet-style (not to mention overpriced for the quality of food served). There is a Pizza Hut but I read recently that the pizza dough may contain peanuts/nuts. See this topic: http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... hlight=hut

The rooms are equipped with a microwave and small fridge so if you are there for only a few days, bringing your own food + a cooler is the best option.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:34 pm 
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My daughter is allergic to PN/TN & Sesame. We've been to Great Wolf Lodge Niagara 4 times in the past 3 years, usually staying 2 nights each time. The first time we went, we did not know of my daughter's allergy (yet) and we ate at the restaurant, Pizza Hut express and also the take out counters. Looking back, we are so lucky she had no allergic reaction but there was the inherent risk.

After we found out she was allergic, we didn't want to take any chances, and brought our own food in a cooler and just microwaved it to heat up for our meals. There was one time we ate by the outside pool after my husband questioned the food manager in the waterpark about whether there were any peanuts/x-contamination in the chicken finger/fries and we let my daughter eat the chicken finger and fries prepared there which she so desparately wanted to eat. We were very nervous when she ate them, let me tell you, even though they had assured us they were McCain Fries/Chicken Fingers and there were no nuts in them or x-contamination risk. When we went again last summer, we only brought and ate our own food/snacks..


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:41 am 
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Our family is thinking of going to the Great Wolf Lodge. We've never traveled with our little man so I am nervous to say the least. I emailed asking about rooms (if pets have been in them) and about their food as the packages include food, 3 meals a day. He is too young to eat most regular food (diet mainly consists still of rice crispie cereal and all bran cereal, yogurt and corn) but I still wanted to know what my options were.


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Wonderful to hear that you will be visiting us at Great Wolf Lodge! Here at the Lodge our chef staff and the rest of the team deal with 3-4 serious allergy concerns every day. We treat each one as a high priority. At the Lodge we have 7 different restaurants and outlets throughout the resort all serving different and unique products. What we suggest to all guests with allergy concerns is when ordering; bring the allergy concern to the attention of the server. Our response will be to immediately discuss ingredients as well as preparation of the product to ensure there is nothing harmful in the product and it hasn’t been prepared in a way that might contaminate it with other allergic items. If the server is unable to answer any of the questions, our chefs and management team are on hand to ensure the questions are answered and the safety of our guests.

If the item has ingredients that our guest is allergic to or it has had the chance to come in contact with a suspect item, we will prepare a special item just for the allergic guest. This is easily done in our main restaurant (The Antlers Shanty) where we have chefs on duty every minute the restaurant is open but can also be accommodated in any of our outlets. We take feedback from you on what is suitable for your child and supply any ingredient listings for specific products and then prepare a meal to order that will suit the need of safety and quality.

When you arrive at the Lodge please feel free to approach the Hostess Stand and ask for the Chef on Duty and we will discuss any concerns and options that you have. I hope this information helps you in your planning for your time at the Lodge. I hope your upcoming stay with us is a memorable and enjoyable one. You may call us as well to speak with our housekeeping department about allergens in the room.

Have a Great Wolf day!





Two Night Inclusive Package

Double your fun with our two night inclusive package....Niagara's best family value.

Stay two or more consecutive nights and all of your meals are included. We'll do the cooking and wash the dishes.

Your package includes:

* Our signature 'all-you-can-eat' breakfast buffet each morning.
* One personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut and one fountain drink or one deli sandwich or salad and fountain drink from Bear Claw cafe for each person each day.
* Dinner buffet each evening.
* One game of mini golf + 10 arcade tokens + one $6.00 Cub Club craft for each child (per stay).
* One signature plush toy for each child.
* 3 days of waterpark play.
* FREE parking.

Use promotion code TWOINCLUSIVE when reserving your room.

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:16 pm 
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We were at GWL Niagara this summer and loved it. We haven't been to many hotels but this was an easy trip for us. With a fridge and microwave in the room it was easy to store food and prepare meals. I called in advance to ask if our room could be available at 1:00 when we arrived - guests check in at 1:00 and can use the waterpark but rooms are not available until 4:00. I explained that I would have lots of food in the car because of our allergies. The supervisor was very accommodating and when we arrived she personally made sure that our room was ready and told us to contact her if we needed anything else.

The whole hotel was so welcoming and family friendly. It was very quiet at night also surprisingly. The waterpark was very clean too. We plan to return again.

Our only problem was where to keep the epipen. We were all going down the slides and there are few dry places in the park. Bring a waterproof pouch of some sort. In the end, we put her epipen in a protect tube which is waterproof and my husband carried it in his pocket. The lifeguards would not hold onto it because of liability issues. I can understand that - given the size of the park it would be easy to move onto the next pool area and forget the epipen.

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11 year old daughter -- lives with life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs and peanuts; seasonal allergies (birch, maple, ragweed); pet allergies; asthma; and eczema
9 year old son - no allergies


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:19 pm 
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What about something like this?
http://www.coghlanscampinggear.com/cowapo.html
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Coghlans Waterproof Pouch is made of strong vinyl with hook and loop Velcro® closure. Comes complete with 50"(127 cm)length of nylon cord for securing to boat or as a convenience when carrying.
Coghlans Waterproof Pouch 5" x 7"
Coghlans Waterproof Pouch 7" x 10"
Coghlans Waterproof Pouch 10.5" x 13.5"

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:46 pm 
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We love GWL too! We went again this summer, and we always bring our own food.

As far as keeping the Epipen nearby, we put the Epi in a Protectube and our son put it in his very large pocket in his swim suit. This idea works well for boys, and maybe if girls are wearing the new longer "shorts" style bathing suit bottoms. The only places we have done this are at large pool areas like the Great Wolf Lodge, or at a pool in a hotel if there is not an easy access to our belongings (especially the Epipen!)

We've also been to Americana waterpark in Niagara and we really enjoyed that too! I think it's very good for people with younger children (aged 2-3) because the adults can be closer to their kids in the kiddie area. At GWL, they are now under new management, so this may have changed, but when our son was younger (3), and we went to GWL, adults were not permitted to escort their child to the top of the kiddie slides. Our son has difficulty with his gross motor skills, so I was not thrilled having him manoeuver around at the top of the kiddie slides. I found I was more comfortable at Americana when he was younger. Now that our son is 7, and quite tall, he can no longer ride on the kiddie slides at GWL - he has graduated onto the next level - Squirrel and Beaver Falls, which he discovered are REALLY fun.

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15 yr old daughter: no health issues
12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:57 am 
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We love GWL! We've been there twice, the 2nd time we actually ate in the restaurant both nights. We usually bring food for breakfast, snacks etc as it can get very expensive.

DS is allergic to eggs and peanuts so eating in a restaurant can be challenging; when we decided to see how they could handle the allergies I spoke to the chef earlier in the day so he wouldn't be distracted. He advised he could accommodate pretty much anything. I like to keep it simple (less chance for error) so i asked for a pasta with a red sauce and at my request he let me read the packaging.

That night we all ate like there was no such thing as allergies, the chef even found a sorbet for desert. The 2nd night they made him his very own pizza (allowing me to read the packaging again). :D

Our family are true fans of this place and plan to go back next year.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:52 am 
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Thanks for the feedback, it all sounds very positive. Once our daughter saw the website pictures she was sold 100% :D

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:44 am 
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Just returned from a 4 day stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. Had a great time. The hotel is very accommodating for food allergies. I spoke with the restaurant manager who arranged for me to speak with the head chef to arrange for meals for my daughter who is allergic to dairy, egg and peanuts. She had a wonderful breakfast of oatmeal, sausages and fruit plate for breakfast and later a meal of chicken, baked potato, and corn on the cob. Plus, we had a fridge and microwave in the room if for food we brought on our own. Very safe and accommodating. Will return again.

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7 year old child with dairy, egg, and peanut allergies.
Mould, dust, grass, cats, eczema, asthma


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:46 pm 
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We were just there last week as well for 2 days. We brought all of our own food. I didn't bother to prearrange anything. The kitchen could have made the same meal for my daughter as well! I guess I need to start doing more investigating and not assume that we can't eat out! We had a wonderful time!

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11 year old daughter -- lives with life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs and peanuts; seasonal allergies (birch, maple, ragweed); pet allergies; asthma; and eczema
9 year old son - no allergies


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:58 pm 
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My daughter is actually 8 too. Wonder if we were at Lodge at same time. Would have been so nice for my daughter to have someone to play with who has same allergies so she would not feel so alone with her allergies.

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7 year old child with dairy, egg, and peanut allergies.
Mould, dust, grass, cats, eczema, asthma


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:36 pm 
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So glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves Kate.

Hope you did too, Rhonda.

Good ole Great Wolf Lodge. :D

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