Snacks with Character – Vegan & Food Allergies

Headed to the parks with Food Allergies or Vegan? Visiting Disneyland or Disney World and worried about snacks? Read ON about Snacks with Character.

Hey Guys, as I finish editing ALL of my Disneyland VLOGS I am remembering a few things I discovered OR REdiscovered at BOTH Disney Theme Parks. Snacks with Character, perfect for vegans and those with Food Allergies. Anyone know what I am talking about? These treats were once available and then mysteriously disappeared. Many speculated as to why, but I am HAPPY to announce they are back – Both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Snacks with Character:

These are pre-packaged snacks that are sold in the Parks/Resorts. They are designed for people with Food Allergies or have dietary restrictions. So when the rest of park goers are eating cute cupcakes with Mouse Ears…we get Snacks with Character. As they aren’t the same as a Cupcake, it is nice to have an option. And to have a package with characters on it, kids don’t feel so left out.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars
Food Labeling with the Enjoy Life Logo
Enjoy Life:

If you have Food Allergies, you know this company. You have heard of them before and most are able to enjoy. They are usually free of the Top 8 Allergens, almost always Vegan (+/- Honey) and are the main brand behind Snacks with Character. I LOVE this. Even though I can purchase Enjoy Life at home (and safe a few $$), I don’t always want to pack EVERY snack ever when on vacation. PLUS being able to give your kids a SAFE chocolate Bar or FUN snack is HUGE. And if you are on the Meal Plan at WDW, this is a great way to use those credits. Enjoy while in the parks and grab a few more for the ride home.

Options:

I am sure I missed a few varieties and I am sure some come and go…but in general you can enjoy most of Enjoy Life’s products, Disney Style. My favorite are the Chocolate bars. I have a major sweet tooth and sometimes after eating a hearty meal…I WANT chocolate. These bars fit that craving, especially the RICE Crunch, yum!! They also have cookies, morning like grain/seed bars, Trail mix and healthy protein bites (little balls of heaven). Snacks with Character also have other varieties; cookies, chips, pretzels and such. Not all are Enjoy Life brand, but all are labeled per allergies. I found a few Gluten Free options as well.

So if you are headed to the parks with an Allergy or Dietary Need, make sure to look out for Snacks with Character. They can be found in the snack section of most stores/resorts and are also located in the Candy area in Ice Cream/ Dessert restaurants.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Dear Fuel Rod, What the Heck?

Do you own a Fuel Rod? Have you wondered what they are? Read ON and learn why I am a little upset by a recent policy change, especially at Disney.

Hey Fans, yesterday some news came out about Fuel Rod. Fuel Rod is a brand if you will, a company that supplies Back-up Batteries at certain locations, locations like Disney (World & Land). They are all-over the Parks and Resorts AND other venues throughout the US…even airports. Read on for a NEW annoying Fuel Rod Policy Change at Disney.

Fuel Rod Back-up Battery
Original Idea:

They had an amazing thought, concept. You would purchase their Fuel Rod through a fun like vending machine, the price was rather steep BUT for that price you were able to return to that same machine (or ANY Fuel Rod station) and exchange your old, DEAD backup for a new RECHARGED one – for FREE. You could do this anytime, anyplace, for as long as you physically have the back-up battery. This was the gem of the whole system.

No more dead Cell Phones, no more trying to find an outlet, no more worrying that little Johnny was gonna waste your battery by playing games in line. It was a WIN for everyone. Heck I would be on a trip with friends or co-workers and they would borrow my Fuel Rod after I just charged up, they just needed to bring me back a FRESH one when done. It was great. UNTIL NOW…

Upcharge:

So as of Nov 1 – Fuel Rod will NOW be charging $3 to recharge, to turn in your old back-up for a fresh one. This angers me to NO end. The only reason I spent $25 for a (if I was lucky) 1000-2600 mAh back-up was for the convenience of not worrying about the charging. Not worrying about if I exhausted my battery or not. Allowing me to film, take pictures, Facebook and Instagram while on Vacation. Fuel Rod what the heck?

I feel very mislead and kinda want to throw a stink and fight to get my original $25 back. The whole point was FREE exchanges. I never, ever would have purchased if I also had to pay for an exchange fee. This is beyond dumb and I hope Fuel Rod realizes this mistake and returns to the way it was. I mean, come on…why would someone purchase with this NEW business model at hand. Just go to the store and purchase 1, 2 or even 3 back-up battery packs for that same $25 or less. Charge them up the night before and pack them in your pack bag – Done!! Solved!! No need to use Fuel Rod.

Moral of the story, be smart people…plan ahead. Get a nice back-up battery pack. Charge it and enjoy!!!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

5 Reasons why I HATE Disney

Ever wonder why people visit Disney on Vacation? Why they save and save for just this one experience? 5 Reasons to hate Disney…

Hey Fans, I am always getting questions like, why Disney, why not other Theme Parks? What makes Disney so great? Is it worth the cost? So it got me thinking, why? What is the difference? Then I started to think like others, like not the Disney obsessed person that I am…so here are 5 reasons why I hate Disney (or hate to LOVE) and there are way more than 5.

Clean:

Sadly Disney Parks are just too clean. I just don’t understand it. When I go to a theme park, I like stepping in gum. I like having my shoes stick every time I walk and I love having sticky fingers after riding an attraction. What I love the most is sitting at a restaurant to eat and grabbing the table and feeling row after row of old gum stuck to the bottom of the table, my seat and sometimes…even a ride. I also enjoy sitting in someones spilled soda or getting ketchup stains on my pants from a previous guest. I am just not sure why Disney has to be so clean. Its almost like the park sparkles, its obnoxious.

Cast Members:

Cast Members are the worst, they are TOO darn helpful and friendly. I miss asking for help and having employees tell me to look at a map or point with ONE finger towards a vague direction. Or like other theme parks, act like I am interrupting their day, ruining a conversation with another employee. But the worst thing that Cast Members do is look happy and smile. Why oh why do they do that. When I arrive to the park, first thing in the morning, why are they wishing me hello or welcome. Why are they waving at me with giant mouse glove hands, don’t they know how ridiculous that is. Why aren’t they working, why are they taking time to wish me “Good Morning”? Never ask a Cast Member for help, for you might actually get the answer you were looking for. I much prefer getting a blank stare.

Garbage Cans:

Disney has WAY too many garbage cans. I feel like I am always bumping into them, always when I have food to throw out. Its like they want me to trash my trash. I miss the days when I can use my pockets as trash and find out later that the granola bar wrapper left a chocolate sticky mess inside my pant pocket. I enjoy tripping on other people’s garbage when walking around. Carrying around my kids half eaten dole whip while its dripping into my hands, down my arms is my favorite. Its just crazy to have so many garage cans AND they are themed to the land, so they aren’t ugly and ruining my pictures like I prefer. I enjoy a good selfie with trash in my shot.

Creative Displays Like NO-Other.
Atmosphere:

Disney has the worst ambiance ever. Its so cheerful. Did you know that each land has music that softly plays and it changes per the area that you are in? It’s SO annoying. I much prefer silence or the loud chatter of fellow park goers. I also don’t understand all the decorations. Every area is fitting to its theme and makes you feel like you are somewhere else. I prefer to be someplace with generic trees and buildings. And why is everything so colorful or animated? Why are the parks so festive during the Holidays? When I visit a theme park, all I care about are the rides, so they need not to be spending funds on areas that don’t matter. Did you know that certain areas even have a smell or a scent. Don’t get me started on the resorts and how they invoke a happy feeling by pumping a refreshing scent into the air.

Its Addicting:

Disney is worst for being addicting. I almost feel like people need a 12 step program after they visit. People always joke about drinking the “Disney Kool-aid” and now they are hooked. So people save and save for a Disney Vacation, then they go back home and do it ALL over again. For some reason they miss the happy, cheerful, magical nature that is Disney. Its like they enjoy themselves on a Disney Vacation? Perhaps some people like helpful Cast Members and a clean park? Not sure why, I much prefer getting ignored, tripping on empty food cartons and stepping in gum. And don’t get me started on Disney Entertainment, eek.

As you can tell I am SO not a Disney fan or am I? People usually don’t understand the draw and excitement of a Disney Vacation until they are on one. Its like no other vacation or theme park. Disney may be crowded, sometimes hot and often $$, but its always worth it. No one does Service like Disney. Down to the cleanliness of the parks, the thoughtful Cast Members and secretly additive juice they pump in the air – Disney is hands-down AMAZING.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!