Favorite Vegan Disney World Snacks

Thinking about visiting Disney, but worried about the snacks? Vegan or have Food Allergies? Read this…

Hey fans, as I sit here and book magical trips for my clients (aka you) I drool fondly over my favorite Disney snacks. Snacks I wish I could get at home and snacks I wish you all could send back home to me. Being Vegan with Food Allergies I am limited…but not as limited as you would think. My Favorite Disney World Vegan Snacks:

#1: Mickey Pretzel:

Ok – so my hands down favorite is the plain and simple pretzel. 100% vegan and dairy-free, just add mustard (or at least I do). The fact that its shaped like Mickey just makes it so much tastier. We love eating his ears, then his eyes, etc. Its like a game and treat all in one. I like mine lightly salted, so I might wipe off a few salt rocks…but this is a snack I won’t leave a park without. AND its rumored that the sugar ones are vegan too 🙂

#2: Popcorn:

Yep and I am talking about the buttered (non-dairy) popcorn that they sell all over the parks. The fresh, made daily as you are walking by, popcorn. Get it in a fancy cute character bucket or in a toss away cardboard cup…its yum!! It’s great to share or enjoy solo…either way, nothing beats this popular snack. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy. You can also find, pre-packaged, flavored popcorn as well – check the candy, snack stores.

#3: Dole Whip:

So this one isn’t usually a HUGE shock, but ALL fruit flavors are Dairy-Free. Avoid the Vanilla. You can get pineapple, lemon, lime, strawberry, mango, etc…so many flavors…it just depends on the location and what the popular treat is at the moment. Lately they have been making them character themed with decorations. If these decorations are Chocolate based, just pass on the decor and get the Frozen yumminess as is. I have been truly impressed by the lemon and the lime. And I LOVE the mix, when they mix 2 flavors – YUM!!

Dole Whip!!
#4: Candied Almonds:

Sorry no-nut families, but I LOVE this snack. And they are vegan!! Always double check the ingredients…but I love these SO much I am known to get them every-time I see the stand, using several snack credits and keeping them in our bags. They usually last a few days, with us taking a few handfuls as desired. The nut carts aren’t everywhere, so you have to score when you can. We have seen Almonds, Cashews and Pecans…but the almonds have my heart.

#5: Erin McKenna Bakery:

So this place is located in Disney Springs and the ENTIRE place is Vegan and Gluten Free. Many of the items are to-die-for…but its the donuts that get me drooling. Another item I will purchase SEVERAL of and enjoy for several days during our vacation. I will even place an order for delivery. But the HUGE perk of this place is getting to pick your own cupcake or cookie, from the case. No waiting for a special one from the back, you can order just like everyone else – and thats the TRUE treat.

Erin McKenna DONUT!!
#6: Fruit/Veggies:

Just adding this as a side note – obviously these items are vegan, but noting as you can find fruit cups and veggie sticks in the parks. Toss the Ranch and you are good to go! Sometimes you can spot hummus or Sabra Pretzels/Hummus snack packs.

I would love to hear your list. I know there are other Vegan treats in the parks, but my faves are the ones I can get almost anywhere. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Frozen Ever After, Ride at Epcot

Thinking about visiting Epcot? Worried there isn’t enough to do? How about Frozen Ever After in Epcot?

Hey guys, it seems I often get families worried there isn’t enough for kids to do at Epcot 🙁 READ and FOLLOW along as I post about all the fun Epcot has to offer, including the attraction, Frozen Ever After. This ride is so popular its actually a TOP Tier ride and more often than not, a super long line. Sing with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and take a boat ride thru Arendelle.

Frozen Ever After – Epcot
Location:

This attraction is located in Epcot, at Walt Disney World. It’s in the World Showcase, in Norway. It’s easy to spot as once in the Norway area you start seeing glimpses of Frozen everywhere. In Norway you can actually meet Elsa and Anna and get lots of cool Frozen merchandise and with the NEW movie coming out this Nov…just wait. You can also enjoy a fun Princess Meal in Norway as well.

The Queue:

As I am sure you have been reading all my other ride posts, you would know that most rides have a queue, a holding area (so to speak) that is basically the pre-ride. Frozen Ever After has a semi decent queue, its feels like you are in the village surrounding the castle, complete with Oaken’s Trading Post. When in that area, listen closely. Its a fun way to pass the time before the ride begins. Look around at the shop and see what you can spot on the shelves.

The Ride:

So the ride itself is inside a Viking Boat and for those that remember the original ride in that area, Maelstrom, its the SAME boats. Its actually also the same ride track. So you board a boat, in water, and coast away into Arendelle. You meet Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the gang and “let it go”. The ride features a decent drop, but nothing to scary. The big surprise about this ride is…it goes backwards. Yep, there is a part in the ride where you are rushing backwards. And if in the front row…you might get a splash during the drop, which is towards the end of the ride.

The Tech:

So, as you saw in the video…the technology in this ride is pretty cool. It was actually quiet hard for the imagineers to figure out and accomplish. When on the ride and you look really, really close you will notice that the figures, specifically the girls are like sculptures where a projection is on the face area that make them animate. It gives them the appearance as if they are singing and talking. This is totally new tech and very different from the original animatronic characters on earlier rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact this new tech was also used on Lightning McQueen (in Hollywood Studios).

All in all, I love this ride and never miss it. I love the thrill of going backwards and I love trying to figure out the tech, its the artist in me. And, believe it or not, I have not lost the Frozen appeal. I want to note that this is not a princess ride, so please don’t skip it because you have boys, this is a family friendly, ALL ages/genders ride. My son LOVES it. So give Epcot a try, Fastpass Frozen Ever After and enjoy!

I would love to help you plan your Disney Vacation, it is my FULL TIME job after all. I am the Expert 😉 Mahalo for Reading and Following along with my blog & vlog – Nina

Nassau TOUR and REVIEW

Thinking about Porting in Nassau.  What to do, what to see and where to go with Disney Cruise Line

Ok – so today we are gonna talk about Nassau (which is in the Bahamas).  This is a very common or popular ports of call for ALL Cruise Lines to dock at.  YES, I said DOCK – no tender here 🙂  I have personally been to Nassau a few times as well as other Cruise Port locations (I am a vast wealth of knowledge, lol).  At first, our plan was to skip Nassau and stay aboard the ship (doing awesome ADULT-ONLY fun), but we decided what the heck, lets explore for an hour or so…so we did.

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The Disney Dream!

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IMPORTANT: Getting off the Ship

When you first get off the ship (WITH YOUR ID/PASSPORT and DCL CARD) you enter a “holding area” for lack of a better word.  Its a gated area, contained at the port…but its FILLED with local vendors calling out your name – “pretty lady, pretty lady – you need hair braids?”  They have drinks, snacks, Bahamas Merch (tees, bags, trinkets, etc) and the Hair Braiding ladies (PS – you can also get your Hair Braided on the Ship).  Walk fast or shop – totally your call.  And YES, you can barter here.

The Nassau Experience:

Then you can step outside of the gate and enter Nassau – this is where you can catch a cab/taxi or enter the city marketplace area.  SAFETY TIP – I wouldn’t venture too far into Nassau – either BOOK a Port Excursion with Disney, take a Cab to a beach or walk 1-2 blocks…that’s it.  On a Previous trip, I booked a DAY at the local Sandals Resort (another story).  Immediately entering this area, a friend got into a conversation with a local regarding “knock off” bags.  AS many people might say, “no thanks” – she was very interested.  So we found ourselves following this local lady into a few shops.  Shops that were dark, closed and could have easily been a human trafficking den…but it was early and they just hadn’t opened yet (but still, never keep your guard down).

Bags, upon bags, upon bags galore EVERYWHERE.  Knocks-offs from all brands and celebs.  Purses, wallets, hats, shoes, sunglasses, etc.  If this is your thing – I got their card 😉  ALSO it turns out this lady…she is like a shopper for the various shops (I think earning commission from the store fronts for bring you into store and purchasing).  She was very nice, friendly and a smooth talker…hard to say no (so again be firm if not interested).  After we left (yes people did purchase) we found others doing the same thing (other “shopper” ladies with signs showing pictures of purses).

Visiting the Local Marketplace:

AS other members of our group left to do other things, we stayed course and walked our few blocks, shopping in the market place before heading back to the ship…as we had pre-purchased the SPA day (the Rainforest Room).  Lots of shops, many were US brand locations too like Starbucks, Subway, Hard Rock, etc.  But we were interested in souvenirs for the kids we left at home.  See pictures BELOW:

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After we scored a few deals, we left…heading back to the ship – but NOT before we got our passports stamped.  Yep – FREE souvenir…get your passport stamped at Nassau!

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Proof you have been to the Bahamas!

**NOTE – Nassau is one of those ports that many have been too SO MANY times that they might decide to stay on-board the ship.  I was curious to see HOW many people actually were left of on the ship.  More on this subject later, but I was pleasantly surprised at the “openness” of the pool/spa areas – perhaps more people explored Nassau as we did.

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Remember…not only do I travel Disney for FUN and Enjoyment and LOVE, but its also my job.  So if thinking of a Disney Cruise – contact me for a quote.  I LOVE sharing all of my experience and tips/tricks of traveling.

Mahalo for reading and PLEASE FOLLOW my Blog – Nina