Disney Rides, KID Approved – Epcot

Got kids? Wondering which rides are best to enjoy and fastpass AND are kid approved? Read on for our Epcot list.

Hey guys, here you go. Another installment of…what my kids want to fastpass. As you might know…I recently had to make fastpasses for my family’s BIG Disney World Vacation. This time around I asked my kids to take control. They picked the dining locations AND the rides. But more specifically which rides I was to fastpass. They had to follow the guidelines set by Disney, per the Tiered System but got to pick whatever they wanted. My kids are not dare-devils but they are very Disney experienced…so basically these are rides picked by kid experts. Epcot Rides for Kids…

The BIG 3:

The BIG 3 as I call them are the 3 more “thrilling” rides that Epcot has to offer. Of course the kicker is, you can only fastpass ONE and my kids put all 3 on the list. So this is where major planning comes to play. I was able to pass 2 of the 3 and the 3rd we will be “running” too first thing in the morning. Those 3 rides are of course Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After. All are amazing, which is why they are all my kids favorite. Test Track was the front runner for this trip since we just got back from riding Soarin‘ at Disneyland. And who isn’t tired of Olaf, right?!?!

Spaceship Earth:

We LOVE this ride!! Its a little dated, but that’s part of its charm. Its a ride throughout the ages, learning and witnessing the creation of communication. Of Technology. Watch man go from cave drawings to scrolls. See the written word get etched into time in books. Learn about the first computers and see how it all began. The best part, IMO, is the corny outfits and facial expressions on the characters faces. Its a great, slow moving, family friendly ride complete with some education. You can even create a futuristic, environmental home on the screen of your vehicle. This I am sure. is my kids favorite part. I can’t wait, especially as rumor has it….its getting a refurbishment soon.

Spaceship Earth at Night
Living with the Land:

So this is probably one of my least favorite rides, but most love it. Its Epcot, so of course this is an educational one. Its a slow moving boat ride, kinda like Its a Small World but without the intoxicating singing, lol. The best part of this ride is the garden area, in fact I could hang out in this section and skip the rest. You get to watch and be amazed by soil-free growing of all sorts of plants. Veggies growing from above, not in the ground, with recycled water that feeds plant after plant. And since I mentioned it, the part I don’t like is the tanks. They show you fish and other sea life and mention how the fish help feed the plants, but they also say how those fish also fed the surrounding restaurants. Being Vegan, that part isn’t my cup of tea.

So…whats on your kids list? Have you ever thought of letting the kids control the trip? Within reason, of course. My kids never know when we are going, but they know its booked and help plan when asked. This trip will be extra special as I am just the Travel Agent on this one, the rest is on them. They even picked the Resort.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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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

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MNSSHP, Perfect for Childless Millennials

Are you kid free? Or perhaps want to be for just ONE night? READ on for why I think MNSSHP is perfect for those Childless Millennials.

Hey Fans, It’s almost Halloween, my FAVORITE time of year and it has me thinking of my favorite party, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I was lucky enough to attend this year and without children. It was AMAZING!! I felt very free. I felt like a Childless Millennial, so it got me thinking, MNSSHP is perfect for those without kids.

Trick or Treat:

So as I am standing there with my costume on and a bag just waiting to be filled with candy, I am thinking…should I be doing this? Isn’t this just for kids? I looked around and quickly noticed I was NOT alone. The amount of young adults or even older adults without kids was massive. Not to mention the amount of “parents” who were also holding bags of candy. This tradition, that is usually reserved for children, is awakened at Disney. For that adult that wished they could have treated just one more year or wish they could dress up in a fun costume without being that “slutty” nurse (again) this party is PERFECT!!

The Characters:

As I watched stroller after stroller waiting in line for characters (hoping their kids behaved or were still awake), there were Childless Millennials having the time of their lives. Perhaps they waited in a line or two, but they were laughing, taking pictures, having a great time. No need to worry about bedtimes, fussy toddlers or getting that perfect picture of Johnny looking at the camera. When it was their turn, they took selfies and chatted with the characters (yes adults like characters) on a different level. They helped their friends take the perfect shot and making sure everyone got the picture they wanted. They swapped their candy with each other, eating all the sugar they wanted…while enjoying every single aspect of the party without worry.

The Shows/Parades:

Being an adult, they were able to enjoy the shows from any view point. No need to arrive early and secure a curb seat (unless wanted). They could enjoy the party to the fullest, then just walk up right before the parade and enjoy. I remember thinking to myself, you can’t do that with kids. With kids you need a good seat or they can’t see. So you arrive early, miss parts of the party so Susie can see it all. Then after the show, they were gone…off to do something else. They didn’t need to put kids back in a stroller or make sure kids didn’t pass out, thus time to leave. And better yet, they could do the later shows and keep treating, riding and meeting characters while everyone with kids skipped out early to see ALL the first shows. No bedtime has its perks.

FUN for all:

On the way to the party, that night, I ran into 4 “Childless Millennials”. I knew they were as they had pins on that labeled them as such. They were dressed so cute, looked so happy and excited…just as I was. Childless Millennials are children grown up, they are ME before I had kids. They are in a great stage in their lives where they can enjoy, explore and create without the worry of children. So, you have to admit…doing events like MNSSHP without kids has its perks. It was so nice to see people of all ages and stages enjoying themselves. So Childless Millennials, Enjoy!! I had fun being you, I missed my kids but I think I missed my freedom a little bit more that night.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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