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!!

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

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!!