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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Mickey’s NOT So Scary Halloween Party

I get so many people curious about this party. Stay tuned to learn more and get my honest review on Mickey’s Halloween Party.

Hey guys, long time no post. Sorry about that, I have been a busy girl; traveling, working, booking vacations for you all. But I was able to sneak away and visit Universal Orlando (stay tuned), but while I was in Orlando, I had to pop over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and enjoy one of my FAVORITE parties. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that often poses the question – is it worth it? Should I spend the $$ for this party? Read on…

Trick or Treating:

For many, this seems to be the BIG draw…trick or treating at Disney. But of course this party is SO much more…but since it’s the subject at hand…here you go. There are several stations set up to treat at. They even have amazing accommodations for Food Allergies (stay tuned). Basically you get a treat bag when you enter the event and then treat around Magic Kingdom. Heads-up…the stations are rather spaced out to accommodate crowds, you do have to wind and twist a bit at some stations. But…you are getting CANDY. Decent Candy. I would say you get about 2-3 pieces PER station.

Characters:

For many in the know…this is a HUGE draw for this party. Special, not typical, characters do come out of the shadows to greet guests at this event. I was disappointed to not see more villains, but perhaps children don’t want to meet Maleficent?? Crowds line up FAST for certain characters, aka Jack & Sally, so if this is on your list…be ready to wait. I found Jack Sparrow, Jafar, Tarzan, Jane and Turk but I know there were WAY more. This just wasn’t on my list, that particular night. They have a list of characters on the map, so you will know where to go and wait.

The SHOW, aka Hocus Pocus:

So this, this was my focus. I LOVE Hocus Pocus, I just can’t get enough of those sparky Sanderson Sisters. So after treating for a few, I sat and sat and sat for about 1 hour, front row and center…waiting for the show to start. No one entertains like Disney and this show never disappoints. Complete with iconic songs, vast and various villains and the finale with “I put a spell on you”. Getting to see Oogie Boogie was an added delight. I very much enjoyed the songs, dancing and lighting. Yep, I said lighting. The projections on the castle during the show were amazing and really help bring it all together.

Parade and Fireworks:

This party also includes one of my FAVORITE parades, Boo-To-You!! The graveyard dancers are my jam. The way they dance with shovels and drag them on the cement to welcome sparks to fly…all in the darkness, just adds to the delight of it all. I love the Haunted Mansion bride and the Grim Grinning Ghosts float. The firework spectacular is just as impressive with amazing projections dancing to the beat of spooky Disney tunes across the castle. I could watch that ALL night. Disney just doesn’t skip a beat.

The Skinny:

So as amazing as this party is and was…there are some points to consider. It was very, very crowded. I went on Friday the 13th, but I am hearing from others that this party is more crowded than previous years. Perhaps due to the discounted additional ticket locals can upgrade too, allowing them to go as much as they want? It was ALOT of walking. This isn’t an issue for locals or people just showing up for the party, but for people who have been theme parking all day…to walk and walk and treat and wait in lines…it can tire fast. Of course it rained, but that won’t happen every night??

And my single adult ticket was $90+. So think about that when getting for your entire family. It was an awesome, amazing time THAT was crowded, late night and tiring. Will I always remember it, yes. Would I do it again, yes. Would I do it again with my family (I have younger kids who get cranky in the evening, lol)…perhaps not. I really think it depends on your kids and your understanding that this isn’t a cake walk. Of course as a plus, the rides were all walk on 🙂 I personally can’t wait to do it again and can see why the locals RAVE about it.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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My FAVORITE 5 Snacks to pack for Vacation – Disney

Headed on Vacation? Worried about cranky kids, hungry picky kids or have Food Allergies? READ my TOP snacks to pack for Vacation, especially Disney.

Hey guys, after yesterdays post, I thought I would continue some packing TIPS. I love snacks, kids love snacks and even though Disney is FILLED and FILLED to the top with snacks…its not always the type of snacks I want to eat 24/7. Sometimes I want something healthier. Or something for a quick breakfast on the go. So whether you have Food Allergies or not, or on the Meal Plan (which I LOVE) packing some park snacks CAN save the day.

Cereal:

OK – you heard me. I 100% pack DRY Cereal. Its great for breakfast, a simple snack, finger foods for tots and it can be on the healthy side. Its dry, lasts forever and doesn’t melt. Cheers for Cereal!! Place in a baggie and you are good-to-go.

SUGAR – YUM – Erin McKenna’s WDW
Protein Shakes:

Since I work with hundreds of families every year, one common concern I find is parents worried about protein for the kids. My kids just eat junk, all they want is pizza, pasta and more starch. How about packing protein shakes to have in the morning with your dry cereal? I actually do this for myself, along with green juice. With all the yummy, surgery goodness that Disney can offer, why not fight it with healthy, vitamin filled protein shakes? Mine has 16 grams of protein; vegan, allergen friendly protein.

Green Juice 🙂
Healthy Bars:

This goes with the above thought…protein bars to combat the sugar. It’s also an easy item to toss in your park bag; pack a whole box in your suitcase and you are ready. Just be-careful about chocolate flavored bars…nothing’s worse then trying to eat a melted granola bar that gets everywhere and sticks to your fingers. I aim for high fiber and lower sugar.

Breakfast Bar – filled with Protein
Go-Go Fruit Pouches:

This is the perfect idea for littles. And its great for parents that worry about kids digestive systems, you know what I am talking about. Toss a few of these in your park bags to keep the kids regular and hydrated in the heat. They even make veggie ones and again I stick to low sugar, high fiber ones.

Chocolate:

OK – yep I said chocolate. I even said this after saying NO chocolate granola bars. This treat is more for the allergy kids. Disney, at one time, had an arrangement with Enjoy Life and sold SAFE chocolate bars on property. I am sad to say that I can’t find them anywhere, so I am back to packing them. When kids are offered just fruit for dessert, pop one of these out and enjoy. I am also known for sneaking 1-2 myself, mamma needs her chocolate too 😉

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