Meet Our Vendors! >> No Biggie Bunch

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

If you’re a parent with a child living with food allergies, by now you’ve likely heard about The No Biggie Bunch, a book series dedicated to those coping with new and existing diagnoses. Filled with smart and whimsical stories of The No Biggie Bunch, they teach kids when they’re prepared with safe snacks and a ready response, the social challenges of food allergies are “No Biggie”!

The team behind the book series consists of passionate parents, clever writers, talented illustrators, and a medical professional. But let’s be honest–we just love the books!

Here’s a little more, straight from Heather Mehra, Co-creator of The No Biggie Bunch, about what goes into the making of the series and what is next to come:

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Meet Our Vendors! >> Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

Over at FACCWDW we love our coffee, especially as the winter is starting to fall into season (we don’t all live in Florida, you know!) Thank goodness our coffee-love can be taken care of at the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, since Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen will be part of the event. With a commitment to sustainability and the in-depth knowledge of perfect coffee making, Barnie’s is big on treating coffee right, using quality beans from farmers across the world with dedication that meets their standards.

We chatted with Addison Ames, Director of Marketing Communications from Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, to learn a little more about the company. Here’s what we’ve learned:

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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Flying with a Special Diet

Blogger Street Team member Arianne from Special Alert has a combined passion of spreading awareness of food allergies a love for Walt Disney World. In her post today, she provides travellers with her experience in travelling with anaphylactic food allergies, including plane travel. Her blog shares her experiences, knowledge, and insight on the ins and outs of living with food allergies, hoping to make life a little easier for everyone. 

Your bags are packed, you’ve already booked a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain, and picked out the perfect spot to watch the fireworks at the end of the night. But, before you put on your wristband and Mickey Mouse ears you have to travel to Orlando, Florida and the most magical place on earth. Traveling by plane with a food allergy or a special diet can be nerve racking and scary, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your flight is as worry free as possible.

Carry-On Baggage

Let’s start with your carry on baggage. Other than the essential headphones and music there are a few items you can take to help make your seat a safe place. First, bring some wet-naps, they’re very useful when you travel. Use them to wash your hands after you board, or before you eat, wipe down your arm rests and seat. Having these wet-naps on hand can help limit the risk of coming into contact with hidden allergens. Next in your bag you should try to bring a few snacks. Airline food can be unsafe or risky depending on who you fly with or what is available. Having some safe snacks packed away can ensure you or your family has something to eat in the worst case scenario. Last but certainly not least, bring your medication, whether you require an auto-injector, inhaler, or an antihistamine it is important to make sure that you carry it on you at all times. You never know what can happen, or what may be available in the plane’s first aide kit. Being prepared lowers the risk.

Inform the airline

Now that your carry on baggage is ready, there are steps you can take to inform your airline of your dietary needs. If you’re flying with a severe food allergy, most airlines advise you to call 24 hours in advance and inform them of your allergies. Also, mention it to your flight attendant just to be sure. A buffer zone will be created around your seats where your allergen will not be served. Some airlines even refrain from serving the allergen on the flight if they know there is a food allergy. Don’t be shy about speaking up about your dietary needs, airlines are there to help you so make sure they know how to help.

Safety at the parks

You bag is ready, your carry-on is packed and you are ready to enjoy the most magical place on earth, Disney! Some of these tips can be helpful while you’re in the parks or touring the Disney grounds. Keeping your medication on you at all times is a safe and smart idea. Also, having wet-naps or hand sanitizer can help limit risks after touching multiple bars, safety harnesses, and it helps to clean up before and after eating. Bringing some safe snacks can help keep you full and ready to tackle the lines and parades throughout the day. It also ensures that you have a safe food to eat just in case you can’t find any options while you’re out.

Traveling with a food allergy can be stressful, but if you take the right steps and come prepared, you can limit the risk and maximize your relaxation. So, sit back buckle up and think Disney thoughts, you’ll be zooming down Splash Mountain in no time.

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: The Most Magical Table Service Experience

Blogger Street Team member Sandra, who also goes by the moniker Gluten-Free Doll, was diagnosed with celiac disease over ten years ago. She shares her gluten-free adventure on her blog, Gluten-Free Doll, and is divulging today her top tips for the most magical table service experience!  

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Be Flexible

Reservations are important if you have your heart set on a particular restaurant. Especially when considering sought after places such as Cinderella’s Royal Table or Le Cellier Steakhouse. Instead of placing your reservation hopes on a specific time, be flexible. Choose your meal, and see what is available for the duration that it is offered. While this may not be the perfect solution, you will have a better chance of enjoying a meal in a popular restaurant.

You can make reservations for most Disney Restaurant’s online at . Prefer to speak to a Disney cast member? Call (407) WDW-DINE to reserve by Phone. Operators are available from 7:00 am – 10:00pm Eastern.

Persistence Can Pay Off

If you were unable to get your desired reservation, don’t fret. Keep calling and/or checking the Disney reservation website. Disney charges a fee for reservation no shows, so it is possible to have success in claiming someone’s cancellation closer to your preferred dining date. It is also possible, although not as likely, to be granted a table via walk in.

Plan Ahead

The Walt Disney World website provides detailed menus of its restaurant’s. Take some time to explore what is available. There are meal options to meet everyone’s needs and price points. Make note of what the operating hours are for each restaurant. If you have the dining plan, be sure to look into whether or not it is accepted at the locations you have in mind.

Ensure a Smooth Experience

The special diets team at Disney is phenomenal. When you make an advance dining reservation (ADR), have your special dietary requirement noted on each reservation.I would also suggest emailing to confirm what dining options will be available to you.

When you arrive at the restaurant, advise the staff of your dietary restrictions. Ask for the Chef or restaurant Manager to come to your table.

Keep in mind that some Downtown Disney and Epcot restaurants are not owned or operated by the Walt Disney Company. It is possible that their handling of dietary restrictions may be slightly different than that of Disney’s.

Be Practical

Disney reservations work a little differently then what most people are used to. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to your reservation time. Be aware that your table will not necessarily be ready at the exact time of your ADR. You are basically guaranteed the next available table for your party size. Depending on the day and particular restaurant, expect to wait about 15-20 minutes to be seated.

Immerse Yourself in the Magic

Every Disney restaurant has something unique that turns dining into a special experience. Take your time and enjoy the sights and sounds. Disney puts a lot of magic into sit down restaurants. Look at the detail, take photos and don’t rush. Seeing as Table Service meals can come with a hefty price tag, make a point to relax and really enjoy the moment.

Be Considerate

If you are unable to keep your reservation, please cancel it as soon as possible. You can do this by calling Disney directly at (407)939-3463. You can also do so by logging into your My Disney Experience account and accessing your reservations. Once you cancel via the Disney website, you will be emailed a confirmation of the cancellation.


Have do you have questions about planning your dining? Contact the FACCWDW team here!

And have you booked your extra magical, FACCWDW-exclusive special dining experiences yet? Read about those here.

Meet Our Vendors! >> All From Scratch Bakery

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

Just around the corner from Walt Disney World in Oviedo, Florida, “All From Scratch” was started by founder Kellie in 2012, stemming from her joy for baking creating yummy treats while incorporating naturally and locally grown foods. Using only all natural and organic ingredients and big supporters our local organic growers, they specialize in gluten-free and vegan desserts that are fresh, rich and just as decadent as other gluten based gourmet desserts.

We’re excited to have these Florida locals joining us at the event! Here’s a little more about them:

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Meet Our Vendors! >> Betty’s Better Breads

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

It’s a common misconception that a new diagnosis of food allergies or celiac disease results in the potential of being deprived. Luckily, this isn’t the case — especially when Betty has a mission to make everything delicious. Craving her mom’s good cooking, she set out to translate my mom’s old southern recipes into being gluten-and-dairy-free. After winning a competition with her Pound Cake and Bread Dough, the competition prize money allowed her to form Betty’s Better Breads, LLC and begin sharing her breads and sweets with others struggling with food allergies.

Here’s a little bit more to help you get to know one of our vendors featured at the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention:

1. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable time you’ve experienced with a Betty’s Better Breads fan?  

During a GF Food Show, a young boy about 10 years old who was gluten and dairy intolerant came to my table and every time he tried a sample of my cake and brownie he acted as if he was fainting and repeatedly gasped “I can’t believe it” “this is the best thing I’ve ever had”. Seeing things like this really makes me realize why I am doing what I’m doing.

2. What was the inspiration behind Betty’s Better Breads?

After being diagnosed Gluten and Dairy Intolerant in 2011, I quickly realized that being gluten-free meant compromise and deprivation. Reluctant to settle, I set out to make gluten-free, dairy-free breads and sweets that tasted as delicious as my mom’s southern recipes. My recipes turned out to be so delicious I just new I had to share them with the rest of the gluten free community.

3. If you could create a Disney World inspired cake, what would it be?

I would have to say Cinderella’s castle – every girls dream! Each tower would be a different flavor – from chocolate cake to vanilla cake to red velvet and ice cream cake!

4. Tell us more about the competition! What a wonderful way to start your business venture.

Yes, it was a very exciting time! It started out with about 100 business ventures, from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. Over the course of 4 months we all competed for the champion title and grand prize of funding. Every round of the competition I brought cake for the judges. As rave reviews circulated, my cake samples became the central attraction – even competitors were praising the deliciousness. With my cake in hand, I won the competition and received funding from UNC- Chapel Hill to start Betty’s Better Breads!

5. Brownies are a huge favorite among many. What’s your favorite way to doctor them up?

I love making icing the old fashioned way – from scratch on the stove. Adding a vanilla and chocolate icing drizzle topping with walnuts is one of my favorite ways to make my brownies have a fancy flare, while keeping it simple.

Visit Betty’s Better Breads

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Random Acts of Magic Monday: The Jam-Packed Gift Bag!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? We thought so!

Just a reminder, from 12am EST to 11:59 EST on Mondays, we are sprinkling some magical fun for 24 hours. From freebies to giveaways to discounts or all sizes (and something for everyone) you won’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned to our Monday blog posts, and our Facebook, and Twitter page to find out what we’ll be adding Magic to each week!

For our last Random Acts of Magic Monday, we’re giving one lucky FACCWDW attendee a extra, EXTRA magical Gift Bag at the event!

Here’s how it works:

We’re keeping this one easy: just comment below with your number one part of FACCWDW that you’re the most looking forward to! One lucky winner’s Gift Bag will be filled with as much Extra Magic as we can fit in.

We’ll randomly choose a winner and announce it tomorrow. Good luck!

This might be our last Random Act on a Monday, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be at the event! We’ll see you real soon!

Don’t forget, this closes at 11:59EST tonight!

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Flying to FACC? Read on.

Blogger Street Team member Amy (aka Allergic Foodie) shares with us her tips of dealing with food allergies while travelling and manoeuvring through airports. Her blog Adventures of an Allergic Foodie provides help to fellow adults and families by sharing strategies, research, helpful products, personal stories, and more with insight in living food allergies, celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. 

As I watched TSA swab my jar of SunButter, I thought back to the good old days–not the days before Sept 11 when airplane security was less rigorous, but back to the good old days when I didn’t have food allergies and celiac disease.  My biggest concern before becoming an Allergic Foodie was what shoes to pack. Now, I begin hyperventilating while making an airline reservation. What will I eat it? Where will I eat? What if I have a reaction?

I made many ignorant mistakes in my early days of traveling through airports with allergies.  Let me share a few.

Mistake #1. “Surely, I’ll find something in the airport to eat.”

Wrong. I’ve wandered through some of the largest airports in the U.S. and come up with zilch. Too many times I’ve drooled over my husband’s burger or pizza slice while eating a bag of potato chips and an overripe banana. On occasion I’ve hit the jackpot and found a restaurant with a menu I can order from, but this is like finding a four-leaf clover in a field of dandelions.

Now I always carry a lunchbox with me and keep it by my side as if it’s full of diamonds. The plastic salad bowls with built-in ice packs are great for chicken salad and quinoa salad. I fill snack-sized bags with carrots, sliced peppers, and apple slices to replace the standard airplane pretzels and peanuts.


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Meet Our Vendors! >> Ana’s Bakery

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

It’s not uncommon for folks yet to be diagnosed with celiac disease to feel pretty miserable. Ana’s one of them, who spent a childhood and early adulthood feeling sick with every bite she ate. After ending up in the hospital, and months of testing and seeing specialists, she was finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Frustrated with the options available at the stores, she began to follow her dream of mine to one day own and operate a restaurant. And, of course, she wasn’t going to let having celiac disease stand in the way. Now she creates mouth-watering goodies that just happen to be gluten-free… and we’re so excited to have to her at the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention.

Here’s a little more of what goes on behind the scenes at Ana’s Bakery:

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