Winners from yesterday’s RAoM Monday!

Yesterday’s Random Act of Magic Monday offered a first chance sneak peek to select winners for the chance to purchase tickets for our Extra Magical meal offerings.

To enter this week’s Random Act of Magic Monday, entrants left a comment describing what they’d like to see on the menu, and we randomly chose five winners to receive free early access to the tickets and packages. Entrants also had the chance for a bonus entry by adding a second comment by answering what kind of bird Zazu from the Lion King is.

Answer: a red-billed hornbill. 

Five winners were chosen via Random.Org, and congratulations to the following commenters!


 

Sheryl says:

GF mac n cheese. My 5 year old daughter is the one with Celiac and this is her top pick at restaurants in the rare instances they offer it!

Christopher says:

The Celiac teen would love to see a theme park staple with a twist…gluten-free funnel cakes.

Heather says:

I would like to see an allergy free chocolate dessert.

Sara says:

Dairy-free (well, with a suitable non-dairy fake cheesy goodness) beef lasagna. Other kinds of lasagna are ok, too, in addition.

Susan says:

Soups and desserts. I think those are the things that are hardest to find when dining out.


 

Congrats, winners! We are working busily with our Disney Catered Events teams to finalize the menus. You will be the first to have chance to purchase tickets! Stay tuned to your inboxes and look for alerts by the end of next week!

Random Acts of Magic Monday: Need tickets? Get a discount!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? Last week was a fun contest with a ticket giveaway, with a bit of a bonus twist on Tuesday morning!

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!

Still need tickets to the event? There’s a discount for that!

Here’s how it works:

Purchase your tickets today and receive 25% off ticket prices!

Use code FACCRAOM2

Eventbrite - Food Allergy & Celiac Awareness Convention

Looking for more Random Acts of Magic Monday fun? Stay tuned for next week’s promotion filled with even more pixie dust!

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

Random Acts of Magic Mondays: Win a free ticket… if you like Disney food!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? Last week was a combined incentive for vendors and attendees — this week is all about folks who’ve been immersed in the Disney magic… or can’t wait to be!

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!

Do you have a top Disney menu pick? You could win a free ticket!

Here’s how it works:

One of the best things about travelling to Walt Disney World with a special diet is enjoying all of the safe, amazing food items that are available to you. Whether you’re planning your first trip, or you’re a seasoned Disney go’er, the excitement never gets old–and, after all, you’re at the most magical place on earth!

To enter this week’s Random Act of Magic Monday, all you need to do is leave a comment below describing the best thing you’ve ever ate at Disney World. If you’ve never visited before, explore the menus and tell us your top pick and why!

We’ll randomly choose three winners to receive free tickets to the event!

Limit one win per family.

Looking for more Random Acts of Magic Monday fun? Stay tuned for next week’s promotion filled with even more pixie dust!

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

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Long time Disney’ers with a new diagnosis

This Friday we welcome Heather, a multi-published author and mom who blogs over at  disneyforfive.wordpress.com. Though she’s visited Disney many times in the past with her family, this was the first year they visited with a new celiac diagnosis (but with a bit of a twist). Check out the bottom of her post for more information about her, her books, and her blog loaded with Disney fun! We’ve inserted a few comments throughout the post in regards to Heather’s notes about managing a special diet!

This was an atypical Disney trip for us. Not because we went in the heat of summer, we’re old hands at that. There were a couple of other factors that made this trip unique. One difference from past trips was that my brother’s family of four met our family of five at Disney World. The All-Star Music Resort even managed to put us in adjoining suites – hooray! Being at the most magical place on earth as part of a big group added an extra layer of excitement to the trip. Also, this was somewhat of a transition trip for us. Our oldest son, age 14, was diagnosed with celiac disease over the summer. He didn’t have to totally cut gluten from his diet until after seeing a dietician, so this was his last glutenous trip to Disney World [but don't worry! He'll find plenty of options next time]. He made sure to get in some of his gluten-filled favorites while he still could. I, on the other hand, kept my eyes open for gluten-free options for future trips. After all, we’ll soon be back for the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention in November! [And he'll have a blast!]

I’d love to talk about every detail of our trip, but that would make for a very long trip report. Instead, I’ll highlight some of the things that were new to us. Let’s start with the Magic Kingdom’s latest additions: both the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train were wonderful! I’ve heard some complaints that the new ride is too short. It is, indeed, a quick one, but it’s smooth-riding and very exciting. I highly recommend it!

Seven_Dwarfs_Mine_Train

Another new thing for us was dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table. There’s nothing in the World like eating inside Cinderella’s castle while princesses stroll about, stopping at each table to chat. The food was amazing, hands-down the best meal of our trip. And, I understand, if you have food allergies or sensitivities, the chef will come talk to you to discuss what you’d like to eat. [They sure do! You'll also want to be sure to submit your food allergy needs to the Special Diets department in advance.] We’ll definitely be back to test this out!

We’ve dined at many Disney World restaurants, both quick service and table service, but had never been to Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany pavilion until this trip. It was fantastic! The buffet was delicious, and the Oktoberfest-style show kept us very entertained while we ate. Again, although we weren’t yet totally gluten-free while on this trip, my research shows that there are several gluten-free options on the Biergarten buffet. I’ve heard that a manager will walk you though any buffet at Disney World, pointing out the items that are safe for particular allergies. [Yes! And they can prepare many items safely in the back, too, to avoid cross-contamination] We haven’t done this yet, but I did witness this very thing happening at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. A manager walked a woman and two young boys around the buffet, pointing out gluten-free items. This is another aspect of the wonderful Disney customer service that I’m looking forward to trying out!

We decided to purchase the Memory Maker photo package before our trip, and were so glad that we did! This package allows you to download all of your PhotoPass pictures, character dining photos, attraction photos, and the new Tower of Terror ride video. Because we had linked my brother’s My Disney Experience account to mine, I was able to access his family’s PhotoPass pictures, too.

Though we had previously experienced FastPass+ while still in the testing stage, this was our first Disney World trip where it was fully functional. It worked well for us. With a large group, it was nice to break into smaller groups so that everyone could do what they wanted, and then all come back together for a FP+ ride. The only slight problem was that the FP+ kiosks can be a bit tricky. Once we had used our three FP+ reservations on any given day, we would visit a FP+ kiosk to see what else was available. There were always quite a few choices (though not the most sought-after attractions, such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train). The problem was that the touch-screens were difficult to use. We almost always resorted to asking a Cast Member for assistance.

And then there was Villains Unleashed. We were really excited about this first-ever, hard-ticketed event at Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately, Disney grossly over-sold the tickets, resulting in huge crowds and very long waits to do anything event-specific. I politely expressed my frustration with this event to Disney, and they promptly gave me a refund for my five tickets. As usual, they went above and beyond with their excellent customer service. It’s part of why we love Disney World! [Wait 'til you see what your son can eat! He'll never miss his gluten days once he gets the Disney Chef treatment]

With our big family trip behind us, it’s nice to have the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention to look forward to. We can’t wait to make our FastPass+ reservations for November!

About Heather:

Heather Fraser Brainerd is a multi-published author and a renaissance woman. After earning a degree in Anthropology, she embarked on an incongruous career as a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster. She rapidly climbed the claims-handling ladder before surprising her colleagues by leaving the high-powered world of lumbar strains and carpal tunnel syndrome to run a child care center. Thousands of dirty diapers and gallons of strained peas later, she decided that maybe the insurance industry wasn’t quite as bad as she remembered. Unfortunately, it was. Fortunately, a few years later, she met the most wonderful man in the world. Now a stay-home mom to three amazing boys, she is able, at long last, to focus on her writing. She works in a variety of genres, including paranormal mystery, Young Adult paranormal romance, and Middle Grade fantasy. Heather lives in New York with her family and their crazy pug/terrier.

Blog: disneyforfive.wordpress.com
Like her on Facebook: facebook.com/BrainerdFraser
Follow her on Twitter: @HFBrainerd

Check out her books:
MuseItUp Publishing: museituppublishing.com
Amazon: amazon.com
Barnes & Noble: barnesandnoble.com

Random Acts of Magic Monday: a special Labor Day deal for potential VENDORS!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? We hope so! This one has a special twist.

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!

Okay, well, that’s the usual way this works. This time, we’re extending the Random Act of Magic Monday a little bit longer!

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!

From Monday, September 1st at 12am to Wednesday, September 3rd at 11:59pm, potential vendors get a special deal!

Here’s how it works:

All potential vendors that contact us via email, our contact form, or Twitter during this time and sign on to be part of the event receive $150 off of  vendor rates, sponsor rates, and custom packages.

Attending the event as a guest? There’s something in it for you, too:

Spread the magic by telling your favourite organizations and companies about the event… and receive a free event ticket for the first signed-on referral, plus 5 event day raffle tickets for each signed-on referral thereafter.

Looking for more Random Acts of Magic Monday fun? Stay tuned for next week’s promotion filled with even more pixie dust!

Don’t forget, this closes at 11:59EST on Wednesday, September 3rd!

Random Acts of Magic Mondays: Calling all Canadians!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? How can you not be after all of the fun we’ve had so far!

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!

Are you a Canadian resident heading down for FACCWDW? Test your Disney-Canada knowledge for a free ticket!

Here’s how it works:

Canada plays a role of happiness here at FACCWDW headquarters. Not only are one of us Canadian (yeah!), but we also know that Epcot is home to a wonderfully stereotyped rendition of the (not as cold as you think) country. If you’re a Canadian heading into the event and haven’t got a ticket yet, this Random Acts of Magic Monday is for you! Better yet, an anonymous donor (also Canadian) is gifting you these tickets, folks!

Here’s how to enter: simply email us the answer to the following:

What menu item on Epcot Canada’s table service restaurant originated in Quebec? How many times is it on the menu?

Be sure to answer both parts to the question to be eligible

Hurry! First five correct answers win!

Limit one ticket per family.

Looking for more Random Acts of Magic Monday fun? Stay tuned for next week’s promotion filled with even more pixie dust!

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

Random Acts of Magic Mondays – test your Disney animated film knowledge for a chance to win!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? How can you not be after all of the fun we’ve had so far!

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!

Are you an ultimate Disney animated film know-it-all? If so, let your knowledge shine and win a fun prize pack!

Here’s how it works:

Answer the questions on the form below. The entry that has the most correct answer will win a prize pack from Goldbaum’s, our vendor featured on this coming Wednesday’s Meet Our Vendors post. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Contest closed — winner announced soon!

Looking for more Random Acts of Magic Monday fun? Stay tuned for next week’s promotion filled with even more pixie dust!

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

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: My Disney Experience

One of the greatest things about setting up all of your plans before heading to the Disney Parks is My Disney Experience. This free planning tool is care of the folks over at the Walt Disney World Resort and part of the a key component of MyMagic+  and FastPass+ fun.

We’re big fans of this planning tool — not only is it handy, but it also adds to the excitement of your trip when you plan all of the fun things you can do, as well as your Advance Dining Reservations (speaking of which, have you done that yet?)

There are two ways you can access My Disney Experience. One is to visit the website, and the other is to head over to the app store and download the mobile app. Once you’re there, you can create your own account and customize your visit this November!

After you’re logged in and ready to go, you can link your resort hotel reservation if you’re staying on site, as well as your Magic Your Way park tickets, right onto your account. If you’ve yet to book these, no problem — they can be added later on.

Next, you’ll add the others in your travel party via the Family & Friends list first. You’ll all have access to the account and share all of your plans, which is perfect for larger groups planning their trip together. If you’re planning on linking yourFastPass+es, then now is the time to do that, too. You’ll be ready to make and share plans together—including FastPass+ selections.

One of the handiest part of the app and website that that you can view day-by-day plans and include reminders (such as “Food Allergy & Celiac Convention today!” and “Don’t forget about the Sunday events at Downtown Disney!”)

If you have access to a smartphone while on your trip, the app features include:

  • Exploring the resort on a GPS-enabled map that is interactive and quick response
  • Easy access to wait times for attractions
  • Showtimes for parades and fireworks
  • Details on character greeting location and times
  • Restaurant menus
  • The ability to make dining reservations
  • Access to all of your reservations and reminders
  • Management tools, such as tickets, MagicBands, cards, and reservations
  • FastPass+ experiences and details

Have you used My Disney Experience? What do you think? Do you find it helpful?

 

Meet Our Vendors! >> SunButter

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.

Ah, yes. The ubiquitous sandwich. A must-have for our lunches, nothing offers more comfort, memories, and taste than… a classic PB&J. Unless, of course, you’re one of the three million people with nut and peanut allergies. Thank goodness there is SunButter, a nut-free and peanut-free spread that’s processed in a strictly nut-free facility.

Not only that, it’s gluten, dairy, and egg-free, too! But it gets even better.SunButter isn’t just an “alternative” to nut and peanut butters… Instead, it’s so gosh darn tasty that it’ll be a standby in your pantry regardless if you have food allergies. The sunflower seed-based spread goes beyond the basic sandwich, with seven varieties that you’ll love.

We’re excited that SunButter is our Gift Bag sponsor for the event, and the first 1000 guests will receive a unique SunButter bag loaded with surprises! Here’s a preview of what the team at SunButter has to say:

1. We all know a common classic is the PB&J, so tell us, how do you build YOUR classic SB&J?

We ask people to try the classic PB&J using SunButter all the time.  Schools are serving this classic because it makes a very convincing PB&J!  SunButter is also great on sandwiches with banana slices, fresh berries, honey, marshmallow fluff, thinly-sliced apples and even a bit of maple syrup. Our best SunButter-Sandwich-Building-Secret-Tip: Spread SunButter on BOTH sides of the sandwich so any fillings don’t make a mushy sandwich.

2. What is the story behind SunButter and how did it come to fruition? 

SunButter started as an idea that was assisted in development by the USDA as an alternative to peanut butter and it was introduced to schools about 2003. Retail then was also introduced starting with North Dakota market. We have been very active in supporting the allergy consumer and the organizations surrounding this. The rest is history. We are now being served in schools in all 50 states and are growing in the retail market with about 17,000 stores.

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Random Acts of Magic Mondays: staying off-site or FL local? Enter now!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays? How can you not be after all of the fun we’ve had so far!

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!

Are you an Orlando area resident, Florida local, or are you staying off-site during FACCWDW?We’ll be giving away Disney themed extra magic to help you celebrate!

Here’s how it works:

We’re creating some extra magic for two families who are staying off-site or live locally! Win a chance to receive some Disney themed pixie dust to be sprinkled before your trip to FACCWDW. Enter the rafflecopter contest here, then we’ll randomly select two winners and get in touch with your extra magic.

Winners must be staying off-site or live locally in order to win.

Looking for more Random Acts of Magic Monday fun? Stay tuned for next week’s promotion filled with even more pixie dust!

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