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!

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: 11 Tips for First Timers

Blogger Street Team member Patrick Boyd shares with us his top tips for folks who are visiting Disney World for the first time. A seasoned Disney traveller, Patrick is gluten, dairy, and soy-free, and shares details on everything Disney-related on his blog, Stitch’s Home

You’re heading to Disney World for the first time for a trip of fun and pixie dust.  How about some tips and info to make life easier?

1.       First thing to know The Walt Disney World Resort is huge, comprising of four “theme” parks, two water parks, several golf and miniature golf courses, several resorts, and a shopping area that also contains a multi-story indoor video game “park.”   In short, odds are good you will not see everything there is to see and do in one trip, but that what future trips are for.

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2.       In the parks themselves, an average guest walks about five or six miles a day, so bring comfortable shoes and clothes for walking.  If you want to get from one side of the park to other, it takes about ten to fifteen minutes walking and that assuming routes aren’t blocked from a show or parade.  This is important to keep in mind when deciding how to use the FastPass returns or if you need to be across the park for a dinner reservation.  While you are trekking back and forth in the parks remember to slow down a bit and take in the scenery.   It also is helpful to take a break and grab a drink to rest and relax a bit.  You can do that in general, or just plot out periods of time to eat, watch parades, shows, etc.  Many people often find it handy to break the long day up by returning to the resort during the middle of the day to nap or hit the pool and return that evening.

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Meet Our Vendors! >> EZ Gluten™

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. 

Folks who have celiac disease need to be pertinent about their health, and EZ Gluten™ provides a simple ways for them to double check what’s really in their food. If you’re still getting symptoms, worried about safe products, or just need reassurance, it’s a super easy, quick, and cost efficient way to check in on the gluten status of your food. ELISA Technologies, Inc. have filled in the FACCWDW team about what goes into the making behind the product… to keep what goes into your body best for your health!


1. Can you tell us a little more about EZ Gluten™?

EZ Gluten™ is a rapid, fast and sensitive test for the detection of Gluten in food samples. The test detects levels as low as 10 ppm. Our test has a PTM status. This means it as gone through trials and is excepted as a preferred testing method from the AOAC. The FDA accepts our test as an approved method.

2. Traveling can be a challenge. How can EZ Gluten™ help those traveling to places like FACCWDW?

EZ Gluten™ was not created to test every food eaten. That would be much too expensive. If you would like to bring something new into your home or while on vacation, you can use the test to avoid discomfort. The test is small enough to carry in your pocket. When you spend so much on a vacation, the last thing you want to do is stay in your room sick.

3. Can you give us a little behind the scenes info on how ELISA Technologies, Inc. created EZ Gluten™?

We have been in the food testing business since 1980. Our main focus has been meat speciation. We manufacture the kits that the USDA uses. So, basically we can tell you if your beef burger has horse meat mixed in. We had been getting requests from customers for a method to detect Gluten. We created the ALLER-TEK Kit. Manufacturers asked for a more rapid method to test production lines. Once EZ Gluten™ was developed, we put it on line for public use. The demand has been incredible.

4. What’s the most commonly asked question about EZ Gluten™?

Is it fast and easy? The answer is, Yes!

5. We’re sure that those who have used EZ Gluten™ have provided you with feedback on how it has affected their lives. What are some comments that have stood out?

We get great feed back! When you call ELISA Technologies, Inc. you get personal attention. We try to help people on a regular basis. Sometimes we have the answers and when we don’t, we try to find the answers. We have helped numerous individuals as well as manufacturers. Several students have won science fairs using our kit! So, happy and proud of them. Customers have commented about our kit has improved the quality of their life. One woman who was severely affected by Gluten said she was breaking out with a rash and wondered if she was getting a false negative from our test. We worked through the issue and helped her to find out that her dog was eating his food and getting on her bed. when she got into bed, she would have contact where his face had been. His Gluten free dog food tested positive. She was so happy. From what I understand, her dog was happy too. She now cooks him chicken and rice! It’s nice to be able to help.

Visit EZ Gluten™:

Facebook: facebook.com/ezgluten
Twitter: @EZGLUTEN

Random Magical Tuesday Bonus!

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s Random Act of Magic Monday! We know that one of the best things about travelling to Walt Disney World with a special diet is the amazing food options, and folks who vied for free tickets in the comments didn’t disappoint in making our mouths water!

Using a Random.Org generator, the three winners were chosen.

Congrats to:

Kathleen:

I always make sure to head to Raglan Road in Downtown Disney. They have an amazing gluten free batter. I eat the gf fish and chips and my daughter gets the gf shrimp off the kid’s menu! The onion rings are amazing too!

Stacee Walker:

It has been awhile since we have been to disney. Never since we have kids…and we are very excited to try anything peanut/nut allergy friendly. I hear disney is wonderful about allergies and also children with disabilities. My daughters would LOVE to go to disney.

Laura Hass:

O’hana made a nut and soy free alternative meal for my allergic son- appetizer, desserts, multiple entrees. It was awesome!

 

Check for your email address for details on receiving your free ticket.

For everyone else — there’s something a little extra for you, too. Check your inbox (and Spam folder, just in case!) for info!

 

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!

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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

Meet Our Vendors! >> JuicePlus+

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.

Missing some of those daily fruits and veggies? Enter JuicePlus+, a whole food based juice powder concentrate from 25 different fruits, vegetables and grains made from quality ingredients and focusing on the best plant varieties from family-owned farms.

Dedicated to over 20 years experience in the wellness field, and filling our bellies with the required amount of fruits and veggies per day, JuicePlus+ is joining the FACCWDW vendor list alongside Tower Garden, featured from last week’s Meet Our Vendors Wednesday post (and also featured at Epcot’s The Land!). But before you head over there, learn a little more about JuicePlus+… and the recipe for summer-inspired smoothie, too:

1. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable time you’ve experienced with a JuicePlus+ fan?   

A lady’s 4 year old son with gluten intolerant issues, refused to eat any fruits or vegetables.  After being on the FREE Children’s Chewables for about 3 weeks, she emailed me a picture of her son eating an apple, broccoli and more.  She had to spend so much time off of work to accommodate his illness.  The comfort of a mom’s heart is worth every penny.  That was months ago and he has not been back to the doctor and guess who is not spending money at the doctor’s office or on prescription meds?  JOY JOY!!

2. If you could create a smoothie recipe using JuicePlus+ products inspired by a Disney attraction, what would it be?

Mission to Mars – This smoothie gives you a blast off, regulates your blood sugar and gives you endurance for the next attraction.

We have our own Smoothie Mix that comes in French Vanilla or Chocolate.  Being the official sponsor of the Winter Olympics, we know the value of putting back what the body uses.

You’ll need:

1 cup of Florida orange juice
1/3 cup of JuicePlus, French Vanilla Complete Shake Mix
1 peach
1/2 banana
Handful strawberries
Handful ice
Touch of ground flaxseeds

Mix and blast off!

3. What is the most fun you’ve ever had an event and what happened? 

Our company was having a conference in Orlando and Bear Grylls would be the key note speaker.  Bear Grylls is the Chief Boy Scout and I knew Boy Scouts in the area would love to meet him and hear his story.  Being the youngest to climb Mt. Everest, have his own TV show, lives on an island (off the grid) with his wife and children and being from the Royal Family, he was already a star.

I met with the Boy Scout Counsel in Orlando and they said to send them a flyer and they would send to the troops.  Within 24 hours, we had a response of over 887 and counting.  I contacted our company and explained I had a few guests coming to the event and would like a section for my special guests.  When the asked me how many, they were in shock.  I had to have my own room to accommodate them and Bear came and signed hats and gave each kid a poster.  It was the centennial year for the USA BSA and my husband created a badge especially for the occasion.  We also had a badge for each scout from the UK for their centennial year.

So much fun making memories for so many….including me.

4. We love making fruits and veggies fun, too, like your artwork here. What fruits and veggies would you use to make Mickey Mouse?

I would make a happy tray of berries and fruit as seen below.  With grapes, blueberries, apples and strawberries.  Kids love fruit and when it’s in a fun shape, it just taste better.

5. What are five facts we’d never guess about the team at JuicePlus+?

  • a. We sponsor St Jude’s Marathon and donate millions to the hospital.
  • b.  Becoming a part of our team is only $50 and absolutely no restrictions on territory or quotas.
  • c.  Children between the ages of 4 through college receive FREE JuicePlus for 4 years with a paying adult and no contract to sign.
  • d.  The World’s Most Studied Nutraceutical with over 31 peer-reviewed journals, studied in 8 different countries.
  • e.  It is NOT a supplement.  It is a WHOLEFOOD.

Visit JuicePlus+:

Facebook: facebook.com/juiceplus
Twitter: @juiceplus

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!

Meet Our Vendors! >> Tower Garden

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.

Ever been to Epcot at Walt Disney World? If so, you might be familiar with Tower Garden already, purveyors of the ‘tower gardens’ seen in The Land (more on that below).Tower Garden® is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system that grows almost anything in less time than it takes in soil.

Even if you have the antithesis of a green thumb, Tower Garden requires no gardening experience. It is an easy to assemble, easier to use system–and it gives back to the environment, too, using less than 10% of the water and land required by traditional, soil-based agriculture.

Tower Garden is joining us alongside JuicePlus+ for the FACCWDW; stay tuned for JuicePlus+’s Meet Our Vendors next week, but first, we’ll learn a little more about Tower Garden.

1. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable time you’ve experienced with a Tower Garden customer?

One potential customer was moving out of state and hunted me down to make sure they had my correct information to order as soon as they arrived to their new home.  That was a Friday and by Monday, the order was placed.

2. We understand that Tower Garden has a special Disney and Epcot connection. Can you tell us a little bit about that? 

Tim Blank created the Tower Garden for Disney/Epcot.  One lady purchased the commercial Tower Gardens to place in her many greenhouses that feed a 3rd world country.

On a visit to her farm, The JuicePlus company president visited her facility.  After eating a salad she prepared from the Tower Gardens, she made the connection with Tim Blank who was, coincidentally, working on a home user version but had not found a company to work with the distribution, manufacturing, etc.  Once he discovered the amazing credibility of the JuicePlus Company, Tim knew this would be a great complementary product for each other.

3. What is Aeroponics?

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium (known as geoponics). The word “aeroponic” is derived from the Greek meanings of aero- (air) and ponos (labour). Aeroponics is conducted without a growing medium. Because water is used in aeroponics to transmit nutrients, it is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics.

Oxygen stimulates plant growth as it delivers more nutrient to the root system.  Oxygen is an excellent purifier for plants.  Less disease and insects without the ground element.  Due to the disease-free environment that is unique to aeroponics, many plants can grow at higher density.

4. Living with the Land is one of our favorite Epcot attractions, and we love that Tower Garden lets us create our version of the attraction at home! If you could pick one Disney inspired product to grow in our home Tower Garden what would it be?

Have you seen the zucchini?  WOW!  That always makes the jaw drop.  You can make Zucchini Chips for a healthy snack, put them in soups; I have a mean Zucchini Bread recipe and on the grill…well, you can probably taste it right now.

5. If you could create a Tower Garden inspired by a Disney character who would it be?

I think I’m going with Tinker Bell because like Tink, the Tower Garden by JuicePlus is simply magical.

The majority of kids (and adults) do not like foods that are green, but we see kids loving green foods once they become involved in the process of watching and eating the healthy foods grow.  Such as, we are now a partner with The Green Bronx Machine who has also worked with Disney to come up with the slogan “Pass the Plate”.

We really are transforming the next generation.  Let’s do it with food.

Visit Tower Garden:

Facebook: facebook.com/towergarden
Twitter: @towergarden

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!

Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Downtown Disney (part I)

There is so much to share about Downtown Disney, but we’ll definitely start with the basics. For folks visiting the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, Downtown Disney is the perfect way to get a Disney-fied dose of magic without having to the pay for park tickets–in fact, it’s free to visit, whether you’re at Disney or not.

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Downtown Disney is a fun-filled location loaded with restaurants, entertainment and unique shops, all along a waterfront and situated in a beautiful area. Parking is free and Disney buses travel there from the resort hotels (free of charge). It includes three sections: Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island. Even better, we’ll be having some post-event fun there on site (stay tuned!)

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