Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: visiting Disney with anaphylactic food allergies

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, tips for being at Disney with a special diet, and highlights from her trips. 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. 

Thirty.  That is the number of food allergies between myself and big brother. An absolute nightmare for my parents trying to accommodate two very picky eaters with a lot of food allergies.  Now my food allergies consist mainly in the most “popular” or common food allergies, peanuts and tree nuts, and my brother makes up the other half of the most common food allergies with eggs and shellfish. My food allergy severity is anaphylactic, where as my brother was a pretty bad intolerance. Needless to say our dietary needs made and still makes it more difficult to eat out and travel as a family while making everyone happy and safe.

Taking vacations as a family when we were kids were complicated and usually consisted of coolers of foods and traveling to places where we could make our own food. We started traveling to Walt Disney World when we were very young. We would all pile into an RV packed solid with food and drive the two days from Ontario to Orlando, Florida in the United States to camp at Fort Wilderness the Disney Campground. Continue reading

Meet Our Vendors! >> Udi’s Gluten Free

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 here at FACCWDW headquarters, you’ve heard of a brand called Udi’s. With a lofty mission to “provide [consumers] with the best gluten-free food on the planet”, many can certainly attest to this fulfilling their needs. With everything from bread, to lasagna, to chips, to their new granola bars and oats, Udi’s supplies a host of goods completely free of gluten, nuts, and peanuts.

And here’s why so many people love ‘em:

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Schedule for FACCWDW announced!

We are excited to finally announce the detailed Event Day schedule for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention.

We are busily working behind the scenes at FACCWDW headquarters to bring you everything for the event. As we launch our schedule, we’re also finalizing all of our extra events, and building our Make Your Own Magic customizable packages, which will include meals, the nondairy ice cream buffet, swag, and events. This will be available early next week, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and our blog to catch the latest!

In the meantime, check out the schedule here!

 

 

Random Acts of Magic Monday: Calling all teens and college students!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays?

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 between the ages of 13 to 24? We want to hear from you (and give you a cheap ticket!) Here’s how it works:

We’re about to launch the details of our teen/student-focused corner at the event. We’re so excited to be working alongside someone who experiences dealing with food allergies in college as we speak.

And because we love our teen and college-aged guests, we want to give you a little something special. You know, like tickets.

In this week’s Random Act of Magic Monday, anyone between the ages of 13 and 24 get half priced tickets. But first, because you’re students, we have an assignment.

To enter this week’s Random Act of Magic Monday, all you need to do is leave a comment below describing your best tip for dealing with a special diet in high school or college.

We’ll send all submissions an access code to buy tickets on Tuesday morning, so be sure to include your email address!

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: FACCWDW Details Coming Soon!

Over here at FACCWDW headquarters we’ve been working hard to bring you the weekend schedule of fun so you can plan out in detail how you’ll be enjoying your weekend.

You can check out the basic schedule for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention on our website under The Event and Schedule to give you a guideline of where you’ll want to be that weekend.

Next week we are going to announce our full speaker detailed schedule, launch our meal time and Extra Magic tickets, and more!

Be sure to stay tuned to our blog, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook to be the first to hear the news!

And because it wouldn’t be fun without giving you some clues on how the weekend will go down, here are some extras that we’re planning behind the scenes:

We’ve already announced:

  • The event will feature a large expo with both established and new vendors in the industry. Check out our full list here, but we’re adding more daily.
  • Three special meal experiences will be available (tickets on sale soon–but there is a limited amount), including a breakfast buffet highlighting one of our favourite companies, a (completely nondairy) ice cream buffet, and a grand dinner of delights. All meals are especially prepared for the event by Disney’s Catered Events team and completely free of the top 8 allergens.
  • Our keynote speaker session is by Disney’s Culinary Dietary Specialist, Gary Jones, who is going to talk to us about what goes on in all of the implementing and planning of making Disney the most magical place on earth for folks with food allergies.
  • Cookbook authors, members of the Disney culinary team, and allergy-industry professionals round out our roster for the other speakers
  • Kids, teens and college-aged attendees will have their own areas to interact throughout the expo, including a Kids Corner, hosted by ScharUSA

And a few more Extra Magical details:

  • Sunday will feature a bonus event from 10:00am to noon, where we’re going to be “striking” up some fun together
  • On October 1st we’re going to be announcing a fun contest in conjunction with one of our sponsors — and the winners get featured in a unique way at the event
  • Stay tuned to our blog every Monday for a Random Act of Magic. Often they include ticket discounts, giveaways, and because of the launch of all of the final details for the event, you’ll want to pay close attention to those bonus deals coming up…

Finally, a question for you:

If you could come out of the FACCWDW weekend having learned one new thing, what would you most want it to be?

Meet Our Vendors! >> PASCHA Chocolate

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.

Chocolate. You love it. We love it. It’s always time for it. But when you have a dairy allergy, most chocolate is off limits, even the dark stuff which “may contain” milk. Sigh.

Thank goodness for PASCHA, a chocolate company founded by their mission to bring the purest, safest chocolate without any allergenic ingredients. Really! None of the 8 major food allergens are found in their eight varities of bars or three varieties of chocolate chips.

PASCHA will be featured as both a vendor at the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, along with on our non-dairy ice cream buffet! So… Let’s get to know them first: Continue reading

Random Acts of Magic Monday: Get first dibs on dining!

Ready for this week’s Random Acts of Magic Mondays?

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!

What do you want to see on the FACCWDW menus? Let us know for early Zazu access?

Here’s how it works:

We’re about to launch the tickets and packages available for our extra magical Food Allergy & Celiac Dining experiences. We have limited tickets available, and in this week’s Random Act of Magic Monday, we’re giving first dibs at a pre-public sale purchase.

To enter this week’s Random Act of Magic Monday, all you need to do is leave a comment below describing what you’d like to see on the menu. We’re busily finalizing them now, but heck, we might be able to squeeze in another request!

We’ll randomly choose five winners to receive free early access to the tickets and packages.

Want a bonus chance? Who doesn’t?

Add a second comment by answering this question: what kind of bird is Zazu?

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: Celebrating this November

Blogger Street Team member Amy (aka Allergic Foodie) shares with us her excitement of travelling to Disney World this November to celebrate her recovery. 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. 

Go Back to Spring Break 2004. There I was in the happiest places on earth—Disneyland—feeling miserable. While my husband and two sons ran around the park enjoying a lifetime experience of rides, attractions and food, I crawled back to our hotel room and slinked into bed. The pain was unbearable and I was so exhausted, a kind of exhaustion I’d never felt before.

We’d flown to Anaheim from Colorado Springs to promote my second nonfiction book, The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book. Ah, I see the irony now–the book was for pregnant women, but I was spending my downtown under the covers. It was a trip none of us would forget—but for very different reasons.

When we returned from California, I sought answers for my health issues. Every doctor seemed to have a theory for my pain and GI woes that required a medical procedure followed by a surgery followed by rounds of antibiotics and painkillers. While I should have been getting better, I felt even worse–year after year.

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Meet Our Vendors! >> Babycakes NYC

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. 

We’re going to bet you’re pretty darn familiar with Babycakes NYC, the staple gluten-free, allergy-free bakery on-site at Walt Disney World. Once a Downtown Disney establishment, and maintaining a home in nearly all of the resorts and restaurants, Babycakes NYC provides Disney go’ers gluten, dairy, egg, and soy-free vegan baked goods. They started out in NYC, since then launched cookbooks, and now are a quick fan favourite. Even better — they’ll be at the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention this fall!

Like every Wednesday, we chatted with one of our vendors and this week was Babycakes. This is what they had to say:

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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!