Dining with allergies on a Disney Cruise Vacation

Dining with allergies on a Disney Cruise Vacation

In the beginning  of March we went on a 4 night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. We stopped in Nassau and Castaway Cay. We had so much fun exploring new places and doing new things!  The dining part of the trip is what made me the most nervous. When contacting Walt Disney World special diets via email, they are generally do provide general responses because products change often.  Disney Cruise Line response was similar. It did make me a little nervous, but after hearing such great reviews of the cruise line I was ready to go. 


The first thing we did when we got on the ship was head to lunch. We got to Animators Palate just in time. They closed the doors behind us!  Because they weren’t expecting me, lunch was a plain piece of chicken and salad with vinegar, oil and lime. Once lunch was done, I had to order dinner for that night. It was hard for the first time deciding what they could make for me from the menu. I quickly learned they could modify most everything on the menus for me!  

Our first dinner was at Enchanted Garden and we had a couple of great servers. They made sure to learn who had the allergy and treated me like a queen.   

Once I was done eating dinner and dessert, they brought out the Tuesday’s dinner menu.  I had to order breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next day and where I would be eating breakfast and lunch so they could send to the right place. 

It was nice to have food waiting for you but it was also hard to know when and where you would eat the next day.  This was how it worked for the whole trip.  The chefs did a great job making what they could for me and my favorite was jerk chicken on pirate night. I ordered it for the next night too!
The day of Castaway Cay they sent the allergy orders to Cookies BBQ, the first tram stop. If you want to eat on the island with allergies, you must eat at that restaurant. I went to the middle of the buffets and a worker found my order. They gave me a number and brought it out to me at my table.  The food on the island was not my favorite so I did end up walking back to the boat and ate at Cabana’s on deck 11.  Our assistant server was there and our head server.  They made sure to get me a great meal!  It took a bit longer because they weren’t expecting me, but it was good and we had a great view of the island while we waited. 

Over the course of the week we ate at every restaurant on board and loved them all. I enjoyed truly being on vacation for a week and having someone safely prepare a meal for me.  I would definitely recommend a Disney Cruise to anyone with allergies.

Kelly Van Eerden

Five Things to Love about Character Couture Makeovers

Five Things to Love about Character Couture Makeovers

Who hasn’t wanted to get in on the fun of the makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique as an adult?  I know I have.  I mean, come on, to have someone pamper you, do your hair and make up and turn into one of your Disney faves?  Would be fun for an adult right? 

Character Couture Makeovers were created with just that in mind. All ages are welcome (and encouraged).  The services available are Hair, Make-up and even add-on nails The fun thing about Character Couture is that you can choose from any character in the Disney realm.  Not relegated to Princesses.  Princess, hero, villain, Space characters. You name it. They will do it.  

Last summer my husband and I took our daughter on a two on one trip to Walt Disney World (the boy child was on a school trip exploring Boston and New York with his school).  My daughter at “almost 12” was thinking she might be “too old” for the big Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience. 

So I decided to take advantage of that and propose a Mother-daughter Character Couture day.  Fortunately, she agreed.  We landed on a Disney Bound of The Evil Queen and Snow White coinciding with our Storybook Dining at Artist Point Reservation.   I felt kind of awkward initially upon arrival but quickly my stylist put me at ease and I was so glad we did it. 

Here are the reasons why I loved the Character Couture Makeover Experience

Relaxation:

The Spas at Disney are the ultimate for comfort and relaxation.  This was my second spa experience at Disney and it’s just so very calming.  The day that we did our makeover was our arrival day, our flight was late and we barely made our appointment.  I’m a ball of nerves when I travel and within five minutes of being there I was relaxed and ready to enjoy the Mother daughter time.  The lights, the aromatherapy scents and the stylists do their best to make it a relaxing and fun time.

Choices:

Seriously, the sky’s the limit.  They can create magic with any character chosen.  For my Evil Queen, we went more with a Regina Mills – Once Upon a Time Evil Queen vibe with the make-up.  So many options to choose from. You can represent your favorite Disney character.  

Pampering:

Who doesn’t want to feel beautiful?  I love make up.  Love, love, love it.  Not the best at applying on it me. Nor do I really want to put the time in to do it right.  Having someone do my make-up for me is a splurge that was well worth it.  I went with a bolder look than I normally would and it was a blast.  

Memories:

Hands down one of my favorite memories with my daughter.  We both had a blast.  She even wants to do it again.  The whole point of a Disney Vacation is to bring magic to the everyday and what is more magical than channeling your favorite character while getting pampered at the same time?  

It’s for Everyone:

Young or young at heart.  It’s perfect for mother-daughter adventures, girls getaway trips or just because. How fun would it be to do for a family theme at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?  The only limit to character couture makeovers is your imagination.

At the time that we did it, it was only available at the Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  But the options have expanded and you can now get the Character Couture Makeover of your dreams at the following locations

  • The Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Salon by the Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • La Vida Salon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Ship Shape Salon at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
  • In-room services are offered for an additional fee at participating Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

The prices start at $75.00 for adults and can go up to $145.00 if you add on make-up and nails.  There is children’s pricing (12 and under). Discounts are available if you have a Disney Visa as well.  

Have you experienced the Character Couture Makeovers?  Would you do it if you had the chance?  

Suzanne Prevost

Galaxy’s Edge – Authentic Dishes from a Galaxy Far Far Away

Galaxy’s Edge – Authentic Dishes from a Galaxy Far Far Away

On our most recent trip to Disneyland, we were able to enjoy the fully operational world of Galaxy’s Edge.  Immersed in one of my family’s favorite universes, we spent hours delving into every corner of the world.  Piloting the Millennium Falcon, searching for Rebel leaders Rey and Vi Moradi and avoiding interrogations by Stormtroopers and Kylo Ren worked up quite the appetite.

Docking Bay 7 provides authentic Star Wars inspired dishes straight from the quiet planet of Batuu.  A quick service restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating, Docking Bay 7 feels like you have entered the locals’ favorite establishment.  At the entrance we were greeted by smiling locals wishing us Bright Suns! The menu choices were robust and offered something for everyone, including our youngest explorers.

I opted for Roasted Endorian Chicken Salad.  This hearty dish features chicken atop a bed of vegetables.  This dish also comes in a fried version with potatoes and greens.  Both were tied as a new favorite Disney dish.

Two family members tried the Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs. This dish looks like something direct from the Star Wars movies in its presentation. It was a very yummy dish and had a mild spicy kick to it for pizazz.


*Endorian Chicken Salad

There are many options for your younglings including Endorian Fried Chicken Tip Yip.  This dish was ample in portion size even though it was a child’s menu option.

Batuuan cuisine does not stop at Docking Bay 7. For those working hard for the rebellion, Ronto Roasters offers additional selections. Over in the marketplace, Kat Saka’s Kettle is a yummy version of a favorite Earth snack.  Do not forget to quench your thirst with a thermal detonator shaped Coke or Sprite labeled in the local dialect of Aurebesh.

For the even more adventurous intergalactic traveler, the Milk Stand offers Blue and Green versions of the classic Star Wars drink.

No trip to Batuu is complete without a stop at Oga’s Cantina. As the resident gangster boss, Oga is a shrewd businesswoman with no tolerance for shenanigans in her bar. Be sure to read the rules before you enter! You don’t want to accidentally bring a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard and get thrown out! Despite her mobster style, Oga’s bartenders serve up some of the galaxy’s favorite libations. From a Bad Motivator IPA to the Dagobah Slug Slinger there are options for everyone. In charge of driving the speeder home or looking for something the younglings would enjoy? Not to worry – try one of the many unleaded drinks such as the Hyperdrive (Punch It!) While unwinding, DJ Rex keeps the tunes coming for everyone’s enjoyment after a long day.

Galaxy’s Edge provides a fully immersive experience for both die-hard fans and newcomers alike. After working up an appetite escaping the First Order and piloting the Falcon, be sure to have a meal and get a snack before heading off world!

Andrea Trelles

Till the spires!

Beaches Ocho Rios

Beaches Ocho Rios

For a limited time, book your family on the ultimate beach vacation for an incredible price! Rates as low as $159 per person, per night in 2021 at Beaches Ocho Rios!

Beaches Ocho Rios has something for everyone in the family. If you’re game for “surf & turf,” from a huge action-adventure waterpark to championship golf for the whole family, look no further than Beaches Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort, voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Twenty-two acres of lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous private white-sand beach, seven gourmet restaurants, five fantastic swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool and an entire ocean of watersports are just a few of the places & things to explore.

If you’re looking for a family beachfront getaway with an intimate private beach, a Pirates Island Waterpark, extra large accommodations, the only all-inclusive golf program for kids and near Jamaica’s best attractions, Beaches Ocho Rios is for you.


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Greek Honeymoon Beachfront Walkout Concierge Suite

This resort is ALL INCLUSIVE!!! That doesn’t just mean food and drinks….that also means:

  • All tips, taxes and gratuities (NO TIPPING!!!)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Kids Camp with certified nannies
  • Pirates Island Waterpark
  • Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street®
  • Liquid at Beaches nightly teen club
  • Xbox Play Lounge
  • PADI-Certified SCUBA diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Complimentary Green Fees in Jamaica
  • Unlimited land sports
  • Unlimited water sports
  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Day and night entertainment including live shows
  • All amenities and inclusions at all other Beaches
  • WiFi in room & all common areas

*Select dates available. Blackout periods apply. Rates above are sample rates based on a family of 4, 2 adult and 2 children). Must book by May 20, 2020. Rates are based on booking 7 nights. Rates are available for less nights but the same discounts may not apply.