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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:55 am 
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Thanks everyone! I haven't been in...well I know I went in 4th grade for sure and probably a few years after that. But still - it's probably been at least 20 years since I've been. That's insane.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:57 am 
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Okay so pipe dream question - I know that staying in Cinderella's castle is invitation only and I'm guessing they definitely use it for Make A Wish kids - do they do it for any other reason? Is "My husband will be freshly home from Afghanistan" good enough to get us in? Livi would FRRRRRREAK OUT. (Hence the extra "R"s)

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I know that for a while Disney was giving away a night at Cinderella's castle as a prize. They would "randomly" select a family who was staying somewhere else at Disney to stay in the Castle for a night. I'm not sure what they are doing now. I don't think that I would want to stay there though! I have been one of the last people in Magic Kingdom at night (I used to be a Jungle Cruise Skipper) and to be honest, it is kind of creepy at night!

The Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian are all great because they are on the monorail which is fun and so close to MK - they are expensive though. Budgetwise, the Allstar Resorts are the best value. They are fun, can be a little hectic, and you need to take a bus to the parks, but kids love them. The next up are the Port Orleans, Carribbean Beach and Coronado Springs. I've stayed at Port Orleans and really liked it - they have a boat you can take to Downtown Disney.

Anywhere you stay at Disney is going to have that magical Disney quality for children. They are really good about branding everything down to the soap and trashcans!

Oh I have heard that Babycakes is open at Downtown Disney. Vegan cupcakes, yay!


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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:12 pm 
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Jessy - That's a good point - it might be kinda creepy! No resort type fun. Thanks! And thanks for the input! I have to get my butt in planning gear.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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Jessy wrote:

Oh I have heard that Babycakes is open at Downtown Disney. Vegan cupcakes, yay!


Yes, I ate there in November. It was delicious!

I stayed in the Caribbean Beach Resort (in "Aruba") and it was fun! There was an island!

Appiefanie, I would fly in, take the Disney Magic Shuttle to your hotel, and then ride Disney's free shuttle busses everywhere (though if you do this you're stuck in Disney). You have to make arrangements for the Magic Shuttle from the airport before you land. They'll also take you back to the hotel.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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We've been having a good time here. We didn't stay in the Disney area but we had a car so everything is accessible and there is free parking at a lot of places. I was sorta meh about Disney from the fact that I've been to Disneyland a lot due to growing up near it. I like it here though and there are a lot of activities beyond going into the parks. This was actually the first time I've been to an amusement park that I haven't been to as a kid (I'm in my mid 30s). So it was interesting.

I did track down Babycakes but both my husband and I thought the frosting on the cupcakes was way to sweet. Without the frosting, the cupcake was good.

Boma though was awesome. The chef and waiter were very helpful. They also made us a special order, 'cracker' is what they called it but I knew I had it before and couldn't place it until later. It is a flat Indian bread they cooked for us. They also said they had various non-dairy ice creams and tofutti cuties.

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I just saw that the taco place in Disney with the cheap vegan tacos changed their name, raised prices by like $2 and switched to burritos instead of tacos. Ugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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Alina wrote:
at Citywalk there's a Moe's, a sushi place that's not too expensive, and a Starbucks. I can't vouch for any of the pricier restaurants but I work at Hard Rock and they have really good veggie fajitas and the veggie burger isn't too bad, but the bun isn't vegan. in the parks there's not too many options, but I've asked the Harry Potter world bartenders several times and they all say the butterbeer is vegan, so definitely try that since it's amazing.


I heard they didn't release the ingredients and that the "foam" stuff on top may or may not be vegan, so I didn't drink any when I was there! sad

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 Post subject: Vegan Dining in Disneyworld
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Not sure if this is the right place for this so if not, please feel free to move it.

We are going to Disneyworld in a few weeks for a family vacation. We will be there for about a week. Does anyone have any recommendations on dining vegan in Disney? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Dining in Disneyworld
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Check out this thread: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=4358&hilit=Disney

It has a ton of info!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Dining in Disneyworld
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Thanks, Tofulish! I will definitely give it a look.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Dining in Disneyworld
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Ohhhh yes I do!
http://forum.theppk.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5598&hilit=Walt+Disney+World+Food+Porn

There is a Babycakes at Downtown Disney - definitely check it out,
and also check out Kitty's Vegan Walt Disney World Blog:http://bashfulvegan.blogspot.com/

Sunshine Seasons in Epcot at The Land Pavillion is a cafeteria style eatery that has different types of food stations and lots of prepared food - lots of vegan options here for a quick meal.
Table service restaurants generally will be able to accommodate you even on the fly, although some places are better than others.

And definitely try to get to 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian to see Chef TJ...he's awesome!

Feel free to PM me if you want. I love to talk dining at Disney!
And have a great time! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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Threads merged.

Please remember to do a search before posting--it makes things a million times easier to find if everything's in one thread, and it saves me a heck of a lot of time, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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Thanks for merging the threads. Sorry I didn't search first but will definitely try to remember to do so in the future.


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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:31 am 
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Livi just saw a commercial for http://www.nickhotel.com/ - anyone have any experience with it? She was excited.

OMG picking out a hotel = stress.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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appifanie wrote:
Livi just saw a commercial for http://www.nickhotel.com/ - anyone have any experience with it? She was excited.

OMG picking out a hotel = stress.


Hi, appifanie!
I hate to say this, but every single person I know that has stayed there has not been impressed. I think the kids all had fun, but the adults didn't have much good to say. Don't know if that helps or makes things more difficult - hopefully someone who has actually stayed there will post and give you better advice than I can.


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Livi just saw a commercial for http://www.nickhotel.com/ - anyone have any experience with it? She was excited.

OMG picking out a hotel = stress.


Hi, appifanie!
I hate to say this, but every single person I know that has stayed there has not been impressed. I think the kids all had fun, but the adults didn't have much good to say. Don't know if that helps or makes things more difficult - hopefully someone who has actually stayed there will post and give you better advice than I can.


This. We've had friends go and come home regretting it, saying it was insanely packed (even during nonpeak times), dirty, and had issues with unsupervised big kids around their supervised little ones... but we've never been so maybe those 2 families just had bad experiences? I don't know. The commercials do make it look pretty amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Universal/Disney/Orlando
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thanks! that figures, actually, because they have an adult room and a kid bedroom and the military rates are like $150/night. i shall quest on!

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Has anyone eaten at Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios? I think I remember someone on the old ppk saying they were able to get vegan cheese there?

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We returned from Disneyworld on Saturday and had a great time! There were 10 of us for part of the trip and 13 of us for the end. Eating any meal was a major production so there were meals where I needed to compromise - I won't get into those. I will tell you what I found and what I think will be helpful to others.

We stayed on site in a villa so bought food for breakfast since we ate in most days. There is a store that delivers directly to your hotel if you are staying on site. The hotel bell captain takes the food and refrigerates/freezes anything cold and you just call down when you want the food brought to your room. The website has some of their food listed but they state that they have over 20,000 items available so I think this is a good option if you are staying in the park. I mostly ate fruit for breakfast but was also able to get almond milk. If you are using this service, I would call and ask for vegan items because they do make subsitutions if something is not available and you do not know about it beforehand. I also think it is easier to call so you know what you can get and what you can't so you can plan your breakfasts better. This would be a good way to get snacks as well.

Magic Kingdom: We ate at the Crystal Palace one morning for the character breakfast and there was very little vegan options available. I only saw fruit and cereal. There was no almond or soy milk out but I believe that you could ask for it and have it brought to your table. I didn't see a lunch or dinner menu but can't imagine that the vegan options would be abundant at either of these meals. This was definitely the most difficult place to eat.

Many of the food stands in the Magic Kingdom had veggie burgers, veggie egg rolls, etc. There is also a place in Adventureland near The Pirates of the Caribbean that had veggie burritos. There is a place in Adventureland as soon as you walk in that offers veggie burgers and they cook them separately. There is also a toppings bar at this place that has a wide variety of toppings for your burger. This is also where they cook the veggie burgers and it is on the other side of the restaurant so you know there is no cross contamination if that matters to you. There are many places that offer fruit, frozen fruit bars, pretzels, etc.

Epcot: There is a new pizzeria in Italy and I believe they will make a pizza without cheese but I did not see an offering for vegan cheese. In Japan, you can eat at the restaurant where they cook at your table and they offer a veggie option. They cook the veggies first so you do not have to worry if others in your party are not eating as you are. Unlike other similar restaurants, this one has noodles instead of fried rice and no eggs so that is good. China has lots of veggie options as well. In Mexico, you can get a veggie burrito. I am not sure about the other restaurants.

Hollywood Studios: This is a difficult place to eat lunch if you do not have a restaurant reservation. The food court near The Tower of Terror is packed and everything is in a different place. I waited in line for a half hour getting my daughter's lunch and then had to wait in a separate line for 40 minutes for my veggie burger. If everyone is vegan and getting the same thing, it is easier. By far, one of the best things I ate on the trip was the tofu noodle bowl at The Brown Derby. It was fantastic!!! My daughter and I split it since it was lunchtime and half a portion was more than enough.

We stayed at The Beach Club and ate at Kouzina by Kat Cora which is on the Boardwalk. The food was delicious and they offer many veggie options and also specify on the menu that they are open to veggie/vegan requests. They had a yummy roasted veggie dish that came with cheese but was easily made without it.

Animal Kingdom: I saved the best for last. If you eat at the buffet at Tusker House in Africa, you will be in vegan heaven!!!! There were actually more vegan options at this buffet than at any other buffet I have ever seen and it was all delicious. It was also all very different and things I had not eaten before but I loved. I would definitely eat here again.

Universal: We only spent one day in this park and it is not easy to eat here. It was also mobbed the day we went which made it more difficult to find somewhere to eat. We originally went to the park where Harry Potter is located but most of us left there and went to Universal where it was quieter and easier to get on the rides. I didn't really eat much here and didn't see many of the food stands because it was so crowded so can't give an accurate account of the selection here. There are a lot of restaurants as you enter the parks which may be more accomodating.

I hope that helps any of you who have never been or who haven't been recently. I may have forgotten some things so, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!


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FABULOUS POST! Thanks! :)

Did you happen to see vegan key lime pie anywhere?

Also, I read an interview w/ Cat Cora in a Parent magazine once and she said something about how kids can be adventurous and to give them curry powder and adventurous foods. I've been fond of her ever since.

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appifanie wrote:
FABULOUS POST! Thanks! :)

Did you happen to see vegan key lime pie anywhere?

Also, I read an interview w/ Cat Cora in a Parent magazine once and she said something about how kids can be adventurous and to give them curry powder and adventurous foods. I've been fond of her ever since.



I wish I had seen vegan key lime pie!!!!! We didn't go to Downtown Disney so we didn't get to go to Babycakes and I didn't see it anywhere else either. But, then again, I didn't know to ask for it. Next time, I will!!!

I love Cat Cora as well and the restaurant was definitely amazing. My youngest is only 10 but they didn't give her a kiddie menu because she orders off the adult one and they were very helpful with her and the staff was extremely friendly and answered any questions we had. If you can get a reservation, I definitely recommend eating there.

Actually, now that I think about it, every restaurant we ate in was very helpful with Molly and actually seemed impressed that she wasn't a chicken nugget/grilled cheese kid. Now if I could only get her to eat vegan! I would even be happy with vegetarian for now but I have started cooking more veg dinners during the week and she is eating most of it happily.


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That's very cool! And a good start towards getting her vegan :) Happily eating is a great accomplishment for any kid :D

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From talking to Disney employees, you should call ahead to any sit down place and explain that you are vegan. If they take reservations, the chef will accommodate you. Disney wants to make you happy. Universal, not so much. You will eat french fries in the parks. I have never eaten at the places outside the parks because it peas me off that they charge for parking, even if you are NOT going into the parks. Jerks. Disney is the better experience, hands down.
Harry Potter land - is it still insanely crowded?

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Oh and for the little ones and the character breakfast - Call ahead! They can veganize a breakfast for you if they know in advance.

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