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Gluten Free at Walt Disney World: Tokyo Dining

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My family visited Walt Disney World in December of 2014. I am gluten intolerant and allergic to soy, but do not have Celiac disease. Everywhere we went at WDW I found safe places to eat. At Tokyo Dining at Epcot, the manager came to our table to help me choose things from the menu.

Salad.

Salad.

Sashimi.

Sashimi.

My meal also included green tea ice cream for dessert. Everything was excellent!

Gluten Free at Walt Disney World: Cinderella’s Royal Table

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My family visited Walt Disney World in December of 2014. I am gluten intolerant and allergic to soy, but do not have Celiac disease. Everywhere we went at WDW I found safe places to eat. Cinderella’s Royal Table was no exception. The chef came to our table to personally go over the menu with me and offered lots of options.

Fresh g-free bread and my own butter.

Fresh g-free bread and my own butter.

Salad.

Salad.

Salmon.

Salmon.

Cheesecake!

Cheesecake!

I would whole heartedly recommend Cinderella’s Royal Table to the g-free guest. Please note, I made our reservations 180 days in advance in order to secure us a spot!

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Review: Walt Disney World’s Beach Club Resort

Where we stayed: The Beach Club Resort

Where we stayed: The Beach Club Resort

My family went to Walt Disney World in December of 2014 and stayed at the Beach Club Resort. We booked through AAA which gave us an upgrade to a waterside view.

The absolute best part of The Beach Club was it’s close proximity to EPCOT. It was only a 5-10 minute walk away from The International Gateway entering the World Showcase between France and England.

The second best part of The Beach Club is the pool, Stormalong Bay. In addition to a lazy river, two water slides, multiple hot-tubs and a real sand beach, it also had lifeguards. The pool is designed in such a way that mom and dad can kick back and still watch their kids play at a variety of locations. It’s the only pool I’ve ever seen with a sand bottom, which was super cool.

Since we visited WDW in December, we got to see The Beach Club decorated for Christmas. The had some sort of scent piped in that made the whole lobby smell like gingerbread. There was also a huge gingerbread carousel that was motorized.

One amenity not pictured is The Sandcastle Club, which is the onsite childcare service. On the last night of our trip my husband and I dropped our kids off at the Sandcastle Club and walked over to Epcot for dinner. We used a AAA discount, and the total cost of almost 5 hours of childcare was $105. The kids had a blast, and my husband and I did the wine tasting walk through EPCOT.

The second closest park to The Beach Club is Hollywood Studios, which is about a one mile walk or a fifteen minute boat ride. The Magic Kingdom was about a twenty minute bus ride away, and the Animal Kingdom was slightly shorter.

This is the third Walt Disney World resort I’ve stayed in, and is by far my favorite. When I was a kid I stayed at The Polynesian and The Swan.

Drawbacks to The Beach Club are the price. Also, some of the interior decorating shows wear and tear. There was a small rip in our sofa. One of the beds had clearly been jumped on and the springs were shot.

But all in all, I would definitely stay at The Beach Club again, or perhaps its sister hotel, The Yacht Club.

Wine tasting without needing to drive home. Perfect!

Wine tasting without needing to drive home. Perfect!

The Beach Club lobby's most famous Christmas decoration.

The Beach Club lobby’s most famous Christmas decoration.

Our room

Our room

Our view

Our view

Fake Canada

Fake Canada in EPCOT

The ginormous pool with real sand

The ginormous pool with real sand

The Beach Club at night

The Beach Club at night

A Passport to Good Behavior

A passport to good behavior!

A passport to good behavior!

Are you going on a family vacation this summer?  Sometimes the thought of traveling with small children can scare the starch out of you.  But a little advanced planning can really help everyone have more fun.

So here’s a trick I tried that really worked when my family went to Alaska this summer. I made a pretend passport for each of my children out of old scrapbook paper.

Every single page of the passport had a different good behavior or attribute I wanted to encourage:

  • Kind
  • Appreciative
  • Encouraging
  • Begins in a friendly way
  • Thinks about the other person’s point of view
  • Calls people by name
  • Gets dressed by yourself
  • Chews with your mouth closed
  • Puts napkin in your lap
  • Plays with your brother/sister nicely

My goal was to “catch my kids being good” as much as possible, and reward them with a sticker in their book.  Then, if they had ten new stickers by the end of the day, I let them watch a bit of television before bed, or play with the Kindle Fire.

Each page has a different good behavior to encourage.

Stickers reward good behavior.

The passports were small enough to keep in my purse or pocket.  I also brought them with us to dinner every night.

The only real drawback to this system was that I kept getting ladybug stickers all over me, and discovering them at inopportune times!