As if Disney World isn't magical enough, Santa has arrived at Disney World to add some extra Holiday magic this year! Here's where you can find Jolly Old St. Nick at Disney World through December 24th.
In my opinion, the BEST place to meet Santa is at at his chalet in Disney Springs. Just check in with one of his helpers and they will text you when it's your turn! While you wait, you can enjoy the Christmas Tree Trail, shop, or have a yummy snack. Your photos with Santa will be added to your photopass account if you scan your MagicBand (and are part of Memory Maker, too!).
You'll find Santa near City Hall during the day, but he has to get ready to the Christmas Parade some nights, so is not always available in the evenings.
Santa usually greets guests in the American Adventure pavilion here as part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
As you are strolling down Sunset Boulevard, keep an eye out for Santa! He can sometimes be found greeting guests there.
Disney Resort Hotels
You'll find him from 5pm to 9pm in the lobby of most resort hotels on Christmas Eve to get in last minute wish lists from young guests before bedtime.
No matter where you find him this year, may the spirit of joy follow you throughout this magical season!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not with Jolly Old St. Nick (thought I adore the Holiday Season!). I'm talking about music to every foodie DisNerd's heart - the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Held each fall and included with the price of your park admission, the Food and Wine Festival has quickly become one of the most popular times to visit. This cooking demos, a special concert series, and more than 30 kiosks set up throughout the park, you could spend days just enjoying the festival alone.
Thankfully, in true awesome Disney style, they have made navigating the festival with special dietary needs much easier. Here are my best tips:
Do a little homework
Each year, Disney publishes each kiosk's menu with descriptions and notations for items that are vegetarian and gluten-friendly. Take a look through each one so you are familiar with your options before you go.
Most items have ingredients listed, so if you need to avoid dairy or other food, you can spot items to avoid.
Grab a passport
Once you arrive, pick up a passport! These are free and are located throughout the park. You'll find descriptions of each kiosk and their menu items, along with the same vegetarian and gluten-friendly notices. You'll also find stickers to help you mark which kiosks you've visited. With so many options, it's easy to lose track!
Because the food and wine offers are individual kiosks throughout the park, the work space for all items on the menu will be shared. If you are curious about how something is prepared and how they are handling cross-contamination, ask. They are always happy to share information and do their best to make sure you are safe. There will not be a dedicated allergy-friendly prep space in any of the kiosks.
All in all, I have always had nothing but wonderful experiences at the Food & Wine Festival. But if you have a severe allergy, use your best judgment and always have your epi-pen and other medication handy.
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If you are anything like me, part of the fun of any vacation is the food! (Especially those yummy treats.) Here are some of my favorite places to stop by for something extra special while I am visiting Walt Disney World.
Looking for gluten free options? You'll find those noted below as well! Always ask the cast member to check with their current ingredients list to be sure.
And no matter where you are, the Mickey Ice Cream Bars and the Popcorn are gluten free!
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Jo is a travel planner who loves all things Disney! She also has food sensitivities and lots of experience with special diets while traveling.
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