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    What you need to know about Disney World & Food Allergies

    When Drew and I got married, we had to go straight into a new semester and back to our jobs. With that in mind, we never got a honeymoon! So, 5 months after being married, we headed off to Florida to celebrate what Drew calls our “money-moon” because we spent A LOT of money-especially at Disney World! Was all of that money worth it? 100%! Neither of us had been to WDW before, and we are so grateful we were able to experience the Disneyworld magic together!

    However, I was SOOOO nervous about whether or not I would be able to find places to eat. So today I am going to share some of my best tips I have for anyone who struggles with food allergies/sensitivities and want to go to Disney!

    1. DISNEY IS THE MOST ALLERGY FRIENDLY PLACE ON EARTH! Not only is Disney the Happiest place on earth-they are by far the most accommodating when it comes to food allergies! Every single place we went to eat had a separate Allergy Menu Created! Isn’t that amazing? They also have a chef come up to you so you can talk to them about your specific allergies and concerns. This made my allergy heart so happy!
    2. SKIP THE MOBILE APP Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many restaurant online offer mobile takeout only. HOWEVER, if you have allergies, you are totally exempt from this! Simply walk up to a cast member and let them know that you have food allergies, and they will direct you to a register where you can order safe food and speak with the chef. I felt like royalty getting to skip the lines and get to order in person!
    3. BRING SAFE SNACKS! I don’t think my husband and I would have survived the heat if we hadn’t brought a pile of Gluten Free snacks! I was able to stash some Gluten Free Pretzels, Fruit Leather, Granola Bars, Applesauce, etc. all in my bag along with a water bottle so that we would stay sane! It also helped us not spend as much money in the parks on overpriced food!
    4. BOOK RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS BEFORE HAND! Planning ahead is the #1 thing I wish I would have done on this trip. Mostly all of the highly rated Disney Dining restaurants were already booked when we got there. We were on several waitlists-but never actually got accepted into the restaurants. You can book reservations ahead of time on the app, or on the Disney website!
    5. BOOK A HOTEL WITH A KITCHEN! This is a MUST for me whenever I travel. I do not trust hotel breakfast lobbies to provide me allergy friendly food. With that in mind, I always book an Airbnb or a hotel room that has a microwave, and a fridge. That way-bare minimum, I can go to the store and buy some fruit, oatmeal, etc. This works for me, but of course I encourage you to find something that works for you! We all have different preferences and needs. This is just something that makes my life easier while travelling.

    I hope these tips help you feel more confident and ready to take on Disney with Food Allergies! It’s 100% doable, and worth every penny. Please don’t stress! Just prepare ahead, as you already are by reading this post and you will have a magical time!

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    25 Things to do in New York City!

    I LOVE New York City! There is so much to do, see, and eat! Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do (besides eat) whenever I visit NYC!

    1. See Broadway Shows! Probably the #1 reason I love visiting NYC! Some of my favorite shows so far have been Frozen, Beautiful-a Carole King Musical, and Waitress!
    2. Marvel at the beauty of Times Square
    3. Spend some time in Chinatown-maybe if you’re lucky you can even do some bargaining with the chinese salesmen. 😉
    4. Taste your way through Little Italy.
    5. Climb to the Top of the Rock. Click here to buy tickets.
    6. Ride the Staten Island Ferry-you can find the schedule here. It’s even free!
    7. Visit Lady Liberty- but make sure to book these tickets in advance. They go fast! Especially if you want to go to the top of the crown or her pedestal. Tickets can be bought here.
    8. After visiting the Statue of Liberty, make a stop at Ellis Island. The Liberty ferry makes stops here regularly!
    9. Bike around Central Park-you can rent bikes on most every end of the park.
    10. Hike the High Line Trail
    11. Go on a Food Tour. I am currently working on publishing a post about my experiences!
    12. Relax in the New York City Public Library-seriously SO cool!
    13. Rent a boat in Central Park-worth every penny. Information on renting boats can be found here.
    14. Have a Dance Party in the Subway!
    15. Explore the tunnels of Grand Central Station
    16. Spend hours in the Museum of Art-there are several located throughout the city. My favorite is this one.
    17. Take pictures by the Flat Iron Building
    18. People Watch at Washington Square Park
    19. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
    20. & then Relive your childhood by riding the Carousel!
    21. Stop every five seconds to take cute pictures…
    22. Find the secret Glass water tunnel! Find the address here.
    23. See the Twin Towers and 9/11 Monuments! Seriously so worth it.
    24. Worship in the NYC Manhattan Temple–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds worship services here every Sunday, visitors are always welcome! Details for the meetings can be found here.
    25. Attend a New York Yankee’s game (Still never done this, but it’s definitely on my list).
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    NYC Food Bucket List!

    Here is a list of some of my all time favorite places to eat in New York City! It can be so hard to decide where to eat and where to go when planning a trip to this city. I hope these pictures & recommendations will speak to your soul like they did to mine! 🙂

    #1 Taiyaki NYC – 119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

    Hands down one of my favorite ice cream cones I’ve ever consumed. This place also sells the infamous Japanese Soufflé Pancakes! We were dying to try them, but there was a huge waitlist for them, so we settled for ice cream cones. This place is a China town essential!

    #2 Max Brenner– 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

    Calling all chocolate lovers! If you love chocolate, then I promise this is the restaurant for you. We were all in chocolate heaven!

    #3 Dough Doughnuts– 14 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    These are very unique doughnuts! The flavors we got were Hibiscus, Toasted Coconut, & Salted Caramel. Talk about yummy!

    #4 Clinton St. Baking Company- 4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    THIS HAS TO BE MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST PLACE I’VE EVER BEEN TO! The eggs were the perfect texture, the pancakes were delicious & we almost went back again!

    #5 Serendipity 3– 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

    This Restaurant is famous for their Frozen Hot Chocolate! We decided to eat too, and we were not disappointed! What a cute place! & the Frozen Hot Chocolate lives up to it’s reputation-that’s for sure.

    #6 Black Tap– 136 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    We celebrated Rachel’s birthday by having dinner at Black Tap! They were some of the best burgers and fries I’ve ever had, and they are even more famous for their exotic milkshakes! To say I was in milkshake heaven is an understatement.

    #7 Levain Bakery– 167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

    These are the cookies I dream about in my sleep. I tried to make some at home, but they just weren’t as good as the real thing! We took some home and snacked on them all week long!

    #8 The Melt Shop– 55 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

    This is my mom’s favorite place we ate! Their Truffle Grilled Cheese was fantabulous. We’ve been here a total of three times between the two times we have been to New York. It’s that good!

    #9 Murray’s Bagels– 500 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Honestly, there is just something so beautiful about NYC Bagels. They are perfect no matter where you get them. We just happened to be closest to this bagel shop after our red eye flight landed and we arrived to the city. Honestly, I would recommend any bagel place in New York!

    #10 Magnolia Bakery– 1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

    This bakery is pure gold! They are famous for their Banana Pudding. I immediately fell in love with both their banana pudding and coconut cake. Everything here is picture perfect & sooo yummy!

    #11 Milk & Cream Cereal Bar- 159 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    If you are an avid cereal and ice cream lover-like me, you will LOVE this place! They make ice cream cones and shakes with your favorite cereals and candies. I’ve always thought I was the first one to invent the fruity pebbles milkshake, but I guess this place beat me to it… hah!