Welcome to Pittsburgh Celiac! My name is Melanie, and you guessed it...I'm a Celiac living in the Pittsburgh area! In 2003 just 2 weeks before my wedding, I was diagnosed, and then Crohn's, too Luckily, my Gluten Free Diet is treating both! Please take a moment to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don't miss any posts! Hope you find lots of useful stuff on my blog, and so glad you stopped!
Monday, November 9, 2015
Gluten Free Disney Vacation: Part 1
As you all know, we are a Disney loving family! Our slight Disney addiction started when we took our honeymoon there 12 years ago...just weeks after being diagnosed with Celiac. Disney quickly opened my eyes and showed me gluten free food can be as delicious as gluten filled foods. During our first visit, numerous times, I double checked to see if the food was safe because it was so amazing...and you bet it was 100% safe! After that first visit, Disney quickly became our second home!!
This trip, we started our adventure at Disney Vero Beach, and feel in love! A Disney resort on the beach...what isn't to love?!?!
We decided to play it safe, and stick to only eating at our resort since we knew it was safe. Disney Vero Beach has 4 dining options: Shutters, Sonja's, The Green Cabin Room, and Bleachers Bar & Grill. We ate at all of them except Sonja's; which is fine dining. After playing at the beach & pool all day, we weren't up for fine dining -so, maybe we will try it our next visit! They even offer a character breakfast with Donald Duck and Goofy on Saturday mornings; which was perfect!
Disney + Beach = Amazing
Just like when visiting Disney Parks, you mention "allergy" to the hostess, and the chef comes out personally to go over the menu. We actually had a chef from the Kittanning area, too!! As always, every chef was amazing -but, I favored the PA chef of course!! We found touches from home everywhere...even Steelers was already written in the sand dune wall!
During our Vero Beach stay we had a lot of Gluten Free goodness: Chicken Tenders, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pasta, French Fries, Salads, Omelet, Grits (corn based, not pictured), and Toast. They even have Dole Whip at Bleachers Bar & Grill which is located by the pool. We truly enjoyed every single meal, and every one simply hit the spot! In addition, the dining staff were all amazing, and always went above and beyond.
Gluten Free Vero Beach Goodness
Disney Vero Beach has much to offer, and truly provides and adventure for the kids. There is a little miniature golf course by the pool, billiards, ping ping, tennis, and so much more! They offer a special for miniature golf...$5/person, and you can play unlimited for your stay. Check out our little friend we met while miniature golfing one evening!
Our Miniature Golf Friend, Mr. Crab
Since the resort isn't as big as the other Disney resorts, and our visit was during an off season, the cast members all quickly got to know us...especially Miss J; which she loved!
Eb & Flo Schedule for the Week
We had the perfect mix of relaxation, and fun activity. Check out the is fun filled schedule the resort had to offer for the week of our stay pictured above.
Enjoying some R & R
We celebrated Halloween during our stay, and will most likely do it again next year since we had so much fun! Miss J loved every second...and even went to her first little haunted house. The cast members put together a perfect Disney Friendly haunted house at one of the cottages on property. Our little Snow White is still talking about it!
Snow White at the Haunted House
Can't say enough how much we love Disney in every aspect, and love it even more that they are so amazing with food allergies.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our vacation at Walt Disney World.