Soy Milk at Disney World – Where to Find It (and WDW Gluten Free Guide)

Soy Milk at Disney WorldAfter a few non-infant and non-toddler related posts (like my new obsession with Disnify.com or our new Mickey Mouse waffle maker), and after a lot of research for this post, I’m here to share everything I’ve learned about soy milk at Disney World.

We recently discovered that our youngest daughter is lactose intolerant (age 1). A few days later, we headed to Disney World and we were pleased to find soy milk readily available at many locations, including select quick service locations, most table service locations, and resort food courts. Soy milk at Disney World is Silk Soymilk brand and is available in single serve packages, often in several flavors. Pricing on Silk Soymilk is the same as regular milk (around $2.49 each).

The Food and Beverage folks at Disney World were kind enough to pass on their Gluten Free Dietary Guide, which lists all theme park and resort locations and what items are available from each. The list was helpful for us to find where to buy Silk Soymilk and Rice Dream ice cream. You can view it here in PDF format. To save it, simply right click the document and save to your device (18 pages).

WDW Gluten Free Guide

Additionally, I was told while at Disney World that if Silk Soymilk is not listed on the menu at a table service restaurant, ask for it, it may be available.

Since Silk Soymilk does not have to be refrigerated until it is opened, it is great for traveling. Consider buying single serve packages for the airport or car ride to Disney World. If individually packaged soy milk is expensive at your local store, look into Silk Soymilk on Amazon.com.

Hollywood & Vine Review: Doc McStuffins & Sofia Join Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood Studios

Today, Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First joined Handy Manny and Jake at Hollywood and Vine for the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine character buffet. They have permanently replaced Special Agent Oso and June from the Little Einsteins. Neither replaced character will be making appearances anywhere else at the Disney Parks. The Disney Under 3 gang had the privilege of attending, and here’s our thoughts if you will be visiting with your infant or toddler.

Hollywood & Vine Review

The Restaurant:

The restaurant is divided into two halves, each with an identical buffet area, and a single dessert area. The decor is fairly plain, offering large windows with a view of outside, and a few murals themed with a California motif. Water is available through self service while waiting outside to be seated.

The Food:

Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine is a buffet meal. The offerings include a salad bar with caesar salad and italian sub sandwich salad, along with a few cold pasta salads, beef and barley soup or tomato florentine soup, and a variety of breads. A plentiful offering of meats include BBQ meatballs, chipotle citrus chicken, garlic and herb crusted slow roasted pork, baked chicken, asiago creamy ranch chicken breast, maple mustard glazed salmon, and ale braised beef. Side dishes include: multigrain penne with meat sauce, lobster macaroni and cheese, green beans, buttered corn, bean cassoulet, garlic smashed potatoes, and plantains. A separate kids buffet area features chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. A miniature “create your own pasta” area features a small selection of pastas and meats, however, the line for this pasta was quite long the entire time we were there. Lastly, a dessert buffet features fruits and marshmallows dipped in a chocolate fountain (you do not dip them yourself), along with a small offering of cakes, cookies, and soft serve ice cream. Non alcoholic beverages are included in the price of the buffet.

The Experience:

Keep in mind before you go that this meal is geared towards families with young children, and it is LOUD. Each character walks around to each table and spends a few minutes signing autographs and taking pictures. Today, we found that the character interactions were more rushed than at other character meals we have attended. There is also singing and dancing of the theme songs and other songs from Disney Junior. And, twice throughout our meal there was a quick character parade around the restaurant. Our toddlers clapped, danced, and stared in awe, but were too distracted to eat much.

The Location and Cost:

The Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood Studios is located at Hollywood & Vine and is available as a breakfast or lunch buffet. Depending on time of year, pricing ranges from $15 to $59.99. This buffet is available to those on the Disney dining plan, and costs one meal credit per person. Like other buffets, children under 3 eat free. You are welcome to get them their own plate, there is no need to share from your own.

Tips:

  • If you have Doc McStuffins fans at your house, this character meal is the ONLY PLACE you can meet and greet with Doc McStuffins.
  • Seat your infants or toddlers at the end of the table, closest to the aisle to make character interactions easier.
  • Have your autograph book open to a blank page and your pen ready for the characters to sign.
  • Have your camera on the table and ready to use, as the characters only remain at each table for a few minutes.
  • With the popularity of Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First, I anticipate that reservations to this character meal may become harder to get. Be sure to reserve your space 180 days before your reservation. Reservations can be made online or by calling (407) 939-5277.

Would I recommend it with a child under age 3?

The food was better than we had anticipated, the atmosphere was loud and entertaining, and there were a lot of toddler and preschool aged children. If you have toddlers who love Disney Junior, I’d definitely recommend it. If you are traveling with only an infant or older children, I’d skip it.

Stay tuned for more restaurant reviews coming to Disney Under 3 soon!

8 Mess Free (Healthy) Toddler Snacks for Disney Parks

Mess Free Toddler Snacks for Disney ParksMess free and toddlers usually don’t go together, but these foods are great for snacking in the Disney theme parks. They clean up quickly, won’t make a lot of crumbs, and don’t take up much space. Perhaps, most important of all, they won’t melt in Florida’s heat.

Yogurt pouches/Fruit purees: My kids love the HappyTot Greek yogurt. It’s packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin D, and doesn’t need refrigerated until after it has been opened.

Fruit snacks: Opt for fruit snacks without extra sugar, your toddlers will already be excited enough!

Bite sized cookies/salt free pretzels: Because of Florida’s hot sun, we opt for butter cookies over chocolate chip. We pack them into Ziploc snack sized bags for easy feeding.

Chewy granola bars: Gerber Graduates makes chewy granola bars with fruit chunks. As an added bonus, they are made with whole grains.

String cheese: String cheese travels well, and you can even get Mickey Mouse shaped cheese chunks at most retailers.

Rice cakes: My toddlers prefer flavored varieties, like cinnamon apple. The best part about rice cakes is they don’t produce a lot of crumbs.

Veggie sticks/straws: My kids can’t get enough of the veggie sticks/straws! We call them “veggie fries” since they look like french fries.

Freeze dried fruits: Fresh fruits just don’t travel well, but little fingers will enjoy freeze dried fruits like pears, apples, and strawberries. We like the Brothers All Natural Brand that comes in individual serving bags.

Healthy Toddler Snacks for Disney Parks

Don’t forget snacks for yourself, too! Disney does not restrict guests from bringing food and drinks inside the parks. If you are bringing a cooler, it must be less than 24″ by 15″ by 18″. Remember, glass items are prohibited (baby food jars and bottles are allowed), and absolutely no alcohol. If you’d like to save some space in your suitcase, consider shipping your non-perishable snacks ahead of time or ordering through a grocery delivery service, such as Garden Grocer.

Of course, snacks are also available for purchase in all the parks. In recent years, Disney has focused on bringing guests healthier options such as fresh fruits and yogurts to the parks.

Kids Under Age 3 Eat Free at Disney

Kids Eat Free at DisneyAt Disney buffets or family style services, there is no charge for your child under age 3. You are welcome to get them their own plate, there is no need to share directly from yours. If you are using a Disney dining plan during your stay, you are not required to purchase a dining plan for your child under age 3. At quick service locations (which include resort food courts), you are welcome to share food with your child under 3, but if you wanted a meal for them, you would have to pay for it. If you have another child in your party, there is generally enough food in one kids meal to share between two children.

If you are visiting with a child under age 3, keep your eyes out for Power Packs offered at some quick service locations and food courts across Disney property. These prepackaged meals vary, but usually include a fruit or veggie, yogurt, goldfish or crackers, and a small dessert. Depending on the location, they retail for around $6. Our favorite thing about the Power Packs is that leftover food can easily be taken with you to eat later in the day.