Earlier this month Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs started serving vegan ice cream again just in time for these hot summer months. And it tastes like Disney magic!
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is an all vegan, gluten free, soy free and kosher bakery based out of New York City with a location in Disney Springs. This is a hot spot for those eating a plant based diet and also for families that have food allergies. They offer a variety of bakery items such as coffee cakes, tea cakes (the raspberry chocolate is amazing), cupcakes, brownies, bagels, eclairs and more.
Recently, they started offering hand scooped ice cream. It is perfectly creamy and delicious! I have tried the vanilla with salted caramel in a cup and the ice cream cookie sandwich with both vanilla and chocolate ice creams. My favorite so far has been the vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich. The ice cream with salted caramel topping was also really flavorful and creamy.
When I used to go to Disney World with my family as a child, my mom and I would eat a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich together on Main Street from the Main Street Ice Cream Shop. It’s a special memory enjoying a special treat by the castle with family. This ice cream sandwich tasted just like my childhood memory of ice cream sandwiches on Main Street. Let’s hope they start offering this option in more locations like inside the parks! (Fingers crossed.)
Here’s the “scoop” on their current ice cream situation as this is written on June 15, 2019:
The ice cream is hand-scooped and coconut based (ingredient list for vanilla below)
You can get scooped ice cream in Small, Medium or Large cups
They have toppings available to make it a sundae
Both chocolate and vanilla flavors are currently available
They do sell out occasionally, so it may be best to check before going
Pricing list in photos below
I hope you’re able to try this “nice cream” and love it as much as I do!
And then be sure to enjoy your time at Disney Springs as well. Disney Springs is an outdoor shopping mall where it’s free to go and free to park! There are many restaurants and fun shops to check out. There is often live entertainment, usually in the evenings. You’ll even find some fun photo opportunities here!
Lastly, a couple money saving tips: 1. A cup and a cookie or brownie bite ordered separately would be less expensive than a cookie sandwich. 2. If you’re a Disney Annual Passholder, remember to ask for your discount!
I was invited to enjoy some craft pizza at Pizza Press in Horizon West (Winter Garden, FL). I would love to share with you a little more about their vegan and gluten free options as well give you some tips for visiting The Pizza Press.
The Pizza Press offers two vegan crusts – the regular crust and the gluten free crust. They also have a vegetarian cauliflower crust (which contains mozzarella cheese). You can “Publish Your Own Pizza” with marinara sauce, vegan cheese and a variety of toppings such as spinach, Kalamata olives, pineapple and more. There’s also a finishing area which includes options like basil, arugula, Balsamic glaze and Sriracha.
Some tips for eating at Pizza Press:
1. Take your time. This is a “craft pizza” and craft beer experience. You can pick your own toppings and watch your pizza bake. Then when you’re all done making your pizza, you can sit inside or outside and enjoy time with your family! This is a perfect opportunity to let time slow down and enjoy time with family and friends.
2. Enjoy the specials. The Pizza Press Winter Garden / Horizon West will have some specials going on like Buy One Get One or a free beer for Dad on Father’s Day! To stay up to date on their specials, follow them on social media here: Facebook & Instagram or mention that you learned about these specials from The Art of Adventures!
3. Enjoy the outdoor area and live music. A perfect family date night, pizza and live music with room for the kids to be kids outside!
Check out this video on YouTube of me publishing my very own vegan and gluten free pizza here:
Ohana is a restaurant that offers a Character Breakfast and a themed dinner. It is located in the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World.
The Polynesian is my favorite resort. The smells, the lush landscaping and excellent theming in addition to its close proximity to Magic Kingdom make it an excellent resort to stay at or to visit.
Lobby of the Polynesian
When we arrived at the Polynesian for Ohana breakfast, we checked in about 20 minutes early. Check in is located near the restaurant on the 2nd floor usually by the stairs and elevator. During our wait, we met Pluto all dressed for the occasion!
Pluto Outside Ohana at the Polynesian
Elodie Loves Meeting Pluto
We received text notification that our table was ready right around our reservation time. For allergies, the cast member does not stop and get the coconut bread when seating you. They walk you through the back of the restaurant directly to your table. If you have dined at Walt Disney World previously, you will know that waiting for an allergy chef can sometimes be a long wait. We were pleasantly surprised that Chef Josh not only arrived immediately to our table but also was knowledgeable about their vegan offering and food allergies. He stated that the vegan offering was also all gluten free and was no/low oil (if you have allergies or concerns always consult with a cast member or chef.)
The first course was a fruit plate.
Fruit Plate at Ohana Breakfast
Next they brought us an Erin McKenna’s cinnamon donut and coffee (Silk soy, almond or rice milk were offered.)
Erin McKenna’s Donut at Ohana Breakfast
The main course was a vegan skillet that included Just Egg scramble, Beyond sausage, seasoned potato wedges, as well Mickey and stitch waffles with 100% maple syrup. Yes, this whole skillet is 100% plant based, vegan, gluten free!
Vegan and Gluten Free Breakfast Skillet
I personally like my savory breakfast to have a little more flavor punch and fresh vegetables, however the flavor and content are very consistent with the traditionally offered breakfast here. The Just Egg scramble had a very good consistency and texture. The Beyond sausage always has a great flavor on its own. The potato wedges were well seasoned and cooked. The Mickey and Stitch waffles were done to perfection. Mickey waffles are always one of my favorite Disney treats!
During our time there we were able to meet with Stitch, Lilo, and Mickey. All three were amazing and friendly. Lilo was really our family’s highlight as she had seen that our daughter was upset and cured the toddler woes by playing peekaboo. The characters also did a dance line where all three friends danced with musical instruments around the restaurant, perfect for the older kids.
Mickey at Ohana Breakfast
Stitch at Ohana Breakfast
Lilo at Ohana Breakfast
Overall I believe this was an excellent character dining experience for a family who eats vegan or has food allergies. The resort is breathtaking, the character experience was excellent, and the food option is prompt and offered a perfect selection for everyone in our party. Even (omnivore) Grandma and our toddler were happy! If you haven’t been to the Polynesian before, be sure to build in some time to walk around this beautiful resort to see the beach with a view of Cinderella’s castle