/ Friday, January 11th, 2013

First, let me apologize for the lack of a blog post last week. Like many others, I ended up with the flu and just wasn’t up to doing anything but stay in bed! On with the post!

We’d stayed up pretty late the previous night to attend the WDW Radio pajama party. It was a blast! Tony Caggiano’s costume will live on as a WDW Radio legend, as anyone who was there (or has seen pictures) will know, and Kevin and I got extra dream keys for matching!

According to our handy dandy itinerary print outs in our yellow lanyard card holders, the group picture on Castaway Cay would be taken at 9am. 9AM!?! ‘You kiddin’ me?! How was I supposed to “party” all night, then be photo-op ready by 9am!? It actually wasn’t that big of a deal because I had Kevin, who apparently needs much less sleep than I do. He woke up before me, went literally next door to the Enchanted Garden breakfast buffet and got some stuff to bring back to the room. What we got was quite similar to the morning before: Bananas, watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fried potatoes. Kevin also got some baked tomato concoction, not really my thing, and we both got coffees with soymilk (we actually saved soymilk from the night before and brought it back to the room and put it in the mini fridge so we wouldn’t have to ask for some in the morning!)

Lunch was to be on Castaway Cay, so was the ice cream party for WDWRadio. We had talked to our head server Goncalo the previous night about this, and he took our orders for Cookies, the name of the “quick service,” buffet-style eatery on the island. This was actually a funny story because I ordered another gluten-free, vegan pizza, like the one I’d had that night (with soy cheese!) and Kevin ordered a gluten-free, vegan veggie burger with french fries, but apparently Goncalo AND our normal table server BOTH put the order in, so we got double the order. Needless to say, Kevin was a very happy, and full boy!

For the ice cream party, Goncalo had some Rice Dream ice cream sent to the island and it was quite good! While on the island, we also bought some specialty drinks, both “accidentally vegan.” I got a Pina Colada, which some might think had dairy, but it is actually made with coconut cream, and Kevin got a strawberry daiquiri, which the cast member informed us was completely dairy free!

That night was Pirate Night. We dressed as pirates for dinner at the Royal Palace. We’d both ordered the same thing the night before: Gluten free pasta with roasted garlic and olive oil sauce, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes. They could have done marinara sauce for us, but we wanted this. We started with a pretty plain salad, and bland tapioca rolls, but ended with a similar dessert to the previous nights, but with a Pirate twist! Normally we had a gluten free, vegan brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, but this night they added rum to the batter, since the special dessert was rum-cake for that night!

Angie has been a WDW addict since her first visit at age 8, and since then her life has never been the same! She lives in southeastern MA with her boyfriend, Kevin (fellow Disney lover), and their 3 dogs, Flip, Josie, and Hildy, where she is currently training to become a professional dog trainer.  Please join Angie every week in “Fish Are Friends, Not Food: Eating Vegan in WDW!” Angie believes that WDW is the most magical place for people with special diets, so, should you have any special diet questions (especially about vegan and gluten-free dining) she’d be happy to help! Angie is also an artist, and you can see her work at www.angiecarreiro.com!

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