PDA

View Full Version : I need a blender


ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 09:53 AM
Hi everyone:goodvibes! Long time lurker first time poster:yay: So our fabulous family is heading to the world the second week of April and I have a rather odd question that I know the good people of DIS will be able to answer. DH and I are on a strict organic diet that has worked wonders for us. The only issue is that each morning we need a smoothie to start the day. Will the hotel (CR) provide us a blender? Or will the kitchen allow us to use theirs (there is no way we can fit our personal blender in our luggage)? We cannot compromise on the smoothie diet either…HELP:worship:

Sgt Tibbs
03-04-2011, 09:59 AM
I would say call the resort and see if they can accommodate you otherwise there are Wal-marts around that you could take a cab to and back if necessary. It’s that or ship it to your resort from home.

AuntBJ
03-04-2011, 10:09 AM
If it is just a standard blender, I would order one online from somewhere with free shipping to be there when you arrive. If it is an inexpensive one it would probably be cheaper than shipping one from home and back or even cab fare unless you need to go out anyway.

disneychic2
03-04-2011, 10:13 AM
:welcome:to the Dis! I too, like the idea of having one shipped. But I would for sure call to see what if anything can be done for you at the resort. Good luck!

ETA: What about one of those small blenders like the Magic Bullet? Would that work?

BLTLDZ
03-04-2011, 10:15 AM
Not sure, but wanted to tell you the the "Ninja" is AMAZING for smoothies!

SueM in MN
03-04-2011, 11:18 AM
Hi everyone:goodvibes! Long time lurker first time poster:yay: So our fabulous family is heading to the world the second week of April and I have a rather odd question that I know the good people of DIS will be able to answer. DH and I are on a strict organic diet that has worked wonders for us. The only issue is that each morning we need a smoothie to start the day. Will the hotel (CR) provide us a blender? Or will the kitchen allow us to use theirs (there is no way we can fit our personal blender in our luggage)? We cannot compromise on the smoothie diet either…HELP:worship:
Unless they are providing the food and doing the preparation, the kitchen will not be able to allow you to borrow a blender because of restaurant food safety laws.

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 11:28 AM
Unless they are providing the food and doing the preparation, the kitchen will not be able to allow you to borrow a blender because of restaurant food safety laws.

I would be fine if they would prepare the smoothie. Can I just provide the ingredients?

livndisney
03-04-2011, 11:39 AM
I would be fine if they would prepare the smoothie. Can I just provide the ingredients?

No, as Sue said WDW would need to provide the food-outside food is not allowed

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 11:46 AM
No, as Sue said WDW would need to provide the food-outside food is not allowed

Hmm, this is going to be quite the discussion in our home. I guess I didn’t really plan this one out.:confused3 I don’t want to break this diet but it seems like such a hassle to buy and ship the blender and ingredients for 8 days.

Does anyone know if Disney will customize a menu to dietary wants?

chartle
03-04-2011, 11:55 AM
Hmm, this is going to be quite the discussion in our home. I guess I didn’t really plan this one out.:confused3 I don’t want to break this diet but it seems like such a hassle to buy and ship the blender and ingredients for 8 days.

Does anyone know if Disney will customize a menu to dietary wants?

They can but only to a certain point. Don't think they are not going to order in special organic ingredients. They can only work with what they have on hand and only I think the Wave advertises organic anything.

Have you looked at some of the small handheld blenders like a stick blender?

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=809&tbs=isch:1&sa=1&q=stick+blender&aq=f&aqi=g1g-m3&aql=&oq=

Or the magic bullet?

hmdavid
03-04-2011, 12:00 PM
Are you using a grocery delivery service? If so, see if they can pick up a blender with your order.

ChloroFiend
03-04-2011, 12:07 PM
A stick/immersion blender should be easily accommodated in your luggage; many of those comes with cups specifically for making shakes and smoothies. Not as easy as whipping up a big batch in a full-sized pitcher-style blender, but its something.

No idea how you're planning on getting the ingredients though. :)

dumboiu
03-04-2011, 12:22 PM
:lmao:

DisGirl819
03-04-2011, 12:35 PM
Check with the grocery delivery services like Garden Grocer. Order your ingredients from them (ask if they can get you the organic stuff you desire) and see if they can put a blender in too. Or do an immersion blender that will fit in your suitcase.

chartle
03-04-2011, 12:43 PM
I think the blender is the least of your worries. As others have posted, how are you getting the food to WDW? Also are all your meals this special diet?

I'm thinking some of it has to be refrigerated or at least kept at a normal room temp.

While GG may be able to help you, I'm thinking this diet probably has some special ingredients that may not be found in the stores they buy from.

On the GG site I did find like 170 organic items. Some were baby food though.

mdsoccermom
03-04-2011, 01:09 PM
I would be fine if they would prepare the smoothie. Can I just provide the ingredients?

I couldn't even imagine anywhere at Disney preparing food for you that you did not purchase on their property.

chartle
03-04-2011, 01:15 PM
I couldn't even imagine anywhere at Disney preparing food for you that you did not purchase on their property.

You can't bring food in even if you bought it on property.

There was a long semi heated thread concerning just storing a birthday cake bought on property in the kitchen for a party at I think at Chef Mickeys.

The kitchen would not take it. They had to take it to the front desk of the CR and use their fridge because I guess its not regulated by health regs. :confused3

Lees3rwe
03-04-2011, 01:27 PM
popcorn::

Barnhill9586
03-04-2011, 01:34 PM
popcorn::

Say, is that organic popcorn you have there? May I have some?:lmao:

Seriously, OP, I know it's way too late probably and I don't know where you're coming from so logistically it may not work but it may be easier to drive to Disney so you can bring the things you need and save the plane tickets for another trip. If I had to stay on the special diet I think that's what I would do!:goodvibes

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 01:34 PM
I guess in my excitement in planning our trip I forgot the crucial step of eating. I checked GG and they do have some items that we eat each morning. My DH is a routine guy so I am hoping we can make this work for him. He has lost a good 75lbs on my smoothie diet and I just don’t want him to fall off the wagon.

schoen
03-04-2011, 01:39 PM
I hope you are able to come up with a solution that works for you. If you stay in a DVC Villa they do have blenders. You would have to be in a one-bedroom or larger though. It would probably cost extra money, but the space is really nice and you would have a full kitchen in addition to your blender.

Congrats to you and your husband. It is SO hard to lose weight, I do not blame you for wanting to continue your success on vacation.

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 01:45 PM
I hope you are able to come up with a solution that works for you. If you stay in a DVC Villa they do have blenders. You would have to be in a one-bedroom or larger though. It would probably cost extra money, but the space is really nice and you would have a full kitchen in addition to your blender.

Congrats to you and your husband. It is SO hard to lose weight, I do not blame you for wanting to continue your success on vacation.

Thank you. It is the breaking of the routine that worries me. DH gets up and drinks my smoothie before work. It saves on stops at McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts and he gets all the vitamins instead of preservatives. I’m going to call the CR and see what they say.

schoen
03-04-2011, 01:46 PM
I just did a quick search and it looks like a one bedroom at OKW is cheaper for that week than CR. Although.... It isn't on the monorail. Just a thought.

rwdavis2
03-04-2011, 01:46 PM
Having lost 50lbs in the last year I'm sure there are other things you could eat temporarily other than normal fare. Do a little research and maybe try a few things before you go. Having done some of my research on the subject I'm pretty sure that organic ingredents have little to do with the weight loss. It's probably due to just eating a healthier diet. At least that's how it's worked for me.

I fully understand the idea of a routine. I have a high protein drink for breakfast 6 days out of 7 and that's worked pretty well.
Good luck.

livndisney
03-04-2011, 01:47 PM
I guess in my excitement in planning our trip I forgot the crucial step of eating. I checked GG and they do have some items that we eat each morning. My DH is a routine guy so I am hoping we can make this work for him. He has lost a good 75lbs on my smoothie diet and I just don’t want him to fall off the wagon.

If it important to you- there is a Whole Foods and Walmart on Turkey Lake(not far from WDW). Rent a car or a Taxi (Taxi vans are always at that Walmart) and make a quick trip off property to get what you need and enjoy your vacation.

livndisney
03-04-2011, 01:49 PM
Thank you. It is the breaking of the routine that worries me. DH gets up and drinks my smoothie before work. It saves on stops at McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts and he gets all the vitamins instead of preservatives. I’m going to call the CR and see what they say.

FYI-depending on the number you are calling-you are not really calling the resort, but a call center off site.

chartle
03-04-2011, 01:58 PM
FYI-depending on the number you are calling-you are not really calling the resort, but a call center off site.


+1 :thumbsup2

Cheshire Figment even points that out in his sticky. http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36726893&postcount=20

Even if you are at the hotel and call the "front desk" you are getting a call center that may not even be on site.

I still think you will have to make some sort of off site food arrangement.

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 02:02 PM
FYI-depending on the number you are calling-you are not really calling the resort, but a call center off site.

That’s awful. How do you contact a resort directly?

robinb
03-04-2011, 02:02 PM
I hope you are able to come up with a solution that works for you. If you stay in a DVC Villa they do have blenders. You would have to be in a one-bedroom or larger though. It would probably cost extra money, but the space is really nice and you would have a full kitchen in addition to your blender.You may request a blender if you're in a DVC studio too. We do on almost every stay in a studio.

If it important to you- there is a Whole Foods and Walmart on Turkey Lake(not far from WDW). Rent a car or a Taxi (Taxi vans are always at that Walmart) and make a quick trip off property to get what you need and enjoy your vacation.I second this. If it's really important to you then you should make a special trip to the Whole Foods. I have heard good things about the Magic Bullet for making smoothies. If you get one now you can work out your routine with it before you go.

chartle
03-04-2011, 02:11 PM
That’s awful. How do you contact a resort directly?

I'm pretty sure they can transfer you, but if you just ask the person who answers the phone and you assume that they are the "front desk", you could get any kind of weird answer.

Though I have no idea who you would talk to at the resort. Are you just asking for a blender or if they can provide this food.

For each restaurant you can contact them concerning special diets or allergies. You are calling the resort which has nothing to do with food service even though its in the same building.

Good Luck

Mom2aJessieGirl
03-04-2011, 02:12 PM
:welcome:to the Dis! I too, like the idea of having one shipped. But I would for sure call to see what if anything can be done for you at the resort. Good luck!

ETA: What about one of those small blenders like the Magic Bullet? Would that work?

I guess in my excitement in planning our trip I forgot the crucial step of eating. I checked GG and they do have some items that we eat each morning. My DH is a routine guy so I am hoping we can make this work for him. He has lost a good 75lbs on my smoothie diet and I just don’t want him to fall off the wagon.


Well, I have experience with this. My husband is on a diet that requires "shakes" (ice blended with his packet of "food"). It is a medically supervised diet that has given him great success. We have traveled on multiple trips with a Magic Bullet Blender and in our suitcase it takes up less space than a pair of tennis shoes! We pare down the parts though...we only bring the motor base, one cup, and one blade. We just wash the cup and blade frequently. It is an inexpensive blender that has been a great benefit for our family. We had one on our President's Week trip at POFQ! :woohoo:

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 02:17 PM
Well, I have experience with this. My husband is on a diet that requires "shakes" (ice blended with his packet of "food"). It is a medically supervised diet that has given him great success. We have traveled on multiple trips with a Magic Bullet Blender and in our suitcase it takes up less space than a pair of tennis shoes! We pare down the parts though...we only bring the motor base, one cup, and one blade. We just wash the cup and blade frequently. It is an inexpensive blender that has been a great benefit for our family. We had one on our President's Week trip at POFQ! :woohoo:

I’m on hold with the “central kitchen” so I can update everyone if/when I get through. I think I may get the bullet though. One question is it overly loud? DS and DD will be sleeping and I typically get DH’s shake ready before he is up. I don’t want to vibrate the room to death!:goodvibes

TandLMommy28
03-04-2011, 02:21 PM
I had a Bullet and I think it was quieter than a normal blender. I wore it out and got a real blender and I really just miss the Bullet. It was so much better. I hear that the new one, Ninja or whatever it is called, is even better, though.

Good luck! I hope you can get it figured out!

n2mm
03-04-2011, 02:22 PM
Yep, if you were a DVC member (or renting DVC points) no matter what size unit, you can call and request a blender for your stay. We've done it plenty of times when staying in a Studio. OP, why not look into staying at BLT in a studio, the price may be comparable!

Mom2aJessieGirl
03-04-2011, 02:26 PM
I’m on hold with the “central kitchen” so I can update everyone if/when I get through. I think I may get the bullet though. One question is it overly loud? DS and DD will be sleeping and I typically get DH’s shake ready before he is up. I don’t want to vibrate the room to death!:goodvibes

Well.....I won't lie and say it's quiet! ;) I would recommend waiting until everyone is conscious before operating it though. It would definitely wake my DD5 if I used it in the same room with her. Perhaps could you use it while everyone else is getting ready/eating? Then transfer the smoothie into a disposable cup so DH can take it with him if necessary? Just a thought.

Good luck!

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 02:42 PM
I spoke with the Manager at the “central kitchen” which I am not sure what or where that is. He said they would be very happy to help and just bring what we need and they can take care of the rest.

Also on a side note I googled the magic bullet and let’s just say it is not what I thought it was. It appears there is a blending device and a device for ladies. Lesson learned – be careful with google.

cuchu2005
03-04-2011, 02:46 PM
Well.....I won't lie and say it's quiet! ;) I would recommend waiting until everyone is conscious before operating it though. It would definitely wake my DD5 if I used it in the same room with her. Perhaps could you use it while everyone else is getting ready/eating? Then transfer the smoothie into a disposable cup so DH can take it with him if necessary? Just a thought.

Good luck!

Let's just hope that guests of the rooms neighbours to OP aren't late sleepers, or they'll be in for a shaky surprise... :lmao:

Mx

livndisney
03-04-2011, 02:51 PM
I spoke with the Manager at the “central kitchen” which I am not sure what or where that is. He said they would be very happy to help and just bring what we need and they can take care of the rest.

Also on a side note I googled the magic bullet and let’s just say it is not what I thought it was. It appears there is a blending device and a device for ladies. Lesson learned – be careful with google.

Good luck with that.

Mom2aJessieGirl
03-04-2011, 03:04 PM
I spoke with the Manager at the “central kitchen” which I am not sure what or where that is. He said they would be very happy to help and just bring what we need and they can take care of the rest.

Also on a side note I googled the magic bullet and let’s just say it is not what I thought it was. It appears there is a blending device and a device for ladies. Lesson learned – be careful with google.



Hahaha!! :lmao: I dang near spit my diet mtn dew onto my computer screen! You always have to add the word "blender" to that search!

Let's just hope that guests of the rooms neighbours to OP aren't late sleepers, or they'll be in for a shaky surprise... :lmao:

Mx

Haha. We never worried about that. I didn't think it was any louder than our hairdryer, which I wouldn't hesitate to use in the wee hours of the morning.

robinb
03-04-2011, 03:33 PM
I spoke with the Manager at the “central kitchen” which I am not sure what or where that is. He said they would be very happy to help and just bring what we need and they can take care of the rest. Hmmm ... I don't think I would rely on that. In addition, it will be so much easier to just make your shake in your room v/s bringing your stuff down to the kitchen every time you want to make one. Pack the Magic Bullet (which ever variety you choose ;)) and you'll be happier.

Dan Murphy
03-04-2011, 03:43 PM
Where is 'central kitchen'?

ChrisCatino
03-04-2011, 04:34 PM
Where is 'central kitchen'?

I have no idea. The phone system routed me to a rep and then onto what they called "central kitchen."

cuchu2005
03-04-2011, 05:05 PM
Where is 'central kitchen'?

The only thing that comes to mind is a huge kitchen down through the utlildors, with tons of turkey legs, soft pretzels, hot dogs, pop corn and churros :goodvibes

Mx

mdsoccermom
03-04-2011, 05:13 PM
I have no idea. The phone system routed me to a rep and then onto what they called "central kitchen."

So you were routed to a place that you don't know the location, or even if it's a place that really exists on Disney property, and you're good with bringing them your stuff?

Ummm.....ok.......

PIRATEGIRL007
03-04-2011, 05:47 PM
Where is 'central kitchen'?

I've never heard of that either.

Maybe it something new or maybe it's something somebody in a call center in Texas is making up so the OP will get thier issue resolved and be happy. ;) well happy till they show up and ask for central kitchen.............

koleta@mickey
03-04-2011, 05:52 PM
I take my magic bullet every trip....except mine is not for smoothies, its for my pina coladas. It is really small and handy and is great! I have had it for 3 years with no issues ever. I really recommend that you take one with you, it is small and does not use a lot of space at all!

Karliemom
03-04-2011, 06:24 PM
lulz

homeschoolmomof4
03-04-2011, 07:02 PM
I spoke with the Manager at the “central kitchen” which I am not sure what or where that is. He said they would be very happy to help and just bring what we need and they can take care of the rest.

Also on a side note I googled the magic bullet and let’s just say it is not what I thought it was. It appears there is a blending device and a device for ladies. Lesson learned – be careful with google.

:scared1::lmao::lmao: I hope your child wasn't in the room!

Seriously, the blender version of the Magic Bullet is awesome. We do a bunch of protein shakes and have traveled with ours as well.

joelkfla
03-04-2011, 07:23 PM
I don't have personal experience, but check out this thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2628909 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2628909&highlight=wegoshop)

It says others have used wegoshop.com to shop for & deliver organics from Whole Foods.

Missy1961
03-05-2011, 12:09 PM
I spoke with the Manager at the “central kitchen” which I am not sure what or where that is. He said they would be very happy to help and just bring what we need and they can take care of the rest.

Also on a side note I googled the magic bullet and let’s just say it is not what I thought it was. It appears there is a blending device and a device for ladies. Lesson learned – be careful with google.

Do not count on that answer. Sorry, but it doesn't make sense. It's my understanding that a restaurant kitchen couldn't take outside ingredients & cook them for you. (or blend them, in this case). I'd bring my own blender & ingredients and do it myself.

Lees3rwe
03-05-2011, 12:45 PM
I try to eat organic whenever possible, but I really don't think a week off is going to make that huge of a difference.

I would pack whatever I needed if it was that important to me and not count on anyone doing me a personal favor by taking my ingredients and making my food while paying customers are waiting. :confused3

I think it's great that he has lost the weight, but it IS vacation.... right?

momof2n2
03-05-2011, 01:29 PM
We have dealt with the Disney Dining people many MANY times due to our son's food allergies.
You can't bring your own food into a restaurant and ask them to do ANYTHING with it. Nuke it, blend it, smile at it. It just can't go in. There are laws prohibiting it.

The idea of their central kitchen saying not to worry is a nice way of saying, "Lady, we have a coupla million folks meandering in and out of these restaurants every year. We don't have time to sit here on the phone over this. You show up at a restaurant and we'll be happy to throw some stuff into a blender for you to drink. Just make sure you pick something we actually have at our restaurant, or you will wait a good long time while we hunt and peck for it at nearby restaurants."

You might get lucky and find a few organic things in each building. But you might not either.

I don't think anyone will be set back much, however, if your yogurt, banana, mango, peanut butter, spinach shake is organic or not, right?

cbate717
03-05-2011, 02:31 PM
I recently bought a single serve blender at Walmart. I dont have a lot of room on my kitchen counter for a big fancy one. This one was only $16...you can even take the cup to go, its got a lid to drink out of. Its worked really good so far. Oh and it isnt very big, could easily fit in a bag.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hamilton-Beach-Single-Serve-Blender-With-Travel-Lid/5924588

mikehn
03-05-2011, 03:33 PM
4 pages of responses on a blender, who woulda thought

stargazertechie
03-05-2011, 03:44 PM
This amazes me... I've lost 60+ pounds through diet and exercise, and I'd NEVER expect a kitchen in WDW to bend over backwards to make some sort of organic nutritional shake for me.

It's vacation- practicing some self restraint is probably something ANYONE could benefit from, because like any other fad diet, the majority of people cannot remain on a shake diet their entire life.

pdxJolene
03-05-2011, 04:21 PM
This amazes me... I've lost 60+ pounds through diet and exercise, and I'd NEVER expect a kitchen in WDW to bend over backwards to make some sort of organic nutritional shake for me.

It's vacation- practicing some self restraint is probably something ANYONE could benefit from, because like any other fad diet, the majority of people cannot remain on a shake diet their entire life.

I was just about to post this exact same thing, lol. I've lost almost 40 lbs since Jan '10 and never once have a drank any magic smoothie. I wouldn't ask any restaurant to accommodate my "wants". Leave that for the people who NEED special meals (allergies, diabetics, etc...) MOO, of course.

Baloo
03-05-2011, 04:25 PM
Do not count on that answer. Sorry, but it doesn't make sense. It's my understanding that a restaurant kitchen couldn't take outside ingredients & cook them for you. (or blend them, in this case). I'd bring my own blender & ingredients and do it myself.


I agree!:thumbsup2 Bring your own blender and do it yourself in the room because I would NOT count on that at all!!!

vwlizard
03-06-2011, 12:45 PM
I wish I had your resolve. I know I'd feel better on my trip if I started my day with a green smoothie. Now I"m thinking magic bullet, greengrocer delivery of some spinach and kale and aespetic boxes of almond milk (won't take up as much room in mini-fridge and doesn't need to be refriderated til open) and some fresh fruit from lounge (we're staying Poly club level). What a great idea. Glad I (I mean you) thought of it. :yay:

On a side note, my kids and I drink a green smoothie every morning. Basically because my kids are crappy eaters and I want to make sure they have at least some fruits and veggies through out the day. WHen I took a look at the Disney menus, I shuddered to think of what they are going to be eating. Although my husband is going to flip over it, I am really going to try to implement this for our September trip.

Brian_WDW74
03-06-2011, 12:57 PM
Since this thread has become a general discussion of how to eat healthy at WDW, I've moved it to the Eating Healthy board. :)

chartle
03-06-2011, 04:49 PM
Since this thread has become a general discussion of how to eat healthy at WDW, I've moved it to the Eating Healthy board. :)

Healthy Eating Forum :scared1::confused::scared1:

Well then I'm out a here.

I don't want to be a part such a subversive forum. Why is it even here? :goodvibes