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Local Vendors We Recommend in Orlando

The hottest trend in the ultimate Disney vacation is utilizing local vendors who are/or used to be Disney Cast Members to enhance your trip.  There are a wide variety of services and products you can get from these wonderful people, so we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites that we have personally utilized and would recommend.


Ordering a charcuterie board for your family or party is a great way to enhance an arrival day when you might be a bit snacky or maybe for a pool day at the resort.  It's the perfect snack to munch on throughout the day and makes you feel just a little bit fancy.  

Journey Across the Board

This is the charcuterie you order to feel bougie and pampered and really elevate your trip.  Their boards are premium and they can be designed and personalized in so many ways. You can even upgrade to include beautiful keepsakes.  What makes them especially great is the ability to suit so many dietary concerns.  They create any food style or allergy from unique plant-based artisanal boards, dairy-free/gluten-free boards and of course you can order a traditional carnivorous like I did. I ordered one for my bridal party while we were getting ready for our Disney Fairytale Wedding and everyone was in awe! The quality was definitely easy to taste as you went on a journey through the flavors and textures of the board with your tastebuds.

Magical Charcuterie is your more casual, but still bougie because it's charcuterie, option.  We ordered this to have handy for a resort day so we'd have goodies to munch on and were so happy with our choice! Everything was fresh and delicious and I loved the Mickey shaped cheese!

Sweet Treats:

Anyone else just too full at the end of a meal to order dessert, but still want to have a little extra sugar on vacation?  There are a slew of amazing bakers and confectioners available to suit every need.  These are also a great way to celebrate a special occasion with many custom options available!

I don't know that I've ever seen more beautiful chocolate than these delightful confections.  While Star Wars themed treats are what they are most known for, we were able to customize a box to treat ourselves for surviving Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort. The company offers seasonal themes to go with many occasions.  The chocolate is delicious and plentiful!

Halloween Horror Nights Inspired Box
Star Wars Inspired Box
Ash's Bakeshop

Cookies are just about one of my favorite things and I'd been dying to try these huge versions from Ash's Bakeshop for quite some time.  We finally caved for our holiday trip and got the seasonal offerings plus some classic chocolate chip.  These cookies are HUGE, they absolutely rival Gideon's but get delivered right to you without waiting in line :) We nibbled on these for five days and still couldn't finish them all before our trip wrapped up. 

I didn't really know what a "cakesicle" was before joining the Ear for Each Other group, and I kept seeing these beautiful creations and knew I wanted to give them a try.  We were visiting the first week of November so I floated a "Nightmare Before Christmas" theme since it was just after Halloween and not quite Christmas yet.  They knocked it out of the park!  These are light and just the right size for a post dinner treat.


Trying to get breakfast at the parks or resort can take away prime ride time so we love to order some breakfasts for the room that we can eat while we get ready.  Additionally, many of the most popular Disney restaurants are hard to snag reservations for, so catering to your resort room might be the perfect option to satisfy your needs. 

Celia, owner of Cooking with Character, is an absolute delight to work with.  I've ordered from her multiple times and every time she's been able to meet my needs and customize things to work with dietary restrictions in my parties.  The "sticky Mickeys" are adorable and the perfect Disney-way to start your day.  We also had her cater breakfast casseroles which were perfectly cooked and came with tater tots and a very impressive fruit platter.  (She also made a variety of sandwiches that went above and beyond!)  But what draws a lot of people in to order from Cooking with Character, is they will cater an O'hana inspired feast to your resort room.  We tried this option and the food was PLENTIFUL and so delicious!  Our family was so impressed that we thought to do this so we could have all the enjoyment with none of the stress.  Leftovers were enjoyed for days.

Sticky Mickeys
Fruit Platter
Breakfast Casseroles and Tater Tots
Tasty Sandwiches
Just a few of the delights from our O'hana inspired feast.  Veggie Lo Mein, Dumplings, Fried Rice and Chicken and Beef Skewers.  There was also sweet bread and bread pudding with fruit and chocolate sauce for dessert! YUM!

Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks.  You can email Maci at


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