Monday, May 11, 2015

Dairy Queen and The Orlando Eye

Yesterday, we stopped at the Dairy Queen on International Drive for some ice cream before heading to the Orlando Eye, Orlando's newest attraction.  

Dairy Queen has a gluten sensitive guide, which you can view here.  It lists menu items that do not contain gluten ingredients, like their chocolate and vanilla soft serve, sundaes (chocolate, caramel, hot fudge, marshmallow and strawberry), and manufactured novelties like Dilly and Starkiss Bars.  

I ordered a medium size cup of vanilla and chocolate soft serve.  I have been eating Dairy Queen soft serve since I was a child in Pittsburgh, and it still tastes just as amazing now as it did back then.  It's smooth and creamy, and not overly sweet.  It really is the perfect treat for a hot afternoon in Orlando.  You can view Dairy Queen's store locator here.  

The Orlando Eye, the tallest observation wheel on the east coast at 400-feet tall, officially opened last Monday.  

It has 30 air conditioned capsules with seating and audio, and each one holds up to 15 people.   

The views were great, the ride was smooth, and I love that the Orlando Eye is continuously moving.  Be prepared to enter and exit quickly, though it will stop for people with special needs.  

From high in the sky, we could see Disney World, Universal, and the city of Orlando.  We would not ride the Orlando Eye again during the day, but I hope to ride it at night when my family visits in December.  

Discounted tickets can be purchased online on the Orlando's Eye's website, which you can view here.  Our tickets gave us a two hour arrival window.  Be prepared to spend about 90 minutes there as you wait in line, get your picture taken, view the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, wait in line again, then ride the Ferris wheel, which takes about 20 minutes.  Tickets for two adults and two children cost about $70 for the time slot we chose.  Was it worth the money we spent?  Absolutely!  I love that there is always something new and exciting to do in Orlando.  

Overall, I had an amazing Mother's Day - Mickey waffles with bacon and fruit for breakfast at home, church, soft serve at Dairy Queen, the Orlando Eye, and dinner and rides at Epcot.  But best of all, I got to spend the day with my twins.  As I like to tell them, I am the luckiest mommy in the world. 

June 22, 2017 Update

Since moving to California, we have been frequenting the Dairy Queen in nearby Capitola.  For a while, I was getting my usual - chocolate and vanilla soft serve in a cup.

We have also tried the Cherry Dilly Bars.  My daughter Emma and I thought the cherry coating was a little strange tasting, but my daughter Katie loved them.

My family usually orders Blizzards, which I cannot eat because of cross contamination issues, so I have started bringing Trader Joe's Gluten Free Joe-Joe's or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups so I can enjoy the taste of my two favorite Blizzards without the worry of being glutened.

The Disney addict in me likes to put Mickey ears on my ice cream.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Dairy Queen?  


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