Going to Disney is a wonderful experience for the entire family, especially for the kids. They can explore this magical world filled with their favorite Disney characters. However, for the parents, a trip to Disney can leave a hole in the wallet. Not everyone knows it, but there are many ways to save on food whilst enjoying your time at Disney!
Here are our tips on how to feed your family at Disney without breaking the bank.
1. Avoid peak season prices: Disney raises its meal prices during busy times of the year. Some restaurants may even charge an extra premium on holidays – thus – visit Disney during low seasons!
2. Bring your own snacks: Disney doesn’t take your food away at the entrance; their only request is no large picnic hampers and no cool bags. Therefore, bring your own snacks: cereal, granola bars, fruit, and for fun you can also bring cookies and cotton candy to please the kids. Also, each park has at least one fruit stand, these are usually the cheapest and healthiest snacks you can find in Disney World.
3. Beverages: Buy a bottle of water each beforehand and refill them at the water fountains throughout the day. This is a huge money saver, especially during the hot summer days. The following locations offer self-serve soft drinks with free refills: Electric Umbrella, Sunshine Seasons, Backlot Express, Restaurantsaurus, Contempo Café, Earl of Sandwich and Wolfgang Puck Express.
4. Eat in your room: Buy disposable bowls and plasticware in advance, pack pots and pans (if your room has a kitchenette) and make use of the mini-fridge. Buy ingredients at the supermarket and prepare a nice breakfast and/or home cooked meal. You can shop at the Disney Vacation Club resorts, or have the company WeGoShop do the shopping for you and deliver the groceries straight to your hotel.
5. Eat at a Disney restaurant for less: Disney meals are usually quite big so you can share a meal instead of taking two. Many of these restaurants have kids’ meals, which are reasonably priced and quite filling: adults can also enjoy such a meal, and if still hungry later, enjoy a packed snack.
6. Membership Discounts: Members of the following clubs can enjoy great discounts at many of Disney’s restaurants: Disney World Annual Pass-holders, Florida Residents, Disney Vacation Club, Swan/Dolphin Dining Passport, Landry’s Select Club, Planet Hollywood VIP Pass, Levy Preferred Frequent Dining Program, AAA, AARP, D23.
7. Eat off-site: You can find many places right outside Disney World, offering meals at a lower price. For example, eating at McDonalds, Earl of Sandwich, Panera Bread etc. can save you up to 20%-30% per meal!
8. Printable coupons: There are quite a few coupons available with discounts for off-site restaurants at Disney World. You can also sign up for online email clubs for most restaurants and receive their coupons via email, for example: House of Blues, Perkins, Sweet Tomatoes, Steak ‘n Shake, Texas de Brazil and many more!
9. “Kids Eat Free Card”: If you have young children with you, you might want to invest in a “Kids Eat Free Card” which offers free kids’ meals at over 50 restaurants in the Orlando Area. Each card is valid for one child (11 years or younger), accompanied by one adult paying for a full price entree.
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