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Everyone knows the high prices of food and beverages inside of a Walt Disney Park. So you may ask, Can I bring food into Disney? Yes, but let’s talk about how! There are few, but not many healthy options. Most of the in-park meals are fried and high in sugar. There are lovely Disney Meal Plans that you can pre-pay for to make your magical experience a little easier. But I usually opt out of a Disney Dining Plan and bring my own food into the park. I use this option to add to the magic to our trip by creating healthier options than the park provides. My kids love it!
Don’t get me wrong, I can’t walk through Frontierland without getting a famous big fat juicy turkey leg. But I want the majority of my hard earned money to go to an extra day or a great hotel. So that is why I bring food into Disney – all while complying with the Disney rules. I’ll show you how!
Disney does not allow hard coolers into the park. But they do allow small soft cover coolers. The cooler I own is a perfect fit at the base of my stroller. I place most of my food inside. Any crackers or pantry snacks I keep in my backpack. For drinks, we usually just stick to water. I bring the kids thier refillable Disney cups and my husband’s Yeti cup. We refill at all the water fountains. Hydration is so important when you are spending a whole day at Disney. You are being way more active than you realize and the kiddos can get dehydrated quickly – even if it’s not summertime. There are plenty of picnic spots where you can stop and eat. Eating in line is always a great way to entertain your kids and pass the line time quicker. Or you can eat while you are on the go in between rides, shows, or parades!
*side note: Disney does not allow alcoholic beverages to be brought into the park.
Preparation is the key for saving money and having a yummy Disney Experience! Cut the fruits and veggies the night before. Slice and put together the sandwiches the day of.
The Dollar Store! At my local dollar store I found these cute little snack cups with handles. There were two types, one was Princess themed and the other was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed. My Daisy and Walt loved them! I would pop some blueberries in there once and awhile and hand it to them in the little basket snack cup. It would feel more like Disney when you are eating out of a Disney cup. Daisy even made her won hidden mickey with 3 little blueberries. I also purchased some Minnie and Mickey stickers at the dollar store. I covered the raisins with stickers to make them Disney Themed!
Another great find was this sandwich cutter I found on Amazon.com. It slices the sandwich bread to look like Minnie Mouse! Complete with a bow! It was such a fun surprise when I handed Daisy her Minnie Sandwich on her stroller tray. It’s the sweet gasp and happy smile that makes that 5am “make sandwiches” alarm worth it!
What I packed:
10 Minnie Mouse Ham & Cheese Sandwiches in ziplocks
Small sliced Watermelon
1 large Package of Blueberries
1 Tupperware of Sliced Strawberries
2 large green peppers sliced into strips
1 small bag of baby carrots
8 Raisin boxes
Disneys Frozen themed Graham cracker bags
There are plenty of cute Disney themed snacks when you look around your local grocery store. Buy them, save them and give them to the kids when you are finally inside Disney. It will be such a treat!
Walt Disney World is full of cute surprises around every corner. Save money and be the one to deliver some of that magic to your family by bringing your own super mommy snacks into the Disney Parks!