How to Save Money on Food At Walt Disney World
By Jane Williams
Food at Walt Disney World can be outrageously expensive and, in some cases, of poor quality. It can make a very large dent in your vacation budget if you don't plan ahead.
Picnics are not really the solution. You are not really allowed to bring your own food into the theme parks.(the exception being the two water parks where you can and should take a picnic with you) People do seem take food into the parks, and I have never seen anyone challenged. I guess the watchword here is "be discrete"If you arrive at the gates with a large cooler and picnic hamper you are inviting the Disney people to enforce the rules.
1. Get a good breakfast "Off -World" Fantastic breakfast deals abound on Hwy 192. Denny’s and International house of Pancakes have a number of locations serving really good breakfasts. Some smaller restaurants and big chains like Sizzlers serve a breakfast buffet where you can really stuff yourself for a few dollars. My personal breakfast favorite is Cracker Barrel. Traditional Southern Cooking with a superb gift s0hp A good breakfast will set you up for a hard day at the parks and prevent mid morning hunger pangs. (However it might not be a good idea to ride "Tower of Terror" or "Mission Space" with a full stomach!)
2. Avoid Killer Snacks Snacks at Disney World can make a big hole in your wallet. You could buy a full meal "off world" for the price of a Disney coffee and slice of cake. Try to carry a drink. The parks sell a nifty shoulder strap to hold a small bottle. After your first expensive purchase you can replace the bottle with cheaper sodas from a supermarket.In really hot weather you will appreciate a drink at regular intervals. Water is probably best. Try to find some kind of waist strap to hold a bottle which you can replenish at the water fountains as you come across them. (Totes do a good one)
3. Avoid fast food. The best way to avoid expensive, inferior fast food is to arrange in advance where and when you will eat Trouble comes when you are too tired or thirsty to care, - the result will be a very inferior hot dog or slice of pizza at top dollar prices. A proper sit down restaurant, carefully chosen, will represent much better value for money and you will have a nice rest in the process.
4. Eat Your Main Meal at Lunchtime. Many restaurants have similar dinner and lunch menus but the lunch time one will be quite a lot cheaper. My children called it Linner. As brunch is to breakfast/lunch, linner is to Lunch/Dinner. Basically we ate from the lunch menu as late as possible. We missed the lunch time crowds but ate before the more expensive dinner menu kicked in (usually around 3pm) If you have a really good breakfast it will be easy enough to hold out until 3.00pm We would often buy something to munch as we sat and waited for Parades, Fantasmic etc.
5. Use the Monorail Use the monorail to go to a resort hotel at lunch or dinner time. They are often much less crowded and cheaper than the theme park restaurants. Get a hand stamp and you can return to the theme park later.
6. Treat Yourself to a full Service restaurants at EPCOT Many people consider the restaurants in The World Showcase to be an important part of the EPCOT experience and you will definitely want to try one of them. The trick here is to choose carefully because they can be expensive, make sure it is the right choice for your family. (Not much point in shelling out for Japanese if junior will only ear burgers) Even though this is not really a money saving tip it would be a shame not to plan for at least one special Disney Dinner.
7. Enjoy the counter restaurants in the World Showcase at EPCOT. Cheaper than the full service restaurants but with all the flair and gastronomic flavor. Try the Yaktori House in Japan or the Kringla Bakery in Norway.
Jane Williams is vice president of Florida Value. She says: "we have been providing great value services to Florida vacationers for over 9 years" Now back in the UK after living in Orlando for a couple of years Jane still offers great products to Disney Visitors from all over the World. Check out Discount Disney World tickets and Universal Orlando tickets.
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