Monday, February 25, 2013

Disney On A Budget-Part 2

This week we are going to learn ways to save on dining at Disney World. Disney is one of the few theme parks that allows guests to bring food, drinks and even cooleres into the parks! They do not allow any alcohol, glass containers (glass baby food is allowed) or hard sided coolers. Coolers must be a certain size, nothing bigger than  24"L x 15"W x 18"H is allowed. To save money on dining at Disney I recommend that you pack your own cooler, complete with lunch, snacks and drinks for your children for those hot Florida days. So what should you pack in your cooler?

  • Juice Boxes (I usually pack at least 2 per child)
  • Bottle Water
  • Fruit Cups
  • Applesauce (the squeezable kind is great!)
  • Fresh fruit
  • String Cheese makes a great snack
  • Sandwiches
  • Lunchables
If you are traveling with a baby you can use the microwaves located in the Baby Care Centers to heat up food. Another great way to save money on dining is to eat in your room before you go to the parks. If you are in a hurry and dont want to waste any time doing that then I recommend making your own 'breakfasts to go' bag. You can make these ahead of time at home. Include items that are easy for your children to eat on their own, mess free and that do not require refrigeration. Poptarts, cereal bars, etc also include napkin, sippy cup or orange juice box.

My family usually returns to our hotel after lunch time for a mid afternoon break. We relax, the children nap and this allows for us to be able to prepare a quick dinner before heading back to the park. If you do not have a kitchen you can order a pizza to be delivered to your room. Or if you have a microwave you can heat up some easy mac for your children or hot dogs. Eating dinner before returning to the park will save a significant amount of money. If you do not have a car to get to the grocery store or you simply do not want to have to go to the grocery store (when I'm on vacation grocery shopping is the last thing I want to do) you can have groceries delivered! Doorside Delivery is a professional and efficient grocery delivery service. They deliver to on and off property resorts, condos and homes. Just check their website for more information.

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