5 Ways to Save on Snacks at WDW

5 Ways to Save on Snacks at WDW

A trip to WDW can really put a dent in your wallet – in addition to accommodations, park tickets, meals, and souvenirs, snacks can really sneak up on you! You’ll see and smell delicious treats almost anywhere you go at WDW, and it’s hard to say no to them – especially when the kids get those puppy-dog eyes!

Popcorn to go! Photo by Judd Helms.

Popcorn to go! Photo by Judd Helms.

You’re on vacation – you deserve a little snack here and there, but with budget in mind, here are 5 of our favorite ways to save on snacks at WDW!

Bring Your Own

Most people don’t realize it, but you can bring your own snacks to the parks at WDW! There are limitations (ie: no glass containers) and you want to pick something that’s easy to carry around, but this is a great solution – especially for picky eaters or those with allergies. Pack a couple pieces of fruit, granola bars, and some crackers and you’re good to go! This way you can save your snack budget for a few really special Disney snacks (may I suggest a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar?)

Buy in Bulk

With the shift to healthier eating, Disney has started to promote many of it’s pre-packaged snacks as “perfect to share” or “family size.” It’s much more economical to buy a big bag of Chip ‘n Dale Snack Co. Mickey Pretzels or Goofy’s Candy Co. Mickey Lollipops to dole out in smaller portions among your family for the duration of your trip than it is to buy smaller bags one at a time.

A cinnamon roll and a ice cream cookie

Now that’s a snack. (No, I’m not related to Scooby.) Photo by sanctumsolitude

Sharing is Caring

Portion control is out of control for many WDW menu items – making them perfect candidates to share with a friend or loved one! Lots of snacks on property are more than big enough for 2-4 people to have a reasonable snack, so consider sharing one big item instead of having single snacks.

Great candidates include Dole Whip Float (Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom), Warm Colossal Cinnamon Roll (Kusafiri Bakery Café, Animal Kingdom), any Cupcake at Starring Rolls (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Turkey Legs or Popcorn (available at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (Dino Bites, Animal Kingdom), Funnel Cakes (The American Adventure, Epcot), Nachos (La Cantina de San Angel, Epcot), Waffle Fries with toppings (Golden Oak Outpost, Magic Kingdom), and any sundae at Ghirardelli (Disney Springs).

A very meaty snack - the Turkey Leg! photo by Cliff Wang.

A very meaty snack – the Turkey Leg! photo by Cliff Wang.

Skip Dessert

If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, anytime you dine at a quick service restaurant, consider saving your dessert for a snack later. Lots of times these are easily transportable (a cookie or brownie, a bag of cracker jack or cotton candy). You could also eat your dessert (cheesecake, ice cream) and save your side (bag of chips, apples, grapes, or carrots) for a snack later on!

Taste More for Less

This is my top way to save money on snacks (and save room in your tummy for more snacks!).   As you make your way around the parks, consider grazing on snacks – instead of sharing one giant snack or having everyone get their own, order one regular snack and have a few bites each. Go on a few rides, and in an hour or two get another regular sized snack to share.

Do this throughout the day – a family of 4 could have four snacks a day this way and easily have a morning, 2 afternoon snacks, and a late night snack to share (equivalent to one snack each, much more reasonable than 4 snacks each)! My husband and I do this all the time, and we love getting to taste so many different snacks while staying on budget – it really helps us stretch those dollars!

What are your favorite ways to save on snacks at WDW?

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