Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blog Hop: Disney Food

Lisa at Babes in Disneyland is sponsoring the blog hop again this week.  Our theme today is "FOOD."  I'm sure the first thing people think about is their favorite meal or food item in the parks.  I could write about that, but I'm not.  Or you may be thinking about your favorite scene in a Disney movie dealing with food, but I'm not.  I'm thinking about the food we take with us when we travel to Walt Disney World.


Some of you may know, from reading this blog, that I'm frugal and try to save money wherever I am.  I love Couponing to Disney and the Strategies for Paying for Disney at Meet the Magic.  I enjoy reading tips on message boards about how to save money and get cheap or free stuff at WDW.  One way our family saves money on our trips is by bringing some of our own food and snacks for our vacation.  If we drive, it's easy to pack food.  When we fly, we mail our nonperishable food ahead of time to our resort so it's waiting for us when we arrive!


When we are at WDW we eat breakfast in our room 95% of the time.  The food I bring with us is usually dry cereal, poptarts, bagels and cream cheese, Nutragrain bars, fruit and granola.  We usually have juice boxes, water and soft drinks in the cooler.  Hubby will slip off to the restaurants or food courts for coffee occasionally!


Lunch and dinner are usually eaten in the parks at restaurants, however on some trips we have packed lunches or come back to the room to eat.  We usually keep it pretty simple if we take it into the park: bread, Jif to go PB cups, squeezable jelly packets that I "borrow" from Chick Fil A, pringles chips (they don't get smushed in the can!), fruit, tuna pouches with the mayonnaise and relish packets ready to make, and little debbie cakes!


Snacks are our favorite food to take into the park!  Some of our favorites through the years have been M&M mix (peanuts, raisins and M&Ms mixed together), homemade chex mix, gummies shaped like Disney characters, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, pre made trail mix, 100 calorie cookies, and dried friut. We do splurge every so often on snacks in the parks, but this post is about food we bring from home! :)


Oh, I can't forget our "line candy": Twizzlers and Starbursts.  From a previous postI believe "line candy" was born during our trip in 1991. My mom packed twizzlers and starbursts for us to eat. This tradition has stuck! Every trip we make to WDW, I pack twizzlers and starburst candies in the backpack. I also add lifesavers, gum, gummy snacks (especially if they are Disney characters) and suckers to the mix. The only rule for the candy... it can only be eaten while waiting in line (or if a kid is having a meltdown!).


So, there ya have it!  My Disney FOOD!!

14 comments:

  1. We always bring breakfast stuff too...we fly, but with Southwest allowing 2 bags per person for free, we have no problems with having lots of room for food and we distribute it among the bags so none get too heavy. My son is now 3 and no longer free....so it will be nice that he will have the dining plan and we won't have to lug quite as much food anymore. I usually don;t bring a ton of snacks though...seems we are always full from meals and never need them! Each trip I bring less food! :)

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  2. Great ideas, I need to find more ways to be frugal at Disney. Especially if I start to visit more often.n

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  3. With the exception of 1 or 2 character breakfasts, we always have breakfast in the room before heading out to the parks. We also bring in a ton of snacks to eat as well! Our past 2 trips have been off property, so we brought our lunch in (sandwiches, wraps, chips) and cooked dinner in the room.

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  4. This is a fantastic post! I never thought to bring the tuna packs! Love it. :)

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  5. The reason we are able to go to WDW as often as we do is because I skimp where I can! i'd rather "eat out of the backpack" and save money towards another round of park tickets rather than eat all our meals in restaurants!! :) We've not been lucky enough to be there with free dining...

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  6. Since we are such a large family, we always drive down...and nearly always take several bags and boxes of groceries with us. This way I don't really have to budget a lot of money for food when I'm trip planning as we have to eat no matter where we are.

    Our faves to take in the park are grapes, carrot sticks, string cheese and fruit snacks. A frozen bottle of water helps keep items cool in my little zippered insulated bag.

    I really wish I were on my way down now. These posts are starting to get painful for me. Boo hoo. Homesick.

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  7. I'm normally pretty frugal, but on vacation I like to relax and *not* tally up how much everything costs. That's honestly why I love the Dining Plan - food is just figured into the cost of the trip, and for a whole week, I don't have to figure out what to feed everybody! I know it's not the least expensive way to go, but for me the little luxuries make it a vacation.

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  8. LOL, Line snacks!!I love doing that! We stay in a DVC villas most of the time so breakfast is usually there. It saves time and money. Unless DH is with us. He loves Cape May or Kouzzina for breakfast.

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  9. I have to admit ... when in DLP I try to go to the small shops in the train station right next to the park to stock up on snacks, sometimes even sandwiches to save money on snacks and lunch in the park! :P Then I can have a real nice dinner in one of the Disney restaurants but not spend a fortune! The cost of snacks and meals inside the park can definitely add up!

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  10. We're a big "breakfast in the room" family and snacks...lots of snacks since DH is a diabetic and needs to eat (what seems like) constantly :) We quickly realized it saved us a lot of $$, too. Love your blog!

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  11. happy blog hop! i always bring "line snacks" too! i am absolutely in love with the JIF to go cups, perfect with a cut up apple, AND it's a healthy pick me up :) thanks for sharing your tips! i will for sure be using some!

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  12. I love the idea of line candy! I am totally going to use it this year! What fun! We eat breakfast in the room as well but none of us like breakfast that much anyway! We only do a couple character breakfasts per trip!

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  13. Most of the time we eat breakfast in our room and we also bring snacks into the park. We also bring drinks in a soft sided cooler that fits under our stroller.

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