Many people I talk to don't even realize this is an option. We usually eat breakfast in the room, pack snacks and foods for lunch or dinner and eat the last meal at a restaurant in the parks. Some of the foods we bring are peanut butter crackers, pringles chips (they don't get squished in the containers they are packaged in), tuna fish pouches, individual peanut butter cups and jelly packets along with bread and a plastic knife, trail mix, granola bars, gummies, goldfish crackers, water bottles, juice boxes and whatever else we find that won't get squished or go bad in a backpack!
1) Disney parks do NOT allow glass containers or alcohol. Baby food is an exception.
2) You can not bring in a container larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″. Don't bring a box, bag or cooler larger than this. You also can't have wheels on anything other than a stroller or wheelchair. So, no wagons or rolling coolers.
3) A soft sided cooler is the best bet for carrying food items. You can rent a locker at the front of each park to store it until meal time.
4) Use the microwaves in the baby care centers if you need to heat up things. Don't however monopolize the microwaves to heat each person's food in your party individually. These microwaves are for babies to get bottles and food warmed!
5) Find a nice bench or a table at a quick service restaurant* to enjoy your snacks and meals. But remember to clean up after yourself!
*After discussion on FaceBook, I'm adding to this tip. If the restaurant is busy, don't take up a table when you aren't purchasing from that restaurant. Consider sitting at a quick service table only during non peak dining times. These tables should be reserved for guests who paid for the food from that restaurant. If a cast member asks you to leave the table because you did not purchase food from that restaurant, do so in a nice way! Let guests who have paid for their food use those tables. There are plenty of other areas in the parks to enjoy your picnic food!
What tips or suggestions do you have for bringing your own food into the parks?