Families will certainly want to enjoy restaurant meals at Disney World - (see tip about eating for Value and Fun.) Still, with kids, a whole lotta extra snackin' goes on, plus there's the constant need for drinks, during a hot and humid Florida day.
A great thing about Disney World is that guests are allowed to bring their own drinks and snacks into the theme parks. (This isn't the case everywhere!)
So if you're keeping an eye on the budget, why not save some money by bringing some snacks and drinks, and then splurge on, say, a sumptuous buffet with Disney characters in attendance singing and greeting kids.
Note that glass containers and hard-sided coolers aren't allowed into the theme parks: be reasonable in what you bring.)
With little kids, the wise parent always has a snack on hand, and the high cost of snacks and treats at Walt Disney World is all the more reason to carry along some munchies. Fruit leather, granola bars, carrots are some of the healthier options you can eat in a jiff when stuck in a line-up.
A big bonus of having a few snacks on hand is that -- if kids are suddenly hungry-- you don't have to stop and find a restaurant and stand in line if, say, you're rushing to make a Fastpass return-time. Eating in restaurants takes not only money, but time!
As for drinks: on a hot, sweaty summer day in Orlando, your kids will be thirsty ALL THE TIME. Of course you can simply purchase drinks, but the cost of sodas at several dollars each soon adds up.
The simplest strategy is to bring along a water bottle and refill it one of the fountains found throughout all the parks. Refilling bottles is environmentally better, too! See more tips about saving money on beverages at Mousesavers.com.
- On to Next Tip: choose your restaurant for value-- and fun