The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry: Saving On Food At Disney WorldWednesday, April 05, 2017
For a lot of people, eating is an important part of a vacation. And Disney World offers a lot of wonderful foods to try, from snack carts to fast food-type restaurants to a AAA Five Diamond Award winner, with dozens of different cuisines to sample. However, that food often comes at a price.
So what options do you have when you don't want to completely break the bank?
Bring Your Own Food To The Parks
Surprisingly, this is a totally legit option. Disney doesn't mind when people bring their own food in as long as there are no glass containers or alcohol. There aren't any dedicated picnic areas, but there are some good places to relax with sandwich at the parks. We don't bring full meals into the parks, but we do bring food to Disney. Unless we have special breakfasts planned (and we do have a few on this next trip), we just eat breakfast in our room (usually Pop-Tarts and fruit, because it's simple and portable), and I do usually pack a snack or two in my park bag just in case.
Annual Pass Discounts
As I mentioned in the ticket post, annual passholders can save 10-20% on select restaurants around property, both in and out of the parks.
|nachos from La Cantina de San Angel at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot|
Chase offers the Disney Visa Rewards Card, available as both a credit card and a debit card. I actually just got the debit version a couple of weeks ago, and I'm excited to take advantage of the associated perks! One of the perks is 10% off at select dining locations, as long as you pay with your Disney Rewards Visa. These locations include:
- Boma, Jiko, and Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- ESPN Sports Club and Flying Fish at BoardWalk Inn
- Shutters at Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach Resort
- The Wave at the Contemporary
- Trail's End at Fort Wilderness
- Citricos, Grand Floridian Cafe, and Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian
- Olivia's Cafe at Old Key West
- Kona Cafe at the Polynesian
- Boatwright's Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside
- Turf Club Bar & Grill at Saratoga Springs
- Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge
- Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club
- Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club
- Hollywood Brown Derby and Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios
- Biergarten, Coral Reef (lunch only, Le Cellier (lunch only), and Rose & Crown Dining Room (lunch only) at Epcot
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill at ESPN Wide World of Sports
|the MASSIVE Texas bacon burger and potato wedges from Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort|
Discounted Gift Cards
Again, I'm singing the praises of discounted gift cards. You can use them to pay for almost everything at Disney World, including food. I've known people who will price out the meals they want ahead of time, and put the amount they'll need on a gift card so that it's all ready to go.
I do highly recommend trying the dining options at Disney World; there are a lot of different foods to try!
For more savings:
- Using Gift Cards To Save On A Disney Vacation
- Saving On Walt Disney World Resort Tickets
- Saving On Disney World Resort Rooms