Sometimes when people go on vacation they like to just not worry about a price tag. I shop food sales and am pretty economical at home, and when I go to Disney, the range of options that are offered in one place is fun to just enjoy without worrying about the cost. But I budget and save before hand to have that option. I know that option doesn't exist for everyone, and some people just don't like to spend too much money on food, but for me, it is all about freedom and the experience of the Disney dining options.
I do dig the food courts too though, they always have great options, fresh cooked taboot, and the portions/quality is definitely higher than your average fast food joint.
While I don't have kids and I know that complicates the matter greatly, I do save when I go to the world by having breakfast in my room every morning and sometimes lunch on days when we break from the parks. We will also go to a restaurant and just split an appetizer or two and a dessert. The one time we did the free Dining Plan, we found it was just TOO MUCH food, so snacking around is kind of how we dine in Disney. I do suggest the free Dining Plan if you want to try out a bunch of restaurants. Despite being too much food, it was pretty fun to just pick and not worry about the bill!
So yeah, I hear what you are saying, but you can totally get the full experience on a budget if you just go about it in an economical way.
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When we get back to the room,we go to the ice machine and fill the cooler about half way up with ice and put all perishables down in the ice.Come morning,we make bagels/cream cheese,(we also take a toaster),or ham and cheese bagel breakfast sandwiches,my girls eat cereal etc.When finished before we leave the room,we drain off the water out of the cooler and we top off the ice again to keep everything cold.Then in the evening when we return to the room,we drain off the water again,as it has been sitting all day,and again top it off with more ice for the night time.This saves us a lot of money by not paying extra for the fridge(too small anyway),and we save even more money by not eating breakfast at the food court or anywhere else.There is a little bit of effort involved but our efforts pay off.Oh I almost forgot,there are no fridges,no microwaves and no coffeemakers in the value rooms,unless they have started putting these items in there since our last trip to WDW.But I doubt they have.We bring our own toaster and coffeemaker.
Last edited by Park Hopper Dad; 11-07-2011 at 02:39 PM.
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One trip to Walmart and I'm set. I buy eggs, bread, maybe a box of cereal, and I'm good for the week. Breakfast in the room is a MUST on my trips. It's cheaper and quicker. Plus, I have already eaten my meal, so I can spend the next few hours walking it off until lunch.
I love everything pop. Especially for breakfast! I am addicted to their breakfast wraps, and I'm not sure why lol. There is nothing fancy or great about them.
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I think the food is a bit tastier at the food courts over the counter service in the parks (well at least at MK and HS). And a big winner for me, refills on my drink. I drink a lot. A refill of my mug or two while I eat my supper is certainly welcome.
As for stretching funds, I usually bring oatmeal with me. If I rent a car I swing by Wal-Mart or Publix and pick up some bagels, bananas, peanut butter, granola/snack bars maybe a pack of cookies. I have a fridge for meds, so I also get soda and sometimes milk and cereal.
If you wanted to splurge for a breakfast treat, be sure to check menus. I discovered on my last trip that I could go to Kona and get Tonga Toast and a juice for $20 (including tip). That was rather steep for a single piece of toast and a drink. However, by going downstairs to Captain Cook's I could get three pieces of Tonga Toast for less than that.
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