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Vacation Planning Tips & Tricks Discuss Saving $ on food at Magic Kingdom in the Vacation Planning forums; I have 3 girls and my wife and I like to save cash whenever we can. As most of you know the Di$ney food is ridiculously expensive and if your ...
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    Saving $ on food at Magic Kingdom

    I have 3 girls and my wife and I like to save cash whenever we can. As most of you know the Di$ney food is ridiculously expensive and if your kids are anything like mine much of their meal goes to waste. So, we bring our own lunch when we go to the Magic Kingdom. We use a soft-sided cooler that looks like a diaper bag. It has sandwiches, chips, fruit, juice boxes etc. When the kiddies are hungry we herd them onto the train that circles the park and it's lunchtime. It usually doesn't take more than 1 lap to finish but since the kids are stuck on a train they can't wander away. They are focused on eating and it's kind of a cool experience anyway (better than a crowded fast food restaurant IMO. I hope that helps someone. Now lets hear some other cost-cutting tips!

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    My DH and I always shared food. We never bought more than one lunch/dinner (Unless it was paid for off of our Disney Honeymoon Registry) and shared. Plus glasses of Ice water are always free!
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    Out of curiosity, are we "allowed" to bring food into WDW? They check bags at the gate so they'd notice that the diaper bag is actually a cooler full of food, wouldn't they? Also, is eating on board the train allowed? Again, just wondering here.


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    The security check upon park entry has seen our food and made no comment. I don't know if eating on the train is permitted but it's set up so no conductor can see you once it's moving. We don't leave anything behind and there are plenty of trash cans at each station for when we're through.

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    You are allowed to bring food into the parks ,within reason of course.They dont want you having a picnic on the lawn of Cindy's Castle. No rolling coolers, or any above a certain size (check allears for the size limit) No glass containers (baby food jars exception) Metal I am not sure about. We always take snacks in for the brat and a quick breakfast sandwich since we are always running late getting to the parks for open. Makes a good brunch......ride a few rides for an hour or 2 then take a break and eat.
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    I regularly will bring myself a soft, collapsing lunch box with a couple sandwiches, a couple granola bars, maybe a piece of fruit or something, and a bottle of water to use and re-use throughout my day at the park. Like Vixen indicated, Disney has no problem with you bringing food into the park... just not like massive coolers, glass bottles (which can break and be dangerous), or your own alcohol (I've seen guests with their own beer turned away at the checkpoint and told to return it to their car before they would be allowed in). Other than that you should be ok to bring your own food.

    Now as for eating on the train, I'm not certain if that's a "no eating" attraction or not... I'll have to check that out. But if it's not against the rules, I really like the idea of using it as a moving snack stop. As one of my favorite attractions that I ride on nearly every one of my trips just for the nostalgia and scenic purposes, I think it's a great idea to use the WDW Rail Road as a chance to stop and have a bite to eat. Great idea!
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    We get the refillable water things and carry a few bags of goldfish, pretzels and nut mix (usually macadamia, walnut, brazil, pecan and a few peanuts). Never know when the child will be hungry and these are easy, light nutritous. Then we grab Mickey heads, because, well, because.... they are there, I guess.
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    how strange is that Chris...we take the exact same snacks! Goldfish crackers, Trail Mix and Pretzel Sticks. It works perfectly!
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    I'm certain that you can't eat on the train. My mother and I boarded the train with a popcorn bucket and we were told by the conductor that we couldn't eat it on the train. Now maybe that's not the official policy because I don't think they make announcements but she told us not to eat.

    As for bringing food in, that's fine. Disney really doesn't care. We bring snacks in every time and we still end up buying pretzels, muffins, etc... Disney knows it's not gonna stop everyone from eating there.
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    They do make the announcement. No eating, drinking, nor smoking on the train. I heard it just this past Saturday.

    Other ways to cut down on Disney food costs, that don't involve shopping and cooking elsewhere...

    * At the counter service locations, all the food is available alá carte, even though they're only listed in combo meals. Just ask the CM for a sandwhich without the fries, for example.

    * Order a double cheeseburger and an extra bun, and give each of your kids one hamburger.

    * If you're going to do a table service and a counter service in one day (and you're not on the DDP), do table service for lunch, counter for dinner. Counter service prices are constant through the day. Table service is more expensive for dinner.

    * Specifically ask for a *cup* of water, not bottled water. Cups of water are free. Bottles are ~$2.00.

    * Bring a packet of the single-serving iced tea or crystal light mixes, and refill your bottles at the water fountains, rather than buying drinks every few hours.

    Hoep that helps!

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    Great tips everybody, Mr. Itty -props to you, those were really helpful.

    I noticed when we were there that the portions were so large that my DD and I could share a counter service chicken strip meal, both be really full still have fries for the birds, I mean, trash cans. Check out portions sizes at Allears, and read menus, so you can locate foods that will be eaten, prices that are comfy to you and check meal size in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarsNStripes View Post
    how strange is that Chris...we take the exact same snacks! Goldfish crackers, Trail Mix and Pretzel Sticks. It works perfectly!
    Great minds think a like. Those are just the best bang for the buck and carry weight.
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    In the past my mom would pack those uncrustable PB&J sandwiches cause they are really nice compact sized and easy to pack. We also do the goldfish and trail mix ect. Most the time as far as buying park food and getting your moneys worth i noticed when i went with my husband and it was coming out of our pocket we would do simple things like for lunch we would do a turkey leg and pretzel and share a coke. For breakfast we would always eat something at our hotel to cut down the cost and sharing food is always the best way to go cause if you finish it and your still hungry just get something else and at least you didnt get to much and not eat it all.
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    In response to the naysayers: Technically, maybe eating on the train isn't allowed...but it's a victimless crime!!! If you're not a slob and don't leave garbage behind who's the wiser? Is Mickey gonna be P***ed? Maybe. But I can live with that after spending $75 to get in. Once the train is rollin' no one is gonna tell you to put your food away so if you can live with the guilt; you're good to go. Enjoy the ride!
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    I'm a AP and went to all 4 Star Wars Weekends. For lunch, I'd get in the car and go to the Hess station at the exit to DHS and get a .99 hot dog and a 1.29 44 oz Coke. Might not be for everyone, but I'd rather spend money on Disney pins than Disney food.

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