This will be my daughter Mackenzie's first time going to Disney in Florida. We saved and saved for this trip. I found a FANTASTIC deal on the non stop flight there and back for $76.33 and we got a 4 star hotel for $31.00 a night. Passes for Disney were a huge chunk out of our money, but again I found a fantastic deal on those. 6 days of passes for 215.00. We are super, super excited about this trip.
The reason I am writing to all of you is to ask for cheaper ways to eat while we are there besides packing our lunches. Maybe some of you know of little places that you maybe have been while you were there or just thriftier ways to get our meals and we do need to get those little souvenirs. : ) We are going when it will be the hottest, but again that saved us money. We leave at the end of August.
The counter service type restaurants inside the parks will have the cheapest food although still can be expensive, but portions are usually generous so you can share. My biggest advice is have some water bottles or some sort of sports bottle for each family member that you can refill with water. Drinks in the parks are very high and you don't want to be drinking sweet stuff all day anyway. If one of you carries a backpack, fill it with some cereal bars, fruit, etc. to snack on. If your hotel provides a complimentary breakfast, eat big so that you can snack for lunch and then have a nice dinner.
I grew up with four brothers and my parents took us to Cedar Point every year. One thing we did was in the middle of the day we got our hands stamped and went to the hotel to swim and cool off. If you have a younger one, he may need a nap. While we were there, we had cold meat sandwiches and whatever snacks my mom brought on the trip or bought at the grocery there. We all enjoyed the break and cooling off in the pool. We went back to the park refreshed and ready to finish out the day till closing time!!
Sounds like everyone has some great ideas! My best advice, eat breakfast in your room before you leave (pig out!), take bottles of water and snacks for the day, and eat a nice chain place for dinner. Tell your daughter she can have one "yummy" at the parks, like an ice cream as a treat, that will be expensive enough. I can't agree more to get that fridge in the hotel room. Worth every penny! (And I remember lots of drinking fountains in the parks!)
We took our grandkids a few years ago. We had a fridge and microwave in the room, so I brought hot chocolate, instant coffee, cup of soup, those pasta dishes in bowls, etc. Every night we frooze water in bottles and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which they carried in their backpack with snacks the next day. We found a local grocery store nearby where I purchased salad in a bag, salad dressing, hot dogs, anything that could be microwaved for supper. The supermaret also sold cooked chicken - fried and roasted that we had with the salad. Hope this helps. By the way, 4 of us flew from NY, stayed for 10 days and went to Disney, Sea World, Universal Stuios and some water park in Orlando for under $1,000. We were on the go everyday.
I have heard about the turkey legs, too.
There is a McDonald's in Orlando that the kids will love--two stories--games galore--prizes, too. Google Orlando McDonald's food coupons and you will get some good coupons to use there, too.
Another idea, buy an Entertainment Book for the Orlando area--you can do this on the internet. It's worth the money.
visit Deb Wills site on the internet. it has advice on everything
also check out Frommers book on Disney and if you can get a copy the Passporter book.
Have you heard about the Restaurant web site? It's an amazing way to save on meals during your trip. For $3 you can actually purchase $10 dollars of food. And for just $10 you can purchase $25 in food. You won't believe how many restaurants in the Orlando area already participate in this program. Just go to the site, find the restaurants you want to eat at, and pick up the discounts before you go. It's that simple!
Click this link now and you will go right to the Florida section of the Restaurant web site. Then just click on Orlando/Orange County to see all the restaurants you can choose from. Just one more way that I save on my trips to Orlando -- how's that for cool?
Restaurant.com -- Eat. Drink. Save Money.
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click on Orlando/Orange County
Just returned from a trip to Disney World with my family. We stayed on the property and were able to take advantage of the meal plan, which seems expensive at first but is a money saver. The plan gives you one snack, one counter service meal and one sit down dinner per day.
On the last day, we realized we had several counter service meals that we had not used and found out by asking that we could cash them in for snacks - 1 counter service meal = 3 snacks. We purchased Mickey cookies prewrapped and brought them home as gifts instead of just leaving the dollar amount at Disney unused.
By Jeannie from Williamsburg, PA
Very smart idea and all you had to do is ask ;-)
Very thoughtful, too!
We did the same! You can also get a bottle of water instead of dessert at your counter service meal to take with you to keep from having to buy a drink later! The food at the sit down meals was fantastic! ! We especially loved the Brown Derby and the Crystal Palace. Don't forget to make reservations early before your trip! Have loads of fun any one out there going.
We are planning to go to Disney World. Does anyone know if I can have someone in Florida buy tickets to Disney for me, or do residents have to show ID?
By Lee from Waterford, WI
Unless things have changed you should be able to buy the tickets in line/at the door once you arrive at the park whether you're from Wisconsin or even from Japan without ID. If you're worried about it contact Disney World itself about ticket purchase.
Unless you have family who work there, you get to do it the old fashioned way, wait. We have family who work there, they are allowed 4 tickets per employee when they bring guests. So plan accordingly.
Not worried so much about getting tickets, It's just that Florida resident tickets are so much cheaper. Just trying to save a buck.
Save time and frustration on your Disney World vacation by preplanning the rides and places of interest that you want to see. Then order the FREE customized keepsake quality maps of each of the parks. These come direct from Disney World so they are perfectly accurate, visually beautiful and very high quality, all at no cost. I just received mine and they truly are beautiful!
You select the restaurants, entertainment, and attractions. They mark out all the stops for you and then mail you a customized map! The maps are so visually realistic that you can clearly tell where buildings and landmarks are. This is fantastic for everyone, but especially for those of us who have been before and want to save time seeing only specific things. Check it out. If the link doesn't work, just do a search at the Disney site for customized maps.
We are going to Walt Disney World on Oct 22, 2010. Any tips on this?
By Judy from Xenia, OH
Don't wait until the park closes to leave. Go about an hour before closing to avoid the hassle of waiting in line for a ride out of the park. This applies to whatever park you're leaving from.
Try to eat outside the park most of the time or take your own food. Restaurants inside the park are twice as much as those outside the park. A $3.00 McDonalds hamburger outside will be $6 to $6.50 inside the park.