EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 3, 2010
    Jodi from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What are the best ways to save money for food? We are not staying at a resort there we have family in the area but don't want to get strapped for buying expensive food at WDW. Can we leave the resort and go back if we leave to eat?

    Hi Jodi,

    There are ways to save money on food. If you're staying with family, eat a big breakfast there before you leave that way you'll be good to go for awhile.

    Bring a refillable water bottle so that you don't have to purchase bottles each time. The water at the water fountains doesn't taste great so you may want to consider bringing along some single serve powdered drink mixes.

    You can bring in outside food but keep in mind that neither glass containers (except baby food jars) nor alcoholic beverages are permitted. Coolers are permitted but coolers with or without wheels larger than 24" (61 cm) long x 15" (38 cm) wide X 18" (46 cm) high are not permitted. I've seen people pack a cooler with sandwiches & fruit. Bring lots of snacks to tie you over.

    If you decide to eat one meal a day in the parks, consider sharing an entree. You could also ask for just a burger instead of the combo and save money. Bring in some Ziploc baggies so you can put any leftovers (i.e. carrots or grapes) in them to eat later during the day.  

    If you want to splurge on a table service dining location, look into the buffets (i.e., Crystal Palace) or all you can eat meals (i.e., Liberty Tree Tavern). Do this at lunch instead of dinner - some lunch menus are less expensive.

    Keep snacks on hand in your car so that you will have something to eat for the ride home.

    You can leave the resort and eat off-property. Just keep in mind that it will take you longer to do this. If you decide to do it, you will not be required to pay parking for that day again - just show the parking attendant your receipt when you re-enter.

    Please let us know if you have more questions.
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