Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 29, 2010
    Lisa from FL 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.

    Coming in May with 4 and 2 yr old boys. Trying to keep budget low. Taking advantage of the $99 Fl Res dream pass. Since we live in FL we can bring a cooler with own food. Any ideas on what to pack for snacks and lunches?

    Hi, Lisa!  You can bring a cooler into the theme parks, but it must conform to these specifications:

    Suitcases, coolers or backpacks with or without wheels larger than 24" (61 cm) long x 15" (38 cm) wide x 18" (46 cm) high are not permitted in the parks.

    I find that most people I talk to prefer a smaller, soft sided cooler, just because it's easier to move around the theme parks with it than a heavier, hard side cooler.

    As for what to pack, even though it's in a cooler, and you have ice in it, I'm always a bit cautious about what to pack.  As I'm sure you  know, living in Florida, the heat can be overwhelming.  I would try to stick with things that would be okay for the heat, like peanut butter and jelly, fresh fruit, juices, pretzels, and crackers.  If you are going to bring food that might spoil, just keep a close eye on your cooler, and replenish the ice when you need to.

    Have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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