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  • On Feb 8, 2012
    Janette from MD 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.

    Hi my family is visiting on a very tight budget. Any suggestions on ways to save money eating. We will be buying some meals, but i was wondering on tips for items to keep in hotel room at POPC to substitute some meals. 3 kids about $500 for 7 days eating.

    Hi, Janette!

    You are off to a great start saving money by staying at Pop Century. Check the Special Offers page for any discounts that might be available for your vacation dates. Book a Standard Room, and do not add expensive options on your ticket like park hopping.  From home, bring autograph books, pens, and rain ponchos (all can be found at your local dollar store.) This will be a HUGE savings compared to the parks.

    One of the best deals at WDW are the kids meals!  Most kids' meals (which I enjoy!) are $7 or less, and include your entree/drink/sides.  Some adult meals are often way too much food for one person and will be perfect to share. Check out the menus before ordering to get the best value. Soft drinks and bottled water can get expensive, but cups of ice water are always free at counter service locations. If you order a soft drink at a counter service location in the parks, order a large size and ask for extra cups and share.

    You may bring food into the parks, just no large coolers, bottles, or alcoholic beverages. I like to carry a small, soft sided insulated tote.  Bring some ziploc bags so you can fill them with ice to keep your bag cool. Pack PB&J's , and include some goldfish crackers, a few juice boxes, and you will have a tasty lunch.  

    Pick up a loaf of bread (and other basic food items) at your hotel.  A quick dash to the food court in the morning and make toast. From home, pack granola bars and snacks in your suitcase for a quick grab and go breakfast.  If you have room, toss in a box of cereal so you can munch on that. 

    Think of what your kids will eat, what will travel well, and items that won't melt in the hot Florida sun!  By planning ahead, you will stay on budget during your vacation.   Have fun!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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