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  • On Jul 18, 2010
    Amanda 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.

    This is last minute, but we will be in WDW end of July for 4 days. We'll be visiting each of the 4 parks each day. What's the best way to plan meals on a budget? Do they allow us to bring sandwiches in with us?

    Hi, Amanda!  You can absolutely bring sandwiches and snacks into the theme parks with you.  Generally, a smaller, soft sided cooler is acceptable, but nothing that you have to roll behind you, for the safety of other guests.

    We often do a quick breakfast in our resort room, consisting of cereal bars, granola bars, bananas, and if we have a refrigerator, some yogurt.  You can also use the coffee pot to make hot water for packets of oatmeal or Cream of Wheat hot cereal.

    Use lunch as your bigger meal of the day if you are doing table service restaurants.  The menus are often times very similar, but a bit less expensive at lunch time.  The buffet restaurants are a great way to do a big meal so that you may only have to eat a light snack or small dinner in the evening.

    Our family also likes to do food we can share.  Two of my kids can share the giant turkey legs (and that includes having me take a bite or two!), and if they are looking for a "side dish" to go with it, I'll pull out raisins or chips from my backpack.  I also sometimes order one adult burger meal from a counter service location, and split the burger and fries between two of us - one adult and one child.  

    You can bring your own single serving drink packets to turn water into iced tea or lemonade, and you can refill your water bottles at the fountains.  The counter service locations will also give you a cup of ice water at no charge.

    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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