Buffet dining
  • On Feb 8, 2022
    Penny from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning to bring a small cooler bag into the parks with sandwiches for lunch. To break up the monotony, I want to bring a small portable charging unit and a small portable food warmer for bbq, chili, etc. We will have a table service dinner. OK?

    Hey there, Penny! Welcome to planDisney, and thank you for your question. 

    Walt Disney World gladly allows guests to bring their own food and beverages into the theme parks. There are just a handful of rules that you need to be aware of, and one of those rules is that the food cannot be heated or reheated.

    There are alternatives to the monotony of cold sandwiches for lunch. My first suggestion has to do with your table service meal. If you are planning one big, sit-down meal each day of your trip, make some of your dining reservations for lunch instead of dinner. We often find that portions are pretty generous at the Walt Disney World restaurants, so if you plan your big meal at lunchtime, you can probably just grab a snack in the evening and heat up your barbecue or chili when you get back to your resort room. 

    This suggestion also works if you hit up a buffet breakfast or lunch. My gang can take down some breakfast at a buffet, but then we usually find we skip lunch in favor of a Mickey ice cream bar or some popcorn. If you have a snack at lunch, you can do your heat-up meal in the evening back at your resort.

    Another idea is to mix up the sandwich routine with some salads or yogurt parfaits. If you're driving from Texas and bringing a cooler, you can make some things ahead of time that can be eaten at room temperature, like mini quiches or egg bites.

    I hope your family enjoys a delightfully delicious vacation, Penny!

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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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