• On Apr 4, 2011
    Karen from UT 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.

    As a single mother of 3 teens-food at the park can get pretty expensive. I found a coupon for 25% off-the only problem is the dates are for the week after we travel. Can these be used the week before or am I out of luck?

    Welcome to the WDW Moms Panel!

    The food can be very expensive. In fact, on our last vacation to WDW, I was a little sticker-shocked by some of the meals.

    The coupon that you mentioned is for quick-service restaurants. These are counter-service locations that offer fast food type meals. However, the coupon is only good for the holiday week in which it is offered. WDW likely released this coupon in order to steer families to dine at earlier times of the day in order to help crowd flows during the busy Easter week.

    With 3 teens, I understand your concerns in managing dining costs. Try filling up at places such as Pecos Bill's restaurant that offers a fixins bar in order to get the most from your meal. While teens don't usually eat small meals, if you do have any light eaters, don't be afraid to order a Kid's meal. At Pinocchio's, you'll get a slice of pizza, drink and a cookie or fruit, for example.

    Fill up on a breakfast buffet. Try Trail's End at Fort Wilderness for good eats at lower prices! A breakfast buffet can also serve as a brunch and keep the troops happy for breakfast AND lunch.

    Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney has great sandwiches at reasonable prices!

    Also look at for restaurants that do offer coupons (or other savings). These restaurants are often located at Downtown Disney such as Planet Hollywood or at the WDW Swan and Dolphin hotels.

    Best wishes!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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