Dining at Walt Disney World can be pricey. The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is a real wallet-saver, especially if you travel during Free Disney Dining promotions. Even with Disney’s assistance, though, my family almost always ends up spending money out-of-pocket on food too. In a couple weeks, we will be headed back to the World, but this time I have a creative way to stretch our Disney Dining credits.
My local Target store has a $1 section near the front door. It’s always the first stop for my kids, and sometimes I find a great deal there, like the one I discovered this week: the Easy Kids’ Lunches Fun Recipes, Healthy Snacks, and A+ Tips booklet from Disney Family Fun’s Cooking with Kids. Most resort hotels at Walt Disney World include a small refrigerator in Guest rooms (some may require additional fee), so we will be bringing some ready-to-make snacks with us. And if we forget anything, we can always call up Garden Grocer to arrange a delivery.
Each day we include a “homemade” meal, my family will be able to eliminate a food expense and will be certain to make our DDP credits last. Here are three simple snacks we plan to try:
- The day we arrive, Magic Kingdom will have evening Extra Magic Hours (EMH), so we plan to return to our resort in the evening to rest and maybe swim, then have a snack and return for late-night fun. Our Magic Kingdom snack will be “Star Sandwiches” in honor of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. All we’ll need is bread, a star-shaped cookie cutter, and peanut butter and jelly (cheese for my nut-allergic son).
- Our Epcot day is scheduled to last late into the night too. We have lunch reservations at Le Cellier Steakhouse, so after filling up, we’ll need to return “home” for a nap! To go along with The Seas with Nemo and Friends, we’ll have a light “Tuna Fish Sandwich” snack before heading back for IllumiNations and EMH. All we’ll need is bread, tuna salad, and a heart-shaped and a circle-shaped cookie cutter.
- We’ll be staying at Port Orleans Riverside, and we enjoy taking the Friendship to Downtown Disney. The day that’s planned, we will visit Animal Kingdom during the day, hit the resort to clean up and snack on “Lunch Ahoy!” veggie boats, then head to Downtown Disney for shopping and entertainment. All we’ll need is bell peppers, chicken salad, carrots, and lettuce or cheese.
There are several more suggestions in the book. Pick one up before they sell out, or you can always visit Disney Family Fun for more kid-friendly recipes. If you’re not visiting the parks anytime soon, these snacks are sure to be a hit at home too!
Jodi Whisenhunt’s MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort is now available in print and can be purchased at CreateSpace and Amazon. (Kindle version also available.) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!Share