Your dining budget can quickly add up to one of the priciest line items on your Walt Disney World vacation bill. With most Quick Service meals running on average $10 to $15, it’s difficult to dine on less than $25 to $30 a day per person, and it’s real easy to dine on way more than that.
If you want to stay on the low, low end of the scale when it comes to dining, we have a few tips to help you cut corners and save so you can spend your hard-earned dollars on another night at your hotel (perhaps at a higher-level hotel), plane tickets, park tickets, or maybe toward your next vacation!
First, consider “skipping” a meal. Rather than planning all three standard meals in one day, try to eat a late breakfast or an early lunch, then eat dinner later in the day. By skipping one meal, you’ll save about a third of what you would have spent otherwise. (Remember that breakfast tends to be the least expensive meal of the day, so you can save even more if you make that your “brunch”. )
Make It Quick
When it comes to picking where you want to eat in Disney World, try to stick to snack and Quick Service locations. That doesn’t mean you should never dine at a Table Service restaurant, but keep those as special treats during your vacation instead of the norm.
When you dine, consider sharing meals or larger-portion snacks with a friend. Some of those meals and snacks can actually be pretty large, and if you know you and your travel buddy are light eaters, you can easily split an entree and be satisfied for the afternoon.
Relive Your Childhood
Also consider ordering a kids meal for a lower price. Often, the portion size of a kids meal is sufficient for adults, and it’s a fraction of the price!
If you know that you can’t be trusted to stick to a strict budget, buy yourself a pre-loaded Disney gift card and use that as your dining dollars for the day, or buy one for the entire trip. That way, you know you won’t go “over budget” and can track your spending more carefully.
Not all Disney snacks are created equally! Know where to find the ultra-inexpensive snacks, like the $3 baguette at Les Halles in EPCOT.
Pack It In
Or, to save even more money, bring your own snacks! Stick to cheaper Quick Service dining locations for your meals, and in between those meals, munch on snacks you bring from home or order for delivery at your hotel room!
Finally, don’t forget that there is always free water available to you in the parks. Bottled water can add up quickly in Disney World, so ask for free cups of ice water at Quick Service locations, or bring a refillable water bottle with you to the parks.
What is your go-to budget tip when it comes to dining at Disney World? Share with us in the comments!
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