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Economical Eating at the Parks
At one time Disney used to have a policy asking that guests did not bring food and drink into the theme parks and from what I can remember I never saw this enforced. Nowadays this has changed and guests are allowed in food like snacks or food that does not need heating. It is also acceptable to bring in bottled water or soft drinks. In fact we usually buy the small bottles of water and freeze them in the freezer at the villa, they tend to last all day and there is not shortage of volunteers to carry them!
Obviously you have to be careful at bringing in perishable items in the hot sun although if you need to a small flexible cooler box could be used. You will not be allowed to take in large cooler boxes with rigid sides, glass containers or alcoholic beverages. Animal Kingdom do not allow straws.
If you want to enjoy some bought food at the Parks there are still some economical options.
At Magic Kingdom the Main Street Bake Shop is a good place for a cheap breakfast, it also sells baked goods as well a breakfast quiche or cottage cheese and fruit.
For lunch or dinner, try Casey' s Corner (Main Street) where you get a large hot dog with coleslaw or fries very economically or if you prefer a side of chili this will cost you about $3.
Go to Columbia Harbor House for a bowl of clam chowder or vegetarian chili. At Cosmic Ray' s (Tomorrowland) two people can share a half rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Our girls love the Sleepy Hollow refreshments in Liberty Square where they can get delicious large ice cream cookie sandwiches which they share.
There are not many options for breakfast in Epcot but you can get a reasonable priced bowl of oatmeal at Sunshine Seasons. Once World Showcase opens at 11. 00am you will have more choice. Boulangerie Patisserie (France) sells ham and cheese croissants, ham and cheese quiche or a fruit and cheese plate.
Again at Sunshine Seasons (Future World, The Land pavilion) you can share a half rotisserie chicken with two sides or walk out the International Gateway to the Spoodles Pizza window for a Pizza slice.
At Hollywood Studios Starring Rolls Bakery has lots of inexpensive mini baked goods for breakfast and they usually do a deal on two mini pastries plus a small orange juice or medium coffee. If you are feeling hungrier than this you can get a bagel with smoked salmon.
If you go to Toluca Legs Turkey Company you can have a very reasonably priced chili dog while at Rosie' s All American Cafe they have a soup of the day which is good value. Catalina Eddie' s and Toy Story Pizza Planet offer individual pizzas.
When you visit Animal Kingdom if you want a light breakfast go to Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery next to Tusker House, here you can enjoy a muffin or sweet roll. Anandupur Local Food Cafes (the fast food side of Yak & Yeti) has egg rolls or fried rice.
If you fancy a fruit and cheese plate go to Harambe Fruit Market. Our girls like Pizzafari where they can get a basket of cheesy bread sticks with marinara sauce or an individual pizza. At Flame Tree Barbecue two people can share has a half smoked chicken with baked beans and corn muffin.
I have listed just a few ideas you might want to try at the Parks to make eating more economical I hope you enjoy them.
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