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chelebele
02-02-2011, 10:06 PM
I'm sure we will end up with a lot of sandwiches, sunchips, and granola bars, but I thought I would ask and see what you guys take in for lunch. There are 4 of us - 2 adults, and 2 kids (8 and 11) and we will have a backpack cooler. We will be in Orlando for 8 days, six in parks. All suggestions appreciated!!:love:

Michele

kellydizfan
02-03-2011, 05:16 AM
We took bagels and cream cheese, sandwiches, chips, etc. Also carried bottled water with us to drink.

DisneyAndRedSox
02-03-2011, 05:54 AM
We did a backpack cooler over Labor Day last year. I bought this ice pack at Target.
http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?Prod_ID=RP091213

We also bring Rubbermaid Chug Bottles
http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=Beverage&SubcatId=RefillReuseBottles&Prod_ID=RP091201

Here is what we typically brought.
- Sandwiches
- Baby bell chees
- Apples, bananas and grapes
- Pretzels and chips
- Neutra grain bars
- Let DD pick out a cereal to bring in to the park as a snack (I think she picked Cookie Crisp)
- Yogurt sticks (put in freezer the night before)
- 100 calorie snack packs
- Goldfish
- Crystal light packets for water

Now my parents go to Publix on the way to the park and pick up a large Italian sub at the deli. One is large enough for 2 adults to split.

momof2gr8kids
02-03-2011, 06:38 AM
Cut up cheese, kielbasa sausage, crackers.

My kids like little snack packs w/ almonds, raisins, craisins, pretzels and a few choc. chips thrown in. You could make those up before you leave home and pack them in your suitcase.

Muffins. Cereal for snacks that your kids like and is easy to pick at while you're waiting in line. Mine line frosted mini wheats and corn bran. At home I carry a few little snack bags of these in my purse in case we're somewhere and they start getting hungry and whiny!

We also do the water bottles and crystal lite packages for flavour. Although I have to say, my kids didn't mind the water at Disney. In fact, my son made it his mission I think to drink from every public water fountain there. :scared1:

leamom2princesses
02-03-2011, 07:18 AM
We pack things like uncrustables, small packages of apple slices, little debbie snack cakes, various types of chips, fruit by the foot, small carrots, cut up celery, grapes, kelloggs cereal bars, and drinks. My kids enjoy capri suns and the kool-aid coolers on hot days between water bottles. I usually freeze a few and use them to keep the rest of our treats cool. By mid-day (we are rope drop folks) they are just a little slushy and everything is still nice and cool. :goodvibes

KellyWasHere
02-03-2011, 07:33 AM
We did our own lunchables. Bought cubed ham and cubed cheese, girls loved it. Also packed small fruit tubs and cookies or candy bar.

chelebele
02-03-2011, 07:58 AM
Great ideas guys! Keep em coming!! I was thinking maybe I could get those little sub rolls they sell at walmart/target in the bakery and make subs and wrap them up tight so they hold with plastic wrap. The frozen pb and j's sound good for when I don't want to make sandwiches the night before. We are staying offsite so we will have a kitchen.

chelebele
02-03-2011, 08:01 AM
Michelle - thanks for the info on the ice blanket. That's a good idea for the backpack cooler. I was wondering what we would use.

Reese
02-03-2011, 08:46 AM
We would use a frozen water bottle for our ice. I love packing wraps, just buy a sub mix type pack of lunch meat, bag of salad and I would cut up some tomatoe and cheese. We've also brought the wraps and some peanut butter and bananas. We usually pack a bag of apples and goldfish to keep the kids at bay. We've brought bread too for sandwiches but I don't have to worry about squishing the wraps.

mjmartin01
02-03-2011, 08:57 AM
I did not know you could bring in food to the parks..good to know for next time

surfgirl
02-03-2011, 09:16 AM
- string cheese - doesn't get yucky or sticky b/c its individually wrapped.

- Gogurt - freeze them the night before - they'll be about right by lunch - a little soft but not squishy soft.

- bagels. easy to eat as a whole or in pieces.

- pretzel rods - one is worth a few bites, so it is easy to reach in the bag while waiting in line and give everyone one.

- Jolly Ranchers - you never know when a Jolly Rancher solves the problem!

- We don't bring fruit - it is much easier (albeit expensive) to buy it from the fruit stands - and the kids like that it is nice and cold and will devour it.

PatMcDuck
02-03-2011, 09:21 AM
I had no idea people brought in so much food, and that it is allowed ?? I know they let in water bottles, and juice boxes for kids, maybe crackers.....

Now I know what people have inside those huge backpacks I see around the parks. I honestly always wondered what could be in those. They drive me a little crazy at times, as they smash me in the face and body in crowds.... or send me tripping over their rolling luggage and rolling coolers.

This is an eye-opener for me..... where do you all eat these meals?

crusoe2
02-03-2011, 09:24 AM
We haven't taken in a full meal but last trip we took a backpack cooler everyday and filled it with snack stuff. I got a couple blocks of cheddar cheese and cut it into snack size slices and packed that with Townhouse Pretzel crackers, Pringles chips, and nice cold grapes and strawberries. We threw in some water bottles, the little pkgs of Country Time lemonade to add to the water, some hand gel and napkins for clean up and we were set. It was so nice to be able to just pull over to a park bench and have a nice refreshing snack without having to stand in line and decide what to order (this is always a hassle w/DD). So not only did it save money, it saved time. We even pulled it out at the car stunt show at the Studios and snacked while we watched the show. It's quite a hike from the entrance around to the actual seats and then we had quite a climb before we found a place to sit. It was a lifesaver to have our drinks and snacks with us.

PrincessSuzanne
02-03-2011, 10:14 AM
I had no idea people brought in so much food, and that it is allowed ?? I know they let in water bottles, and juice boxes for kids, maybe crackers.....

Now I know what people have inside those huge backpacks I see around the parks. I honestly always wondered what could be in those. They drive me a little crazy at times, as they smash me in the face and body in crowds.... or send me tripping over their rolling luggage and rolling coolers.

This is an eye-opener for me..... where do you all eat these meals?

I have only done this once, we took chicken salad to make sandwiches, because I don't really care for the CS places in Animal Kingdom. I made a coupld of sandwiches before we left Pop to head to the park and we ate at some picnic tables across from Pizzafarri. There are quite a few placs like that around Animal Kingdom Park. I don't know about the other parks, because we just ate CS meals at the other 3 parks.

There are plenty of benches throughout MK and Epcot where you could do this. In MK there is that area right outside of The Plaza restaurant and over by The Noodle Station where they have the dessert parties.

Suzanne

plutolovr
02-03-2011, 10:16 AM
Now I know what people have inside those huge backpacks I see around the parks. I honestly always wondered what could be in those. They drive me a little crazy at times, as they smash me in the face and body in crowds.... or send me tripping over their rolling luggage and rolling coolers.

Well, they're not supposed to have these in the parks, but some do tend to make it past security. The tripping over them is the reason they're not supposed to have them.

casjen
02-03-2011, 10:26 AM
We bring a small lunch everyday. We can usually fit it into a regular size lunchbox. My boys and DH like PB and J or turkey/ham and cheese. I usually bring hummus in a Tupperware (I bring from home) and some crackers. We'll freeze a capri sun or two but I also usually just pack a few unfrozen ice packs the boys use for school and then pop them in the freezer. It's fine for the 4 hours we need it to stay cold in an insulated box.

We also pack in a bag of goldfish and granola bars, some extra ziploc bags and I even bring milk for my boys to drink. It saves us a ton of $ in the end and we thankfully avoid eating all those burgers and fries and nuggets my boys want everyday.

We do eat out for dinner every night and we'll get popcorn or ice cream bars if the mood strikes us.

I like bringing lunch (even if making it can be a pain sometimes). I know we're eating what we like and healthily since we tend to splurge on vacation on ice cream etc.

msfigs
02-03-2011, 10:27 AM
Cookie bars, Goldfish crackers, carrot sticks, Babybel cheese. I love that stuff.

beansmom
02-03-2011, 12:32 PM
i'm a snacker so i take hummus and veggie wraps cut into small pieces..fruit..granola thins...cheese...I'm thinking about taking my own hot dogs this time around. I hate the new dogs and new buns in WDW but don't mind cold (well, room temp) hot dogs. I just take my water bottle with me as I am not a soda drinker and the fountain water at DW doesn't bother me.

mommy2allyandaveri
02-03-2011, 12:50 PM
We always bring in our own water, juice (for kids, only at DL) and soda for us. We also always bring snacks and lunch for the kids. In the past we have brought them uncrustables, they love them and only get them at DL so it's a treat for them.

This next trip we are going to try and save a little money and bring lunches for DH and I at least 3 times. I will do standard sandwiches and cheese/crackers/lite salami.

I may also bring 1 lunchabe each for the kids and they really love those apple dipper things. They are $1 at walmart and come with either carmel, yogurt or pb as a dipper. They love those!

crusoe2
02-03-2011, 01:21 PM
i'm a snacker so i take hummus and veggie wraps cut into small pieces..fruit..granola thins...cheese...I'm thinking about taking my own hot dogs this time around. I hate the new dogs and new buns in WDW but don't mind cold (well, room temp) hot dogs. I just take my water bottle with me as I am not a soda drinker and the fountain water at DW doesn't bother me.

You mention that you don't like the new buns - what kind are they using now? I'm hoping it isn't whole grain buns cause neither DH nor I can eat those.

growinupdisney
02-03-2011, 01:35 PM
We also have a cooler backpack...we usually freeze capri suns and those keep everything cold, we don't drink soda so we always bring water bottles as well. I usally always pack nabs,granola bars,slim jims for the kids to snack on between meals but this year i had thought about bringing a lunch in we always end up throwing so much away because we don't eat it all. We have started sharing some meals to help but maybe if we bring in lunches we can just get small things from the cs we like and don't want to skip like the eggrolls... yummy!

I had thought about bringing some cutup chicken and salad mix and ceasar dressing mixing together and that morning before we head to the park put the mixture in some wraps for chicken ceasar wrap for lunch.

PrincessSuzanne
02-03-2011, 02:28 PM
You mention that you don't like the new buns - what kind are they using now? I'm hoping it isn't whole grain buns cause neither DH nor I can eat those.

Yes, I believe they are. Dh is the burger eater and I think all of his burgers were on whole grain buns when we were there in December. He must not have noticed, because if he had, he wouldn't have eaten it, he doesn't like whole grain or wheat bread, but I did notice a slight difference.

Suzanne

crusoe2
02-03-2011, 03:04 PM
Yes, I believe they are. Dh is the burger eater and I think all of his burgers were on whole grain buns when we were there in December. He must not have noticed, because if he had, he wouldn't have eaten it, he doesn't like whole grain or wheat bread, but I did notice a slight difference.

Suzanne

Thanks for letting me know. That's a bummer. I actually like wheat bread but can't do whole grain. Neither can DH. I hate that we won't be able to partake. Call me crazy but the burgers down there just seem so good for some reason.:goodvibes I guess we'll have to look for something else to eat at the CS places tho.:sad1:

MSSANDRA
02-03-2011, 05:45 PM
We do not take lunch into WDW but do at our local park where we sometimes get season passes.

We have learned:
-Take some of the use or reuse plastic container to put stuff in so it does not get mashed.
-Whole fruit is a pain, gets mashed and often goes un-eaten
-Frozen grapes are great!
-Bags of frozen fruit put into those plastic containers is good and thaws during the day.
-go-gurt freeze nicely
- meat and cheese with cracker to go with it at lunch stays much fresher than sandwiches
-trail mix is great.
We can not do peanuts but before DGS we did a lot of peanut butter.

At WDW we split meals to keep portions and cost at bay.

ZiPaD3doDAH
02-03-2011, 06:40 PM
I usually bring drinks with me cause buying drinks can get expensive!

I think brining lunchables is a good park lunch.

It's already pre-packaged and good!

Jen117
02-04-2011, 10:18 AM
I am stocking up on the Starkist tuna pouches whenever I have coupons. These are a great protein punch! Plus, they now make them already mixed as tuna salad, so you can take some crackers and have a nice protein rich snack or meal.

We are also planning on taking in sandwiches, cubed cheese with ham or sausage and string cheese. Fruit snacks, goldfish, those pretzel with cheese dip Handi-snacks and mini-Pringle packs are favorites in my family.

We also freeze water bottles to keep things cold. Then drink them during the day after thawed. Buying drinks in the parks gets really expensive.

chelebele
02-04-2011, 11:47 AM
Great ideas guys!! Thank you! I hadn't thought about the tuna packs. My kids love the hickory smoked tuna mixed into tuna salad on ritz crackers. That would be a nutritious addition. I'll just have to take something to keep the crackers from getting smooshed. DH will carry the backpack with the food, and he's not very careful with things. ;) We will definitely freeze some capri suns and maybe do lunchables one of the days. And the frozen gogurt will work great too. :thumbsup2 I want to make a grocery list and we don't go until May! :confused3

DawnM
02-04-2011, 12:00 PM
We almost always take in lunches! We have a backpack cooler

Sandwiches
water bottles (a couple frozen)
string cheese
cookies (oreos, etc...)
a large can of pringles (fits nicely in the outside pocket!)
trail mix
granola bars

EKW
02-04-2011, 01:35 PM
I've never taken in lunches...here's why: many restaurants serve the same items at lunch and dinner. So, I take note of the latest lunch times at each restaurant and book our meals accordingly. Then, we either grab snacks or eat at the resort.

Of course, if you don't want to eat in the parks at all, that won't work for you. It works really well for my family...and I don't have to tote food around the park all day.

IleneF
02-05-2011, 05:39 AM
We bring bagels and tuna pouches, we don't require mayo. Also get the pickles in little cups (like the fruit cups). Love pickles with my tuna. Sometimes I'll do pb/j as a change up. Always have GORP in little plastic
bags for when I need a snack quick. We also like the little pouches of Florida Sun fruit snacks.

Darcy03231
02-05-2011, 06:30 AM
I don't pack a lunch for the parks but I do pack one for work everyday. Things that I like are:

100 calorie snack packs
Individual fruit cups
Individual trail mix pouches (I've made my own using snack bags)
Yogurt or Gogurt
Trail Mix bars (my family likes them better than granola bars)
Peanut butter crackers

Things I pack when when go to the beach are:

Slim jims/beef jerky (kids and DH love these)
Sandwiches - I have square plastic containers I put them in so the don't get squished
Frozen water bottles & capri sun
Fruit (again in plastic containers)

mom2t
02-05-2011, 10:35 AM
We were there 2 weeks ago and saw several families with small coolers in the bottom of their strollers - 10x12. We took in sandwiches and chips several days to save money. The food is so high in Disney now.

Disney_1derland
02-05-2011, 12:40 PM
Grapes! If you have the ability to freeze them, even better. they are really refreshing when it's hot outside. You didn't say what time of year you're going, but I would also take pickles. In our area there is a brand that sells tiny little packs (like the portable jello cups size). Pickles help to keep from getting dehydrated and are also very refreshing when they are really cold.

We make a customized snack mix. Each member of the family gets to pick out an item or two to go in the mix then we put it in snack size ziplocs. the kids love that they got to participate. things like chex, cheerios, raisins, yogurt covered raisins, dried fruits, m&m's (that's the item that always goes in and nobody else can pick 'candy' because it's already in there ;) ) nuts, small crackers (gold fish, oyster crackers), dried vegetables, you name it. We've made some really wacky combinations and the kids are always willing to eat it because they got to pick things out to go in it. This is also my way of sneaking in new things they might not normally eat. :rotfl: