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Old 10-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Ideas for eating cheap at Disney


We (2 adults) are planning a very budget trip to Disney, staying at Music, using Disney transportation. May do 1 or 2 days in the park.

Please give me all your tips for saving money when eating at Disney.
Would love to know the best deals you have found at the restaurants in the parks or resorts.

This is what I have come up with so far
  1. bring our own small cofeepot
  2. bring bagels to toast for breakfast
  3. crystal light packs to mix with free water

thanks for your help
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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We sometimes split counter service meals. The chicken and rib combo with mashed potatoes and green beans at Cosmic Ray's comes to mind, just too much food for me. There are other meals we have shared, but nothing comes to mind.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #3
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You can split adult meals or order kids meals.

Also, the bakeries are your friend. You can get sandwiches and muffins for under $6 and they are HUGE and filling. Every park has one of these.

You can also just snack your way around the world for cheap. We do this often and just skip meals. Lots of yummy snacks!
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:25 AM   #4
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Starbucks VIA packets are a great alternative to coffee pot. Definitely bring own breakfast food, we also bring bagels, and they see cream cheese packets in food court. And also like OP said, many meals are split-able.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:36 AM   #5
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My biggest time and money saver - not to mention lowering the stress - has been to have a rough plan of where we will eat. I make ADRs for the sit-downs, but also check the menus here that include prices. I print out locations with the best food for the best prices for different parks and resorts depending on our plans. At meal time I can pull them out for everyone to take a look at and we choose what we're in the mood for.
We also share meals. Disney meals are huge. CMs are always good about this. There are several counter service locations (Flame Tree in AK is one of my favorite) that offer a 1/2 chicken dinner. I sure can't eat a half a chicken on my own!
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:40 AM   #6
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We sometimes split counter service meals. The chicken and rib combo with mashed potatoes and green beans at Cosmic Ray's comes to mind, just too much food for me. There are other meals we have shared, but nothing comes to mind.
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You can split adult meals or order kids meals.

Also, the bakeries are your friend. You can get sandwiches and muffins for under $6 and they are HUGE and filling. Every park has one of these.

You can also just snack your way around the world for cheap. We do this often and just skip meals. Lots of yummy snacks!
One word of caution on splitting meals. We've tried this with almost every place in the world. Two things happened with us.

1) for example, at Earl of sandwich, we'd split a sandwich but by the time we brought an extra bag of chip and a water or soda, the total savings is maybe a buck or two.

2) next for example we did the combo split at Cosmic Rays and it was totally to much for me but not enough for my husband to be full. So maybe half an hour later he had the munchies and ended up snacking so once again no real savings.

So Im just saying that some times splitting may not end up being the big savings that it is reported to be. Rarely has it saved my dh and I great amounts of money.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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I find splitting the half chicken works better when splitting it between an adult and a child. We got one at the Sunshine Seasons in Epcot and I split it with my 2 kids and it was more than enough food for the 3 of us.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #8
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There's one place in Tomorrowland- maybe it is Cosmic Rays - that all the fixings are separated out so that you can get what you want (lettuce, cheese, etc.). I seem to recall melted cheese so if you have a bag of tortilla chips, it might be good to make some nachos there!

Obviously, you'd buy at least one meal there
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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One word of caution on splitting meals. We've tried this with almost every place in the world. Two things happened with us.

1) for example, at Earl of sandwich, we'd split a sandwich but by the time we brought an extra bag of chip and a water or soda, the total savings is maybe a buck or two.

2) next for example we did the combo split at Cosmic Rays and it was totally to much for me but not enough for my husband to be full. So maybe half an hour later he had the munchies and ended up snacking so once again no real savings.

So Im just saying that some times splitting may not end up being the big savings that it is reported to be. Rarely has it saved my dh and I great amounts of money.
I think that the trick here is splitting it with a child?
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:38 PM   #10
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If you are flexible in your dates, you might be able to swing a free dining, which certainly would help on food costs!

If you aren't that flexible/patient then I always go the route of pre-scouting all of the restaurants we want to visit online to see what they offer and if we could split anything. GL!
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I think that the trick here is splitting it with a child?
I think it depends on how much you eat. My sister and I can share one adult meal at WDW and be good to go. But then, I'm more comfortable not eating until I am really full at WDW. Walking around the parks stuffed to the gills doesn't feel good. Plus, I always want to leave a little room for a Mickey bar!
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #12
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We sometimes split counter service meals. The chicken and rib combo with mashed potatoes and green beans at Cosmic Ray's comes to mind, just too much food for me. There are other meals we have shared, but nothing comes to mind.


This meal really is delicious but keep in mind that for its price of $14.19 you are able to buy 2 separate meals for a couple of dollars more.

You can also order a meal without fries and save I think about $2
Ice water is free at all cs locations
A large pizza at your resort is only 13.99 and more than enough for 2 people (8 slices)
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:56 AM   #13
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You didn't say how long you were staying so this might not apply, but this is what we do. After checking in, we take the MK bus to MK, but then take the ferry to the TTC. We catch the Lynx bus #56 (2.00$) to the Publix grocery store at Xentury city, across the street from Walgreens, about a 15 minute ride, and stock up on bacon, eggs, bread, beans, weiniers, buns, produce, and whatever we think we will need. A $2.00 ride back to TTC , ferry and bus back to our resort. We cook in the microwave in the food court. My rule is only 1 meal a day in the restaurants.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #14
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Pack a sandwich maker. You can make everything from omelette and French toast to sandwiches and dessert.
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Pack a sandwich maker. You can make everything from omelette and French toast to sandwiches and dessert.
Technically you are not allowed to bring appliances from home and use them in your room. I don't know if anyone has ever done so and gotten in trouble for it, but technically it is a no-no. Disney does have microwaves and toasters in the food courts that guests are free to use.

We usually do quick breakfasts in the room. Love that all resorts have fridges now! Cereal, bagels, granola bars, cold pop tarts all work. The trip we stayed in a Family Suite we could do microwave bacon too. We also share meals. Always start out buying less than you think you need. Three of us could easily share 2 servings of chicken nuggets. And maybe we are weird, but we have no problem sharing drinks either.
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