food being brought into the parks?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by christianwoman1, May 27, 2010.

  1. christianwoman1

    christianwoman1 Earning My Ears

    May 27, 2010
    I will be taking a Disney vacation and have a 3 day park hopper ticket. I know that the food is probably outrageous and wonder what the rules are concerning bringing food and drink into the parks. Is there a refillable bottle deal for sodas? I am so excited but will definitely be on a budget and don't want to spend all my money on eating in the parks.
    Thank you,
  2. HunnyPots

    HunnyPots DIS Veteran<br><font color=purple>The Tag Fairy is

    Apr 30, 2001
    There is no refillable drink deal for the parks but any counter service location will give you a cup of free ice water, no purchase necessary. You can bring in food, just no glass containers. They will inspect your bags on entry and probably make some "witty" comment about your food, but it will not be an issue.
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  4. Justsyd2

    Justsyd2 I snorted Coca-Cola out of my nose when he said th

    Jan 4, 2009
    Actually, their food is very reasonable (half the price of most theme parks) and their portions are large. You'll do very well even on a tight budget. Water is free at any Counter Service restaurant. I would ask that you take a look at the Disney Dining Plan - it can be a great money saver, and it's paid before the trip so that you can budget for that and not have to worry about paying out of pocket once there. Also, go to to look at park menus to get a look at prices and offerings.
  5. traveljunkie2

    traveljunkie2 Mouseketeer

    Jun 24, 2009
    You can definitely bring food into the parks. Glass bottles are not allowed. You can bring a soft sided cooler and rent a locker for it if you don't want to carry it around. We brought a gallon sized ziplock bag loaded with cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc. We had ALOT because we had 10 people eating from that snack bag! The guy checking bags just laughed.

    A huge money saver for us was the single serving packets of Kool-Aid. They cost about $2 for 12 packets, and you can get lemonade, Propel, Crystal Light, etc. I brought in a plastic water bottle and filled it up at water fountains. Just add the powder and you are set. You can also get free ice water at any of the counter serve places.

    We ended up packing a big cooler in our car and making sandwiches in the parking lot. For about $15 we had sandwiches, chips & drinks for 10 people for two days. Lunch in the park would have cost us at least $180 for those 2 days.
  6. crisi

    crisi DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2002
    The other thing you can't bring in is booze.

    But a LOT of people bring in food. I believe Disney asks that your respect their "paying restaurant patrons" and not take up tables during busy lunch times in counter services places - so you might be grabbing a park bench. But lots of folks do it.

    (And food isn't that outrageous - it isn't cheap, but you may be surprised. check out menus before you leave.)
  7. reagan75

    reagan75 Mouseketeer

    Feb 20, 2009
    We also brought in snacks and shared counter service meals. We did the Kool-aid packets as well and even wore camelbacks.
  8. scrapbookingpro

    scrapbookingpro DIS Veteran

    Apr 10, 2006
    Also, if you have little ones with you you can use the microwave in the babycare center. I always bring a small container of mac and cheese, or a hot dog and heat it in the microwave there. Saves a LOT of money!
  9. ceecee

    ceecee DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2001
    The food isn't that expensive. We have King's Island near us and it has outrageous food prices, so we actually think Disney is a bargain (it tastes good too!) We have so many places we love to eat at all the parks. It wouldn't be worth it to me to carry in food, since you'd have to carry it or get a locker.
  10. gonzalez8530

    gonzalez8530 Mouseketeer

    Dec 30, 2009
    Bringing in those single serving packets for kool-aid, etc. and a water bottle will definitely save $$$. In the heat, you can never get enough fluid and with kids, something more than water is always requested. Something with electrolytes is also a plus and can satisfy your thirst better than a soda.

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