Sometimes, it can feel like there are as many snack stands in Walt Disney World as there are garbage cans. There are so many options, from cookies, to popcorn, to cupcakes, to soft pretzels and more! It can get overwhelming fast, so here are eight tasty tips about snacks that you might not see in other articles!
8. Not All Snacks Are Worth A Snack Credit
All the Disney Dining Plans come with snack credits. But just because you can purchase an item with a snack credit, doesn’t mean you should. A banana can be a snack. A huge ice cream sundae can be a snack. You’re smart enough to know that an ice cream sundae is a much better use of a snack credit than a banana. So why would you waste a snack credit on something as little as a piece of fruit, or a water bottle? Sometimes we just get caught up in the moment. To help limit your credit wasting, set yourself a minimum price limit for your snack before you spend a credit. For me, I don’t use a snack credit on anything less than $3.50. That way I’m getting the most value out of those snack credits!
7. Snacks Can Replace A Meal
In some locations, you can opt to use a quick service credit on three snacks. This could be ideal for guests during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, where most food items, and some drinks (not the alcohol) count as snack credits. Or, you could use snack credits for a light meal. One of my favorites is the huge cinnamon roll from Gaston’s Tavern as breakfast. The cinnamon roll is big enough to share, and still walk away satisfied.
6. Some Snacks Are Iconic
Get the iconic snacks! Did you really go to Walt Disney World if you didn’t eat a Mickey ice cream bar, or popcorn, or a candy apple, or huge cupcake? I don’t think so. Get one to share if their size intimidates you. In fact, sharing makes it all the better!
5. You Won’t Look Crazy Taking Pictures
The internet is rife with pictures of (insert iconic Disney snack here) with Cinderella Castle in the background. Trust me, you won’t be alone snapping away at your partly-eaten Mickey bar. Or Instagramming your Starbucks cup with your favorite character written on the cup, #coffeewithcharacter. These are your vacation memories. Take plenty of pictures.
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4. Get Your Caffeine Fix
There are Starbucks locations in all four theme parks and two in Disney Springs, and you can use a snack credit to get your coffee. Just about everything on the menu will count as a snack credit. An iced venti quad coconut milk vanilla latte is definitely my favorite use of a snack credit! However, for those not on the Dining Plan, be aware that you cannot use your My Starbucks Rewards app or rewards at these locations, since they are not corporate-owned stores. But you can use Disney gift cards!
3. Get the Seasonal Snacks
The snack options change throughout the year, reflecting the seasons and holidays. Decorations on cupcakes, cookies, and candy apples change consistently. And be on the lookout for seasonal flavors, like pumpkin in the fall. Then there’s the myriad of new choices during the Flower and Garden, and Food and Wine Festivals at Epcot. And don’t forget about the holiday food and drinks! My favorite holiday treat is the hot salted caramel from Poust! In the Germany pavilion.
2. Skip Fancy Desserts, Get Snacks Instead
Table service restaurants have some amazing desserts, don’t get me wrong. I go to Sanaa (almost) entirely for the Tanzanian Chocolate Mousse. But sometimes you don’t want dessert immediately after eating a big entree. In that case, skip dessert at the table, and instead grab a Mickey bar or giant cookie later in the evening, perhaps to munch on while waiting for fireworks. Or maybe forgo the sweet route and opt for popcorn, or late night mac and cheese!
1. Disney Springs
Don’t forget about the amazing snacks at Disney Springs! The newly reimagined shopping and dining areas are teeming with delicious things to try. My new favorites snack locations are The Ganachery, a high-end chocolate store, and The Aristocrepes, a booth selling sweet and savory crepes. Then there’s longtime guest favorite, Ghirardelli, where you can score free samples! The snacks at Disney Springs make for a great first or last day of vacation treat!
What is your favorite snack in Walt Disney World? Let us know!