Walt Disney World has a ton of incredible, delicious snacks! Guests can find them in the parks, the Boardwalk, Disney Springs, and the resort hotels. There are plenty of classic options, like the Turkey Legs, Mickey ice cream bars, Dole Whips, and School Bread plus seasonal choices at the various festivals and special parties. No matter the time of year you visit, you’re sure to enjoy the Disney snacks! Here are six things to keep in mind next time you order a snack.
6. Use Meal Credits
This secret comes in really handy during the festival seasons at Epcot. At all festivals (especially the Food and Wine Festivals) there are extra food booths set up around the park. Those kiosks offer a huge variety of snack options. You absolutely should enjoy the limited time snacks, which might not be available on your next visit! But those snack credits will disappear fast. Instead, plan to snack around the booths, using counter service meal credits! That’s right, you can use a counter service meal credit for three snacks at a single booth. This is a great way for guests on the Dining Plan to use those credits, but still be able to try the delicious snacks.
5. Get Starbucks
This has to be my personal favorite aspect of the snack credits– you can get Starbucks for a snack credit! That’s right, just about every drink on the menu is a snack. That includes extra pumps of syrup, extra espresso shots, and dairy-free milk. You can bet your bottom snack credit that I use my credits on a quad venti toffee nut latte to make it through those evening Extra Magic Hours! Now that all four parks and Disney Springs have a Starbucks, this is an easy and tasty way to get your caffeine fix.
4. Don’t Get A Water Bottle
One of the worst ways to spend a snack credit is by getting a bottle of water. Sure, you can get it for a snack credit, but you can also get free cups of water just about anywhere. So why use up a snack credit? The same logic holds true for items like whole fruit or a bag of chips. Do some cost-value analysis before scanning for the credit. To me, a snack isn’t worth the credit unless it’s at least $4. Otherwise, just fork over the cash and save your snack credits for something more special.
3. Make Them a Meal
Walt Disney World snacks are filling. So much so that you can easily make a meal of them. This is especially true during Epcot events like Flower and Garden, and Food and Wine. With so many snacks to devour, I promise you will not go hungry! I love spending a whole afternoon munching my way around World Showcase, whether during a festival or not, that way I get to enjoy lots of different tastes. Snacks can also be used for a light breakfast, like a bagel; or a not-so-light cinnamon roll from Gaston’s Tavern.
2. Make Them Dessert
Many of the snacks at Walt Disney World are fantastic desserts. Often, my family and I choose to forego dessert at a restaurant, either a counter service or a sit down meal, and get dessert later on from a snack stand. Sometimes, you just don’t really want dessert immediately after eating a full meal. In that case, getting ice cream or a cupcake later is a great option. My favorite dessert places are Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (in Epcot) and Plaza Ice Cream Parlour (in Magic Kingdom). Counter service restaurants have a reputation for having basic desserts (mass produced chocolate mousse, anyone?), and table service desserts are often pricey. Having a dessert snack later in the evening solves both issues.
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1. They Make Great Photo Props
Don’t scoff at folks who take pictures of their food. The snacks at Disney are part of the magic, and they won’t be around forever, because soon they’ll be in your belly! So snap away before they’re gone, and afterward too! Years after your vacation, you’ll relish the pictures of your kids with that Mickey ice cream bar all over their faces. And who doesn’t love a turkey leg the size of your head? Or a coffee with your favorite character written on the cup? These snacks are part of your vacation, so don’t overlook them with your camera.
What are your favorite Disney snacks? Any snacking tips you want to share? Let us know!