One of my most favorite things at Walt Disney World are the snacks. I seriously think I could take a trip and just have snacks—no “real” meals. Whether you are on one of the Disney Dining Plans looking for the purple and white DDP logo for snacks or paying out of pocket, you really want to budget some money and some stomach space to spend on snacking. Here are the 5 reasons why I love them so:
On the Disney Dining Plan you get 2 snack credits per person per night of your stay, so you have a lot of flexibility in how you want to use them. In theory, you could use a single snack credit for a breakfast or even a lunch/dinner if you plan properly. If you are paying “cash” out of pocket for the snacks you will find that several of them make for very affordable options. Most snacks stay under the $5 range making them easy on the wallet.
4. Make them a Meal
Some of my favorite snack options are the ones that can serve as a meal. My go to lunch in Epcot is the ham & cheese croissant in the bakery in France—a snack credit on the dining plan and a great value out of pocket. Other similar options are available at several quick service restaurants that may include soups, side salads, and more. Snacking for breakfast is quick and easy picking up a muffin, bagel, piece of fruit or other grab & go item along with your refillable resort mug. During one of Epcot’s festivals like the Food & Wine Festival or Flower & Garden Festival many of the options at the booths make a meal as well—especially if you’re having a big meal at a buffet in the same day.
3. Unique options
Walt Disney World offers some very unique options as snacks. This is most evident in Epcot’s World Showcase where you can find sweet & savory treats from around the world as snack options on a daily basis. Check the menus on sites like Disney Dining to see what would appeal most to you and what you want to be sure to try. If you are visiting during one of Epcot’s Festivals mentioned in number 4 you have even more snack options to sample with unique flavors. Another spot for unique snack treats may be your very own resort as some have “house” specialties. Animal Kingdom Lodge has some great things including the famed Zebra domes, the Polynesian has specialties as well (dole whip by the pool anyone?).
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2. Take home magic
I always like to bring home a couple of snacks to enjoy the week after I leave Disney to help cope with Post Disney Depression. Something about having a little piece of the magic to munch on makes me happy. My favorites include the Mickey shaped cheese crackers (like goldfish), a multi-pack of lollipops, and rice krispy treats.
The thing that is great about saying the word “snack” at Walt Disney World is that it can mean so many things because of the great variety of options in the parks and resorts. It could be a coffee at Starbucks, a box of popcorn, a soft pretzel, a themed cupcake, a seasonal treat, a Mickey ice cream bar, a sandwich, a cup of soup, a muffin, fruit . . . really you name it & I bet you can find it as a snack. And they are so convenient, usually located within steps of where you are. Snacks are the perfect thing to carry between attractions, take a break in the hub grass to eat, or munch on while waiting for fireworks or a parade.
Why do you love snacks at Walt Disney World?