6 Tips Most Don’t Know About Snacks At Walt Disney World

Snacking should be an important part of any Walt Disney World vacation. Snacks can tide you over until your next meal, curb late night hunger pangs, and keep the little ones happy while waiting in line. Snacks at Walt Disney World don’t have to be confusing, and you don’t have to settle for the same treat each time you need something to ward off hunger. Here are six things that you might not know about snacking while on your Disney vacation.

6. You Can Bring Your Own

If you’re counting pennies while at Walt Disney World, you don’t have to go hungry. You are allowed to bring snacks into the parks. Make sure that what you bring will travel well. A bagel could be a great snack, but you might want to skip the cream cheese because of the Florida heat. Remember that you will need to carry whatever you bring with you until you eat it, so you might want to look for snacks that won’t weigh your backpack down. Granola bars (without chocolate, because that will melt), trail mix, apples, and peanut butter sandwiches are all easy to transport, and you’ll be able to save a few dollars. If you do bring in your own snacks, make sure you allow for one splurge on your trip. You need to have a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar at least once.

5. Vegan Choices

Someone who does not consume any animal products, including dairy, will have to carefully plan meals while at Walt Disney World. There are plenty of meal choices, but vegans will want to ask a lot of questions. The good news is that snacking is a bit easier for vegans. Mickey Pretzels, plain Dole Whip, and plain popcorn are all vegan. If you’re a vegan you will want to skip the sides with the pretzels and also the flavored popcorn. You will probably still want to ask if the snack is vegan, just to be on the safe side, but you should be happy with the answer. You will also want to visit Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC at Disney Springs, where vegan options abound!

4. Ice Cream Is Everywhere!

You can experience hot weather in Florida at any time of the year. What is better to cool off with than ice cream? If you’re in the mood for a frozen treat, you won’t have to go far. You’ll find ice cream carts selling Mickey Bars and other pre-made treats, soft serve choices, hand scooped flavors, and more. Ice cream is sold in the restaurants, at snack stands, and even in many of the stores. If you need ice cream to cool you off, you’ll be able to find it without going too far.

3. Creative Cupcakes

The cupcakes at Walt Disney World are amazing. You’ll find more than just your run of the mill chocolate and vanilla. Doesn’t a Red Velvet Cupcake sound incredible? How about a Guava Cream Cheese Cupcake or a Butterfinger Cupcake? You’ll find Mickey Cupcakes, Colorful Cupcakes, Seasonal Cupcakes, Special Event Cupcakes, and many more choices. If you love these sweet baked goods, you’ll be able to enjoy a different kind each day and still have a list of creations that you’ll want to try on your next vacation. Keep in mind these cupcakes always change but creative cupcake choices are not hard to find in Disney.

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2. Snacks Can Be Healthy

Not all snacks at Walt Disney World are fried and filled with sugar. There are also healthy snacks to be found. You can purchase whole or cut fresh fruit in all four theme parks and other places as well. Hummus is a healthier option, or you can order veggies and dip instead. More healthy options are being added all the time, so you don’t have to put aside your good habits when you want a snack.

1. More Disney Dining Plan Options

Changes were made to the Disney Dining Plan, and that is good news when it comes to your snack credits. It used to be that a snack had to cost under $5.00, but that is not necessarily the case anymore. You can now order a small sundae instead of a cone, a breakfast side dish, or soup. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t do with your Disney Dining Plan snack credits, ask a Cast Member. Also look for the purple and white DDP logo next to a menu item.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.