Walt Disney World has a reputation for being pricey, but there are many items for purchase that will fit a frugal budget. Here are a few of my favorite little pleasures that Disney has to offer. Sorry, (but not really), most of these are food items. What can I say, I’m a foodie!
Admit it, you can’t help but drool a little when you pass a churro cart in Walt Disney World. The cinnamon-sugary aroma of these treats makes me want to buy them all every time I smell them. For those of you who have not discovered the wonderful creation that is a churro, they are fried sticks of dough that are coated in a mix of cinnamon and sugar. To die for, right? They even have a chocolate dipping sauce for sale to make your churro extra decadent. In addition to at the churro carts in each park, you can also find them for sale at La Cantina de San Angel at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion in World Showcase.
2) Desserts around the world:
One of my favorite memories as a child would be to anxiously wait and see what my dad brought home for my mom, sister, and I when he arrived back home from business trips. His presents for us usually included chocolate or some other sort of sweet treat. My sweet tooth absolutely loved it. Taking a walk around Epcot’s World Showcase is just like traveling around the world. Each country’s pavilion has their own treats, some of them including caramel (Germany), chocolate/ice cream (France), and candy (China). For under five dollars you can satisfy your sweet cravings on a world-wide level!
3) Basin store items:
Disney Springs Marketplace is home to a Basin store. For around five dollars, you can purchase gourmet bath bombs, salts, lip balms, soap bars, and other rather “girly” items that only the manliest of men would admit they actually love too. (Don’t let them kid you.) This chain store even offers Disney themed soaps and bath bombs. These bath accessories are perfect for gift giving!
4) Antenna toppers:
Have you ever seen a car driving on the road with a Disney antenna topper and it just makes you smile? It happens to me all the time. These antenna toppers come in endless shapes, including Mickey ice cream, Grumpy the dwarf, Princess tiaras, and of course the classic Mickey Mouse. They’re a great way to add some Disney Magic to your life without breaking the bank.
5) Food and Wine Festival food/beverages:
Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, held every year from late-August to mid-November, is a great time to sample dishes from around the world. For those of you who love to try new things and be adventurous with your food, this is just the time to do it! The eleven World Showcase countries, with the addition of more countries added in for the festival, have food and beverage options for you to purchase and taste. These dishes and drinks are generally each around five dollars, (some more, some less), and are only featured during the Food and Wine Festival itself. From my experience, I definitely recommend coming this time of year for the amazing food!
This Walt Disney World classic is hard to pass up, especially come time for a parade or firework show. You know you’re close to a popcorn cart when that heavenly buttery smell comes floating your way. Just thinking about it makes me want some! This salty theme-park snack is great for sharing, and, if I may say so myself, it does go great with a Mickey Ice Cream (also under five dollars).
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7) Souvenir pennies:
As a kid, I used to love making flat, souvenir pennies from everywhere I went. I have them from just about every vacation or event we experienced, and now I have two “penny books” full of memories. At just fifty-one cents apiece, these unique keepsakes won’t break your budget.