Did you know you can bring your own food (BYOF) and drinks in to the park?? It has to fit in a small cooler if you want to use a locker or just put your items in your bag and carry it with you as you go!
I love bringing my own food to the parks. Park food is delicious! I will always buy food while I am there. I love all the unique snacks and meals that are abundant. Sometimes, buying food can be more difficult that thought. Why you may ask?
- Long lines at peak meal time
- You are in transit to, from or between parks
- Standing in line for rides
- You are cutting it close to your Fast Pass expiration time
- Shopping for souvenirs is a higher priority for someone in your group
- Budget conscience
- Dietary restrictions (although Disney is very good about changing meals with enough notice)
- Picky eaters
Shall I continue??
So one, or most, of these events will probably happen during your trip through Magic Kingdom. What to do? Here are my food packing suggestions to avoid anyone getting HANGRY:
Fresh Fruit – Apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries…whatever your family enjoys.
PB&J Sandwiches – Perfect to make in the hotel room and throw in the bag for a quick lunch on the bus to the park. This will help curb the overwhelming cravings everyone gets when they smell the fresh popped popcorn at the front of every park.
Early Morning Breakfast or Late Night Snack –Someone will wake up starving. After a long day in the park, coming back to the hotel to no snack is a real bummer. I like to have yogurt on hand. I pick an assortment of flavors for variety. Yogurt is perfect to curb the pre-breakfast munchies and it a nice refreshing end to a hot and sweaty day. Just call ahead to make sure there will be a mini fridge in your hotel room
Drinks – Having water and juice on hand in the hotel room is really nice. Sometimes you just want a drink without walking all the way to the cafeteria. Having water bottles or juice boxes instead of jugs work as double duty; bring those babies in the park with you!
Trail Mix – You can buy it pre made or make it yourself. I prefer to make it myself so I can control how many M&M’s to add (the whole bag…maybe) I like to use cashews and peanuts, dried fruit like cranberries or cherries, M&M’s, sunflower seeds or Chex cereal.
Cookies – I have a sweet tooth, everyone in my family has a sweet tooth, we go nowhere without sweets. Having cookies on hand help with the impulse buys of ice-cream, cupcakes and specialty desserts that Disney is known for!
What is the moral of this story? Don’t go hungry! Bring food and focus on the specialty items that Disney does so well. Treat yourself to the fancy Pot Roast Mac & Cheese at Magic Kingdom or an ice-cream martini at L’Artisan des Glaces at EPCOT France.
Do you bring your own food to the parks? What is a staple snack you must have when visiting? Let me know!
See you real soon!