Love the food at Walt Disney World? You’re not alone! While many guests are stressing out over which dining reservations they’re going to make before their trips, some of us are busy planning out our snacking budget. With so many snacks to choose from while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, it’s no wonder there are so many things to love about this sweet and salty habit:
1. Inexpensive Yet Delicious!
Unless you snack constantly throughout your trip, which let’s be honest is entirely possible if we had an unlimited budget and lots of extra stomach real estate, snacking is a relatively affordable way to eat around Walt Disney World. Sure snacking can add up when you’re paying for multiple family members, but compared to quick service or table service meals, snacking is the way to go. Whether it be a churro from the cart in Frontierland, or egg rolls from China in World Showcase, a couple of snacks throughout the day and some (free) water from counter service restaurants can save you tons of money over having full meals.
2. Unexpected Variety
When you think of theme park snacks, you may not initially think of the variety of options that you can find at the Walt Disney World Resort. Ice cream for example could be a Mickey premium bar, Dole Whip, gelato, chocolate covered banana, and the list goes on. Of course there are standard theme park classics like popcorn, but there are also more unique options like the carrot cake cookie in Hollywood Studios, or the famous turkey leg! For the most variety, spend a day walking around World Showcase– bonus points if you happen to be in Epcot during the International Food and Wine Festival!
3. Eat On The Go
One of the reasons that I love snacking in Walt Disney World is because it allows me to eat on the go. Rather than stopping what I’m doing to sit down with a meal, I can pick up a snack and eat it while waiting for an attraction or while strolling through the park. Eating on the run can be extra helpful when you only have a couple of days to spend in the parks. If you know your time is limited, you may be worried about spending too much time sitting down eating, so snacking throughout the day can actually be the perfect middle ground.
4. Can Be Shared (sometimes between multiple adults!)
Like quick service meals, many snacks in Walt Disney World can easily be shared between two adults (I’m looking at you turkey leg!) Aside from the famous turkey leg, you can definitely share churros and popcorn, and even some other snacks you may not think of like slushy drinks and cupcakes. The prices may be a bit inflated being on vacation at a Disney theme park, but if the cupcake is more than enough food for one person you’ll save more money (and room in your stomach for later!) by getting one snack and splitting it. If you count drinks as a snack, sharing drinks can also be a good way to safely drink around the world while visiting Epcot– if you’re not having a full drink in each country, you’re less likely to end up sick while attempting this challenge in Florida’s heat and humidity.
Some Disney snacks are just so classic that you feel drawn to having them on each trip. Mickey premium bars for instance (and in all honesty) are pretty similar to an ice cream bar that I could find in the freezer section of my local grocery store. Even though I could find almost the exact same thing at home, it just isn’t the same as having on while walking down Main Street towards Cinderella Castle. Some snacks have even become traditions for certain events in the park. I always have popcorn at Magic Kingdom, and I almost always have a churro at EPCOT. I’ve come to associate these experiences with certain kinds of Disney snacks, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.