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The Bad Habit at Disney That Is Costing You Hundreds

Disney is still the magical vacation destination we all know and love, but it has certainly gotten more expensive lately.

From the new Disney Genie system, the canceled Magical Express, and the now costly Magic Bands for Disney Resort Hotel Guests, experiencing this magic is adding up on trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The divisive “cost-cutter” Disney CEO Bob Chapek has come under fire for his approach to leadership of The Walt Disney Company, and is being blamed for the costly changes to the Disney theme park experience.

But there are ways around spending so much of your hard-earned cash at Walt Disney World, including staying off-property, buying merchandise ahead of time, and stopping a dining bad habit that many Guests fall into.


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A day walking miles around a Disney theme park, dodging the crowds, and running from attraction to attraction can definitely make families hungry.

There are certainly lots of choices when it comes to dining at Disneyland or the Walt Disney World Resort, from quick-service options like Backlot Express and Mickey Premium Bars to table-service delights like Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table that require an advanced dining reservation.

In Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as at Disney Springs, Disney offers an array of treats for Guests to pick from, but this all requires money. A day at Walt Disney World can prove quite costly after paying for parking, Resort Hotel, tickets, and then all of your food and drinks. 

But what if we told you there’s one way you can save some pennies? Many Guests fall into the bad habit of thinking they need to buy a huge Disney meal portion for every Guest – but that’s not the case!


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Did you know that adults can order off the kid’s menus at quick-service restaurants in Disney’s theme parks?

The kid’s menu usually offers reasonable portions at a lower price. You don’t need to be under 10 years old to order one of these cheaper meals, either! Any Disney Guest is entitled to order these smaller meals, and they usually come with a couple of sides too.

We at Disney Tips like to order the bag of carrots or grapes as a side to our kid’s meal and keep them as a snack for later, maybe as we sit and watch Disney’s Festival of Fantasy parade come down Main Street, U.S.A.

We often fall into the trap of thinking we all need a large adult’s meal, but ordering a kid’s meal will save a large group hundreds over the course of a Disney vacation if your party is on a budget.


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If you don’t fancy the kid’s chicken nuggets or mac and cheese, you can also split an adult entree. Traditionally, Disney portions are on the larger side, and splitting one can save you money and not leave you feeling over-fed for the remainder of your day in Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Furthermore, if you visit during an EPCOT festival like the current International Flower and Garden Festival, you can usually make a meal out of two or three of the small plate options at the exciting food booths.

At other times, snacks like the famous Mickey-shaped pretzels, caramel apples, and those huge funnel cakes at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom can also work as a Disney Park meal to fill you up!


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So, next time your party is feeling peckish at Disneyland or the Walt Disney World Resort, remember you can always order a kid’s meal!

And if those amazing meals at Satu’li Canteen or Pinocchio Village Haus tickle your fancy, then order one large adult meal via Mobile Order on the My Disney Experience app and split it.

Your wallet, and your stomach, will thank you later!




About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who loves to enjoy Disney's theme parks with a Mickey Premium Bar in hand! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her Air Force pilot husband. Find her children's book at @thebearandthehug_book