Bringing your own snacks to Disney World has a few different advantages. There is no rule against bringing in your own food and it is often welcomed. One of the biggest advantages to bringing your own snacks is a whopping saving of money on your trip. Though Disney World food isn’t just good to try at least once, it is an experience in itself. But we all know that children and sometimes adults need a little snack at times. Here are our best snacks to bring to Disney World.
Savoury Snacks To Bring To Disney World
- Chips/ Crisps– go for ones that come in a can to make packing easier and stop them getting squashed.
- Croissants/ Pastries – These are great if you or your children love a good breakfast style snack. Something I know we often like. These don’t have to be kept chilled and can be quite filling.
- Pretzels – You can get small bags of pretzels to snack on through the day to keep you going. They aren’t as fancy as the Mickey’s face but still good.
- Fruit Pots – You can buy some cheap tubs from Walmart and big bags of fruit to create your own fruit pots. These are a great snack to bring to Disney World as the prices can be steep on fresh fruit. Also, it is good to have some natural sugars throughout the day.
- Cereal/ Granola Bar – Cereal bars are great to pack into your bag for a quick and easy snack. You don’t have to worry about too much mess and you can get a variety for everyone to enjoy.
- Breadstick & Cheese Dippers – To the people in the UK this would be the Dairy-Lea dunkers but they are called Handy Snacks in the US. You don’t have to worry too much about these been kept cool during the day and they add a little more flavour to the snack.
- Ritz Crackers – Another handy little snack to bring to Disney World. These are flavourful and easy to carry around. Not all children will want them but they can be stacked with some cheese and ham to make a mini sandwich. Or even dunked in some dip or sauce.
- Nuts – Though nuts can be a little more expensive you can buy some sandwich bags to split a larger bag of nuts to create portions for each day. These are good as they have more protein in and can be a great little snack when waiting for a ride.
- Mini Salad bowl – Some kids love snacking on cucumber, tomatoes or peppers. Buy them and chop them up into small tubs to take to the parks with you.
Sweet Snacks To Bring To Disney World
- Fruit Roll Ups – In the UK these are more commonly known as Fruit Winders but you can find alternatives in Walmart and other supermarkets. These are great as they have a little added sugar but are fruit-based.
- Jelly Sweets – You can get things like Haribos in large packs but small individual bags, you can take a couple a day to keep everyone happy without having to haul a share bag around.
- Smarties/ M&M’s – Chocolate is always going to be tricky with the heat. You can pick up chocolate in shells to stop it getting too melty and gooey. These also can be found in smaller bags to make it easier to spread out the portions.
- Cookies – Oreos and Chips Ahoy are great as they can come in smaller packets so you can take the smaller ones to save you packing the big pack and having crumbs in your bag all week.
- Popcorn – You can take a couple of different flavours mixed in one bag to make it more exciting but a great snack to bring to Disney World.
Where To Buy Snacks To Bring To Disney World
There are so many places you can buy your snacks beforehand. It all depends on your situation, where you are staying, do you have a car and how many people are going shopping?
We have always took a trip to Walmart to buy some essentials for our stay, most of the time it is for in-room snacks, drinks and tea bags. On our last few visits we have stayed somewhere with a kitchen area so we could make the most of eating at home instead of the parks. Even with the dining plan it is nice to be able to have something different and have a night off.
Not far from a cluster of hotels and shopping areas roughly 15-20 minutes drive from the main transportation area at Disney you can find a Walmart. It is fairly new in the last few years and has been great for us on our trips.
Like any American supermarket is it huge and you can find everything you need there. Depending on how long you are at Disney for I would make 1 trip per week, this is if you plan to have fresh food mostly. You can get suncream, aftersun, toiletries, drinks and every kind of food you can think of.
You can drive there or get an uber/taxi which is super easy as they drop you off at the door and help you with your shopping.
Target is more known for clothes and homeware but still has an area for food shopping. Here you can find a more limited range of food but still good if you plan to store up and get snacks to bring to Disney World.
This is a great place to go for quick and easy snacks as many of the items are prepacked and lunch kits. Finding some snacks to bring to Disney World will be simple and easy. There is a Target 5 minutes drive from Walt Disney World and is located within an area with restaurants and other shops such as Ross, Panera Bread, and Olive Garden.
If like many people you are staying on-site and have limited access to a supermarket we would find what we could at the on-site shop. If you aren’t on a dining plan I would suggest doing a big shop at Walmart and then buying small supplies from the on-site shop.
The on-site shops still hold plenty of good snacks and many of them are Disney themed, this is fun so your kids don’t feel like they are missing out. Also, you can buy a fresh fruit pot in the morning, store it away and then bring it out when you are in the park. The prices aren’t always too different but it can help you be prepared instead of waiting in lines.
Useful Tips When Packing Snacks
It can be all well and good getting the snacks and the food ready to take but you don’t want to get to the park and realised you have to hold something to stop it spilling or you can’t eat it because you don’t have the equipment. These are a couple of things you might want to pick up to save you some hassle in the long run. Things like cutlery, napkins and cups can be found in the parks to save you having to buy them.
- Wet Wipes – these are handy if you have smaller children anyway. We also have a whole post on Disney park bag essentials if you get stuck.
- Resealable food bags – great for creating portions for the days and storing messy food away.
- Small plastic Tupperware tubs – these are if you plan to take fruit/salad items to nibble along the way.
- Reusable Cutlery set – these are super handy if you plan to do plenty of picnicking and don’t want to use the one time use plastic in the parks.
- Bring Your Own Water Bottle – Though not a snack bringing your own bottle saves you on buying drinks, bottled water and saves you money along the way.
That is everything on our best snack to bring to Disney World. If you often visit the Disney parks and bring your own snacks we would love to know what you take and any tips you have to share. We would love to know your greatest hack for your Disney World trips.