19 People Shared Their Disney Parks Dining Hacks
Dining smart at the Happiest Place on Earth.
1. "Buy the popcorn in the tall plastic container, and when you're finished, buy a turkey leg. It fits perfectly in the popcorn container, so you aren't stuck carrying a huge, greasy meat leg like a savage!"
2. "Use mobile ordering on the Disney Parks app! There were many times the quick-service food lines were crazy long, so I would just order on the app and walk right up to the pick up window."
3. "Ask any walk-up food spot for a cup of water. It's always free, and you don't have to buy a bottle or a souvenir cup."
4. "Use the inside line for Dole Whips, which is much shorter than the outside line. And then head to the snack shop across from the Jungle Cruise to get some free Tajin to sprinkle on it!"
5. "If a restaurant offers a double burger option, get it and ask for a second bun — then you have two burgers for almost the price of one."
6. "Get the prepaid Disney Deluxe Dining Plan at Walt Disney World, which allows each guest 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, and use a 'snack' credit for a breakfast item such as fruit or cereal. That way, you save a 'meal' credit, and you can use a 'double meal' for dinner at one of the Signature Dining restaurants."
7. "And if you're using the dining plan, make reservations for restaurants that offer nighttime show packages. These packages include reserved seating for the show — which are usually an extra fee — for no extra charge on the dining plan. This way, you'll get more food and better seats at no additional cost."
8. "And if you still have snack tokens leftover from your dining plan at the end of your trip, you can use them to purchase candy at most of the resort hotels to take home with you!"
9. "If you eat at a table service restaurant — especially breakfast — bring a Ziploc bag to load in leftover pastries and keep in your backpack."
10. "Anyone can order off the kid's menu! If you're getting a burger or nuggets, always order them from the kid's menu. It's way cheaper, and you'll save room to eat all of those delicious, Instagramable snacks."
11. "At Disneyland, the corn dog cart is a staple. But it comes with apple slices or chips, and the line is usually insanely long. Instead, head to the Stage Door Cafe where you can get the exact same thing with french fries and a shorter wait!"
12. "If you want to eat at Blue Bayou but also want to save money (prices are $35 and up per plate), they'll allow you to split a plate. The portions are great, and will leave you feeling full."
13. "At Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland, buy both the green and blue milk drinks, and ask for a third cup. You and a friend can share both drinks by swirling them together in two cups. This way, you can try both drinks AND an interesting (and delicious) flavor combination!"
14. "Get yourself on a meal schedule that's outside of the usual times, so when everyone is sitting down for dinner, you're walking straight onto Pirates of the Caribbean."
15. "At Walt Disney World, the All Star Movies Resort has a secret menu. You can ask to see it, and they'll give you a cute suitcase with a viewfinder of all the items included."
16. "Head to the Plaza Inn if you need kosher food options."
17. "Satu’li Canteen in Pandora at Disney World has an allergy-friendly menu, and you can get the kid's cheeseburger pod meal in an adult portion if you ask."
18. "You can get vegetarian chili at Cozy Cone 3 in Cars Land at California Adventure. To make it vegan, just ask for it without cheese."
19. "And you can get the Disney Parks recipes at City Hall on Main Street!"
Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.