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In just a few days, our family will be celebrating our first annual Glen & Helen Reynolds Family Reunion. This first reunion of our family that begins with my husband and I and includes our children and grandchildren will hopefully be the start of a bi-annual event that will keep our family ties strong as our family grows and spreads out. Since Madalynn is the one who got this event to be in the works over 2 years ago, it is, of course, happening at Disneyland. You will be hearing all about it and how we planned it and made it happen soon. But, I wanted to kick start the event by talking about food.
I'm sure you know that going to a Disney Park is not an inexpensive event. Food will be a major part of the cost. But, you need to eat and you need energy to do all of that walking around the Park. So, it is a really good idea to plan ahead. It is especially a good idea to plan ahead when you have many children to feed. Since I have 10 going on 11 grandchildren, I decided to do some research into the most economical ways to eat in Disneyland.
Bring Things Into the Park:
The folks at Disney are very nice about allowing food to be brought into the park. You can bring in a small ice chest of about 24 inches and your own water. They also have places to fill your water or you can get complimentary cups of water at the restaurants. Water flavoring packs are wonderful to add some variety to your water. Also, we are bringing in snacks for everyone that are Disney themed so that when the kids want the pricey snack that they see in the park, we will have a nice replacement for them. But, that will be the topic of an upcoming post.
Alicia and her family are able to go to Disneyland fairly often and she has told me that they try to bring one meal into the park with them and then eat one meal in the park. She has taken in homemade Lunchables or Burritos. One idea I've had is to take in my Yeti, filled with soup. The Yeti keeps things nice and hot all day. Since we are going in February, warm soup might really hit the spot. Sandwiches would be easy to pack as well. Strollers really come in handy for carrying your ice chest and other supplies. Whatever you bring, you are sure to save a bunch of money.
What to Purchase In the Park:
I feel like if you are staying anywhere besides a Disney Resort Hotel, it isn't very convenient and is time consuming to leave the park to eat and then to come back in. Besides, there are some fun themed restaurants with good food to eat that adds to the whole Disney experience. So, eating at least one meal in the park is worth a small splurge. But, I understand that budgets may be really tight. I've been there! So, I went through all of the menus of the places to eat in Disneyland, (you can do that on the app, but I've done it for you) and used some of my personal experience to make you a printable list of the best ideas for eating on a strict budget! I am going to post the list here, but also add a pdf for you to print it if you want it handy for reference in Disneyland. Sometimes there are places where splitting a meal is a great thing to do and there are some other tips, so watch for those!
Have You Heard? These are the Best and Most Economical Places to Eat in Disneyland!
Within Disneyland Park:
Within California Adventure:
My printable file is a lot cuter than that version, so click the button to get it!
I hope these dining ideas help you stay on your budget! Spoiler-We made the Mickey Mouse Waffles for our first morning in our Vrbo house! If you are in a hotel, eat there! Save those inexpensive Disney breakfast sandwiches for an early lunch as I suggested in the list!
Okay! There will be a lot more Disney to come soon! Talk to you then!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!