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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    Another cheap option for in the park I saw a while ago and it was such a great idea. You get a turkey leg from PP and then a loaf of sourdough from the warf, grab some mayo and/or mustard packets and make sandwiches! The person who posted it said it was more than enough for two people.

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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    Though once you pay for the leg and the loaf.. If you are by yourself you could have a complete meal. If there is two of you than for a few a few dollars more you can have a complete meal each. Doesn't sound like it would be much of a savings. Here is what I posted on another post for food help like this:

    In the past we have brought in crackers, cookies, trail bars, fruit bars, nuts, whole fruit, fruit leather,peanut butter cups to dip cut carrots and celery in, and chex mix among other things. We usually take in water bottles and refill them all day (in fact our daughter has a little fanny pack that holds her water bottle so she has water available to her at any time). We try to eat breakfast in the hotel either brought by us or offered by the hotel. On days we don't want to leave the park, we snack through the day with what we have brought and then eat a fairly large meal say around 4 to 5 pm. We do usually buy our daughter a kids meal lunch, cause she does better with a meal, while we can do fine with snacks. It depends on what your planning. Some days we would snack and then leave around 1pm to the hotel to rest and grab an outside meal and than back to the park at 4 or 5 until we were done for the evening. We have managed to spend less than $50 a day for two adults and one child, while spending the day at the park and that includes our snacks.

    Choosing meals that give the most bang for your buck help as well.

    We like eating at Plaza Inn for their amazing fried chicken dinner. Each meal runs about $13 and a little change with tax and your pass. We usually opted for two which more than adequately fed three of us a large meal that sustained us for the remainder of the evening. Each meals comes with half a chicken, mashed taters, biscuit, and green beans. If you are light eaters, you could split one meal and tack on a soda if you drink soda. The Plaza is one of the few places with unlimited refills on your soda drink, even providing a to go cup for it. (Pizza port is another spot that offers unlimited refills).

    For a very filling snack, split a potato at the Harbor Galley at a bit over $6 bucks. Admittedly, we have not had the baked potato since they moved to the Galley, but when they were at troubadour treats, they were terrific! Large and very filling!

    You cannot go wrong with the little red cart on Main Street for the nice size corn dog that comes with chips or apple slices at a little over $6 bucks with your pass (yep it will take your AP for the discount!). It can be very filling! (similar meal can be found in DCA at the Corn Dog Castle).

    At Rancho Del Zocolo, AP discounts apply, their meals tend to be generous. I like getting the Tostada Salad, with half chicken and half beef. They make it in front of you and it is very good at a bit over $10. They also do a Chicken dinner with Fire Grilled half chicken with rice and beans that is a splittable meal for two and hitting into about $13 and some change. (this happens to be a GREAT spot for filling up a water bottle as well).

    Oh and don't forget you can ask for free water cups (nothing like cold ice water) at most places within the parks, which are great to refill a water bottle with cold water!

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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    You haven't mentioned the ages of your kids. Sometimes it is cheaper to have your kids split an adult meal than to buy 2 kids meals. Also, which across the street location? We might know how ig the freezer is. Most aren't even large enough to put an ice tray in.
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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    I am sorry about no age description. They are 12 9 7 5. I am staying at the tropicana which I found out charges 10 a night for a mini fridge with I'm sure has no freezer space. I bought a decent sized cooler and I am taking some frozen burgers and and pizza in that. Might keep expenses down for a day or two. Then go an try some of the great in park tips in this thread. World of color one sounds great for food and a show. Might be a little tough keeping expenses down with all of us in the pack. Got plenty of snacks and sandwich stuff for the park also but I do wanna try some food at the park for sure.

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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    Pizza port only allows one refill with receipt. Plaza is the only place that allows unlimited refills.

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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    I saved money this trip but could have saved more if I found this place sooner and was a little more prepared. Sandwiches and snacks like cheezits and cookies along with fruit from the continental helped a lot. We brought in tons of water and found the plaza which is the best food I have yet to eat at the parks. We saved by ordering the chicken meal with a few extra pieces of chicken. I also tried the pot roast and it was great. Then we mixed it up with the pasta on another day. We ate there like thee times lol. It was like 13-15 dollars a meal and got to go boxes so nothing was wasted , free drink refills , and to go cups were offered to keep the kids on a sugar rush. Thank you all for the great tips. I'm sure I could of save loads had I been here sooner and was more prepared. The sandwiches under the shade on the trattoria patio were great. The CMs were kind and allowed us to relax and eat there. Sandwiches were a little tough to keep making since we were tired getting back, and tired getting up. But pbj in the park and turkey sandwiches were tasty too.

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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayce View Post
    Pizza port only allows one refill with receipt. Plaza is the only place that allows unlimited refills.
    I have never had anyone check a receipt at Pizza Port and zero problems getting more than one refill. Your mileage may vary.

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    Re: Help me save money on food please

    Load up on healthy, protein filled snacks like trail mix and beef jerky beforehand and bring with you so you're not tempted to purchase some empty calorie snack in the park that will cost you. Also share food with your family. Splitting food always saves a little here and there. Sometimes if I'm not too hungry I'll order a kids meal in the park. I'm pretty sure with the hot dog meal they give you a full sized hot dog. And it's always a bit cheaper than regular and comes with apples or chips. I think that the meals you might want to splurge on is dinners. Breakfasts and lunches can be easy and quick with bring along food. So try and relax and have a good dinner somewhere with a nice view


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