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Many first-time or even veteran WDW guests often don’t know that Disney allows guests to bring their own snacks and no-heat meals into the parks. This is a great way to save money, eat healthier, or for those of us with digestive trouble/allergies/etc., to know a “safe” option is always available.
Before I get into some options, there are a few rules in place to make sure that items brought into the parks are not potentially harmful to other guests or WDW property. As of 7/4/2019, these rules are:
- No glass containers (excluding small baby food jars)
- No alcoholic beverages (can or otherwise)
- No marijuana/ marijuana based products (edibles included)
- No plastic straws in Animal Kingdom park or waterparks
- No loose or dry ice (re-usable ice packs are recommended)
When entering the park, please notify a Security Cast Member that you have food in your bag. There’s no penalty for not doing so, but failure to mention these items could slow down the line and lose you and everyone around precious park time.
All that said, here’s some of my snacks and no-heat meals that you’d find in my park bag:
- Golden Island Pork Jerky: Korean Barbecue Recipe – this is pure protein and the bulgogi taste always makes snack time feel really special. Just a few pieces will fill me up for hours.
- Peanut butter or toasted cheese crackers – I live on these at work and home, so they’re a natural addition to my park bag! I find the packs of six crackers to be an easy, no fuss replacement for a PB&J sandwich.
- Cashews – protein and healthy fats are a win-win for when the park snack options are a little too heavy on the sugar or grease.
- Bananas – easy, come in a natural wrapper, and not as likely to get funky in the heat as other fruit might.
- Granola bars (Kind, Nature Valley, or similar) – I have to admit that I pack these every trip and they’re the last snack I’ll turn to of the lot. I think on my next trip, I’ll try to think of these as more of a breakfast option and make it a point to choose these more often.
Most of these items are available in bulk; we are Sam’s Club Members and also use Boxed. I get crackers, bananas, and granola bars from Sam’s, and the pork jerky and cashews from Boxed. I like that the bulk sizes will last Brandon and I the majority (if not more than) the length of our wedding trip, which is just shy of two weeks.
We also like to take our own reusable water bottles and refill them throughout the parks as needed.
I like to pack my park bag with a section that is dedicated to snacks with a gallon Ziplock bag so that I can easily remove the day’s snacks for the Security Cast Member’s convenience. (Side note: of all the CMs on property, I feel that Security must be one of the hardest placements and I’ve noticed guests being nasty to them for no reason. Let’s all be extra nice to the SCMs as they keep us safe and make sure we all have a magical day!!) By having a snack section, I’m also mindful not to crush them while getting on/off rides and I can easily find them while walking.
Let me know your favorite snacks to pack for the parks in the comments below!