Best Snacks to Pack for Disney Parks

Disney parks allow you to bring outside food and drink in, but what should you take?  Click here for the ultimate list of snacks to pack for your next Disney trip.
School's getting out soon and that means vacations for a lot of families.  Time to get away from the stresses of life and spend time together creating memories.  Of course, some of the most popular places to vacation are theme parks, such as Disneyland and Disney World.  Everyone wants to know the cheapest place to buy tickets, the best place to stay, which rides to go on first, and the list goes on.  About a year and a half ago, my family went to Disneyland for the first time and it was so fun!  I learned a lot about planning and what I wish I'd known before going and the next time we go, I will be even more prepared!  However, one question that I see asked all the time in groups and on Facebook is "what food can I bring into the park?"

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Disney's Outside Food and Drink Policy

Taken directly from Disney's website concerning outside food and drink:

"Guests are allowed to bring food items—such as snacks or foods that do not require heating—into Disney theme parks. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park."

That's pretty broad if you ask me!

What This Means For You

As a visitor of the park, you are welcome to bring any food or drink (except alcohol) into the parks that doesn't have to be heated up.  This gives you a huge variety of options!  When my family went, we knew we wanted to save money by only eating one meal inside the park each day.  That meant we ate breakfast at the hotel and packed ourselves a lunch to take with us into the park, along with snacks and drinks, which we replenished when we went back to our hotel mid-day.  Now, this could be a little overwhelming depending on the number of days you'll be at the park and how big your family is.  But my goal is to provide you with some options of what to take into the park and how to pack them and then you can pick and choose what will work best for your family.

Disney parks allow you to bring outside food and drink in, but what should you take?  Click here for the ultimate list of snacks to pack for your next Disney trip.

Pack It Up

Cooler: Before we left home to drive to California from Utah, we picked up a small cooler from the store.  (We bought this one.)  When choosing it, we looked for one that had a hard plastic insert, zipper/mesh pockets on the outside and big enough to hold an ice pack.  It also had to fit in our stroller since we didn't want to carry it around on our shoulder all day, nor did we want to have to put it in a locker.  (Check HERE for size restrictions.)

Plastic Containers: This was a suggestion I saw on Facebook and I thought it was genius!  If you are going to be bringing any snacks that are easily smashed or need to be divided up into smaller portions, you can grab some small plastic containers with lids to put them in.  We have some from Rubbermaid (like this) that would work perfectly and you could easily refill them.

Bags: Sandwich or snack sized bags that zip at the top are a handy way to divide up portions for those things that don't need to go in a plastic container.  I'd recommend just bringing a box with you that you can fill up with snacks at your hotel or the larger cooler in your car.  We try to save and reuse these as much as possible.

*Tip: Pack your snacks the night before you go to the park, if possible.  This will save you a lot of time in the morning when you're trying to get out the door!

What Should I Bring?

I've divided this next section into categories to make it easier for you to choose what your family likes to eat.  Try to choose a variety of options so you're not eating the same snacks all day long.

Fruits/Veggies
  • Grapes (frozen)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Peppers (cut)
  • Broccoli (cut)
  • Cauliflower (cut)
  • Cucumbers (mini, sliced or spears)
  • Cuties
  • Plums
  • Blueberries
  • Apple slices 
  • Applesauce 
  • Ranch/PB/Hummus in individual portions or small plastic containers
Disney parks allow you to bring outside food and drink in, but what should you take?  Click here for the ultimate list of snacks to pack for your next Disney trip.

Crackers/Cookies
  • Crackers (w/hummus)
  • Pretzels (w/PB)
  • Graham crackers
  • Goldfish
  • Cheez Its 
  • Snack size cookies (individually packaged)

Dried
  • Granola bar (ones that don't have chocolate because they will melt and make a mess)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Craisins/raisins
  • Jerky
  • Fruit rope/Fruit leather
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit snacks 
  • PB Bites 

Disney parks allow you to bring outside food and drink in, but what should you take?  Click here for the ultimate list of snacks to pack for your next Disney trip.

Dairy
  • Frozen Gogurt
  • String cheese or Babybel cheese
  • Hard boiled eggs

Lunch
  • PB and J sandwich
  • Frozen Uncrustables (will be thawed by the time you're ready to eat them)
  • Bagel w/cream cheese
  • Lunch meat 
  • Tortilla wrap with lunch meat and cream cheese

Drinks
  • Powerade/Vitamin Water
  • Juice Box
  • Water bottles
  • Crystal Light flavor packets or liquid flavoring, such as Mio
*Note: You can ask for cups of ice water at any location that has a drink station and just fill up your empty water bottles from that!  Also, having flavored water really helps you drink more and tastes better even if it's warm.

Disney parks allow you to bring outside food and drink in, but what should you take?  Click here for the ultimate list of snacks to pack for your next Disney trip.

Other
  • Plastic spoons, forks, or knives
  • Napkins or wet wipes 
  • Gum
  • Mints

I hope you got some ideas about what to pack for your next (or first!) trip to one of Disney's theme parks!  

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What do you think of this list?  What else should I add to it?  I'd love to get your suggestions and continue updating it to create an ultimate snack ideas resource!

17 comments

  1. Such a good list of snacks! I never would've remembered to bring wet wipes or napkins! Pinning this as a reminder

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  2. Now I'm craving a snack...AND Disney!!! Great list!

    Coming Up Roses

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  3. This is an awesome list. Disneyland is so overpriced, I'll be sure to take these along next time!

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  4. I love going to Disney! We always bring a few snacks, even though my youngest is seven. We are fans of freezing water bottles to bring in. They stay cold for awhile, and then we have ice inside when we add more water.

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  5. We bring food in too, it saves a lot of money!

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  6. Great ideas! Love the frozen Crustables. Bringing your own is such a great idea! Saves lots of money and time standing in line.

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  7. So many great snacks! I do the same when I go so that I can save some $$ and maybe have a nicer dinner experience. :)

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  8. We are going to Disney World next week! We take in snacks and drinks, too. I have Celiac disease, so my choices at DW are pretty limited. My toddler does better with things she is familiar with.

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  9. WOW! I am surprised that you can bring food into Disney World. Good to know though! Love all of your ideas.
    Jenn
    joyfuliowan.com

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  10. Great information on what to bring. We are saving for the next 2 years to go to either universal, animal kingdom or disney. I am a planner at heart, so this will help.

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  11. Thanks for the snack ideas! It's good to know that they allow you to pack food and bring it into a Disney park. It can get really expensive if you have to buy food all day at the park.

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  12. Well this is genius! Pinning for our Disney trip one day!

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  13. These are great tips for snacks! We typically do the same thing when we go to theme parks and when we had Disney passes, we'd plan one meal a day, or sometimes even just one meal a trip inside the park and all the others we'd bring in.

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  14. What great ideas, I can tell these would be a life saver with kids!!

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  15. These are fabulous snack ideas..and would save a ton of money too. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. I can't even imagine how much money you would spend if you bought everything there.
    Definitely some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. We have the Dining Plan when we go this fall (it's included with hotel in value months -- woohoo!), but we'll still be taking some snacks for the kids! I love the idea of trail mix. Granola bars and cheese sticks are two of our snacking go-to choices, as well!

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