5 Disney Dining Hacks To Improve Your Trip

While dining at the Disney theme parks is always a fun experience with immersive, themed locations and fun foods to look forward to, it can end up being one of the most expensive and complicated parts of your vacation. However, many people don’t realize that there are clever ways to save on dining and make the most of your dining experience at the parks. We will share our top five Disney dining hacks to make your experience as smooth as possible! These are some of our favorites that have helped us save time and money at the parks. 1) Utilizing mobile ordering is perhaps one of the most important dining tips we would recommend. Long lines for food can often take people by surprise and eat up valuable park time, so make sure to plan ahead so that you can easily grab your food and go. Whether you’re about to board a ride or see a parade, you can mobile order from anywhere on the app by selecting an arrival window, choosing your food, and paying ahead. The mobile ordering process is an easy and incredibly convenient way to get your food and maximize your time at the parks, so make sure you don’t overlook it! See our guide to mobile ordering at Disneyland and mobile ordering at Disney World for more tips. 2) Split food with someone else in your party if you’re a light eater. Many of the dishes at the Disney parks are more than enough for one person, and you can save significant money by sharing your food with someone. You can either split one larger dish or get a couple of smaller dishes and share them for a satisfying meal. 3) Eat breakfast in line so that you’re ready for rope drop. If there is one meal that we would not recommend eating in the parks, it’s breakfast! You want to make sure that you’re taking full advantage of the valuable morning hours when lines are shorter and you can hop onto the most popular rides with minimal wait. We recommend grabbing something easy to-go in the morning as a way to save time, and you can eat as you’re in line waiting for the parks to open. See our Disneyland rope drop strategy for everything you need to know to maximize your morning time! 4) Be sure to make dining reservations ahead of time. Forgetting to do this is one of the biggest Disney rookie mistakes you could make, and needing to spontaneously make dining plans can be a stressful experience, especially if you had something specific in mind. Especially for popular dining experiences, reservations go quickly, and you don’t want to rely on walk-ups. You can make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance, so be ready to secure one if you have your heart set on a popular location. If you’re going on a Disney World trip soon and there are no reservations available for your desired location, see our tips for securing a last-minute dining reservation. 5) Consider getting the Disney World Dining Plan as an option to pre-buy your food credits. This popular option returns to Walt Disney World in early 2024 with a slightly increased price point and we weigh all the pros and cons of the service in our guide to the Disney World Dining Plan. This can both give you piece of mind that you are going to stick to your Disney World food budget and potentially be a way to save money when combined with a Disney World package. Make sure to take advantage of these essential dining tips to improve the dining on your Disney vacation. At Mickey Visit, we share the most important tips for planning your trips to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Universal, and beyond. Each week, we’ll share some of our top tips here on Laughing Place.
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Gavin Doyle
Gavin Doyle is the founder of MickeyVisit.com and the best-selling author of “Disneyland Secrets”. Mickey Visit has been featured by Travel+Leisure, ABC, the LA Times, OC Register, Forbes, and more and reaches millions of readers planning Disney vacations each month. Over 100K subscribers receive their free email planning newsletter.