Last week we asked… You answered. The most well-liked princess is Belle. Thanks again Julie & AMY for helping with a ROYAL challenge.
Online grocery shopping is a great way to save money at Disney. It is possible to have all of your vacation needs delivered to your resort before you even arrive. The resorts will even keep the cold stuff cold! We have all been guilty of over buying groceries for our vacation so what are some optimal purchases to have?
- Water / Gatorade – Florida and California are HOT!! (I know – no duh) Part of the preparation for the heat has to be hydration. Sure – my cargo shorts MAY not be the most fashionable, but I can carry a lot of water in them. One of the best ways to avoid heat stroke is to drink early and drink often (No – not beer).
- Donuts or Pop Tarts – Mornings are magical in a Disney Park. The best way to get going is breakfast to go. I know Richie and I love the Entenmanns donuts. You know – the chocolate covered ones, or the crumbly ones. (and they are available in the Disney Shoppettes if you need more!). When not donuts – Pop Tarts are my backup and my pre-race goto. Quick easy fuel to start the day (with sprinkles).
- Salty Pretzels – Ok – I have had the donuts, I have drank all the water I could get my hands on… now it is time to replenish some of the salt I lost during the day. That is when I turn to my pretzels for salt replacement, and a snack after getting back from the parks. (And they are good with a post park beer too!!)
Amanda, what say you?
- A case of bottled water is probably the single most economical and useful purchase. Instead of paying $2.50 per bottle, you can order a 32 pack of 16.9 oz bottles of water for $10. If you need to drink cold water, you can freeze the bottles and let them thaw throughout the day.
- One of the most useful snack foods at Disney is Uncrustables. Ingenious little-frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are intended to thaw during the day and be eaten at room temperature. They are portable, individually wrapped, and taste good even if they get squished beneath the water bottle. Plus they provide a reasonable combination of protein and carbs to keep you going. (Obviously, these are not so useful if someone in your party has a peanut or gluten allergy.)
- The best breakfast food for vacation is definitely Pop Tarts. Nothing is easier when you’re trying to get to rope drop in the morning. Each family member grabs a package and eats them on the way to parks. A great way to have an expensive and quick breakfast every morning.
Special Guest Holly Adams, How about you?:
- Water: First off, you need to drink a LOT of water. Sure, you can get free water in any restaurant in the park (or at least anyone that sells fountain drinks), but you have to waste precious park time, a lot of places don’t open until 11 am, and they give it to you in a cup, which isn’t as easy to carry around. Bottled water in the park is almost $3 a pop. And the fountain water often has a nasty taste to it. So, order your water from the grocer, and drink drink drink. We also like to bring flavored water drops – easily packable and helps if someone in your party doesn’t like the taste of plain water. An alternative is to have a reusable water bottle or camel pack, but we liked being able to just toss the bottles in the recycling bin before leaving the park – one less thing to schlep home.
- Gallon Ziploc bags: I used these a lot more than expected. I would put the autograph book in it so it didn’t get wet in any of the frequent rainstorms, stashed a change of clothes for the kids (with one in potty training, wet clothing was a concern), and stored wet bathing suits, snacks, random small souvenirs (allllllllll those stickers!) and at the very end of the trip, wrapped up some random leaky toiletries. I used almost an entire box.
- Sunscreen, because nothing is worse than a sunburn (except blisters!) If you are going straight to the park on arrival, it might be better to pack this in your go-bag instead. But if you are sticking by the resort on your first day, just order ahead and save baggage space. Because you’re going to need a LOT of sunscreen.
Holly only has three trips to the World under her belt – but she’s an expert planner and obsessive researcher. She is currently plotting how to get back to Disney World before the end of 2017 with zero money in the bank.
Ok .. now it’s your chance …
- Who was right?
- Who was wrong?
- What is your favorite?