It’s easy to see that bringing your own food into the Disney World theme parks is the best way to keep your food expenses low. But what if you don’t want to carry around a backpack full of food all day? There are actually several ways you can save big on food without the inconvenience of bringing your own.

orlandovacation_cosmicraysSplit meals strategically

Quick service meals, which are any meals you purchase at a location with a walk-up window instead of a server who comes to your table, can be quite costly – if you don’t plan correctly. A cheeseburger and fries will cost around $10 for every adult, but if you order a meal that can be split, you can feed a family of 3 or even 4 for not much more. For example, at Cosmic Rays in the Magic Kingdom, you can get a half chicken and half slab of ribs, plus 2 sides, for less than $15. This can easily be split.

Eat a big breakfast and / or lunch

Dinner will almost always be the most expensive meal of the day, so try to have a large breakfast, which will be the most affordable meal of the day, or a late lunch. Lunches can literally exist of the exact same food, but at a considerable discount, than you’d get at lunch.

Skip the buffets

It’s a common mistake to think that buffets are a great value since you can eat as much as you’d like. The reality is that they can easily cost $35 per person. You’d be hard pressed to find a counter service meal that wouldn’t fill you up as well as a buffet would, but at a fraction of the price.

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