So, if you've been waiting for the report on my $30 Disney Dining Challenge...today is the day! Did I make it? Was a groveling for snacks? or... did I feast like royalty? Read on to see a complete breakdown of my day and find out if you can do a day in the parks for $30 or less!
I have to admit that I didn't choose wisely on breakfast. Money wise, I didn't break the budget, but I was definitely hungry a lot sooner than I should have been. I chose an apple (thinking it would fill me up with all that fiber and stuff...) and a banana from a cart near Tomorrowland. If I had it to do over again, I'd look for something protein packed, like yogurt-that way I'd feel fuller longer. For drink, I had water (Money saving tip: Bring a refillable water bottle with you into the parks, you can even get a cup of ice water for FREE at all quick service restaurants. A medium soft drink is a whopping $2.99 (for the most part, restaurants do not offer refills).
- $3.50 (for an apple and banana kind of breakfast)
I'm first to admit that I am overly cautious. I had a strategy going into this challenge, I planned to eat like a pauper for the first two meals and feast like a queen for my dinner--I should clarify that I did want my favorite Disney World foods (that was hard). With that mindset, I didn't want to miss out on my favorite quick service spot, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. I love eating there and reminiscing of my childhood days! I decided to go with the children's meal. I got the chicken nugget plate (4 nuggets, fries, grapes, and a drink). (Money saving tip: Go for the kid's plate if you don't normally have a large appetite. Sharing an adult size plate is another great idea! You get plenty of food (in my humble book) and you save some cash!). I also got some pickles and sauteed mushrooms from the fixings station, you know, to spice up my nuggets...that might seem kinda random, but I wanted them and they are included.
- $6.38 (for a kid's chicken nugget plate and drink)
Have you ever just felt accomplished? I mean, like on top of the world? That was exactly what I was feeling come dinner time! I was ready to splurge and enjoy a delicious (albeit quick service) meal. We headed over to Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Frontierland. I had a yummy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich served with your choice of side, I went with fries (which I dolled up with all the trimmings at the fixings station). I even had enough to comfortably spring for a soda!
-$14.68 (Deluxe Chicken Sandwich meal and a soda)
You know I can't go to Disney World without having a Premium Mickey Bar...that's just what I did! This is my favorite treat and I simply cannot pass it up!
-$3.50 (Mickey Bar)
I DID IT!
And with a whole $1.94 left over in my pocket!