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!

    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!

    White Chocolate Popcorn & Pretzel Snack Mix

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

    At the beginning of this month, one of my friends handed out a delicious popcorn, white chocolate, pretzel snack mix and I literally devoured it in about 2 minutes flat!  It was so good and I was so sad I didn’t have more (so were my kids and husband).  I asked her how she made it and she listed off the ingredients and directions and I couldn’t believe how easy it was!

    I made some for my husband on Sunday night to take to work this week and hand out to his coworkers, but I made sure to make some extra for us.  I’m not even kidding when I say that you could throw this together in about 10 minutes.  It’s perfect for parties, family get-togethers, neighbor gifts or just a late night snack.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

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    First, grab the biggest bowl you have.  (Or four of the biggest bowls you have…)  Pop the popcorn if you didn’t buy pre-popped.  (I use this popcorn machine.)  Mix the cereal, pretzels, popcorn and M&Ms all together.  If you’re making a really big batch, you can do what my friend did and spread out a clean plastic tablecloth on the counter or table and mix it together that way.

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

    While I’m usually an advocate for measuring, there’s no wrong way to put this treat together.  Just keep pouring and mixing until it has the right ratio for you.  I tried to put approximately the same amount of everything in each bowl.

    Melt your almond bark in the microwave in a medium bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until it is completely melted and smooth.  (The almond bark I used was divided up into 12 squares and I had 4 bowls so I just melted 3 pieces for each bowl and it worked out great.)

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

    Drizzle it over the top of your popcorn/cereal/pretzel/M&M mix and stir until well coated.  The almond bark cools relatively quickly so just keep stirring until it’s cooled and starting to set.  If you want to add some sprinkles to make it a little more festive, do so before the almond bark sets.

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

    Let everything sit for about an hour before you start portioning it out (if you’re giving it away) or putting it into a bowl or container.  Your snack mix will be good for about 5 days or so from the time you make it.  After that, the popcorn starts to shrivel up a little and it just doesn’t taste quite as fresh.  I mean, if it last the 5 days, then you’re obviously crazy, but I won’t judge… *wink*

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

    One thing I love about this snack is that it’s totally adaptable.  You could make it with chocolate almond bark instead.  Throw in some crushed peppermint pieces or Andes mint pieces instead of the M&Ms.  Use different colored sprinkles for holidays or seasons.  It’s just so darn good, you’ll be coming up with reasons to make it!

    To give you an idea of how much I made, I used an entire 18 oz box of Chex, almost a whole 20 oz bag of pretzels, about 18-20 cups of popcorn and 1 package of M&Ms.  As I was scooping it into bag, I estimated that we probably made close to 40 cups of snack mix and I spent about $10.  Delicious and easy on the wallet!

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!
    My little helper wanted a picture with the popcorn

    Also, aren’t these the cutest popcorn boxes?  The same friend who gave me this recipe owns an awesome Etsy shop where she sells these boxes as well as tons of other cute packaging for holiday treats, parties, etc.  We used these same popcorn boxes when we did our budget friendly toddler Halloween party in October.  They are fun, inexpensive and add the perfect touch.  Go check out her store for all your party supplies and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

    What do you get when you mix white chocolate, popcorn, pretzels, Chex mix and M&Ms together?  Pure deliciousness!

    White Chocolate Popcorn & Pretzel Snack Mix
    makes about 40 cups

    Ingredients:

    • 1 18-oz box Rice Chex cereal
    • 1 20-oz bag mini twist pretzels
    • 1 pkg almond bark
    • 18-20 c. unsalted popcorn (popped at home or from the store, such as Skinny Pop)
    • 1 pkg M&Ms, or other small candy pieces
    • sprinkles (optional)

    Directions:

    1. In a large bowl(s), or a table covered with a plastic tablecloth, pour cereal, pretzels, popcorn and M&Ms until you reach the desired ratio.
    2. Melt almond bark in a medium bowl in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
    3. Drizzle almond bark over snack mix and stir together until coated.  If adding sprinkles, do it before the almond bark starts to set.
    4. Let sit for about an hour until set before packaging or storing.
    5. Store for up to 5 days.

    Applesauce Muffins

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!
    This post originally appeared on Muddy Little Toes where I was previously a co-contributor.

    Mornings at my house probably start out a lot like yours: get the kids up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth… And I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to simplify my mornings.  One of the best ways I’ve found is to make food ahead of time that is easy to take with you on the go.  Or just trying to make sure you actually get to eat a little something in the midst of your morning craziness.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve hit 10am and I’m starving and starting to get a little hangry when I realize it’s because I’ve been up for 3+ hours without food…

    Which is why I’m sharing today’s recipe for applesauce muffins.  These muffins are so yummy!  Not to mention super easy to whip up–they take maybe 10 minutes from start to finish!  They are moist and not overly sweet, which is perfect for mornings or even after school snacks.  My kids love these, especially the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top, which they always eat first.

    The ingredients for these muffins are things that I always have on hand.  Check it out:

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    First, cream your butter and sugar together.  Then add your eggs in, one at a time, until the mixture is fluffy.

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    Next, add in your dry ingredients.  I don’t worry about sifting them in or anything special.  Also, notice that there is 1 Tbsp of baking powder.  This might seem like a lot for only 12 muffins, but trust me.  The baking powder will help increase the volume (creating taller muffins) and lighten up the texture.  Your batter will be very thick.

    *Here’s a fun little kitchen hack for you: Whenever I make cupcakes or muffins, I use an ice cream scoop.  It helps me get just the right amount of batter into the cups, creates uniform sizes and it’s much less messy.  For these muffins, I fill the scoop to the top and it gives me 12 generously filled muffin tins.

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    Put them in the oven for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops are slightly golden brown.  Let them cool for about 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small bowl and mix up the cinnamon sugar in another small bowl.  I sprinkle cinnamon sugar on a lot of different things, so I have mine in a shaker.  While the muffins are still warm, dip the top in the butter and then sprinkle or dip the top in the cinnamon sugar.

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    Applesauce Muffins--From bowl to oven in 10 minutes, these applesauce muffins are a family favorite.  Perfect for mornings on-the-go or an afternoon snack!

    Applesauce Muffins
    (makes 12 muffins)
    adapted from here

    Ingredients: 

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup sugar 
    • 2 eggs 
    • 3/4 cups applesauce 
    • 1 3/4 cups flour 
    • 1 Tbsp baking powder 
    • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon  
    • 1/2 tsp salt

    Topping:

    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 tsp cinnamon

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
    3. Beat eggs in until fluffy.
    4. Add applesauce and mix.
    5. Add dry ingredients and mix well.  The batter will be very thick.
    6. Place in muffin tins and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    7. Melt butter.  Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
    8. While the muffins are still warm, dip the top in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar mixuture.          
      *Store in an airtight container.
      *You can freeze these but I would recommend waiting to put the butter and cinnamon/sugar on top until after they have thawed out.

      What are your go-to breakfast foods?