There are varying reasons to bring a good supply of portable foods into the parks of the Disneyland Resort. It may be that you only have one day to visit the parks, and you really don’t want to take the time out of your day to find a restaurant, wait to be served, and eat at a table. Eating at a Disneyland restaurant could potentially take more than an hour out of your day for each meal, and some people would much prefer to just munch while walking as they make their way to Pirates of the Caribbean. Perhaps your reason for wanting foods that are easy to pack in and eat on the go has more to do with your budget; it’s no secret that the food purchased inside Disneyland is expensive. Or maybe you are visiting Disneyland with very small children or someone who is diabetic, and you need an abundance of easy-to-carry foods on hand at all times. Whatever your reason for wanting to bring easy and portable foods into Disneyland, the following suggestions should prove helpful.
First things first – If you want to carry in foods that need to stay chilled, purchase an insulated lunch bag or backpack, like those found at Picnic at Ascot. Throw in the least bulky, and most lightweight, freezer packs that you can find, and your foods should stay chilly most of the day.
Eating breakfast in line can get you in the parks earlier – We have 4 children, and have found that if we want to get in line well before park opening, we need to eat breakfast in line. To get everyone off to a good start, avoid junk foods like doughnuts, and opt instead for healthier portable foods. Granola and cereal bars are great for in-line breakfasts. Also include some healthy protein like Danimals yogurt drinks or Yoplait Gogurts. Add a piece of fresh, whole fruit like bananas, oranges, or apples, and you’ve got a really solid breakfast, all while holding your place in line!
On-the-go foods that can sustain you all day – If your goal is to avoid purchasing any food at all while inside Disneyland, bring along some inexpensive foods that can keep you going all day. Whole wheat bread folded in half with peanut butter inside can chase away The Hungries and requires no refrigeration. Bring along plenty of healthy munchables like carrot sticks, raw broccoli, raisins, dried apricots, granola, bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, crackers, and cereal bars. To cure a sweet tooth, pack some chocolate chip granola bars. If you are packing an insulated bag with frozen packs, bring along lots of protein packed snacks like yogurt and string cheese.
And don’t underestimate the power of the strong smell of popcorn wafting through the parks at night! Pop some yourself before your trip, store it in Ziploc snack bags, and pack it into the parks with you.