There are quite a few printable coupons that can save you money on off-site restaurants in the Disney World area. Most chain restaurants also have online email clubs , which are well worth joining, because they often send out great coupons. Some of the restaurants below are located in Disney Springs , which is on Disney property and accessible by Disney transportation. A few are on International Drive , which is further away. Of the off-site restaurants below, only those located in Crossroads Center would be at all walkable from Disney property about a mile from Disney Springs.
We are not necessarily recommending the restaurants below.
Our recommended restaurants are listed above. Keep in mind that a gift card for a particular restaurant brand in the chain might also be accepted at other restaurant brands owned by the same chain. Florida resident can get a discount on Tables in Wonderland membership — read more below. Check first before you go, or just ask everywhere you eat if they have a discount. The discounts are not available on most major holidays or on days that are blocked out for the particular annual pass.
Some restrictions apply. Discounts do not apply to alcoholic beverages, tax or gratuities. The list of DVC member restaurant discounts is extensive and the amount varies by location; the best way to check current discounts is either on the DVC member website, which offers a printable PDF, or by looking through the Membership Magic booklet, which can be obtained from the front desk or concierge at any DVC resort. You then register your card online. Either starting with your next visit or after the card is registered, points should accumulate with every purchase and be stored automatically on your Dining Passport.
When enough points are accumulated, they can be redeemed for exclusive dining experiences, gift certificates and more. However, the card expires after one year of dormancy. Then present your membership card each time you eat at a participating restaurant. You will receive 1 point for every dollar you spend gratuity excluded. Any restaurant can give guests an AAA or CAA discount if they choose, but to be listed on the website and tourbooks they have to pay a fee. So some restaurants just choose to offer a discount on request, figuring that word of mouth and social media will get the word out.
Thanks to Marlene for info. You will need to drink a lot of water when you are at Walt Disney World. This can add up to dehydration all too easily.
We are among them — we find it musty-tasting and unpleasant, though we will drink it if necessary. Disney allows it, and you will save a small fortune. One option is to stop at one of the local supermarkets or drug stores and pick up a case of bottled water after you arrive.
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Obviously this is no problem if you have a rental car. Most of the limo companies will make a short stop for you, as well. The fountain on the left hand side is filtered much better and tastes much like bottled water. You fill them with ice from the hotel in the morning, it melts as the day goes on and you sip ice cold water off the attached tubing all day.
I discovered this gem while my hubby and all of the money was on Buzz Lightyear with my son and I was dying of thirst. No problem at all! They even gave me a large cup! From then on, it was ice water for my family — which was not a hardship because we got tired of carbonated drinks quickly! Thanks to Dwayne O and Marjorie T for ideas. Starbucks VIA packets would work well, too.
She was able to get FREE hot water at the counter service restaurants in the theme parks.
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Milk and juice are NOT included. If you drink a lot of coffee, iced tea or soft drinks, this can save you quite a bit of money. These mugs can be refilled at the resorts, but not in the theme parks. The RFID tagged mugs allow you to refill the mug at any resort hotel beverage station. If you are staying longer than 14 days, you can re-activate a mug for 14 more days by paying the same fee.
As of this writing, the iced tea, coffee, and hot cocoa machines are not on the RFID system, though the rules are still the same. The Disney Water Parks offer refillable mugs that are not on the same system as the resort refillable mugs. The following locations offer self-serve soft drinks, so you can go back and get refills without paying extra:.
As far as we know, these are the only counter-service restaurants at Disney World that are currently offering self-service sodas. Beer is much cheaper at the Speedway gas stations on Disney property , than in the Disney resort hotel shops. Lovers of Starbucks coffee drinks will be happy to hear that you can now order all Starbucks drinks lattes, macchiatos, Frappucinos, you name it at the Main Street Bakery on Main Street, U. There are also two Starbucks locations in Disney Springs. Consider bringing or buying a few items so that you can make breakfast in your hotel room.
Other items to consider: instant oatmeal, instant cocoa, fruit cups, applesauce cups and hard-boiled eggs.
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Your coffee maker can be used for more than coffee. You can run it to make hot water for tea, hot chocolate, etc. You may want to choose a hotel that offers a refrigerator in the room, or inquire whether your hotel will provide one for a small fee. We have put a pint of milk or bottles of water on ice this way. Some hotels — such as many all-suite hotels and the Disney Vacation Club resorts — offer a small microwave. That gives you even more breakfast options, such as hot cereals, and allows you to warm up sweet rolls, etc. Making meals at your hotel may not be very relaxing, however, unless you plan ahead to reduce the hassle of shopping, cooking, and cleaning up.
If you do not have a kitchen in your room, however, we strongly discourage using any appliance that produces high heat , such as a toaster or tabletop grill. Using such appliances is a serious fire hazard and can endanger you, your family and other guests in the hotel. Suites that include kitchens have the properly-rated electrical outlets, ventilation systems and most importantly, fire extinguishers!
Regular hotel rooms do not. What we found to be very good was the jar of peanut butter! The hotel we stayed at had free apples at the check-in counter. In the mornings we would spread peanut butter on the apples for a yummy breakfast. I had granola bars, mini packages of cookies and crackers, gum, beef sticks, etc. It is also a good idea to plan to pack good treats for the plane trip as the airlines do not feed you on the trip anymore and the airports serve very expensive food.
If you are thinking about bringing food from home, be aware that the Transportation Security Administration TSA suggests that you do not put dense food items such as peanut butter, chocolate bars, etc. Your luggage is much more likely to be opened and searched outside of your presence if you check dense food items. Thanks to Mary S for the reminder. A better bet is to ship non-perishable food items in advance to your hotel. Address the package as follows:. Hold for guest: write the full name under which you made the reservation.
Thanks to Dave C for the reminder. Soft drinks and beer are exceptionally expensive. If you will have a car or are willing to pay for a taxi , there are plenty of supermarkets near Walt Disney World.
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So, we decided to take Lovers but not Steve for the month. It was easily the worst part of the whole trip because we LOVE Steve so much and missed him, but I think it was for the best. The gal who house sat for us and watched Steve works at a vet and is great with dogs so he was in good hands, but we missed him and am glad to be home now to snuggle him! Not patience. Glad you had fun! The whole time you were here I was secretly hoping I would run into you and could tell you how awesome this blog is but in a not creepy sort of way!
I think you did a great job and even pointed out a few places I need to try now. Hope you enjoyed your month here!