With the FREE dining offer recently announced, I’ve been posting about Disney Dining Plans. When you’re on a Disney vacation, you need to stay well-hydrated to be prepared for all of that walking you’ll be doing. Here are my tips for maximizing your drinks with a Quick Service Dining Plan.
Each morning, we’d wash (or rinse) and refill our mug at the resort to bring with us. (Packing a bit of dish soap is helpful for long stays, but the resort will have a rinse station, if you’re fine with just that. Dish soap is a great tip for sippy cups too!)
At meals, we’d order a large drink. Your plan allows for a large, so you might as well get it.
Get water. Most of the time, what we were really thirsty for in the hot, Florida sun was ice water. We’d get the drink that was allowed with our plan, as well as a LARGE water, usually one for each person. They have no problem with you ordering multiple waters. . . and it’s free. Generally, the restaurant ice waters taste much better than the water fountains in the Parks too.
Use the extra of whatever you want to keep (soda or water) to refill your resort mug. You’re not allowed to fill your mug at a Park beverage station, but this way, you’re just carrying around your extra…not getting a new drink.
The resort mugs are “spill-proof” (unless you drop them, like we’ve been known to do!). If they tilt while they are shut, it catches the liquid in the lid and doesn’t spill. So, these cups are much easier to carry around than a restaurant paper cup.
Get drinks for the kids. As I mentioned, our younger son didn’t have his own dining plan. If I just wanted water for myself, I learned that it was smart to use my dining plan beverage to get something for him–like a large bottle of juice or milk. Of course, you can also get your little ones free ice water too.
Do you have any tips for eating and dining in Disney World?
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