Thrifty Snacks at Disneyland

Thrifty Snacks at Disneyland


I would go broke if I purchased individual snacks for everyone in my party while in the Disneyland parks.  Depending on the snack, the amount spent could have fed us all a nice dinner instead.  In order to have more money for meals and souvenirs I do one of two things.  I often bring my own snacks into the parks, yes Disneyland allows guests to bring in food!  While bringing my own snacks saves money, it doesn’t curb my craving for the delicious morsels that are found all over the parks.  Here are some of my favorite snacks and how I stretch my dollars:

  1. Starbucks. I know, I know, Starbucks isn’t cheap, especially at Disneyland where the prices are inflated, but annual passholders receive a discount!! My AP discount brings the price within a few cents of what I would pay at my local Starbucks. Not only that, but because I also pay with my Starbucks Rewards Account I also earn stars! Just be aware that the Starbucks located in the Downtown District does NOT give AP discounts.
  2. Mickey Mouse Cookie. At almost $4 a piece, I refuse to buy one for each individual in my party. But I will happily purchase one to be shared between two or three people. Besides the cost, who needs to consume that many calories for a snack?
  3. Hand-dipped Corn Dog from The Little Red Wagon. This corn dog is huge and when shared with three people, the $8.75 for a corn dog and chips or apple slices won’t take away from your Mickey Ear fund.
  4. Turkey Leg. Not only are these monstrous legs too much meat for one to eat, no one should eat the amount of calories that these legs pack in one sitting, let alone in a day! As a snack this $10.99 treat can easily curb the hunger of four people.
  5. The Oswald Sundae in a Souvenir “Kitchen Sink”. The sink is bigger than you would expect and holds a lot of ice-cream. Four people can easily enjoy a sweet treat for $13.49 and the best part is someone gets the sink for a souvenir.
  6. Matterhorn Macaroon. This is by far my favorite Disneyland snack. Don’t let the size of this snack fool you. It may look small, but it is dense and rich! It easily satisfies two people, and at only $1.99 it also satisfies my wallet!
  7. Dole Whip Float. $5.29 for one float quenches the craving for three of us.
  8. House-made Funnel Cake from the Stage Door Café. We have satisfied up to four people with this tasty treat for only $7.49
  9. Flo’s Signature Apple-Cheddar Pie O-Rama. Share a piece of pie for only $5.39!
  10. Lands End Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae at Ghiradelli’s. Although the priciest of my suggestions at $14.50, it is so rich and satisfying that it makes a great treat for a group of 3 to share.
  11. Chocolate/Strawberry skewer from the Paradise Grill.  We just recently tried this and are in love with it!!! Read more about it by clicking here.

    Brownie and strawberry skewer
    Brownie and strawberry skewer

These are just a few suggestions.  As you may have noticed from my prior posts regarding eating for less at Disneyland, the key is sharing.  Thankfully the portions of Disneyland’s food make this possible.  See Tips for spending less on food at Disneyland and Two of my favorite budget friendly table service restaurants at Disneyland and California Adventure for more tips!

What is your favorite Disneyland snack?  Would you be willing to share?

Wishing you a day filled with Pixie dust and many reasons to smile!

The Disabled Diva





Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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