Drinks while in the parks are overpriced and highly needed in order to stay well hydrated while vacationing in Disney. Once in Disney, you quickly realize that there are many miles to go before you sleep as you walk mile after mile per day through the parks. And if you decide to vacation in Disney during the hot summer months, you will certainly need to drink enough liquids to sustain!
Still, you may be asking how you could possibly save money on drinks while in Disney! So, hear me out. I know, it does not seem like this could really make that much of a difference. However, consider this, a family of 4 traveling to the World for 5 nights/6 days would possibly consume the following:
2 Parent X 1 Coffee/Day = @ $2/cup = $4/Day or $24/trip
2 Children X 2 Soda/Day = @$3/cup = $12/Day or $72/trip
2 Adults X 2 Soda/Day = @$3/cup = $12/Day or $72/trip
Total cost of these drinks is $168. This does not consider if someone in the group wants more sodas/day or a latte, etc. But $168 is a LOT to spend simply on drinks.
Many trips ago, I decided to purchase a half-gallon of milk on the first day upon check in and have it for my room. My son, being small, consumes MANY cups of milk and buying the pints of milk runs about $2 a piece, while a half-gallon runs around $4. For those of you that are counting, there are 4 pints in a half-gallon. So if you will need a half-gallons worth of milk anyways, you will save $4 if you purchase the half-gallon instead of the pints.
I love, love a latte in the morning. What I found is that Disney has TERRIBLE lattes (and coffee in general), they are not nearly large enough for me, and they cost roughly $4 for their shot-glass size! So, before heading to Disney World, I purchased a 12 pack of VIA packets for $10 (though found on this link for only $7!). These packets (if you do not know) can be added to milk to make a latte or to hot water to make coffee. So, that means my latte cost me less than $1 before considering the cost of the milk I used.
As for my daily drinks, I simply ask for the water from any of the restaurants. While most times I cannot stomach the Orlando water, I bring Crystal Light packets or Mio to add to flavor the water. These items sell for very little, as in less than $1 per drink, and are easily packed and brought to the parks!