Drink Savings While in Disney Parks

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!

12 comments for “Drink Savings While in Disney Parks

  1. December 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Love the Via suggestion. Like you, I don’t like Disney water and have been using Crystal Light. Now I’ll give Via a try (as long as I can still splurge on a Kona coffee while I visit). Great overall article because, once you think about it, a day of drinks for the family of four can easily take a big chunk of that day’s discretionary budget.

    • December 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

      I love via. If you have not tried it already, you definitally should! And I mean, even if you are just trying it while at home! I really appreciate you taking the time to read! Take care!

  2. December 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    We always get the refillable mugs to save on coffee. You can read my comment on Kristen’s video for some ways to save on alcoholic drinks! It works for us. But we also bring the Crystal Light packets. The water in WDW is terrible!

    • December 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Oh, I need to go see about that post from Kristen. Where did you comment? On YouTube or DDL?

      • Beth
        December 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm

        On her You Tube channel. I’m not a big drinker, but it is definitely a tip to save money at the resort bars. Though CBR’s Pina Colavas are my favorite! 🙂

        • December 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

          I found it! Thanks for the advice!

  3. ashley
    December 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I need to follow this rule of saving in everyday life too (as I sip on my two dollar coffee because I was too lazy to get up early and pack it from home). thanks for sharing!

    • December 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      You are too funny! I also get the $2 coffee often times. It is nice to have sometimes!

  4. Darren Jackson
    December 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Are there places in the parks to get hot water for via? I am going to try this on our next trip. The coffee at the parks is horrible……

    • December 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

      You can get water from the coffee station. There is usually a pull for auto-hot water.

  5. August 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

    We prefer to get a suite usually so we have a coffee maker, pack our own pods from home as well as hot cocoa packets, and stock up on drinks when we get there. We stop on the way from the airport at a grocery and buy bottled water and soda. Freeze a few waters the night before, pack the next morning with the soda, frozen water will keep them cool for hours in an insulated bag. We also get apples and pack apples for a snack for the day in between meals, the water keeps those cold too.

  6. August 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I forgot to mention, for those who take ME and can’t stop at a store to stock up on drinks, there is a Hess express across from Downtown Disney where you can stock up on things too! Easily walk to it from the exit near Raglan Road.

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