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UPDATE: Check out our Top 6 Uses for a Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit for 2012 here!
We had a reader question about the best way to use Disney Dining Plan snack credits, and my mind jumped back to the first year I used a Disney Dining Plan. We had no idea what to do with our snack credits, so we ended up buying a whole bunch of bottled water the last two days of the trip just to use them up!
So, believe me, I know the need for good snack credit advice. I opened it up to the Disney Food Blog twitter and facebook crowds last week. Here’s the word from the experts on the best way to use up your Disney Dining Plan snack credits!
1. Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths
I have to list these first, because they’re just such an incredible deal for a snack credit. For those visiting during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival (October 1-November 16, 2010), most of the international booths around the World Showcase promenade accept snack credits as payment for their menu items!
My suggestion? Save all of your snack credits, then “eat around the World” for at least one meal! How far do you think you can get before those credits run out…or you’re stuffed to the gills?
You know we love our bakeries and cafes here on the Disney Food Blog, and bakeries came up as the most suggested venues for snack credit use in our twitter and facebook polling.
Breakfast is a great time to use your credits at a bakery, because you can often get cereal with milk, or a portion of oatmeal for one credit. Of course, you can also get cinnamon rolls, butterfinger cupcakes, paw print brownies, crepes, school bread…
3. The Classics
Other answers that kept coming up over and over again were the classics:
Dole Whip Floats at Aloha Isle, Mickey Premium ice cream bars, Zebra Domes at the Mara in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, kaki gori in Epcot’s Japan pavilion, beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter resort, caramel and candy apples, popcorn, churros, and, of course, fudge!
Believe it or not, all of these — and more! — can be purchased for one little snack credit. Why miss out on the snacks that have kept people coming back to Disney World over and over again when they won’t cost you any more than a bag of nondescript pretzels?
4. Sunshine Seasons and Other Great Counter-Service Spots
While most counter-service spots don’t offer more than a side of fries for a snack credit, Sunshine Seasons (Epcot)and Anandapur Local Food Cafe (Animal Kingdom) in particular have some great snack credit offerings. From salads and soups to pork egg rolls and chicken fried rice, you could easily piece together some real meals with snack credits at these hot spots.
5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
2-12 UPDATE: Cookie sandwiches can still be gotten for a snack credit at Epcot’s Fountain View Cafe, and Dino Bites in Animal Kingdom.
That’s right, the massive chocolate chip cookie sandwiches — the home-made ones, not the “from the freezer” ones — are still available in several of the theme parks for a snack credit.
Eat This, Not That
We also got some vehement responses about what not to do with snack credits! For example, using your snack credits to purchase water or milk seems to be thought of as less than creative in the “value for your money” department. Then again, you might be the type who spends major buckaroos on water and milk throughout your trip, so that choice makes sense for your trip planning. General thinking = snack credits are money, so why use them on something you wouldn’t have bought otherwise? Plan ahead on how you’ll use your snack credits — you won’t be sorry!