Best Snacks and Snack Ideas for Babies and Toddlers in Walt Disney World

Many of us have been there: you’re in a Disney Park, and for whatever reason, you have a hungry, hungry baby or toddler. The potential for your day to go from amazing to craptastic just increased by like, 100x.

This happened to me not too long ago with the 1 year old. I spent the better part of the day — time I should have been enjoying all kinds of food adventures for you guys! — in search of Cheerios. Which I could not find anywhere. No cheerios. Not even any Cheerio-like substances (which they USED to have, but no longer do).

First Dole Whip for Baby Westfall! Photo courtesy Karen and Mike Westfall, who are awesome.

First Dole Whip for Baby Westfall! Photo courtesy Karen and Mike Westfall, who are awesome.

So I started searching for other non-chokable, non-sugar-packed snacks to keep the hope alive, and do you know what I found? A whole lot of nothing. That’s what. Seriously. For a place that’s supposed to be the ultimate kid-friendly destination, Walt Disney World seemed sorely lacking in wholesome, grab and go, eat-on-the-fly food options that are appropriate for your blossoming eater.

So I figured, hey, I need to know where to find this stuff quick like a bunny. So I bet you a Mickey Bar that someone else out there in Disney Food Blog Land has found themselves with the same challenge.

If this is you, or if you’re headed to the World with a tiny human someday, let’s take a look together at the Best Snacks That Are Available For Toddlers in Walt Disney World. And with that, we’ll also take a look at a couple of finds that have made subsequent trips to the ‘World way easier for us when Junior is along for the ride.

In the Parks

We’d love to give our kids perfectly healthy snacks and meals all the time. But sometimes, we have to just go with what’s available. After my fateful adventure we did some research and, fortunately, you aren’t without options.

Counter Service spots throughout the Parks and Resorts offer Uncrustables. These little Peanut Butter and Jelly pocket sandwiches, when cut into bite-size pieces, offer a not-too-unhealthy option for noshing. These are also great for packing for the airplane on your way out.

Uncrustables

Uncrustables

You can also find Fresh Fruit at lots of places in the Parks. Cut up Bananas and Strawberries or halved sections of Oranges are universal favorites. It’s not as “on-the-fly” as I’d like, but it’s super healthy.

Harambe Fruit Market

Harambe Fruit Market Offers Lots of Fresh Fruit Favorites

Chip and Dale Snacks include Puffed Cheese Crackers in the shape of Mickey that you’re kids will enjoy. Think fake Goldfish that don’t taste as good as real goldfish. These could post a choking hazard for a sub-two-year-old, so be sure that you’ve tested out goldfish on them first at home.

Chip and Dale

Chip and Dale Puffed Cheese Crackers

You’ll also find Minnie’s Bake Shop Graham Cookies as well, which are a suitable stand-in for Teddy Grahams.

Minnie's Bake Shop Graham Cookies

Minnie’s Bake Shop Graham Cookies

If you find yourself in Magic Kingdom, why not stop by Liberty Square Market? This open air grab and go spot has tons of fresh fruit options. And quite often, you’ll also find Baked Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes — PERFECT snacks to cut up and put into the stroller sippy cup slot.

Inside of Sweet Potato

Baked Sweet Potato from Liberty Square Market

While this is a snack that you’ll have to stop and help your toddler with, it’s definitely one of the best things that you can feed him or her in all of Disney.

Yogurt or Cottage Cheese are also good options. You probably won’t find whole milk organic brands, however. This may be one of those times when good enough is good enough.

Strawberry Yogurt Inside

Strawberry Yogurt

In the Resorts

Forewarned is forearmed…or something like that. If you missed the boat bringing snacks from home, but you anticipate that you’ll need something to keep your little cherub from melting down while in the line for Peter Pan, the Grab and Go Section at your Resort Counter Service Spot can be you new favorite place.

Greek Yogurt in yummy flavors can keep a kid going for miles.

Yogurt

Yogurt

If you’d like to stock up before hitting the Parks, you’ll find lots of Whole Fruit and Cut Fruit available in the Grab and Go Section as well.

Whole fruit

Whole fruit

Disney Grab and Go Healthy Options

Disney Grab and Go Fruit Options

Cereal in disposable bowls is also a great choice, and will keep little fingers occupied and tummies happy. There are normally more wholesome (read: low sugar) options alongside the sweetened varieties, but many.

Assorted cereals

Assorted Cereals

To go cups of Hummus with Pretzel Thins also make for a wholesome and convenient snack. I especially love the pretzels in these packs, because they’re thin and more the consistency of crackers.

Hummus and Pretzels

Hummus and Pretzels

If all else fails, you can always grab some Bread for snacks, or even toast it for later.

White bread

White bread

You’ll normally find a good selection of snacks for guests who require a special diet as well, with products that are free from top allergens.

Special dietary treat stand

Special dietary treat stand

And don’t hesitate to grab a couple of Mickey Waffles at breakfast and keep them for noshing throughout the morning.

Mickey Waffles

Mickey Waffles

Baby Care Centers

One of our favorite tips for weary mommies, daddies, and babies alike is to make use of Disney’s Baby Care Centers.

Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center

Magic Kingdom Baby Care Center

You’ll find these havens of rest near the First Aid Stops in each of the Parks. In addition to offering primo places to change diapers, there are also quiet rooms where Mom can nurse or pump (complete with rocking chairs). Feeding rooms with super clean high chairs are also available — and all come with a glorious dose of A/C.

I had a couple of experiences in the parks where the perfect antidote for the overwhelming excitement of Disney World was stopping into the cool, calm Baby Care Center for 10 minutes. Everyone chilled out (literally and figuratively) and we could go on with our day in a better emotional state.

In addition, Baby Care Centers do offer a few feeding options, like jarred baby food and some nibbles, and there are microwaves and filtered water for preparing foods and bottles.

Tips and Tricks to Plan Ahead

So, even better than offering you tips for things that you can get in the parks for your kiddos to nosh on are some really great suggestions for items to take with — or to have shipped to your room — to avoid getting into this pickle in the first place! (I know, I know — you prepare the best you can — but sometimes you still get into a pickle. Don’t worry — you’re a good parent.)

First of all, don’t hesitate to have items that you know you’ll need shipped directly to your hotel room. Sites like gardengrocer.com allow you to order your groceries in advance and have them delivered to your resort room. This is an especially nice service to have when you have toddlers and you don’t feel like bringing all of the milk, formula, snacks, and food you’ll need for the whole trip with you from home. I personally use this service ALL. THE. TIME.

Choose Food by Aisle, Brand, and Specialty Category at GardenGrocer.com

Choose Food by Aisle, Brand, and Specialty Category at GardenGrocer.com

Here are a few more tips and tricks that we’ve found useful during our travels with little ones. You can get glass jars of baby food, applesauce, and other smooth and un-choke-able goodies at Disney resort gift shops, but if your kiddo isn’t super great at feeding herself yet, that can get messy and/or dangerous. Consider re-packaging these yums in Reusable Baby Food Pouches. When you’re finished, just wash the pouch or run it through the dishwasher, and it’s ready to go for another serving! Super convenient, and your little one can feed him or herself while you rush to the next attraction! (Of course, you can also just bring a bunch of pre-filled or store-bought pouches with you, but doing it this way means all you have to bring on the airplane is a bunch of empty, re-useable pouches instead of already full ones. Just grab the “filling” at your resort gift shop.)

Reusable Food Pouches Make Bringing Your Own Food a Snap

Reusable Food Pouches Make Bringing Your Own Food a Snap

Snack Containers allow kids to feed themselves without making too much of a mess, and they minimize waste. We like and use these too.

Munchkin Snack Catchers

Munchkin Snack Catchers

And a Sectioned Bowl that comes with its own matching spoon makes for quick and easy snacking on the go.

Easy Go Sectioned Bowl Gives you Two Sections to Fill Up for Variety

Easy Go Sectioned Bowl Gives you Two Sections to Fill Up for Variety

Finally, make quick work of fresh fruits and veggies in the parks by cutting them down to just the right size with these handy Bite Sizers Scissors.

Bite Sizers Scissors

Bite Sizers Scissors

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And don’t forget the take and toss bowls, spoons, and cups! Although in our house, these last for years. :-) But it’s not tragic if they get lost or tossed!

We hope that we’ve given you some great ideas for the next time you find yourself at Disney with a hungry new-solid-food-eater in tow. With a little knowledge of what you have available, and a dose of preparation, you can sail through a trip to the Parks with ease!

Now let’s hear from you! What are your best tips and tricks when faced with a hungry toddler at a Disney Park? Leave a comment and tell us what works for you!

Comments

  1. Jackie says

    When my daughter was younger, she loved the snack packs and Quick Service locations. The one at Fairfax Fare is her favorite. It has gold fish crackers, string cheese, a yogurt, carrots and dip, cookie and a drink. When we’d stop there for lunch she would eat the cold stuff first and then save the crackers and cookie for later in the day when she needed a snack. I know you can find them other places throughout the parks too.

  2. says

    This is a GREAT post. It is a shame they do not sell the squeeze packs for kids. Maybe this post will bring snack issues to Disney’s attention!

  3. Nicole H says

    This is great! We don’t have kiddos just yet, although that will hopefully be on the horizon for us soon. I went down the Amazon rabbit hole checking out the pouches and other gadgets you recommended haha. Very cool, and great ideas to have in mind for a future Baby H :)

  4. Megan L. says

    Great advice! We’re going with our 1 year old next month and we had already heard from family that sometimes finding healthy non-messy snack options might be tough. Luckily my inlaws have been recently and brought back some of the mickey cheese snacks and she likes those already so that helps! We are also going to load up on fruit at Publix off property when we first get there for yogurts and fresh fruits, they are just way too expensive on property unless you have a meal plan.

  5. Mary Ann says

    The quick service in Morocco will sell you just a side of hummus with whatever they have to dip in it (pita I think). This has saved us before! Also if you buy milk there you get a big cup of it.

  6. Jen says

    I feel like I could write a book on this as we have navigated (and still are) Disney many many times with multiple young children/babies. The best option for us is packing food to take along with us. This way, even if you have picky eaters, you’ve got plenty that they will eat. Plus every parent that has ever spent much time navigating the airport and planes with small children knows you always pack at least triple the snacks you think you might need just to get through whatever sorts of fun the travel days can throw at you. Cheerios, goldfish, crackers, animal crackers, applesauce, mandarin oranges, grapes, apples, bananas, string cheese, pretzels, yogurt, pouches, bagels, chex-mix and other family favorite snacks always make the trip with us. I pre-pack these up into portions for each day so that each morning when heading out for the parks we can just grab the snack bag for that day. Saves time and money in the parks, our kids are never grumpy because even in line, there’s always plenty of healthy options. We also bring plenty of extra zip locks for leftovers from meals or snacks that they can snack on later. An alternative to reusable pouches (which aren’t always super easy to get cleaned up in a hotel room) is mini kid-sized hard plastic tervis-style cups with straws. These are perfect for filling with applesauce or other pouch type fillings and the straw can also be stuck right through the lid of a yogurt, making for a mess free way for the younger kids to eat the yogurt. Basically a smoothie cup.

    Other helpful things to bring for young/new eaters would be disposable placemats. These make cleanup a breeze at sit-down restaurants, provide a clean-place for them to eat without worrying about a plate being tossed and can keep little ones entertained a little bit longer while mom and dad grab a quick bite.

    Plenty of sippy cups, water bottles, bibs, spoons, bowls and snack containers usually round out the “baby” collection.

  7. Rachel says

    I don’t know if the in park Starbucks have started selling fruit pouches, but I know the ones in my city do. Might be worth scoping out if you need a caffeine fix and have little ones.

  8. Christina says

    Great timing on this post – will be visiting soon! To add to this I found myself in this pickle yesterday at Disneyland as my new one year old was in need of whole milk (the parks only sell low fat). To get around this I went to one of the quick service bakeries that also sells coffee, where they keep whole milk just for that. Just wanted to share in case anyone is in need of finding whole milk for your newly drinking baby who isn’t old enough yet to do 2 or 1%.

  9. Dana says

    To add to Christina’s comment about whole milk, which I was in need of in WDW, I was able to buy whole milk for my 15 month old (back in May) at Starbucks in Epcot. It was located in the grab and go refrigerated section when you walk in. This was an issue for us at another Orlando area park (the coffee quick service wouldnt sell us a cup of whole milk and the stores only sold 2%) so I was happy to be able to find whole milk at Disney.

  10. Wendy says

    When my kids were little, we’d always get a few PowerPacks from QS locations to graze on throughout the day (string cheese, yogurt, crackers, apples, milk or water). In DL, they sold string cheese sticks at Boardwalk Pasta and Pizza- not sure if they still do now. My kids loved rice krispies, so we’d get a few bowls of those, too. Jen has great suggestions!

    If you’re flying with kids, I recommend bringing the “take and toss” cups with lids and straws, even for big kids. The cups keep drinks contained when you hit turbulence, so no one (i.e. Mom) gets a lap full of Sprite. I keep an apple slicer in my travel gear, to cut up apples for breakfast and in the parks. And lastly, I order Horizon organic shelf stable milk cartons from Amazon, and have it delivered to my room for breakfasts. You can buy low fat or whole for much cheaper than in the parks.

    Congrats, AJ! She’s a cutie!

  11. Rachel says

    Fillmore’ s in California Adventure is great for cups of fruit and they have a lot of variety. Most food carts sell freeze dried apples in small pouches and my son devoured these as a toddler. He still loves them but being 5 now they aren’t much of a snack for him ;) We are also fond of the “power packs” as well because they can be enjoyed on the go and we can save whatever he doesn’t eat for later.

  12. Meghan says

    We have always had good luck going to buffets with our son on our past trips when he was 9 months, 2 years, and 2.5 years. We grabbed an extra piece of fruit to keep in the stroller, and we brought our own cheerios from home. You can also buy 1/2 gallons of milk in most resort gift shops. We do this each trip regardless so we can have breakfast in the room!

  13. Bellamouse says

    It’s still all sugar, sugar and more sugar. Fruit is sugar. Applesauce is sugar. Yogurt is full of sugar (unless you get plain). Carbs are sugar. Cookies, crackers and cereal are all sugar. None of it is healthy. Fruit has some nutrients in it, but for the amount of sugar you get, you’re not getting a whole lot of bang for the buck.

    Kids (and adults, but especially developing kids) need protein and FAT. Particularly fat. And vegetables.

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