The Best Snack Credits in Disney World

For many, the Disney Dining Plan has become a must-have for each Disney trip they go on. It’s nice knowing you have a certain number of meals already paid for before you arrive at your resort. Though the Dining Plan might not be perfect for everyone, it should still be looked at when you plan your Disney vacation. Regardless of the Dining Plan level you select, they all come with some quantity of snack credits. These are what you use in between each meal. While you might typically think of using a snack credit on a box of popcorn or a pretzel, there are so many other great options that will help you get more bang for your buck. Here are some of the best snack credits in Disney World.

Dole Whip
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Dole Whips

Many Disney fans make getting a Dole Whip a requirement each time they head into the Magic Kingdom. Whether it’s the Dole Whip or the Dole Whip Float the pineapple and vanilla are a match made in taste bud heaven. There are imitators outside the Disney parks but the Magic Kingdom version will always be the original and best. The tasty treat can be found at Aloha Isle in Adventureland and at the Pineapple Lanai outside the main lobby at the Polynesian Village Resort. While the basic Dole Whip is $4.49 and the float is $5.49, they aren’t the most bang for your snack credit buck but, this classic treat is sure to please whenever you get one.

Chicken Fried Rice

This might leave you scratching your head but this is one of my favorite snacks. I think it is also one of the most underrated. Located at the Yak & Yeti quick service location in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this snack is tasty and is more than enough for two or three to share. Size wise, think of the white take out boxes you get from your local Chinese food place. They’re that size and filled to the brim with fried rice. I’m a big fried rice guy and I think this is quite delicious. It only comes in at $5 but you get a lot of rice for that. I always find that Animal Kingdom makes me hungrier than other parks and this fills me up.

French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese
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French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese

One of the best quick service locations in all of Disney is Flame Tree Barbecue in Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you don’t get a full meal here they have some good snack credit options you can get instead. This snack comes with their BBQ-ed pulled pork, oh-so-fake-yet-oh-so-tasty nacho cheese, atop french fries. It has Flame Tree Barbecue’s signature sauce as well. Coming it at $6.79 this is an awesome use of your snack credit.

Funnel Cake Topped with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

You know that feeling you get like two hours after you eat dinner and all of a sudden you think, “man I could really go for a funnel cake right about now”? I myself have that thought at least three times a week. Luckily, there are no shortage of funnel cake locations in Disney which help put my desires at ease when I’m down there. You can get the standard funnel cake all over but the one at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom takes the cake (pun very much intended). Coming in at $7.99, this funnel cake takes it to a whole nother level with the addition of a mountain of strawberries and whipped cream. Sleepy Hollow also has a Mickey Waffle version of this which is also a great use of a snack credit.

Disney Speciality Cupcakes
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Specialty Cupcakes

Now, these are really on a case-by-case basis. Many places throughout Disney World have specialty cupcakes but not every single one of them qualifies for a snack credit. Before you buy be sure the Dining Plan icon is next to the item on the menu. Most of these are $6 which I can’t justify buying as a stand alone (just seems like a crazy price for a cupcake) but using a snack credit on one of these is a great option.

EPCOT Festival Food Booths
EPCOT Festival Food Booths

EPCOT Festival Booths

This has to be the best use of any snack credit. Since EPCOT seems to always be in some sort of festival (whether it be Food & Wine, Flower & Garden, Festival of the Arts, etc.), your snack credits can go a long way here. Food at festival booths comes in “tasting sizes” and most are valued as a snack on the Dining Plan. If you’ve got a lot of snack credits piling up, you can use a lot of them here. Additionally, it doesn’t matter who uses the snack credits in your party. If you have a child who doesn’t eat a whole lot, you as the adult can use their snack credits. With some great, and often pricey, options at the festivals, this is a great way to burn though those credits.

PRO TIP: If you are running low on snack credits but have a few Quick Service meals leftover you can “exchange” those for snacks. Three snacks can equal one Quick Service meal but this must be done in one purchase. Meaning you have to order three snacks and then say “I’d like to use a Quick Service credit for this”, in order for it to work.

Now there are hundreds of other snack options throughout Disney World and these are just a few of the many great options. The point to make is that snack credits don’t have to be used just on bottles of water or soda. There are some very tasty choices to be made. Keep in mind that Disney is constantly changing what is and is not offered on the Dining Plan. Check the menu for the Dining Plan icon to ensure the snacks you are getting can count as a snack credit.

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