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Unread 19 May 19, 08:52 AM  
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Have read Dixonsontour report

About staying at universal and have picked up a couple of tips re eating and not having to spend too much money.

But I won't have a car so am really stuck in the parks.

What is the best way to buy snacks etc? I will be on a tight budget so it will be the quick service meals but don't know which?

Solo traveller so don't have to take into account any food allergies etc
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You could do an online shop and have it delivered to you, e.g. Garden Grocer. I have never got round to doing this yet but you could get all your water and other drinks, cereal and milk for breakfasts etc.

I am not sure what a QS meal is in Universal, does it just mean one of the less fancy restaurants?
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Could u not uber once and go to Walmart to stock up on snacks? You will have a fridge in your room and it really will save u money! Plus you get a good discount on your 1st uber!
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I usually pack some cereal & snacks in the suitcase mainly for the kids. I dont feel like I eat the same way when Im out there, I probably snack more at home! If you are going to buy a few of the meal cards I would read Orlando Informer, they have some good ideas of places to eat and how to use the cards wisely. Where are you staying? We ate quite a lot in Cabana Bay and used their refillable drink. We also had the Universal refillable mug and our Butterbeer cup. If we are not in the parks for long Im more likely to pay for the 99c refill rather than paying to activate the cup for the day. Some of the places we eat on a budget. Citywalk-Moes, Panda Express, Bread Box, Burger King. US-Jacket potatoes outside HP, Louies pizza. IOA-3 broomsticks, Thunder Falls. I would suggest looking at the menus of where you fancy eating as the prices may not be that bad compared to quick service style food at Universal.
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I usually pack some cereal & snacks in the suitcase mainly for the kids. I dont feel like I eat the same way when Im out there, I probably snack more at home! If you are going to buy a few of the meal cards I would read Orlando Informer, they have some good ideas of places to eat and how to use the cards wisely. Where are you staying? We ate quite a lot in Cabana Bay and used their refillable drink. We also had the Universal refillable mug and our Butterbeer cup. If we are not in the parks for long Im more likely to pay for the 99c refill rather than paying to activate the cup for the day. Some of the places we eat on a budget. Citywalk-Moes, Panda Express, Bread Box, Burger King. US-Jacket potatoes outside HP, Louies pizza. IOA-3 broomsticks, Thunder Falls. I would suggest looking at the menus of where you fancy eating as the prices may not be that bad compared to quick service style food at Universal.
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Definitely take snacks with you. I travel with small people who often need snacks at 3 am on the first day so I have always travelled with things like cereal bars etc. and then coming home I have space in my luggage too!
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We just spent 10 nights at Cabana Bay and barely used our car (it was a big waste of money for us really).

We bring snacks from home;
mini bags of haribo
bags of sweets from the supermarket, the little ones that are like 4 for 1 (laces, shrimp, jelly beans etc)
We get one mini pot of pringles and buy a couple of full tubes and top the mini tube up as needed
Mints / chewing gum
Cereal bars

We tend to skip breakfast, have a little snack around 10, then early lunch around 11, then dinner in the evening. If we were having a later start then we might get a Voodoo Donut for breakfast, they are super reasonable.

For drinks, I mainly just have tap water; it keeps me hydrated best. And it really keeps meal prices down.

For meals, check menus online, a lot of sit down places, I think, are better value than a QS lunch. Mythos you get free bread, the food is brilliant, its its super reasonable (if you order the right things!).

For some super cheap meals, we like Panda Express & Breadbox. You could walk across to Aventura and eat from the food court there, it looks really reasonable & is so close to Sapphire Falls.

If you are eating QS, dont discredit kids meals, hold back and see what food people are walking away with, you might find they are big enough for you.
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Uber is cheap and efficient. Id take a trip to a supermarket. There are some very close to Universal property.
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