In-room Breakfasts From Your Suitcase

Disney travelers are always looking for ways to save money, and one of the most common answers is to pack breakfast groceries and snacks from home for eating breakfast in your hotel room. I've got a few great ideas of tasty packable foods that will fill you up, and help you get your day started on the right foot. Whether you are limited to a cooler and coffee maker, or you have a kitchenette with a microwave in your room, you can pack a meal that will save you both time and money.

In-room Breakfasts From Your SuitcaseIn-room Breakfasts From Your Suitcase
When you plan for breakfast from your suitcase be sure that you include enough protein items to help you sustain energy through to lunch. While sugary sweets are delicious and easy to pack (I'm looking at you PopTarts) they don't offer the nutrition that your body needs to take on a day at Disney Parks. If you want to avoid a sugar crash, think strategically about what you start your day eating. The following options offer quick, easy, healthier ways to start your day.

  • Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal (needs hot water, which can be achieved in room through the coffee pot or microwave.)
  • Quaker Overnight Oats (can be made by using milk purchased at your resort Quick Service and tucked away in your in-room cooler/fridge.)
  • Cereal Cups (needs milk purchased from resort quick service.)
  • Flapjack Cup by Kodiak Cakes (needs one minute in a microwave.)
  • Pre-portion coffee in a Ziploc baggie along with a filter. (Prepare in coffee pot)
  • Justin's Nut Butter Packs
  • Bagels (top these with the protein rich nut butter)
  • Breakfast Bars, or Meal Bars (watch the sugar in some brands here.)
  • Dried Fruit
  • Beef Jerky
  • Single Serve Nut Mix
  • Squeezable Apple Sauce

Individually Wrapped Non-PerishablesIndividually Wrapped Non-Perishables

Why Pack? Why Not Use Grocery Delivery?

I'm a fan of using Garden Grocer and use them frequently for grocery delivery when I'm traveling to Walt Disney World for a full week, or with my entire family. There are three downsides to that option. 1) For free delivery from Garden Grocer you need to spend a minimum of $50. 2) There is now a delivery charge from your WDW Resort hotel if the groceries are handled by Bell Services. 3) The groceries bought through Garden Grocer are more expensive than if I pack them from home. For short trips, and solo trips, allotting a little extra room in my suitcase for breakfast dried goods just seems like a better option to me.

In-room kitchen equipment at Walt Disney World Resorts will vary from a simple single service coffee pot and beverage cooler, to a fully equipt kitchen depending on the room you reserve. If you plan on eating in-room, be sure to know ahead of time what sort of facilities you have to work with.

Pop Century Resort Coffee Bar and CoolerPop Century Resort Coffee Bar and Cooler
Grand Floridian Deluxe Studio KitchenetteGrand Floridian Deluxe Studio Kitchenette

Finally, while I know that it may be tempting to toss fresh foods such as fruit or cheese into your suitcase, don't do it. From extreme temps in the cargo holds, to the possibility of lost luggage there are just too many things that could go wrong for you to pack perishable foods in your suitcase. Remember to keep your packed foods to individually wrapped non-perishables for the best outcomes.

If your part of those in the know about how much money and time you can save by packing breakfast in your suitcase, give me a shout out in the comments and share your faves!

Lisa B. wrote on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:11:

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Why bring snacks in your suitcase? By the time all of the luggage is thrown on it in the plane, everything is in crumbs. Order from Amazon Prime at half of the price of Garden Grocer and have it delivered right to your resort and subsequently, your room! Did it in April and it was awesome!

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:20:

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That's a great idea for folks who have Amazon Prime Lisa! Thanks for sharing your tip!

wdwizbest wrote on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:01:

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A Bloody Mary and a biscuit, the breakfast of champions.

JeffC wrote on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:04:

Poptarts, the alternate breakfast of champions!! Haha.

Since we are local (yes rubbing it in. again.) we just bring whatever we need. Usually Cherrios, pop tarts and apples. When had to fly in we always made a stop at Target or Costco on the way to the resort, since we rented a car at the airport.

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 23:10:

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wdwizbest - I'm a mimosa girl, but for the most part right there with ya.

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