Destination Disney: Back to Basics/ Food and Water

The Disney Dining Plan is a great way to save on food costs while visiting the Disney parks. We previously discussed the Dining Plan.
Here are some specific questions we asked of folks this week:

What are ways you have found to cut the cost of staying fed and hydrated? We recently spent a "Disney Day". We had frozen water bottles stuck inside our bags for the day. I use a bag that is waterproof and hang it on the back of my wheelchair. This makes easy access for the whole family. I also had packed some crackers and cheese. We refill the bottles throughout the day at the water fountains.
We also had bottle drinks in our hands as we went in. It was no problem.

For meals, we left the park and went to the nearest Publix where we purchased lunchables and even sushi, spending what one meal would have cost at the park.
Sometimes we get a sub, or we might add chips and desserts. We get more bottled drinks. We then have a *picnic* and the break from the crowd is enjoyed. We are fueled back up, rested and ready to go again.

Where are your favorite places to eat when on a Disney Vacation?
When possible we do absolutely love the dining experiences at Disney. Our favorites are La Cellier Steakhouse in Canada, Teppan Edo at Japanese, San Angel Inn in Mexico and Le Chefs de France. You can read about these and other Epcot restaurants at the Disney site. We have eaten at a few of the others, but the above are our picks!

At Hollywood Studios we enjoy Backlot Express, a quick-service restaurant. We also love Pizza Planet for the kids and for pizza. For a sit down, fun time try the 50's Prime Time Cafe! Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano was delicious.

At Magic Kingdom we enjoyed Tony's Town Square. A tip: A new dining experience featuring Beauty and the Beast is coming to MK!

At Animal Kingdom we have eaten at a few places. It's not really our place for dining. If we were picking a place to use our dining plan, I guess we would choose the Tusker House, and for quick-service, Restaurantosaurus.

At the Resorts we liked the Ohana's at Polynesian, and 1900 Park Fare at Floridian.
Another real favorite is the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs.

Are there some restaurants you would like to try?
We would still like to try the Sci-Fi Dine-In at Hollywood, and The Brown Derby. At Epcot we want to try both restaurants now in Italy. There are several at downtown Disney we hope to visit. We look forward to also checking out the Dinosaur dining experience there. I guess we can keep dreaming, and maybe one day....our dreams will again come true.