Based on the comments on my last post and the person-to-person comments based on my last post, I felt I should clarify our dining plans.
While in Anaheim, our hotel (within easy walking distance--so no parking fees) has a microwave and small fridge. Before we check in, we will hit the grocery store and fill 'er up. My dear friend, who also has five children, goes to the park annually. She gave me some great tips. One point she made was that it is hard enough to get everyone up, dressed, hair fixed and teeth brushed. If you had to enter a hot breakfast in the lobby into the schedule, forget getting to the gates when they open. She suggested doing easy, cold breakfasts in the room (bagels, yogurt, juice) that the girls could eat while I'm fixing their hair.
Our hotel has a small continental breakfast, but many of the items are prepackaged. We'll stuff some apples, granola bars and Little Debbie snacks into our bags as we walk out the door.
One suggestion for consideration is a fanny pack. She said to get everyone a fanny pack to keep a water bottle and snacks. A fanny pack wouldn't fall off on the rides and it wouldn't get squashed every time you leaned back. BUT, I would have to wear a fanny pack.
Another tip was to go back to the hotel in the early afternoon. Go to the hotel for lunch (we could just do peanut butter, but we could also have microwaved fare--burritos, baked potatoes). Then, the small ones take a nap and the parents take turns swimming with the older kids. If we are getting up early, moving constantly during the day, and going to bed late, we will be exhausted. Taking a short timeout each afternoon just sounds rejuvenating.
AT the park, we will share a few special treats--like the turkey leg and churros--and we will eat dinner. The one exception will be the Character Breakfast. That day, we will eat two meals in the park.
So there you have it. I think some of you were concerned that we would be spending as much on food as we would be on tickets. I hope your fears are assuaged.