10 Cheap Places to Eat at During Your DCP that Are Not in the Parks.

10 Cheap Places to Eat at During Your DCP that Are Not in the Parks.

Good food and cheap prices? What's not to like?

During my time in the Disney College Program, there were moments where cooking my own meals just felt like the last thing I wanted to do that day. After a long work day, fast food can be really satisfying to giving you that moment of relaxation that you didn't have to cook that meal. Obviously by Program housing we had the basic fast food joints (Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-a, Mcdonald's, etc) but today I want to talk about some of the other fun places I checked out, that you can't really find everywhere. Now no need to fear future program cast members these are all actually going to be in a normal price range for a meal and they are all not that far from housing.

Warning: Constant eating of this really good fast food will lead to the DCP 15 (trust me I know).

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Being from California, I was introduced to whole slew of new fast food chains when I moved to Florida, that I had never heard of, so my apologies if any fellow Floridians are reading this and see some familiar names.

Cracker Barrel

Favorites: It makes me so sad that in California all we get are commercials for Cracker Barrel but we don't actually have one. During my road trip to and from the Disney College program I became pretty much obsessed with these places because they are so homey and have such nice food to put you in a coma. No matter what time of day I always seemed to order the french toast breakfast with fried apples on top (I have a problem and it wasn't helped when I had a nice waitress that put whipped cream on top of it all).

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): This one is a bit of the further out ones but it's an 18 min drive.

Freddy's Frozen Custard

Favorites: Freddy's Double Patty Melt combo with extra fry sauce (it is really salty but really good) and a chocolate brownie delight concrete for dessert.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 4 min. drive

Steak 'n Shake

Favorites: All the burgers and shakes are really good that you kind of have to get something different every time.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive

Moe's Southwest Grill

Favorites: It's basically a tex mex version of Chipotle, but I always went for a nice Carnitas burrito with their special queso. Plus one day out of the week (I think it's Thursday?) they give discounted meals to all theme park workers if they show their work ID.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive

Tom + Chee

Favorites; I have no clue why, but for some reason throughout my whole Florida program I kept craving a grilled cheese and tomato soup even though it was about 100 degrees outside. Then during my last two weeks there, this beautiful place came along. I only got to eat there once but it was enough of a good food experience that I would definitley go there again. The two things I tried were the Grilled Mac + Chee and the Donut S'More sandwich (I know I'm surprised I didn't have a heart attack as well)

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive


Favorites: I always just went with a regular cheese and Italian sausage deep dish pizza. This one is a bit pricey but it is such a delicious deep dish pizza that you can do a pickup order for. Most of the time when I got this pizza I definitely had leftovers for the next day.

Distance from housing (Patterson, Commons, and Chatham): 10 min. drive


Punjabi Tandoor

Favorites: Combo #4 with Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Makhani and a Dr. Pepper (I don't know why but it seems to pair well with the spicy food)

Distance from housing: It is literally right across the street!

Black Sheep

Favorites: Yes, yet another grilled cheese place, but it's a grilled cheese bar, so you can make your own! They do have an actual menu though if you want to opt out of the make your own option. However, when I went I made my own and got a cheddar and goat cheese sandwich with bacon spread!

Distance from housing: 6 min walk

Umami Burger

Favorites: The truffle burger, which is just making my mouth water thinking about it!

Distance from housing: 5 min walk

The Original Pancake House

Favorites: First off, shout out to my roommate for telling me about this place because I think it's become a new place we have to go to now at least once forevery Disneyland vacation. Second, I have two favorites for this awesome breakfast spot. The amazing dutch baby and their chicken fried steak with potato pancakes on the side (with sour cream and apple sauce to dip the pancakes in).

Distance from housing: 6 min drive.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin Harasta

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For The Love Of French Fries

Yes, you read that right. This article is about French Fries.

French fries are easily one of the best snacks ever. They are delicious and compliment almost any meal. As someone who loves all things potato, I wanted to create a fun list of all the reasons I love french fries and why you should love them too!

1. French Fries are potatoes.

Potatoes are amazing. They are beautiful and taste great in any form. Chips, fries, baked potatoes, and mashed potatoes! We don't discriminate against any shape, size, or color when it comes to potatoes.

2. They are versatile.

Fries taste good with burgers, pizza, and they even go great with dessert. Have you ever dipped your fries in a milkshake? YOU HAVE NOT LIVED UNTIL YOU DO THAT!

3. The PERFECT side to any meal.

This characteristic is so important that I decided to include it twice. But seriously, if you haven't tried dipping fries in a milkshake, I'm gonna need to you stop reading right now and go fix that.

4. The variety of sauces is endless.

Ranch. Barbecue. Buffalo. Ketchup. Honey Mustard. Regular Mustard. Hot Sauce. Sweet and Sour. Polynesian Sauce. Chick-fil-A Sauce. Seriously, the possibilities are endless and who doesn't love a snack that they can dip into sauce?

5. They can be curly.

I mean come on, how cool is that? They always taste better curly in my opinion!

6. In addition to curly, there are other shapes and sizes.

You have potato wedges, steak fries, shoestring fries, crinkle cut, and waffle. There is no limit to the beautiful shapes that french fries can come in.

7. They can be an entire meal on their own.

You can get poutine fries, or cheesy fries, chili fries, or truffle fries. You can get taco fries, gravy fries, crabby fries, and disco fries. Depending on the portion size, you've got your meal squared away!

8. They are easy to share.

Not that we ever want to share our fries, but they do make a perfect appetizer and are easy for everyone to dig in!

9. They are always the default side dish.

Nine times out of ten, your meal will automatically come with fries (unless you decide to be crazy and get something else). The universe has made the decision for you and you shouldn't argue with fate. You were meant to have those fries in your life!

10. You can get them salty or sugary.

This might sound weird for people who have never had sugary fries, but its a thing.

11. Sweet potato fries.

I don't even this this reason needs an explanation. Sweet potato fries are life.

12. They are the perfect comfort food.

Maybe this isn't the best reason, but it's true. Fries are always there to fill you up and make you feel better.

Well, I hope you're hungry now because I was just as hungry while writing this. Fries are a yummy treat and we all deserve to treat ourselves every once in awhile. So do yourself a favor and take break, hop in your car, and head to the nearest drive through that sells french fries because lets be honest, do you have anything better do to?

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