Eating at Disney on a Budget
Ranking the two most expensive items on your Disney vacation budget can seem almost impossible, but when you are fishing for the right deals you will find that tickets and meals will always seem super high.
When you’re on your Disney vacation, you want to have a great time and remain the least budget aware as possible (without spending every last penny). That’s why I think it’s a great idea to put some structure into where you want to eat during your vacation. When you’re there, you don’t have to worry about it. Here are some Disney eats that can be done on a budget.
Cheap Eats at Magic Kingdom
I stumbled upon this gem completely accidentally. It was actually during my life changing 2012 trip to Disney World. It was lunch time and this was a really pretty restaurant.
I found the menu online and was ecstatic to see most of the prices under $20. For $17 I had a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with everything (including bacon) and a side of fries. My bill for the two of us came out to less than $45.
Not only are the prices great but the restaurant is central and beautiful inside. You know you’re at Magic Kingdom the entire time.
This place is hard to miss with its baseball player statue out front. There’s something about it that just calls you in. You need a hot dog.
For under $10 you can get yourself a yummy hot dog and some fries.
Also on Main Street, you don’t have to travel to far to enjoy a meal here.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Every time I eat at Cosmic Ray’s I always over buy and still never spend more than $20/person. Here’s why:
The servings are very decent. I mean 1/2 a Rotisserie Chichen with fries is under $15. Two people can share that with the right set up (dessert maybe?).
They are located in Tomorrowland and the seating is ample. Be sure to look at every counter before choosing as each section (Bay) has a different selection.
Cheap Eats at Epcot
Epcot is tricky when trying to put a list together. There are a lot of a-la-carte entrees that are under $15 and it’s fun to mix and match as your tour the World Showcase. If I can offer any advice, it would be to try as much as you can and maybe skip a traditional sit-down meal. If that’s a must for you, here are some awesome options.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
A lot of the great finds in Epcot are “off the beaten path.” I mean you actually have to walk into Norway to get to the Kringla Bakeri but it’s well worth it.
I have to call out the Norweigean Club Sandwich for under $9. But there’s also the Salmon and Egg or Ham and Apple (yum) Sandwich.
You guessed it, located in Italy. If you take a quick look at the menu, you’ll see entree’s prices $20 and up, which is clearly not very budget friendly.
What they do have, that puts them on this list, is a large pizza that serves at least 2.5 people for $33.
And not to mention a pitcher of Sangria for $36.
Yorkshire County Fish Shop
If you like Fish and Chips, I super suggest trying the ones from Yorkshire County Fish Shop.
I can still remember the last time I had them, December 31st, 2015 around 11pm. While waiting for New Years.
The Fish and Chips here are under $11 and tasty. They don’t have any other options, besides beer and non-alcoholic beverages, so make sure the entire team is on board or there’s another arrangement.
Cheap Eats at Animal Kingdom
Yak and Yeti Local Cafe
I can’t lie when I say I crave this food. No need to go inside to the Yak and Yeti Restuarant when you can enjoy the local cafe and outdoor seating (shaded). Located in Asia, this is a must visit for some Asian fare.
I usually go for the Honey Chicken ($10.99) but everything on the menu is pretty good.
The sides such as pork fried rice, french fries, and/or egg rolls are under $5 and shareable.
Flame Tree Barbecue
I have been craving a good BBQ pulled pork sandwich for some time. And you can get one here for under $11.
When visiting a BBQ location you can usually win with the entire family, which is a win for the Flame Tree.
Bonus: Alcoholic Beverages Served
Location: Discovery Island
Cheap Eats at Hollywood Studios
Chicken nuggets, Waffles, Maple Syrup.
Need I say more?
This quick service location has a lot of Star Wars going on but it’s decorated nicely, there’s a lot to look at.
Location: Echo Lake
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Stuffed Pork Chops, Chicken Pot Pie, and more.
These entrees are a little bit more expensive, in the $20 range but these can also be shared.
Location: Echo Lake
Cheap Eats Everywhere Else
Located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, this is not to be missed. Buffalo Wings for $12 and Lobster Rolls for $19.
This place is really comfortable and more seafood focused with other things mixed in.
D-Luxe Burger is an awesome Disney Springs location. Wood-paneled walls and a fireplace make the burgers taste so much better but they really don’t need the extra boost.
All the burgers are under $15.
For me, what makes it a great choice are the cheese selection.
Earl of Sandwich
I got to Earl of Sandwich every single time I’m at Disney World. Not only are the sandwiches inexpensive but they’re incredibly good.
Location: Disney Springs
Cheap Eats at Disney Bonus
Many of the locations at Disney Springs have coupons in the back of the Official Guide to Disney World. It’s 90% of the reason I even buy it. Given its price (currently $12) you can easily earn that all back. Learn more here
When you’re on vacation, what makes a dining location fit or not fit into your vacation?