No matter what, you’re likely to spend a good amount of money on your Disney vacation. That said, there’s no reason to spend any more than you have to. If you’re looking to pinch pennies during your next vacation, one of the best places to cut corners is on food. No, this doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck packing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday (though packing lunches on occasion can make a big dent in the food budget). Instead, it means seeking out the least expensive places to grab a bite while in the parks. Of course, nobody wants to take the time to look over each and every menu to find the cheapest foods. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the legwork out of the process for you. Check out the list below to learn the 11 most affordable places to eat inside Disney Parks.
1. Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Pecos Bill’s in Magic Kingdom serves up yummy Mexican eats in a quick-service setting that is perfect for those in a hurry. While this particular eatery is not really any cheaper than most other counter-service places, the toppings bar makes food go much further. With tons of delicious toppings such as guacamole and sour cream, you can take a fajita entree for one and stretch it into a nice sized meal for two, bringing your total cost way down.
2. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Another place with a toppings bar worth mentioning is Cosmic Ray’s, also located in Magic Kingdom. This eatery is a great place to get a simple burger for an affordable price, which can then be topped with tons of lettuce, tomato, pickles, and other delicious toppings and split between two people. Another option is to share a 10-piece nugget meal, which is easily enough food for two.
3. Columbia Harbor House
Yet another Magic Kingdom location, Columbia Harbor House is a quick-service seafood joint that is quite tasty. That said, the seafood isn’t what you’re after when trying to stick to a budget. Instead, try ordering a cup of chowder or chili. Grab plenty of crackers to eat on the side, and you’ll have a light meal at an affordable price.
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4. Sleepy Hollow
The fourth and final Magic Kingdom suggestion is Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square. This is actually just a snack stop, but they serve up some pretty filling snacks that can easily pass for a light meal. Try the corn dog and house-made chips or the Nutella and fruit waffle sandwich for an affordable price. Even less money is a baked potato with butter, sour cream, and cheese.
5. Woody’s Lunch Box
When looking for a place to eat in Hollywood Studios, you may be surprised to learn that some of the least expensive entries are found in Toy Story Land. Woody’s Lunch Box has a soup and sandwich combo, breakfast sandwiches, and decent sized kids meal for less than some of the other Hollywood Studios eateries.
6. Eight Spoon Cafe
Another snack spot that can easily pass for a place to get a light meal, Eight Spoon Cafe is located in Discovery Island in Animal Kingdom. This little food stand makes delicious mac and cheese dishes available to all hungry guests. While the original mac and cheese is probably not quite enough to qualify as a meal, the pulled pork version is much more filling.
7. The Smiling Crocodile
Just across the way from Eight Spoon is a sandwich lover’s paradise: The Smiling Crocodile. This is another small kiosk and doesn’t look like much from outside, despite the tasty, open-faced sandwiches that are served out of its little window. We recommend the Turkey BLT and we highly suggest bringing in a bag of chips or some fruit to eat on the side.
Quite possibly the best toppings bar in all of Disney World can be found at Restaurantosaurus in Animal Kingdom. This bar includes the typical lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, but also adds in grilled onions and peppers as well as mushrooms. Again, the toppings can be used to stretch your food, meaning one meal will likely feed two if you play your cards right. Alternatively, you could order kids cheeseburgers and use the toppings bar to fill them out, but be sure to ask for your meal sans pail or you’ll pay extra.
9. Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes
The final Animal Kingdom location on our list is Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes. This place is awesome because it serves up a side portion of chicken fried rice that can easily fill a person at a great price. Need a bigger portion? Ask for an affordable full order. The egg rolls are also super affordable and filling!
10. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Moving on to Epcot, our next budget-friendly option is Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in the France Pavilion. For the most part, this is a place to go for delicious desserts. However, they do have some sandwiches and quiches, and a couple of the savory options are super affordable.
11. Kabuki Cafe
Last but definitely not least, we have to mention Kabuki Cafe. This quick-service kiosk is located in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion and has some super affordable sushi options at affordable prices. The servings are just enough to fill you up and everything is very tasty.