Great food pairs splendidly with great fun. Fortunately at Walt Disney World Resort there’s a vast array of enticing options to choose from on both accounts. So wherever your pursuits may take you, it’s always good to know which Disney dining options are most fitting to your specific tastes and interests, especially if you’re trying to stay within a slated budget. In most cases, the majority of quick service stops are pretty safe bets to consider when looking for affordable options, but you’d be surprised to learn of the great value some table service establishments can offer as well. Here are 15 of our top picks for the most affordable places to eat while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
1. Plaza Restaurant
This quaint and casual eatery located right along Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park could be one of Disney’s best-kept secret dining values. With its turn-of-the-20th-century elegance and décor, fashionable tables and chairs, and the all-around charming persona this place evokes, you may expect the price for a meal here to be a little steeper. Yet this establishment is surprisingly affordable, with most entrées ranging somewhere around $16 to $22.
What’s more, you will find a wide range of versatile selections available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and even home-style meatloaf, the specialties here will not disappoint. Even the Kids’ menu offers plenty of selections to choose from, with children even having the option for Create-Your-Own entrées. And let’s not forget about dessert with vast selections of pies, cakes, shakes, and sundaes to top off any meal.
2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
Don’t let the name mislead you into thinking we’re telling tall tales when we say this is another great place to score an affordable meal while out and about Magic Kingdom Park. In fact, most items found on the menu here fall below $15, honestly! And if you like Tex-Mex fixings and hearty southwestern tastes, this is the perfect pick. From fajitas, nachos, rice bowls, burgers, and more, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café offers an excellent selection.
There are even numerous vegetarian items and a delightful variation of Kids’ meal selections. Special allergies and diets are also taken into consideration here with special attention to items for those seeking gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and shellfish-free options.
3. Kona Café
For a full-service table restaurant, the value at this Hawaiian hotspot can’t be beat. Located onsite at Disney’s renowned Polynesian Village Resort, Kona Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dishful delights here primarily follow a traditional American concoction with added Asian touches and flavors that ring true to the tastes of the South Pacific islands.
Typically, you can expect your favorite breakfast entrées to fall within the limits of just $16 or under. With a few dinnertime specials being the exception, in most cases lunch and dinner options at their highest are just $28. Typically, though they average between $15 and $25. Plenty of versatile Kids’ meal options, all decently priced for their value in abundance and taste, make this family-friendly dining destination a very budget-friendly favorite.
4. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Whether you’re looking for a quick and convenient American diner-style lunch or dinner or a sweet treat to satisfy your hankering for ice cream sundaes, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop has long been one of the preferred go-to places for either endeavor. Making its home at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Beaches & Cream offers excellent meal values that typically fall within the price range of $18 and under.
While the most common items on the menu consist of burgers and sandwiches (including vegetarian options), Country-fried Steak, Chili, and other favorites also carry a fan following. And of course, you can’t miss out on the delectable ice cream, shakes, and sundae concoctions they are most famous for, including the ever-popular Kitchen Sink Sundae.[caption id="attachment_38606" align="alignleft" width="640"] Photo Credit: Disney[/caption]
5. Whispering Canyon Café
Anything but quiet, this boisterous and fun sit-down family restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will have you shouting for joy when you discover all the many unbeatable prices a hearty and delicious meal allots you. And the lively onsite antics and good-humored jesting from Disney Cast Members only adds to the overall experience. Known primarily for their wonderful western fare and American favorite classics, this is definitely the place to score a decently priced filling meal.
Breakfast packs all your favorites, most of which hover around $10 to $16, averaging about $15 in most cases. One exception is the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Breakfast Skillet priced at $21—still an excellent value considering it’s all-you-can-eat. Most lunch items fall under the $20 marker with a few exceptions, including another All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet at just $24.
Dinner may be a little steeper, but even so, the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet again earns the title of the highest priced item here at just $33—still an excellent bargain when considering the average cost other restaurants may charge. And as always, Whispering Canyon Café delivers on a plentiful array of enticing Kids’ meal features, including a children’s version of the All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Skillet priced at just $13 for breakfast and $16 for lunch and dinner.