So, you’re planning on spending the whole day at a Walt Disney World theme park. You realize at some point you’re bound to get hungry. But with rising food cost considerations, along with the fact that the Disney Dining Plan still hasn’t returned, you’re trying to keep within a fairly affordable budget where food and eating are concerned.
Ideally, you’re hoping not to exceed a tentative budget of $10 per person, per meal. But can such a goal reasonably be met, and at Walt Disney World Resort of all places? It absolutely can, as you will see by following along with this go-to guide for dining at or below the 10-dollar margin at Disney World Parks.
Magic Kingdom Park
You probably know Casey’s as the ultimate go-to for hotdogs at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. While nothing on the menu exceeds $15, for those who are not looking to exceed paying $10, there is always the traditional All-Beef Hot Dog. At just $9.99, this classic comes with a choice of fries or a Cuties brand mandarin.
Vegetarians and vegans take note that the featured Plant-Based Dog also falls below the 10-dollar minimum, at a total cost of $9.49. The same aforementioned accompanying sides are also included.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Here is another quick and convenient Magic Kingdom pick; this one is found within the realm of Tomorrowland. Again, Cosmic Ray’s offers up a menu that never exceeds $15. And for those looking to stay within the 10-dollar range particularly, you can’t go wrong with their house-made Greek Salad feature.
At just $8.99, this entrée salad combines feta cheese with tomato relish, banana peppers, and Kalamata olives with a Greek feta vinaigrette dressing.
Another option served here to either pair with the salad (or eat as a snack) is Walt’s Chili-Cheese Fries at only $6.49
Pinocchio Village Haus
This Fantasyland-based family favorite is perhaps best known for its pizza. And there’s no denying that pizzas here are all reasonably priced. But for those looking for some under-10 alternatives, there are a couple of considerations to keep in mind, including their entrée Caesar Salad (at just $8.99).
You’ll also find some filling sides that can be enjoyed as-is, like Breadsticks served with marinara sauce at $4.99, or Garlic Knots for $6.99. Their Tomato Basil Soup is another great accompaniment at only $3.99. On the sweeter side, Greek Yogurt is perfect for hitting the spot, at only $3.19 a cup. Or perhaps you want to go all-dessert with some of their Traditional Baklava for $6.19.
Columbia Harbour House
Columbia Harbour House is renowned for its quick service, convenience, and versatile yet affordable menu selections. While there aren’t too many options for staying below the 10-dollar limitation, there is at least one very filling side order suggestion that fits the bill: their house-specialty New England Clam Chowder, priced at just $6.79.
And to up this enticing option further, you can order the Spoon for One More rendering, in which the filling soup comes served to you in a sourdough bread bowl. All this totals $7.49.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
You’re probably more likely to think of this as a snack spot rather than a place to find filling fare. But if you venture here at breakfast time, it’s a whole other story. Not only can you get a Mickey Waffle served with powdered sugar ($6.49) or topped with strawberries and whipped cream ($7.49), but there’s also their novelty hit Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich.
Presented as a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and banana in a folded waffle done up with chocolate-hazelnut spread, it’s pure satisfaction at just $8.49.
While the pickings are somewhat slim over at this convenient Adventureland stop, there are at least two recommendations for quick on-the-go convenience under $10.
First is their traditional All-Beef Hot Dog, which comes with chips. Then, there’s also the Peanut Butter, Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread, and Banana Sandwich specialty, also served with chips. Both offerings are priced at $9.99.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
Aside from their Fajita Platter, nothing on the menu here exceeds $15. But for those looking to delight in a specialty Tex-Mex fixing that remains below the 10-dollar cutoff, you can’t go wrong with the Veggie Rice Bowl, priced at only $9.99.
A pleasing, plant-based wonder, this filler comes as compilation of yellow rice dressed up with grilled peppers, onions, lettuce, black beans, salsa, and tomato.
The Sunbonnet Trio Strawberry Salad is also an excellent choice, presented as a unique featuring of mixed greens, onion, tomato, strawberries, and even edible flowers. The cost for this entrée salad stands at $9.99.
This has been one of the most versatile go-to quick-service locations in EPCOT for a very long time now. And it’s also a place that knows how to keep all those satisfying selections under the 15-dollar threshold. Because there are plenty of grab-and-go snacks, pastries, and other light bites, it’s easy to fill up here, all while remaining under a 10-dollar budget.
But if you’re looking for appetizing entrées in particular, there are two such plant-based offerings — both available for just $9.99. The first is Vegetable Korma, which comes as chicken-free chicken with cashews. The second suggestion is the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich, consisting of roasted red peppers, onion, tomato, lettuce, hummus, and a balsamic vinaigrette, all served on herbed focaccia bread.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse
Known as the hearty, American barbecue go-to place within the World Showcase, you’ll find plenty of grilled comforts here. But if you’re looking to remain below $10, you may want to consider a hearty entrée salad instead. Priced at $9.49, their Power Greens Salad provides the satisfying unity of mixed greens tossed together with fresh citrus fruit, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, radishes, and a citrus vinaigrette dressing.
You’re probably thinking about this snack spot on location within the Japan Pavilion as the place for some delicious Kakigōri. But fans of sushi need to take note that there are a couple of options on the menu in this category as well. There’s the California Roll, with avocado, cucumber, crab, mayonnaise, and smelt roe.
Then, there’s the Spicy Roll, with spicy tuna, salmon mix, cucumber, and volcano sauce. Not to be overlooked is the Nigiri Combo, which combines salmon, tuna, and shrimp. The first two options are priced at $6, with the third costing $6.50.
Don’t leave Japan just yet. This quick-service stop, also on location here, is known for options under $10 as well. First up is their own rendition of the California Roll, which comes at $10 even. The Vegetable Roll is a little less, at $9.
Some accompanying sides and extras can also be enjoyed on their own as a light bite, including Edamame (served chilled) at $4.50, Miso Soup priced at just $3, and their House Salad with ginger dressing for $6.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
Here you have a bakery that needs no introduction. A beloved staple you’ll find within the Norway Pavilion, this place really hits the spot with all its versatile baked goods and other offerings. What’s more, literally all of its most decadent presentations fall well below $10!
So, you really can have your cake and eat it too…unless it’s something else, like School Bread, Norwegian Kringla, Lefse, Rice Cream, or a Mickey Cinnamon Roll. But in those cases, you can still have them and eat them too…and stay within your budget while doing so.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
This France Pavilion staple is by far one of the most versatile bakeries to come to when seeking a satisfying bite that sticks to the $10 or less target. First, there are all those satisfying sandwiches to choose from, with the most expensive one still falling below the marker — the Dinde BTL, priced at $9.75.
Then there are all those French deli specialties in addition, such as Bisque de Homard (Lobster Bisque in a Bread Bowl) for only $5.95 as well as Quiche Lorraine ($7), Croque Monsieur ($9.25), Croissant Salé ($8.25), and so many others. There are plenty of excellent options that are both affordable and top-quality.
Crêpes À Emporter at La Crêperie de Paris
Need something convenient and filling while on-the-go in the France Pavilion? Crepes just may be the answer. And it’s here you will find several different options, both sweet and savory. In the latter category, you can delight in either the Cream of Brie Cheese Galette ($9.95) or the Ratatouille Galette ($8.95) and still not break your budget. These are excellent fillers for a full-fledged meal.
You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy the out-of-this-world eats featured at this counter-service go-to over at Galaxy’s Edge. There are just so many delicious, delightfully affordable offerings served up here around the clock. Come by for breakfast and at just $6.99 you can gorge on Rising Moon Overnight Oats — a blend of oatmeal, dragon fruit, yogurt, and seasonal fruit.
Other entrée items to be enjoyed any time of day include Kyryll Pork Rinds for just $7.49 and the plant-based Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce for $6.99.
ABC Commissary is a popular quick-service stop with plenty of affordable options. If you’re looking to stay with the $10 or less agenda, then their featured Mediterranean Salad will do just the trick. Making the cut at $9.99, this entrée salad comes comprised of mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, and feta, all tossed together in a Mediterranean vinaigrette. It’s served with grilled flatbread and hummus.
Again, here is an instance where everything on the menu falls under $15. But in keeping things under $10, your best bet is their featured Southwest Cobb Salad. At just $9.99, this savory salad boasts a combination of romaine lettuce, roasted corn relish, diced tomatoes, pickled red onion, cheese, and house-made jalapeño-lime ranch dressing.
Options are somewhat limited at this Echo Lake quick stop, but they do feature a specialty Chipotle Chicken Salad Roll at just $9.99. This filling entrée comes as a roasted pulled chicken salad with red onions, celery, tomatoes, and watercress mixed together with chipotle aioli, fried onions, and then all served up on a brioche butter bun with a side of seasoned house-made chips.
While Casey’s Corner rules the roost over at the Magic Kingdom, this is the hailed hotdog go-to of Hollywood Studios. So naturally they’ve got some pretty affordable, under-10-dollar doggone good dog entrées. First there’s the obvious — their All-Beef Quarter-Pound Hot Dog on a brioche butter bun with pickled vegetables.
And for vegetarians and vegans, there’s the specialty Chicago-Style “Hot Fog” Salad. This consists of romaine, plant-based bratwurst, sliced sport peppers, tomatoes, onions, house-made dill pickle, sweet relish, mustard, and poppy and celery seed brioche croutons in a neon green relish vinaigrette. The first item is $9.99 while the latter is $9.49.
Woody’s Lunch Box
Here is another versatile pick, serving up plenty of affordable options around the clock. For breakfast they even dish up delectable Breakfast Bowls with potato barrels, brisket, country gravy, scrambled eggs, and green onions. This price is $8.79 with a kiddie version that goes for $5.49.
Other entrée options featured here, all for just $9.99, include their “Totchos” and Plant-Based Totchos, Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich, and Plant-Based Toasted Cheddar Sandwich. They also serve daily Lunch Box Tarts at just $4.29.
Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery
This is an excellent place to come for breakfast when getting an early start at Animal Kingdom Park. From their Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit for just $6.99 to baked goods and pastries like the Pistachio Honey Croissant at $4.29, this really is a convenient quick filler spot.
They’re also renowned for their delicious spiced Potato Hand Pies. At just $9.99 these savory pastries come as fried pastries packed with seasoned vegetables, potatoes, harissa aioli, and coriander chutney.
While pizza is quite obviously the name of the game here, all of which are reasonably priced well below the 15-dollar range, there are other options for keeping things under $10 specifically. For instance, Pizzafari boasts two filling entrée salads. First is their classic Caesar Salad, which includes all the usual fixings, of lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing — all for only $8.99.
But what is arguably a more impressive presentation is their Greens and Grains Salad. For $9.99 this plant-based deliverance comes as a blend of mixed greens, garbanzo beans, white beans, red onions, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, quinoa, and green goddess dressing.
Other fillers in the way of sides and accompaniments also fit the bill, like Garlic Knots and Breadsticks that come with marinara dipping sauce. Both these options are priced at $6.99.
Eight Spoon Café
This Discovery Island-based food stop offers up quite a couple of filling ‘lite bites’ to make a quick-service meal. Some of the items here include Baked Macaroni & Cheese ($4.49) with the option to add pulled pork ($6.79), the Pulled Pork – Jelly Doughnut Sandwich ($6.99), and a large Mickey Pretzel with Cheese ($6.79).
Here is another counter-service option that has admittedly limited choices. They do, however, boast two very filling selections that keep hunger at bay and budgets intact. First, there’s the traditional Dino-Rama All-Beef Hot Dog with chips, priced at $9.49. Then there’s the arguably more popular Corn Chip Pie with Walt’s Chili for just $8.49. Either option is quick and convenient for on-the-go Guests seeking affordability.
This African market setup often gets overlooked far too often. But there’s just so much to delight in on the scene here, with quite a couple of options well within the 10-dollar limit. One rather obvious recommendation is the rightly named Harambe Salad.
Priced at $9.99, this variation packs tastes of the Mediterranean with Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, tomato, cucumber, and feta, all served with Greek-style vinaigrette dressing. Fruit Market offerings you can certainly fill up on include the All-Beef Hot Dog for $9.49 and Grilled Corn on the Cobb (with or without African spices) for $5.29.
Restaurantosaurus is among the most well-known quick-service locations in Animal Kingdom Park, rightfully located in DinoLand U.S.A. And it’s here that you will find affordable comfort food selections all priced under $15.
For those keeping with the under-10 range specifically, though, you can’t go wrong by ordering their special Restaurantosaurus Cobb Salad. Priced at $8.99, this robust offering comes as a culmination of fresh greens, tomato, cucumber, hard-boiled egg, bacon, bleu cheese, and green goddess dressing.
It should also be noted that this is the place where you can enjoy a hearty helping of Cheese Fries with Walt’s Chili. While listed as a side order, this bountiful offering can be enjoyed on its own at just $6.49.
Depending on just what you’re seeking, you’re sure to find many other options as you make the rounds throughout Disney World Parks as well as at Disney Resort venues and in neighboring Disney Springs. Do be mindful, however, that all options are subject to price increases.
If you are able to, you may just want to up your spending specs to $15. Do take note, however, that even at locations that tip the scales a little, in many cases these places feature kids’ menus that do have options under the 10-dollar margin.
None of the options highlighted here require any sort of advance dining reservation, and mobile ordering is available in most instances. That just makes all the above suggestions even more optimal, in both affordability as well as in convenience.