Good Grub & Cheap Eats At Disney World

Walt Disney World is a great family vacation destination but it can result in costs higher than anticipated. One area where the cost of a vacation can quickly get out of control is food. At home it’s second nature to know what a meal out will cost but how much should you allocate for that family trip to Disney World.

The short answer is significantly above average but the bottom line number can cover a huge range. If you are concerned about your food budget there are a number of choices available that can help you stay on budget without a steady diet of typical fast food.

When making your vacation plans Disney also offers a series of meal packages that can be combined with your reservation and will allow you to know what your meal costs will actually be. At the end of this article are details on the two most popular meal plans.

Besides the wide range of park experiences you can look forward to at Disney World there is now an amazing range of taste experiences as well. Below is a compilation of some interesting choices in meals that can be had at Disney World that are more budget friendly. Every menu item listed is under $15 ($$) with some under $10 ($).

Eateries located inside resorts

Picabu – located in the Dolphin you have to go and search for this gem. Build a plate of three custom tacos for under $10 and they’re really good.

  • Loaded Nachos – – $$
  • Taqueria Bowl – choice of : Carne Asada, Barbacoa, Adobo Chicken, Guajillo Pork, or Fajita-marinated Florida Mahi-Mahi – $$
  • Taqueria Burrito – choice of : Carne Asada, Barbacoa, Adobo Chicken, Guajillo Pork, or Fajita-marinated Florida Mahi-Mahi – $$
  • Taqueria Tacos – choice of : Carne Asada, Barbacoa, Adobo Chicken, Guajillo Pork, or Fajita-marinated Florida Mahi-Mahi – $

Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge – This lounge off the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge has a number of light food options. The fondue is a favorite selection.

  • Crispy Asian Chicken Wings – Soy Glaze, Sesame, Green Onion – $$
  • Nachos – Corn Chips, ‘Burnt Ends’, Queso, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream – $$
  • Oregon Chardonnay Fondue – Pretzel Bread and Grapes on the Vine – $$
  • Pork Sliders – House-smoked Pulled Pork, House Pickles, Charred Onions – $

Kimonos – located in the Swan Hotel this elegant Japanese eatery does a great job with hand made sushi.

  • California Roll – Crab, Avocado, Cucumber, Smelt Roe – $
  • Coconut Shrimp Roll – Coconut Shrimp Roll – $$
  • Dancing Eel Roll – Crab, Avocado, Eel – $$
  • Jalapeño Roll – Spicy Tuna, Yellow Tail – $$
  • Shrimp Tempura Roll – Shrimp Tempura Roll – $
  • Spicy Rainbow Roll – Spicy Tuna, Salmon, Avocado – $$
  • Spider Roll – Crispy Soft Shell Crab – $$
  • Tuna Roll – $

A lot of good options at Disney Springs…

Blaze Pizza – Coal fired pizza ready in 3 minutes, Blaze is located in Disney Springs and features fresh ingredients.

  • Build Your Own 1 Top Pizza – Sauce, Cheese and 1 Topping. High-rise Dough or Gluten-Free Dough, add $2.00 – $
  • Build Your Own 2 Top Pizza – Sauce, Cheese and 1 Topping. High-rise Dough or Gluten-Free Dough, add $2.00 – $
  • Build Your Own Pizza – Choose Any Toppings. High-rise Dough or Gluten-Free Dough, add $2.00 – $
  • Build Your Own Simple Pie – Mozzarella, Parmesan and Red Sauce. High- rise Dough or Gluten- Free Dough, add $2.00 – $

Cookes of Dublin – Some of the best fish n’ chips you’ll find anywhere, this Dublin institution has brought their secret recipes to Disney Springs.

  • Battered Chicken Tenders & Chips – – $$
  • Chicken and Wild Mushroom Pie – Chicken, Wild Mushrooms and Leeks in a White Wine Cream Sauce in Puff Pastry served with Chips – $$
  • Famous Fish and Chips – – $$

The Polite Pig – just real good BBQ.

  • Hog in a Box – Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Baby Potatoes, Sage and Sweet Onion Stuffing, Caramelized Onions and Apple Sauce – $$
  • BBQ Cheddar Sausage – Bourbon Glaze; served with Jalapeño Cornbread, signature Polite Slaw and choice of 1 market side – $$
  • Low & Slow Brisket Sandwich – Prime Brisket, Pimento Cheese, Porter BBQ, Pickled Jalapeños and Onion Straws served with a Pickle Spear – $$
  • The Southern Pig Sandwich – Pulled-Pork, Fennel-apple Slaw, tangy Mustard BBQ and Duke’s Mayo. Served with a Pickle Spear; add a Market Side – $$

Wolfgang Puck’s Express – Wolfgang is famous for his creative items at reasonable prices

  • Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf Sandwich – Smoked Mozzarella, Garlic Aïoli and Crispy Onion Rings served with House-made Chips – $$
  • Chicken Aïoli Sandwich – Provolone, Tomatoes, Red Onions and Cilantro Aïoli served with House-made Chips – $
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich – Grapes, Apples, Butter Lettuce and Dijon Aïoli on Whole-Grain Bread served with House-made Chips – $$
  • Crispy Chicken Tenders – with French Fries – $$
  • Macaroni & Cheese – Rigatoni, Cheddar, Mozzarella and Toasted Breadcrumbs – $$
  • Rotisserie Turkey Club – Avocado, Bacon, Tomatoes, Mixed Greens and Pepperoncini Aïoli served with House-made Chips – $$

Eating in Epcot

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

  • Quiche Florentine – Spinach, Goat Cheese Quiche – $
  • Quiche Lorraine – Ham, Gruyere Quiche – $
  • Croque Monsieur – Toasted Ham and Cheese – $
  • Pissaladière – Tomatoes, Olives and Gruyere Cheese – $
  • Roulé Lard and Fromage – Bacon and Cheese Roll – $

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

  • Fish and Chips – two strips of Fish served with Chips – $$

La Cantina De San Angel

  • Guacamole with Totopos – Fresh-made Gucamole with Tortilla Chips – $
  • Nachos – Tortilla Chips topped with Ground Beef, Nacho Cheese, Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Beans, and Sour Cream – $$
  • Pollo Cascabel – Grilled Chicken, Mexican Rice, Corn, Cascabel Sauce and Pickled Onions – $$
  • Taco Trio – Seasoned Beef, Chicken and Fish, Homemade Corn Tortillas, Mexican Rice, Black Beans, Red Salsa, Habanero aïoli and slaw – $$
  • Tacos de Barbacoa – Seasoned Beef, Homemade Corn Tortillas, Mexican Rice, Refried Black Beans, and Red Salsa – $$

Yak And Yeti Local Food Cafes

  • Asian Chicken Wrap – sliced Chicken, Mixed Greens and Tomatoes served on a Whole Wheat Tortilla with Chips – $$
  • Ginger Chicken Salad – Mixed Greens, grilled marinated Chicken, and Asian Dressing – $$
  • Honey Chicken – Tempura Chicken, Carrots, Snap Peas, Honey Sauce, and White Rice – $$
  • Sweet-and-Sour Tempura Shrimp – Golden Crisp Tempura Shrimp, Sweet-and-Sour Sauce and White Rice – $$
  • Teriyaki Beef Bowl – Marinated Beef, Carrots, Snap Peas, Mushrooms in Sweet Teriyaki Sauce with White Rice – $$

Walt Disney World Prepaid Dining Plans

One way to control your vacation food budget at Disney World is the buy a Disney Food Plan. While not the most inexpensive approach it is a sure way to eliminate some of the concern over your vacation costs.

There are a number of dining plan options that can be added onto your Disney World reservations. The two most popular are Quick-Service plan and the Regular Meal plan. Current Summer 2020 rates:

PlanQS creditsTS credits2020 price for ages 10+2020 price for ages 3-9
Quick-Service Dining Plan20$55$26
Regular Dining Plan11$78$30.50
QS is Quick Service – TS is Table Service

The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Self-service meals, from soup or pasta to fish and burgers. Use your meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner – ideal for those on the go! Available at 100+ locations.

Per guest, for each night of your stay:

  • 2 self-service meals
  • 1 non-alcoholic/alcoholic drink per meal‡
  • 2 selected snacks
  • Refillable mug

The Basic Disney Dining Plan

Casual self-service meals as you explore the parks, before sitting down to delicious dinners with waiter-service and Disney Characters. Available at 200+ locations.

Per guest, for each night of your stay:

  • 1 waiter service meal
  • 1 self-service meal
  • 1 non-alcoholic/alcoholic drink per meal‡
  • 2 selected snacks
  • Refillable mug

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