Best Budget Dining Options at Disney

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Written By Carlos Braga

Disney is synonymous with a lot of money spent on food. But would it be possible to eat in Disney parks spending little? 

Yes, it is possible and in this post we will give you a series of suggestions and tips so you know what eat at Disney and where to eat to get good food without having to spend a lot of money.

Walt Disney World is huge and offers several locations and theme parks.

Therefore, to make it easier to read and search this post, we will divide the tips by park: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal kingdom.

Flame Tree Barbecue
Flame Tree Barbecue

In this post we will focus on the Disney parks, if you want tips on how to save on food in other Orlando parks such as Universal Studios or SeaWorld, let us know in the comments!

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Saving on Food at the Magic Kingdom

eat cheap in Magic Kingdom It's not easy, but it's something that is possible to do.

The Magic Kingdom It is a giant arch and offers several food options.

The Friar's Nook - Delicious Snacks at Magic Kingdom
The Friar's Nook – Delicious snacks at the Magic Kingdom

Of course, inside the Disney parks, the value of food is always higher than almost anywhere outside the parks.

But there are still good options at a good cost for you and your group.

Let's check.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Have you ever imagined eating in a saloon in the Old West?

This could be your big opportunity!

Pecos Bill Talle Tale Inn and Cafe is all decorated in the Wild West theme and offers some really cool dishes on its menu.

The cuisine at this restaurant is more Mexican-American in style.

Food at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Food at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

However, an interesting option here is the cheeseburger made from angus beef.

The burger is grilled on the grill, bacon and American cheese melted on top, accompanied by a portion of tortilla chips. That's for just over $$12.

An interesting option for vegetarians is the Southwest Salad: mix of green leaves, with bean salsa, tomato and tortilla. The value is just over $10 dollars.

Good options for kids are: the vegetarian rice bowl ($7.19 USD) and the cheeseburger ($7.69 USD).

Tomorrowland terrace

One of my favorite places in the Magic Kingdom is the Tomorrowland.

Over there, there is a really cool restaurant called Tomorrowland terrace, with tasty options for your lunch.

Fried Shrimp at Tomorrowland Terrace
Fried Shrimp in Tomorrowland terrace

For example the salad with chicken wings, which costs $10.99 dollars.

There are also vegetarian options like the vegetarian cheeseburger with vegan barbecue aioli, vegan cheddar cheese and onion strips for just over $$12.

Columbia Harbor House

Located in Liberty Square, this restaurant is, perhaps, the most suitable for those who go to the Magic Kingdom and want to eat good and cheap food for lunch or dinner.

Shrimp Skewer at Columbia Harbor House
Shrimp Skewer at Columbia Harbor House

Most of the time we go to the Magic Kingdom we try to fit in a lunch or dinner there.

The variety of dishes is huge, serving everything from chicken to seafood, with sandwich options as well.

Excellent options like grilled salmon ($$14.29), served with rice and vegetables.

Another excellent option is the Lobster Roll with French Fries for $16.99.

Lobster Roll at the Columbia Harbor House
Lobster Roll at the Columbia Harbor House

There are also good options on the children's menu, such as: Shrimp skewers, Grilled Salmon, Fried Shrimp or Chicken Strips. All for $8.50 each.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café

The Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café it is the largest Quick Service restaurant in the park.

Therefore, it is a restaurant where you will find everything.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café

Lots of hamburger options, nuggets and even salads for those people who don't want to go off the diet.

Speaking more specifically, some of the options found there are:

Chili Cheese Beef Hot Dog for $14.29, Bacon Angus Burger for $12.79 or a Greek Salad for $9.29

Cosmic Rays Starlight Café - Magic Kingdom Restaurant Menu
Cosmic Rays Starlight Café – Magic Kingdom Restaurant Menu

The menu is quite extensive and you can check out all the items on the official website of the restaurant.

Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinocchio Village Haus is a Fantasyland restaurant with a Pinocchio theme and is a great place to order FlatBreads (Pizza).

Pinocchio Village Haus
Pinocchio Village Haus

In fact, nothing more appropriate, given that the story takes place in Italy.

Some examples of their menu are:

All-Meat Flatbread (sausage, pepperoni, ham and bacon) for $12.29, Pepperoni Flatbread for $12.29 and Ceaser Salad with Chicken for $11.59, among others.

Flatbread - Pinocchio Village Haus
Flatbread – Pinocchio Village Haus

Here you can see the full menu.

Cheap Desserts at the Magic Kingdom

The options above are those for those who want to eat cheaply at the Magic Kingdom.

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But what if you want to complement the meal with an inexpensive dessert? Don't worry, we'll list excellent options here in some of the restaurants already mentioned above!

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

One option is the Greek yogurt which costs $3.19 dollars, another delicious option is the Churros Nugget EARidescence served with chocolate sauce for $6.19.

Tomorrowland terrace

You'll also find Greek Yogurt for $$3.19 at Tomorrowland Terrace.

You'll also find a Minnie Cholocate Chip Cookie there for $4.49 dollars.

Happy Haunts Milkshake at Columbia Harbor House
Happy Haunts Milkshake at Columbia Harbor House

Columbia Harbor House

Here you'll find a delicious Blackberry Donut Milkshake with Purple Chocolate Icing and Black Sprinkles for $7.99 called Happy Haunts Milkshake.

In addition to the same Greek yogurt as the other restaurants.

Where to Eat Cheap at Animal Kingdom

Satu?li Canteen

Satu'li Canteen is the themed restaurant in Pandora, Avatar area in Animal Kingdom.

It has an amazing theme, especially for a Quick Service type restaurant.

Theme of Satu?li Canteen
Theme of Satu?li Canteen

At the Satu'li Canteen you have the option to choose your protein, accompaniment and assemble your plate.

And it is worth mentioning that the food is really very good!

Also, it's one of the few restaurants in the park where you eat with a metal knife and fork.

Protein Dish at Satu?li Canteen
Protein Dish at Satu?li Canteen

The food is very diverse there, there are several dishes inspired by the planet Pandora, the planet where the movie Avatar takes place.

We have listed some of the best options you can find on the Satu'li Canteen Menu:

Combo Bowl: Grilled Beef and Chicken $17.99;
Chili Garlic Shrimp Bowl $15.49;
Steam bun with cheeseburger ? Bao Buns $13.29;
By the way, there are also very interesting options for dessert: Cream cheese and blueberry mousse $5.79;

Cheeseburger Buns - Satu?li Canteen
Cheeseburger Buns – Satu?li Canteen

Here you can see the full menu!

Flame Tree Barbecue

After Satu'li Canteen, this is the second best Quick Service restaurant in the Park, in my opinion.

No wonder the Flame Tree Barbecue It is on this list because, in addition to being delicious, it is one of the cheapest in the park.

Flame Tree Barbecue
Flame Tree Barbecue

Including, it offers one of the best places to sit and enjoy the energy of Animal Kingdom while you eat.

It is worth mentioning that in addition to food, it offers a wide range of drinks and drinks, however they are not exactly cheap, so we will not mention them on this list.

Regarding food, some of the options we recommend are:

Baked macaroni and cheese with pulled pork roast for $12.49;
Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich for $11.79;
Rib and chicken combo for $15.69;

Mac and Cheese at Flame Tree Barbecue
Mac and Cheese at Flame Tree Barbecue

It is worth mentioning that the dishes here are not super big, but 2 for 2 people will definitely leave you very satisfied.

By the way, if you want a more in-depth guide, we have a post entirely dedicated to how to eat cheaply at Animal Kingdom on here!

Where to Eat at Epcot Spending Little

eat cheap in Epcot it can be quite a challenge if you are not prepared.

How is the biggest Disney parks It offers the most food options.

Therefore, there are some restaurants that are very popular which causes prices to be slightly higher.

Also, without planning it's easy to choose an expensive restaurant or one that you don't like the food so much.

Epcot
Epcot

It's easy to choose the wrong one, as the number of restaurants found there is huge.

Epcot stands out for having the famous World showcase, which brings together monuments and restaurants from different countries around the world.

And it is precisely there where we find the best cheap restaurant options, let’s check it out:

Tutto Gusto Winery

Adega Tutto Gusto is a restaurant located in the Italy pavilion.

The most expensive option is La Siciliana, a board with mozzarella Fior di Latte, salami and a caponata salad that costs $27 dollars.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar - Epcot Restaurant
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Epcot Restaurant

This cold board serves two people.

An economical option found there are paninis in different flavors ranging from parma ham to Mozzarella Fior di Latte.

The paninis come with a Ceaser salad and cost around $14 each.

Katsura Grill

If you like Japanese food, then you will love Katsura Grill.

Katsura Grill - Japanese Restaurant at Epcot
Katsura Grill – Japanese Restaurant at Epcot

Located in japan pavilion at World Showcase, the restaurant has one of the most economical menus at Epcot.

Katsura Grill - Epcot Restaurant - Japan Pavilion
Katsura Grill – Epcot Restaurant – Japan Pavilion

The options we most recommend are Shrimp and Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Cutlet with Curry or Chicken Teriyaki.

All these dishes come with rice and a mix of vegetables and cost an average of $15.

Of course, you can check out all the menu items on the official site from the restaurant.

Lotus Blossom Coffee

The Lotus Blossom Coffee is a restaurant located in Pavilhão da China and offers good economic options on its menu.

Orange Chicken at Lotus Blossom Cafe
Orange Chicken at Lotus Blossom Cafe

Some of the options found there are:

Pork spring rolls for $5.25;
Chicken gyozas for $6.50;
Chicken combo in orange sauce for $14.50

These are very tasty dishes, even for those who don't usually eat Chinese food.

What are the alternatives to a cheap dessert in the park?

Of all the restaurants mentioned above, the one we think best offers dessert alternatives is Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar.

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Therefore, he is the only one from the list above that enters the dessert list.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

All desserts at this restaurant are served in Dolci format, which are small dessert cups.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar - Epcot Restaurant
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Epcot Restaurant

The options are amazing like Cannoli for $11, Ricotta pie for $13 or Tiramisu for also $13 dollars.

Eat on the Budget at Disney's Hollywood Studios

At Hollywood Studios we selected 3 restaurants that are excellent, good and cheap options in the park.

Dockside Diner

The Dockside Diner is a Quick Service restaurant located in Echo Lake.

One of the options I recommend there is the Shrimp Salad Roll which is composed of: Shrimp, arugula, tomato, pickled fennel and sliced radish with Rémoulade sauce on buttered brioche bread served with seasoned house fries. That's all for $13.79.

Dockside Diner's Shrimp Salad Roll
Dockside Diner's Shrimp Salad Roll

For the kids, they serve macaroni and cheese with your choice of side dishes. It costs $6.99 dollars.

ABC Commissioner

If you are vegan or vegetarian this is the best option on the list of cheap Hollywood Studios restaurants for you.

The ABC Commissioner, on Commissary Lane, is not a vegetarian restaurant, but it does have some interesting options.

The first is the California Vegetarian Hamburger, which is a fresh vegetable-based burger grilled with sriracha mustard, grilled peppers with balsamic vinegar reduction and onion with a blend of ?mayonnaise? and ketchup, lettuce and tomato, served with choice of side for $$12.79.

California Vegetarian Burger - ABC Commissary
California Vegetarian Burger – ABC Commissary

Another good alternative is the Mediterranean salad, which costs $10.29 dollars.

PizzeRizzo

Pizzerizzo is the restaurant that replaced the old Pizza Planet.

Its theme is what a New York pizzeria would look like if it were run by the Muppets.

The pizzas are individual and each cost approximately 10 dollars and the restaurant offers some good options.

Pizza do PizzeRizzo
Pizza do PizzeRizzo

Plus, there are options for kids beyond pizza, like a chicken sandwich for $$7 or macaroni and cheese for just $$6.49.

Cheap Dessert at Hollywood Studios

Again let's see the cheap options and in the same restaurants mentioned before

Dockside Diner

There you can find the Seaside Brownie, a delicious brownie with white chocolate ganache for $5.19.

ABC Commissary

ABC Commissary offers a good option which is the Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake for $5.49.

Cannoli do PizzeRizzo
Cannoli do PizzeRizzo

PizzeRizzo

The only dessert option currently found at PizzeRizzo is the Cannoli for $$5.29.

Cheap Food Outside of Disney

It's actually much easier!

The United States is known for the huge amount of Fast-Food.

Some are good, others not so much, anyway you can save a lot by eating at some.

taking away the classics McDonalds, Burger King, KFX among others, there are also other wonderful options like Culver's and Shake shake.

Delicious Burger at Culver's Orlando
Delicious Burger at Culver's Orlando

We won't go on too long on this list because it's beyond the focus of this post.

If you want a list of cheap places to eat outside the parks, let us know in the comments so we know if you're interested!

Summary on Economical Food at Walt Disney World

We tried in this post to bring some different food options out of all the traditional options.

The amount of food options inside the parks is immense.

In this way we seek to bring direct solutions to what they are looking for!

Food at Spice Road Table - Epcot Restaurant at Disney World
Food at the Spice Road Table – Epcot Restaurant at Disney World

Obviously, some are well known, but it's hard not to mention them in a post like this about where to eat cheaply at Disney.

Tell us here in the comments if this post helped you choose a restaurant to eat cheaper in disney parks!

Also be sure to check out our other posts about food at Disney

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Disney Dining Plan: The Disney Dining Plan
How to eat cheaply at Disney's water parks?
The Best Breakfast at Disney in Value for Money
The Best Vegetarian Food Options at Magic Kingdom
What are the best fast food in Disney?
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About the Author Carlos Braga:

Unparalleled experience in Orlando and Disney! As a former Universal Orlando team member and a passionate devotee of the magic of Disney, I have become a true Orlando travel expert. Before becoming a renowned travel consultant dedicated to Orlando, I had already made hundreds of visits to the parks, cultivating my knowledge and passion mainly over the last 7 years as a consultant and specialist in Disney travel.

My journey into this enchanted world began in 1995, when I took my first trip to Orlando. Since then, my love for Disney and the city has only grown. In 2023, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of 'Partiu Disney Parks', consolidating our role as one of the main sources of information about Disney and Orlando Parks.

During these six years of existence, we have continued to offer quality and updated content, being the reliable source for all those looking for essential information to plan their trip to Disney and Orlando. With my vast experience and passion for this magical destination, I am here to guide you every step of the way towards the most incredible Orlando and Disney experience!

I hope again that this post helped you in your research for your trip to Disney or Orlando.

As a way to help us keep the blog going, we just ask you to help us by sharing this publication and subscribing to our social networks as Facebook, Instagram or Youtube channel.

In addition to helping us, we are sure that there you will find hundreds of useful posts for your trip!

About the Author Carlos Braga:

Unparalleled experience in Orlando and Disney! As a former Universal Orlando team member and a passionate devotee of the magic of Disney, I have become a true Orlando travel expert. Before becoming a renowned travel consultant dedicated to Orlando, I had already made hundreds of visits to the parks, cultivating my knowledge and passion mainly over the last 7 years as a consultant and specialist in Disney travel.

My journey into this enchanted world began in 1995, when I took my first trip to Orlando. Since then, my love for Disney and the city has only grown. In 2023, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of 'Partiu Disney Parks', consolidating our role as one of the main sources of information about Disney and Orlando Parks.

During these six years of existence, we have continued to offer quality and updated content, being the reliable source for all those looking for essential information to plan their trip to Disney and Orlando. With my vast experience and passion for this magical destination, I am here to guide you every step of the way towards the most incredible Orlando and Disney experience!

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