Cheap Eats at Walt Disney World

We go to Disney World all of the time. That’s not a secret. But what is a semi-secret is how we manage to do it without breaking the bank. Well, that is until now. People constantly ask us about how to make the most of their money when it comes to eating in the parks, so these are the suggestions that John and I have put together for them.
First things first, the biggest money saver for the parks is to always order cups of water, not bottled water. You need to stay hydrated, but you don’t have to pay for it. Free cups of water are available at every quick service location with a soda fountain, but our favorite free cup of water {yes, you can have a favorite cup of water} is from Starbucks! There’s a Starbucks in each park and there are two at Disney Springs. {PS – Starbucks mobile ordering does NOT work in the parks, but it is available at both Disney Springs locations!}
Magic Kingdom:
  • Casey’s Corner {hot dogs/corn dogs}
    • This is our “splurge” at Magic Kingdom. You’re going to pay around $10-$12 for a chili cheese dog/BBQ slaw dog/plain hot dog and fries, but it’s one of our favorite places to eat!
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café {burgers, salads, chicken fingers, fries}
    • Cosmic Ray’s is home to an unlimited toppings bar, and the best way to take full advantage of that is to get a side order of fries {$3.29} and go crazy with the toppings: sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, sauerkraut, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sauces, etc. If you’re feeling really fancy, grab a $1 container of hot cheese with your order. You can easily split the container over 2 sides of fries unless you are like us and realllllly like cheese.
    • The best value here is the unlimited toppings bar! We love nachos, and the kid’s beef nacho meal {$5.99 with a small drink, grapes, and carrots} is almost the same portion as the adult beef nacho meal {$11.99 for just the nachos}. We get a kid’s beef nacho meal with an extra cup of ice or cup of water {both are free} and then split the nacho bowl into 2 plates and pile on the toppings. You can easily feed at least one adult or maybe two depending on how hungry you are for $6.
    • The $10 cheese or caprese flatbreads here are perfect for sharing, but the real winners are the tomato soup {$3.69} and the garlic breadsticks with marinara {$4.99}. You can split an order of breadsticks between 2 people when you each get your own soup.
  • In Future World, most quick service places will be similar {burgers, chicken tenders, fries}, except for Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion. They have a huge variety! The kid’s Mongolian beef is one of my favorites, and again, it’s $6.99 instead of $12.99 for the adult portion.
  • In World Showcase, any quick service restaurant in any country is really good! Our favorites are:
  • Keep in mind that kid’s menu portions are almost always close to the adult menu portions, and yes, they will let an adult order from the kid’s meal no questions asked.
Hollywood Studios:
  • Most quick service restaurants here are the standard burgers, chicken tenders, and fries, but you can also grab a great salad or pizza at Catalina Eddie’s or PizzeRizzo.
  • If you’re craving something a little more substantial or fancy, you can order the full menu of 50s Prime Time at the Tune-In Lounge, you can grab a table at The Brown Derby Lounge, or you can check out Baseline Tap House for a killer cheese board. These options are walk up and first come, first served. We love the onion rings at 50s Prime Time/Tune-In Lounge and the cobb salad and beef sliders at The Brown Derby Lounge.

Animal Kingdom:
  • Flametree BBQ {southern style BBQ}
    • This is one of my family’s favorite places to go! Most of the combos and BBQ plates can be shared and are under $15-20. I always get the pulled pork sandwich with fries {$10.99}
  • Harambe Market {african}
    • Harambe Market is known for it’s chicken skewer and barbeque ribs, and both of those are available as kid’s meals for $7. The adult menu versions are closer to $10-$15 .
    • The chicken fried rice {$4.99} and egg rolls {$3.29 for 1, $5.99 for 2} from Yak & Yeti are why I go to Animal Kingdom.

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