As a frog family of four, we understand how food costs at the Disney parks can quickly get out of hand. Fortunately, we’ve figured out many ways to eat on a budget, such as packing our own snacks and eating breakfast in our hotel room. But sometimes we don’t want to hassle with bringing our own food.
After a lengthy quest to find all of the cheap food at Disney World, we’ve compiled a list with some of our froggy favorite, budget-friendly options. And by cheap, we mean around $10 or less per person for a meal and around $5 or less for a snack! Some of the options we mention may be a dollar or so higher, but we also taken into account generous portion sizes. We rather have fuller bellies for a little more money than to have someone immediately ask for a churro after eating a small lunch. Plus, sometimes Tad and Lily can share an adult meal, saving even more money per person.
We’ve broken our list down into our top five spots at each park. Let’s dig in!
Note: All prices were accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change.
Our Top Picks for Cheap Food at Disney World
1. Casey’s Corner
At Casey’s Corner, personalize an All-Beef Hot Dog with your favorite condiments at the toppings bar for $9.49. Vegans and vegetarians can even enjoy a Plant-Based Dog for $9.49. Not in the mood for a regular hot dog? Order a Corn Dog Nuggets meal for $9.99. All entrees are served with a side of apple slices or french fries. If you don’t mind spending an extra dollar or two, Casey’s Corner also offers specialty hot dogs, including chili-cheese dogs, or foot-long hot dogs, which helped cut down on costs even more by sharing.
2. Columbia Harbour House
We love sharing the Combo Platters at Columbia Harbour House! The Trio Platter, which consists of fried shrimp, breaded chicken breast nuggets and battered fish, can easily satisfy two people for $13.99. Although it already comes with hushpuppies and a choice of vegetables or french fries, we usually order an extra side of green beans ($4.49) to share … no need for more fried food! New 50th anniversary offerings include Spoon for One More, a black sourdough bread bowl with New England clam chowder for $7.49, and Hail to the Leaf, mixed greens with apples, cheese, dried cranberries, apple vinaigrette and even topped with chicken strips for $11.99. A four pieces of chicken strips with fries is available for $9.99.
3. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
If you’re looking for some affordable Southwestern cuisine, stop by Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn in Frontierland. Two entrees have a price tag just below $10: the Veggie Rice Bowl ($9.99) and the Southwest Salad ($9.99). There are also several nacho meals that cost $10.99 if you want to spend an extra dollar. Tad and Lily comfortably split the Taco Trio ($10.99) and share a side of Tortilla Chips ($4.99), which equals $7.99 per tadpole. Perhaps what really increases the value at Pecos Bill is the Fixins’ Bar, where you can pile on additional toppings including salsa, cheese, roasted corn, onions, sour cream and more. (The Fixins' Bar may not be currently available.)
4. Sleepy Hollow
Frogs with a sweet tooth can satisfy their sugar craving with a unique Instagram-worthy snack that’s basically large enough to be a meal by itself. Sleepy Hollow has a variety of waffle-based offerings. The first option is a Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich, topped with chocolate-hazelnut spread and has a price tag of $8.29. You can also get Mickey waffles here for $7.79, as well as shareable funnel cakes for $6.99.
5. Aloha Isle
We can’t go on a Disney World vacation without getting a famous Dole Whip! This frog favorite treat is a pineapple-flavored, non-dairy soft serve dessert. At Aloha Isle, you have a choice between original pineapple, coconut, vanilla or raspberry swirl Dole Whip cup. The low cost ($4.99) helps this snack land on our list of cheap food at Disney World. Because Aloha Isle is a hoppin’ spot specifically for Dole Whip, we recommend mobile ordering in advance.
1. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Tucked away in the back of the France pavilion, you’ll find this deli-bakery shop inside Les Halles. It’s a perfect stop if you’re looking for a cheap breakfast or lunch. The deli’s entrees, such as a Dinde BLT or Jambon Beurre (a classic Parisian ham and cheese sandwich), are all kept under $10. Many of the pastries and desserts, including creme brulee, eclairs and croissants, stay under $5. Bon appetit, froggies!
When you think of Germany, beer and sausages most likely come to mind. Well, you’re in luck! Sommerfest, a counter-service restaurant in the Germany pavilion, sells a Bratwurst meal served on a roll with sauerkraut and house-made paprika chips for $10.29 (we're counting it since it's only a few cents over). Sommerfest also sells affordable beer for under $10. Take your pick from Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, Beck's Pilsner or Warsteiner Dunkel ($9.50 each) — or Redbridge Lager for $9.
3. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
This Norwegian bakery and cafe is another great place to find unique, budget-friendly food items. The entire menu features drinks and treats with price tags of $6.29 or less. You have to try traditional Norwegian lefse ($3.29), a soft flatbread rolled with cinnamon, sugar and butter.
4. Kabuki Cafe
If you’re looking for a cheap snack, Kabuki Cafe has both sushi and Kakigōri to satisfy a midday hunger pang (and your wallet). Sushi options, such as a California Roll, a Spicy Roll and a Nigiri Combo, are served as snack-sized portions for $6 ($6.50 for the latter) at this outdoor kiosk in Japan. Kakigōri, a shaved ice treat, is available in six different flavors with or without a sweet milk topping from $5.50 to $7.
5. Via Napoli
It’s worth mentioning Via Napoli in Italy solely for its pizza. If you want a more leisurely meal experience at a table-service restaurant, this option works well mainly for small families or groups. The individual pizzas are pricey ($25), but if everyone agrees on toppings, split either a large (serves 2 to 3) or a Mezzo Metro (serves 3 to 5) pizza. The Mezzo Metro pizzas especially are HUGE. In fact, they’re half a meter long! When we, a family of four, share a Mezzo Metro pizza, it’s about $12 to $13 per person depending on which kind we get (prices range from $50 to $55). We don’t mind splurging an extra couple of dollars per frog (plus our tip) for the overall dining experience! Because Lily doesn’t usually finish her entire portion, we end up with leftovers … but sometimes Tad will help his sister out. And keep an eye out: There's a pizza window near the restaurant that's available seasonally and offers individual slices!
Bonus: Sunshine Seasons
Though just over our $10 and under range, we have to mention Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion. With options such as grilled rotisserie chicken with black beans and rice, bacon cheeseburger with chips and cheese flatbread with pasta salad, there is something for everyone (all priced about $10.49 to $13.49). Plus there's plenty of indoor seating to relax and enjoy.
At Pizzafari, you can get a personal cheese pizza served with a small Caesar salad for $9.99. For the same price, there are also gluten and dairy allergy-friendly options available. If you need a little more variety, vegetable, pepperoni and sausage and pepperoni pizzas only cost up to an extra dollar. There are also allergy-friendly brownies and cookies available for under $5.
2. Flame Tree Barbecue
Once again, we’re highlighting a counter-service restaurant that has entrees large enough to split between at least two people. All entrees have a price range of $10.99 to $16.29, so at most, you’d spend about $8.50 per person. Choose between 1/2 smoked chicken or St. Louis Ribs platters. The platters come with baked beans and coleslaw. You can also opt for baked mac and cheese with pulled pork ($11.99) or a smoked pulled pork sandwich ($10.99).
3. Eight Spoon Cafe
Eight Spoon Cafe is a small, outdoor food kiosk across from Adventurers Outpost — it’s easy to walk right past it. This hidden gem serves snack-sized baked macaroni and cheese bowls. A simple, plain mac and cheese bowl will only set you back $4.49! If you want to add pulled pork, the price increases by a couple dollars.
4. Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery
If you’re in need of a cheap breakfast, Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery has a variety of value items. Start your day with a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit for $6.99, or go a simpler route with assorted muffins and danishes or a pistachio honey croissant for under $5. If you’re hungrier later in the day, opt for the marinated chicken flatbread sandwich ($10.49).
Restaurantosaurus has classic American fare such as burgers and chicken nuggets. Some entrees are a little pricier than $10, but we like to point out that the foot-long hot dog options with fries could be split. The cheapest entrees are the eight-piece chicken breast nuggets meal served with fries, which costs $9.99, and the Restaurantosaurus Cobb Salad, which costs $8.99.
Bonus: Satu'li Canteen
Located in Pandora, Satu'li Canteen offers delicious customizable bowls for $12 to $16. These dishes have some exotic flare to them while still being recognizable to those from Earth. The meals are very filling and the kids meal pack a lot in for $8 to $9. The restaurant is exclusively using mobile order and both indoor and covered outdoor seating is available.
1. Woody’s Lunch Box
Dine among your favorite toys at Woody’s Lunch Box, one of our favorite spots for cheap food at Disney World. Start your day with a Breakfast Bowl ($8.79) and later feast on a Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich ($8.99) or “Totchos” ($9.99), potato barrels — or tater tots — piled with chili, shredded cheese and signature queso, tomatoes, corn chips, sour cream and green onions. Then treat yourself to a Lunch Box Tart for $4.29!
2. Backlot Express
The Backlot Express has a few inexpensive, filling options for lunch and dinner. Chicken strips (four pieces) come with a side of fries for $9.99 or a cheeseburger with fries for $10.99. If you’re a fan of salads, the Southwest Salad ($8.99) consists of crisp wontons, black bean relish, avocado and vinaigrette dressing. There’s an option to add grilled chicken for an extra $2. It has one of the few self-serve soda stations located in Disney World, so if you purchase a drink, you can get unlimited free refills during your meal.
3. Dockside Diner
Located on the shores of Echo Lake, Dockside Diner serves up classic American cuisine. The updated menu now offers vibrant dishes like the Chipotle Chicken Salad Roll for $9.99 or the Shrimp Salad Roll $13.49. Although the offerings at this location are somewhat limited, they are well-sized and very filling. Kids’ meals are also available, like the Mac 'n' cheese with fruit and a small drink for $6.49.
4. Epic Eats
We’ve recommended several meals to split, and the same thinking can apply to find cheap snacks and desserts! The specialty funnel cakes at Epic Eats are enormous … even Tad can’t finish one by himself. We love splitting the Funnel Cake with Cookies ‘n Cream and Soft-Serve Vanilla Ice Cream ($8.49 total — $4.25 or less per person, if sharing). If you don’t want Cookies ‘n Cream, there is a strawberry version with ice cream for $8.49 or a plain funnel cake with powdered sugar for only $6.79. You can also get a soft-serve waffle cone for $4.99.
5. Ronto Roasters
Looking for food that's out of this galaxy? Ronto Roasters is one of our favorite spots in Batuu (though it's just a little out of this $10 or less price range). The Ronto Wrap, Zuchii Wrap, the Ronto Morning Wrap and the Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap vary from $11.49 to $12.99 (but we think it's well worth it, and the Ronto Wrap is big enough to share!). For breakfast, you can get Overnight Oats for $6.99.
Bonus: ABC Commissary
ABC Commissary serves up classic American cuisine at Hollywood Studios. The location offers hearty entrees, including the Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich for $10.99, Pork Carnitas Tacos for $11.49, and the Mediterranean Salad for $9.99 (add chicken for $2 more).
If you're sticking to a budget, be sure to visit these restaurants and food kiosks to keep dining costs low. Do you have any other favorite places to find cheap food at Disney World? Share in the comments below!