Your meals can take up a large part of your Walt Disney World vacation budget. In order to save a few dollars you might be tempted to leave property and eat at a local fast food restaurant. What you’ll save in money you’ll lose in experience, plus you’ll also be losing precious time from your Walt Disney World vacation. Here are ten restaurants that allow you to leave full and with at least a little bit of money in your wallet. Prices aren’t given, since they change all the time.
10) Food Courts – Walt Disney World Resorts
The food courts can be a fairly decent value if you look around. There are grab and go items, and there are usually a couple of options that are unique to that food court. Portions are large, and the locations are convenient. You can grab breakfast first thing in the morning, and they’re open late, so you can have a snack before you head to bed.
9) Buffets – Various locations
The buffets at Walt Disney World are expensive, but they can also be a fairly decent value. Since they are all you care to eat, you can fill up. Book a late breakfast and you might still be there when lunch is rolled out, so you can enjoy a little bit more. Bring snacks with you for breakfast and make a late lunch reservation, and you might be able to get away with the buffet being the only meal you need to purchase all day. Make sure that you don’t book your FastPass+ for a thrill ride right after the buffet, it might make more sense to take in a show or ride something slow that doesn’t go round and round.
8) Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant might be a little more expensive than most of the restaurants here, but the eatery gives you a different kind of bang. It is a destination restaurant, where you are fully immersed in the theme. You’ll dine in your car at a drive in theater, while trailers from 1950’s science fiction movies play on the screen in the front. The portions are large, and if you add a milkshake you can skip dessert. Your bill may be higher than you payed in your resort food court, but you’re paying for a fun experience as well as the food.
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7) Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Magic Kingdom
This is another science fiction themed restaurant that offers experience as well as filling meals. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe features burgers, chicken, and sandwiches. While you dine, you’ll be serenaded by the smooth sounds of Sonny Eclipse. What gives Cosmic Ray’s extra value is the Topping Bar. You can load up your meal with lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and more. It’s almost like you can create a side salad without paying extra for it.
6) Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Although Beaches & Cream sells burgers, sandwiches, and other things you might expect to find at a burger shop, that’s not why you’ll get a bang for your buck here. This is where you’ll find The Kitchen Sink. It’s the ultimate sundae, filled with eight scoops of ice cream, cake, cookies, fruit, candy bars, hot fudge, caramel, a full can of whipped cream, and much more. The sundae is expensive, but it’s meant to be shared by at least four people, so the cost is comparable to ordering four sundaes. Share an entree for dinner because you will want to save room for this dessert. Don’t be surprised if you and your group can’t finish it. It’s that big.
5) Sunshine Seasons – Epcot
If you’re looking for a filling meal that isn’t too expensive at Epcot, check out Sunshine Seasons. You’ll pick from Asian Noodles Shop, Grill Shop, Sandwich Shop, and Soups & Salads Shop. The food is fresh and there are some creative choices, so you won’t have to settle for the same old thing. The restaurant also has vegan options on the menu, so people who consume plant based meals will not need to ask a lot of questions.
4) Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza – Disney Springs
There are several places at Walt Disney World where you can buy individual sized pizzas, but the pizzas at Blaze are larger than most. Another difference that gives your buck an added bang is that if you build your own pizza you can add all the toppings that you want without paying extra. Blaze can get quite busy, but the line moves fast and your pizza will be ready in just a few minutes. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza has quickly become a favorite at Disney Springs.
3) Flame Tree Barbecue – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
If you are a barbecue lover, Flame Tree Barbecue is a must try location. You can order chicken, ribs, pork, and more. The portions are huge, and you will need a few extra napkins. Flame Tree Barbecue is extremely popular, so you might want to plan a late lunch or an early dinner.
2) Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – Magic Kingdom
At Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe you will feel as if you’re dining in a Western saloon. You’ll find tacos, fajitas, burritos, veggie bowls, and similar items. The food is reasonably priced, at least it’s reasonable for Disney. What makes the restaurant special, though, is that it also has a Topping Bar. You can fill your taco up with cheese, salsa, lettuce, and all the guacamole that you want. The Topping Bar makes the great food at Pecos Bill even better.
1) Earl of Sandwich – Disney Springs
Earl of Sandwich is a nod to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. According to popular legend, he invented the sandwich because he wanted to have one hand free so that he wouldn’t have to stop playing cards in order to eat. At the Disney Springs restaurant you will find plenty of sandwiches that you won’t want to put down. The restaurant serves breakfast sandwiches, and then the menu changes to more traditional toasted sandwiches for lunch and dinner. The prices are lower than you’ll pay for most other sandwiches on Walt Disney World property, giving you the best bang for your buck. Be careful with the extras, though, because the sides will shoot the cost up quickly.