From start to finish, a Walt Disney World Resort vacation can be extremely expensive. Guests drop some serious money on Disney Resort rooms, souvenirs, travel, supplies, special experiences, and more, but one of the most expensive aspects of any vacation is dining. Disney dining can be incredibly costly thanks to upscale and extravagant restaurants that offer up unique and unforgettable menus. While Guests can absolutely splurge on amazing meals throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, many are more interested in keeping their dining costs lower, which is completely possible by following a few key steps.
So far in this series we’ve looked at how to dine for cheap in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but today we are turning our focus to Disney Springs. This shopping and dining destination is home to some incredible table service restaurants including Morimoto Asia, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, The Boathouse, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, Wine Bar George, and Frontera Cocina, but Guests who are looking to save should instead focus on the many quick-service restaurants available.
Let’s check out the ultimate dining plan to enjoy three full meals and two snacks in Disney Springs without breaking the bank.
Breakfast: Bacon, Egg, & Cheddar – $6.49 and Coffee – $2.49 – Earl of Sandwich
One of the best quick-service breakfast options in Disney Springs is Earl of Sandwich, a longstanding location that can be found in the Marketplace area. Earl of Sandwich is open throughout each day and serves up a menu that focuses on sandwiches, soups, and salads made with fresh and delicious ingredients. Guests who are looking to enjoy a delicious breakfast for cheap can order the Bacon, Egg, & Cheddar hot sandwich which comes with special breakfast sauce and a coffee, iced or hot, for just under $10. With hearty ingredients in the sandwich and just enough caffeine in the coffee, breakfast at Earl of Sandwich is the perfect way to fuel up for a day spent enjoying all that Disney Springs has to offer.
Morning Snack: Funky Bunch Donut – Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew – $5.75
Moving over to the West Side of Disney Springs, Guests can check out a vibrant and upbeat location that serves up a menu of truly unforgettable treats. Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew has become extremely popular with Guests thanks to their inventive menu of massive and indulgent donuts and cold brew creations offered up in a variety of flavors. The Funky Bunch menu at Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew features some of the location’s most creative donuts and Guests can enjoy an indulgent morning snack with options like Maple Double Bacon, Mounds Coconut Dream, Peanut Butter Explosion, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and S’Mores Galore.
Lunch: Five Tender Combo – Chicken Guy! – $13.49
One of the newest dining locations in Disney Springs is Chicken Guy!, a busy quick-service restaurant located in the Town Center area. Chicken Guy! is run by Food Network Star Guy Fieri and serves up a delicious menu focused on, you guessed it, chicken! The signature menu option that Guests love to enjoy for lunch and dinner are the tenders, and the Five Tender Combo is an amazing bargain that comes with five perfectly crispy tenders, fries, and a fountain beverage. In addition to the tenders, Guests also have their choice of two signature sauces from Chicken Guy! with incredibly flavorful options that include Chipotle Ranch, Nashville Hot Honey, Garlic Parmesan, Blue Cheese, Curry Mayo, Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ, and Sweet Sriracha BBQ.
Afternoon Snack: Original Chocolate Chip Cookie – Gideon’s Bakehouse – $6.00
With so many unique shopping options to enjoy throughout Disney Springs, Guests are definitely going to need an afternoon pick-me-up, and a unique bakery in The Landing is the perfect spot. Gideon’s Bakehouse welcomes Guests into a gothic and dark interior with quirky details all around and a menu of specially crafted cookies that take nearly a day to create and weigh in at a half pound each. These cookies are absolutely big enough to share, but no Guest will want to once they see the incredible displays feature throughout Gideon’s Bakehouse. There’s literally no wrong choice when it comes to a cookie from this bakery, but one of the most popular options is the Original Chocolate Chip Cookie, which took fifteen years to perfect and features a blend of chocolates and vanillas.
Dinner: Famous Fish and Chips – Cookes of Dublin – $14.99
To round out an amazing day of cheap dining in Disney Springs, Guests can enjoy a wonderful dinner from Cookes of Dublin in The Landing area. Located adjacent to Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant, this quick-service location serves up classic Irish pub options that Guests can enjoy in a clean and modern interior or at comfortable outdoor patio tables that offer beautiful views of Disney Springs. The Famous Fish and Chips at Cookes of Dublin are some of the best at the Walt Disney World Resort and feature perfectly flaky fish with a crunchy exterior and piping hot fries.
And there we have it- a complete guide to dining for an entire day in Disney Springs while spending less than $50 a person! This guide proves that it is completely possible to enjoy filling and satisfying meals in Disney Springs without breaking the bank, and some other wonderful quick-service restaurants that provide alternative meals and snacks include The Polite Pig, Morimoto Asia Street Food, D-Luxe Burger, and Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza.