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Dining for Cheap in the Magic Kingdom

There’s no debating that a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is extremely expensive, with costs including Disney Resort hotel stays, Disney theme park tickets, MagicBands, souvenirs, supplies like sunscreen, travel, and much more. One of the things that tends to add up the most for Guests once already on their vacations are dining costs, as some of the food found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort is downright expensive.

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While it might seem that Guests are simply stuck with spending a ton of money on dining throughout their vacation, there are also plenty of cheaper, but still delicious, meals and snacks to be enjoyed that won’t break the bank. Let’s take a look at the Magic Kingdom in particular and see how a Guest could choose less expensive quick-service options to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks in the Park without breaking the bank while in Walt Disney World.

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Breakfast: Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich – Main Street Bakery – $6.29 and Freshly Brewed Coffee – Grande – Main Street Bakery – $3.49

One of the most convenient locations to grab breakfast in the Magic Kingdom is at the Main Street Bakery on Main Street, U.S.A., as Guests literally have to pass by it to get anywhere in the Disney Park from the main entrance. The Main Street Bakery is the main Starbucks location in the Magic Kingdom and serves up an array of delicious and filling breakfast options to help Guests fuel up for their fun days ahead. A great option that is relatively inexpensive is the Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich, which is served warm and is just filling enough to be satisfying. Guests can also grab some freshly brewed coffee at the Main Street Bakery to get a little caffeine in their system before heading out to enjoy attractions and experiences.

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Morning Snack: Warm Cinnamon Roll – Gaston’s Tavern – $6.79

Gaston’s Tavern is a rustic and fun location in Fantasyland where Guests can feel as though they have stepped into a scene from Beauty and the Beast that is filled to the brim with leather accents and antlers, of course. Open throughout each day in the Magic Kingdom, Gaston’s Tavern serves up a limited menu of bites that Guests love to enjoy. A great snack option that doesn’t break the bank is the Warm Cinnamon Roll, which is a massive serving of cinnamon and dough perfection topped with a sticky and sweet icing.

Corn Dog Nuggets

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Lunch: Corn Dog Nuggets and Cheese Sauce – Casey’s Corner – $11.29

For a filling lunch that doesn’t cost a ton in the Magic Kingdom, Guests can head back over to Main Street, U.S.A. to Casey’s Corner, a quick-service restaurant that brings the nostalgia of old-time baseball stadiums to life. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Casey’s Corner features a menu that focuses very heavily on hot dogs, which makes perfect sense as they are the best baseball stadium snack. Guests looking to save a little can enjoy the Corn Dog Nuggets, which are perfect bite-sized pieces of hot dog in a sweet coating that are served with the choice of fries or a Cuties Mandarin. To take the Corn Dog Nuggets to the next level, Guests should also order a side of Cheese Sauce which is warm, smooth, and the perfect thing to dip both the corn dog nuggets and fries into. Casey’s Corner can be very crowded during lunch hours, so Guests should also be sure to grab their meals and enjoy them on the hub grass where they can soak in the ambiance of Main Street, U.S.A. and gaze at Cinderella Castle.

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Afternoon Snack: Pineapple DOLE Whip Cup – Aloha Isle – $5.99

While Guests can absolutely want to keep dining costs down during a day in the Magic Kingdom, it’s also important to be sure to eat enough to keep their energy up enough to make it through an entire day, making an afternoon snack a good idea. An iconic option to try that is both refreshing and not too expensive can be found over at Aloha Isle in Adventureland, not far from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The Pineapple DOLE Whip Cup is a beloved snack that many Guests consider to be a must-do in the Magic Kingdom and features a serving of smooth and icy pineapple ice cream with the option of also ordering just vanilla or a swirl of vanilla and pineapple.

Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken-Waffle Sandwich

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Dinner: Sweet & Spicy Chicken-Waffle Sandwich – Sleepy Hollow – $11.29

Dinner is typically the largest meal that many Guests eat throughout the day, and a filling and satisfying option can be found at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. This quick-service restaurant is housed inside a small brick building and is well-known for its waffle creations, and Guests can enjoy a unique option for dinner that is both hearty and sweet. The Sweet & Spicy Chicken-Waffle Sandwich tops a fresh, warm waffle with a generous serving of chicken, broccoli slaw, and honey-sriracha glaze with a side of house-made chips that Guests can enjoy from the open-air patio overlooking Cinderella Castle.

Total: $45.14

And there we have it! Three meals and two snacks in the Magic Kingdom, coming in at under $50 for one person. While there are absolutely some expensive dining options found throughout the Disney Park, this proves that it is possible to enjoy a decent amount of food throughout the day without breaking the bank. Guests just have to lean more towards quick-service meals and be aware of prices and options to help keep costs down while still enjoying some amazing dining options. Some other quick service locations throughout the Disney Park that have reasonably priced meals include Columbia Harbour House, Pinocchio’s Village Haus, Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, and The Friar’s Nook.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.