We are back with more shareable Disney dining hacks for those looking to save some cash. Maybe cutting dining costs is key to affording your Walt Disney World vacation. Maybe you are splurging on a deluxe Disney Resort and need to recoup some cash in the dining department. Or maybe you want to combat inflation and reduce food waste by staying conscious about how much food you purchase at Disney World. We are back with more tips on shareable food at Walt Disney World Parks, Resort, and Disney Springs.
Art’s Famous Fried Chicken
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen, Disney Springs
If fried chicken makes you weak in the knees, you cannot skip Art’s Famous Fried Chicken during a trip to Disney Springs. I love everything from the appetizers (Fried Green Tomatoes) and cocktails (White Peach Sangria) to the main courses at this restaurant. Art’s Famous Fried Chicken is a shareable entrée because of the portion size and the heft of the dish.
For $33 you get three large pieces of buttermilk brined chicken, a hearty helping of mashed potatoes, and a cheddar biscuit. My husband and I always snag an extra side (melty Mac & Cheese) to have even more to share, and can barely finish this meal.
Walt’s Chili-Cheese All-Beef Foot-long Hot Dog
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
In the first shareable meal article, we highlighted the foot-long hot dog at Casey’s Corner, but Tomorrowland has an affordable shareable version of this meal too. Walt’s Chili-Cheese All-Beef Foot-long Hot Dog is only $13.99 and is topped with Walt Disney‘s favorite chili and shredded cheese.
This quick-service restaurant meal is served with a side of fries. This is a lot of food that can easily be divided between two adults for a cheap lunch in Magic Kingdom Park. If you want a larger portion of fries, just order an extra side for $4.49.
Lo Mein Shrimp
Yak & Yeti Restaurant, Asia, Animal Kingdom
Yak & Yeti Restaurant is known as an easy spot to snag delicious Asian cuisine in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you are looking to break from the pace of the theme park and want to have a shareable table service meal, pop by Yak & Yeti Restaurant to try any of the awesome menu offerings.
The Honey Chicken, Korean Beef, or Sweet & Sour Chicken are all shareable, but my top recommendation is the Lo Mein Shrimp. Split this $22.99 entrée for a great lunch-sized food portion, or add an appetizer or side to taste even more dishes.
Pro Tip: Yak & Yeti is actually a Landry’s Restaurant, so don’t forget to use your Landry’s rewards app if you are a member of this loyalty program!
A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes
50’s Prime Time Café, Hollywood Studios
If you are ready for a blast from the past, check out 50’s Prime Time Café near Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This table service eatery is themed like a 1950s kitchen, complete with brightly colored vinyl booths and comfort food like roast beef, fried chicken, and meatloaf. You can share table service meals at Disney World Resort –– in fact, it’s a great way to save cash and still get to experience fun-themed Disney dining. Because this classic American menu is full of stick-to-your-ribs menu items, sharing is a great idea.
Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken is a shareable item, coming in at $25. It is served with three pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and seasonal veggies. Still, our most shareable recommendation on this menu is A Sampling of Mom’s Favorite Recipes. For $27 you get a huge helping of fried chicken, tender pot roast, and traditional meatloaf with sides like vegetables and fluffy mashed potatoes.
Pulled Pork Nachos
Captain Cook’s, Polynesian Village Resort
This Disney Resort quick-service restaurant is one of my favorites to visit during a break from a day in Magic Kingdom Park. Located on the monorail line at Polynesian Village Resort, visiting Captain Cook’s is a great way to break from the heat and lunch on tropically-themed food. The Aloha Pork Sandwich and Asian-style Noodle Salad are both delicious, but my family likes to share the Pulled Pork Nachos if we are looking to chow down and save cash.
For only $9.99 you can enjoy a pile of nachos topped with cheese, spicy mayonnaise, pulled pork, pico de gallo, and tropical pineapple salsa. I love that this lunch is a break from typical theme park fare, and it makes a great lunch for two adults looking to dine on a budget.
If a big cheeseburger sounds like your perfect lunch, you need to try D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs. These juicy burgers, thick shakes, and fresh crunchy fries are all so yummy, it’s tough to choose. Burgers come in at around $12 each, but fries are sold separately, driving the price of this meal (per person) up a bit. For this reason, my husband and I always opt to share a burger and a large order of fries at this quick-service restaurant.
Try the Barbecued Burger that is loaded with two-pressed signature-blend burger patties topped with a crispy fried onion ring, Muenster cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, and barbecue sauce. Add on a large order of fries for $7.49, and you will have a huge lunch for half the price. You’ll be glad you opted to share because you may still have room for a delicious milkshake for dessert!
We hope you see that cutting costs by sharing meals at Walt Disney World can be fun, filling, and delicious. Sharing meals is a great way to hack your vacation budget and save money!