Eating “Cheaply” at Walt Disney World.

Is this even possible you may be thinking. I guess the word cheap is a relative thing but we have managed to eat reasonably inexpensively at Disney World for several years now. One of the first tips my husband posted on: the refillable mugs. This alone makes a huge difference. Even in any setting whether a beach destination, Disney, or even at home; drinks are a huge part of a food budget when eating out. The refillable mugs are a great price saver when staying at the parks for more than 3-4 days. The longer the stay, the bigger the price savings. The mugs can be refilled as many times as possible with soda, Powerade, lemonade, tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. The length of stay mug costs $17.99 which sounds like a lot but if you are staying even 7 days and fill the mug 5 times per day that is 51 cents/ refill. If you stay 14 days like we have that is 26 cents/ refill. You must fill the mugs at the resorts as there isn’t a place in the parks to fill them but we fill ours before every trip out, which is usually twice per day

I always want to come here to eat when we come to EPCOT. They have great Mexican food and nice inside seating.
I always want to come here to eat when we come to EPCOT. They have great Mexican food and nice inside seating.

For food, we eat at the quick service restaurants at the parks and at the Contempo Cafe at The Contemporary Resort. We stay at the Bay Lake Tower a lot and the Contempo Cafe has reasonable prices and good selection with some nutritious choices. We have stayed at other resorts and found their quick service restaurants pretty good and usually more relaxed than at the parks.

At Epcot there are many quick service options that are both reasonable in price and filling and good.
At the Land in Epcot there is the Sunshine Seasons restaurant that has 5 food choices like a mini-food court. The Mexico Pavillion and many of the countries offer good food at reasonable prices.

This is the Pinnochio Village Haus, my favorite restaraunt in Magic Kingdom. They serve some of the best flatbreads in all the parks.
This is the Pinnochio Village Haus, my favorite restaraunt in Magic Kingdom. They serve some of the best flatbreads in all the parks.

At Magic Kingdom both Ray’s Starlight Cafe and Pinocchio’s Village Haus have good choices for about $10/ person per adult and less for kid’s meals. Ray’s has a huge 1/2 roasted chicken meal with great mashed potatoes and green beans for $10.99. ( We buy two meals and get an extra plate and feed all three of us). Ray’s has 3 food choices with different lines; one for chicken, one for sandwiches and burgers, and one for soups and salads.

At Animal Kingdom Flame Tree Barbecue is good and not too expensive. Pizzafari is okay but nothing special.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. From the seating area pictured here you have a great view of the fireworks.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. From the seating area pictured here you have a great view of the fireworks.

Hollywood Studios has a dearth of quick service options. What is there is sub-par in my opinion.

If you fly with Southwest, you can check two bags for free. This leads to another way to save. Pack an entire suitcase full of snacks and food. We did this for Christmas and saved money this way, especially since we like to snack quite a bit.

In summary, eating cheaply at Disney World isn’t possible but eating cheaper is.

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11 thoughts on “Eating “Cheaply” at Walt Disney World.”

  1. Love it! All great ideas! I live in Orlando and I might even try a few of them. 🙂 How do you feel about the Disney dining plan? Sometimes you can get a good deal if you book a room and get the dining plan. I have always wanted to try it..

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    1. I was going to comment on the dining plan. For us it isn’t cost effective. I think you have to eat a lot and be willing to see the extra money as part of your experience. I just find it hard for us to justify paying about $42/person per day. I want to save money on food so we can come more often!

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  2. My family and I were there this past summer and bought the refillable mugs at the resort we were staying at. But we were not able to use them anywhere else in Disneyworld (not at magic kingdom, not at any of the waterparks)

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  3. I don’t like drinking too much soft drink so the refillable mugs aren’t good for us but we drink a lot of water. We take a refillable water bottle (save environment by not buying disposable bottles) and fill up at the water fountains and then use a Crystal Light (or similar) sachet to hide the taste of the awful water. I find these are a little strong for my taste so we use slightly larger amounts of water than the instructions to dilute it.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. Back home I don’t drink much soda either; just bottled water. I know the thing about the environment; just try and recycle. I drink a lot of decaf coffee with the mug and the powered and the sugar-free lemonade and some soda and hot cocoa.

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  4. We are local, day trippers to the Disney parks with resident, Seasonal Passes. We usually eat in local restaurants before we get there, and often after we leave. We only eat at Disney on special occasions. We bring our own water.

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    1. Oh, thanks for the tip! We have gotten to where we fly in though so can’t leave the parks! We used to drive, but it took two days and was so tiring and that cost us money too. We would get a motel on the way down and back plus the meals on the road. Back when we drove though, we did drive off site as much as we could to save on food.

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