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Save Some Money But Still Have Great Food At Disney

We all know that a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t cheap. It is hard to figure out where to save money without giving up much of the experience.

To help you, we thought we’d share some tremendous quick-service locations throughout Walt Disney World that aren’t super expensive. What makes these quick service locations even better is that they still offer great food, There is No need to sacrifice food enjoyment because you are watching what you spend.

Before we get into our top quick service options for saving money, don’t forget you should use mobile ordering at these locations. This feature is found on the My Disney Experience app. It will allow you to place your order ahead of time, saving a lot of time in line.

Walt Disney World has done a great job lately improving its quick service options. Our focus here will be on how to have a great meal while saving money.

Yak and Yeti
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Yak and Yeti Local Foods Cafes- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

One of our favorite places to get a good, quick, and cheap meal at Walt Disney World is found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Although you can enjoy a sit-down meal at the table service location next door, this location offers quick, cheap, and delicious options.

There are a couple of options that we like to get here for lunch or supper.  The first is the chicken fried rice.  This large portion is only $6.99.  We like to combine this with they two pork egg rolls for $8.49 to get a good meal that we can share.

cheeseburger pod

Satu’li Canteen- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Over in Pandora, we love to order one of the kids’ meals at Satu’li Canteen.  Here we order the cheeseburger steamed pod meal.  We love these delicious pods of beef, ketchup, mustered, pickle, and cheddar cheese all wrapped up in a pod.

Since this is a meal, you also get vegetable chips, a cutie mandarin, and little water or milk.  This is a perfect meal for lunch, especially on those hot days when you don’t need much. For $8.29, this is also a great price.

Flame Tree Barbecue

Flame Tree Barbecue- Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We love the quick service options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it shows with these budget-friendly items as well.  Over Flame Tree Barbecue, our favorite option is the baked macaroni & cheese with pulled pork.  This comes in at $11.99 and is a large portion.

If you have bigger eaters at your party, Flame Tree Barbecue is an excellent choice for a meal.  Their portions are large and their prices are reasonable.  You can get the ribs and chicken combo for $15.49 or the half chicken for $13.29.  As they come with sides, these will fill up those big eaters without costing you a lot.

Regal Eagle
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Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue:  EPCOTNot all of our budget-friendly options are in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  You can find some good options at EPCOT as well.  Keep in mind that the festival booths might not be the best option.  These portions are typically smaller and since they are season items the price reflects that.

In EPCOT, you will want to head to Regal Eagle back in the American Pavilion for a good, budget-friendly option.  Here we recommend looking at either the North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt Platter which is $12.49 or the Kansas City Smoked Half-Chicken for $13.99.

Keep in mind that these items come with a side and these sides are no joke.  You can pick from battered onion rings, french fries, baked beans with burnt ends, creamy coleslaw, or even macaroni & cheese.  With the addition of these sides, these entrees are a filling option without breaking the bank.

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Woody’s Lunch Box- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Back in Toy Story Land, mobile order for a top dining option.  We love Woody’s Lunch Box for some of the comfort food that we’d often find in our lunch box in school.

The grilled cheese sandwich is $8.99 or for a little extra you can have the BBQ brisket melt for $12.99.  The totchos are also a great option at $9.99 which have a pile of delicious toppings.  For something smaller, the lunch box tarts are delicious and only $4.29.

Woody’s Lunch Box gets extremely busy so make sure that your mobile order to avoid long lines.

Pecos Bill Magic Kingdom
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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe- Magic Kingdom

One excellent option in Magic Kingdom for a good meal at a good price is at Pecos Bill.  Here Guests can enjoy some larger portions at a decent price.  We like that the menu is also different than what we can find elsewhere in Magic Kingdom.

Either the chicken or pork carnitas nachos are $10.99. For a lighter option, consider getting the southwest salad with pork carnitas at $11.99. Kids’ meals are also large and suitable for adults, allowing money-saving options.

Food at Walt Disney World isn’t cheap, but it is a big part of a Walt Disney World vacation. We want you all to enjoy some great meals without worrying about going over the budget you have worked so hard to set. These options hopefully give you some ideas for good, budget-friendly meals to enjoy during your next Disney vacation.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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