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Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Since Walt Disney World reopened in July, dining plans have been unavailable. This can make eating in the parks on a budget relatively difficult. Food is often the biggest expense of a Disney World vacation. So, today we want to share with you the most affordable table service restaurants at Disney World.

Top Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Inside the Theme Parks

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: The atmosphere is almost as good as the food at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The whole family will love eating inside of a car at this old fashioned drive in movie theater. You can choose from burgers, pasta, sandwiches, chicken, and more, all $25 and under. If you’re looking for a treat, we also enjoy the desserts like their house-made candy bar, warm doughnut, and cookie shake.

The Plaza Restaurant: This charming parlor serves lunch and dinner inside Magic Kingdom Park at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.. You can try the home-style meatloaf, cheese steak sandwich, burger, or club sandwich for $22 or less! But, be sure to save room for dessert here. They have amazing seasonal milkshakes and delectable sundaes year round.

50’s Prime Time Cafe: You will feel like you really have traveled back to the 1950’s when you step inside of 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll even have a chance to watch black-and-white clips from popular prime-time shows circa 1955 during your meal. All of the classics are on the menu- fried chicken, meatloaf, and pot roast. Or, just order the sampler to try a little of each. Just remember to keep your elbows off of the tables here.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant: Tony’s Town Square Restaurant gets somewhat mixed reviews from guests, but we have had consistently good experiences there, as recently as October 2020. You can try pizza or a number of pasta dishes, with most being under $25 each. We recommend the shrimp alfredo or spaghetti!

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria: You’ll enjoy a culinary tour of Southern Italy when you dine at Via Napoli in EPCOT. The whole family can easily share one of these amazing, authentic Neapolitan style pizzas. Via Napoli was even voted Critic’s Choice for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by Orlando Sentinel.

Nine Dragons Restaurant: Nine Dragons Restaurant is hidden in the China pavilion at EPCOT. You can enjoy Cantonese, Mongolian, Szechuan, Hunan and Kiangche-style specialties under the soft glow of Chinese lamps. The menu offers spare ribs, kung pao chicken, fried rice, pork belly, and so much more for $25 or less. Nine Dragons even offers a family dinner for $26 per guest which includes your choice of soup, select entrees, and dessert.

Top Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has a lot of affordable table service restaurants, as far as dining on property goes at least. Most of them are rated “$$” on the Disney World website which indicates that their pricing generally ranges from $15 to $34.99 per person. Below, I have listed my favorite affordable table service restaurants at Disney Springs.

Splitsville Dining Room: Did you know that you can dine at Splitsville without having to bowl? They have a full menu including pizza, sushi, salads, sandwiches and more. You can enjoy six different 13-inch pizzas for less than $20 each! We also love their Macho Nachos for just $16 which can also feed two people! If you have a rainy day or time outside the parks, stop by for a delicious meal and even some bowling.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen is the ultimate spot for comfort food. They have some of the best fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and sweet tea that I’ve ever had! You can enjoy any of their sandwiches, dinner salads, or kitchen (sampler) plate for under $20! They also offer a delicious weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Rainforest Cafe: Rainforest Cafe is always a family friendly option where your kids will love the chance to journey into the Amazon, surrounded by animated animals to the sounds of thunder claps and sudden rainstorms. All of the sandwiches and burgers are under $20 in addition to some of the appetizers that could be served as a meal like the quesadillas, chicken strips, or pepperoni flatbread.

Planet Hollywood: You can dine among the stars at Planet Hollywood. The restaurant is full of movie memorabilia and TV’s of all sizes! You may just get to participate in a sing along during your meal. All of the burgers and sandwiches on the menu are under $20. Some of our other favorites include one of the biggest nachos we’ve ever tried, and the penne, chicken & broccoli pasta, each under $20, as well.

T-Rex Cafe: T-Rex is one of my favorite restaurants for families with boys because of the theming, including squawking pterosaurs, wooly mammoths, a massive undulating octopus and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Every 20 minutes, you’ll even get to experience a meteor shower, complete with rumbling and fiery “explosions.” You can enjoy burgers, quesadillas, flatbread pizza, and more for under $20.

City Works Eatery & Pour House: City Works Eatery & Pour House is Disney Springs’ newest dining establishment. It is located at the far end of the West Side, next to the NBA Experience. You can enjoy burgers, fish or chicken tacos, mac n’ cheese, or chicken wings here for under $20. This is also a great spot to watch your favorite game on TV.

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Top Most Affordable Table Service Restaurants at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Did you know that you are welcome to dine at any Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, regardless of where you are staying? You can visit other hotels and enjoy some of their delicious dining options and even shopping, in many cases.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop: You may feel like you’ve traveled back in time when you visit this nostalgic soda shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. They have a full dinner menu with six burgers and sandwiches, each under $20. The real “star of the show” here though is the dessert! They serve hand-dipped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and more. The most expensive item on the menu is the Kitchen Sink at $35, which easily serves four.

Bonus: Beaches & Cream also offers a to-go menu of ice cream and beverages, and you can even enjoy your treats at a poolside table outside, overlooking Stormalong Bay.

Sanaa: You can enjoy a delicious dinner with some incredible views of the animals on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village. Keep an eye out for gazelles, zebras, giraffes, kudu, ostriches, cranes and more as you dine. Don’t miss the Indian-style Bread Service appetizer which includes five breads and nine different dipping sauces.

Kona Cafe: Kona Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort with a menu inspired by the South Seas. If you’re starting your day here with breakfast, you have to try the Tonga Toast, a banana stuffed french toast. During dinner, you can enjoy poke bowls, sushi, glazed chicken wings, or lobster and crab macaroni & cheese for under $20 each!

Olivia’s Cafe: Olivia’s Cafe is often considered one of the best hidden gems at Disney World. This nautical themed restaurant serves Key West inspired dishes like conch fritters, crab cake, sea scallops, shrimp pasta and more. You can try the Duval Street Burger, Conch Flats Club Sandwich, or any of the appetizers for under $20 each.

Grand Floridian Cafe: We think the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is another great hidden gem, especially for brunch. During breakfast and lunch, you can enjoy pancakes, Mickey-shaped waffles, eggs benedict, and more, each for less than $20. You’ll also enjoy a nice view of the gardens at the resort.

As a reminder, reservations are strongly recommended for table service restaurants and can be made up to 60 days in advance in your My Disney Experience account.

What are your favorite affordable table service restaurants at Disney World?

*Please note that all prices are current as of October 2020, but subject to change.

Top 5 Comfort Foods at Disney World

If you’ve ever been to the Walt Disney World Resort, then you already know how delicious the food is. There are so many more choices than “typical” theme park food like hamburgers and hot dogs. If you are looking for something different to try on your next vacation, check out our list of the top five comfort foods at Disney World:

Macaroni and Cheese

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One of the most classic comfort foods in the world is macaroni and cheese. You can get regular mac and cheese throughout Disney World, but Columbia Harbor House in Magic Kingdom has added lobster and shrimp to their macaroni and cheese to make it better than ever.

Another great choice at Columbia Harbor House is the chicken pot pie which is filled with white meat chicken, vegetables, and gravy, and then topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.

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Pot Roast

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You can enjoy a tender beed pot roast served with vegetables and mashed potatoes with gravy at Contempo Café in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Another great place for pot roast is 50’s Primetime Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Let’s be honest, you won’t go wrong with anything you order at 50’s Primetime Cafe!)

Chicken and Waffles

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Disney also has a modern twist on classic chicken and waffles at ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. You can order jalapeno-cornmeal waffles, topped with buttermilk fried chicken and chicken gravy.

If you aren’t big on spicy foods, they also have a new barbecue pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich that is served on thick-cut brioche.

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Baked Potato

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One of the best places to order a baked potato is Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. They offer four loaded baked potato meals. You can have your baked potato topped with barbecue pork; broccoli, cheddar, and bacon; chili and cheese; or chicken, bacon, and cheddar.

Cinnamon Roll

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You can get some delicious cinnamon rolls at a few places in Disney World. Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom is pretty popular, but another great choice is at Kusafiri Bakery in Animal Kingdom. They have this incredible Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll that is drizzled with caramel sauce and icing.

 

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Best Holiday Dining Options at Disney World

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There’s a feast of dining options for the upcoming holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. Starting with Thanksgiving Day (November 28), special menus include all the classics – turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

In the theme parks, Thanksgiving specials are on the menu for lunch and dinner:

  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tusker House Restaurant is offering lunch and dinner feasts.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, both 50’s Prime Time Café and Hollywood & Vine will include traditional Thanksgiving fare for lunch and dinner.
  • Epcot World Showcase restaurants include Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway, Biergarten Restaurant in Germany, Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room in the United Kingdom has a Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. In Future World, Coral Reef Restaurant in The Seas with Nemo & Friends is offering lunch and dinner feasts, and Sunshine Seasons is offering a special Thanksgiving menu throughout the day. The Italy Pavilion will also have special selections at Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria.
  • In Magic Kingdom Park, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is including Thanksgiving fare with their regular lunch and dinner options. And, of course, Liberty Tree Tavern will have a traditional Thanksgiving offering!
  • At Downtown Disney, Raglan Road will have a special Thanksgiving menu of Bunratty Mead glazed Turkey with butter whipped potatoes, apple, sage and sweet onion stuffing, braised Brussels sprouts, cranberry & plum chutney and traditional gravy for $27.95. This menu is available from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on November 28.Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello, and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café will also offer special prix fixe menus.

In the resorts, special dining for Thanksgiving Day is planned at:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Four show times: noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. (Trail’s End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
  • Disney’s All-Star Resorts — Intermission Food Court and World Premiere Food Court (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner), Sanaa (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s BoardWalk — Flying Fish Café, Kouzzina by Cat Cora (dinner).
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort — Shutters at Old Port Royale (dinner).
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort — California Grill, Chef Mickey’s (Dinner); The Wave … of American Flavors(lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort — Cítricos has three seatings for dinner; Grand Floridian Café (lunch and dinner), Narcoossee’s (dinner).
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort — Olivia’s Café (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort — ‘Ohana (Dinner), Kona Café (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Boatwright’s Dining Hall (dinner).
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa — The Turf Club Bar and Grill (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — Artist Point (dinner), Whispering Canyon Café (lunch and dinner).
  • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts — Cape May Café (dinner), Captain’s Grille (lunch and dinner),Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner).

For Christmas Day, there’s everything from Mickey’s Christmas Feast at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to a prixe fixe at Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk.

In the theme parks:

  • At Epcot, Biergarten Restaurant at the Germany Pavilion will plus up the buffet with special holiday dishes, and Le Cellier Steakhouse is offering a special menu.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant will have Christmas specials on the buffet.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will have Christmas lunch and two dinner seatings with carved turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, root beer glazed butternut squash, spiced pumpkin mousse on the buffet.
  • In Magic Kingdom Park, The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland will offer Christmas Day dinner, and Tangaroa Terrace and Tortuga Tavern will feature a special holiday dinner buffet.
  • At Downtown Disney, Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello will have a holiday prix fixe offering.

In the resorts:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey’s Backyard Christmas Day Feast at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Two shows at 5 and 7 p.m. will offer all the holiday classics. (Trail’s End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – Cape May Café will be serving hand-carved smoked ham with winter pineapple chutney and turkey with stuffing. Captain’s Grille will offer a holiday buffet. Yachtsman Steakhouse will feature a special menu.
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – The Wave … of American Flavors will offer a special menu. And Chef Mickey’s will offer a Christmas Day brunch.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Cítricos will have two seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. as well as special Christmas Day seating in the private Chef’s Domain, offering a four-course menu.
  • Disney’s Boardwalk – Flying Fish Cafe will feature a prixe fixe four-course menu.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort – Whispering Canyon Café will offer an all-you-care-to-eat holiday dinner with turkey, ham, beef strip loin, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for sharing these great lists of holiday dining options at Disney World! Will you be spending Thanksgiving or Christmas at Disney World?

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com. 

Fun Facts About Disney World Food

If you have ever been to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you know how great the food there is! Here are some fun facts about Disney World food, showing you just how much they serve every year!

  • Walt Disney World Resort guests eat more than 9.7 million burgers each year
  • There are more than 5.8 million hot dogs consumed at Walt Disney World annually
  • There are 9 million pounds of french fries eaten at Walt Disney World every year (that’s enough french fries to circle the world more than three times, or over 74,700 miles!)
  • Disney World serves 2 million pounds of ketchup every year to go along with the meals
  • There are more than 1.5 million turkey drumsticks eaten each year between the four Walt Disney World theme parks
  • There are over 3.3 million Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream bars sold annually at Walt Disney World
  • There are 410,000 pounds of popcorn popped every year at the Walt Disney World Resort (that equals more than 5 million bags of buttery popcorn)
  • There are 3.2 million pizzas (ranging in size between 7″ and 16″) eaten each year at Walt Disney World
  • There are 639,000 pounds of macaroni and cheese served annually at Walt Disney World

Which is your favorite Walt Disney World food?

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Fun Facts About Disney World Dining

Did you know the following fun facts about Disney World dining?

  • There are over 470 food and beverage locations at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • There are more than 100 full service restaurants
  • There are over 300 quick service restaurants
  • There are more than 70 night clubs, lounges, and pool bars
  • There are over 54 million meals served annually at Disney World
  • There are 38 million quick service meals served
  • There are 16 million table service meals served
  • There are 437,000 private dining experiences
  • There are 229,000 meals served at Disney World lounges
  • There are 220,000 meals served at Disney World pool bars
  • There are approximately 19,000 seats available for breakfast at Disney World each day
  • There are approximately 20,000 seats available for lunch every day at Disney World
  • There are approximately 40,000 seats available for dinner at Disney World each day
  • If Walt Disney World was a restaurant chain, it would rank approximately 41st among America’s largest restaurant chain in Food and Beverage sales, according to the list of Top 100 U.S. chain restaurants

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