Disney Dining on a dime at Disneyland

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You consulted a travel planner to save you every possible penny when it came to your Disneyland Resort stay, but now you’re looking to save a few bucks on food. Luckily, you have many more options than the chef’s counter at Napa Rose when it comes to finding exceptional and scrumptious eats at the park.  

If you’re staying at one of the hotels on the resort or a Good Neighbor Hotel, Downtown Disney is a great place to stop for breakfast before heading into the parks. Earl of Sandwich offers several options including breakfast sandwiches, muffins, oatmeal, parfaits, and coffee. Another great option is Jazz Kitchen Express. Options here include: breakfast burritos and sandwiches, as well as my daughters’ personal favorite, the Cinnamon “French Toast” Dippers. These are simply beignets sprinkled with cinnamon cut into sticks to dip into maple syrup.  Meals at both of these restaurants can be purchased for less than $10 per person.

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Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich at Jazz Kitchen Express

If you find yourself in Disneyland around lunch time, my two personal favorite places for a quick and cheap mid-day meal are Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland and Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland. At Bengal Barbecue, I always order the Chieftain Chicken and Outback Vegetable Skewers. These two items plus a regular sized fountain drink will set you back $11. For you hearty eaters, my husband loves the Chicken Sausage in a Pretzel Roll at Village Haus. The sausage itself is ¼ pound and comes with your choice of fries or fruit. If you include a regular size fountain drink, this meal can also be purchased for under $11.

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Chicken Sausage in a Pretzel Roll at Village Haus

Disney California Adventure (DCA) also offers several lunch options. My family’s personal favorite place to head to is the Cozy Cone Motel in the new Carsland to grab either a Chili Cone Queso or Chicken Verde Cone. They’re big, delicious, in a cone(!), and under $7. Since lunch is so cheap, grab an order of Churro bites or some dill pickle flavored popcorn to share as well.

Dinner can often be the most difficult meal to remain cost efficient while at the park, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Blue Bayou is a very popular restaurant inside Disneyland, but it’s also very expensive. Instead, try Café Orleans. This Cajun-Creole inspired restaurant offers several dinners around $15 per plate, including the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich. Make sure to add a Pommes Frites appetizer for only $6. These are so good, you may want to order a basket for yourself.

On the other side of the resort, DCA offers the newly built Carthay Circle. Like Blue Bayou, it’s also very expensive. If you want to try what this fabulous restaurant has to offer, but can’t fit it in your budget, try the Carthay Circle Lounge instead. You can’t go wrong with the Vietnamese Twice Cooked Beef Tacos or the Lobster Pan Thai Imperial Rolls. Each costs about $16. There is even a children’s menu with options for less than $10. With your savings, be sure to splurge on one of their amazing signature drinks.

At the end of the day, if you have enough cash in your wallet and room in your belly, be sure to grab my personal favorite dessert in the entire resort, a Matterhorn Macaroon at Holy Jolly Bakery on Main Street in Disneyland. At only $2 a piece, you could even grab a couple extra to snack on before you crawl in to bed.

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Matterhorn Macaroon

This yummy article was written by Katherine Richmond!

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