I'm sure you know that going to a Disney Park is not an inexpensive event. Food will be a major part of the cost. But, you need to eat and you need energy to do all of that walking around the Park. So, it is a really good idea to plan ahead. It is especially a good idea to plan ahead when you have many children to feed. Since I have 10 going on 11 grandchildren, I decided to do some research into the most economical ways to eat in Disneyland.
Alicia and her family are able to go to Disneyland fairly often and she has told me that they try to bring one meal into the park with them and then eat one meal in the park. She has taken in homemade Lunchables or Burritos. One idea I've had is to take in my Yeti, filled with soup. The Yeti keeps things nice and hot all day. Since we are going in February, warm soup might really hit the spot. Sandwiches would be easy to pack as well. Strollers really come in handy for carrying your ice chest and other supplies. Whatever you bring, you are sure to save a bunch of money.
Have You Heard? These are the Best and Most Economical Places to Eat in Disneyland!
- Bengal Barbecue-This is more of a snack place found in Adventureland across from the Indiana Jones ride. But, if you aren’t super hungry, you can get meat and vegetable skewers here to keep the hunger cravings down for a low price. For Example: 2 Kinds of Beef Skewers available at $5.49 each. A Chicken Skewer for $4.99. The vegetable skewer, which is particularly hardy with more items on the skewer that the meat ones, $4.49.
- French Market Restaurant-This is one of my husband favorite places to eat because the portions are large, so sharing a meal is an option. Plus there are more options for different kid’s meals than there are in some other restaurants. The French Market is found in New Orleans Square, off of Main Street. May husbands favorite item is the Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl for $11.49. Kids can choose from Chicken and Rice for $7.99 or Pasta with Marinara Sauce for $6.99. The location of the French Market is great. You can look out and see the river and the ships, plus, there is often a New Orleans Band playing here.
- Harbour Gallery-Right across from the Haunted Mansion is this little place that sells Lobster Rolls and Chowder in Bread Bowls ($11.49). The soup is totally shareable because the bread bowl is so filling! Not a lot of places to sit though, so stake out a place quickly!
- Jolly Holiday Bakery-On Main Street as it reaches New Orleans Square; this Bakery is great for breakfast or lunch. Try to go at off times because the line can get long. If you got up early to enter the park when it opened and therefore ate an early breakfast at your hotel, then while Jolly Holiday is still serving breakfast sandwiches, pick one up for an early lunch! Their breakfast sandwiches can be purchased for right around $5.99! Lunch time sandwiches are about $10.99. Of course, if you have small kids, you can split the lunch sandwiches with them, making the price very reasonable. Also, check out Jolly Holiday’s soups! Tomato soup with a bread stick is just $5.99, as well as Turkey Pot Pie Soup that comes with a stick of pie crust! Don’t forget the delicious Matterhorn Macaroon for dessert for just $2.99.
- Red Rose Tavern-At the back of Fantasyland you will find this Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant. Maddy and I fell in love with it when we were there a couple of years ago. My favorite dish there is the Beef Poutine for $10.99. I liked it so well that I made my own copycat recipe for it on the blog. It is a large portion, so definitely shareable. There are smaller portions called Chip Dishes on the menu such as Pizza for $6.99, a Burger for $7.99 and Chicken Nuggets for $7.99. There is a convenient water refill station in Red Rose as well.
Within California Adventure:
- Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta-The pasta dishes in this restaurant look totally splitable for kids. The Spaghetti and Meatballs is only $10.99 which is very affordable if split between the little ones.
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill-One of our favorite places in California Adventures! Lots of shareable foods like their Street Tacos at $12.99. And, a toddler meal of Arroz con Pollo for $4.49 sounds like something any kid would love!
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café-This is another place that serves Breakfast Sandwiches that would make a really great late morning lunch! They run from $4.99-$5.99 each.
- Pacific Wharf Café-They sell Sour Dough Rounds for $5.99 here. If you bring your own soup into the park in a Yeti that keeps it hot, just get a Sour Dough Round, hollow it out and pour in your soup! Save a few bucks and it will be delicious! They also have a Turkey Pesto Club Sandwich for $9.99 or a kid’s Turkey Sandwich for $7.99. (Remember, the kid’s meals come with other things like a fruit and milk.)
- Smokejumpers Grill-I think that this is one of the best deals in the park! You can get burgers and sandwiches here that are great, but for a smokin’ deal, (pun intended), check out the Extra Supplies! There is Bison-Black Bean Chili served with a corn muffin and cilantro cream for just $6.49. Or, go with that same Chili served over Cheese Fries for $7.99! Kids can get a Chicken Skewer or a Burger for $7.99, or just get them the chili for less!
Okay! There will be a lot more Disney to come soon! Talk to you then!