How to eat on the cheap at Disneyland

Locals who visit Disneyland all the time, already know most of best places to buy affordable eats at the resort. But economy-minded vacationers might want to consult this list featuring a long menu of delicious items all for under $10. There’s lots more than popcorn, hot dogs, and hamburgers too:

Disneyland

  • Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland (bacon-wrapped asparagus, vegetable, chicken or beef skewers)
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland (four cheese enchiladas with red chile sauce)
  • Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A. (a bowl of loaded baked potato soup)
  • Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland (fish ‘n chips)
  • Hungry Bear in Critter Country (grilled chicken Caesar, veggie burger, turkey club)
  • Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland (slice of veggie pizza, tomato-basil pasta)
  • Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square (gumbo in a sourdough bowl)
  • Tomorrowland Terrace (grilled veggie sandwich, fresh fruit plate)

California Adventure

  • Wine Country Trattoria in the Golden State (caprese salad, chef’s soup)
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery (Asian rice bowl with beef, chicken or tofu)
  • Pacific Wharf Café (Santa Rosa corn chowder, Vallejo vegetarian chili served in sourdough bowls)
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (tamales and tacos)
  • Taste Pilot’s Grill, Golden State Condor Flats (three large pork ribs, fries and slaw)

Disneyland Hotel

  • The Coffee House (chef salad, ham and cheese sandwich)

Paradise Pier Hotel

  • PCH Grill (one-third-pound Angus burgers, club sandwich, grilled chicken breast sandwich, skinny melt with beef or turkey patty on bed of grilled zucchini and caramelized onions)

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • White Water Snacks (veggie burger, nachos, personal pizzas)
  • Storyteller’s Café (at lunch, corn chowder, chicken quesadilla, sticky ribs with soba salad)

Downtown Disney

  • House of Blues (chicken shrimp gumbo, crispy catfish nuggets, spicy calamari, chicken quesadillas.)
  • La Brea Bakery Express (soup in a sourdough bread bowl, various sandwiches and salads)
  • Napolini (paninis, baked pasta, pizza by the slice)
  • Rain Forest Café (buffalo wings, chili con queso)
  • Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express (jambalaya, gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches)
  • Tortilla Jo’s Taqueria (tacos, burritos, nachos)

Which if these are your favorites? Any other tips for saving money on food on a Disneyland vacation?

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18 Responses to How to eat on the cheap at Disneyland

  1. Keith says:

    Personally, I think the walk up window at Tortilla Joes in Downtown Disney offers the best value in all of Disneyland, and dang good food. Totally worth taking a few minutes to exit the park.

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  3. Steve Marine says:

    For years I have been absolutely OBSESSED with the chicken nachos at White Water Snacks. So delicious.

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  6. Chuck says:

    Would love to see this same article for Walt Disney World, I will be going in March without a food plan.

  7. Andrea says:

    “Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland (bacon-wrapped asparagus, vegetable, chicken or beef skewers)” yeah they are like 5$ for one piece!! … I dont know if they are a deal, but they are soooo worth it.. I miss park food!!

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  11. Krizia says:

    I second Chuck’s request! I’ve been an annual pass holder for a couple of years, and I’m still not as familiar as I could be with cheap food options. Please create a similar post to this for Walt Disney World :) I could contribute a few ideas (e.g. some delicious appetizers at the Brown Derby go for $9 or $10, like the tasty lobster bisque!!!)

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  13. gloria says:

    We’ve always followed the turkey legs at both DL and DW. Even though they’ve gone way up in price, they are a real meal.

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  16. robert says:

    My partner and I shared a few meals, because the bread bowls of soup and the salads are large enough for two to share. Plus the wild ducks enjoy the bread leftovers. We ate at the Pacific wharf in dca and at the restaurant near the rivers of america in dl. All meals were outstanding

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