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The Daily Meal compiled a list of 10 budget-friendly restaurants in Disney World.

"Magical" is undoubtedly the most popular description of any stay at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. It’s where your favorite fictional characters not only come to life, but also give you a hug and pose for photos with your family. Historically, however, dining in Disney has not been the most enchanted experience. Why?

Click here to see the Disney World's Best Cheap Restaurants (Slideshow)

Restaurants in Disney fall into one of two categories: the lower-cost counter-service joints or the pricier table-service establishments. The latter are targeted toward adults, with higher-end choices often located in hotel lobbies, convenient for weary parents and their overstimulated children. But not everyone can budget for a multicourse prix fixe at Victoria & Albert’s, leaving most of us with the counter-service option. Up until a few years ago this would’ve meant fish sticks, chicken fingers, and glossy fast food to catch the eyes of kiddies, the true decision-makers at Disney. After all, what is the point of truffle-ing those frites or dry-aging that cheeseburger when the core demographic is going to think it’s icky? Why mess with farm-fresh produce or ethnic diversity when kids will always go with ham and cheese (no pickles)?

But in an age where caring about what you eat is trendy and knowing about food is cool, restaurants have gotten increasingly competitive with their menus to stay afloat in the biz. The trend does not exclude Disney; there have recently been major improvements in the quality of discount grub around the resort. It seems even Mickey is ditching Cheddar for chèvre.

So have no fear, food lovers! Go forth and enjoy that family vacation. Rest assured: there will be more than grilled cheese to indulge in along the way. We have assembled a list of the top 10 most affordable and pretty darn decent restaurants around Disney World!

To find out where to get the best affordable barbeque, fried shrimp platters for less than $10 bucks, or a juicy Caribbean Jerk Chicken sandwich for as little as $5.99, click through our slideshow.

Lili Kocsis is a self-proclaimed gastronome. She graduated from Harvard University in 2011 with a BA in linguistics. She dedicates her spare time to purposeful travel, food photography, and writing about regional cuisine under the penname MyAmusedBouche.


Dip Recipes

Finding an exemplary dining experience or dish isn’t a given in a resort like Walt Disney World, where efficiency can trump flavor. But the sprawling complex boasts a wide variety of standout and even destination-worthy dishes for those willing to look for them. These are meals people remember for years, that they stalk the recipes of, that they clamor for the second they return. From hulking pieces of meat to hall-of-fame ice cream, hoisin spare ribs to a bowl of cheese soup, we found all of the spectacular dishes and restaurants and compiled them, Eater-style, into this Disney 38. Anyone planning a trip to Orlando should consider this a cheat sheet for the best and brightest across the parks.

Update 4/2021: Disney has expanded its culinary offerings by way of celebrity chefs, cultural cuisines, and new upscale ventures in the years since Eater’s guide was first written, but its full range of restaurants and offerings have not yet returned following 2020’s temporary closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There is plenty to indulge in and imbibe throughout Walt Disney World, including many of our time-tested favorites, so rest assured: You’ll still be eating well at this vacation paradise.

Editor’s Note: There are extensive health and safety protocols in place throughout Walt Disney World. All guests ages 3 and up require park reservations and valid admission to visit Disney’s theme parks Disney Springs is open to the public. Walt Disney World restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services with increased social distancing measures and cleaning procedures. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for indoor dining, as there are still safety concerns.


Number 10: The Grey Stuff

OK, let's start the rundown with our number ten pick for best snack: The Grey Stuff
Location: At the Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

Remember the "Be Our Guest" lyrics from Disney's Beauty and the Beast?

Have you ever wondered what the heck Lumiere means by "the grey stuff?" Well, you can try it yourself at the opulent Be Our Guest restaurant tucked inside Beast's castle. The whipped confection, which has hints of cookies and cream and is adorned with bits of crisp rice (and is actually more brown than grey), is offered as a standalone dessert item or as a topping for a yummy cupcake. Judge Robert Niles of ThemeParkInsider.com says that it's not so much the taste but the novelty and hard-to-get factor that makes The Grey Stuff one of Disney World's best finds.


Our Frog Family’s Tips for Eating at Disney World on a Budget

1. Go grocery shopping upon arrival.

If you want to limit the amount of meals inside the parks right off the bat, consider grocery shopping once you arrive in Orlando. You can find plenty of local stores or grocery chains, such as Publix or Winn-Dixie, around the outskirts of Disney World property. It is especially useful to load up on groceries if you have a longer vacation or if you’re staying in a suite or villa that has a kitchenette. That way, you can prepare meals right at your hotel! Enjoy in the comforts of your room, or find on a nice spot outside and have a picnic.

2. Get groceries delivered to your hotel.

Understandably, grocery shopping is much easier if you have access to a car. You may also not want to take the extra time to go shopping yourself. Thanks to modern tech, there are tons of apps, such as Instacart, Shipt and Amazon Prime Now, that can deliver your groceries straight to your resort! Garden Grocer is another popular service that delivers to many Walt Disney World Resorts and can leave your order at Bell Services so you can pick it up later. Be sure to ask the front desk about any package holding fees!

3. Pack snacks … or meals.

Your grocery shopping will also allow you to pack snacks and even meals. Disney allows guests to bring in outside food items that do not require heating, as long as they’re not carried in glass containers. Coolers larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high (and loose ice inside these containers) are not allowed, but reusable ice packs are permitted. PB&J sandwiches for the win! Tad and Lily love snacking on granola bars, trail mix, crackers and string cheese.

4. Eat breakfast in your room.

Not only will you cut back on money, but you’ll also save precious time in the morning! It can be as simple as a bowl of cereal and fruit, and you don’t have worry about long lines or snagging a table at the food court downstairs. You can get some extra sleep or an earlier start to your day at the parks. To cut down on even more time, eat in shifts. The tadpoles can munch on breakfast while you shower and get dressed, then switch off.

5. Bring refillable water bottles.

In order to beat the heat at Disney World, you’ll need to drink lots of water so you can stay hydrated. You can save a LOT of money by bringing your own refillable water bottles. A regular-sized bottled water costs about $3.50. For a family of four, that you would set you back $14 if everyone got their own bottled water — and that’s not nearly enough water for one day. There are drinking fountains throughout the parks where you can refill your water bottle.

6. Order water with your meals.

Instead of ordering a soda with your meal, opt for water. If you ask for “a cup of water” (as opposed to bottled water) at any quick-service restaurant, you’ll get it for free. We’ve even seen a large container of water already set up with cups by the pick-up window at some food counters. The same goes for table-service restaurants.

7. Opt for quick-service restaurants.

Generally, you’ll get a better bang for your buck at a quick-service restaurant than at a table-service restaurant. Similar menu items can have a drastically different price tag. For example, if you’re feelin’ in the mood for Fish & Chips at the UK pavilion in Epcot, go to Yorkshire County Fish Stop where the classic British dish is $11.49, compared to ordering Fish & Chips at Rose and Crown Dining Room for $23. Both versions are great, though! The ambiance surely plays a part since Yorkshire County Fish Shop is an outdoor walk-up counter with limited seating, while there’s plenty of indoor seating and air conditioning at Rose and Crown.

8. Frogs can order from the tadpoles’ menu at select restaurants.

At any quick-service restaurant, there’s nothing stopping a grown-up frog from ordering off the tadpoles’ menu! A kid's meal comes with an entree, a side and a drink. This is a great money-saving option, particularly for lighter eaters who would rather not waste any food (and money). However, table-service restaurants and buffet dining experiences are known to enforce the adult menu prices.

9. Skip the side.

The price you see on the menus at quick-service restaurants is typically factoring in a meal combo that includes the entree, a drink and a side. You can save a few bucks if you skip the side and tell the cashier that you only want the entree and a (free) cup of water. If you get hungry later on, just eat one of the snacks that you packed!

10. Share your meal, or order appetizers.

Portion sizes can actually be quite generous that there’s enough food for two. It's easy to split an entree and a side at quick-service restaurants. At Cosmic Ray's in Magic Kingdom, the 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken dinner specialty meal is served with macaroni and cheese and green beans for $15. It's plenty of food that a pair can share! Splitting a couple of appetizers can also be the way to go if you're ordering at a table-service restaurant.

11. Eat at table-service restaurants for lunch instead of dinner.

If you want the experience of a table-service restaurant, make an advanced dining reservation for lunch instead of dinner. Some of the table-service and buffet-style restaurants have separate menus for lunch and dinner, with dinner being more expensive. For instance, lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom is served a la carte, but dinner is only buffet dining. Plus, lunchtime is usually less crowded than dinnertime, and you’ll be able to escape the heat during the day.

12. If a character meal is a must, go for breakfast.

Character dining experiences can be pricey, but if it’s a must-do on your Disney bucket list, choose breakfast over lunch or dinner. Similar to table-service and buffet-style restaurants, dinner is generally the most expensive option and breakfast is the cheapest. If you’re already planning on eating at Disney World on a budget, then just think of it this way: the money you saved instead of eating out for every meal can be used to splurge on a character dining experience. If you fill up, then you won’t need a huge lunch.

13. Eat off-site.

This option really only works best if you have access to a car (or perhaps if you’re staying at an off-site hotel that’s within walking distance to other restaurants). You can pretty much find anything from fast food to chain restaurants, such as McDonald’s or Outback Steakhouse, just a short drive away. But if you need Uber or a taxi to get away, it’s not worth spending the extra transportation costs.

14. Load money on a Disney gift card to prevent overspending.

If you’re dead set on spending only a certain amount of money on food, we’d highly recommend loading up a Disney gift card with your maximum limit. This is the same strategy we use at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival because it’s so easy to go overboard. By putting an allotted amount on a gift card, you can better pace your spending on food over the length of your vacation.

15. Take advantage of discounts.

If you're an Annual Passholder, use your 10-20% discount at select restaurants. Florida residents, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can sign up to become a member of Tables in Wonderland. These benefits include a 20% discount offered on food and beverage, including alcohol, at over 100 participating restaurants (valid for a party of up to 10 guests including the member), special dining offers, invitations to dining events and complementary resort valet and theme park parking for dining purposes. Chase Disney Visa members also receive a discount at select restaurants on-property.

We hope these dining hack tips will help you save money on food. Do you have any extra tips for eating at Disney World on a budget? Share in the comments below!


EPCOT

Here are the best foods and drinks to add to your bucket list for Epcot:

Cookies and Creme Gelato

You can never go wrong with Italian gelato. (Tutto Italia Snack Stand)

Japanese Steak

The steak and “Japanese ranch” from Teppan Edo is the epitome of hibachi perfection. (Teppan Edo)

Ice Cream Martini

French ice cream served in a martini glass topped with Grand Marnier. (L’Artisan de Glaces)

Strawberry Oolong Tea Smoothie

A sweet Chinese concoction. (Joy of Tea)

Prosciutto e Melone

Brick oven pizza topped with prosciutto and cantaloupe. Unique combination but actually kind of good. (Via Napoli)

Cayenne Pepper Chips

Great chips to snack on while enjoying a German beer. (Sommerfest)

Arancini

Fried risotto balls filled with meat. I love it! (Via Napoli)

Walnut and Pistachio Baklava

If you’ve never had baklava before in your life, this is a good place to start. (Tangierine Cafe)

Nachos

Loaded nachos topped with beef, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, and jalapeños. And to be honest, these aren’t the best nachos ever but if you’re ever in the mood for nachos at WDW, this is a solid choice. (La Cantina de San Angel).

Italian Cookies and Creme Gelato Cookie Sandwich

This combination is just pure perfection. (Tutto Italia Snack Stand)

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

How do you make a delicious macaron even better? Add ice cream! (L’Artisan de Glaces)

Creme Brûlée

Classic. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramel

So much caramel. (Karamell Kuche)

Napoleon

One of the most hyped French pastries at Epcot. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Raspberry Macaron

Raspberry filled macaron with lime creme. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Tarte au Fraises

Best dessert at EPCOT. Hands down. If there’s one thing you get at Epcot, it needs to be this. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Croissant Donut

It’s like as if a croissant and a doughnut had a baby. (Refreshment Port)

Tarte au Citron

If you like lemon and citrus zesty dessert, this is calling you name. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

School Bread

Cucumber Margarita

Veggies and tequila so you know it’s healthy. (La Cava del Tequila)

Caramel Pecan Bar

Soft shortbread cookie topped with thick and chewy caramel. This dessert needs more love. (Karamell Kuche)

Wood-Fired Authentic Napolenta

If you prefer your pizzas hand made, then eat here! (Via Napoli)

Caramel Chocolate Covered S’mores

A recent discovery that’s got me addicted. (Karamell Kuche)

Kaki Gori

Japanese shaved ice topped with condensed milk. (Kabuki Cafe)

Caramel Popcorn

This caramel popcorn has a distinct chewiness to it that’s so addicting. Plus you can watch them make these daily which is pretty cool when you’re waiting in line for your German goodies. (Karamell Kuche)

Vanilla Soft Serve

I swear this vanilla ice cream tastes better in Epcot’s France than it does anywhere else. (Crepes de Les Chefs de France)

Buffalo Popcorn

Spicy and salty popcorn creation that’s quite addicting. (Gourmet Popcorn Cart)

Short Cake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

I don’t know if it’s the shortcake or the vanilla bean whipped cream, but this is almost too good. (Garden Grill, Epcot)

Churros with Caramel Dipping Sauce

This is basically a secret dessert that no one even knows about. (La Cantina de San Angel)

Macaron Box Set

Beautifully crafted color macarons. And oh yeah, they taste great too! (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Caramel Apple

Unlike the other caramel apples you find across Disney property, these are covered in Werther’s Caramel. (Karamell Kuche)

Potstickers

I don’t care what anyone says but man these are addicting. (Lotus Blossom Cafe)

Salted Caramel Brownie

Chewy brownie with drizzled salted caramel. (Karamell Kuche)

Caramel Ginger Ice Cream

Caramel ice cream with a bite of ginger. (Lotus Blossom Cafe)

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie

Redefines oatmeal cookies. (Karamell Kuche)

Italian Sangria

Wash down your Italian lunch with this Italian take on sangria. (Via Napoli)

Palmier

Huge sweet and brittle cookie dipped in chocolate. One of my new favorites. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookie

Chocolate cookie + caramel = genius. (Karamell Kuche)

Nudel Gratin

If you like baked mac and cheese, this is all you. (Sommerfest)

Chicken Cutlet Curry

Rice, curry, and chicken cutlet. I can eat this every day. (Katsura Grill)

Yorkshire Fish and Chips

Two freshly made crispy fish cutlets served with thick cut fries. A great quick service restaurant option. (Yorkshire County Fish Shop)

Yorkshire Chips

Something about these thick fries makes them taste really good. (Yorkshire County Fish Shop)

Chocolate Crepe

Watch them “make” these right in front of you. (Crepes de Les Chefs de France)

Tacos de Pollo

This ain’t your Taco Bell tacos. (La Cantina de San Angel)

Nutella Beignet

How do you make Nutella taste better? Stuff it in a beignet. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Troll Horn

Norwegian pasty stuffed with a sweet cream and lightly dusted with sugar. (Kringla Bakeri og Kafe)

German Pretzel

Pairs nicely with a German beer. (Germany Pretzel Cart)

Wild Passionfruit Margarita

The rim is quite spicy. ( La Cava del Tequila)

Funnel Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Freshly made, dusted with powdered sugar, and topped with a slab of vanilla ice cream. (Funnel Cake Cart)

Grapefruit Beer

Quite possibly the most popular beer at Epcot…or even Disney World itself. It’s the best. (Sommerfest)

Tarte au Chocolat

Tart filed with caramel and chocolate. A nice chocolatey dessert option at Epcot. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Harvest Feast Dinner

One of the coolest dining experiences at Epcot because some of the foods including the fish and veggies are harvested in Epcot’s greenhouse featured in Living With the Land, the restaurant revolves 360 degrees, and you can dine with Mickey, Pluto, and Chip and Dale. And oh yeah the food is really good – and all you can eat! (Garden Grill)

Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s like a panini with ice cream inside! (L’Artisan de Glaces)

Mousse au Chocolat

If you love coffee-flavored desserts, then you’ll enjoy this. (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie)

Kringla Sweet Pretzel with Chocolate

A sweet and tasty pretzel option that you won’t find elsewhere in Disney World. (

Bratwurst

German bratwurst stuffed in a chewy roll topped with sauerkraut. Add mustard and it’s a great lunch option. Be sure to wash down with Schofferhofer. (Sommerfest)

For more information about the best foods, drinks, and restaurants at EPCOT, check out our in-depth guide.

The American Dream

Frozen Fanta Strawberry, vanilla ice cream, and Frozen Fanta Blue Raspberry slushy. (Fife and Drum Tavern)

Gingerbread Salted Caramel Buttercream Cookie Sandwich

It’s insanely good. Unfortunately, it’s only served during the Holidays. However, they’ve recently released it as early as October so keep your eyes peeled! (Karamell Kuche)


Best Cheap Eats at Disney World for Under $5

Here are the 16 best things to eat at Walt Disney World for under $5.

1. Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie ($4.49)

Get this from Karamell Kuche at Epcot (Germany).

2. Carrot Cake Cookie ($3.99)

Get it from Writer’s Stop (Hollywood Studios).

3. Caramel Pecan Bar ($3.99)

Get this awesome dessert from Karamell Kuche at Epcot (Germany).

4. Buffalo Bleu Cheese Popcorn ($4.75)

Get this from the Flavored Popcorn Cart at Epcot.

5. Napoleon ($4.25)

Get this from Les Halles Boulangerie at Epcot (France).

6. Kringla Berry Creme Puff ($4.49)

This is a whole lot better than the “popular” school bread.

7. Kaki Gori ($3.75)

Get this from Kabuki Cafe in Epcot (Japan).

8. Tarte au Citron ($4.25)

Get this from Les Halles Boulangerie at Epcot (France).

9. Churritos ($4.25)

Get this from La Cantina de San Angel at Epcot (Mexico).

10. Strawberries and Creme Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich ($3.99)

Get this from L’Artisan de Glaces in Epcot (France).

11. Chocolate Crepe ($3.99)

Get this from Crepes des Chefs de France at Epcot (France).

12. Cheesecake Brownie ($4.39)

Get this from the Boardwalk Bakery (Disney’s Boardwalk).

13. Ginger Caramel Ice Cream ($3.50)

Get this from Lotus Blossum Cafe at Epcot (China).

14. Werther’s Caramel Popcorn ($3.99)

Get this from Karamell Kuche at Epcot (Germany).

15. Soft Serve Ice Cream ($3.99)

Get this from Anadapur Ice Cream Truck (Animal Kingdom).

16. Brownie Paw ($4.49)

Get this from Kusafiri Cafe (Animal Kingdom).

Bonus: Pineapple Dole Whip ($3.99)

And of course, let’s not forget about the classic Dole Whip. If there’s one thing you shouldn’t even think about paying attention to the price tag to, it’s this, because let’s be real, Dole Whips are a must-have, no matter the price.

Get this from Pineapple Lanai (Polynesian Village Resort) and Aloha Isle (Magic Kingdom).

Bonus #2: Red Velvet Mickey Cake Pop

Red velvet cake with marshmallow Mickey ears covered in milk chocolate. Heaven.

Get this from Main Street Confectionary and Big Top Treats (Magic Kingdom)

And for more delicious Disney food ideas and pics, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@disneytastebud).

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The 11 Most Delish Foods At Disney's Hollywood Studios

The spaghetti and meatball cupcake is worthy of the big screen.

The spaghetti and meatball cupcake is worthy of the big screen.

Watch the video above to see these incredible treats up close and personal, then click through our gallery to get even more details on these can't-miss foods.

A baked potato seems an odd choice for the hot Florida sun, but considering the frequent afternoon thunderstorms that Disney experiences, this hearty spud is a welcome addition to your day of eating. Topped with sour cream, cheddar, and bacon bits, you won't be able to resist digging in to this comfort-food classic.

Where To Find It: Fairfax Faire on Sunset Boulevard

Disney is clearly not immune to the trends that have been infecting the rest of the food world. This maple bacon whoopie pie combines all the sweet-savory goodness guests absolutely can't resist.

Where To Find It: Sweet Spells on Sunset Boulevard

A vegetarian option that still fees like an indulgence, these chili cheese nachos are served fully loaded, with pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream. Eating these while overlooking Echo Lake and its iconic dinosaur is a perfect way to rest your weary feet after a day in the park.

Where To Find It: Min & Bill¹s Dockside Diner on Echo Lake

True, you can get this cookie in other parts of Walt Disney World, but buying one from Sweet Spells &mdash and eating it while listening to the screams at the Tower of Terror &mdash is a special kind of awesome.

Where To Find It: Sweet Spells on Sunset Boulevard

This monster sandwich brings a bit of southern charm to Rosie's All-American Cafe. Fried green tomatoes are topped with ­Pepper Jack cheese, arugula, and an incredible jalapeño-ranch sauce that you'll want to eat on everything for the rest of your days. It's a great option for vegetarians who don't feel like only eating French fries all day &mdash but don't worry, this comes with those too.

Where To Find It: Rosie's All-American Café on Sunset Boulevard

A favorite of many a Disney cast member as well as guests &mdash more than one told me I absolutely HAD to try it &mdash this might be the richest milkshake you'll ever drink. Rich and creamy peanut butter, pairs with grape jelly and ice cream to basically make the milkshake of our childhood dreams.

Where To Find It: 50's Prime Time Café on Echo Lake

When this fried cheese appetizer was removed from the menu, guests begged for its return. Luckily, Mickey answered and the dish is once again available for hungry families. Just be sure you don't fill up on cheese &mdash the servers here act as strict moms and make sure you eat your vegetables before you get to order dessert.

Where To Find It: 50's Prime Time Café on Echo Lake

The force is with you when you eat this incredibly decadent cupcake. It's topped with a peanut butter buttercream frosting that will make anyone turn from the dark side.

Where To Find It: Backlot Express on Echo Lake

Is there anything better than BBQ and bacon after a day of rides and treats? True, this thing could take even the hungriest down, but with a signature blend of beef (short rib, chuck, angus, brisket), BBQ spices, housemade barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar, crispy-fried jalapeño and onion straws, you won't have any regrets.

Where To Find It: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant on Commissary Lane

How fun is this? Part of the dessert menu at Mama Melrose, this cupcake only looks savory. It's actually a chocolate cupcake with "spaghetti frosting and a chocolate cake "meatball." It's topped with strawberry "marinara sauce and shaved white chocolate "cheese." So you can have pasta fro dinner AND dessert. Living the dream.

Where To Find It: Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano ­ in Muppets Courtyard

Delish's pickle obsession is also well served at Disney with these deep fried spears. Served with ranch dressing, these are the perfect app to watch clips of The Blob and classic Mickey cartoons inside a hollowed-out Cadillac.

Where To Find It: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant on Commissary Lane


When you're thirsty but don't want a boring drink, the Goofy Glacier is for you. This slushy drink is perfect for hot summer days or when you're craving something sweet. It comes in several flavors, usually blue raspberry, lemonade, cherry, etc.

#SpoonTip: If you ask for two flavors, they will swirl them. I always get blue raspberry and lemonade.

Where to find it: Goofy's Candy Company (Disney Springs), Sweet Spells (Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Studios), Big Top Souvenirs (Circus, Magic Kingdom)


Where to Stay

On site (Disney resort)

There are a TON of options to choose from when it comes to accommodation. The obvious choice would be a Disney resort, but that may not always suit everyone's needs nor budget. Staying at a “Value” level Disney resort will be your cheapest option, but it does not offer a lot of space. It really comes down to what you require for your accommodations. To price out what it would cost to stay at a Disney resort, make sure to check their Special Offers page. You can also compare prices across hundreds of booking sites with TripAdvisor. Many third-party sites have cheaper prices and coupon codes, just be sure to check their cancellation terms.

Disney resorts offer 3 classes of properties, Value($), Moderate($), and Deluxe($$). Staying at a Disney resort provides several perks. These include:

  • Complimentary transportation
  • Extra hours in the parks (Extra Magic Hours)
  • Complimentary MagicBands (your tickets for the parks and fastpass)
  • Earlier access to Fastpass selections
  • Access to the Disney dining plan
  • In the Disney magic all the time

Offsite options

If you would like more space to spread out at the cost of a value level Disney resort, then you may want to consider renting off-site. Keep in mind that you will need to account for the cost of a rental car and parking of $20/day at the parks if you stay off-site. There are many accommodation options near Disney including hotels, condos, and entire homes. Recommendations include:

    (I've personally stayed at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort with family – see photo below. Like many of the nearby off-site resorts, it is close proximity and has a pool, lazy river, and other amenities) (check the “Hot Rate” hotels for a deep discount on mystery hotels) (check the “Express Deals” for a deep discount on mystery hotels) (searches hundreds of booking sites for the best price)

Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort – close to Disney and an affordable AirBNB option with amenities.


The 50 Best Things to Eat in Disney World Before You Die

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Walt Disney World is known as the happiest place on earth for a reason. It's a place where adults and kids can enjoy time together. As a foodie, Disney World is the ultimate vacation spot. No matter what type of cuisine you're in the mood for, you're bound to find it here. Since most people only stay for a few days, its hard to fit everything into one visit. But don't stress. As a foodie who spent six months at Disney, I've brought you the 50 best Disney World foods, in no particular order.