There’s a common misconception among some guests (especially those on their first trip) that dining at Walt Disney World only comes in two varieties: greasy fast food or super expensive haute cuisine. However, this isn't exactly true, as there are a number of amazing meals you can grab at Walt Disney World's dozens of quick service eateries that will satisfy guests looking for something a little more interesting than burgers and fries, without breaking the bank. And while $10 won’t exactly get you fillet mignon (we have to set expectations here), depending on where you go, you can actually get a great meal for less than the cost of a single PhotoPass picture print!
1. Pot Roast Macaroni & Cheese
Location: Friar’s Nook (Magic Kingdom)
Short on time and need a fast fill up? Friar’s Nook offers several varieties of gourmet macaroni and cheese served in generously-sized bowls that will satisfy even the most voracious appetite. One of the best variations of this classic menu item is the Pot Roast Macaroni & Cheese, which features a healthy amount of beef piled on top of cheesy pasta. While this dish may not be expensive, it certainly is filling, so even though you might want to check out other attractions in Fantasyland after lunch at Friar's Nook, we'd recommend holding off on Dumbo the Flying Elephant (or anything that moves faster than It's a Small World!) for at least a little while after your meal!
2. All-Beef Gyro Flatbread
Location: Harambe Market (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
The Harambe Market has a number of amazing food options, but one of the entrees that provides the best value is the Beef Gyro Flatbread sandwich, which features hamburger-like beef patties doused a tangy tzatziki sauce and topped with diced veggies. And like other entrees at this location, this option is served with a cold broccoli, tomato and onion salad.
3. Butter Chicken
Location: Namaste Café Food Truck (Disney Springs)
Leaving the theme parks, but still looking for an economical bite to eat? No problem! Though Disney Springs has been phasing out many of its quick service locations over the past few years and converting them to full-service restaurants, one nice addition has been the food truck park, which offers some excellent options for a budget price. One of our favorites is the butter chicken, which is served at the Namaste Cafe truck (which features a menu inspired by Disney's Animal Kingdom). This dish features tender and flavorful chicken served over basmati rice with naan on the side and a selection of vegetables. Though you can eat this dish with a fork, our favorite way to experience this amazing entree is to pile everything on top of the provided naan to make an impromptu sandwich!
4. Norwegian Club
Location: Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Epcot)
Though you can find a club sandwich pretty much anywhere on Walt Disney World property, there’s only one place where you can find this classic turkey, ham, and bacon sandwich enhanced with Jarlsberg and Muenster cheeses plus lingonberrry mayonnaise. Put all that on thick, toasted multigrain bread with some onions and tomatoes for good measure, and you’ve got a hearty meal on that’s portable, delicious and inexpensive.
Location: Sommerfest, (Epcot)
Next to hamburgers, hot dogs may be the most common quick service entree found at Walt Disney World. However, if you're looking for a gourmet twist on this theme park classic, you have to head over to Sommerfest in the German pavilion at Epcot for a filling bratwust piled high with authentic saurkraut and served on a thick, crusty roll.