Money Saving Tip of the Week: Snacks That Eat Like Meals

Dining at Walt Disney World is expensive, but there are lots of ways to fill up that rumbly in your tumbly that won’t break the bank.  Many Quick Service restaurants and kiosks offer side dishes or snacks that eat like meals, and cost way less than a burger and fries combo!  Here are a few of our faves:

Never underestimate the power of a toppings bar to turn a snack into a meal. Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

At Magic Kingdom, opt for a baked potato at Sleepy Hollow (it comes with fixin’s like cheese, sour cream, and butter!).  Anywhere you can find a cup of soup, you’re in for a hearty, filling option.  The warm cinnamon roll at Gaston’s Tavern is huge and makes a satisfying breakfast.  Or make a secret menu item at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Cafe or Starlight Ray’s Cosmic Cafe – order a side of fries and hit the toppings bar to dress them up however you like!

Les Halles has some of the beast snacks that eat like meals. Photo by Stephanie Shuster.

Epcot is a foodie’s delight!  Grab a school bread at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, edamame or miso soup at Katsura Grill, or nudel gratin at Sommerfest.  Sunshine Seasons offers many options – like soups, substantial side salads, and even a fruit and cheese plate.  But the creme de la creme is Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie – choose from lobster bisque, ham and cheese croissants, a bacon cheese roll, or Pissaladiere – a flatbread with olives, tomatoes and gruyere cheese.

Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can enjoy an array of fruit, veggie, hummus, and pretzel options at Anaheim Produce, or grab hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, or a breakfast sandwich at Trolley Car Cafe.

In Animal Kingdom, head to Flame Tree BBQ for cheesy pulled pork topped fries, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes for chicken fried rice, Pizzafari for tomato basil soup, or Restaurantosaurus for chili cheese fries (and an epic toppings bar). Mr. Kamal’s offers seasoned fries or falafel, Eight Spoon Cafe has mac n cheese, and Smiling Crocodile has variations on the BLT.

Check back next week for another exciting way to save money at WDW!

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