Tips on Dining in Disneyland on a Budget.


I have a friend who has never been to Disneyland. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “how is that possible”? But it is, and I am sure that she is not the only one out there who is in the same boat. (I would like them to all be in the Pirates of the Caribbean boat). Since I started blogging about Disneyland, she has been asking me more questions about the park. Things she is curious about and thought others might be interested as well in today’s post Tips on Dining in Disneyland on a Budget.

Tips on Dining in Disneyland on a Budget

Today for tips on dining in Disneyland on a budget, I will do my best to give pointers on the cheaper restaurants around and in Disneyland so that you can plan out the food part of your trip. Before I go to Disneyland, I make a list of all the places we want to eat at while we are there. Sometimes all the restaurants are not within the budget. Sadly.

Stay at a Good Neighbor Hotel that Offers Breakfast

First, I would like to start by saying that some of the good neighbor hotels offer breakfast with your stay. This can be a great way to start saving on your food budget. One meal down, two to go!

Have a Mini Fridge? Eat-in!

Another thing a lot of hotels offer nowadays is a mini-fridge. This can also be a helpful way to save money. By bringing some food with you or by going to a local grocery store to pick up some items to eat. One thing that we do for breakfast, (because we want to save time and get to the park ASAP in the morning) is to bring instant oatmeal packets. We heat up water through the coffee pot and there’s breakfast!








Dine Outside of Disneyland

Don’t be afraid to explore outside of the resort. There are restaurants (and hotels) that line up right next to the parks. It has been a while since I have gone outside the resort for food. However, there is a Denny’s, IHOP, and McDonald’s on the cheaper side. If you do not mind medium priced places, there is a pirate-themed buffet restaurant called Captain Kidds Family Dining. Or, my favorite while growing up, Mimi’s Cafe.

Dining In Disneyland

Now for some options inside of the park. Oh, so many choices.

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Refreshment Corner on Main Street U.S.A. Disneyland.

Inside of the Resort, the price ranges are broken down into three categories.

  1. $14.99 and under
  2. $15-34.99
  3. $35-59.99

These prices are per person. NOT the total bill.

Since this post is about budgeting, I will be focusing on the first category of $14.99 and under per person.


     Main Street U.S.A.

          Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

          Refreshment Corner


          Bengal Barbecue

     New Orleans Square

          French Market

          Royal Street Veranda

     Critter Country

          Hungry Bear Restaurant

          Harbour Galley


          The Golden Horseshoe

          Rancho del Zocalo Restarante

          Stage Door Cafe


          Edelweiss Snacks

          Red Rose Taverne

     Mickey’s Toontown


          Daisy’s Diner

          Pluto’s Dog House


          Galactic Grill

          Alien’s Pizza Planet

Disney’s California Adventure

     Buena Vista Street

           Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe


          Award Wieners

          Studio Catering Co.


          Flo’s V8 Cafe

     Pacific Wharf

          Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

          Lucky Fortune Cookery

          Pacific Wharf Cafe

     Paradise Pier

          Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

          Corndog Castle

          Paradise Garden Grill

     Grizzly Peak

          Smokejumpers Grill

Downtown Disney District

     Earl of Sandwich

     La Brea Bakery Express


     Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express

     Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s

So as you can see from this list, (by the park and by lands) There is a place to go in any land of Disneyland and California Adventure! Food is never far away in the parks. 😉

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Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe in California Adventure.

In Conclusion

With the different restaurants to eat at, basically, it comes down to what type of food you are looking for and what theme.

I have to admit, that I will be trying some new places next time I go. After researching the restaurants I haven’t been to yet, I was wondering how I could have missed the food options at these places!


Soon I will be doing a series of posts on the restaurants in the parks. Delving more into the themes and food options. If you can’t wait for those posts… (I don’t blame you. I am the same way when it comes to Disney.) you can always find more information on the dining at the Disneyland Resort here. 😉

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About Melisa Rice 181 Articles
Melisa has had a love for Disneyland that started at a very young age. Her family traveled to Disneyland every year or two when she was growing up. As she got older, she began to read anything she could get her hands on regarding Disneyland. If you ask her anything about Disneyland, she is always willing to share her knowledge. As a former Manager of a video store, she has a wealth of knowledge about movies as well. In addition to these experiences, she also loves to take landscape photography, do crafting, bake cakes for her nieces and nephews. But most of all, she enjoys reading the Bible.

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