Are you planning a magical Disneyland or Walt Disney World vacation? Our FREE Disney food budget guide 2019 is here! Budget accurately for your Disney vacation and set realistic money saving goals.

FREE Disney Food Budget Guide 2019

After you flights, hotels, and park tickets food is hands down your biggest cost in Disney parks. After all, you have to eat. If you’re choosing park foods it can get even more expensive. Here’s some advice on how to budget accurately with real-life meal plan examples.

We’ve talked about how much to budget for food before on this blog but this is an updated list for 2019. You can still check out that post for more Disney food budget advice.

 Note: All prices in USD. 

FREE Disney Food Budget Guide 2019 money saving tips

Food in the Disney parks can add up quick! Here’s how you can save money on food at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

  • Bring your own food into the parks. Did you know that at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World you can bring your own snacks in? Just make sure you’re packing them in a soft shell cooler (or lunch kit) and you don’t bring anything crazy. Also, knives, even plastic ones, are not allowed. 
  • Limit the amount of table service you enjoy. Quick services food in the Disney parks is amazing so you don’t need to splurge for expensive meals to get a taste of Disney dining.
  • Pack meals, splurge on snacks. This is my favourite way to budget at Disney. Pack sandwiches for lunch and dinner then splurge on a Churro (or two) at the park. You’ll get to enjoy some park food with a much lighter price tag than a whole meal.
  • Dine outside the park. This is really only useful if you’re visiting Disneyland because Walt Disney World is so far away from civilization unless you’re staying off site as well. Still, you can save a few bucks by enjoying some local cuisine (or Uber Eats) over park food.

What about Disney character dining?

If you’re interested in character dining there’s a tonne of options and most have to be booked well in advance. A character meal is going to run you anywhere from $15 a person to over $60 depending on where you go and what time of day it is. 

Walt Disney World has way more character dining options than Disneyland. In fact, Disneyland only has one within the park. Walt Disney World has 7 chracter expereinces currently in 2019.

How much is food at Disney parks?

Of course, this varies wildly based on what you order, but there are general amounts that food costs in Disney parks in 2019. For our Free Disney food budget guide 2019 we’ve done our best to list your average meal costs here.

How much are snacks at Disney parks in 2019?

The great thing about Disney parks snacks is no matter what you pick, from a churro to an ice cream sundae, you’ll be paying less than $15 a person. Snacks can be found a quick service locations and on carts all around the parks.

  • Churros are $4.75 for the regular one but you’ll pay a buck or two more for the themed ones (which usually come with dipping sauce).
  • Dole Whip is $5.69. 
  • A turkey leg costs $11.49.

How much are quick service meals at Disney parks in 2019?

Quick service meals can range from under $15 a person to $30 a person, depending on how much you order and eat. Expect to pay around $15-$20 per adult and $10-$15 per child on average for a quick meal and drinks. 

When we visited Disneyland we had lunch at Hungry Bear Resturaunt. For the 5 of us (2 adults and 3 kids) we spent about $70 USD. That included fountain and speciality drinks. 

How much are table service meals at Disney parks in 2019?

Prices of table service varies by park, location, characters, and so on. The Châteaubriand for Two at Canada’s Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot will run you $129.

Table services prices start at $35 and can run over $60 per person. 

For table service, you also have to book ahead to many resturaunts. 

How much should I budget for food at Disney in 2019? – Free Disney Food budget 2019

This is going to be a personal number depending on how much you want to spend and how many people are in your family. Here’s some rough numbers, estimated high so you don’t end up over budget.

Meal plan 1: Expensive style

Adults:
– Breakfast and lunch at quick service, hotel breakfasts, or offsite: $20 each meal, total of $40.
– Dinner at a table service restaurant with a drink – $60.
-1 park snack and a drink per day – $10
– Total cost per day: $110 per adult

Kids: 
– Breakfast and lunch at quick service, hotel breakfasts, or offsite: $10 each meal, total of $20.
– Dinner at a table service restaurant – $15.
-1 park snack and a drink per day – $10
– Total cost per day: $45 per child

Meal plan 2: Balanced meal plan

Adults:
– Breakfast and lunch either packed or take advantage of hotels with free breakfast. $5-10 per meal, total of $10-20.
– Dinner at a quick service restaurant- $20
-1 park snack and a drink per day – $10
– Total cost per day: $40-50 per adult

Kids: 
– Breakfast and lunch either packed or take advantage of hotels with free breakfast. $5-10 per meal, total of $10-20.
– Dinner at a quick service restaurant- $10
-1 park snack and a drink per day – $10
– Total cost per day: $30-40 per adult

For the balanced plan, sub one day of dinner at quick service with table service and use the expensive plan numbers. 

Meal plan 3: No park food

Adults & kids:
If you skip park food altogether you can do it for $5-$10 per day packing  your own food.

 

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