Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Peach. Enjoy the ride as we share the best places to budget & splurge on meals at Disney.
I've always heard from folks around me that eating at Disneyland is really expensive. It's actually not. If you compare the price of your meal to what you'd get at a regular restaurant it's really comparable. And if you want to go all out for your meals, you totally can. I love that the Disneyland Resort provides options for everyone. Today, I'll share with you my favorite places to budget and splurge for each meal at Disneyland and will share California Adventure tips in a future post.
Budgeting: Tomorrowland Terrance
Over at Tomorrowland, they offer a pretty good range of breakfast selections at this counter service. Average price of a breakfast plate is $6.49-$7.99. They've got breakfast burritos, french toast, breakfast platter (eggs, bacon, potatoes & biscuit), and a big fruit platter.
Splurging: Carnation Cafe
This is my FAVORITE place for breakfast at Disneyland. It's home of the Mickey Waffle! This is a full service restaurant and was recently renovated. Price ranges from $5.99-$10.99. In addition to the Mickey Waffle, some standout meals are the huevos rancheros and apple-granola pancakes.
Budgeting: Plaza Inn
This is a considered a buffeteria. You grab a tray and then your food. Then find a seat indoors or outdoors but it is not an all-you-can-eat-buffet. There's a couple different ways you can make this place budget friendly. And it will depend on your appetite! If you're looking for a small meal, grab a kid's meal. for $6.99 you get a leg of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, apples, and a drink. Or, if you want to share a meal with a friend, get the Plaza Inn Specialty Chicken plate for $13.99 and split the cost. It comes with 3 pieces of friend chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and a biscuit. And this plate is HUGE!
Splurging: Cafe Orleans
This full service restaurant is in the front of New Orleans Square and has great outdoor seating. Perfect for people watching and enjoying the nice weather. You'll definitely want to start with the pomme frites as an appetizer ($5.99) and then finish off your meal with Mickey beignets for dessert ($7.99). For your entree, the price range will be from $15.49-$19.49. They offer a salmon sandwich, the famous Monte Cristo sandwich (the same one from Blue Bayou), salad, and crepes.
Budgeting: Harbour Gallery
At the front of Critter Country (right in front of the Haunted Mansion exit) is the counter service Harbour Gallery. Here you'll find differents soups in a sourdough breadbowl for $9.29 and has clam chowder, broccoli and cheese soup, gumbo and chili. I recently ate at Boudin Bakery in my hometown and paid over $10 for a clam chowder bowl that wasn't nearly as good as Disneyland's. Which is funny because Disneyland's bread bowls are made by Boudin! In addition to the soups, there are various baked potatoes for $6.39 and salads for $9.99. Don't let the small location size fool you. They've got great, quality items for lunch.
Splurging: Blue Bayou
This is the most beautiful dining atmosphere in Disneyland. Located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean, is a full service restaurant that's decorated like you're on a bayou in New Orleans. You'll hear the crickets, it's dark with beautiful lit lanterns and is a romantic restaurant (if you're looking for that!). Prices range from $29.99-$45.99. They serve lamb, filet mignon, surf & turfs, chicken, steak and a portobello mushroom dish.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Picturing Disney.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
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3rd Stop ~ Disney in Our Blood
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