The 7 Best Food Deals at Disneyland to Save You Cash

Discover the best Food Deals at Disneyland
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Aside from the fun rides, sing-along shows and parades, and awe-inspiring nighttime spectacles, Disneyland food is world-renowned. No matter what you do in the parks, you will want to be sure to eat a delicious meal at some point during your journey!

Luckily, some of the best places to eat inside Disneyland can be found on a budget! Based on the ambiance, price, and quality and quantity of meals at these eateries, I’ve ranked your best food deals in the Resort. The options listed run from $ to $$ on the Disneyland website (and are verified by other trip planning sites), meaning they run from about to $15 to $30 per adult meal (not including beverages or separate add-ons).

Better Deals on Fancy Classics 

If you want the fabulous cuisine, you may be looking at $$$ when you research Disneyland food. Most likely, you’ll have seen the names “Blue Bayou” and “Carthay Circle.” While these establishments do have delicious food and great ambiance, they are also three- and four- dollar sign minimums!

So, cut the cost! Try restaurants that appeal to the most dapper eaters at a price that fits most family budgets. Note that you may not get the exact same meals, but many of the flavors will be similar depending on your pick.

#1: French Market Restaurant

Located in New Orleans Square of Disneyland Park, this quick service dining establishment offers cajun-creole cuisine and comfort foods that are similar to those at Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans. The price, though, is quite a bit less (about $$ or $30-ish per adult).

My favorite meal at this eatery is the corn chowder, and it is the only place in DLR that has it. They also make classic shrimp po’ boys and French dip sandwiches. Dinner plates contain a protein, starch and vegetable, making the meals well worth the line and lower price point. They also have seasonal delights, so no matter when you visit, you have some new choices! Check out their lunch and dinner menu.

In terms of ambiance, you could not ask for a better location in the park. Seating is outdoors in a covered area, so you can bask in the sun or enjoy the starry sky! You can also enjoy live music and Fantasmic! if you get there at the right time, so be sure to check the park schedule for show times.

The biggest perk is the location. French Market is just off the Rivers of America toward the entrance to New Orleans Square. It’s adjacent to the train station, across from the Haunted Mansion, and near several big-name attractions like Pirates of the Carribean and Indiana Jones Adventure.

Lastly, you can always end your meal with a delightful beignet and mint julep at the Mint Julep Bar just behind the actual Market. Be sure to check out their seasonal offerings, too!

#2: Red Rose Taverne

Be their guest at the Gaston-inspired eatery in Fantasyland! Featuring the music of Beauty and the Beast and antler decor you would expect of a tavern, the meals here never fail to delight.

This establishment is one of the few open for all meal times, including expansive options for breakfast and afternoon eats. With some French inspiration and American classics, the lunch and dinner menu highlight favorites for every palate. Breakfast options consist of more Americanized fare. Don’t forget to try the Grey Stuff!

Because the meals here are more traditional of amusement parks, it does not really “replace” a fancier dining option. However, the ambiance is great with lots of music in the background and cool photo op backdrops throughout. Plus, seating is usually plentiful with indoor and outdoor (umbrella-covered) options.

#3: Smokejumpers Grill

Of note, there are a lot of food allergy accommodations at Red Rose Taverne. Whether your party has members who are gluten- or wheat-free, lactose-free or nut-free or have allergies to eggs, fish, shellfish or soy, there is always something to eat!

Jumping across to Disney California Adventure, you’ll find one of the best burger and fries joints in the Resort. Located in Grizzly Peak next to Soarin’ Around the World, this grill offers classic takes on American burgers and sandwiches with a gourmet flair. While there are some American offerings at the elite Carthay Circle just down the road from Smokejumpers, this establishment comes with a much lower price.

Not only are the meaty options delicious at this joint, but so are the vegetarian meals! Unlike most other places in DLR, the veggie sandwich here features a meat substitute (jackfruit) rather than simply grilled or roasted vegetable slices.

Plus, there are two toppings bars that let you pile on the extras you crave (or even create a small side salad for those willing to cut apart leaf lettuce). Check out the full lunch and dinner menu. Don’t forget to ask about their seasonal lemonade and get waffle fries as your side!

In terms of ambiance, this establishment caters to the awesome national and state parks of the state. Named for the amazing folks who jump out of planes into wildfires, Smokejumpers lives up to its name with airplane decor and photos of those who served the state. 

There is usually plenty of seating with options both indoors and outdoors (some tables are covered). However, it does tend to get really busy during peak season because the menu appeals to kids and adults alike. Plus, it is in an easy-to-access location, so there is always foot traffic.

#4: Wine Country Trattoria

For smaller meals, especially around lunch, you can enjoy Italian-inspired dishes at a reasonable price. Plus, for adults who like wine, you can indulge in an assortment of delicious options! This restaurant parallels the elegance of Carthay Circle with a slightly unique take on California flavors and significantly lower price point overall.

Head down toward Paradise Pier Gardens for a waterfront view across from Pixar Pier for a fancier meal that won’t break the bank. Lunch and dinner options are similar with dinner being more expansive. Choose from the appetizers for a light meal that satisfies just about everyone. Options include Rustic Bruschetta featuring artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes and Italian Insalata featuring a red wine vinaigrette.

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, there are several options under $20 (pre-tax). Serving sizes tend to be large, so consider splitting a meal! Little ones can indulge, too, with chicken, fish and pasta options.

With beautiful views of the park and its waterfront, the ambiance takes on a romantic inclination. Nonetheless, parties of all types, from families to friend groups to couples, gather in the outdoor patio seating to enjoy the delicious food.

Additionally, this eatery is located somewhat centered to major park attractions, including Cars Land. As such, it is easily accessible but also quite busy. Consider making reservations to ensure your table is available and ready!

#5: Flo’s V8 Cafe

You’re not reading that number incorrectly — this is the “bottom” pick of the article, but it is not a buffet! Hence, it’ in this section.

The best part about visiting this 1950’s style cafe is the ambiance. Take a trip down nostalgia lane when you enter this red-and-white checkered floor diner dawning neon lights and music from a by-gone era. Plus, the food will transport you back in time, too!

Located in the middle of Cars Land, Flo’s represents an essential part of the town where residents gather for a fun time. Being in the middle of one of the most popular lands in Disney California Adventure, it is a quick and easy choice for parties planning to spend some time there. 

While this does round out my top picks of dining options because of the great ambiance and location, the food is more “ok” than it is great. Burgers, fries and milkshakes are the gists of the menu. Nonetheless, these options are pretty yummy!

Flo’s offers better burgers than fast food options both in the parks and outside of the parks. However, they’re not as gourmet as those at Smokejumpers Grill. The milkshakes, though, are truly delicious and are some of the best available in DLR. It’s a strong option for a cheaper lunch or dinner. For those who prefer a hearty American breakfast, the cafe has several offerings from eggs and pancakes to seasonal fruit platters.

“Buffet” Picks at a Decent Price

In Disneyland Resort, there aren’t really any true buffets where you pay one price and pick up as many items as you want. However, there are several quick service dining options that resemble standard buffets. In these eateries, take your pick from several stations for a full meal (main and side) and even pick up a drink and dessert!

#6: Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurant

Tucked away in the back corner between Fantasyland and Big Thunder Mountain (Frontierland) is the best Mexican cuisine you can get in the parks. Cooked with authentic recipes, inspired flavors and delicious spices, Ranch Del Zocalo offers great plates inspired by Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisines.

Choose from several stations feature tostada salads, especiales like carne asada and enchiladas, nachos, tacos and burritos. Don’t forget the dessert window that features flan! Ultimately, if you have a hankering for these classics, you’ll want to enjoy a lunch or dinner meal at this eatery.

Enjoy a festive ambiance amidst colorful tiles, bubbling fountains and hanging succulents in an adobe structure with plenty of seating. Some tables are available in sunnier parts of the plaza, but there is a lot of shaded or covered seating.

Beyond the great food and plentiful seating is quick access to several parts of Disneyland Park. Because it’s just past the archway from Fantasyland into Frontierland, you can quickly get between the two areas. Plus, it’s exit is just steps away from the Big Thunder entrance and the dock for the Sailing Ship Columbia and Mark Twain River Boat. 

#7: Alien Pizza Planet

At the back of Tomorrowland next to Space Mountain is Alien Pizza Planet. Cuisine options here are fairly basic, including Caesar salad, a couple of pasta options and several pizza options. There is also a fairly hearty dessert station with quite a bit to offer. For the whole menu, click here. 

The biggest perk of this dining establishment is the appeal to kids. For parties who have several youngsters, this is an ideal option! The ease of pizza or pasta makes it a quick meal while also ensuring there is something even picky eaters will enjoy.

The other big perk is the amount of seating. There are indoor, outdoor and covered patio seating areas, including some booths that are a bit cushier than chairs elsewhere in the park. As such, it’s fairly easy to grab a few tables to pull together for larger parties. On the other hand, it can be harder for pairs or trios to find seating quickly unless it is at a two-person table. Nonetheless, people tend to move pretty quickly through their meals due to the nature of the type of food served.

Lastly, Pizza Planet is close to several key attractions. Not only is it next to Space Mountain, it is across from the Tomorrowland theater, down a little ways from Nemo’s Submarine Voyage and just a bit further from Matterhorn Bobsleds. Its central location to the land makes it an easy stop for parties looking to eat “right now” before heading into a long line or waiting for a FASTPASS return time in the area.

Also important when eating with the whole family is seating, and at Alien Pizza Planet, there is plenty of it. Choose from indoor arrangements to outdoor tables or even a pseudo-outdoor area along the walkway to Space Mountain (across from the entrance to the Tomorrowland Theater). Enjoy comfortable, cushioned seats and clean tables for these palatable plates!

Honorable Mention: Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

While this is not a personal favorite, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta is always bustling with happy diners. As such, it deserves an honorable mention for great food deals in DLR!

The cuisine here is similar to that of Alien Pizza Planet with pizza, salads, pastas and desserts. However, because it is more spacious, it is typically easier and faster to get your meal. Plus, they have a couple of big fountain drink dispensers, so it’s a great place to purchase your souvenir cup quickly at the start of the day. View the full menu for Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta here.

To get to this buffet-style eatery, head toward Paradise Gardens Park and all the way to the end just before it curves onto Pixar Pier. You’ll immediately see lots of covered patio seating, a big perk of dining here.

Another cool element for diners at the Boardwalk is quick access to parades and seasonal shows. Because it’s located near the parade entrance/exit (depending on the time of day), you can catch some of the best views in the park. During seasonal events, the far side of the dining area (where the gazebos are located) often host character visits and special shows. You can join the fun after enjoying a yummy meal!

Meals On-The-Go

Some of the best eats at Disneyland are the classics that can be found at kiosks and carts around the parks. Not only are they fairly well-priced (for a theme park), but they are delicious and filling when your hustling between attractions.

Snack Carts and Quick Eats

In every land or region of both parks, and even within the Downtown Disney District, you’ll come across loads of snack carts. The aroma of buttered popcorn, spiced churros, smoked turkey legs and more will fill the air over and over again. So, why not indulge and make a cheap meal of these bites?

Disneyland Park

  • Bengal Barbecue (meat and vegetable skewers)
  • Churro Carts
  • Daisy’s Diner (pizza and specialty desserts)
  • Edelweiss Snacks (turkey legs and chimichangas)
  • Fruit Carts
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Lemonade Carts
  • Maurice’s Treats (specialty bread twists and pastries)
  • Mint Julep Bar (specialty drinks and beignets)
  • Pluto’s Dog House (hot dogs)
  • Popcorn Carts
  • Pretzel Carts
  • Refreshment Corner (hot dogs and seasonal offerings)
  • Tiki Juice Bar (Dole Whip and other pineapple specialties)
  • Tropical Imports (healthy snacks and pineapple specialties)
  • Troubadour Tavern (pretzels, baked potatoes and turkey legs)
  • Turkey Leg Carts

Disney California Adventure

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
  • Angry Dogs (hot dogs)
  • Award Wieners (hot dogs, including vegetarian option)
  • Bayside Brews (adult beverages and pretzels)
  • Churro Carts
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Fairfax Market (healthy snacks and beverages)
  • Festive Foods Marketplace (seasonal kiosks)
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In (healthy snacks and beverages)
  • Fruit Carts
  • GhirardelliⓇ Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums
  • Lemonade Carts
  • Mendocino Terrace (adult beverages, cold cuts and cheese)
  • Popcorn Carts
  • Poultry Palace (chicken drumsticks, turkey legs and corn on the cob)
  • Pretzel Carts
  • Schmoozies! (smoothies, coffees, other beverages and desserts)
  • Señor Buzz Churros (specialty churros)
  • Studio Catering Co. (nachos and tacos)
  • Turkey Leg Carts

Pacific Wharf Dining in Disney California Adventure

This realm of eateries provides an assortment of classic California flavors that borrow from a global menu. Seating is outdoors (with umbrellas for shade) and the establishments are pick-up only (no table service). Nonetheless, for a cheaper meal in DLR and an assortment your whole party can enjoy, this area has some of the best quick picks you can get in the parks!

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

With menu options like tacos, pork al pastor, spicy citrus chicken and chips and guacamole, you can indulge in classic Mexican “street” cuisine. As such, this makes a great quick bite at a low price. Plus, there are healthy options like salads and protein bowls.

Kids are included, too, and have choices between a cheese quesadilla or a smaller taco or bowl plate. Adults can further delight themselves with seasonal margaritas or Mexican beers. Immediate seating options are available under the awnings adjacent to the establishment (look for the fiesta-colored chairs).

Lucky Fortune Cookery

For a slightly all0around healthier meal, the menu options here include chicken, beef, or tofu rice bowls topped with mild, medium and spicy sauces. Styles of preparation are inspired by several different Asian cultures, including Chinese, Thai and Korean. If you’re looking to round out your meal a bit more, pick a side like chicken and vegetable potstickers. Sapporo beer is the featured alcohol at this location. 

Kids and those not indulging are offered a delightful sweet tea: the Lucky Fortune Tea combines delicious flavors of passion fruit and mango in a refreshing tea! Of note, this is a great option for those in need of gluten, wheat, egg, fish, shellfish, milk and soy allergy-friendly meals. 

Pacific Wharf Café

Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Need more be said?

This very popular dining establishment features Boudin Bakery sourdough bread bowls that can be filled with San Francisco-style clam chowder, seasonal soups, mac ’n’ cheese (a “secret menu” item) or salad. Sandwiches are also available and are just as tasty. Be sure to check out the full menu for kid and toddler meal options. 

Adults can also indulge in California-brewed beers. If you want to finish off your meal with something sweet, check out the cookie and baked goods at the register! Seating for this establishment can be found straight out from the entrance in the general Pacific Wharf area or adjacent to The Bakery Tour hosted by Boudin.

Adult-Only Options

For those 21-and-up, this is the hub for alcoholic delights. The Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. (a.k.a. Karl Strauss Handcrafted Beers) and Rita’s Baja Blenders feature California flavors and seasonal favorites. Select from flavored pretzels and California brews at the Distribution Co. 

Select from several fruity margarita and sangria flavors at Rita’s, even topping your drink with a Grand Marnier float. Plus, kids can even feel like little adults with a non-alcoholic slushie option! See Rita’s menu here.

Cozy Cone Motel

Visit the iconic Cozy Cone Motel of the Cars series for your favorite treats and snacks plus adorable photos! When you pull into Cars Land, you’ll go about half-way down the main highway to turn into this life-size traffic cone set-up. Just look for five bright-orange (giant) cones. Since each cone features a different menu, be sure to pay attention! Important: cones are numbered from left to right when facing them from the main street.

Cone 1 — Churros and Beverages

Choose a classic cinnamon-sugar delight or seasonal specialty along with dipping sauce. Drinks include assorted fountain beverages, coffee, hot cocoa (including a featured cinnamon-spiced option) and water. There is also a special pear-flavored lemonade that can only be found in Cars Land! 

Cone 2 — Soft-Serve and Beverages

Soft-serve galore at Cone 2 with options of vanilla, chocolate, or swirled flavors. You can even make it a sundae with a select topping! Don’t forget a refreshment like the “Route” Beer Float in a Souvenir Glass.

Cone 3 — Hot Snacks, Seasonal Treats and Alcoholic Beverages

Essentially, just about everything here comes in a cone! There is Chili Cone Queso, a beef-based chili (vegetarian is available upon request) topping corn chips in a bread cone coated in cheese, and a Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese in a bread cone. Items here are ideal for sharing since they’re quite big. Don’t forget to check out the latest seasonal cone! Beverage features are special at Cone 3 with pomegranate limeade, all-natural lemonade and alcoholic beverages of these sweet treats.

Cone 4 — Pretzels, “Twists” and Beverages

Pick from savory cheddar garlic bagel twists or pretzel bites with cheese sauce for a filling snack. For something sweeter, opt for a chocolate twist. All the selections on this menu are inspired by doughy delights, making it an ideal stop for everyone in your party. You can also pick up a refreshing frozen lemonade or apple freeze!

Cone 5 — Popcorn and Beverages

Grab a bag of specialty popcorn like buffalo ranch, dill pickle, garlic parmesan, pizza, Sriracha or white cheddar. Sizes range from a “scoop” in a paper cone to a bucket, making it a great treat for one or for all. If you’re willing to splurge, the bucket of popcorn features Lightning McQueen! Plus, if you like grape soda, try their twist: Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic.

Mobile Order for Quick and Low-Cost Options

No matter what time of year you are making your way to the parks, there are several staples to have in your pocket. Namely, you’ll want to download the Disneyland App for the best features in the parks.

Mobile Order food and beverages from several fast-service dining options in both parks. You can even select the best pick-up time to suit your itinerary. Plus, being able to Mobile Order will allow everyone in the party to pick their favorite cuisine without hassling extra waits!

Disneyland Park Mobile Order Eateries

  • Alien Pizza Planet
  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (now open in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!)
  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Galactic Grill
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Harbour Galley
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
  • Milk Stand (now open in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!)
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • Refreshment Corner
  • Ronto Roasters (now open in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!)
  • Royal Street Veranda
  • Stage Door Café
  • Tiki Juice Bar

Disney California Adventure Park Mobile Order Eateries

  • Award Wieners
  • Bayside Brews
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe
  • Hollywood Lounge
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Pacific Wharf Café
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Smokejumpers Grill

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