A Walt Disney World vacation can certainly make a dent in your wallet, and one of the most significant costs is often food. I’m as guilty as anyone of ordering $4.99 cupcakes and $3.50 bottles of water without a second thought. Those costs quickly add up, and that’s before any table service meals! So I embarked to find out if it was possible to survive on $20 a day at the Magic Kingdom.
An immediate sacrifice had to be made to make this work: soda. Beverages in the Magic Kingdom range from $2.50 to over $5.00! However, a fact some people still don’t know is that free iced water is offered at most counter service restaurants. This water is filtered, but my out of town friends still claim our water tastes a little “swampy.” To counter that, I suggest bringing some flavor packs from home. Crystal Light makes great ones! There are even some brands that include caffeine so you don’t have to give up that extra boost of energy. All the below meals assume that you have your trusty ice water in hand!
For breakfast I decided to grab a muffin at Cheshire Café for $2.99 after tax. While it may seem like a boring choice, these muffins (see the menu) are huge and a very good value! This location is also tucked back into Fantasyland, so it didn’t interfere with my rope drop touring plan. I was able to swing through after my morning of dark rides and grab breakfast without waiting in a line. You certainly can’t say that about the Main Street Bakery! Balance after breakfast: $17.01
I thought I’d have a little more fun for lunch with one of my favorite treats, the Nutella and fresh fruit waffle sandwich for $6.84 after tax from Sleepy Hollow. I know some won’t think that qualifies as lunch, but it is an excellent meal! If you still aren’t sold, check out the menu: you can instead choose a sweet and spicy chicken waffle sandwich or ham, prosciutto, and swiss sandwich for sixty cents more, but remember these are only available from 11am – 5pm. Balance after lunch: $10.17
For dinner I needed some vegetables after all those carbs! I headed over to Columbia Harbour House, which never disappoints (see menu). I decided on Fish ‘n Chips for $8.51 after tax. I had the option of fries, apple slices, or broccoli with my meal. You can see they were very generous with the broccoli! It also tasted steamed and not like frozen bagged stuff. The fish was also pretty good for fried mystery fish! Overall this was tasty, filling, and left me with $1.66 in change!
Not one to leave money on the table I wondered over to the Liberty Square Market to see what my pennies could get me (see menu). It turns out that whole apples, oranges, or bananas are available for $1.60 each after tax. This left me with a nice snack for the parade and $.06 in my pocket. Believe it or not, with a little planning you can absolutely survive at the Magic Kingdom for $20 a day! To help with your planning, check out the Touring Plans Menus!
So what are your favorite money saving tricks for the parks, or do you have any tips as we try to survive on $20 a day at the other parks? Let us know in the comments below!
My Other Disney World “Meals on Just $20 a Day” Posts:
- Epcot Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Hollywood Studios Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Animal Kingdom Meals on Just $20 a Day