This is the second in our series of meal plans to survive all day in a Walt Disney World park for just $20 a day. I decided to cover the parks in the order they opened, but I knew Epcot would be my biggest challenge. That’s because the food at Epcot is incredible! Especially back in the World Showcase where exotic little treats are hiding in each land! With that in mind I embarked to see if I could make it on just $20.
One thing to note is Epcot has a huge advantage: Club Cool! This is a free beverage station where you can try different sodas from all over the world. In order to make it on $20 a day you have to give up ordering soda and replace it with free ice water offered at most counter service restaurants. Club Cool gives you a little taste of what you’re missing plus it’s fun to try all the different flavors. (Except Beverly!!)
For breakfast I needed something quick that would not interfere with my morning Touring Plan. I find that for Epcot if I make it for rope drop I’m able to relax and have some breakfast after getting on Test Track and Soarin’. It just happens that Sunshine Seasons, one of the best quick service restaurants on property, is right beside Soarin’. They have a wide variety of hot items, baked goods, cereals, fruits, and more (see breakfast menu). But being on a budget I opted for a bagel and cream cheese for a pretty reasonable $2.98 after tax. Balance after breakfast: $17.02
I have a confession to make before lunch… I love Chinese food. I love it so much it’s hard to walk by the offerings in the China pavilion. Maybe there is more unusual and interesting food available, but if I’m at Epcot it is a safe bet at some point you will find me there. With that in mind it shouldn’t be surprising that for lunch I headed to the Lotus Blossom Cafe. For $9.05 after tax I received a heaping portion of orange chicken with steamed rice (check out the rest of the menu). Though the portions are large they are stingy with their ice water. For some reason they only use tiny cups when handing it out. Be sure to order two if you decide to dine at this location. Balance after lunch: $7.97
For dinner I thought long and hard about what to get with the meager funds I had left. A croissant sandwich in France? A frankfurter in Germany? Then it hit me! I’d gone all the way around the world after lunch but I ended up right next door in Norway. The Kringla Bakeri og Cafe is very well known for their pastries but did you know they have amazing (and affordable) sandwiches (see the menu)? For $7.45 after tax I was able to get a ham and apple sandwich. It doesn’t sound especially appealing does it? I assure you this sandwich is genius with the rich cheeses and salty ham combined with sweet, crisp apple. Not to mention this sandwich it huge! Be sure to get it toasted so that cheese gets all melty and wonderful. Balance after dinner: $.52
So there you have it! You can absolutely survive on $20 a day in Epcot. But if I’m being entirely honest, my story didn’t end there. I certainly couldn’t go into Norway without getting a piece of School Bread! It may have put me a few dollars over budget, but nobody should let a couple dollars stand between them and School Bread! If you haven’t ever tried it, imagine the best custard donut you’ve ever had, but lighter and covered in toasted coconut. Heavenly!
So what would you have ordered if you had $20 and one day in Epcot? Remember if you want to plan your meals, visit our Touring Plans Menus. Do you have any advice as I attempt to survive the Disney Hollywood Studios on just $20? Please let us know in the comments below.
My Other Disney World “Meals on Just $20 a Day” Posts:
- Magic Kingdom Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Hollywood Studios Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Animal Kingdom Meals on Just $20 a Day