AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Feb 14, 2009
    Yvonne from Antrim Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Coming from UK and have blown budget on moderate resort(coronado). Can you suggest some good value dining options as we do not have DDP. Will have own transport so can go offsite if necc.

    It is hard to stick to a budget where food is concerned!  With a family of five, we do find ourselves heading outside of the Walt Disney World resort area to grab a bite to eat that better suits our budget requirements.

    You can find reasonably priced meals at Walt Disney World.  A good thing about many of the Walt Disney World restaurants is that the portions are quite generous, so sometimes, we'll all order an appetizer, then share one or two entrees.  You can also order from the counter service menus without ordering a full meal - just get the sandwiches and only add one order of fries for the family to share.  Again, the portion is generous, so you may find that one order is enough if everyone has a burger.  We like Cosmic Rays in the Magic Kingdom as a good value, as well as the cart in Japan in EPCOT.  Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney is another affordable favorite.

    Not too far off Disney property, you'll find a lot of the popular chain restaurants, such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Applebees.  About 15 minutes away from the resort area is a Golden Corral and a Ponderosa buffet.  The food at both is plentiful at affordable prices.  My middle daughter's favorite restaurant is CiCi's pizza.  It's an all you care to eat pizza buffet from about $5 per person, and you'll find one on International Drive, another on 1792 in Kissimmee. 

    For a fun dining experience, I like Cafe TuTu Tango on I-Drive.  Everything here is served tapas style, so the portions are more like appetizer size, but you can order a bunch of different things and share everything.  We always end up full here for about the same price as a meal at Bahama Breeze or Red Lobster.  And now I'm drooling over roasted pears on pecan crisps - one of my favorite TuTu Tango items!

    You'll find quite a few restaurants on International Drive, and you'll also find tourist booklets with coupons for discounts or free appetizers and such.  If you stick with the larger chains, you'll be fine.
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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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