• On May 17, 2009
    Michael from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do you purchase the "Picnic in the Park" at the Animal Kingdom? Is there any thing similar to this option at the other three parks? If not, what dining options would you recommend for a family of five on a tight dining budget in June 2009?

    Hi, Michael!  The Picnic in the Park can be purchased by visiting the podium just to the left as you come through the gates at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  They will give you a receipt that you then take to the Kusafiri Bakery near Tusker House to pick your lunch up when you're ready.

    There is not currently a similar meal in the other theme parks, although I have to tell you, my family so loved this picnic, that my fingers and toes are crossed that they might offer something similar in the other parks.

    There are some economical options throughout the theme parks, and many of them rely on being able to share.  We like the 1/2 Rotisserie chicken meal at Cosmic Ray's in the Magic Kingdom.  It comes with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and we buy two of them and split it among the five of us.  That makes the meal around $20 plus drinks. 

    The Yakitori House at EPCOT has a counter service meal for children that includes Teriyaki chicken, steamed rice, vegetable, and a kid size soft drink for less than $6, and that really is a nice lunch for myself.  We usually leave there and grab a Kaki Gori shaved ice treat afterwards, so we don't want to be overly full. 

    Other options are buying a hot dog for everyone and splitting fries at Casey's Corner - although that will still set you back $30 with drinks.  We also share the turkey legs - they are huge and one leg easily feeds two of us.  We'll add a couple of fruit cups and make a meal there.

    You can still have a wonderful time on a tight budget.  Visit to check out menus and prices and come up with a plan that works for your family.

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

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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