Let’s be honest ,
we all know that one of the best parts of Disneyland is the food. But, when it comes down to it, food get’s expensive very easily and can make it hard to stick to a budget. Sometimes, I’ve found that I’ll be going all day and forget to eat a meal at all! It can be tough to remember to eat when you’re having so much fun! So, in light of budgets and time consumption, Desert Mouse is proud to present 15 Best Fill-ups For Under $10*. These items can be found throughout the Disneyland Resort, from the parks to the hotels, and can all be eaten on-the-go or if you just need something to hold you over. If you want a visual on the locations, you can find them in the Map of Guest Services on disneyland.com or in the FREE Disneyland app that is available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Sweet Potato Fries
Starting out our list is the Sweet Potato Fries. These are SO delectable! I’ve never liked sweet potato fries, but there must be something magical about the ones at Disneyland that make my taste buds happy. They can be found at multiple locations and the price does vary by location. You can find them in Downtown Disney at Catal Restaurant for $7.00 and at Uva Bar for $6.00. This may seem a little pricy just some fries, but Disney is pretty generous on their helpings when it comes to sides. However, it’s been said that at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country, you can ask for Sweet Potato fries in place of their regular fries. This has no extra cost and will only come to $3.29!
These are a Disneyland classic, and, though I’ve never had one, people seem to LOVE them. There are three locations that I currently know of where you can get one these sweet, or should I say sour, snacks; Fairfax Market in Hollywood Land, Fillmore’s Taste-In in Cars Land, and Tropical Imports in Adventureland. The general price is $3.49, but this is subject to change.
Blueberry Sour Cream Muffin
Alright, this muffin might not be an all day option, since it is only available in the mornings, but it is so worth the try! Before the Blue Ribbon Bakery said farewell to Main Street USA, this was the go to breakfast item when my family and I went to the park. I’ve been day dreaming of sinking my teeth into this breakfast treat for a few months now. This muffin is quite large, so if you are not on board for a huge breakfast and want something quick, grab a blueberry muffin, and you can even split it with someone! You can find this delectable pastry at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street for only $3.49.
Tiger Tail and Jungle Skewers
Our next two items will be included together because they are found at the same place. The Tiger Tail is a yummy grilled breadstick-type food, that you get in pairs for only $3.69! They are perfect for sharing and make a great side to the savory Jungle Skewers. The Jungle Skewers are one of my new favorites at the Resort, and come in a few different varieties: Banyan Beef, either spicy or in sweet Zulu sauce, Chieftain Chicken smothered in Polynesian sauce, the bacon-wrapped asparagus Safari Skewer, or the fresh Outback Vegetable Skewer. The prices range from $3.99-$4.49 depending on which skewer you choose. No doubt your mouth will be watering when your eyes first see your order. To snag this savory pair, head over to the Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland.
I’ll admit, this snack is a bit of a cliché when it comes to Disney, but you should’ve expected it. If you’ve never had a churro from Disneyland, then you are missing out! These sweet treats are mouthwatering to even think about, let alone actually taste! They provide a quick stop and are easy to eat while walking to your next ride. A major plus to these are the fact that the churro carts are literally EVERYWHERE around the resort. You can find them in Disneyland near Town Square on Main Street USA, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square, Splash Mountain in Critter Country, the Matterhorn and Casey Jr. Circus Train in Fantasyland, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland. You can also find them in California Adventure at Willie’s Churros on Buena Vista Street, in “a bugs land”, near Goofy’s Sky School and Toy Story Mania on Paradise Pier, and the Redwood Creek Trail at Grizzly Peak. Generally, a churro should run you about $4.00.
There are a few variations of this classic delight, such as the Churro Bites with caramel sauce at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land for $4.99. This trend is found in a couple more places throughout the Resort. I’ll go into detail about those options later in the post.
Assorted Pastries & Snacks
It’s hard to keep everyone in the group pleased when it comes down to snacking, but you can find plenty of options at the Starbucks located inside the parks. At most times of the day, you can find treats like cookies, chips, fruits, veggies, and yogurt! Prices do vary depending on what you get and possibly the time of year you go, but the most you should pay for an item would be $5.49. You can find all these yummy options at the Market House on Main Street USA in Disneyland, Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Café on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure, and Starbucks and Starbucks West in Downtown Disney.
Okay, you’ve got me with another trademark Disney treat. I dream of this ice-cream goodie nearly everyday, and it’s no doubt you will too once you try it. I’m not even a big pineapple fan, but one spoonful of dole whip makes me change my mind. There is a few different variations of this treat, such as the Dole Whip Float and Dole Whip with Rum (for those 21+). Your traditional Dole Whip soft serve should run you $4.49. A Float will cost you $5.49, and a Whip with rum $8.75. You can find the Dole Whip and Float at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland, and all the options, including the Dole Whip with Rum, at the Coffee House in the Disneyland Hotel.
Corn on the Cob
Yes, you read that right! You can grab a corn on the cob without having to go to a sit down restaurant. These corn cobs are sooo delicious and buttery and can be eaten while waiting in line for your favorite ride. Plus, they are pretty large in size and actually quite filling! However, beware of the ever persistent kernel that gets stuck in your teeth. These tasty snacks come in two flavors, buttered and chili-lime, and cost $4.79. They are sold alongside the famous turkey legs at these locations; Edelweiss Snacks, Hot Foods near Central Plaza, and Ship to Shore Marketplace in Disneyland, and Don Tomas Turkey Legs and Hot Foods at Hollywood Land in California Adventure.
I’ve wanted to eat one of these ever since I saw Tiana make them in Princess and the Frog. Luckily, Disney has my back and serves them throughout the resort. I have yet to try them, but many of my fellow Disney fans rave about them. In case you’re unsure about what a beignet is, it’s basically fried dough sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. It sounds a bit plain, but many Disneyland goers swear by them. Oh gosh, my mouth is watering just thinking about sinking my teeth in. The amount, size, shape, and price of beignets will differ depending on where you get them. In Disneyland: Café Orleans, Mickey shaped and with a side of Fruit Coulis and house-made Vanilla Bean Crème Anglais for $9.00, the French Market (price and quantity will be updated soon), and the Mint Julep Bar, Mickey shaped, served in amounts of 3-6, from $4.49-$7.49. In Downtown Disney: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, 5 per order, for $8.00 and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, regular size served in amounts of 4-10 and bite size in the amount of 12, from $5.99-$9.99. Sadly, these pastries aren’t served in California Adventure.
You’ve most likely seen the Mickey shaped pretzel while waltzing around the Resort, but I bet you have yet to discover the mini version. Although not Mickey shaped, the pretzel bites are somehow even better than their counterpart! These bite-sized snacks are perfect to eat while on the run and will fill your stomach pretty quickly, considering their size. At $5.39, you can find them in Disneyland at the Troubadour Tavern in Fantasyland, and in California Adventure at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. BONUS: Both locations serve this delish-dish with a side of cheese sauce. Yum!
Oh. my. gosh. These fries are officially my favorite food at the Dinseyland Resort. I heard about them right before my last trip, and now I am HOOKED! These French fries are covered in melted parmesan, garlic, and parsley and served with a side sauce by name of Cajun Spice Rémoulade. This snack will feed an entire family for sure, since the helping is very generous. I overestimated myself in thinking that I could eat the whole basket.
There is one catch to this treat, however. These can only be found in one place, unfortunately; at a sit down restaurant. A busy one, too. You can find the Pommes Frites at Café Orleans in New Orleans Square. Although you’ll have to take a break from rides for a bit, sitting down and having a meal with the family or with friends at the Café is fun all on it’s own. You get a great view of the Rivers of America, a nice place to get some shade, and a filling meal. Even if you don’t want to buy a lot off the menu, you can get the Pommes Frites to share for $7.00, and maybe chow down on some Mickey Beignets before heading out.
I know what you’re thinking, Funnel Cakes at Disneyland?! When I heard about this, I was ecstatic! Since Disney is anything but average, this classic treat gets a tasty twist. The Funnel Cakes are served classic, with powdered sugar , chocolate brownie topping, or strawberry topping. But, the second choice is even better. Prepare yourself for the Churro Funnel Cake, yes, CHURRO Funnel Cake! Topped in Cinnamon Sugar, whipped cream, and caramel, this delightful snack will have you skipping the rest of the day. You can get these Funnel Cakes in Disneyland, at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country for $7.49. Plus, you can enjoy some lovely views from the back ‘porch’ of the restaurant while you dig in.
As we all know, Disneyland has some of best versions of all our favorite foods. The Corn Dogs are no exception. Also, they usually come with a small side, such as chips, fruit, or slaw. These will run you $8.49 a piece, and are found at plenty of quick service restaurants like the Stage Door Café in Frontierland and Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country in Disneyland, and the Corn Dog Castle on Paradise Pier in California Adventure. You can also find these bad boys at all the Turkey Cart locations, along with the corn, at these locations; Edelweiss Snacks, Hot Foods near Central Plaza, and Ship to Shore Marketplace in Disneyland, and Don Tomas Turkey Legs and Hot Foods at Hollywood Land in California Adventure.
Here we are at #15! If you’ve been to the Resort, it’s likely you’ve seen someone walking around with a Turkey Leg, since they are kind of hard to miss! With over a pound of meat on these giants, it’s nearly too much for even two people. I remember my brother and brother-in-law chowing down on one of these massive meat-treats, and ending up throwing away a part of it because both of them were full. If you’re looking for something to eat on the go, but don’t want anything too light, you’ve got yourself a great deal here. Although a bit out of our $10 price range, at $10.99, these beasts are a steal. They are sold with the corn cobs and corn dogs at these locations; Edelweiss Snacks, Hot Foods near Central Plaza, and Ship to Shore Marketplace in Disneyland, and Don Tomas Turkey Legs and Hot Foods at Hollywood Land in California Adventure.
Coming to the conclusion of our food journey, I’d like to give you a Bonus Item to look for if you plan on visiting Downtown Disney anytime soon. It doesn’t fit in the under-ten-dollars category, and the price is pretty steep, but one taste and it’s worth it. Once you enter Downtown Disney, be on the lookout for the red California Churro Cart. This cart has been known to move around, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Once you spot it, head over and grab yourself a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich. Disney loves to play on the popularity of the churro, and I don’t think anyone is arguing with them. Just one will cost you $11.00, but you’ll be thanking yourself the first bite.
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