Disney World Quick Tips – Saving Money at Quick Service Eateries for Adults

I just returned from Walt Disney World after being there for 9 days, and I wanted to make sure to tell you about something that can save you BIG on your Disney vacation… ordering off the kids menu.

If you are really wanting to save some cash on your next Disney vacation then when eating quick service (aka counter service) order off of the KIDS Menu instead of the adult menu. You can read more about counter service HERE.  Let me see if I can break it down for you with an example:

image Pecos Bill’s in Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite places to eat! I love love love the burgers.


The adults meal is a little pricy. It is an Angus burger, about 1/4 pound and the smallest version of the adult drink goes for $11.58 (pre-tax).

The meal comes with a burger and fries. That’s it. You have to pay for that drink separately.

The kids burger meal goes for $5.40 (pre-tax). It includes a burger, fries (if you want them), an additional side item (I had grapes) AND a small drink.

So lets compare.

  • Both have burgers. You can see from the picture that the adults is larger, but not by all that much.
  • Both have the same amount of fries (you can see they’re on the same size plate).
  • Kids meal comes with an additional side item.
  • Kids meal comes with a small drink. (Pecos does not have re-fillable drinks but there are many others that DO have refillable drinks so size doesn’t matter there at all).
  • Adult meal costs $11.58, Kids meal costs $5.40

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So for those of you who are not math genius’ (like me) that’s more than DOUBLE for the adult meal than the kids meal.

If you were really hungry you could actually buy TWO kids meals if you were really hungry and have:

  • - TWO drinks (which would equal the same amount of one adult)
  • - TWO burgers (which together would be significantly more than the adult burger)
  • - DOUBLE the amount of fries
  • - AND get a bag of grapes AND A COOKIE

AND YOU’D STILL SAVE .78 on the adult meal!

This applies to breakfasts too!

IMG_0876The adult version of the breakfast I wanted was a single mickey waffle (which was smaller than the two individual ones combined) with bacon and it was $5.69.

The kids version? 4.99 which is .70. No big deal alone, but you missed something. With an adult you’d still have to buy a drink unless you’d pre-paid for a resort mug. With the kids meal I got that chocolate milk, AND applesauce, along with my bacon and mickey waffles. I got more food for less money.

 

IMG_0877And this is the norm. It’s not that much difference in amounts of food and a big difference in the price. So this is a great tip especially for people who are light eaters.

So why don’t more people do it? Well I think they’re worried they’re “going to get in trouble”. Let me reassure you… (because I eat off the kids menu all the time), the people checking you out don’t REMOTELY care what you’ve ordered or how old you are. The table-service people do because they make a tip off of your ticket, but they wouldn’t let you order off the kids meal anyhoo!

So, you want a big value that will save you a lot at Walt Disney World and Disneyland? Order off of the kids menu when eating quick service and then if you’re still hungry spring for one of these bad boys!

IMG_0927PS. This doesn’t work if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan. They’re going to take adult credits anyway so you might as well eat “bigger” (but this also makes me question if the dining plan is REALLY worth it. (to be discussed HERE at a later date so stay tuned!

You can get many more money saving tips from the Disney Diva by clicking HERE!

  • Oops, I Did It Again! Unexpected trip to Disney World (chipandco.com)
  • Top 10 Table Service Meals at the WDW Parks (chipandco.com)

DisneyDiva

DisneyDiva is a Communications Professor and semi-obsessed Disney blogger. She enjoys giving families tips on how to make their Disney World Vacations more delightful by packing correctly, planning days in the park, and more.
Disney World Quick Tips – Saving Money at Quick Service Eateries for Adults was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by DisneyDiva

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  • Robin B

    So smart! I’m going to implement this next trip! The included drink is such a value in and of itself! Esp at quick service places like Backlot Express, where you can refill your drink. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/StephanieF83 Stephanie Wilder-Flanagan

    Omg’sh, Thank You!! This is our first time going to Disney World and we have 2 kids. We were debating on whether or not to get the dining plan and everyone kept telling us to get it but I kept researching it cuz I just knew there had to be a way around it and I found this page! THANK GOD! We always share our meals anyways wherever we go just to save money and we never even finish the one meal together. So buying kids meals and even sharing those is going to save us tons! Cuz if we are still hungry, we can always go buy another kids meal and share it again! You are the BEST! =D

  • Joy

    Great tip! Thanks for the example pictures.

  • Disney Diva

    Wow! I am so glad that you liked it Angela! that makes me feel great!!!

  • Lexi

    Hmmm, maybe when I spend the day at the parks I might actually eat lunch or dinner instead of surviving on a Mickey’s Premium Bar all day.

  • Angela Rossillo

    After reading your article, I called WDW reservations to cancel our meal plan.

    After all is said and done, they took $420 off our reservation and refunded it back to my card.

    Here’s the math I worked out.

    Disney charged $420 for the meal plan we chose.
    We would normally pay out of pocket, for the same plan, $330, give or take $10.
    By purchasing kids’ meals, we will spend $168.
    That is a ridiculous savings of $252!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS MONEY SAVING INFO!

  • Tracy G

    This is GENIUS! I had planned on sharing some QS meals with my husband on our next trip but now I can have what I want and he can have the bigger meal he wants!! Thank you!