Today is the third in our series of meal plans to survive on just $20 a day in a Walt Disney World park. Disney’s Hollywood Studios proved challenging and I learned a lot to share with you today! But before we get started have you read the first two installments? If not here is where you can find them:
- Magic Kingdom Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Epcot Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Animal Kingdom Meals on Just $20 a Day
Now that we’ve taken care of business, let’s get this show on the road! I did some hunting around DHS trying to find something unique and affordable for breakfast. Unfortunately, I came up pretty empty. So rather I’m recommending one of my favorite breakfast spots: The Writer’s Stop. This is a cozy nook situated next to Sci-Fi Dine-in and offers a huge spread of baked goods (see Writer’s Stop menu) and quiet, intimate – but limited! – seating. I know I’ve already featured a muffin, but these muffins are worlds better than the packaged ones from Magic Kingdom. The strawberry one is my personal favorite, and they cost an affordable $2.98 after tax. Remember that to maintain your $20-a-day budget, you’ll be drinking free iced water with all your meals. Balance after breakfast $17.02
For lunch I knew what I wanted before I got to the park. If it’s going to be a while before your next trip, you may want to skip this part, because it is about to get much more delicious up in here. That’s right, I’m talking about the Macaroni and Cheese and Truffle Oil Gourmet Hot Dog from Fairfax Fare (menu)! It is expensive at $9.15 after tax, but it is hard to put a price on such perfection! This dish features a thick hoagie bun with an all beef hot dog covered in mac ‘n cheese and then sprinkled with bacon and drizzled with truffle oil. It is the ultimate in junk food and certainly not something you could eat often but worth the splurge when on vacation (or blogging!). Balance after lunch: $7.87
Heading into the dinner hours I was confident I could find something within my budget, but that proved to be challenging. After 6 p.m. many of the restaurants I’d printed menus for had already closed! I didn’t realize that food outlets kept different hours than the park. If you have your heart set on trying specific menu items, make sure you verify the restaurant hours on the My Disney Experience website or the Times Guide. That’s what I did while I hunted for dinner. I ended up heading over to the ABC Commissary for an Asian Salad. The total for this dish was $7.66 after tax. This wasn’t something I had tried before, but I would order it again. For a higher price the salad is available with chicken or salmon, but I found the edamame and other toppings filling even without the meat. Balance after dinner: $.21
So there you have it – you can absolutely survive on $20 a day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! However, after you’ve been so frugal all day, if you’d like to splurge a bit I wanted to let you know about a great way to do that.. the strawberry cream cupcake! It is a budget buster at $5.32 after tax, but it is also excellent and available at many counter service locations around the park! It tasted even better than it looked, but that mountain of icing was quite rich – it’s a better dessert to share.
Remember if you’d like to plan your meals check out our Touring Plans Menus. Do you have any advice for me as I head out to explore Animal Kingdom on $20 a day? What would you have done differently at the Studios? Please let us know in the comments below.