If you use the Disney Dining Plan, this may be a familiar scenario. You have an early dinner dining reservation (say around 4:00 PM), and you figure if you use your quick service dining credit for a big breakfast, you’ll be able to last until that meal. Suddenly around 1:00 PM, you realize you really are missing lunch. You don’t want to pay out of pocket for another meal, but you really don’t want to use your Disney Dining Plan snack credit on a cupcake or ice cream bar for “lunch.” Thankfully, there are some savory options that you can use your snack credit on that fit the bill as a small lunch. Here are some of the best.
Baked Potato, Sweet Potato, or Roasted Corn: Liberty Square Market (Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom)
Liberty Square Market, located in Liberty Square across from the entrance to the Haunted Mansion, has a wide variety of healthy dining options and foods for special dietary needs. It also has not one, but three savory snack credit options. Although the roasted corn with different flavor toppings (barbecue spice, Italian blend, lemon pepper, smoked paprika and salt, Jamaican jerk spice, cinnamon sugar, salt and pepper) is not a really meal in itself, the baked potato (which comes with margarine, sour cream, and cheese) and sweet potato (which only comes with margarine, but cinnamon/sugar flavor topping is also available) are both hearty snack options that could make a light meal.
Ham and Cheese Croissant: Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie (France Pavilion, Epcot)
The croissant jambon fromage (or ham and cheese croissant for those of us who are language-impaired), reminds me of a more upscale version of the ham and cheese croissant that you’d find in a fast food restaurant. The bonus is that the croissant doesn’t taste mass-produced and the cheese and béchamel really makes this indulgent. Make sure to have it heated up so the cheese gets good and melted!
As a runner up, try the lobster bisque and “splurge” for a half baguette. For a snack credit and $2, this makes for a wonderful lunch.
Curry Chicken Pockets and Pork Egg Rolls: Joy of Tea (China Pavilion, Epcot)
These two offerings, both found at the Joy of Tea freestanding kiosk across from the China pavilion, were a pleasant surprise. Each snack credit is a serving size of two items (two curry chicken pockets or two pork egg rolls).
The egg roll was fairly standard take-out quality, but having two of them makes for a decent meal. I preferred the curry chicken pocket, which was flavorful but not spicy. My advice is to ask nicely at the kiosk and see if they would do one of each for a snack credit. Because there were two of us in the group, we ordered one order of each to make two combo plates, and it was a delightful and surprisingly filling savory snack.
California Roll, Temari Sushi, or Combo Sushi: Kabuki Café (Japan Pavilion, Epcot)
Found at the outside kiosk in Japan where you can also get kaki gori, Kabuki Café offers three sushi offerings. The California Roll is your typical sushi roll (fake crab, cucumber, avocado), but with only four pieces. The Temari Sushi is “bite size” pieces of nigiri with tuna, salmon, and shrimp. When they say bite size, they truly mean single bite sushi. They are about half the size of what you’d expect from nigiri, and come with tuna, salmon, and shrimp (so only three pieces instead of four). If you can’t decide, the Combo Sushi has two pieces of California Roll and one piece each of bite size salmon and shrimp nigiri.
Chicken Fried Rice: Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café (Asia, Animal Kingdom)
Beyond a doubt, I know this can be a full lunch because this is what I had for lunch the other day! A full pint of chicken fried rice, served in a to-go container, and all for one snack credit. Even if you ended up paying cash for this, you likely wouldn’t find a comparable meal at this price anywhere on property.
In addition to these amazing offerings above, foods like a jalapeño pretzel, side salad, or cup of soup often count as snack credits and are available at a variety of locations. Check the menu boards at restaurants under the side items section—that is where you will find your snack credit options. If you find yourself at a place that has multiple savory snack credit options (like a soup and salad), you can also use multiple snack credits to build a full-size meal. (And if you have a snack credit left over, you could also add dessert!)
Found any other savory snack credit secrets? Feel free to give shout outs to your favorites in the comments.