On top of lodging and Park tickets, food can be a very big cost factor when planning a Disney vacation. Everyone has to eat. And when you’re away from home you need to eat what’s available. Yes, you can pack snacks in to the Parks. but when it comes to long-term sustenance, nothing beats a good hearty meal. Fortunately Disneyland has plenty of options that will fill you up! And if you share, these choices can also be very economical. What are the best meals for sharing at Disneyland? Read on for the dining tips and the best food to share at Disneyland- hope you’re hungry!
Best Meals to Share at Disneyland
Why should you share food at Disneyland? Disneyland meal platters are often very large and might be difficult to finish on your own. Unlikely that you’ll want to walk around the Park with a “to-go” box of your leftovers either. Kids meals are cute (Mickey shaped plates!) but for the price, you don’t always get the largest portions. And often the offerings for kids are nuggets and fries, which you can get anywhere. Why not try something new?
Not only is sharing a more budget-friendly idea, it’s also great to try more than one dish. As a family of six, we often purchase two platters and a side (like a salad or appetizer) to share between us when we’re at Disneyland. This way we can all try a little bit of everything and it’s more cost-effective.
If you plan to split a meal at Disneyland because you’d like to eat healthier, check out this post with ideas on how to eat healthfully at Disneyland and still treat yourself!
1. Go for the Big Platter at These Locations
A big platter shared between two or more is usually your best bet when it comes to Disneyland food prices and large portion-sizes. If there are more than three in your group, you might want to order more than one platter or an additional side dish to share between you. These are my go-to platters for the best food to share at Disneyland.
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill is a family favorite for us, with heaping portions of grilled meats, tortillas, tamales, rice and beans.
- You can also opt in for Mexican at Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurant where you can order enchiladas and tacos.
- French Market Restaurant is another family favorite. We love to order the Cajun-Style Meatloaf and French Market Chicken and share it between us all.
- Flo’s V8 Cafe is known for their homey cooking and large platters like BBQ Pork Ribs and Rotisserie Chicken.
More Food to Share at Disneyland
- Choose a few skewer platters from Paradise Garden Grill to split. Each plate also comes with rice pilaf, cucumber salad and pita bread.
- The River Belle Terrace serves platters large enough for splitting, including a Sausage Link Combo and Pulled Pork Sandwich.
- For more unique food to share at Disneyland, dine at Splitsville at Downtown Disney. Guests can bowl and eat or just dine without bowling. The Loaded Fries are a great appetizer to share.
- The beautiful and bountiful platters of pasta from Wine Country Trattoria are easy to divide and you could always round out the meal with an Italian Insalata appetizer.
- Plaza Inn is a perfect dinner spot with their enormous platters of fried chicken, potatoes, buttermilk biscuit and veggies.
- Head into Downtown Disney District for more platter-sharing options, like the Signature Barbacoa Nachos or Fajita de Tres at Tortilla Jo’s.
- Share a large plate of pasta, like the Penne Pomodoro with Italian Sausage at La Brea Bakery Cafe.
2. Where to Share a Sandwich
- The Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square can be on the heavy side for one person to consume (turkey, ham, Swiss that’s been lightly battered, fried, drizzled with powdered sugar and served with berry preserve). Share this sandwich and you’ll have room for pomme frites!
- La Brea Bakery Cafe in Downtown Disney also offers large salads topped with seafood offerings like blackened mahi-mahi or grilled salmon.
- Ramone’s Low & Slow Club Sandwich at Flo’s V8 Cafe is another one of the best foods to share at Disneyland. Grab it with fries or sub in fruit, as I did.
- My husband and I split a Roasted Turkey Sandwich from the Carnation Cafe for dinner. Along with fresh fruit (option instead of fries), it was a filling and delicious meal.
- Jolly Holiday Bakery offers several large sandwiches that are big enough to share. I recently shared this Oven-roasted Turkey Sandwich on ciabatta that comes with house-made chips.
- Step outside the Parks into the Downtown Disney District at Earl of Sandwich for large sized sandwiches that are hearty enough to share. We’ve purchased several breakfast sandwiches here as well and cut them into quarters so that everyone have a few bites from each different variety. Breakfast sandwiches are under $3.50 and hot lunch sandwiches are around $6.99, so the prices are really right.
- It’s all about the seafood at the Harbour Galley. Stop by for a Lobster Roll sandwich that’s sure to float your boat.
3. Let’s Share a Salad at Disneyland
- Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo is newly opened at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad is definitely a sharable dish with chicken, pumpkin seeds and quinoa. For additional ideas on what to serve the kids inside Star Wars Land, check out these tips for taking toddlers and preschoolers to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
- The salad at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill topped with chicken is big enough for two to enjoy.
- Another great option to share from Splitsville in Downtown Disney, the delicious Chicken Chopped Salad with chicken, avocado and Feta cheese.
4. Best Snacks to Share at Disneyland
Sometimes you just need a nibble and these snacks are great for sharing. Everyone gets a few bites and you’re good until the next big meal. For more budgeting food tips, check out my friend Jessica’s post about the best snacks at Disneyland under $5 each.
- The warm doughnuts from Lamplight Lounge come with dipping sauces. A yummy and delicious full-service dining food for sharing at Disneyland.
- Grab a few skewers from Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland. Each skewer is under $4.50 so the price is right to order a few and share between you.
- The corn dogs from either Corn Dog Castle or the Little Red Wagon Corn Dog Cart are over sized and nice for sharing between two (they come with either sliced apples or a bag of chips).
- Chili Cone Queso from the Cozy Cone Motel is also a good size for two to share.
- Of course there is always the behemoth turkey leg sold at Edelweiss Snacks that is large enough for an army.
- Share a bag of powdered sugar coated beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. You can also find beignets outside the park, at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express in Downtown Disney.
- For a sweet treat, share the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums, a deep-dish chocolate chip cookie sold at a cart on Pixar Pier, near the exit of Incredicoaster.
- The thick and slushy Blue Milk and Green Milk sold inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are also share-worthy (a little goes a long way).
- You can also pack in your own snacks into the Disneyland Parks, one of many top tips for saving money on food!
5. A Big Breakfast at Disneyland
- The Carnation Cafe serves big breakfasts like Country-Fried Steak and Eggs and a Ham and Cheese Omelet that are perfect for two to share in the morning.
- For breakfast at the River Belle Terrace, the iconic double-stack of Mickey Shaped Pancakes with your choice of meat is a great plate to share.
- Stop in for breakfast sandwiches at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, including the Bacon, Gouda and Egg.
- Looking for the best foods to share at Disneyland? Every one of the brunch options at Lamplight Lounge Brunch is perfect. The Lamplight Chilaquiles are amazing!
6. Best Ice Cream Treats to Share at Disneyland
- The Super Sundae at Splitsville in Downtown Disney is a sweet ending to a perfect game of bowling.
- Dig into a Kitchen Sink sundae at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (there are 5 versions to choose from).
- This giant Mickey sundae comes with a warm deep-dish chocolate chip cookie, ice cream and cookie Ears and can be found at the Golden Horseshoe.
- Just about everything at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is big enough to share. Banana splits, waffle bowls and sundaes galore!
- Head to Downtown Disney District if you’re feeling crazy. For a Black Tap Crazy Shake, that is! Guests can dine inside or choose one of the specialty milk shakes from the to-go window outside. This Cookies n’ Cream Supreme, definitely a sweet food to share at Disneyland (see the ice cream sandwich on the side of this shake?!)
7. Pass a Slice of Pizza
Order a whole pizza from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta or Alien Pizza Planet inside the parks. You can get pepperoni, veggie or plain cheese and round out the meal with a salad to split.
At Splitsville Luxury Lanes, diners can choose from many pizza options as well as The Fig and Pig Flatbread, my favorite.
My family and I ordered the 1/2 meter family-sized pizza at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Downtown Disney District. It was enough to feed six people (and there were a few slices left we just couldn’t finish!) For less than $50, this was a decent price to feed us all. They let us go 50/50 on the toppings to please everyone in the family.
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8. More Disneyland Desserts and Sweets to Share
I’m usually way too full after my meal to indulge in dessert so I wait and get a treat later when I can more fully enjoy it!
- The Golden Horseshoe is a favorite sweet spot because you can share one of the big sundaes and watch a comedy show.
- The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe has a large variety of desserts that you can divide between your group including cupcakes.
- We usually indulge in homemade fudge or toffee from Main Street U.S.A. to share between us!
9. Disneyland Park Food Sharing Tips
- If ordering at a quick-service counter restaurant, request a second or third plate up front. Grab yourself plenty of flatware and divvy the plates up at your seat.
- If ordering at a full-service restaurant, note to the wait staff that you’ll be sharing the dish. They may even be able to divide the dish in the kitchen and serve it to you on two plates so you don’t have to do that yourself.
- Some establishments have sharing restrictions. Buffet restaurants, Prix fix meals and Character meals are no-sharing allowed zones. Each person in your group will be charged up front for entry.
- Certain restaurants (like Blue Bayou) charge a “plate splitting” fee if you order a platter to be shared. Keep that in mind when working out your food budget and determine if the fee is worth it or if you should just purchase an additional meal.
- The exception for sharing is with children 2 years old and under. You are welcome to share your food with them from your plate or fix them their own plate from a buffet.