California Adventure Meals on a Budget

California Adventure food on a budget. All meals for about $10 at California Adventure are listed here. It’s like Genie himself showed up with a magic lamp at the Hyperion again.

Eating at California Adventure is a treat in itself, but we know you don’t want to spend tons of hard-earned cash on dining in the parks.

I love California Adventure and it has really earned its spot in the Disney Parks lineup. Any time I can manage to fit in an extra trip, I always spend a day or two over in California Adventure.

Food can be a huge chunk of your Disneyland Resort spending, so today we’re talking Budget California Adventure food for right around $10 so you can eat, play and have a magical trip even on a budget.


California Adventure food on a budget


Plus, don’t forget to check out our companion post to save money on food at Disneyland Park.

California Adventure Breakfast on a Budget

I have a few favorites here including Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (aka Starbucks on Buena Vista Street), Schmoozies (Hollywood Land) and Shawarma Palace (Avengers Campus).




Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe is a place you’ve likely walked right by on Buena Vista Street as you entered the park. Turn around and head back for some shopping and stop to eat breakfast for just about $10. Choose from breakfast wraps and sandwiches, coffees and Starbucks drinks.

Schmoozies in Hollywood Land is on your way to Avengers Campus. Make a quick stop for smoothies and keep things moving in the morning rush. Bonus saving tip: ask for extra cups and you can split them up and share.


schmoozies smoothies


Shawarma Palace in Avengers Campus has a super tasty Impossible™ Breakfast Sha-warm-up. It’s plant-based sausage and egg omelet wrap with dairy-free American cheese and crispy potato bites.

Three of us actually shared this when the line at Starbucks was just too long. This one’s around $12 though so be prepared to spend a bit more. I recommend splitting with two people instead of three.


Sharwarma Too


Read more on Disneyland Resort breakfasts here.

California Adventure Budget Meals Kids Love

You’ll find Award Wieners in Hollywood Land with a shaded seating area nearby. From chili cheese dogs to BBQ hot links and Italian sausages, everything on the menu here is priced at around $10.


Award Wieners Disneyland


I love the Uptown Chili Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with chili, pepper jack cheese and Fritos with a side of fries. Order this meal and more on the Disneyland mobile app to save time.  The kid meal is a mini all-beef dog, perfect for smaller tummies. 


Angry Dogs


Find more hot dog offerings at Angry Dogs on Pixar Pier, plus get a picture with Anger from Inside Out as you order. 

Need a corn dog instead? I’ve got you! Located at Paradise Gardens Park, it’s the famed Disneyland corn dogs you can chow down on at California Adventure.

Corn Dog Castle comes in at about $10 and comes with a bag of chips or sliced apples. You can also order your corn dog a la carte.

Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort


The one pictured above was a Halloween Time seasonal offering, be on the look out for menu changes because those are some delicious corn dogs.


Poultry Palace Pixar Pier


Poultry Palace on Pixar Pier takes the cake with its drumstick box at an affordable price. You can also order the famous turkey leg. Winner, winner chicken dinner!

California Adventure Meals for Everyone

For about $10, you can get a slice of pizza at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. They also have kid personal pizza servings for smaller appetites.

Or grab pasta offerings at Paradise Gardens Park Grill.  A variety of salads are also on the menu for less than $10.


Kid's Pizza Disneyland


Need a quick place to recharge? Each of the Cozy Cones in Cars Land offer a different snack or meal option.

While I completely consider churros, popcorn and pretzel bites with cheese sauce a good dinner, you should consider grabbing Chili Con Queso or Mac and cheese cone for your budget meal. 


Cozy Cone food


The beef chili is served in a bread cone and topped with cheese and corn chips to warm you up during a crisp evening in Cars Land. Mac and cheese comes with or without bacon on top.

Keep your engines running right over at Flo’s V8 Cafe, also in Cars Land. It’s perfect place to rest and enjoy the scenery in Cars Land; you can get anything from their menu for a bit over $10.




 Your basic burger, chicken tenders and more hover at around $11-13. Need more healthy ideas for Disneyland dining? Don’t miss our Healthy Disneyland Dining Guide.


impossible chili cheese fries


Relax in this often uncrowded area of Grizzly Peak and stop at Smokejumpers Grill. Here you’ll find the classics like burgers and nuggets, salads and sandwiches that average about $12 per plate served with waffle fries. 

Budget Meals to Warm You Up

It does get cool in the evenings in Anaheim. And if you ask me, it gets cool every evening. I’m a wimp like that and always look forward to quick bites that can warm me up.

Aunt Cass Cafe and Cocina Cucamonga are my go-to’s in the San Fransokyo dining area. At Cocina Cucamonga you can order a variety of street tacos for about $10 per plate.



White cheddar soup


I would go to California Adventure right now just for some broccoli and cheese soup in a sourdough bread bowl. Mmmm. I always tend to eat these in the dark evening hours to warm up.

The photo above is a smaller size option available during Food & Wine Festival so rest assured, your money goes even further here. 

Three different soup varieties to choose from, plus a turkey pesto club and salads all for about $10. Plus, you can’t beat the setting overlooking the water and Pixar Pal-A-Round.



Lunar New Year egg roll

Another  favorite in Paradise Gardens Park is Paradise Gardens Grill during seasonal offerings. The menu here is constantly changing. From Asian inspired cuisine during Lunar New Year to Food & Wine Festival and holiday delights in November and December

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14 thoughts on “California Adventure Meals on a Budget

  • Ty

    Couldn’t quite make it to 10 under $10 could ya. 8 under $10 just doesn’t have the ring to it (though it’s much more accurate and isn’t misleading).

    • Couldn’t quite read the article could ya? 😉 There are 10 places listed and more than one meal suggestion at each, totaling about 20 suggestions for about $10 each. Thanks for keeping me on my toes Ty!

        • Ashley Russell

          Ty, I’m not sure if you are aware how you are coming off, but it’s not pleasant or helpful. You kind of just seem like you are having a bad day and nit picking. Also, you may want to proofread your own comments if you are going to offer suggestions on writing. 😉

          • Ty

            Just giving you some tips. Didn’t realize I was writing for The Times. Just good to give readers what they are expecting when they click on a headline. No reason to become defensive.

  • Christina

    The sour dough bread bowl, but with clam chowder is my favorite for sure! But I haven’t actually had any of the other things except the corn dogs. My husband would say the corn dogs are his favorite. Every time we go I THINK about trying some of the other food, but some how my taste buds always pull me to the clam chowder ???? I guess the Lobster Nachos at Cove Bar are over $10 huh? Because that would be my second choice. And you can get them with chicken if you don’t like lobster. I love all seafood but my husband isn’t fan, so a couple years ago we tried it with chicken and it was just as tasty and plenty to share! Mmmm…yeah I’m ready to go back again! ????

  • We love Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta! Definitely a great deal and very filling. Thanks for sharing the other places. We’ll have to try them out the next time we go!

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