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Eating on a Budget – Hollywood Studios
I suppose planning your meal stops when visiting a theme park is hardly high on the agenda but, for families with children or those on a budget, it is worth considering what options are available.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is well represented by a varied choice of eateries ranging from full service restaurants to small kiosks selling pretzels and popcorn. Somewhere in the middle is an assortment of counter service food outlets that are probably more suitable to visitors on tight timescales, who may also be watching their finances.
The reasons for concentrating on these budget restaurants apart from the obvious cost implications are really twofold. Firstly a meal can usually be devoured in less than half an hour allowing maximum time to enjoy the delights of the park, and secondly the portions are a bit more family friendly resulting in fewer leftovers.
The ABC Commissary is located close to the centre of the park by the huge Sorcerer’s Apprentice hat and offers, amongst other things, the usual cheeseburger and fries but on our last visit we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the chicken curry with rice. The children’s menu provides a choice of chicken nuggets or ham and cheese wraps which include a couple of sides thrown in with the price. Nothing is more than $7 so at this particular restaurant a family can eat very cheaply indeed.
Just across from the Toy Story attraction is the Toy Story Pizza Planet. As the name suggests this counter service outlet specialises in pizza although a limited salad selection is also available. The kids will love some of the names with Buzz’s Meal Deal and Woody’s Meal Deal being two of the favourites. Prices range from between $5 and $10 so it’s unlikely that you will break the bank at this dining experience.
If you have just survived Catastrophe Canyon on the Studio Backlot Tour and are feeling a bit peckish, why not call next door into the Flatbread Grill.
This is one of our favourites and the menu includes succulent Barbecued Pork Subs with Apple Slices, Chicken Caesar Wraps and a delicious Greek Salad. The kid’s can go for Macaroni Cheese or Chicken Drumsticks and finish off with Marble Cheesecake or Chocolate Fudge. For a family group of two adults and two children expect change from $50.
These are nothing more than a small selection of what you are likely to find during your visit to Hollywood Studios, but wherever you choose to eat the food will be good and, in most places, the service excellent.
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