Disney Guest Shocked at What Her Family of Four Spent on Food in Just One Day

How much does your family spend on food in one day at Walt Disney World? The dollar amount can vary wildly depending on where you eat, how much you eat, and whether or not you opt to bring your own snacks to the theme parks with you.

Food and drink prices around the theme parks and Resorts have become particularly painful lately after the most recent price hikes took effect, and while Guests are still missing the Disney Dining Plan, which for some was a very useful tool for budgeting their trips.


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During a recent trip to Walt Disney World, Kat Clark of the Basically Besties podcast was visiting from Australia with her family of four when she decided to document their food and beverage spend for the day in the Magic Kingdom on TikTok.

While we all know a Disney vacation can be expensive, the sticker shock is especially painful when you factor in all of a day’s snacks, quick-service meals, and table-service buffet dinner in the Magic Kingdom for a party of four. Throughout the day, Clark showed everything from turkey legs to hot dogs, ending the day with dinner at the Crystal Palace, and the total amount spent for the day was staggering:


Magic Kingdom, Disney World. What I ate and how much it cost me #travel #food #family #price

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By the end of the day, Clark revealed that in total her family spent $648.86 (AUD) / $415.64 (USD) during a single day in Magic Kingdom Park. Each price she lists in the video was the total amount for her entire family (so at least there’s that, because $85 for a single turkey leg would be even more astronomical).

The creator even noted that two of the items shown in the video were given to the family for free, including the Cheshire Cat Tail pastry and accompanying drink as part of a magical moment for wearing her “First Visit” button.


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A large amount of Clark’s daily food spent in the Magic Kingdom of course went toward dinner at the Crystal Palace, which is on the pricier side as a character dining experience that offers an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. The restaurant, priced at $59 per adult and $38 per child, does still come in cheaper than other Magic Kingdom alternatives such as Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest Restaurant, which are both priced at $67 per adult and $39 per child.

Clark’s video is certainly not alone on social media as Guests have been taking their frustrations over rising costs at Walt Disney World to the online space (throughout the Parks’ history, but especially since they reopened from the pandemic.)

We will continue to monitor updates on pricing changes at Walt Disney World, and will report back with new developments as we have them here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."