What I want to ask is if there are any slightly cheaper places to eat around Dizney? I know there are food courts but what about the applebees and ihop places like that?
Are there any in Disney Orlando or would we have to go to orlando itself
There are loads of restaurants just a short car ride from Disney in nearly any direction.
The nearest group of less expensive restaurants are on the 192 section west of Disney.
There are some in the crossroads area just outside of DTD.
There is no need what so ever to go into Orlando proper to find inexpesive places to eat.
There are many restaurants in the Dr. Phillips area, but those are not always less expensive than Disney. Better, but not less expensive. There are some there though. Too Jay's is a GREAT place to eat and has really reasonable prices. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Applebees is great, also Chilis, they both have regular $20 for 2 people, share an appetizer, main each and share a dessert.
Bob Evans is also cheap and cheerful.
Golden Corral buffet is a bargain and often there's 10% discount coupons in many of the booklets.
I'm sure others will know of more but these are just of the top of my head.