In addition to the random snack carts, there are counter-service and table-service restaurants. None require reservations the way Disney’s do. Tip: Meals do not have to come with side dishes. Subtract those chips or fries from your meal deals and you’ll save about $2. Every menu usually has at least one vegan option.

In both its parks, Universal often (but not always; it was suspended in mid-2021) offers a simple meal plan. Dubbed the Universal Dining Plan—Quick Service, it entitles you to one main plate, one nonalcoholic beverage, and one snack, which can be used for ice cream, frozen beverages, and more. Adults pay $26 and kids $18 for a day; it only pays off if you go for the most expensive choices and were going to get that dessert anyway. If you buy one at a kiosk in the park, you must activate it at Guest Services or at any restaurant (most won’t open until 11am or so). Resort guests may avail themselves of a Full-Service Dining Plan, good for one table-service meal, one quick-service meal, and a snack for $52 adults, $18 kids each day (buy at your resort). The value is borderline, especially if you don’t want table-service meals, and can only be redeemed inside the parks or at a few CityWalk restaurants. Everyone can buy special cups good for free refills ($15).

Remember: Restaurants at CityWalk are only a 5-minute walk from the park, so they’re also options.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.