Plenty of Delicious Disney Dining Options at the Disneyland Resort

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At Disneyland you will find all kinds of food. Anything from quick service snacks to high end gourmet meals.

“We offer innovative cuisine from our award-winning chefs that match our guests’ desire for elegant dining,” said Gary Maggetti, director of food and beverage integration at the Disneyland Resort. “But you can still find the Disneyland classics, from the Café Orléans Monte Cristo to Plaza Inn’s fried chicken.”

At the hotels, top award winners are Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. A stellar wine program has elevated the quality of dining service throughout the Resort, with trained sommeliers in restaurants including Napa Rose, Steakhouse 55 and Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park.

A Healthy Approach:
Even though most people do not eat salad on vacation. It’s nice to know that you can stay on your diet and maybe have a little indulgence later on if you like. Disney is also very good at catering to people with food allergies and special diets.

If you are looking for healthy choices, look for the Mickey Check. That makes it easy to identify healthier food options in all of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Foods that get the Mickey Check must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

You can also find the Mickey Check on some Disney-licensed food products sold at retail locations, on some recipes at Disney.com and Family.com, and on menus at quick-service restaurants at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.

Theme Park Food
At Disney California Adventure, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is designed to be one of the premier dining locations at the Disneyland Resort.

Also on Buena Vista Street are three spots for quick bites:

  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe with Starbucks coffee drinks and breakfast sandwiches
  • Mortimer’s Market with whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream.

The new Cars Land has three spots for guest to fuel up: 

  • Flo’s V8 Cafe with an on-stage rotisserie and house-made pies
  • Cozy Cone Motel with tasty cone-theme treats from churro bites to chili “cone” queso
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In with whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks.

At Disney California Adventure:

  • You can get a sandwich or sweets at Pacific Wharf Café.
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill has tacos with steak, pork, grilled chicken or fish.
  • Asian creations are served at Lucky Fortune Cookery, with beef, chicken or tofu with vegetables, rice and your choice of four sauces.

The dining pavilion in Paradise Pier provides plenty of seating and two restaurants.

  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta offers something for everyone, from hearty pasta dishes to delicious salads and flatbread pizzas with flavors from traditional cheese to Portobello mushroom and spinach with pesto.
  • Next door, Paradise Garden Grill offers a Mediterranean spin with chicken, beef, vegetable and tofu skewers served with a choice of sauce, including Moroccan chili tomato and tandoori-spiced yogurt. Refreshing Greek salads and a kid’s menu also are available

Corn Dog Castle serves a popular beach snack in two flavors, original and hot link. Bayside Brews offers domestic and specialty beers on tap for guests 21 years of age and older, along with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages and warm, salted pretzels

Dine al fresco at Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery, with a menu of pastas, grilled sandwiches and California wines by the glass. At dinner, the menu adds balsamic-braised short ribs, herb-roasted chicken breast and braised lamb shank.

Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration at Ariel’s Grotto is one of this park’s most-requested reservations for breakfast and lunch with Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty greeting guests at every table. (Dinner does not include Disney characters.)

In Disneyland Park,

  • Grab a quick bite from Starbucks coffee
  • Sweet treats from Market House on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Cheddar cheese and broccoli soup and grilled salmon salad from the Harbour Galley in New Orleans Square
  • Sandwiches and sweets from the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Easy-to-eat skewer snacks at The Bengal Barbecue 
  • The legendary Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland
  • Mickey-shaped beignets and funnel cake from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
  • Hot pizza from Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port.
  • A grilled vegetable sandwich from Tomorrowland Terrace.

If you are looking for a relaxing meal, try the Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A. They have  generous salads and the legendary loaded baked potato soup, along with Walt’s favorite meatloaf and fried chicken.

Barbecued ribs and chicken can be found at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecuein Frontierland (barbecued tofu and veggie skewers, too).

The Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square:is one of the most-requested reservations and offers diners specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and filet mignon.

Casual, family-friendly eats are on the menu at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., and River Belle Terrace in New Orleans Square, where Walt himself enjoyed breakfast on Sundays.

For authentic Mexican, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland dishes up taco and burrito platters. Out-of-the-way Hungry Bear, nestled in the shady trees in Critter Country, is a favorite for Disney fans who recommend the burgers and the view on the riverfront.

Dining With Characters:

  • For a leisurely way to enjoy a delicious meal and time with Disney characters as they stop by each table for photos and autographs, make reservations for a Character Dining Experience.These include: Disneyland: Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., daily Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park.
  • At Disney California Adventure: Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration at Ariel’s Grotto, with Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella at breakfast and lunch.
  • At the hotels: Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe offers a delicious breakfast buffet, while Goofy and his pals entertain at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel for daily brunch and dinner. At Paradise Pier, Mickey Mouse and friends entertain at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends in Disney’s PCH Grill.

Priority Seating is recommended, by calling Disney Dining, 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463)

Downtown Disney District:

Diverse flavors offer a variety of choices for any palate in the Downtown Disney District, from spicy pasta jambalaya and andouille-crusted mahi mahi at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen to Irish salmon and braised Angus short ribs at Catal Restaurant.

ESPN Zone, which has 175 TV screens, including the ones in the restrooms. You get plenty of energy for the restaurant’s interactive ESPN Zone Sports Arena. Nearby, House of Blues has diners digging in to baby back ribs and pan-seared voodoo shrimp. For California-inspired cuisine, take a seat at La Brea Bakery, and try a grilled panini or homemade soup.

If you want Mexican:

  • It’s Tortilla Jo’s handmade tortillas

Italian:

  • Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria and adjacent Napolini for thin-crust pizzas, pastas, soups and sandwiches.

Kids love the tropical storms, waterfalls, aquarium and live parrots at Rainforest Cafe, where guests enjoy choosing from more than 50 varied items on the menu.
The Downtown Disney Starbucks location brings one of the coffee company’s most engaging experiences to guests with technology and content designed specifically for this store, including an interactive touch screen and 10-foot video installation. In addition to its regular beverage and food selection, the store offers some of the rarest coffees available.

Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Sunshine

 


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