ANAHEIM, Calif. – From fast-casual fare to haute cuisine, the menu of dining options at the Disneyland Resort offers something for every guest. Here, waffles with the Disney characters are as celebrated as the spectacular creations at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.
The rise in fine dining at the Disneyland Resort is often an unexpected delight. At the hotels, top award winners are Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel. A stellar wine program has elevated the quality of dining service throughout the resort, with trained and advanced 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.
Even though vacation may be a time for indulgence, Disneyland chefs also provide healthful options. For lifestyle dining options, or for requests from guests with intolerances or food allergies, the choices range from kosher to gluten-friendly, vegan, plant-based and sugar-free.
For families, the Disney Check makes it easy to identify healthier food options in the all of the Disney Parks and Resorts. Choices that receive the Disney Check must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. For example, Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park offers sustainable fish or chicken served with pasta, seasonal vegetables and fresh fruit for kids. (Kids’ Complete Meals must be ordered without substitutions.)
The Disney Check also appears on some Disney-licensed food products sold at retail locations, and on menus at restaurants at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.
Theme Park Eats
At Disney California Adventure, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is one of the premier dining locations at the Disneyland Resort. The cuisine is the star, with artisan ingredients, locally sourced produce, seafood and meats from throughout Southern California. Also found on Buena Vista Street are three spots for quick bites: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe serving Disney baked goods and Starbucks pastry items along with Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages; Mortimer’s Market with whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream.
Cars Land has three spots for guests to fuel up: Flo’s V8 Cafe with a menu of pit stop classics including burgers, salads, fried chicken and house-made pies; Cozy Cone Motel with tasty cone- theme treats from churros to chili “cone” queso; and Fillmore’s Taste-In with whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks.
Also at Disney California Adventure, guests can get a sandwich or bread bowl at Pacific Wharf Café. Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill offers tacos with steak, pork, or grilled chicken. Hearty Asian creations are served at Lucky Fortune Cookery, which unveiled a new menu in summer 2019. New items include teriyaki chicken, a beef bulgogi wrap and pork ramen, as well as smaller bites such as crispy vegetable pot stickers.
At Pixar Pier, guests may enjoy food and beverage offerings with a Pixar twist. Lamplight Lounge offers gastro-pub cuisine playfully presented, complimented by unique signature cocktails and exciting menu items – from the carne asada roll to unique potato skins and the creamy PB&J roll for budding artists. Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats offers delicious soft serve treats in chocolate, vanilla, and non-dairy lemon. Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums awaits guests at the exit of the Incredicoaster, with warm chocolate chip cookies inspired by the blockbuster film, “Incredibles 2.” At Poultry Palace, guests enjoy delicious chicken drumsticks and coleslaw, jumbo smoked turkey legs and corn on the cob. Señor Buzz Churros serves the popular Disneyland Resort treat with a sweet and crispy Spanish flair. Angry Dogs offers spicy and not-so-spicy hot dogs, chips and beverages.
The dining pavilion in Paradise Gardens Park provides plenty of seating and two restaurants. Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta offers something for everyone, from hearty pasta dishes to delicious salads and pizzas with flavors from traditional cheese to vegetarian with roasted seasonal vegetables. Next door, the Paradise Garden Grill transforms to reflect seasonal celebrations such as Lunar New Year and Festival of Holidays.
Corn Dog Castle serves a popular beach snack in three flavors, original, hot-link and cheddar cheese stick. 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.
To while away a lunch or dinner, guests may dine al fresco at Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery, with a menu of traditional Italian appetizers, pastas and California wines by the glass. The Alfresco Tasting Terrace, on the second floor of the Golden Vine Winery, offers small plates of classic Mediterranean favorites complemented by wines from the “Disney Family of Wines,” a collection whose vintners have a personal connection to the Disney name.
In Disneyland Park, guests are enjoying the new land of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Many of its out-of-this-world dining options have a “farm to table” feel that add to the immersive storytelling on the planet Batuu. At Oga’s Cantina, guests can try exotic beverages including the spicy Bloody Rancor, the foamy Fuzzy Tauntaun or the fruity Carbon Freeze. The Milk Stand offers guests the options of Blue and Green Milk, both providing a frozen blend with fruity accents. At Ronto Roasters, the signature Ronto Wrap features roasted pork and grilled sausage. At Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs uses exotic ingredients from his journeys around the galaxy for unusual dishes including Kaadu ribs, Fried Endorian Tip-yip and Batuu-bon for dessert.
The Tropical Hideaway, is an exotic marketplace in Adventureland. Set along the Jungle River waterfront, this spot serves as an outpost for guests to relax between adventures and discover delicious tastes from all corners of the world.
Favorite quick bites include Disney baked goods and Starbucks pastry items along with Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages from Market House on Main Street, U.S.A.; cheddar broccoli soup or clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl and shrimp salad from Harbour Galley in New Orleans Square; sandwiches and sweets from the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street, U.S.A.; easy-to-eat skewer snacks at Bengal Barbecue and the legendary Dole Whip at Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland; Mickey-shaped beignets from Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square; and hot pizza from Alien Pizza Planet in Tomorrowland.
For a relaxing meal, guests may try spots such as these. Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A., serves a hearty breakfast, or generous salads and sandwiches plus creative main dishes for lunch and dinner. Guests will find lunchtime favorites and ice cream sundaes, in an entertaining indoor setting at the The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. Enchanting Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square, one of the most-requested reservations, offers specialties such as gumbo and bone-in rib-eye.
Café Orleans, also in New Orleans Square, is a fun spot to people watch and grab a bite; fan favorites include the bourbon street chicken and famous Monte Cristo sandwich. Casual, family-friendly eats and the popular fried chicken are on the menu at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., and River Belle Terrace in Frontierland, is a table-service location serving up barbecue favorites. For authentic Mexican, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante dishes up tacos and burrito platters for lunch and dinner. Hungry Bear Restaurant, nestled in the shady trees in Critter Country, is a favorite for Disney fans who recommend the burgers and funnel cake.
Mobile Ordering through the Disneyland app
In both parks, guests may choose to order food and beverage from more than 30 select quick-service restaurants through the Disneyland app with Mobile Order. This feature allows guests to choose a participating location, select an arrival time window for pickup, choose items and place an order. When guests arrive at the chosen location within their arrival time window, they simply hit “I’m here” and the food will be prepared. Some favorite spots for mobile ordering are Mint Julep Bar, Bengal Barbecue, Red Rose Taverne, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Schmoozies! and Flo’s V8 Café.
Dining with Characters
For a leisurely way to enjoy a delicious meal plus time with Disney characters as they stop by each table for photos and autographs, guests may reserve a Character Dining Experience.
- Disneyland park: Plaza Inn on Main Street, S.A., daily Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park.
- At the hotels: Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, at Napa Rose, is an upscale experience where guests savor an elegant three-course brunch, encounter several princesses, enjoy storytime, activities, a private portrait location and receive premium keepsakes. Mickey’s Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café, located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, offers a delicious breakfast buffet, while Goofy and his pals entertain at Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel for daily brunch and dinner. At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Donald and friends entertain at Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast at Disney’s PCH
Advance Dining Reservations are recommended, and can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dine or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).
Downtown Disney District
The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is a fresh, one-of-a-kind Disney experience, immersing guests by day and night in an exciting mix of family-friendly dining, shopping and entertainment, conveniently located just steps from the theme parks and hotels. The Downtown Disney District completed a promenade-wide transformation in 2019, introducing multiple new venues and significant refurbishments to marquee establishments.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, is the latest new restaurant here. Along with award-winning burgers, signature CrazyShake milkshakes, hearty salads and appetizers, the atmosphere gives a trendy New York diner vibe and it is the first Black Tap location to offer shakes to-go from a shake window.
Ballast Point Brewing Company is the first-ever brewer in the Downtown Disney District. It offers 50 different craft brews across 100 taps, with some limited edition labels exclusively brewed on site. Brewpub-style dishes and ship themed décor are inspired by this San Diego-based company’s love of the sea.
Guests may enjoy the taste-provoking ice cream from the new Salt & Straw, known for its handmade, seasonal and imaginative flavors, created with local ingredients in collaboration with artisans, chefs and farmers.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a go-to destination for bowling and entertainment, and delicious dining as well, serving an eclectic menu that includes pizza, sushi, salads, burgers and more. For California-inspired cuisine, guests may take a seat at La Brea Bakery and try a grilled panini or homemade soup.
For authentic southern Italian cuisine, the newly reimagined Naples Ristorante e Bar and adjacent Napolini offer create-your-own thin-crust pizzas, pastas, soups and sandwiches across four different indoor and outdoor seating areas. For Mexican, it’s Tortilla Jo’s featuring handmade tortillas, tableside guacamole and more than 100 tequilas set in a modern pueblo atmosphere.
Wetzel’s Pretzels, an innovator in fresh, soft-baked pretzels, operates its flagship store in the Downtown Disney District with a California-inspired design by local artists with 12 hidden pretzels in a mural, plus bronze-sculpted, pretzel-shaped door handles.
Diverse flavors offer a variety of choices for any palate in the Downtown Disney District, from pasta jambalaya and blackened salmon at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen to steelhead salmon and suckling pig at Catal Restaurant and Spanish tapas at the outdoor Uva Bar.
Two Starbucks locations are found at the Downtown Disney District, including one of the coffee company’s most engaging experiences with technology and content that include 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.
Other spots for delicious eats and treats include Earl of Sandwich, Jamba, Sprinkles cupcakes and a number of innovative snack carts. Coming in fall of 2019 is Asian Street Eats by Chef Hung Huynh, a new concept from Earl Enterprises, the same restaurant group that runs Earl of Sandwich. This trendy take-out window will be located on the west end of the Downtown Disney District and will be the eatery’s first location in Orange County.
For more menu details and location refurbishment updates, guests may visit Disneyland.com.
About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.