With two parks and close to 100 attractions, planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is a lot to manage. And then there’s the food. The resort has more than 150 food and drink locations, serving over 8,500 different items. So what should you not miss? Here are some of the best and most iconic food items and dining experiences at Disney.
Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar
The most legendary of Disneyland eats, this creamy, pineapple soft-serve ice cream (served in a cup or as a float) has a cult-like following and attracts lines to its stand outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. Tip: You can also find Dole Whips at the Coffee House at the Disneyland Hotel, including a version with a “splash” of rum. Disneyland Park, Adventureland
Turkey Leg at Edelweiss Snacks
Spend a few hours at the Magic Kingdom, and you’re sure to see more than a few people gnawing on jumbo turkey legs. These hickory-smoked treats weigh around 1.5 pounds and have become a runaway Disney dining hit. Get your protein fix at Edelweiss Snacks at Fantasyland, as well as from various carts around Disneyland and California Adventure. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure
Mickey Mouse Beignets at Mint Julep Bar
New Orlean’s Cafe du Monde may be world-renowned for its beignets, but what are they missing? A Mickey Mouse shape, of course. Grab a three- or six-pack bag of these warm powdered sugar-covered treats and tuck in for a quick breakfast or a sugar rush fix anytime. Disneyland Park, New Orleans Square
Dine with a Disney Character
Disney fans both young and young at heart will enjoy dining with some of their favorite characters. From a chance to have breakfast or lunch with Disney Princesses such as Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty at Ariel’s Grotto in the California Adventure Park to a morning Mickey Mouse and friends dance party breakfast at the Paradise Pier Hotel, there are plenty of options to get up close to classic characters and sate your appetite. Disney California Adventure and Disney Hotels
Monte Cristo at Cafe Orleans
Take a lunch break at Cafe Orleans, and indulge in a Monte Cristo. This decadent sandwich, stuffed with turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese; deep fried; and dusted with powdered sugar, is a Disneyland favorite. There’s also a three-cheese vegetarian version with Swiss, mozzarella, and double-cream Brie. Calories don’t count at the Happiest Place on Earth, right? Disneyland Park, New Orleans Square
Dine at the Blue Bayou Restaurant
A Disneyland gem since its opening in 1967, Blue Bayou is located inside the Pirates of Caribbean ride (which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017) and specializes in New Orleans cuisine. Dine on jambalaya and sip (nonalcoholic) mint Juleps as Pirates riders pass by. It’s one of the park’s most sought-after reservations, so plan accordingly. You can make reservations up to 60 days in advance. Disneyland Park, New Orleans Square
Corn Dogs at Corn Dog Castle
Think any corn dog is as good as the next? Think again. These big dogs are made to order, hand dipped and deep fried just for you. Get the original or try a hot link or cheddar cheese version. They also come recommended by Jonathan Gold, restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, who says these are the best corn dogs he’s ever had. Disney California Adventure, Paradise Pier
Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits at Carthay Circle Restaurant
Disney dining goes upscale at this restaurant housed in a reproduction of the Carthay Circle Theater, home of the world of premiere of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the West Coast premiere of Fantasia. Seasonally focused Southern California cuisine—think warm golden beets or grilled quail—is served for both lunch and dinner. But don’t miss these popular biscuits filled with white cheddar, bacon, and jalapeño, and served with apricot-honey butter. Disney California Adventure Park, Buena Vista Street
Drink an adult beverage at Disneyland
After a long day of rides, you may be in need a tipple. The Cove Bar, overlooking Paradise Bay in Paradise Pier, offers a variety of drinks, including a “Fun Wheel” cocktail (a mix of pineapple juice, passion fruit vodka, rum, gin, and blue curaçao) from the bar’s secret drink menu, as well as snacks such as lobster nachos and fajita quesadilla rolls.
If wine is more your style, head to the patio of the Alfresco Tasting Terrace, and sip on a glass or flight section from the Disney Family of Wines. (All of the vintners have a connection to Disney.)
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the Jungle Cruise–inspired Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar serves cocktails such as Uh Oa!, a Polynesian concoction of rums, orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, and grapefruit juices, Falernum, cinnamon, and fresh lime. Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Hotel
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