One of the best parts of Disneyland is the food…it all smells and tastes so delicious. There are two reasons for this. One Disneyland pipe smells throughout the park to make you hungry. And two, you will be exercising more than you realize so its easy to work up an appetite. We definitely have some favorite places to eat and here they are!
Blue Bayou Restaurant
(New Orleans Square)
Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of eating in Pirates of the Caribbean. Its pretty amazing. You can make reservations up to 60 days in advance, and if you want to go you WILL need to make reservations as soon as you can. I think this is more fun when you don’t have small toddlers. Its dark and our toddlers always got a little freaked out. The food is good, not amazing in my opinion but come on – your eating in a ride so its worth it!
Hungry Bear Restaurant
This is one of our favorites. The food is really good. We love the sweet potato fries. We also love the seating here. Its right on the water and has great shade. There are lots of ducks around and you can see the steamboat and train come by while you eat. Really the ambiance of this restaurant can only be beat by the Blue Bayou in my opinion.
Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
As far as flavor goes, this is probably the best food in the park. A little southwest and Mexican mixed together. There are A LOT of options. They also have heaters so if you are there on a cold day find a seat under the heater and its a wonderful way to heat up.
Corn Dog Cart
(End of Main Street)
This will be the BEST corndog you have ever eaten! I don’t even like corndogs and I will wait to get my hands on one of these. Hand dipped and huge, they are worth the wait. This is a great parade meal. A couple of us will save seats for the parade while the other few run to grab corndogs to bring back for a picnic while we wait.
Do you like clam chowder? Because if so, you will love the chowder here served in a bread bowl! They also have a lobster roll that is amazing.
Here are some sweet treats around the park you don’t want to miss!
(Tiki Room – Adventureland)
Oh heavens! Nothing beats a Dole Whip float on a hot day! A Dole Whip Float is pineapple soft serve with pineapple juice. They are delicious!
(Carts throughout the whole park)
They are ridiculously expensive but sooooo good!
Mickey Shaped Beignets
(Mint Julep bar – New Orleans Square)
If you haven’t ever had a Beignet, you definitely should! They are similar to donuts but so much better. They are served with a vanilla bean creme anglaise and raspberry coulis. In the fall they have pumpkin flavored beignets too!
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
This is an old fashioned Ice Cream parlor that is both fun and yummy!
There you go, now you are prepared knowing some of the best places to eat. I think its important to keep food in mind when planning your day. You don’t want to end up on the opposite side of the park at lunchtime from the restaurant you want to eat at. For example I think the majority of the best food is on one side of the park. So we hit Fantasyland or Tomorrowland in the morning and then head over to the other side of the park around the time we are ready to eat. We once ate at the Tomorrowland Terrace thinking it was a good plan to eat our food during the Jedi Training Academy. Bad plan! It was just like a cafeteria hamburger. Not worth it. If you are going to spend a ton of money – you want to be eating something worthwhile!
And that is the bad part of all this delicious food – the price! It is expensive! You can bring food into the park so that helps. We usually eat a huge breakfast before coming. That way we can snack a little and not have to eat until 1:00-2:00 when the lunch crowds are thinner. The portions are huge so we usually eat a late lunch and then just snack and have a treat before we leave the park on an early close night like 8:00 or 9:00. But if we are planning on staying until 11:00 or midnight we definitely need to eat a second meal. If you want a good snack mix check out our Disneyland trail mix recipe. It helps tide us over between meals.
If you have a favorite place to eat or meal inside the Disneyland park please let us know in the comments. I’m always up for trying new things!