Disneyland for Grown Ups and Adults
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Nov
2018
Disneyland for Grown Ups and Adults - Food

Adult Food and Beverages…Scoops, Tips and Picks…

The biggest problem with food is there’s so much that’s so good!  From exceptional upscale restaurants to reasonably priced delicious meals at take out nooks, you can’t go wrong.  And lots of places for specialty adult beverages…including “secret drink menus”! Don’t forget Downtown Disney, it is an oasis; particularly when Disneyland Park eateries are busy.

Popular Eats

Cheap Eats

Special Occassions

Adult Beverages

Festivals

Disneyland for Grown Ups Churros

  • Fried Chicken – Plaza Inn, Disneyland Park
  • Turkey Legs – Edelweiss Snacks, Disneyland Park
  • Dole Whip – Right of Tiki Room Entrance, Disneyland Park
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup – Jolly Holiday Bakery, Disneyland Park
  • Bacon Mac and Cheese Cone – Cozy Cone Motel, California Adventure
  • Corn Dog – Corn Dog Castle, California Adventure
  • Churros – everywhere…

  • Bring your own.  There is a picnic area to the left of Disneyland Park entrance.
  • Food kiosks offer free glasses of water.
  • Bring a water bottle and fill up at one of the many drinking fountains.
  • Portions are large so split an order.
  • Stay away from souvenir drink cups, popcorn bins, etc.  Many offer reduced price refills, but they are still expensive.
  • Downtown Disney has some great budget eateries. “Napolini” and “Cajun Cafe” offer the same food as their next door counterparts with cheaper prices.
  • “Award Weiners” is one of our faves, their hot dogs are delicious and enormous!  Don’t forget fries, they are some of the best in the park.  One order can feed 2 or 3 people.

Napa Rose is one of the highest rated restaurants in all of Orange County, located in the Grand Californian Hotel.  The food and atmosphere are exceptional and perfect for an anniversary or celebration.

Carthay Circle Restaurant is an absolute treasure in California Adventure Park.  It is filled with priceless Walt Disney memorabilia and historical references.  Tables on the second floor patio let you watch park-goers as you feast making it another splurge-worthy Disneyland culinary experience.

Disneyland for Grownups Adult Bevearges

Liquor is served in Downtown Disney, Disneyland Hotels and California Adventure Park (not Disneyland Park).  Some suggestions:

  • The Grand Californian Hotel Bar and LoungeA fabulous place to relax and get away from the park hustle/bustle.  Sit in the beautifully decorated cavernous (yet intimate) bar or try the outdoor patio overlooking the gorgeous wooded scenery.
  • Catal Outdoor Bar (Downtown Disney) Some of the best people watching around! Great place to soak up the California sun and enjoy a cocktail with a tempting food menu as well.
  • Sonoma Terrace (California Adventure Park) –  A cute wine and craft beer tasting nook – just to the right of the entrance to the Wine Country Trattoria restaurant.
  • Craft Beer Kiosks (California Adventure Park) – There are two: “Pacific Wharf Distribution Co” and “Bayside Brews“.  Freshly tapped beer, including seasonal IPAs.

California Adventure Park hosts regular festivals. The 2018 “Festive Foods Marketplace” begins November 9, 2018 and includes holiday treats from around the world (CLICK HERE for details). The 2018 Food and Wine Festival was March 2 to April 12, 2018; it featured the culinary delights of California. Gourmet food and adult beverages…a winning combination…

Festivals offer booths filled with specialty food and drink on both sides of the main path (between Carthay Circle Restaurant and the Pacific Wharf).  Wine tastings, impromptu cooking classes, craft tables, and exotic dishes make these worth checking out.

Food and the Disneyland App

The Disneyland App is an essential tool.  Food/drink locations (including Downtown Disney), wait times, menus, prices and dietary restricted options (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) are immediately accessible. You can make resevations or pre-order food online.

PRE-ORDER ONLINE WHENEVER POSSIBLE!!! On busy days, this is an invaluable tool that saves time and keeps your sanity!

Dinner Tips for Sit-Down Restaurants:

  • If you want a nice sit-down restaurant for dinner, reservations are a must - especially at Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park.  You can make them up to 6 months in advance with a credit card. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy.
  • No reservation? Chances are you will not get in to a sit-down restaurant in the Disneyland parks, so go to Downtown Disney. Get to your restaurant no later than 5 PM for best availability.
  • No reservation and after 5 PM? Go to Downtown Disney and drop by any of the sit-down restaurants.  Most restaurants keep tables open for drop ins - but you may have a wait.
Don't have a reservation and it's crazy crowded?
Try the upper level of Catal restaurant in the center of Downtown Disney. Excellent food, superb service, full bar, blessedly quiet and usually no wait. Paella is their speciality - but there's something for everyone on the menu. Prices range from $25 to $45+ for entree.

Dinner/Event Packages:

Disneyland offers dinner/event packages for their night events.  YOU NEED TO RESERVE THESE AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Check the Disneyland website or call 714-781-DINE.  Availability and options vary - there are usually packages for World of Color (California Adventure Park) and Fantasmic (Disneyland Park).  Dinner/Event packages offer a fixed price dinner (with a subset of the regular menu options) and reserved event viewing.

(Remember - you can get World of Color or Fantasmic reserved viewing with a Fast Pass.)