A Magical Trip: Disneyland Eats

One of my favorite parts of any trip is the food. The eats at The Happiest Place on Earth*, while a little pricey, pleasantly surprised us in taste. Here are the places that we chowed down at.

Disneyland Park

Main Street, U.S.A.

Carnation Cafe (Table Service, reservations recommended) – I’m a sucker for patty melts. Their Sourdough Bacon Cheese Melt was a winner. While most people like sitting outside, we stayed indoors with the A/C.

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (Quick Service) – Ice cream in a chocolate dipped sprinkle cone? Yes, please.

Plaza Inn (Quick Service) – If you eat meat, please give the Fried Chicken plate a try. It’s enough for two adults to share.


Maurice’s Treats Snack Cart (Quick Service) – Oh, Boysen Apple Freeze. You can quench a thirst like nobody’s business.

New Orleans Square

Cafe Orleans (Table Service, reservations recommended) – The Monte Cristo sandwich is a great balance of sweet and salty BUT it is HUGE. Enough for two or three to share. Also, if you eat here, you MUST get the Pommes Frites. Soooo good. Bonus: They gave us a free Mickey beignet when they saw our Anniversary pins. 🙂


Tomorrowland Terrace (Quick Service) – To be quite honest, this place surprised us the most. We weren’t expecting much but the Chicken with Avocado Salsa and Fish Sandwich with Chipotle Crema were divine. And the carrot cake – get it.


Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante (Quick Service) – Decent Mexican platters with tons of seating. Great for big groups.

Critter Country

Hungry Bear Restaurant (Quick Service) – Tucked away near the back of the park, along the Rivers of America, Hungry Bear offered a quiet place to eat. The crispy chicken sandwich was just okay. My husband and I really enjoyed Big Al’s Chicken Salad. Don’t forget to save room for their Lemon “Bumblebee” Cupcake.

Disney California Adventure Park

Buena Vista Street

Clarabelle’s (Quick Service) – Try their hand dipped ice cream bars. You get to choose the ice cream, type of chocolate, and topping, which include options like pop rocks and Mickey sprinkles.

Paradise Pier

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (Quick Service) – The Five-Cheese Ravioli and Italian Chef Salad are fabuloso. The seating area is also quite large.

Corn Dog Castle (Quick Service) – You’re on vacation. Get a corn dog.

Pacific Wharf

Pacific Wharf Cafe (Quick Service) – Holy Bread Bowl, Batman! Filling and tasty.

Condor Flats

Taste Pilots’ Grill (Quick Service) – The burger itself isn’t news worthy but their toppings bar selection was good.

Downtown Disney

Jamba Juice (Quick Service) – Smoothies, juices, and baked goods. Nice stop for a morning snack on the way to the parks. It’s the only place on this list that doesn’t accept Disney gift cards as a form of payment.

Marceline’s Confectionery (Food & Candy Shop) – We let our 5-year-old pick out a treat from here. She tried the Mickey Ear Brownie. You can’t really go wrong with a chocolate covered brownie.


Churro Cart (Quick Service) – Find a cart (scattered around both parks). Buy a churro. Devour.

What is your favorite thing to nosh on at Disneyland, DCA, or Downtown Disney?

Photos by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

*Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.  

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