The Top 5 Disneyland Restaurants

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Discover Disneyland restaurants to satisfy your cravings

Step into Disneyland, and moments later the hunger is real. With the smell of popcorn and churros wafting through the air, it’s hard to ignore those hunger pains. Giving into the dark side is all too easy at Disneyland, so ditch your diet upon entry and indulge.

You can get everything from fish and chips to a Monte Cristo at Disneyland restaurants, you just have to know where to look. Whether you’re on a mission to satisfy your craving for the ultimate burger, or get a taste of New Orleans – Disneyland has something for everyone.

Don’t settle for the first restaurant you see, here’s a guide on Disneyland restaurants for your next trip.

Lobster Roll Harbour Galley

Seafood on the not so high seas

If you’re a west coaster like me, it’s hard to find a good lobster roll. That’s why we take a trip to Harbour Galley when visiting the park. Something fishy’s going on at the Harbour Galley Disneyland restaurant, and it starts with the menu. Located on the banks of the Rivers of America, just outside of Splash Mountain, the Harbour Galley is where to go for seafood at the park. Order the classic tuna salad sandwich, or go all out and order the lobster roll. During the winter or on a chilly evening, the Harbour Galley is the place to go for a bowl of lobster bisque or clam chowder.  The restaurant’s also one of the more budget friendly options at an average of $14.99 per adult. It’s also a quick service restaurant, which means no worrying about tip. Seating is limited, but does provide views of the river and boats passing.


Take in a meal with a show

Of all the Disneyland restaurants, the Golden Horseshoe is perhaps one of the most overlooked gems. It’s easy to pass by the restaurant’s western facade without ever peering inside. The red curtains in the windows hide the glamour within, but step inside during your next visit and you might be surprised at what you see. The interior of the Golden Horseshoe was designed after the set of the classic 1953 Doris Day film Calamity Jane. Open since Disneyland’s opening day, the restaurant holds a lot of park history. It’s also the place where Walt celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary. Be entertained by the Golden Horshoe revue as you enjoy a casual meal of chili cheese fries or crispy chicken. The restaurant is also affordable at an average of $14.99 per person.


Make it spicey

Spice up your evening at the park with dinner at Rancho Del Zocalo. Located in Frontier Land adjacent to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Rancho Del Zocalo comes to life at night. The beautiful stained glass windows, lanterns and Mexican decor make this restaurant a picturesque place to eat. The food is flavorful and plentiful at Rancho Del Zocalo. Choose between a wide ranging Mexican menu which includes fish tacos, enchiladas, arroz con pollo and a tasty tostada. You can access Rancho Del Zocalo through the new Tangled themed Fantasy Land expansion or entering from Frontier Land. The restaurant is quick service,  and prices are affordable at $14.99 per person.


For a night of romance

There’s a reason why hundreds of couples have gotten engaged at the Blue Bayou – this iconic Disneyland restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the New Orleans section of Disneyland, the Blue Bayou brings the deep south to Southern California. You’ve probably noticed the restaurant from your boat,  just before you make the plunge on Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s always night at the Blue Bayou, which brings the starry sky indoors. Dine on the “patio” of a charming southern estate, as boats pass by on their trip through the Bayou. Lanterns provide just enough lighting to set a romantic scene.

The menu includes New Orleans staples like gumbo, seafood jambalaya and Mint Juleps. Other menu items include a pan-seared citrus-marinated chicken breast, slow-roasted beef strip loin, herb-crusted rack of lamb and surf-and-turf combo of lobster tail and broiled filet mignon. The Blue Bayou takes reservations online, and seats fill up quick. Make your reservation in advance to avoid long wait times.

Desserts at Jolly Holiday Bakery

When you’re ready for dessert

Head over to the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe when you’re ready for something sweet. Whether it’s before or after your meal, the pastries at the Jolly Holiday are worth the calories. The bakery is themed after the classic Disney film Marry Poppins. Be sure to check out the artwork and collectibles on display while waiting in line. The quick service restaurant serves breakfast pastries, delectable deserts, and a variety of sandwiches and salads. Our favorite desserts include the strawberry-lemon tart and the Diamond celebration cupcake. The Jolly Holiday Bakery is also the location for all your favorite seasonal treats. Be sure to stop by the cafe during Halloween Time at the park to partake in some extra-spooky treats.

Where will you eat on your next trip to the Magic Kingdom?

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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