Best Disneyland Restaurants RANKED 2023. We’ve Tried All!

The best Disneyland restaurants are often the most popular among some hidden gems that only locals know about. Our guide to all the best Disneyland restaurants including the best table and quick service spots in Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and all the Disney Resort hotels. Disneyland is known for having great food beyond just your typical theme park snacks that are just as iconic.

Table service is the term Disney uses to refer to restaurants that offer reservations and customers are waited on by cast members. Quick service are grab-and-go locations although many of them also offer seating. This guide is going to go over the best Disneyland restaurants for both quick and table service.

There are a few things to consider when ranking the best Disneyland restaurants but the two main ones we’ll focus on are food quality and theme. There are some restaurants that are iconic for their location or theme while others have stellar menus or maybe even both! But one other consideration that has gone into our best Disneyland restaurant review? All of our staff recommendations of favorite restaurants and menu items from everyone here at Mickey Visit. We dine in Disneyland weekly and many of us spend quality time with our kids in the parks so we have our best recommendations based on our own experience.

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Best Disneyland Restaurants

These are the best Disneyland restaurants based on either their unique theme or food quality. These are often the Disneyland restaurants guests hear the most about before a first-time visit. Ever heard of the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? Or the famous tiki bar? Perhaps the Star Wars cantina? These top favorites all made this list along with a few hidden gems that are worth mentioning.

Table service restaurants at Disneyland offer advance 60-day reservations which are recommended as the ones on our list are some of the most popular restaurants at the parks. For tips on how to secure your Disneyland dining reservations, read our guide on how to snag those popular Disneyland reservations. 

1. Blue BayouBlue Bayou Best Disneyland restaurant

The most famous themed best Disneyland restaurant is easily the Blue Bayou. Blue Bayou is the iconic restaurant located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean restaurant in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park. Blue Bayou offers Southern-inspired food with a New Orleans flair. This is an iconic Disneyland restaurant and has been a staple of the resort since it opened in 1967.

Best Disneyland restaurants blue bayou

You do not need to dress up for this experience, like most Disneyland restaurants you will see guests in normal park clothes but it can be fun to make this a special meal by wearing nicer clothes. Kids will love the atmosphere and the kid menu appeals to all palettes. You can read our full Blue Bayou review to see why we love this restaurant, especially for its Fantasmic! dining package.

Favorite Menu Item: Corn Fritters & Poblano Fritters starter (seen below), Scallops a la Plancha starter, and Pistachio Lemon Basil Pasta

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Top Tip: Ask for a table by the water to have the best view of the boats going by. Even if the host says it’ll be a long wait, it often isn’t long at all and it’s well worth it. The waterside table pictured above is far better than a table deeper into the restaurant.

Location: New Orleans Square, Disneyland

2. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki BarBest Disneyland restaurant trader sams

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is located at the Disneyland Hotel and is well-known for its fun atmosphere. This bar is inspired by the popular Jungle Cruise attraction. The exterior of the bar is lit with tiki torches but the interior is where the best theming takes place. The story goes that legendary explorer Trader Sam traveled the Amazon, Congo, etc. to find all the best ingredients to mix into his magical cocktails. The bar is also filled with all the many trinkets and artifacts he has collected on his travels.

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But the best part of this enchanted bar is that certain drinks ordered trigger animatronics set in the bar along with lightning, sound effects, and different bartender interactions. It’s what makes the atmosphere so fun! For example, if you order the Uh Oa! drink the bartender rings a bell and everyone will begin chanting “Uh OA! Uh OA!” and cast members spray water into the air so it feels like beginning to rain. Our Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar review covers why this spot is such a fan favorite.

Favorite menu items: Order any of the drinks that trigger one of the special effects to get the full experience. The two most noteworthy are the Uh Oa! and the Krakatoa Punch.

Top Tip: The biggest thing to know about Trader Sam’s is no kids are allowed inside after 8PM and it becomes adults only.

Location: Disneyland Hotel

3. Lamplight LoungeLamplight Lounge

The Lamplight Lounge is an open-air Pixar-themed restaurant in California Adventure overlooking Pixar Pier. This restaurant is filled with original drawings, artwork, and artifacts celebrating all of the Pixar films. Not only is the interior decor of this restaurant fantastic for Pixar fans, but the views of Pixar Pier are also incredible.

Lamplight Lounge

There is an upstairs and downstairs at Lamplight Lounge with patios that overlook Pixar Pier and Paradise Bay. Whether you dine inside and enjoy the Pixar artistry or take in the views on the outdoor deck, the atmosphere here is one of the best at California Adventure. The menu is all themed around Pixar and offers a unique offering of California-inspired food. Our Lamplight Lounge review gives an overview of both brunch and the lunch/dinner menu. 

Lamplight Lounge Potato Skins

Potato Skins

Favorite Menu Item: The Lobster Nachos are the staple at the Lamplight Lounge and have a huge fan following at Disneyland. If Lobster isn’t your thing, the Potato Skins are also a fantastic option. For Brunch, we love the Avocado Toast which also includes New York Strip Steak or the French Toast.

Top Tip: There are some great secrets at the Lamplight Lounge like a secret bar menu and a secret room. Ask a cast member to take advantage of these Disneyland secrets. Some of our favorite places to sit at the restaurant are the outdoor couches which boast great views out across Paradise Bay.

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Location: Pixar Pier, California Adventure

4. Oga’s CantinaOga's Cantina Best Disneyland Restaurant

Disneyland has a knack for themed bars so it’s not surprising to see another one on this list. Oga’s Cantina is the themed Star Wars bar in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. This bar is right out of a Star Wars film inspired by the catina we see in the first Star Wars film where Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo for the first time. But the best thing about Oga’s Cantina is the animatronic droid known as DJ Rex. This animatronic is a callback to the original Rex from the Star Tours attraction before he was replaced by C3PO.

Ogas cantina blossom bread

Five Blossom Bread

This is a family-friend restaurant and you will see plenty of kids in here. But you may want to ask for a booth as the rest of the room in the bar is standing only and kids might not be as willing to stand as adults are. Our Oga’s Cantina dining review covers all the ins and outs of the diverse menu in this Star Wars bar.

Favorite Menu Item: Yub Nub and Five Blossom Bread.

Top Tip: This can be a hard reservation to snag, if you’re unsuccessful in advance try the walk-up list as soon as you arrive at the park as they often allow walk-ins if you get on the list first thing.

Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland

5. Breakfast With Minnie and Friends at the Plaza Inn Best Character Dining Disneyland

Breakfast with Minnie & Friends at Plaza Inn is the only character dining inside the theme parks. This is one of the best character dining restaurants at Disneyland if you want to meet a large variety of characters. The atmosphere of the Plaza Inn also makes this spot worthy of consideration as the interior was decorated by Walt Disney’s wife Lillian and the outside patio offers views of Main Street USA and Sleeping Beauty Castle. Characters at this breakfast and brunch buffet can include Minnie Mouse, Eeyore, Captain Hook, Rafiki, Winnie the Pooh, Chip n Dale, Fairy Godmother, Max, and the penguins from Mary Poppins. Read our Breakfast with Minnie and Friends character dining review to see why we love this experience.

Favorite Menu Item: This buffet includes the famous Mickey Mouse waffles so make sure you don’t miss trying these.

Top Tip: Guests will take a photo with Minnie Mouse right when you arrive before you enter the restaurant so be prepared to get this great picture before you dine.

Location: Main Street U.S.A., Disneyland

6. Carthay Circlebest Disneyland restaurant carthay circle

Carthay Circle is one of the best dining locations at Disneyland for quality food and a more upscale atmosphere. The menu here is prepared courtesy of Chef Andrew Sutton, Culinary Director of the award-winning Napa Rose. But the menu isn’t the only reason to get excited about Carthay Circle, the restaurant itself is inspired by the original Carthay Circle from the 1920s.

Carthay Circle

Carthay Circle is where Walt Disney’s first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered in 1937. The restaurant’s design and decor are inspired by the glamour of Hollywood in the 1920s and artifacts of the early Disney era. This restaurant is a beautiful tribute to this moment in Walt Disney’s life and is a great place for Disney history buffs to enjoy. Read our Carthay Circle review to see a full photo tour of the extensive details of this classic restaurant.

Carthay Circle Pork Chop

Thick-cut Niman Ranch Pork Chop

Favorite Menu Item: The Porch Chop, it’s so moist it falls right off the bone.

Top Tip: Try the lounge dining option which offers a great selection of cocktails and lighter meals like our favorite Moroccan Chicken Meatballs.

Location: Buena Vista Street, California Adventure

7. World of Color Dessert PartyWorld of Color best Disneyland dining

The World of Color Dessert Party is the reserved viewing option for World of Color that offers both seats during the show, cocktails/beverages, and a dessert plate of Disney sweets. This is the most luxurious way to view World of Color and a fan favorite of many for enjoying the show. This is the only dining package for World of Color that offers seated viewing making it one of our favorite ways to view the show. You can read our World of Color Dessert Party review to see why this is an experience we repeat on each visit.

World of Color best Disney food

Favorite Menu Item: Pre-fix plate with desserts, cheeses, bread plus an assortment of beverages. World of Color cocktail.

Top Tip: The dessert plate changes during the holiday season to feature Christmas themed treats like a Mickey Mouse gingerbread cookie.

Location: Paradise Gardens, California Adventure

8. Carnation CafeDisneyland best dining

Carnation does not have over-the-top indoor theming but what makes it a great spot is the atmosphere of the outdoor patio. Carnation Cafe is located on Main Street U.S.A. so the outdoor patio puts you right in the middle of the ambiance of one of the most historic places in Disneyland. In fact, Carnation Cafe is one of the original restaurants of the Disneyland Resort and has been open since the opening day of the resort on July 17th, 1955. This was also Walt Disney’s favorite restaurant and he was known for ordering the chili so it has been named Walt’s Chili on the menu in his honor. Due to the nostalgia and atmosphere of this restaurant, this is a quintessential place to enjoy a meal at Disneyland as you can see by reading our review of this favorite restaurant.

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Homemade Meatloaf

Favorite Menu Item: Well, Walt’s Chili is a must as this is top-notch chili and a classic recipe. This restaurant also serves the best homemade veggie burger at the park. The fried pickles are also a great appetizer.

Top Tip: Try to time your reservation so you’re eating during one of the afternoon parades, you won’t have a perfect view but the atmosphere is fun.

Location: Main Street U.S.A., Disneyland

9. Cafe Orleansbest Disneyland restaurant cafe orleans

Cafe Orleans is a popular table-service restaurant in New Orleans Square at Disneyland with an outdoor patio overlooking the Rivers of America. The outdoor ambiance of this New Orleans-inspired restaurant makes it a favorite on our list of themed Disneyland dining. Watch the Mark Twain Riverboat glide past, listen to live music passing by all while enjoying some of the most iconic Disney food items. Read our Cafe Orleans dining review to see why this is one of our favorite restaurants in Disneyland!

best Disneyland food cafe orleans

Three Cheese Monte Cristo

Favorite Menu Item: Monte Cristo and Pommes Frites – if you want a healthy option here (or at least something that feels healthy) add in the Burrata & Prosciutto salad

Top Tip: This is a popular restaurant and even with a dining reservation you may still experience a wait to be seated. Always secure a dining reservation for this best Disneyland restaurant.

Location: New Orleans Square, Disneyland

10. Bengal BarbecueBengal BBQ Disney Dining

Bengal Barbecue is one of the best quick-service restaurants in Disneyland. This popular spot is located in Adventureland right across from the Jungle Cruise. Featuring skewers with grilled meats, and veggies along with pineapple spears, pickles, and tiger tails.

Favorite Menu Item: Bengal Beef and Outback Vegetable Skewer.

Top Tip: This is a popular location so using mobile order for this best Disneyland restaurant is a must. Set your mobile order earlier in the day if you know what time you want to eat lunch to avoid long waits.

11. Jolly Holiday Bakery CafeJolly Holiday Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is a Mary Poppins-themed restaurant that offers deli and cafe-style food items like fresh pastries, sandwiches, breakfast items, sweets, and iconic Disneyland items. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is on the corner of Main Street and faces the hub in Disneyland. There is no indoor seating but there is a large patio surrounding the restaurant with plenty of places to sit.

Jolly Holiday Cafe

Jolly Holiday Combo

Favorite Menu Item: Jolly Holiday Combo, Matterhorn Macaroon, Beef-Birria Grilled Cheese Sandwich (not always on menu), and the Cranberry-Pecan Salad.

Top Tip: This quick service restaurant is often the one place at Disneyland that stays open right until closing even went they close at 12AM making this a great late-night spot to eat. Use mobile order to skip the lines.

12. Flo’s V8 Cafebest Disneyland dining Flos V8 Cafe

Floa’s V8 Cafe is the main quick-service restaurant in Cars Land at California Adventure. Flo’s V8 Cafe is themed to the style of a 1950’s diner with classic American favorites like sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes, and its famous fried chicken.

Favorite Menu Item: Ramone’s Low and Slow Club, Fried Chicken, Milkshakes.

Top Tip: Eat outside facing Radiator Springs Racer to watch the cars zoom past as you eat, kids will love this view!

13. Pym Test Kitchen

Pym Test Kitchen is the main quick service restaurant in Avengers Campus which has arguably some of the best-themed menu items of all the quick service restaurants. The story of this restaurant is that they used Pym Particles to grow and shrink the food items on the menu. Pym Particles is the shrinking and growing technology featured in the Ant-Man films.

Pretzels Avengers Campus

Quantum Pretzel

The interior of the restaurant has a “quantum tunnel” on the ceiling where you can watch a conveyer belt of pretzels go from regular size to huge. These menu items are all themed to be extraordinarily large or small with mini noodles and oversized meatballs or a pretzel weighing nearly 360 grams.

Favorite Menu Item: Quantum Pretzel, The Not so Little Chicken Sandwich is a great breaded cutlet on a small piece of bread, The Choco Smash Candy Bar which is a homemade bar with Dark Chocolate, Peanuts, Caramel, Nougat and Chocolate Brownie.

Top Tip: Get a seat outside facing the Avengers Quinjet, it is likely you will catch a show on top of the building while you eat and you’ll have a perfect view.

Location: Avengers Campus, California Adventure

14. GCH Craftsman Bar

GCH Craftsman Bar is a quick-service spot located in the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa that is one of the best-hidden gems at Disneyland. The menu features fresh, California-inspired fare ranging from avocado toast to salmon salad to flatbread. The restaurant prices are reasonable for how good the food is and this is a great, relaxing spot to eat a quick lunch or dinner. This is one of the restaurants that Gavin Doyle, the founder of Mickey Visit, eats at the most during his Disneyland days. A secret for locals and those in the know!

Favorite Menu Item: Tuna Poke Bowl or Hamburger (there is a seasonal burger that changes)

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Top Tip: You can easily access this restaurant by using the entrance to the Grand Californian located near Grizzly River Run in California Adventure. You do not need to be a hotel guest to use this theme park entrance after the park opens.

Favorite Menu Item: Quantum Pretzel

Location: Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

15. River Belle Terrace Fantasmic Dining Package

River Belle Terrace is the perfect table service restaurant for a quick meal especially if you looking for a break from the parks. This restaurant always has open reservations and you can usually walk up and get a table even during busier times of the year. The menu here includes Southern comfort food favorites which does make for a heavier meal.

Favorite Menu Item: Pimento cheese dip is a fan-favorite appetizer here, brisket mac and cheese.

Top Tip: This restaurant also offers dining packages when Fantasmic! is running which includes the popular premium seating view. This Fantasmic! dining package sells out fast, read our review of this offering to see why it’s so popular.

16. Golden Horseshoe

disneyland golden horseshoe best food

The Golden Horseshoe is a nostalgic location at Disneyland as this building dates back to the opening of the resort in 1955. The Golden Horseshoe is the restaurant where Walt and Lillian DIsney celebrated their 30th anniversary with the original Golden Horseshow Revue. You can even see Walt Disney’s private box upstairs to the right of the stage. The wall-mounted longhorns were chosen by Walt himself and the interior of the saloon was designed by Disney legend Harper Goff based on the 1953 Doris Day film Calamity Jane. The menu includes traditional American favorites like chicken tenders, funnel cakes, and ice-cream floats.

Favorite Menu Item: Chicken Tenders and a Coca-Cola Ice-Cream Float.

Top Tip: This is a great spot for an afternoon break as there’s always plenty of seating.

Location: Frontierland, Disneyland

17. Ronto RoastersRonto Roasters Disneyland

Ronto Roasters is a quick-service location in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. Ronto wraps are a fan favorite with these pita-filled meals often being one of the most popular food items in the land.

Favorite Menu Item: Classic Ronto Wrap.

Top Tip: This location also offers a breakfast Ronto Wrap that is filling and convenient to grab in the mornings after you rope drop Rise of the Resistance. 

18. Docking Bay 7 Food and CargoBest Disneyland Dining Star Wars

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is known for being one of the best Disneyland restaurants in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This restaurant is themed to that of a “farm fresh” style restaurant but in a galaxy far, far away. Outside dining offers a view of the Millennium Falcon which is a great spot for taking photos. Our review of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge food options highlights why this is such a great-themed location.

Docking Bay/Star Wars

Felucian Kefta & Hummus Garden Spread

Favorite Menu Item: The Chicken Yip-Tip is a popular choice and for vegetarians, the Felucian Kefta/Hummus Garden Spread is an option with more variety than a salad.

Top Tip: If you’re looking for an easier place to get an iced coffee without a large line, get the popular Black Caf Cold Brew.

Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland

19. Tropical Hideaway

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The Tropical Hideaway is one of the best themed quick-service locations in Disneyland with views of the Jungle Cruise and located right next to the Enchanted Tiki Room. There is plenty of outdoor seating and the ambiance of overlooking the Jungle Cruise can’t be beat. This Adventureland restaurant is filled with special touches paying homage to the Enchanted Tiki Room including an animatronic bird named Rosista. The menu here features three different flavors of the famous Dole Whip: pineapple, mango, and strawberry. You can also find Dole Whip floats here along with small snacks.

Favorite Menu Item: The classic pineapple Dole Whip is a staple at Disneyland but it’s also fun to experiment with the different flavors and floats here.

Top Tip: Get a spot right by the water for the best view of the Jungle Cruise and the animatronic bird Rosita.

20. Harbour GalleyDisney dining Harbour Galley

Harbour Galley is a quick-service spot serving seafood selections and soups in Critter Country at Disneyland. All the soups come in bread bowls usually offering a selection including Cheddar Broccoli, Clam Chowder, and Louisiana Beef Stew.

Favorite Menu Item: Cheddar Broccoli Soup in sourdough bread bowl.

Top Tip: The bread bowls here are filling making this a great place to grab dinner at a lower cost. If you visit during a time of the year with cooler temperatures, you will notice increased demand for Pacific Wharf Cafe so this is where placing an advance mobile order can be especially helpful.

21. Naples Ristorante e Bar
Naples Downtown Disney

Naples Ristorante e Bar is the best spot to get pizza in Disneyland. This restaurant offers wood-fired pizza, homemade pasta, appetizers, and salads. But the pizza is what makes this spot so popular! The pizza here is delicious and served in classic Italian style. There is a large indoor dining space along with an outdoor patio. There is also a quick-service option next door to grab pizza by the slice, sandwiches, and salads called Napolini Pizzeria. 

Pizza Best Disneyland Restaurants

Classic Neapolitan

This is our favorite pizza place in all of the Disneyland Resort and you can see why this option is so popular with adults and kids alike in our Naples dining review.

Favorite Menu Item: Neapolitan pizza.

Top Tip: If you’re looking for grab-and-go, there is also a quick-service option to grab pizza by the slice, sandwiches, and salads called Napolini Pizzeria.

Location: Downtown Disney

22. Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is the best character dining Disneyland has at the resorts. This meal can be a great mid-day break from visiting the parks since it offers a dinner option as well making it a good pick for a flexible meal time. Guests will see Goofy in his chef outfit along with a variety of other characters that may include Pluto, Baloo from The Jungle Book, Aladdin and Jasmine, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Chip or Dale, and Pinocchio.

Favorite Menu Item: Our favorite item here is the peanut butter and jelly pizza though you can’t go wrong with soft serve too. Good variety of breakfast and normal food for brunch.

Top Tip: Eating at Goofy’s Kitchen can be a great way to work a midday break in from the parks. You can take the monorail to Downtown Disney from Tomorrowland and the hotel is just a short walk away from the monorail.

Location: Disneyland Hotel

23. Napa Rose

Napa Rose is the upscale dining option at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa which features Award-Winning Cuisine by Chef Andrew Sutton. Napa Rose features both a prix fixe Vintner Menu and a la carte selections of dishes that honor California’s culinary history, artisan farmers, and winemakers.

This is an upscale, luxurious dining option and has a price tag and dress code to match. Guests are required to dress in appropriate dinner attire (dress pants, nice jeans, collared shirts, dresses, etc.) and leave the hats, swimwear, tank tops, or distressed jeans at home. If you are looking for a luxury dining experience, this is the best option in the Disneyland area. 

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Napa Rose is also the location you can find the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures character dining which offers a more casual yet still high-quality dining experience. The morning begins with a three-course breakfast and guests will meet Princesses such as Belle, Tiana, Ariel, Jasmine and others.

Favorite Menu Item: The menu rotates frequently so it’s hard to pick a favorite menu item, ask your server for their best recommendation.

Top Tip: This is the only Disney Princess character meal option at Disneyland and offers some of the best character interactions.

Location: Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

24. Lucky Fortune Cookery

The last two restaurants on our list are currently in the process of being reimagined to fit in with the new San Fransokyo theme in California Adventure. We have previewed this food and we loved the variety, read our full review on the new food items here. 

We cannot wait to see the new look for these locations! The food offered will keep the same menu with some new additions to celebrate the transformation. 

Lucky Fortune Cookery is located in California Adventure and features a variety of Asian-inspired foods. This quick-service location is also known for featuring festival favorites during many of the popular festivals at California Adventure like the Festival of Holidays and the Food & Wine Festival.

Favorite Menu Item: Teriyaki Chicken.

Top Tip: Keep an eye out for special menu items on the Disneyland app for seasonal celebrations.

25. Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill in California Adventure offers some of the best Mexican food in the theme park. This quick service spot will also include seasonal options during different food festivals and celebrations so be sure to keep an eye on the menu for limited-time options to try.

Favorite Menu Item: Birria Tacos, Tacos Dorados de Papa.

Top Tip: Adults can also cruise the list of cocktail and beer options at this quick service location.

Best Disneyland Restaurants: Top Snacks!

Now before we go into the rest of our list of best Disneyland restaurants, we cannot ignore the great variety of snack carts you can find around both Disneyland and California Adventure. These famous Disneyland food items deserve an honorary mention. 

Mickey Mouse PretzelDisneyland Mickey Pretzel

You can’t have a trip to Disneyland without eating an iconic Mickey pretzel! These Mickey-shaped pretzels are a favorite of many Disney guests. Get them with a cup of premium plastic cheese (who can deny this is the best?) and get the full experience. These also make for a quick and affordable snack option.

You can find Mickey pretzels primarily in Disneyland. 

Disneyland Popcorn

Disneyland popcorn is a staple snack food at the parks. This fresh popped popcorn is located all over both Disneyland and California Adventure.

Disney PopCorn Buckets

Collectible Popcorn Buckets

Another fun aspect of the popcorn at Disneyland is the chance to collect special souvenir popcorn buckets which are released for special celebrations and seasonal events. These popcorn buckets are a popular collector’s item and many of these popcorn buckets are pretty elaborate and light up!

You can popcorn carts scattered around both Disneyland and California Adventure. 

Disneyland ChurrosDisneyland churros

My favorite breakfast option at Disneyland? A churro, of course. There is nothing better than a Disneyland churro- crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Nothing else can compete, you cannot miss out on trying one of these. The standard churro flavor is cinnamon which is a classic but you can also find specialty churros too.

Churros Disneyland

Disneyland releases a large variety of churros for each season like Halloween and Christmas along with special churros to celebrate celebrations like new Disney films or park anniversaries. These special churros are often drizzled in chocolate or other sauces/frostings and incorporate nuts/candy- you name it! One of my favorite flavors over the years was the Sugar Plum Churro released for Disneyland Christmas, I am always hoping that one will return!

You can churro carts scattered around both Disneyland and California Adventure. 

Mickey Beignet best Disney snack

Mickey beignets are another traditional Disney snack that you cannot skip on your vacation. These beignets are made by cutting Mickey-shaped pieces of dough, deep frying them, and are topped off with confectioners sugar. And like with most things at Disneyland, everything Mickey-shaped just tastes better! 

You can currently find Mickey beignets at Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square until the construction on the prior French Market is finished and the newly named Tiana’s Palace opens. Previously, Mickey beignets would be found at the Mint Julep Bar which is connected to the new Tiana’s Palace and they will return to their classic location once construction is finished. 

Dole WhipDole Whip Disneyland

Dole Whips are another classic Disney treat that is a must-have for every Disneyland vacation. Dole Whips are essentially Dole pineapple soft serve and they are one of the most popular Disney dessert items. The best way to enjoy a Dole Whip is to order one right before you enter to watch the Enchanted Tiki Room! 

You can find them at the Tiki Juice bar and Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland at Disneyland. 

Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

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Disneyland hand-dipped corn dogs are another staple snack item at the resort. These corn dogs are so popular you can expect to see large lines around lunchtime for the Little Red Wagon corn dog stand on Main Street at Disneyland. You can also get these hand-dipped corn dogs at Corn Dog Castle in California Adventure which usually has a lower wait and also offers a cheese-filled hand-dipped corn dog for vegetarians

Disneyland Confectionary TreatsDisneyland sweets food

Disneyland has a large assortment of homemade confectionary treats and sweets at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Some of the treats you can find at these sweet shops include: 

  • Candied Apples
  • Rice Crispy Bars (Mickey Visit favorite!)
  • Cake Pops
  • Peanut Butter Squares (Mickey Visit favorite!)
  • Churro Toffee (Mickey Visit favorite!)
  • Cookies

Disneyland best snacks

All these candy shops have large windows where you can watch the cast members making the latest treats. These Disney candy/sweet shops will also feature themed cake pops, cookies, etc. for seasonal holidays and celebrations so you can expect to see different themed items year-round. 

Top Tip: There are a number of great Disneyland restaurant locations to order these foods from. The main Disneyland Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen has a mobile order pickup location near the exit to Jolly Holiday Bakery as seen in the photo below.

Best Disneyland Restaurants For Kids

Disneyland is family-focused so everything on our best Disneyland restaurant list are all great restaurants for kids but there are some locations that appeal directly to younger children, picky eaters, or offer large kids’ menu portions. 

These locations are all also known for being easy and quick to order making them good options to have in your back pocket if you’re suddenly faced with a hangry toddler and your dinner reservation is still hours away. 

Alien Pizza Planet

Alien Pizza Planet is a pizza quick-service spot in Tomorrowland at Disneyland which is themed after the aliens from the Toy Story films. This is a great place for kids as the kids’ meal portions are large plus you can’t go wrong with pizza! There are a variety of pizza options for the more adventurous eaters and simple cheese for the picky eaters.

Favorite Menu Item: Mozz 114 Cheese Pizza, Countdown Chicken/Shrimp Fusili.

Top Tip: This is a quick, no-wait option for a meal as the food is served buffet style and there is plenty of seating making it a good choice for a crowded day.

Location: Tomorrowland, Disneyland

Good Boy Grocers

Good Boy Grocers is a food stand in Toontown at Disneyland offering chips, fruit, beverages, and other small snack options. This is also where you can purchase the Mickey picnic basket which comes with your choice of snacks and drinks to enjoy a picnic in Toontown.

Favorite Menu Item: Mickey Picnic Basket makes for a cute souvenir choice.

Top Tip: This stand opens before the other quick service spot in Toontown, Cafe Daisy, making it a good option if your kids need a snack before lunch.

Location: Toontown, Disneyland

Cafe Daisy

Cafe Daisy in Toontown at Disneyland is centered around being kid-friendly while also offering more variety for adults. Kids will love the mini corn dogs, mac and cheese, and pizza flatbread ‘foldover’ menu items. Parents can also find iced coffee and iced tea drinks here as well.

Favorite Menu Item: Cheese or Pepperoni Flop-over, Cinnamon donuts.

Top Tip: Use mobile order for this location so you can secure a spot in the shade, the seated area fills up quickly around lunchtime.

Location: Toontown, Disneyland

Refreshment Corner

Refreshment Corner is located on Main Street in Disneyland and offers plenty of kid-friendly menu items. The menu here consists of pretzels, mac and cheese in sourdough bread bowls, and hot dogs/chili dogs.

Favorite Menu Item: Mac and cheese in a sourdough bread bowl, chili dog.

Top Tip: This is a great snack option for the end of the night as this location often stays open later than other quick-service stands in the park.

Location: Main Street, Disneyland

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta is located in Paradise Gardens at California Adventure. This cafeteria-style pizza place offers a large variety of pizza, pasta, salads, and snacks. The easy grab-and-go option makes this a seamless spot to grab food for your kids.

Favorite Menu Item: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta.

Top Tip: Picky eaters will love this spot since there are so many simple, kid-friendly options like plain spaghetti and cheese pizza.

Location: Paradise Gardens, California Adventure

Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone Motel is four separate food stands located in Cars Land at California Adventure. These four cones offer different options like ice cream, churros, nachos, chili in bread cones, Chimichanga, and beverages. Kids will love the theme of this quick-service area as the Cars Land theming is always impeccable.

Favorite Menu Item: Chili Cone Queso.

Top Tip: Seating in this area can become scarce but you can take your food and walk over to Flo’s V8 Cafe down the road to find more seating options in the shade.

Location: Cars Land, California Adventure

Smokejumpers Grill

Smokejumpers Grill is located right next to Soarin’ in California Adventure. This classic burger quick-service spot offers American classics including fries, grilled cheese, burgers, and more and there are usually never long waits to eat. There is plenty of seating making it a low-stress option to get a bite to eat with kids.

Favorite Menu Item: Chipotle BBQ Bacon Burger, seasonal shakes. This is a favorite among locals and the menu changes to fit in seasonal favorite Disneyland foods.

Top Tip: The kids’ meals here have large portions that even adults could order and be full afterward making it a great spot for value for your money.

Location: Grizzly Peak, California Adventure

Disneyland Food Frequently Asked Questions

What food is Disneyland famous for?

Hands down the most popular food Disneyland is known for is the Dole Whip! This pineapple soft serve is famous amongst Disney fans.

What is the name of the secret restaurant in Disneyland?

The secret restaurant in Disneyland is called Club 33 which is an exclusive restaurant only available to Club 33 members and their guests. You can read more about this historic and exclusive restaurant in our Club 33 guide.

What is the best time to eat at Disneyland?

If you want to avoid crowds at Disneyland dining restaurants eating during nonpeak lunch and dinner times is the best time to eat at Disneyland.

What has better food Disneyland or Walt Disney World?

While Disney World is known for its high-end table service restaurants, especially at EPCOT, Disneyland is known for having better snack options and quick service restaurants. For example, churros are nearly nonexistent at Disney World and the few options available pale in comparison to Disneyland!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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