Restaurants in Disneyland
Disneyland restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines and experiences. The food at Disneyland ranges from quick snacks and burgers to gourmet Disneyland dining and themed restaurants. The kids can dine with princesses and characters and the adults can enjoy a glass of fine Napa Valley wine in the Mendocino Terrace at the California Adventure Park. There is Mexican and Asian food, Cajun cuisine, and California fusion. There are also fine dining venues and steakhouses, and just about everything else you can imagine. For adults who want fine dining and a night out without the children, the Disneyland hotels offer in-room child care.
Disneyland restaurants within the Disneyland Park itself do not serve alcoholic beverages, in keeping with its long-standing family-oriented reputation. However, alcohol is available in many different types of bars and lounges at the California Adventure Park and in the Downtown Disney District, as well as the many hotels and resorts within the parks and in the surrounding Anaheim hotels. The drinking age is 21. There is Disneyland dining at the places serving alcoholic beverages, so you can get everything from appetizers and snacks to light California fusion cuisine.
There are venues for healthy food at Disneyland as well as ice cream shops. There are take away places (some of which can provide you with a gourmet picnic), and table service meals. There are more than 70 different places to get food of some sort, so your choices are wide. Vegetarians will have no problems finding delicious food at Disneyland at just about all of the choices. Meat lovers will find steak houses and gourmet wieners and sausages.
If you’re enjoying family vacations and want your Disneyland dining to thrill the children in your group, seek out the venues that offer character dining. Meet Disney princesses at Ariel’s Grotto in the California Adventure Park. At Disney’s PCH (short for Pacific Coast Highway) Grill, the children will be served by Mickey or one of his character friends, including Goofy and Donald Duck. The PCH Grill is conveniently located in the Paradise Pier Hotel, which offers a princesses and characters theme along with many of the facilities of a resort.
Several Disneyland restaurants take you to an entirely different time and place. Inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at California Adventure is the Blue Bayou, serving Creole and Cajun style cuisine amidst the twinkling of fireflies and the sounds of bayou crickets and frogs. Or you can dine amidst a lush rainforest atmosphere at the Rainforest Café, which also boasts an entire shopping village.
You can enjoy your food at Disneyland as part of vacation packages. Although these vacation packages are available only through the Walt Disney Travel Company, that company does sell through a large international network of travel agents and tour operators. The dining plans that can be included offer the choice of one to fifteen meals per person. These are available at different venues throughout the entire Disney Resort at both the California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park, and includes restaurants located in the resort hotels. Reservations for dinner at many of the more popular restaurants are recommended.