We're here to help you find good food without going broke or tripping over one of Disneyland Resort's many culinary land mines. More than 50 restaurants operate in Disneyland Resort, including about 20 full-service restaurants, several of which are inside the theme parks. Collectively, Disney restaurants offer reasonable variety, serving everything from Louisiana Creole to Texas barbecue, but sadly, international cuisines other than Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian are not represented.
On the upside, we've never seen as dramatic an improvement in Disneyland restaurant quality as we have in the last few years. Some establishments have undergone complete menu makeovers, with terrific results. the selections are more varied and exciting, the fare is fresher, and the care in preparation and service has improved tenfold. Unlike other attractions and shops inside the resort, the food and beverage operation remains in constant flux. Venues open and close, add and delete menu items, and change decor throughout the year. We strive to provide you with the most accurate information possible; however, we do eventually have to go to press with the most current information we have at the time. Keep this in mind when using the guide.
You can expect to pay heavy prices for food within Disneyland Resort. Every meal, snack, and drink is anywhere from 100%-400% higher inside the parks than outside (not counting Downtown Disney). With fine dining offered inside California Adventure, you can enjoy a glass of wine, a mug of beer, or even a cocktail inside the resorts without having to exit the park. Downtown Disney offers a wide variety of dining options, from mediocre to awesome, from intimate and adult to wild and kid-friendly. The Grand Californian Hotel is home to Napa Rose, one of the finest dining spots in all of Anaheim, and even character meals at eateries such as Ariel's Grotto and PCH Grill offer better, healthier food than ever before.
Note: Dining reservations are the Disney-restaurant equivalent of FASTPASS. This feature is available where noted and gives you the option of picking a time and cutting to the head of the line. You may still have to wait, but it's from the front of the line instead of the back.