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The Signature Items of Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant

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Hungry Bear Restaurant is a quick service restaurant located in Critter Country, which is a part of Disneyland in California. In this review we’ll take a look at two of the signature items that are available: the Honey-Spiced Chicken Sandwich and Berry Cobbler Funnel Cake.

Hungry Bear Restaurant is tucked away in the far western corner of Disneyland, next door to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and across the walkway from Splash Mountain. This area used to be a pretty sleepy area of the park when compared to other lands, but foot traffic has increased considerably since a few years ago when an entrance walkway to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was built along the restaurant’s former waterfront seating patio.

Hungry Bear is themed to its former neighbor, and greatest Disney attraction ever built, the Country Bear Jamboree. Remnants of the Country Bears still remain, including signs above the restrooms, and this beautiful marquee above the kitchen featuring the Five Bear Rugs.

On to the food. Most of the menu is made up of standard Disneyland hamburgers and fries that can be found in many other dining locations in the park. For this review we chose to focus on two exclusive items, the first being the Honey-Spiced Chicken Sandwich. It’s served with fries, or you can swap those out for Cuties Mandarin Oranges.

The chicken in the sandwich was very flat. I mean actually physically flat, like someone smashed it with a hammer. There’s more breading than chicken here. Unfortunately I hardly noticed the advertised flavor. For something billed as being Honey-Spiced, I wish the flavor was more intense. But on the positive side, at least it is different. If you’re looking for something other than the standard burgers, this is one of your only options in the park right now.

Moving on to the Berry Cobbler Funnel Cake. Look how tall this thing is! Here you get a funnel cake topped with a generous portion of berries, streusel crumble, powdered sugar, and whipped cream. It’s a massive portion that you can probably split with your entire party and maybe even the table next to you.
This was a good funnel cake. You can get a standard funnel with none of the aforementioned toppings. But for me personally a funnel cake isn’t a funnel cake if it’s not topped with a bunch of fruit. Oh and the not-so-hidden Mickey is a nice touch.

Overall Hungry Bear Restaurant is middle of the road in terms of food. There are better quick service choices in Disneyland (Docking Bay 7, Red Rose Tavern, and Plaza Inn come to mind), but you won’t find anything at Hungry Bear that is bad or good, just completely average. But they do have some pretty darn good funnel cake.

What’s your opinion about Hungry Bear Restaurant? Let us know in the comments. 

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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