One unfortunate thing that everyone has come to expect when it comes to Disneyland is waiting. The last thing that you and the kids will want to do after waiting all day in endless lines for the rides, is to wait some more for food. When planning a trip to Disneyland, it is always a good idea to plan ahead and make some Disneyland Dining reservations as soon as possible! Here are 5 things you should know about booking Disneyland Dining Reservations.
Disneyland Dining Reservations – 5 things you should know
1. Book 60 Days in Advance
For Disneyland dining reservations, you can begin booking 60 days in advance! Although it seems like a two-month dining reservation is a bit excessive, when it comes to Disneyland it’s not. If you know when you’ll be visiting, you can make a reservation by either calling (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. You can also use their online reservation system to reserve your spot at restaurants in Disneyland, Downtown Disney, California Adventures, and the on-site hotels. You can also manage or create reservations through the Disneyland app on your phone or smart devices. Trust me, it is worth it to book in advance especially in the summer months when the crowds are high and you want to cool off from the heat.
• Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square, overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, features Cajun- Creole-style food. This is by far the most popular restaurant at Disneyland, so book right at the 60 day mark.
• Café Orleans, also in New Orleans Square, has both indoor and outdoor tables views of the Rivers of America. They also feature Cajun-Creole food.
• Carnation Café located on Main Street offers classic American dining.
• Plaza Inn on Main Street takes reservations during breakfast and character dining.
• River Belle Terrace located in Frontierland offers delicious down-home cooking and southern hospitality!
If you plan on heading over to Disney’s California Adventures Park, here are the restaurants that take reservations in advance:
• Carthay Circle is one of the restaurants that you’ll definitely need a reservation for. They book up pretty quick during the peak season, and books up about two weeks in advance.
• Wine Country Trattoria: Reservations to this restaurant are recommended to dine at this Napa Valley meets Tuscany!
Restaurants at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
• Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
• Steakhouse 55 at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
• Disney’s PCH Grill at the Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
2. Specialty Dining & Entertainment Packages Are Available
One of my actual favorite things to do is the Special Dining and Entertainment Packages. Disneyland has a special menu that is packaged with preferred seating at several shows throughout the two parks. One of my favorite parts is you do not have to camp out for hours to enjoy a show or parade, you can show up about 15-30 minutes before the show and have a great view.
The Fantastic Dining Packages are available with three different dining and pricing options.
- On the Go Package – This package is at the Hungry Bear and is $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children. They pack up the meal nicely for you to enjoy at the restaurant or while you wait for the show. The menu is pretty delicious and includes one of 4 delicious entrees from a menu created especially for this event—cedar salt-roasted sustainable salmon (i had this one and loved it), barbecue chicken, blackberry barbecue pork riblets or an amazing mushroom and leek frittata. All dishes are served with a medley of wild rice and cranberry-apricot grains as well as kale and garbanzo bean salad.
- River Belle Terrace
Enjoy a picturesque view of the Rivers of America while eating a 3-course dinner (starter, entrée and dessert). The price for dinner plus a reserved viewing area voucher is $45 per adult and $25 per child (ages 3 to 9); tax and gratuity not included.
- Blue Bayou Restaurant
Disneyland’s most iconic restaurant is also part of this package. Dine outside under a perpetual twilight sky—while indoors at the entry of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! The price for dinner plus a reserved viewing area voucher is $69 per adult and $29 per child (ages 3 to 9); tax and gratuity not included.
Pro Tip* – Blue Bayou has the best of the three viewing spots, so if you are looking for the best view the Blue Bayou is the choice to be!
Pixar Play Parade Package:
Served at the Plaza Inn inside Disneyland and gets you premium seating for the Pixar Play Parade
World of Color Dining Package:
Enjoy a delicious meal at Wine Country Trattoria and then enjoy preferred viewing of the incredible World of Color. My husband’s company did this for a few years as a part of their holiday party and everyone loved the meal and show. It is well worth it. ***Please note World of Color is closed for renovation through June 2018***
Frozen Dining Package:
The Frozen Dining Package will get you premium viewing for the Frozen show at the Hyperion Theater. Plus, you get to enjoy a delicious meal at the Carthay Theater, the iconic restaurant at California Adventure.
Paint the Night Dinner Package:
The Paint the Night Dining Package will get you premium viewing for the Paint the Night Parade at California Adventure. With this package, you also get to enjoy a delicious meal at the Carthay Theater.
3. Character Breakfasts must be booked in advance and book up quick
Character breakfasts are one of my kids’ favorite memories about Disneyland and Walt Disney World. There is just something so exciting about the characters coming around to your table, or it could just be the unlimited Mickey Waffles. The Disneyland resort has four different character breakfasts, one at each of the three Disney Hotels and one inside Disneyland Park.
Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel
Goofy’s Kitchen is probably the most popular of the four breakfast options and for good reason. While not guaranteed, every time we have been the iconic characters – Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, & Pluto have been there to play with the kids. I can still picture my little Owen playing on the ground with Pluto. Those memories are priceless.
Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends at PCH Grill in Paradise Pier
Surfs Up Breakfast with Mickey is surprisingly the easiest of the four reservations to get. You will meet Mickey and friends and enjoy a pretty delicious breakfast buffet.
Chip ’n Dale Critter Breakfast at StoryTeller’s Cafe
This is the most delicious of the breakfast buffets. They have incredible dishes, plus an amazing omelette bar, plus some delicious baked goodies.
Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park
The only character breakfast that is inside Disneyland is also my personal favorite. This character breakfast has Minnie Mouse, but then also a whole slew of characters. What I love about this place is it is not the traditional characters you normally meet. In the past, we have met the fairy godmother, Maleficent, Daisy Duck and so many more.
4. You Can Book Downtown Disney Restaurants as well.
Downtown Disney has some incredible restaurants and it is a nice reprieve from the parks. You can book your dining reservations at 8 restaurants in Downtown Disney.
These restaurants include:
- Catal Restaurant
- ESPN Zone
- Rainforest Cafe
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
- Tortilla Jo’s
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes (Please note if you want to book lanes, you will have to do so on the Splitsville website)
5. Book Afternoon Tea, Dessert Parties, Cocktail Receptions & More
Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Reception
At this reception, you’ll enjoy charcuterie tray served with wine, beer, Coca-Cola or other non-alcoholic beverages—plus boxed truffles to enjoy later and then enjoy the Paint the Night Parade from a unique spot. Prices are $79 per person
World of Color Dessert Party:
This is a fun and delicious way to watch the World of Color show! Enjoy desserts, beverages and the show from front and center!
Classic Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel
I recently fell in love with afternoon tea on my trip to Scotland and the Disneyland hotel brings the magic of an afternoon tea to California. Enjoy tea, savory sandwiches and delicious scones and treats in the Steakhouse 55 restaurant.
Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience
If you want to enjoy the fireworks from a relaxed setting this is the spot for you. Ticketed Guests receive a tasty boxed treat containing seasonal fruits, cheese and assorted sweets, plus a choice of hot or cold non-alcoholic beverages. It’s the ultimate way to cap off thrill-filled days at Disneyland Park! Prices are $50 per person.
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