So we established in the past two articles that I love Disneyland. Hearing my daughter giggle uncontrollably in the presence of princesses has brought so much joy and rest to our vacations, I just couldn't imagine a better place to take her.
Another thing that makes my life rich is food. I believe food is meant to be enjoyed with every possible sense.
The smell, taste, textures and the sights of beautiful food are heightened when friends and family eat together.
You can only imagine how much I look forward to food made at the Happiest Place on Earth!
In the Parks, the food is part of the show. If you haven't eaten there in the last ten years you are missing out on world-class chefs, fantastic menus and generous portions.
Disney Parks has also done well catering to those with food allergies and intolerances making accommodations at the theme parks and hotels not are just for physical and cognitive disabilities.
They now offer gluten-free options throughout the properties. The chefs are also happy to come to your table and discuss ideas with you.
If you have multiple allergies, you can make reservations online and alert Cast Members of your needs so they can be prepared to help.
Some friends went a couple of years ago and raved at the freedom they felt with kids who could finally have a bun on their burger and not worry about getting sick.
In the past few years, I've had to give up my favorite sandwich, but my husband can still get it. I've found new, tasty discoveries I hadn't even thought of before.
Where to eat in Disneyland:
1. Cafe' Orleans is my favorite place in the whole park. Here we start off with Pommes Frites. These little gems are crispy French fries drizzled with garlic oil and sprinkled with Parmesan served with dipping sauce.
The Monte Cristo sandwich is served for both lunch and dinner here. The Blue Bayou has it on their lunch menu only. It is a deep fried sandwich filled with meat, cheese and happiness.
This is a Cajun place, so the gumbo is pretty good and save room for Mickey shaped beignets!
2. The Blue Bayou can be seen from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The atmosphere here is not the only thing you'll pay for, the food is excellent.
It really is a special occasion restaurant, so if you plan to go here, make reservations and budget accordingly. We only go here every other visit, but we were celebrating so it was worth it!
3. The Carnation Cafe' on Main Street is quaint. If you go in the morning or at lunch, Oscar, wearing his chef hat and apron, may greet you. Oscar has been there since 1956 and although he is semi-retired, he comes in often. He is truly a lovely man.
4. Redd Rocket's Pizza Port in Tomorrowland has large plates of pasta and salad that are easy to share.
5. Plaza Inn on your right at the end of Main Street has typical American food. In the past we've split a tasty chicken dinner and walked away completely satisfied.
6. We have a new favorite across the way from Plaza Inn. The Jolly Holiday Bakery is a fun Mary Poppins themed walk up cafe with pastries, light salads and small quiche meals.
7. There are three snack items that have their own fan base: the corn dog cart is raved about across the blogging world; the smoked turkey legs (found in carts throughout the property) are a Paleo-dieters dream; the Bengal Barbecue has meat or veggie skewers for a light snack.
8. There are “Character Meals” at various locations. The prices are higher than most meals because you are paying for the entertainment. A variety of Disney Characters will visit your table throughout your meal. This is offered in a couple of the hotels as well as in the park.
We have had mixed experiences with these but for the most part, because Allison loves it so much, we usually have a lot of fun.
Both parks at the resort have plenty of great food to choose from, but we usually find ourselves at our old favorites.
This of course is just a small selection of our own favorites. The Disney Parks website has plenty of information on every eatery along with menus and current pricing.
This will not only get your mouth watering before your trip, it's a helpful planning tool for your budget as well as your time.
Are you a Disney epicurean? What are your favorite places to fill up at the resorts? Do you find planning helpful or do you like to pick what feels good at the time?