The Disneyland Resort reopens on April 30th and here are some changes you need to know about menus, prices, how to order food and more. I’ll share with you some of my TOP food choices, why you should plan your meals ahead of time and tips for getting hard to snag dining reservations! In addition there are a few dining locations that will not be open at this time. You can find a complete list of everything both open and closed in both parks at the bottom of this post.
Dining updates as of 5-10-21
We are excited to announce the latest restaurants to join the reopening list:
- Paradise Garden Grill (opening May 13)
- Alfresco Tasting Terrace (opening May 20 exclusively for Legacy Passholders and their guests; online reservations available May 18)
- Blue Bayou Restaurant (opening May 27; online reservations available May 18)
- Napa Rose (opening May 28 – dinner only; online reservations available May 18)
- Storytellers Café (opening May 28 – breakfast and dinner – no characters; online reservations available May 18)
- GCH Craftsman Bar (New! Excited to announce online reservations will be available May 28)
- Cafe Orleans – no Pommes frites as a side, only available with the Monte Cristo
- Stagedoor Cafe – no corn dog
- French Market – no corn chowder
- Tropical Hideaway – no Sweet Lumpia but baos have returned!
- Flo’s V8 Cafe – no Ramone’s Low and Slow Club
- Smokejumpers – they added some menu items they offered during A Touch of Dinsey like the 1/2 Monte Cristo, Brisket Mac ‘n Cheese and the S’mores shake.
- No Mickey waffles or pancakes. More about breakfast below.
Then I did notice a price increase on my favorite meal for a deal, the combo from Jolly Holiday. I love the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo for two reasons. The price and the taste. When the parks closed this meal was $9.99 and it’s now $12.49. So don’t be shocked if some of your favorite foods have gone up in price.
My favorite recommendations that are available
- Bengal BBQ – beef and chicken skewers
- Cafe Orleans – Monte Cristo
- Jolly Holiday – grilled cheese and tomato soup combo, Magic is Back cupcake (Double Chocolate Chip Cupcake filled with Cookies and Cream Mousse topped with yellow and Raspberry-flavored red Cream Cheese Frosting, Sprinkles and Mickey Chocolate Ears)
- Little Red Wagon – mobile order a corn dog, first time offered through the app!
- Mint Julep Bar – Mickey shaped beignets and Mint Julep
- Plaza Inn – mobile order for the first time ever the Fried chicken, potatoes, biscuit and veggies
- Ship to Shore Marketplace by Big Thunder Mountain – chimichanga, Mickey pretzel
- Tropical Hideaway – if you tried the lemon and pineapple swirl at A Touch of Disney from the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats well you can now find it over at this new location in Disneyland!
Disney California Adventure
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats – Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait
- Award Wieners – Carrot Cake Funnel Fries
- Cozy Cone Motel – Milk and Cookies Churro with dipping sauce at cone #1 or Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese from cone #3
- Flo’s V8 Cafe – Flo’s Famous Fried Chicken plate
- Lamplight Lounge – Spotlight Nachos: Barbacoa and the 2319 drink
- Poultry Palace – Chimichanga and Corn on the Cob
- Smokejumpers – 1/2 Monte Cristo, Brisket Mac ‘n Cheese and the S’mores shake
These are just a few of my favorites I found. Plus vending carts will be open selling popcorn, churros and more. As a guest at A Touch of Disney three times, I can tell you that being in the theme park smelling and eating Disney food again is the BEST!!!!
No breakfast options
While I was looking over all the dining options available I didn’t see any breakfast menus. Places like Red Rose Tavern, Galactic Grill, Ronto Roasters and Flo’s V8 Cafe to name a few don’t have a breakfast menu. So it looks like Mickey shaped beignets from Mint Julep Bar it is for breakfast! There will be breakfast sandwiches and wraps at Market House and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (aka Star Bucks in each park). But really I thought this was worth mentioning. Come prepared with snacks, eat breakfast at your hotel or have an early lunch!
Mobile ordering new options
You may find that at some quick service locations the only way to get food is to mobile order. Disney is really trying to encourage less contact and more use of the Disneyland app. One added feature to mobile order that was not in place prior to the parks closing is the use of Disney gift cards. You can use a Disney gift card in the app to pay for your food! Plus there are some new dining locations that offer mobile ordering that didn’t before. Here are the new locations by park.
- French Market
- Little Red Wagon (this one is a game changer)
- Plaza Inn
- Tropical Hideaway
Disney California Adventure
- Cappuccino Cart
- Cozy Cone Motel
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. (order through Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill)
- Studio Catering Co. (order through Hollywood Lounge in the app)
So make sure you have the official Disneyland app downloaded before you go! And bring a battery charger for your phone cause you’re going to be using your phone a lot! You can find the external battery pack I use, here.
Schedule your meals
Before when the parks were open most people just found some place to eat when they were hungry. But with the new option to mobile order, things will be a little different. You will want to try and plan out your meals a little more than before. In the Disneyland app you have the ability to pick a time when you want to pick up your mobile order. See the photo below. I was able to plan out my times, order and pick up later in the day.
Since Disney is really trying to encourage people to use mobile order and not in person ordering, I suggest learning how to mobile order, read more here. What happens with mobile ordering is that as the day goes on the pick up times get further and further out. So for instance at 5 p.m. you decide you want to get some food from Stage Door Cafe and guess what you can’t actually pick it up until 7:30 p.m. due to the demand. So I highly recommend placing your mobile orders early in the day. Plan your meals long before you actually want to eat. And if it’s anything like A Touch of Disney some dining locations will NOT have a walk up and order line. Some places only had a mobile ordering option and no way to order in person. Below is a photo from Smokejumpers. You can see the mobile order window pick up lines. And they only did mobile ordering here during a TOD!
How to get a dining reservation
You can now book dining reservations up to 60 days out. There are only a few locations that offer reservations at this time … Carthay Circle, Lamplight Lounge, River Belle Terrace and Cafe Orleans. To check for dining reservations you can use the official Disneyland app or check the website. I use the app and here’s my PRO TIP to getting dining reservations. I open up the dining tab in the app and then click reserve dining as shown below.
The app asks you to choose how many people in your group and then what day. When I checked to get a reservation on the day I wanted to go it said there were no reservations available when I just chose LUNCH as shown below …
But yet when I chose the specific time option for 3:00 p.m. it gave me two time slots within the lunch hour time frame. It gave me availability for 2:40 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. yet above it said there were no lunch reservations available! Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m., so the system should have given me these time slots to choose from the first time, but it didn’t.
My point in showing you this PRO TIP is don’t choose LUNCH or DINNER when you’re looking for dining times. Always check every time slot on the day you want to go. You never know what will pop up. And with popular dining you take what you can get if it’s on the day you plan to be there. You can always cancel or continue to look for a better time up until the day before. Don’t forget to cancel your reservation if you can’t go. The credit card provided at the time of reservation will be charged $10 per person if you forget!
Join the walk up list
A new feature available in the Disneyland app is the “Join the walk up list” option. If you want to dine somewhere and don’t have a dining reservation this option is new. You now have the opportunity to add your party to the mobile walk-up list at select table-service restaurants (subject to availability).
Mobile or QR code check-in
Maximize your time—and minimize your contact with others—by checking in for dining reservations at select table-service restaurants via the Disneyland mobile app. Plus Disney has added QR codes to scan at some restaurants when you arrive to check-in as well.
Three restaurants off limits for hotel guests only
Only guests staying at the Grand Californian Hotel will have access to these three restaurants. Hearthstone Lounge (mobile order available), GCH Craftsman Bar and GCH Craftsman Grill (mobile order available). Before, anyone could walk into the hotel and get food at these locations. Update below…
Only guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be able to dine at these locations through May 27. Starting May 28, these locations will be open to all guests.
- GCH Craftsman Bar
- GCH Craftsman Grill (mobile order available)
- Hearthstone Lounge (mobile order available)
- Napa Rose (dinner only)
- Storytellers Café (breakfast and dinner; no characters)
Checklist to print
To make life easier I have created lists to print. First up a list of all attractions and dining locations that will be open at Disneyland! Click here to print.
Next a list of all attractions and dining locations that will be open at Disney California Adventure! Click here to print.
Lastly a checklist of everything that is CLOSED in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Click here to print.