As a Walt Disney World veteran I was excited to be going to Disneyland. You could say if you have been to Walt Disney World you don’t need to visit the Disneyland Resort. We could debate which theme parks are the best but I happen to love them both. I wanted to try to find the differences between them and I decided to start with the food.
There are more than 5 different food experiences in Disneyland as compared to Walt Disney World but I am going to share my favorites. I liked that I could find something other than a burger and fries in the parks or Downtown Disney.
5. The Mint Julep and Mickey Head Beignets in Disneyland. The Mint Julep Bar is a counter service restaurant is located in the New Orleans Square area. The beignets were fresh and tasty. Note to self: Don’t wear dark colored clothes when you are eating a beignet unless you can eat them without getting the powdered sugar all over your shirt. If you have a special technique for eating them, please let me know. The mint julep was good but it seemed a little sweet for my taste. I haven’t had a real Southern mint julep but I think this would have been better with alcohol but Disneyland doesn’t allow it.
4. The Hot Dog Hut in California Adventure. If you had asked me when I came back from Disneyland if Walt Disney World had churros, I would have said no. I didn’t realize that we had them. I couldn’t wait to try one in California Adventure but it didn’t taste like how I thought it would. This would be a great snack if you were sharing with several people but I thought it was too much for just me.
I liked that you could grab a hot dog and walk around the Boardwalk area or just sit on a bench and watch the crowds go by. If you are looking for a snack before your big meal of the day a hot dog would be perfect. Yes, we have Casey’s in Magic Kingdom but this had a totally different vibe.
3. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express in Downtown Disney. I loved stopping here for a breakfast or lunch snack of beignets. If you prefer a breakfast sandwich or a breakfast platter of eggs, bacon, sausage, etc., the price wasn’t bad and it wasn’t too busy. This is the perfect place to grab something before the parks open.
2. The soup in a bread bowl that is served at the Pacific Wharf Cafe. I try to eat here several times since this is something I can’t get in Walt Disney World. My personal favorite is the Broccoli and Cheese Soup. They bake the bread next door in the Boudin Bakery. Be sure to take the free bakery tour and the free samples of sourdough bread the cast member will give you. This will help you work up an appetite for your lunch. They have some great salads at Pacific Wharf Cafe also!
1. Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue in Disneyland. This place has been on my “bucket list” for many years. Every time I have gone to Disneyland, the people I was with didn’t want to venture over to this location. On this trip I was touring the park solo and decided that it was now or never for this. One of the things that amazed me in Disneyland was the fact that I didn’t need to make dining reservations months in advance. For this meal I wandered over about 10:30 and put my name on the list for the earliest seating. I received a ticket with my seating location and I waited for the opening ceremony. One of the many things that I love about Disney is how many places have a welcoming ceremony when they open up for the day. All the cast members came out to greet us and escort us to our tables. The food here was very good and it was all you care to eat. The ribs and BBQ chicken were delicious! They also serve a special coleslaw that I couldn’t wait to get home and find the recipe for. The service was great and I can’t wait to eat here again. If you are looking for a place to take the family this would be the place. Be sure to take some time to enjoy the Big Thunder Ranch with all the animals while you are here.
I can’t wait to go back to the Disneyland Resort again to find new favorite foods. Do you have a favorite from Disneyland or California Adventure? Let us know in the comments below.