As we all know, Disney parks generally do not have cheap food. However, compared to other parks, Disney puts effort into providing dishes that are generally of good quality. My hope is that through these food posts, you can make a more informed decision on which foods are worth paying for and what to avoid! Please follow my advice at your own discretion and know that I am not affiliated with Disney in any way, shape, or form except for being a fangirl with a season pass! That said, here are the foods I ate during this trip:
*NOTE* ANNUAL PASS HOLDERS: Don't forget to show your annual pass for an extra 10-15% off! Might not seem much, but that savings can at least knock off taxes!
Day 1 (Arrival Day)
|Welcome to Disneyland's 60th Birthday Celebration! Where's my cake?|
Lunch/Dinner: Plaza Inn Fried Chicken ($15.99 + tax)
After a long Megabus ride to Anaheim, it was time for a late lunch/early dinner. Having perused multiple blogs discussing Disneyland food and read rave reviews, I opted for the fried chicken served by Disneyland's Plaza Inn on Main Street.
|Plaza Inn Specialty Fried Chicken|
For $14.99 you get three pieces of chicken (wing, thigh, and breast), green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a biscuit. Drinks are extra, so I just had a glass of water. Honey for the biscuits can be found in the condiments section past the cash register.
In all honesty, the green beans and mashed potatoes reminded me of standard hospital cafeteria food and were forgettable. The biscuit was somewhat dry, and would have been better if I found the honey before I finished my meal. The chicken, however, was cooked just how I liked it, with lots of very crispy skin (my favorite part) and juicy meat. While not the best fried chicken I've ever had, I left Plaza Inn feeling satisfied with my meal and quite stuffed. Given the large serving (as it should be for $14.99), I'd bring a friend, order dessert, and split the fried chicken platter next time.
Snack: Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade from Hungry Bear Restaurant ($5.99 + tax)
|Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade|
This beverage is essentially a frozen pink lemonade with whipped cream and a hard candy honey stick. Frozen blended lemonade is one of my favorite forms of hydration at Disney (next to the Dole Pineapple float), so this drink did not disappoint. My favorite part is actually the honey stick, which unfortunately only extends about an inch into the whipped cream. The next time I order this drink, I may have to beg the staff for extras! Disney, if you're reading this, please sell those honey sticks individually because they are delicious!
The worst part of this drink is the $5.99 price tag. If you don't care for the honey stick or whipped cream, there are definitely cheaper frozen lemonade options in the park.
Snack: Matterhorn Macaroon ($1.99 + tax) and Abuelita ($2.79 + tax) from Carnation Cafe
|Matterhorn Macaroon and Abuelita|
|Good night, Main Street!|
Breakfast: Free Hotel Food!
|Hotel Breakfast Food|
Snack: Cream Cheese Pretzel from Pretzel Cart next to Star Tours ($4.75, no tax, no annual pass discount)
|Cream Cheese Pretzel|
|Sweet Cream Cheese Filling|
Lunch: Chili Cone Queso from Cozy Cone Motel ($7.49 + tax, no annual pass discount)
|Chili Cone Queso|
|Chili Cone Queso side view|
|Biting into the bread cone|
Snack: Red's Apple Freeze from Cozy Cone Motel ($4.69 + tax, no annual pass discount)
|Red's Apple Freeze|
|Cozy Cone Motel|
Snack: Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus from Bengal Barbeque ($4.19 + tax)
|Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus and a cup of water|
While I'd probably order this again, I feel like two orders are needed for an adequate meal, and I'd hesitate to pay $8.38 + tax for something I could easily make at home.
Souvenir: Dinoco Oil Can Sipper w/fountain drink included from Cozy Cone Motel ($10.19 + tax, no annual pass discount)
|Dinoco Oil Can Sipper|
|Dinosaur logo at my favorite gas station. See the resemblance?|
|Carthay Circle Restaurant decorated for the occasion!|
Day 3 (Blockout day)
Breakfast: Free Hotel Food! I love biscuits and gravy!
Lunch: Gumbo Ya Ya from Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Express ($7.99 + tax)
|Gumbo Ya Ya|
|Goodnight, Sleeping Beauty Castle!|