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@Disneyland dining just got easier with added options

April 19, 2012

The Disney Blog (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/ ) which offers daily insights and current information on Disney park developments included the following announcement recently by Manager Erin Glover (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/author/eglover/). Please also see past ThreePointSpark blog entry on Disney Dining for list of participating venues at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney: https://threepointspark.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/disney-dining-714-781-3463-4-or-disneyland/

Dining at Club 33 available only through Club members' reservation

As you may know, Disneyland Resort guests may book dining reservations through the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) but, beginning today, we’re offering a new way to request a dining reservation at the resort.

Here’s how it works:

  • Guests may now email their dining reservation requests to dine@disneyland.com
  • Requests will be reviewed the same day, when received during the hours of 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Requests received after hours will be reviewed the next day
  • Guests may request Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Studio Disney 365 reservations through this email address as well
  • Email requests should include the following information:
    • Name of the restaurant or experience you’d like to book
    • Requested reservation date and meal period (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    • Total number of guests in your party
    • Your name and phone number
  • Remember: Your request is not confirmed until you’ve received a confirmation number

For a list of Disneyland Resort restaurants that accept reservations, click here.

We know that Disneyland Resort guests are very excited about the upcoming opening of Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park on June 15. Dining reservations are not available at this time, but keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and @Disneyland on Twitter for updates on when the booking window for this brand-new restaurant will open.

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@Disneyland fantastic deal on a 3-Day Park Hopper: buy online

November 2, 2011

Discovery

As a lifelong Disney fan, Disneyland Passholder, former D23 member, and Disney Blog subscriber, I buy what Uncle Walt is selling – magic and imagination. I used to head for the parks (Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney) so frequently that the cost for entry and parking was around $12 total. Since time spent in Disneyland is a mood elevator for me, $12 a visit is far cheaper than therapy, too!

Disney is currently offering a fantastic deal on a 3-Day Park Hopper:

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/special-offers/2012-spring-3-day-park-hopper-ticket/?int_cmp=SOC-intDPFY12Q1NewDLRTicketsAndHotelDealsAvailableToday01-11-11@0002

Enjoy the magic for a very special price. For just $199, delight in 3 days of fun and enchantment at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. For kids 3 to 9, 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets are only $183. Tickets are available for visits from January 4 until May 28, 2012 and are only sold in advance.

The ticket is valid for 13 days after the first day of use beginning January 4 through May 28, 2012, and must be purchased prior to arrival. Check the web link for more information, including restrictions and blockout dates. Plus – this special 3-Day Park Hopper ticket also allows you one Magic Morning admission, so be sure to check the daily park hours and restrictions prior to arriving.

World of Color infuses color into DCA

World of Color infuses color into DCA, June 2010

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Disney Dining 714-781-3463 + 4 or @Disneyland

September 19, 2011

Disney Dining

(714) 781-3463 + 4

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/

Plan ahead and you may be able to save time waiting for a meal. Reservations may be arranged for many Disney Resort restaurants by contacting Disney Dining up to 60 days in advance. Park dining options beyond fast food fare include table service, special and unique dining, signature dining and character dining. If call in the morning when you are visiting the parks/”resort”, you can make reservations for lunch or dinner that day. Blue Bayou is a very popular venue and may have limited availability.

Obviously, valid theme park admission is required for any restaurants in Disneyland or California Adventure. All restaurants in Downtown Disney will validate for Downtown Disney parking lot. Caveat: “All information, including, but not limited to, prices and offerings, subject to change without notice. Seating times may vary during weekend and holiday periods. Location hours may differ from Park operating hours.” Whew! I’m so glad I didn’t forget that part. I’ve included some very recent and candid feedback from Yelp reviews from patrons of these restaurants. The opinions do not reflect the views of ThreePointSpark but reveal the general opinions discovered online. MORE RESTAURANTS SHOULD OFFER FREE WI-FI – just saying!

Disney California Adventure Park

Ariel’s Grotto

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, character dining (kid-centric)

Dine on dishes fit for royalty while you spend quality time with some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Make a reservation to join Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella for breakfast and lunch. While the princesses have other engagements at night, a prix fixe dinner may include tickets to a Preferred Viewing section for World of Color.

Cove Bar upstairs offers a full bar and appetizers. Prix fixe dinner ($39.99) and World of Color preferred seating is limited and very popular.

$$$, Casual, full bar, no Wi-Fi

“Overall, it’s a good dining experience and the food is good and priced well for everything that you’re getting.”

Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery

Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian

Wine Country Trattoria restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park serves freshly made California and Mediterranean style cuisine for lunch and dinner and offers more than 25 different wines by the glass.

$$, Casual, full bar, no Wi-Fi

“There is a new chef at the Trattoria and he is actually making the food wonderful.”

Disneyland Park

No alcohol is served in Disneyland Park. See Downtown Disney options and Hotel Bars

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, all-you-can-eat family-style

Celebrate a special occasion cowboy-style — with juicy barbeque, live wild west entertainment and a Critter Corral! Feast on an all-you-care-to-eat family-style meal ($25+) featuring mouthwatering barbeque delights like cornbread, chicken, ribs, baked beans, Cookie’s Cole Slaw and more. Overseas visitors might love this chance to dig in to truly American fare!

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi

“for theme park food, this place is not too bad”

Blue Bayou

Cuisine: Cajun-Creole, Vegetarian, “experience” dining

Relish Louisiana-inspired cooking and full table service in a moonlit setting while boats from Pirates of the Caribbean float past. Savor rich Cajun creations like jambalaya and gumbo as well as specialty entrees including Cajun-spiced salmon and surf and turf. The “open patio” seating inside the Pirates ride is just below the balcony of Club 33 – member-only restaurant.

In the 1970’s, I remember running through the park when it opened in the morning of our visit to Blue Bayou to make a reservation to eat here and that our order was taken on a form of limited by delicious offerings. Much more expensive now.

Recently the cast members at Blue Bayou did make an exception and were very gracious to a friend of mine who is a wheelchair user. He could not ride Pirates (not accessible for folks who can’t transfer). We asked if they could make room for us so we could share Pirates ambiance by eating here. They did and we enjoyed our meal even more knowing that helping guests really does motivate every cast member. Just be nice and remember when you ask for help, know that cast members are working folks and may not be decision makers.

$$$, no Wi-F, no outdoor seating (obviously)

“Price for the Monte Cristo Sandwich = 25.00”

Café Orleans

Cuisine: American, Cajun-Creole, Vegetarian

Enjoy a grand view of the majestic Rivers of America at this delicious table-service restaurant serving classic American flavors with Cajun-Creole flair. Select from appetizing French Quarter favorites — including signature crepes and the irresistible Monte Cristo sandwich.

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, outside seating option

“Everyone that goes to Disneyland, needs to try this place.”

Carnation Café

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian

This quaint courtyard eatery on Main Street U.S.A. features café classics such as seasonal pot pies, meat loaf and crowd-pleasing sandwich plates for lunch. Popular breakfast items include croissant sandwiches and Mickey Mouse waffles, cinnamon roll French toast. Chance to meet Oscar, Disneyland’s longest-tenured employee, chef at the Café (weekdays). Great spot to wait for the parade and enjoy it from the shade under red and white striped umbrellas.

$$, all outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch

“It’s a typical breakfast food kinda place.”

Plaza Inn

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, buffet

The Plaza Inn, originally called the Red Wagon Inn, has been feeding hungry Guests since opening day in 1955, and was one of Walt Disney’s favorite dining spots. Step back in time to a beautiful Victorian restaurant with ornate interior detailing, offering a grand setting for classic cafeteria dining. Enjoy delicious pastas, fried chicken, pot roast, salads, specialty desserts and a special Character Breakfast. My Birthday Party events ($16 per person): http://disneyland.disney.go.com/special-occasions/birthdays/

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, character dining (breakfast), “Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park”

Downtown Disney District

Note: Rainforest Café please call 714-772-0413 (sorry, phone reservations not offered through Disney Dining)

Catal Restaurant

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Steak, Vegetarian, Uva Bar service,

2011 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award Winner!
Voted one of the top three dining options in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney® District, Catal is a fine dining oasis., as part of the Patina Restaurant Group. Catal Restaurant offers a relaxed, elegant setting with balcony seating, a panoramic view and a tantalizing menu of Mediterranean favorites including delicious grilled seafood, select meats and the freshest salad entrees.
Uva Bar serves a wide range of refreshing cocktails, wines by the glass and a refined café menu.

Pixar chief John Lasseter offers Lasseter Family Wines at Catal and Napa Rose restaurants.

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, happy hour, also reserve on Open Table

http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurants.php

ESPN Zone

Cuisine Type: American, Vegetarian, sports bar

AVOID IT*

Feast on generous portions of expertly prepared American food like chops, steaks, burgers and salmon — all grilled to perfection. The food is only part of the total ESPN entertainment, shopping and dining experience.

*Two separate, bad dining experiences because of staff and management – not recommended.

La Brea Bakery Café

Cuisine: American, Californian

Enjoy the relaxing confines of the delightful outdoor patio while selecting from a menu featuring gourmet sandwiches, pastries and other unique rustic choices. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this celebrated family bakery is famous for “bringing bread to life.”

The first La Brea Bakery was opened in 1989 by top chef Nancy Silverton. She won the prestigious James Beard award for “Pastry Chef of the Year” in 1990. Since then, La Brea breads have been considered by many the standard for artisanal breads throughout the country. (La Brea loaves on sale in Costco are a huge temptation with each shopping trip).

Silverton is also known as the creator of Campanile Restaurant, a cherished Los Angeles eatery (on La Brea Boulevard). In 2006, she partnered with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich to open Osteria Mozza, which has since been hailed by critics as one of the finest new restaurants in Southern California.

$$, Casual, outdoor seating, indoor seating without A/C

“it was good, nothing special, but everything on the menu is super over priced.”

House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Cuisine: American, Cajun-Creole, buffet

The world-famous House of Blues Gospel Brunch features uplifting live gospel performances and an amazing all-you-can-eat Southern buffet.

$$$, indoor only, includes gospel show (very loud), very dim lighting, no Wi-Fi, no cameras

“I will not be returning to the House of Blues. Very disappointing.”

House of Blues Restaurant

Cuisine: American, Cajun-Creole, Steak, bar service

Dine on cuisine inspired by the South as renowned musical acts light up the stage for your entertainment. The menu features down home temptations like Voodoo Shrimp and Cajun-Creole seafood jambalaya, along with sizzling steaks, burgers and ribs.

$$, outdoor seating, indoor ventilation complaints, no Wi-Fi, no cameras during concerts

“All in all – HOB Anaheim needs to make some improvements!”

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria

Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian, pizza, bar service

The authentic soul of Southern Italy in the heart of Downtown Disney, Naples provides a fun, casual environment in which to enjoy delicious thin-crust pizzas and a full menu of regional Italian specialties. With spacious patio dining, refreshing wines and spirits and a special menu for our younger guest, Naples is the perfect destination for celebrating with family and friends, operated by Patina Restaurant Group.
Recently named one of the top pizzerias in Orange County by Haute Living!

http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurants.php

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, outdoor seating, full bar

“I eat at Naples quite frequently since it is at my home away from home, Disneyland!”

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Cuisine: Cajun-Creole, Steak, bar service

Sample the spiciness of Cajun cuisine with gumbo, Gulf seafood, po’ boy sandwiches and decadent desserts. As part of a total entertainment and dining experience, the music never stops and Bourbon Street’s legendary party atmosphere pulsates to life.

Where the culinary culture of New Orleans is concerned, you don’t get much more in-the-thick-of-it than Ralph Brennan. A third generation scion of the family whose name is synonymous with New Orleans restaurants, he is steeped in the industry as a consummate professional – and as an enthusiastic wine and food connoisseur, in the truest sense of the word.

Operated by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

http://www.neworleans-food.com/

$$, Casual, outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, Sunday brunch, full bar, live music

“The bathroom is so beautiful! The ceiling glimmers and mimics a starry night sky and the artwork is just amazing in there.”

“The go-to place in Downtown Disney!”

Tortilla Jo’s

Cuisine: Healthy Selections, Mexican, Vegetarian, bar service

Celebrating the vibrant spirit of Mexican culinary tradition, Tortilla Jo’s is a haven for families and friends looking for festive authentic south-of-the-border dishes and drinks in the heart of Downtown Disney. Enjoy handmade tortillas, made-to-order guacamole, and 100 different tequilas to choose from. Dining rooms, terraces and sweeping balcony views offer perfect settings for dinner and margaritas, or even a quick snack to go.

Operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, no Open Table reservations.

http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurants.php

$$, Casual, outdoor seating, full bar, no Wi-Fi

“I can’t say enough good things about Tortilla Jo’s!”

Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen

Cuisine: American, buffet (kid-centric)

Rub elbows with Chef Goofy and his pals at this whimsical all-you-care-to-eat buffet with inventive culinary surprises. Goofy’s Kitchen is a great place to celebrate birthday parties too — so if you are celebrating a big day, be sure and come party Disney style! ($40 for dinner)

$$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, character dining

“The food was bad. It was high fat, processed food that the people who LOVED it had the bodies to prove that is what they eat every day.”

Steakhouse 55

Cuisine: American, Steak, Vegetarian

Indulge in an elegant dining experience with unparalleled service and a menu featuring an award-winning selection of prime steaks, chops and seafood. Savor certified Angus beef cuts and take advantage of a premium wine list. Breakfast is available.

$$$, Casual dress in an elegant restaurant atmosphere, full bar, no Wi-Fi, no outdoor seating,

“The atmosphere was very well elegant, right when you walk in it’s dark, and quiet.”

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney’s PCH Grill

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, buffet (kid-centric)

Share breakfast with some of your favorite Disney Characters at Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends. For dinner, fill up on selections like quesadillas, pizza, cheeseburgers, fountain treats and more. Kids can even design their own pizzas

$$, no outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, character breakfast

“Surprisingly good. Service was okay, food was good, portions were good, and the bathrooms were very clean.”

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Napa Rose

Cuisine: American, Californian, Vegetarian, bar service

Enjoy a glass of wine from the award-winning collection with exquisite seasonal creations for a fresh culinary experience that rivals fine-dining establishments anywhere in the world. Napa Rose was named the Most Popular Restaurant in the 2008 Zagat Survey for Orange County. Napa Rose won the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) award of excellence for the second time in 2007. Head Chef, Andrew Sutton

$$$$, Dressy, no outdoor seating, no Wi-Fi, full bar

Pixar chief John Lasseter offers Lasseter Family Wines at Napa Rose and Catal restaurants.

Storytellers Café

Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, buffet option

Hearty home-style favorites like wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches and scrumptious fish highlight the rustic menu, while the storytelling tradition is saluted in beautiful period murals depicting tall tales from early California. Don’t miss the Character Breakfast. Ask your server for a copy of the Corn Chowder recipe.

$$, Casual, no Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, no outdoor seating,

“Amazing gluten free food – no separate menu, but the chef will come out and alter pretty much anything on the menu.”

ThreePointSpark: “I personally have celebrated birthdays, entertained out-of-town guests, joined friends, and had a wonderfully romantic dinner here – Storytellers Cafe is by far my favorite dining choice for Disney Resort eating that does not require much planning, much money. Corn Chowder soup and bread pudding are highlights! Highly recommended, reservations highly recommended!”

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For additional opinions on Disney Food (Walt Disney World) see the following online resources. For those of us who are loyal to Walt’s first park, original vision and creation in Disneyland, the inclusion of Walt Disney World in the same breath seems misplaced. There is a disproportionate amount of information about Walt Disney World dining on the blog – perhaps the blog should be renamed “waltdisneyfoodblog.com”…

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com