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2020 changed a lot of things, and one of those things is how we look at dining options, especially at a Theme Park. When Disneyland reopens, dining at the parks will be a bit different from what you may be used to. What dining options will be open? Which will be closed? And how will dining change? We are covering it all.
Disneyland Park Dining – What’s Open, What’s Closed
In case you missed the big news… Disneyland is reopening on April 30, 2021. For some people, they just cannot wait to be in the parks again. Others are excited to get on their favorite rides that will be open, hopefully with low wait times due to the limited capacity.
But for some… like my husband… they are most excited about the FOOD at Disneyland. There are people that plan when to go to Disneyland based solely on the food offerings.
As Disneyland continues a phased reopening, dining will look different. I think the most important thing to know is that not all dining locations will be open. Here is a list of currently open, and soon to open dining locations.
Note: On these lists I have noted which options include mobile ordering. We will touch on that farther down in this article.
What dining is open at disneyland park
At Disneyland Park, many of our favorite dining options will return, but you will notice some popular options missing from this list. Here is what dining options will be open as Disneyland welcomes back guests.
- Alien Pizza Planet ( mobile order available)
- Bengal Barbecue (mobile order available)
- Blue Bayou Restaurant
- Café Orleans
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo ( mobile order available)
- Edelweiss Snacks (opening June 24; mobile order available)
- French Market Restaurant (mobile order available)
- Galactic Grill (mobile order available)
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (mobile order available)
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café (mobile order available)
- Little Red Wagon (mobile order available)
- Market House
- Maurice’s Treats (opening June 24)
- Milk Stand (mobile order available)
- Mint Julep Bar (mobile order available)
- Oga’s Cantina (bookings now available)
- Plaza Inn (mobile order available)
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
- Red Rose Taverne (mobile order available)
- River Belle Terrace
- Ronto Roasters (mobile order available)
- Ship to Shore Marketplace
- Stage Door Café (mobile order available)
- The Tropical Hideaway
- Tiki Juice Bar (mobile order available)
- Various vending carts serving ice cream, popcorn, churros, beverages, snacks, and hot foods
What Dining is closed at disneyland park
Notably, some guest favorites are missing from the above list. Here are the restaurants that will be closed, to our knowledge, when Disneyland reopens.
- Daisy’s Diner
- Golden Horseshoe
- Kat Saka’s Kettle
- Pluto’s Dog House
- Refreshment Corner
- Royal Street Verandah
- Tropical Imports
- Troubadour Tavern
- Turkey Leg Carts
One that was surprising to me is Hungry Bear as it is an open, outdoor dining area. Perhaps this will be used in another way… characters up there, a mask relaxation zone, or even a queue for a ride? We will have to wait and see.
Another guest favorite that is missing is Blue Bayou, and while it makes sense why it is closed, when Disneyland announced that Blue Bayou would be adding adult beverages to the menu, many guests assumed it would be open.
Dining Open at Disney California Adventure Park
California Adventure Park has a lot of food options, and most of them allow for outdoor dining. Here is what restaurants will be open in California Adventure Park when it reopens as a Theme Park.
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats (mobile order available)
- Alfresco Tasting Terrace (open exclusively for Legacy Passholders and their guests)
- Angry Dogs
- Award Wieners (mobile order available)
- Bayside Brews (mobile order available)
- Cappuccino Cart – Gourmet Coffee (mobile order available)
- Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (mobile order available)
- Cozy Cone Motel – Popcone (opening June 24; mobile order available)
- Cozy Cone Motel (mobile order available)
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical
- Flo’s V-8 Café (mobile order available)
- Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
- Hollywood Lounge (mobile order available)
- Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums (opening June 24)
- Lamplight Lounge
- Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining (opening June 24)
- Lamplight Lounge Brunch Fri., Sat. & Sun. only (opening July 9: bookings now available)
- Mendocino Terrace
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. (mobile order available)
- Paradise Garden Grill (mobile order available)
- Poultry Palace
- Pym Tasting Lab (mobile order available)
- Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible® (mobile order available)
- Rita’s Baja Blenders (mobile order available)
- Shawarma Palace
- Shawarma Palace Too
- Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)
- Sonoma Terrace (mobile order available)
- Studio Catering Co. (mobile order available)
- Terran Treats
- Wine Country Trattoria (bookings now available)
- Various vending carts serving ice cream, popcorn, churros, beverages, snacks, and hot foods
California Adventure Dining Options That Will Be Closed
The list of closed dining options in California Adventure also holds some surprises. Here is everything we expect to be closed at the time the park opens to guests.
- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Corn Dog Castle
- Fairfax Market
- Fillmore’s Taste-In
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Mortimer’s Market
- Pacific Wharf Cafe
- Trolley Treats
I was shocked that Schmoozies, and several other mostly outdoor locations in California Adventure will be closed. It will be interesting to see what these areas are used for.
Keep in mind that closures could also be due to Cast Member Recalls that are still taking place, crowd control/social distancing, and more.
Dining Available at Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Dining will also return at a couple of locations at the Grand Californian but, unlike in the past where anybody could enjoy these locations, they will only be open to guests staying at the Grand Californian at this time.
UPDATE: Beginning May 28th, non-hotel guests will be able to dine at these locations.
Here is what will be open at the Grand Californian when the resort reopens to guests on April 29, 2021.
- 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)
Both the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier will open at a later date. Their dining options remain closed at this time.
Changes to Disneyland Dining Upon Parks Reopening
There are several changes to Disneyland dining that you will want to take note of if you plan on visiting the parks in the first few months, and maybe even after that.
1. Menus are Limited
A big change you might notice is that your favorite items are no longer on the menu. For example, the selection at Plaza Inn is now only offering the chicken entre for adults (which for me, that is my favorite so I am fine) and only has one dessert option.
You can check ahead on the Disneyland app or website to see the menus that are being offered during your visit. I hope these will be expanded soon.
2. No character dining
The set up of this location is nearly perfect for a socially distanced character encounter. There is ample outdoor seating, and a porch that wraps around where characters could wave to guests.
Hopefully this location will open soon, and once appropriate the other locations could follow.
2. Expanded Use of Mobile Options
We know that the Disneyland App will be a big part of your vacation when Disneyland reopens, and that is especially true with dining. As you noticed from the lists above, many locations offer mobile ordering, more than before the closure.
But Disneyland and California Adventure will also utilize mobile options for other parts of your dining experience.
From making dining reservations (reservations are opening April 22, 2021) to mobile check-in for those reservations, your phone will be a major part of your vacation.
Disneyland will also offer the ability to join a walk-in list through your mobile phone for popular table service restaurants that require reservations. Remember, it is still best to snag a reservation, but this is a great option if you missed out and still want to try and get into a favorite like Lamplight Lounge.
3. Payment options
I like to joke it took a world wide pandemic for Disneyland to join the 21st century.
Seriously though, with social distancing in mind, Disneyland has finally updated their systems to use contactless payments. You can pay through the mobile ordering system, including now FINALLY accepting Disney Gift Cards (something I have been begging for!).
Note: Disney Gift Cards cannot be used as your card on file. Instead you enter them when you order at checkout. You can manage your Disney Gift Cards, check balances, and combine balances, on the Disney Gift Card website.
Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Samsung Pay – I believe these are available, but have emailed Disney for verification. I will update this as soon as I have a response.
4. Masking Policies
Guests age 2 and up who are not fully vaccinated are required to mask indoors unless actively dining. This means wearing a mask while ordering until seated to dine.
What Disneyland Dining option are you most excited for? I think for me it is either Jolly Holiday or Plaza Inn.
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