Dining at Disneyland – What’s Open & Dining Tips

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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.

Plaza Inn at Disneyland with strollers parked outside, around sunset

Dining open at Disneyland Park 

  • Alien Pizza Planet (mobile order available)
  • Bengal Barbecue (mobile order available)
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant  
  • Café Orleans
  • Carnation Café (opening Sept. 16)
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (mobile order available)
  • Edelweiss Snacks (mobile order available)
  • French Market Restaurant (mobile order available)
  • Galactic Grill (mobile order available)
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (mobile order available)
  • Harbour Galley  (mobile order available)
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant (mobile order available)
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café (mobile order available)
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • Little Red Wagon (mobile order available)
  • Market House
  • Maurice’s Treats
  • Milk Stand (mobile order available)
  • Mint Julep Bar (mobile order available)
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Plaza Inn – Minnie & Friends Breakfast (opening Aug. 12;  booking available Aug. 11)
  • Plaza Inn (lunch & dinner) note: mobile order was available my last visit, but has not been listed on latest Disney Parks Blog update as an option
  • Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
  • Red Rose Taverne (mobile order available)
  • Refreshment Corner (mobile order available)
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Ronto Roasters (mobile order available)
  • Ship to Shore Marketplace
  • Stage Door Café (mobile order available)
  • The Golden Horseshoe (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
Birthday ice cream at carnation cafe, woman smiling with ice cream.
Carnation Cafe will soon reopen at Disneyland Resort

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.

Brunch at Lamplight Lounge – pre-closure

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
  • Alfresco Tasting Terrace (open exclusively for Legacy Passholders and their guests through Aug. 15)
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners (mobile order available)
  • Bayside Brews (mobile order available)
  • Cappuccino Cart – Gourmet Coffee (mobile order available)
  • Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (mobile order available)
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (mobile order available)
  • Corn Dog Castle (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
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining
  • Lamplight Lounge Brunch Fri., Sat. & Sun. only
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery (mobile order available)
  • Mendocino Terrace
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe (mobile order available)
  • 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)
  • Schmoozies! (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
  • Various vending carts serving ice cream, popcorn, churros, beverages, snacks, and hot foods
Many Pacific Wharf options will not be available

Dining Available at Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Poke Bowl from Craftsman Grill poolside at the Grand Californian

dining available at Disneyland hotel

  • Goofy’s Kitchen (opening Aug. 18 with booking available Aug. 11. Note: Goofy and Friends return at a later date)
  • Tangaroa Terrance Tropical Bar & Grill (mobile order available)
  • Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
  • The Coffee House (mobile order available)

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. character dining Returns

Character dining has begun to return to Disneyland resort, and soon my favorite –Minnie and Friends Breakfast at the Plaza Inn– will also return.

Character dining will look different with distanced characters, but I will keep you updated on what to expect.

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.

Looking to visit Lamplight Lounge? I suggest making a reservation!

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 worldwide pandemic for Disneyland to join the 21st century.

Seriously though, with social distancing in mind, Disneyland has finally updated its 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, regardless of vaccination status, are required to mask indoors unless actively dining. This means wearing a mask while ordering even when 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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    • It is all distanced from what I have seen. I am doing my first character dining Labor Day Weekend and will update everyone on my Instagram stories (@thebeccarobins) and then update my article

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