Disneyland Resort reopened on April 30, 2021. Please note that articles on this site may not reflect changes to the resort upon reopening, including but not limited to: entrance, extra hours programs, fastpass, and more. For more information visit my Disneyland Reopening Guide page.

Dining at Disneyland – What’s Open & Dining Tips

We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.

Sharing is caring!

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

Disneyland Park 

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.

Birthday ice cream at carnation cafe, woman smiling with ice cream.
Carnation Cafe will not be open when Disneyland Reopens
  • Clarabelle’s
  • 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.

Brunch at Lamplight Lounge – pre-closure

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.

Many Pacific Wharf options will not be available
  • 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
  • Schmoozies
  • 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.

Poke Bowl from Craftsman Grill poolside at the Grand Californian

Here is what will be open at the Grand Californian when the resort reopens to guests on April 29, 2021.

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

I had high hopes that Plaza Inn would be able to offer character dining with the Minnie and Friends Breakfast at the Plaza Inn.

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.

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 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.

Ready to book your Disneyland vacation? Visit my partners at Get Away Today for discount tickets, special hotel offers, and more. Use code CrazyAdventure to save even more when you stay two nights or more.

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Comment

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!