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Dining at Disneyland When Parks Reopen – Changes and 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.

When Disneyland reopens, dining will look different. I think the most important thing to know is that not all dining locations will be open. Here is what will be open when the parks reopen on April 30, 2021. (I will keep this list as updated as possible.)

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
  • Bengal Barbecue (mobile order available)
  • Café Orleans
  • French Market Restaurant (mobile order available)
  • Galactic Grill (mobile order available)
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (mobile order available)
  • Jolly Holliday Bakery Café (mobile order available)
  • Little Red Wagon (mobile order available)
  • Market House
  • Milk Stand (mobile order available)
  • Mint Julep Bar (mobile order available)
  • Plaza Inn (mobile order available)
  • 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 (mobile order available)
  • Toon-Up Treats
  • 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.

Birthday ice cream at carnation cafe, woman smiling with ice cream.
Carnation Cafe will not be open when Disneyland Reopens
  • Alien Pizza Planet
  • Blue Bayou
  • Carnation Cafe
  • Clarabelle’s
  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo
  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Harbour Galley
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • Maurice’s Treats
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Rancho del Zocalo
  • Refreshment Corner
  • Royal Street Verandah
  • Tiki Juice Bar
  • 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
  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats (mobile order available)
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners (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 (Select Cones/Booths) (mobile order available)
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical
  • Flo’s V-8 Café (mobile order available)
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
  • Hollywood Lounge (mobile order available)
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. (mobile order temporarily available through Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill)
  • Poultry Palace
  • Rita’s Baja Blenders (mobile order temporarily available through Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill)
  • Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)
  • Sonoma Terrace (mobile order available)
  • Studio Catering Co. (mobile order temporarily available through Hollywood Lounge)
  • 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.

Many Pacific Wharf options will not be available
  • Bayside Brews
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Cozy Cone Motel (Cone 4)
  • Fairfax Market
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Mendocino Terrace
  • Mortimer’s Market
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Schmoozies
  • Trolley Treats
  • Wine Country Trattoria

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.

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.

Napa Rose and Storyteller’s Cafe will both be closed.

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

Masks are required at the Disneyland Resort, except when eating or drinking and remaining stationary.

Guests should keep their masks on, covering their nose and mouth, until they are seated with their food and ready to eat. Then they may remove their masks during the meal, and mask up once they have finished their meal.

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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