Rancho del Zocalo – This sit down restaurant is located in Frontierland. You get a great portion size, they have free refills on fountain drinks, and ride-side dining (Big Thunder Mountain RR). I love the Trio of Street Tacos, which came out in the last year as a seasonal item and have been added to the menu. The patio is Spanish style, and covered in decorative tile, and has a fountain, canopies, and ceiling fans. Some of the best seating for when it is 1000 degrees in the summer sun. Also, they have cinnamon sugar chips, which satisfies like a churro, but you can share with a group of people.
Blue Bayou – This is the famous restaurant that can be seen while riding Pirates on the Caribbean. The salmon and rack of lamb (evening special only) were both excellent. Very cool ambiance. Make sure to make a reservation!
Cafe Orleans – Cafe Orleans is located in New Orleans, right next to the Blue Bayou. It is a cheaper bersion of the Blue Bayou witha simliar menu. If you are lucky you can sit here during the showing of Fantasmic! A must have for me every Disney trip is the Monte Cristo Sandwhich. It is a mix between and dinner and dessert and can be split easily between two people. If you want to eat during dinner time make sure to make a reservation in advance!
Village Haus Restaurant – If you are looking for pizza Village Haus has incredible flat bread pizza. Pass on eating the pizza at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port located in Tomorrowland.
Harbor Gallery – Quick service for yummy lobster bisque, clam chowder and seasonal soups served in bread bowls!
A trio of restaurants all sharing a central courtyard of seating, Cocina Cucamonga, Lucky Fortune Cookery and Pacific Wharf Cafe have everything from Asian Noodles to sourdough bread bowls with soups and salads to Mexican grill plates. Great for when you’re with a group. P
Pacific Wharf Cafe – Has the best bread bowls in the park. Try the clam chowder or broccoli and cheese.
Flo’s V8 Diner – I LOVE Flo’s V8 Diner for the 50s Motown on repeat, and diner-themed plates. They have the BEST chocolate wheel-shaped pies which is amazing after a Turkey Dip Sandwich and Radiator.
Eating in Downtown Disney is great when you have time to burn and no real schedule. If you are only traveling to the park for a few days skip eating in Downtown Disney. The waits are just as long, the food just as expensive, and worst of all you are missing time outside of the park!
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria – Great pizza and pasta!
ESPN Zone – Great place to take any sports fan. The games are on in every room, rock climbing, and delicious burgers!
Rainforest Cafe – Really fun environment. They huge fish tanks and you feel as though you have been transported into the jungle!
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Guest Post by Nicole Carpenter, Nicole Goring, Karin Myers, and Jacquie Vert
Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU in Educational Studies with a minor in U.S. History. She is a licensed cosmetologist and a lover of dark chocolate brownies. Nicole currently resides in Los Angeles while her husband attends the UCLA School of Law. They have a beautiful baby girl named June who has sparkling blue eyes and a full head of dark hair. While dad studies, June and Nicole frequent Disneyland more often then they would like to admit.
Nicole Goring is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys frequent trips with her two cute boys to the happiest place on earth. When she’s not at disneyland, Nicole also enjoys discovering new restaurants, spending time at the beach and the gym, baking, and reading.
Karin Myers lives in Los Angeles where her husband is completing the MBA program at UCLA. She works at home as a consultant with Usborne Books & More and tries to go to Disneyland at least once each week. Her husband competes in triathlons (for fun!) and they have a 9-month old baby who loves to look at books, wrestle, play with cars, and take baths.
Jacquie lives in Los Angeles with her family and spends her days having deep conversations with her two-year old son (and visiting Disneyland often, of course!). She recently added the Tokyo Parks to her Disney passport when her family traveled there last year. She converted to the LDS Church at 18 after having had a testimony of the Savior and prayer most of her life, and studied fine art and art history in college.