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A Disney World Foodie Meets Disneyland!

Erin Foster is the Disney Food for Families columnist and a behind-the-scenes guru here at Disney Food Blog! Check out more of her posts here.

I’ve been averaging five or six Walt Disney World visits each year for the past five years. And mostly what I do when I’m at Walt Disney World is eat, no joke.

I am intimately familiar with the ins and out of Disney World dining and can recite the menus of some of my favorite restaurants by heart. Hey, it’s a skill that may come in handy some day. :-)

But I recently found myself in unfamiliar Disney dining territory while on a brief visit to Disneyland in California. I had been there only once before, many (many, many, many) years ago. With just two days on my own, I decided to experience the parks like the newbie that I am, without a plan or preparation. Well, I did ask Disney Food Blog fearless leader AJ for a wee bit of advice, but I’ll get to that later.

So, without further ado, here, in no particular order, are my Walt Disney World foodie veteran observations about the dining situation at Disneyland.

Churros are everywhere.

While of course you can find churros at Walt Disney World, there are usually only a few locations at each park that sell them.

At Disneyland, everywhere I turned there was a churro sales stand or someone walking along nibbling on a churro.

A Barvarian cream churro at Disneyland.

I want an umbrella too!

I am all about the Dole Whip Float at Walt Disney World. But guess what, at Disneyland, they serve this nectar with maraschino cherries and a little paper umbrella.

I feel robbed. I think Disney owes me at least three or four bottles of cherries that I’ve missed out on over the years.

Such a pretty Dole Whip Float at Disneyland.

3-D ice cream menus rock.

Instead of printed menu signage at the ice cream carts, Disneyland has 3-D plastic models of the ice cream at their carts. For some reason this made me want a Mickey bar even more than I normally do.

Fabulous ice cream signage at Disneyland.

Yes, the corn dogs really are that good.

Everyone oooohs an aaaaaahs about the Disneyland corn dogs. I’ll admit it, I didn’t believe that the accolades could be true. I stand corrected.

Yes, the Disneyland corn dogs are spectacular. I’ll never look at a Casey’s corn dog nugget in the same way again.

Disneyland corn dogs really are delish!

Gourmet marshmallows!

The culinary invention du jour at Disney California Adventure was an awesomely weird selection of gourmet marshmallows in flavors like lemon, watermelon, chocolate, and banana split. I need these to migrate on over to Walt Disney World.

Banana split gourmet marshmallows. I hope these work their way over to Walt Disney World.

It’s all about the basket.

At most Walt Disney World counter service restaurants, your food is presented to you on a paper or cardboard plate or basket. Many of the counter service restaurants at Disneyland use a non-disposable green plastic serving container or actual real live ceramic plates. I’m assuming this is an environment measure. We’re starting to see it a bit at Disney World, too, but it’s not standard practice.

Counter service meals are served in a reusable basket.

Character meals? What character meals?

My kids weren’t with me during my Disneyland trip, so I wasn’t really looking to dine with characters.

But had I not known about Disney World character meals, I certainly would not have learned about them from walking around Disneyland. There are just a few of them, and most are in the resorts.

Tigger strikes a pose at Minnie's Breakfast in the Plaza Inn in Disneyland

Annual pass discounts for quick service dining.

I had waffled about upgrading my Disney World annual pass to a Disney World / Disneyland combo Premier Pass. Boy am I glad I did. Nearly every counter service restaurant has a 15% discount for annual pass holders. Score!

Annual pass savings on counter service food.

Big portion sizes. Really, I mean it this time.

The one thing Disney Food Blog maestro AJ told me that I must eat at Disneyland was the fried chicken dinner from The Plaza Inn. I was astonished by the amount of food that was presented to me as a single serving.

Normally when people say that the portion sizes at WDW are large, I nod and chuckle, ’cause I’d have no problem polishing it off in a speedy fashion. But this chicken thing really threw me for a loop. There was no way I could even come close to finishing it. I’m not even sure my husband and I would finish it together.

Fried chicken dinner at the Plaza Inn.

They’re not shy about letting you know when something is not Disney.

I’m aware that not all foods sold at Disney World are prepared/presented by Disney, but that’s not so obvious to the untrained eye. At Disneyland, the names/locations of the real food vendors are prominently displayed (especially in Downtown Disney). This is likely due to some California regulation, but for me it takes away some of the magic.

Downtown Disney popcorn loudly proclaims the origin of its offering.

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit.

While Walt Disney World is making admirable strides in offering fresh fruit as a snacking option for guests, in my opinion, Disneyland is doing a much better job of this.

The choices were more varied (mango slices, beautiful strawberries) and the fruit just looked fresher. Some of this is making its way to Disney World, but Disneyland had it first.

Lots of great fruit options at Disneyland.

Soda is expensive!

Think bottled Coke is expensive at Walt Disney World? It’s at least 20 cents more at Disneyland.

Three bucks for a bottle of Coke at Disneyland.

The yellow cup is a code.

I wanted my Cars Land vodka/pomegranate/limeade concoction in a cone cup at Cozy Cone Motel, but the cast members at California Adventure told me that this was a no-go.

Apparently all alcohol must be served in a fluorescent plastic cup. I guess this makes sense from a control standpoint, but it cost me an extra three bucks because I had to buy a Diet Coke that I didn’t want just to get the cone cup that I did want.

They wouldn't let me have it in a Cars cone.

The cupcake is not king.

A highlight of the Walt Disney World snack scene is the omnipresent designer cupcake. My Disney World trips always include a decadent treat like the butterfinger cupcake or the many seasonal cupcake variations.

At Disneyland, I only saw two types of cupcakes on display: plain vanilla cake with blue, pink, or white frosting, or the same thing with a piece of white chocolate on top imprinted with the Red Trolley logo. While I know they do some fun cupcakes at counter-service locations (like the honey lemon cupcake at Hungry Bear), you really don’t see the focus on them in Disneyland that you see in Disney World.

Not a lot of cupcakes in Disneyland.

Caramel apples are big news.

While cupcakes are no big deal at Disneyland, the caramel apple situation there is awesome. So many gorgeous designs. Such friendly cast members making the apples.

And when I brought home the new-at-the-time sour-covered apple to my husband, he proclaimed it to be the best Disney apple he had ever had.

As good as the Walt Disney World caramel apples are, the Disneyland version is just a little bit better.

Fries, what are those?

I did not see a single standard french fry during my entire trip. There were lots of Disney branded potato chips and other, more interesting sides, but fries were not as prevalent as they are in Disney World.

Potato chips are the go-to side dish at Disneyland.

Pie!

The Hungry Bear restaurant and a few other counter-service locations serve pie for dessert, and it was really pretty good. I want pie more often at Walt Disney World too!

Hungry Bear fried green tomato sandwich with sweet potato fries (the only fries I ever saw) and a strawberry pie. So. Darn. Good.

Mickey food should not have a fruit face.

I bought a Mickey pancake for breakfast. They put some sad old fruit on it to give it a face. Um, nope, that’s not the way you do it. My fruity pancake looked like a creepy clown, not the implied Mickey that I know and love.

This Mickey pancake is all kinds of wrong.

There are barely any krispy treats for sale.

At Walt Disney World, there are Mickey-shaped Rice Krispy treats sold everywhere. All I saw at Disneyland were some sad prepackaged treats, not any of the fresh-made giant Mickey heads like they have at the Main Street Confectionery.

Only the sad pre-wrapped Krispie treats at DL.

And that’s just some of what I saw on my much-too-brief detour to Disneyland. Fellow cross country travelers, what did you expect to see in Disneyland or Disney World that you didn’t? What did you miss when you were at your non-home park?

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35 Comments

  1. Jen says:

    We had visited DL twice before moving cross country to FL. The first visit to WDW (the day after we arrived at our new home, lol)–the sheer size of the place overwhelmed me. And the variety in restaurants! We had no idea where to start….and I had been planning this spontaneous trip for months–no, years!.

  2. Pudge the Fish says:

    Love this post. For me Disneyland is most about counter service and rarely about table service which is practically reverse of my WDW vacations. And beignets, don’t forget the beignets! And how did I miss those marshmallows? Where did you find them?

  3. Lori says:

    We visited Disneyland last September, and my daughter wanted churros for every snack. Then, we went to Disney World in December and couldn’t find a churro anywhere! I’m glad to know that I’m not crazy and someone else has noticed this too.

  4. Jenny says:

    Which snack setting do u prefer, Disneyland’s or Disney World’s? I’m a Disney world veteran as well and I went to Disney for the first time that I can remember in June and I was amazed by how different the dining scene was between the parks. I liked how much more people can be spontaneous people could be with their trip there, made me feel less weird about not really planning out the trip at all with a couple of exceptions. For me the treat I fell in love with in Diseyland that I never even considered in Disneyworld was the cake pop.

  5. Victoria says:

    The first time my husband and I went to Disneyland, we were amazed at the number of churro carts. We LOVED it. I think that might’ve been our favorite thing in DL. ;)

  6. Randy says:

    I feel that the food choices at Disneyland over WDW are much better. WDW counter service all have about the same menu; pizza(flatbread), hamburgers,hot dogs, chicken nuggets, bar-b-q and an unexciting salad in every park. The table service have a bit more variety but most are tied in with Character Dining. Disneyland has only about 2-3 table service restaurants that you need reservations. The counter service selections are abundant from Creole to down home and have a healthier vibe to them. YES!, the corn dogs at Disneyland are sooooooooo much better than the bland, stale ones at WDW. Disneyland makes them on the spot while at WDW they are shipped in from some kitchen in a far away land and sit in a heat cabinet all day!

  7. Shayne says:

    Great post! We noticed many of the same things, especially the churros. On our first visit to DLR we saw them everywhere and, while I like churros, I was surprised by the popularity of them. After we ate one though, we completely understood! I even let my kids eat churros for breakfast on the last day of our trip! I mean, it’s basically like a long, skinny donut, right? :D

    Love the 15% Premier AP discount at CS locations — score!

    And the corn dogs truly are the best ones ever.

    Along the same lines as your fruit comment, we noticed that all of the produce (salads, hamburger fixings, etc.) all just seemed fresher at Disneyland.

  8. Lori says:

    I forgot to mention in my previous comment, but almost every restaurant (including counter service) at DL offers a 10% DVC member discount too. Wish they did the same at WDW.

  9. The fried green tomato sandwich, sweet potato fries and strawberry pie look SO yummy! I support the movement to bring pie to Walt Disney World! Your photo is motivation to schedule a trip there soon. Overall, I love that California has more of a healthy mentality. Reusable baskets instead of boxes is a really easy way to help the environment. I’m also wondering if the hiked up prices on soda are to encourage people to make a healthier beverage choice, like water instead? Is bottled water also pricier?

    Thanks for sharing these snippets of goodness!

  10. Emily M. says:

    Disneyland used to have several counter service areas that just served fries ONLY (I think a few were sponsored by McDonald’s). I used to love those fries, the caramel apples, chocolate covered bananas, and the beignets.

    Did you try the (non-alcoholic) Mint Julep?

    As for differences, definitely the difference between mostly counter service (Disneyland) and the necessity for ADR (WDW). They’re just two totally different experiences!

  11. Matt says:

    Ahh… the Disneyland corndogs.
    On my wife and I’s only trip to DL we decided to grab one for a snack while we waited for the Parade to start. I took a bite on the way to where my wife was sitting, handed her the corn dog then walked back over to the cart and ordered another.
    Sooooooooooooo Good.
    Corn Dogs in WDW(or anywhere else) just fail in comparison.

  12. V No Privacy says:

    When I was little, we used to order Mickey pancakes to the room at the Poly.

    They ALWAYS came with a face: 2 brown M&Ms for eyes, a cherry notes, an orange slice smile.

    Every. Single. Time. I LOVED it. I miss them . . .

  13. Erin says:

    Jen – I was really surprised by how different the dining was on each coast. And I had been reading DFB for years!

    Pudge – You’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s really a counter service vs. table service focus. I tried a few different bengeits at DL, but didn’t like any of them as much as the ones at POFQ. Marshies were in several locations, with the biggest display at Trolley Treats at DCA. Yuuuummmy!

    Lori – Right, who knew there was practically a churro shortage at WDW.

    Jenny – there are pros and cons to both locations. I didn’t have a cake pop at DL, mostly because I wasn’t a huge fan of the ones at WDW.

    Victoria – and so many different churro flavors too!

    Randy – I think you’re generally right, except for Epcot. There are so many great counter service choices there.

    Shayne – Maybe because more produce is grown in CA? I just know that I loved all the fruit options at DL.

    Lori – Good point!

    Matt – I’m a believer now too!

  14. Erin says:

    V – Wow, I hadn’t heard about those faced Mickey pancakes, very interesting. Maybe M&Ms would have been more appealing than squishy canned blueberries.

  15. V No Privacy says:

    Well that was 25 years ago :) Yes the M&Ms were the best part. those smashed blueberries do NOT look nearly as cute or as yummy!

  16. V No Privacy says:

    Also I submit that an orange slice is superior to the pineapple for Mickey’s smile :)

  17. AJ says:

    I agree 100% that ALL Dole Whip Floats should be created equally! (with umbrellas and cherries.)

  18. Brandy says:

    Having grown up in DL and have visited WDW twice,it was very easy to see the focus of table service at WDW to the CS at DL. I honestly didn’t even know there were a few TS places at DL until recently,and that’s with having gone to DL on a weekly basis! I think that people view DL as one of many must see spots while visiting SoCal so sitting and eating isn’t much of a priority,especially with just as many ‘must eat’ famous type restaurants in LA,etc. To us,when we went to WDW,we were able to take our time somewhat and wanted to sit and dine with characters, try the different themed restaurants,etc. It feels much more like a destination in WDW,not just a stop on a list of places to see in Cali. For our 11th Ann this year, we actually made reservations at Blue Bayou! It will mark the 1st TS meal we’ve ever had at DL in all our years of being passholders!
    PS.please tell me you tried a chimichanga! ! I wish those would make it to WDW,I craved them while walking around the parks!

  19. Mike says:

    Im from NJ but have made 30+ trips to WDW. I have been to DL a few times and recently in Feb 2012. The food at DL is fantastic because its obviously such a difference from WDW, to start with.

    The powdered beignets and sweet mint juleps at New Orleans Square are to die for. And as the story said, the corn dogs are better at DL, too. And Im speaking from experience for I make it a point to eat at least once at Casey’s Corner at WDW every trip.

    The Blue Bayou in PoTC at DL is a great place to eat and the food is fantastic. A restaurant in a pirate ride?!!? That ambiance is better than the Sci-Fi at DHS!

  20. Louise says:

    Having recently visited Disneyland in June of this year, I was continually blown away by the variety and quality of the snacks and the counter service meals. The fried green tomato sandwich at the Hungry Bear was large enough to feed 2, but so awesome I happily ate it myself! The honey-lemon cupcake there was also so fresh and delicious. I’m sad we only got to the visit the Hungry Bear counter service once. The churros are out of this world. We waited while ours were being freshly made. So good with a cup of coffee. Another favorite was the beignets. These, too, were freshly made to order and were lumps of pillowy, powder sugary goodness. All of the food we ate while there just seemed a step above in variety and quality than Disney World. I wish it wasn’t so.

  21. Robert says:

    The Mickey pancake shown with the fruit face is the Riverbelle Terrace’s specialty and they’ve been making them that way since Walt’s day. I’m sorry you were disappointed, Erin, but I’m glad you shared the picture. When I was growing in Southern California, our family tradition was getting to the park early and heading straight to Riverbelle Terrace for Mickey pancakes to brace us for Pirates of the Caribbean. It may not be Disney’s best culinary creation, but your picture brought back fond memories.

  22. Stacey says:

    I love reading this Blog, I am just a Disneyland girl. I have not yet made it to WDW :( But I wanted to say that I read this with envy regarding how many wonderful CUPCAKES they have in WDW. I always look for new items in the Jolly Holiday Bakery hoping they would have some of the yummy cupcakes that you talk about but nope just the plain ones. Thanks for the fun blog and now I am ready for a Corndog and the parade, too bad I won’t have my next trip till Friday!!

  23. Susan says:

    As a Disneyland veteran and AP holder, we went to WDW last year. I just felt like there weren’t as many healthy snacks everywhere you looked. Sure things are available but I often buy fruit at one of the many fruit stands in each land or fresh pretzels from the pretzel cart or an occasional churro. At WDW we had to really search for the pretzel cart and there definteily weren’t as many fruit carts everywhere plus it didn’t look as fresh. At Disneyland, one time the grapes at the fruit cart were starting to get moldy and when I pointed it out, I got a new servings immediately for free and the grapes were all later pulled and replaced with new ones.

  24. Sarah says:

    Too bad you missed the best french fries ever!!! Garlic Parmesan frites at Cafe Orleans – they are one of the best things to eat at DL hands down….

  25. Liz says:

    Those gourmet marshmellows would be amazing if they had them at WDW, and a great option for the gluten intolerant that are TORTURED with the amazing cupcake options! I can’t even get the choc dipped marshmellows because they are dipped in the same chocolate as the pretzels. What’s next for Disney after Cake Pops? Macarons? hehe

  26. SpencerBrown says:

    I would pose a different take on the issue of non-Disney food being boldly labeled in Disneyland.

    Living in CA for a year now, and visiting Disneyland and DCA on at least a monthly basis, you begin to notice that the vast majority of guests are locals. Maybe not down the street locals, but at least locals to within a day’s drive. These are people (and I can now fully count myself :) ) who come to the park many times a year, and experience the new decorations and themes for each season. Conversely, many many more guests in WDW have traveled a long way for their trip, and are unlikely to have the opportunity to return more than once a year, if that. For many WDW visitors, it’s the one Disney trip of their lifetime!

    Now, Disney has embraced this different demographic among park-goers in a number of ways. Firstly, Disneyland does attraction overlays. The Haunted Mansion turns into The Nightmare Before Christmas for 3 months out of every year. Space Mountain becomes Ghost Galaxy, and so on. This works, because most guests have already seen it a hundred times in its usual form. However, the same does not happen at WDW. The one time they dressed Cinderella’s Castle up as a cupcake for the park’s anniversary, children cried on Main Street because they didn’t get to see the REAL castle.

    Another difference is ride closures for refurbishment. It’s not a big deal for Pirates to be down for a month in Disneyland, but try that in the Magic Kingdom and you’ll have riots. The Florida team has to be much more strategic and stealthy in their maintenance.

    Lastly, and back to the original topic at hand, there is a huge element of SoCal pride that can be seen in Disneyland and DCA that just doesn’t translate in any form to WDW. I mean, half of the park is named Disney’s CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE. How much more local can it get? Soarin’s real name is Soarin’ Over California, and there’s an entire land (now 2, with the opening of Buena Vista Street) devoted to old school Hollywood. Disney started here. This is the spot where Walt first put his dreams into real rides and worlds, and that aspect of the park’s history is cherished and celebrated. Thus, the local foods and businesses are invited, and then proudly displayed. It’s a mark of honor that the hot dogs in Downtown Disney are from the local Los Angeles company, who’s been part of Hollywood history for 100 years. Those simple popcorn conveyers might be the same family-run business that sells to Gramin’s Chinese, or that were Charlie Chaplin’s favorite snack. Now of course I’m exaggerating here, but it’s that sense of local pride and history, not only in Los Angeles and Hollywood, but in Walt Disney’s own ties to the area, that you’re seeing in the non-Disney vendors, and it’s one of the biggest differences, and one of my favorite differences, between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

    Both parks are so amazing, but SOOOOOO different, once you immerse yourself in the atmospheres and histories. Looking at Disneyland as the beginning, and then seeing how the ideas that were formed here, and tested here (some to more success than others), came to fruition in Walt Disney World, is epically inspiring. To think that the itty-bitty Sleeping Beauty’s Castle here in CA )that is barely even helped by the forced-perspective buildings on Main Street) could evolve into the stunning creation that is Cinderella’s Castle (so tall it skims the legal limit of requiring an aviation safety light to keep planes from crashing into it) is truly inspiring. Dreams do come true. :)

    Yes… I’m a sap. :)

  27. AJ says:

    SpencerBrown — I agree 100% that Disneyland has a fantastic local pride; I love talking with SoCal natives about their park, and it makes me enjoy it even more because I get to see and hear a different perspective! I also agree that Disneyland, perhaps because of its geography and setting — and almost surely because of its age — is very integrated into the surrounding community. Thanks for sharing your take on the non-Disney parts of Disneyland!

  28. SpencerBrown says:

    Also, though the focus isn’t as much about table service at Disneyland as it is at WDW, if anyone is planning a visit soon, there are a list of our favorite sit-down spots.

    In Disneyland:

    The Blue Bayou not only has great food, but the seating is located INSIDE the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean. Boats full of people float by while you eat on your southern plantation veranda. Yeah, definitely worth it.

    Big Thunder Ranch BBQ has a great all-you-can-eat style set up, where tasty BBQ is brought to you and your family at long picnic tables while you watch a silly cowboy themed show.

    The Stage Door Cafe also has some of those coveted rice crispy treats, though I’m more partial to the fancy marshmallows, myself. :)

    In DCA:

    Carthay Circle is Amazing. Just amazing. If you’re familiar with WDW, think Brown Derby, since it’s essentially focusing on the same era, style and theoretical clientelle. Really really good, fresh, local CA food.

    We often head to the Pacific Wharf food court and pick among the Chinese and Mexican storefronts. It’s nothing fancy, but tasty and fills you up for a long park day. We also like it as a good option for gluten-free/sugar-free eats.

    Hotel Properties:

    The Storytellers Cafe is a beautiful, homey buffet in the Grand Californian Resort,

    The Hearthstone Bar is our favorite cozy spot to relax in a chair by the fire and sip some wine (or hot coffee if you’re me), and also in the Grand Californian.

    And lastly, but most importantly, Trader Sam’s for a classic Tiki Bar, complete with interactive drink experiences. For anyone missing the Adventurers’ Club, this is probably the closest surviving relic. There are actually pieces from the old club inside Trader Sam’s and it was designed by the same Imagineer… who I think won a lifetime achievement award last year… It’s not in the park, but over in the courtyard of the Disneyland Hotel, but it’s an easy walk and so much fun we find ourselves there every visit!

    There are many many more, most of which we have yet to try, so their absence from this list doesn’t imply they’re not awesome, but these are our tried and true faves.

    Note: If it’s not apparent already, we don’t have kids yet, so that’s not a factor in our meal choices.

    Hope everyone has great visits!

  29. Jacqui says:

    I want pie at WDW, something so different :)

  30. Danny says:

    Those prepackaged rice crispy treats are made by Selma’s Cookies, the same company that also supplies WDW. Their factory is actually located less than a hour away from Disneyland so you’re arguably getting a “fresher” item at Disneyland. They also make the rice crispy treats sold at the counter service restaurants (Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port has them, I’m pretty sure others do as well).

  31. Pamela says:

    I agree with so much that has been said, especially by SpencerBrown. Disneyland Resort just has a different vibe. I love how they bring in seasonal elements that frankly WDW doesn’t have, and the ease of walking into out of one park to the other. This said, there are some truly great places to eat at the resort. LOVE the pomme frites (french fries), beignets, and the seasonal menu that is offered at Cafe Orleans (inside Disneyland). And Carthay Circle, OMGness YUM! Downtown Disneyland has great pizza too at Naples. Steakhouses, hello Steakhouse 55 in Disneyland Hotel. And character dining, well with all the AP holders who visit Disneyland several times a year, there is less need for this and expensive buffets, that general do not taste that great, with the exception of StoryTellers Cafe (Grand Californian Hotel). I still want to try Trader Sam’s and need to find some adult time to go without the kids.

  32. Kelli S. says:

    Great report, Erin! I had a quick two-day visit to Disneyland and DCA a few years back, and I thouroughly enjoyed touring these two parks solo. I’m a vegetarian, and I was particularly impressed with the variety of veggie options offered around the parks. I can always find something to eat anyplace I go in WDW, but often there is just one option (particularly at counter service locations). Not so in California- choices were plentiful!

  33. Debabe says:

    No wait for Fantasmic! would be complete without Clam Chowder or Gumbo Bread Bowl from The Royal Street Veranda. Also good on a cold winter evening at the Park!

    Across from the entrance to the Indiana Jones attraction in Adventureland is the Bengal Barbecue. They have chicken, beef and vegetable skewers, but the best is the delicious Safari Skewers – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. Yummy!

    SpencerBrown, thank you so much for your critique on the demographic differences between the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. I love both resorts and embrace the differences.

  34. Suzie says:

    Did you miss the Matterhorn Macaroon? That’s one of my favorites!

    I remember being at Disney World and wondering where all the churros were. My family tends to put away a lot of those so it’s a definite plus for Disneyland.

  35. Janelle says:

    Ironically, we recently had a coast to coast Disney experience Disneyland for a week then 3 days at home, then WDW for a week and then a 3 day cruise on Disney Dream.
    WDW has the best sit down restaurants hands down
    Disneyland has the best counter service hands down, not counting Epcot :)
    But there are hidden gems at each location…depending on what you like.
    1. I had the best burger I have ever eaten. It was at the Carnation Cafe on Mainstreet in Disneyland. It was fabulous. Their fresh lemonade was divine as well. My 6 year old asked for the “tainable” fish (sustainable) and got a fish a lot like a halibut on a corn succotash and ate every bite. FABULOUS MEAL ALL AROUND.
    2. Animal Kingdom in WDW has the best breakfast around at Tusker house with a bonus of characters to boot.
    3. The new Cars Land at California Adventure as flavored popcorn at one of the Cones and it was wonderful (sweet & spicy), not so much (cheddar bacon).
    4. WDW has fabulous resorts with great food, but note that I think the White Water Snacks at Grand Californian has fabulous nachos (eaten poolside)!

    I will end that while the Disney Dream is a fabulous new ship and the Concierge section is so much better on the new ships… the dining room food was no where near as good as the Magic and Wonder. Even the buffet let me down. Then again the quick service on deck was better. Of course my husband and I made the splurge on Remy and it may be one of the best meals I will ever eat and one of the most expensive. Add my wine flight and views of the ocean and it felt like a magical “DREAM!”

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