Are you ready to mosey on up to the Stage Door Cafe in Disneyland’s Frontierland?
Located around the corner — at the Stage Door, of course — of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, this teensy tiny counter service spot is the perfect place to grab some eats to go. And they even feature some of Disneyland’s most beloved treats.
Once you get yourself inside (which can be a feat in itself if the lines are long), you’ll see that this restaurant is pretty much suitable for about 10 people total…and even that can be cozy!
But the imagineering touches are strong here regardless!
I quickly spotted an iconic shape on the woodwork near this bunch of flowers… .
And the “stage door” theme is carried out with several decor elements reminiscent of the restaurant’s dramatic location.
There is no seating inside the restaurant, but there are plenty of outdoor tables just out side — shared with the River Belle Terrace.
But beware of this Fireworks factory close-by!
Now, when it comes to eats, Stage Door Cafe does very few things… but it does them all well! You can see the menu has only three entrees: two Disney Parks standards — Fish & Chips and Chicken Breast Nuggets — and one Disneyland specialty: the Hand-dipped Corn Dog! (This spot does share a kitchen with the Golden Horseshoe, so many of the menu items will be the same.)
And, of course, it does have something “For Yer Sweet Tooth.” And, believe me, we’ll be getting to that House-made Funnel Cake shortly, but not before digging into some Fish and Chips. (Can you believe I passed up a Hand-dipped Corn Dog? Truth is, I’d never tried the fish here! Plus, I always kinda like getting my Corn Dog at the Little Red Wagon or Corn Dog Castle, ‘cuz I’m a traditionalist like that. Anyhoo…). You receive two pieces of golden-fried white fish and “chips.”
I use quotations because the thin-sliced Disney Fries aren’t exactly what I think of when I ponder a plate of more traditional thicker cut chips. But they’ll do the trick. And they allow the fish to remain the star of the show. The portions are served fresh and hot, and the flaky fish is actually pretty good.
But back to that House-made Funnel Cake… because you’ve simply got to see it! I went with strawberry for my topping, because the cast member said it was the most popular; but you can also go with chocolate brownie (!!!) or just good ol’ powdered sugar. No matter which you choose, none of them are complete without a WHIPPED CREAM MICKEY!!! I LOVE that they do this here!
He’s so cute, it breaks your heart a little to dig in. But dig in you must, to get to even more fried deliciousness beneath all the topping!
This was truly heavenly. Every once in a while I buy something to review and I wish wish wish I could eat every last bite — this was one of those things. It was so hard to stop! The whipped cream was my favorite kind (I refer to it as “diner” whipped cream, which may or may not make sense to you), and the sweet-tart strawberries were a great match for the super sweet funnel cake. Aw, man — I wish I had one right now!
Honestly, this is kind of the beauty of a small menu full of nothing but classics. You really can’t go wrong. And even though Stage Door doesn’t have any seating of its own, and it’s tiny, and if you just have a day in Disneyland you’re likely going to skip this one…it’s certainly worth it if you do make the time.
Have you grabbed the eats at Stage Door Cafe? What’s your favorite menu item? Let us know in the comments below!