Review: Village Haus in Disneyland

We’re taking in a meal at a classic stop in Disneyland — The Village Haus!

Village Haus Sign

Village Haus Sign

I don’t get to this corner of Disneyland nearly as much as I should. It’s waaaaaaaaay in the back corner — head into Fantasyland and hang a left.

But since a very similar restaurant exists in Walt Disney World — Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland — I usually find myself skipping THIS Village Haus in lieu of one of my favorite spots, like Cafe Orleans.

But that’s hardly fair, right?

So when I was in California recently for the kickoff of the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration, I headed over to this hideaway for some eats.

Atmosphere

There are three Village Haus…es in the Disney parks — Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. All three take their style queues from Bavaria, so it’s sort of a Germany-meets-Italy feel.

While the similar restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is named Pinocchio Village Haus, that famous little wooden puppet isn’t named in the title here. But there’s no questioning who the story here is about.

At the entrance here in Disneyland, you’ll immediately see the theme begin. Gideon and Honest John are depicted in this beautiful carved work, leading Pinocchio astray. (Don’t do it, Pinocchio!!)

Outside Detail

Gideon and Honest John with Pinocchio

The doors open, and you’re entering a small “village.”

Entrance and Ordering Area

Entrance and Ordering Area

Pinocchio Detail Outside

Pinocchio Statue Above the Ordering Area

It’s interesting to note if you aren’t familiar with Village Haus — it may look like that previous picture is of an outside spot, but it’s not. Skylights over the ordering area allow for lots of natural lighting. This area is meant to represent a Village square or center, with the surrounding dining rooms being different shops and village buildings.

Skylights and Banner Shades

Skylights and Banner Shades Above the Ordering Area

There’s plenty of artwork throughout the restaurant depicting scenes from the story. In this picture, high above the ordering area, we see Pinocchio living it up in Pleasure Island. There’s even a donkey gingerbread boy… .

Artwork Outside -- Pinocchio at Pleasure Island

Artwork Above Ordering Queue — Pinocchio at Pleasure Island

Tole paining, heavy lanterns, and flagstone floors lend to the immersive feel in the area. And…of course…Olaf.

Ordering Area and Pick Up Window

Ordering Area and Pick Up Window

Next to the register, you’ll find some Fresh Fruit and Cookies that you can add to your order. And Olaf.

Fruit Display

Fruit and Cookies for Sale by the Register

Once you place your order and pick it up, you’ll have a chance to gather up any condiments that you’d like before finding a seat.

Condiment Bar

Condiment Bar

Your choices for seating are extensive here. There are themed rooms to choose from as well as an outside patio. Each room boasts beautiful murals with scenes from the film, but you’ll also find other special touches, like cuckoo clocks and stained glass windows. And, of course, puppets.

Pinocchio Mural Inside the Seating Area

Pinocchio Mural Inside the Seating Area

To enjoy the beauty of Village Haus, try to time your visit outside of peak lunch hours. When the massive restaurant fills up, it can get very loud, very fast.

Oh, and one more thing about this Village Haus (and the other as well) — be sure to find the image of Figaro the cat. Here in Disneyland, he’s covering up an ages-old mistake that an exit sign was installed off-center!

Eats

One of the biggest differences that you’ll notice between Pinocchio Village Haus in Walt Disney World and Village Haus in Disneyland is the menu. While the menu in the ‘World is strictly Italian-influenced, Disneyland’s Village Haus hosts a menu that boasts both Italian and German tastes befitting the Bavarian style setting of the Italian story.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

The menu went through a refresh a few years back, but the same options have been in place for some time now. While you’ll find regular fast food options, like Pizzas and Burgers, there are also a few slightly more interesting options. More about those — with pics! — in just a sec.

Entrees Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Entrees Menu — Click to Enlarge

There are Kids’ options as well, of course.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Kids’ Menu — Click to Enlarge

And in this case, I really appreciate the menu with pictures. This is a great way to go when trying to help a hangry preschooler figure out that what they want to eat.

Kids Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Kids’ Menu — Click to Enlarge

Village Haus also features a Monstro Blue Lemonade, which looks an awful lot like the Blue Fairy Raspberry Slush we enjoyed last Summer at Pinocchio’s place in Magic Kingdom. Maybe it’s a teensy bit less electric blue than the Blue Fairy, actually. But the flavor here is Blue Cotton Candyway different than Blue Raspberry, of course.

And…you can get this one with a Glow Cube!

Monstro Blue Lemonade Description

Monstro Blue Lemonade Description

Once we made our selections and found a spot to sit, it was time to dig in. I went with the Pastrami Cheeseburger. Here it is all bundled up.

Pastrami Cheeseburger -- In the Wrap

Pastrami Cheeseburger — In the Wrap

The Angus Chuck Burger is topped with Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Lettuce, Pickles, and Creamy Horseradish Sauce.

Pastrami Cheeseburger

Pastrami Cheeseburger

While I appreciated the flavor that the Pastrami added to the sandwich, I wanted more Cheese and Onions for sure. And the burger was more done than I’d prefer, which is usually the standard for Disney counter service.

Pastrami Cheeseburger -- Cross Section

Pastrami Cheeseburger — Cross Section

The Cheeseburger was served with my choice of Fries or Fresh Fruit. I went for the latter. A little melon-heavy if you ask me, but the pineapple was a nice and plentiful touch.

Side of Fresh Fruit

Side of Fresh Fruit

Next up was the BLT Flatbread. This one had been highly recommend to me, so I was super intrigued. Incidentally, you’ll notice that Village Haus doesn’t use real plates and silverware like some other counter service spots in Disneyland.

BLT Flatbread

BLT Flatbread

The thin, rectangular-shaped flatbread was sprinkled with a good amount of the toppings: Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Tomatoes. A thin layer of Aioli as spread across the crust, and fresh Salad of Arugula and Fennel topped the whole thing.

And maybe I was just hungry, but this thing was awesome! It was served hot — which, believe it or not, isn’t always a guarantee at Disney counter service spots — and the flavors were just right together. Winner winner chicken dinner.

BLT Flatbread -- Up Close

BLT Flatbread — Up Close

So you’ve seen the Italian influence in the menu. Well, what about the German side of things? Well, that’s where dessert comes in. I couldn’t pass up the Apple Strudel, which is served with a Vanilla Sauce. I appreciated that the sauce was served on the side, so the strudel wasn’t all soggy by the time I finished my meal.

Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

And I think this is a hidden gem as far as counter-service desserts go. Disneyland counter-service is, by and large, better than Disney World counter-service IMO, so they have several desserts that are better than average. But this one took me a bit by surprise. It was a good-sized portion, and had great flavor.

Apple Strudel -- Up Close

Apple Strudel — Up Close

Overall

Okay. So if you only have one meal to eat at Disneyland, I’m probably not going to tell you to head to Village Haus. That said, if you find yourself back here after a morning in Fantasyland, grab that BLT flatbread and some apply goodness and know that you’re getting some goods.

Is Village Haus on your list of Disneyland Stops? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Comments

  1. Richard says

    As always great coverage AJ, my wife really liked the pictures!

    Oh, if you ask they’ll put extra cheese on the sandwich.

    OK, it’s late and you want to take the Apple Strudel back to your room without making a mess…

    Here’s what we do, ask for a medium size drinking cup and slide the Strudel into it and put the top on! That way it’s protected and you don’t make a mess or screw up the Strudel. We’ve done this many, many times to have the Apple Strudel late night or in the morning (remember to refrigerate).

  2. Janine says

    The flatbread is one of my most favourite counter meals at any of the parks. Yum! I never have room for the strudel but will now try it. Thanks for the great review.

  3. Donna says

    Great review with great pictures = lots of helpful info!
    I have eaten at Pinocchio’s Village Haus at WDW and found it very enjoyable. We were there in the evening when the crowds were gone so it was very easy to find a table. We chose to sit by the window overlooking Small World , watching and waving to the riders as they launched. The food was tasty with good sized portions. I agree with AJ- if I could only eat one meal in the park, this might not be my first choice, but certainly worth checking out if you have the opportunity – I’d go again!
    (By the way, what’s up with Olaf there??)

  4. polly says

    Wow, been to Disneyland lots of times but never been there. Going in October. This will definitely be one days meal!

  5. says

    Love the chicken sausage sandwich here, it is truly amazing and we go here for that on every trip! It’s on a pretzel roll with lots of saurkraut and even better with the Guldens mustard!

  6. Shari says

    The BLT flat bread is one of my favorite quick bites in Disneyland. Here’s a tip: you can ask for an extra scoop of the arugula/fennel topping. They have always said yes to me and added it with no extra charge. It is yummy and makes me feel a little bit healthier!

  7. Pamela says

    I just ate there this Sunday after reading the review. The hamburger patty was a step below McDonalds, the french fries were served warm (not hot), the pepperoni pizza ranked up there with cafeteria pizza, and the only saving grace was the strudel.

    I really like many food places at Disneyland, but I have no desire to go back to this one anytime soon.

  8. says

    Jodi — We can’t be 100% sure, since we haven’t been in Disneyland for a couple of weeks. :-) But it was the mug in place during our last visit. Hope this helps.

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