Dining in Disneyland: A Look Back at 1957 Park Eats

Fire up the flux capacitor and hop in the Delorean because we’re going back in time.  I know, that’s Universal Studios talk, but Doc Brown is the only guy I know that can make this happen…

1957 Guide to Disneyland

1957 Guide to Disneyland

It’s 1957 at Disneyland. The park has only been open for two years, but Walt’s got lots of places for us to eat! Let’s take a little tour of our options starting with good ‘ol Main Street USA.

The Carnation Ice Cream Parlor (currently known as Gibson Girl) was the perfect spot for a cool treat.  Further down the road you could stop at the Carnation Plaza Gardens for some quick service food. Does anyone remember the frozen malts they sold with the wooden spoons? I DO!

There was also the Refreshment Corner sponsored by Coca Cola, The Maxwell Coffee House Shop, The Puffin Bake Shop, and the Red Wagon Inn, which is said to have been Walt’s favorite park eatery and later became the Plaza Inn.

Another option was a cafeteria style restaurant called the Pavilion.  Check out the photos below, I’m absolutely loving the popcorn cart and its cute little cowpoke customers!

Vintage Main Street USA

Main Street USA

Take a right off of Main Street USA and you’ll stumble into Tomorrowland.  Here, you can hit the Space Bar, an automat type restaurant as well as the Yacht Club (self service) and the Dairy Bar, which was an exhibit sponsored by the American Dairy Association.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

After Tomorrowland, we’ll head over to Fantasyland.  Here you can eat at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship (YES PLEASE!) or get some fresh grape juice from the Welch’s Stand.

Vintage FantasylandIn 1957, Frontierland was the place to really get your grub on; it had the most dining options of all the lands in the park.  The Chicken Plantation Restaurant served up a fried chicken dinner for just $1.70.  Meals could be enjoyed on the patio of a plantation style home along the Rivers of America.  The Plantation House closed in 1962 to make room for New Orleans Square.

Not in the mood for fried chicken? Head over to the Golden Horseshoe for dinner and a show.  Or visit the birth place of the [Read more…]

Snack Series: Cream Cheese Pretzel at Disneyland’s Refreshment Corner

Today we’re back in Disneyland visiting a classic Main Street location — Coca Cola Refreshment Corner!

Outside View

Right next to new fan favorite, Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe, this is the place to take care of any hot dog craving you may be having.

But it’s another iconic snack that we are after today! One you can enjoy in both Disneyland and Disney World! Read on…

Atmosphere

This spot may look familiar to Disney World fans. It’s in the same location as — and looks very similar to — Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom!

Everything about Refreshment Corner points to the theme of turn of the century Small Town America. And since Coca Cola is the corporate sponsor for the counter service spot, you’ll also see that famous logo throughout the space.

Ordering Area

Tiffany-style lamps with the logo lend a vintage vibe to lighting fixtures.

Vintage Coca Cola Tiffany-Style Light Covers

The small amount of space inside Refreshment Corner is taken up by [Read more…]