Disneyland's Must-Eat Foods
by Katie McCabe | @awelltraveledpair | October 24th, 2019
As if the thrilling feeling of riding Thunder Mountain, the excitement of watching fireworks burst over Sleeping Beauty's Castle, or the pure child-like joy of meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse wasn't enough, Disneyland also likes to send your taste buds into overdrive. From the classic Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bars to mouthwatering fried chicken and creamy Dole Whip, the "Happiest Place on Earth" truly has it all. I tried my best to narrow down the tastiest bites inside the park. It definitely wasn't easy but here they are, in no particular order, Disneyland's must-eat foods.
There really is nothing like a freshly hand-dipped corn dog from Disneyland. Fried to golden brown perfection, this hot dog treat is one of the most popular food items in the park. Once you taste one, you'll understand why. The best place to get a corn dog inside Disneyland? The Little Red Wagon. Located along Main Street, in front of the Plaza Inn, this food cart was the world's first official food truck, and serves the tastiest corn dogs in the park.
Where to find: Little Red Wagon (Disneyland) and Corn Dog Castle (California Adventure)
Are you ready to wow your taste buds? How does a powdered-sugar beignet stuffed with turkey, ham, and swiss cheese sound? Oh...and it's dipped in a homemade berry puree, too! If you're still not convinced, it's better to just head over to Cafe Orleans and try the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich for yourself. I have to admit. The first time I heard about this sandwich I thought the ingredients sounded strange. But man, oh man, am I glad I tried it. It is hands-down one of the BEST sandwiches I've ever had in my life. To top it off, the Pomme Frites at Cafe Orleans are delicious and pair perfectly with the Monte Cristo.
Where to find: Cafe Orleans (Disneyland) or Blue Bayou (lunch only! Disneyland)
Crispy, crunchy, juicy, golden brown fried chicken served with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and a warm, buttery biscuit. Need I say more? I didn't think so.
Where to find: The Plaza Inn (Disneyland)
As an east-coast native, I was thrilled to learn that Disneyland sells tasty seafood options. Located along the river, across from the Haunted Mansion, Harbour Galley serves their uber-popular lobster salad rolls. They also sell clam chowder and lobster mac & cheese, both served inside a warm sourdough bread bowl.
Where to find: Harbour Galley (Disneyland)
Churros are basically long donuts, fried to a light crisp, and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They're incredible! Even though I always opt for the 'classic' churro, limited-edition flavors, such as fall pumpkin and holiday gingerbread, are occasionally sold throughout the year. Churro carts are found all over both Disneyland and California Adventure, however, Willie's always seem to be the freshest and tastiest in the park.
Where to find: Willie's (California Adventure)
This sweet, yet slightly tart, soft-serve is perfect for those hot Disneyland days. Served in a cup, or as a float with fresh pineapple juice, Dole Whip is a refreshing and delicious treat. And if you're feeling a little spicy, get a sprinkle of Tajin on top, just like the locals do.
Where to find: Tiki Juice Bar (Disneyland)
Disneyland's turkey legs are another one the park's most popular concessions. With over two million turkey legs sold every year, these jumbo hunks of turkey meat are tender and juicy right down to the last bite.
Where to find: Main Street Turkey Legs (Disneyland) Frontierland Turkey Legs (Disneyland) Edelweiss Snacks Cart (Disneyland) Hollywood Land Turkey Leg Cart (California Adventure)
Are you looking for a healthy snack in Disneyland? You're in luck! Sprinkled throughout the park are numerous fruit and vegetable stands. With a selection of apples, oranges, bananas, and veggie sticks to choose from, make sure to try one of the park's most unique food choices - a dill pickle. Served ice cold and in a plastic bag, Disneyland's pickles are a satisfying and healthy snack. With flavors, such as dill, sour, and spicy, there is something for everyone's taste buds.
Where to find: Frontierland Fruit Stand (Disneyland) Main Street Fruit Stand (Disneyland) Mortimer's Market (California Adventure)
Lightly fried and dusted with powdered-sugar, Mickey beignets are like little pillows of heaven. Found at Cafe Orleans, the beignets are served warm and with a side of dipping sauces. They truly are finger-licking good!
Where to find: Cafe Orleans (Disneyland)
The delightful scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the streets of Disneyland and California Adventure. The salty, buttery flavors are so good, and best paired with a bubbly fountain soda. The popcorn is one of the most affordable snacks inside the park, and during the Halloween season (early September - October 31st), festive Cauldron popcorn buckets are sold and offer free refills for annual pass holders.
Where to find: Stands are found throughout both parks, just follow the scent.
Mickey Ice Cream Bar
There isn't a Disneyland treat more iconic than the Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. Smooth vanilla ice cream is enveloped in a chocolatey coating and shaped like the silhouette of your favorite mouse. These scrumptious treats are found in every ice cream cart inside the parks. I have to say, they're almost too adorable to eat. Almost!
Where to find: Frozen treat carts all over Disneyland Park and California Adventure