15 Stunning Disneyland Foods and Drinks Worth Waiting in Line For

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Disneyland: home of fantastical fireworks, rip-roaring rides, more souvenirs than you can shake a four-fingered glove at — and, it so happens, some of the best theme park food this side of Arendelle.

Bars and restaurants at the Disneyland Resort have figured out what guests crave, from sweet, buttery pineapple soft serves to boozy green screwdrivers made with five different kinds of rum. We’ve compiled some of our favorite must-eats and drinks to put on your Disney Bucket List. Yep, turns out that, in addition to bringing joy to the lives of suburbanites everywhere, the Mouse sure knows how to fry a mean beignet.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda

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What: A light, pinkish grape soda infused with hints of peanut and topped with a fizzy foam. The secret here is in the subtlety, since neither the PB nor the J is too overpowering, but just present enough to remind you of after school snacks.

Where: Carnation Cafe, Main Street, Disneyland

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The Uh-Oa!

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What: The name Uh-Oa! can be one of two things: a sizable Tiki fishbowl filled with light and dark rums, various tropical juices, and a pinch of cinnamon; or what you’ll say when you order the damn thing. Find it in the Enchanted Tiki Room-like Trader Sam’s Bar at the Disneyland Hotel, along with plenty of chanting and a high chance of showers.

Where: Trader Sam’s Bar at The Disneyland Hotel

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Wine and Cheese Box

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What: Gorging indiscriminately on turkey legs and soda is so 1955 (we’re guessing). In any case, Disney’s classed it up a bit since Walt’s days, and you can too, by pairing your own wines and cheeses on the Mendocino Terrace. The box also comes with extra packets of breadsticks, score.

Where: Mendocino Terrace, Pacific Wharf, California Adventure

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The Zombie

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What: This one’s a doozy. Recipes vary by bartender, but expect three to five different kinds of rum including Bacardi 151 and just a “splash” of fruit juice. Just the thing to snap you out of zombie mode after a long day at the park, or send you right back into it.

Where: Cove Bar, Paradise Pier (behind Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant), California Adventure

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Matterhorn Macaroon

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What: This mini-mountain is basically a crunchy, coconut crag crowned by delicate snow “cream.” It’s sweet and simple, and best of all, totally Insta-worthy. #vacationcaloriesdontcount

Where: Jolly Holiday Bakery, Main Street, Disneyland

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Dole Whip, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cream-Flavored Churros

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What: When regular cinnamon just won’t cut it, don’t fret. These sundry flavored churros found outside the park are edgier and more inspired than your average deep-fried sugar stick. Pro-tip: save a pineapple one for dipping into your Tiki Room Dole Whip for an unimaginably indulgent treat.

Where: California Churro Cart, Downtown Disney (near The Lego Store)

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Dole Whip

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What: Speaking of, Disneyland’s Dole Whip soft serve is quite possibly the closest thing you’ll get to tasting an orgasm in a cup (or whatever the PG version of that might be). Available as a plain soft serve or in a pineapple juice float, its lush, buttery, and tart flavors shine best when eaten slowly and deliberately, Ratatouille-style.

Where: The Enchanted Tiki Room, Adventureland, Disneyland

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich

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What: Perfectly sized and perfectly peanut buttery, the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich is a bit more cookie than sandwich, but ideal for an in-park Reese’s fix.

Where: Pooh’s Corner, Critter Country, Disneyland

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Beignets

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What: Consider these your next-level churros, deep fried dough breathed out into pillow form and dusted with a healthy amount of confectioner’s sugar. We prefer the Jazz Kitchen versions because they’re square and therefore slightly larger, but the Mickey-shaped ones really get you into the spirit. (You are, after all, in the happiest place on earth).

Where: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland (also The Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney)

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Lobster Roll

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What: There are plenty of hidden gems on the back side of the park, but perhaps none as smack-yourself-upside-the-head surprising as the Lobster Roll at Harbour Galley, right by the exit of the Haunted Mansion. Inside a fluffy, butter-toasted roll goes a sparingly mayo’d lobster salad just tasty enough to make you forget it’s mostly filler. Will it be the best lobster roll you’ve ever had? No. But is it one of the best foods you’ll find inside the park? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Where: Harbour Galley, Critter Country, Disneyland

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Carnitas Nachos

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What: We suggest skipping the pool after trying these fellas. Tucked inside the Grand Californian, past the hotel entrance to California Adventure, is White Water Snacks, a cute place to grab a quick bite to eat . . . or knock yourself into a food coma for a few hours with any of their angus cheeseburgers or shredded beef nachos. Swap the carne asada for carnitas and you’re onto some serious black magic.

Where: White Water Snacks at The Grand Californian (by the pool)

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Broasted Chicken

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What: I’ll just out and say it: this chicken is crack. Deep fried, golden brown, salted-to-perfection crack. Forget the usual trumpets of turkey. The Plaza Inn serves up dinner just like mom used to when guests were over — fully dressed with green beans, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. Altogether it’s as filling and homey as theme park food can be.

Where: Plaza Inn, Main Street, Disneyland

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Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato

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What: The chicken comes juiced up in a sweet orange glaze and spooned unfussily — along with chives, cole slaw, sour cream, and butter — into a steamy crevasse of baked starch. You’ll need every bit with every bite (the chicken can be too sweet otherwise), but there’s nothing better for fueling you up at snack time.

Where: Harbour Galley, Critter Country, Disneyland

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Lobster Nachos

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What: No trip to Cove Bar is complete without washing everything down with a heavy helping of Lobster Nachos. There’s nothing too crazy here: lobster pieces, cheese, black beans, gorgeously thick tortilla chips. The good news is there’s plenty to go around, so bring a friend or four.

Where: Cove Bar, Paradise Pier, California Adventure

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The Monte Cristo

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What: The ultimate indulgence, this sugar-powdered deep fried ham and cheese sandwich will set you back an not-insignificant $17 — (that’s a whole parking pass!) — but it’s well worth it, trust. Surprisingly ungreasy, the melty slabs of toast are sure to satisfy for an entire day. Sides of fruit and jam add a nice, fat-cutting, finishing touch.

Where: Cafe Orleans, New Orleans Square, Disneyland

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Honorable mentions: Corn Dogs at Little Red Wagon and Corn Dog Castle, Red Velvet Push-Pops at Hearthstone Lounge, Cookie Bakes at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus at Bengal Barbecue, Elote (chili-lime corn on the cob) on the Boardwalk, House Biscuits at Carthay Circle, Chorizo and Eggs Breakfast Scramble Cone at Cozy Cone



Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.



  • fart

    I understand that this is a Disneyland piece, however, the best hidden gem from Disney is the “Konk Cooler” drink on their private island Castaway Cay. It is glorious.

    • Eliepoo

      What’s the “Konk Cooler” ?!

  • Jocey

    This is awesome, but the next Disneyland/DCA food list should include alternative meals (i.e., gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.) for those that have those allergies and wish to eat delicious things at the resort as well. :)

    • Anonymous

      Great tasting food often has nothing in common with being Lactose/Gluten free.
      Besides, plenty of people have already done what you want: http://bit.ly/1dYV8Fj

      • ChristiM

        No need to be catty, Casper. Jocey was making a suggestion, not an insult, and it is a reasonable request. And you are sadly mistaken in the realm of great tasting special diet foods. There is no reason you can’t eat well, even when your body rebels over certain ingredients, and Disneyland has several such options. Don’t be such a snob. It’s not productive.

  • Emmanuel Cruz

    Missing BBQ Glazed Pork Shank from Edleweiss Snacks in Fantasyland in the front of the entrance to the Matterhorn

    • ChristiM

      Agreed… The BBQ GPS is incredible. It’s relatively new, so maybe our author missed it.

  • Christopher Perosi

    They’re not “beignets” — they’re Mickey Mouse Zeppoles!

    And broasted chicken is not deep fried — it’s broiled/roasted (hence the name).

    • L. Christopher Bird

      Actually, the broasting process involves deep frying under pressure. It is a combination of marination, breading, pressure cooking and deep frying that gives broasted chicken (and other foods) its distinctive taste and texture. It is my favorite way to prepare chicken, and I am beyond thrilled that there is a place in Disneyland that serves it. I will be there in 9 days and I think I know what I want for dinner.

      • Tony Wittrien

        You won’t be disappointed. Easily the best deal in the entire park. It’s technically 4 pieces of chicken since the wing is still attached to the breast piece you receive. Also, if the green beans aren’t your thing, you can always ask for a double-helping of the mashed potatoes & gravy instead. Plus, the drinks there are refillable for free and when you’re ready to leave, you can ask for a large cup & get one more refill to go!!

        • http://jedipath.org/ L. Christopher Bird

          I loved the Chicken last April, when I went. Only the meal was too much food, and much of it was left uneaten. One thing that I have learned since, is that Disney food services will gladly serve you food ala carte, even if it is not mentioned on the menu.

  • Anonymous

    My must list: the breakfast bread bowl, Paradise Garden Grill Mediterranean skewers with healthy sides, cheese on a stick at California Adventure

  • Duane Thomas

    As a kid, I always looked forward to the clam chowder in a bread bowl in New Orleans Square. Why wasn’t that on the list? Not even an honorable mention.

    • Cameron Reynolds

      its even better at paradise pier. Fresh from the boudin bakery in the park! I was thinking the same thing though!! YUM

    • J Shea

      In the same place, you can get the vegetarian gumbo (and beef gumbo). The vegetarian gumbo is one of the best things in the park.

  • Alex Wang

    Special flavored popcorns at Tokyo Disney Sea….nuf said

  • robotclam

    Is this an April Fool’s joke?

  • http://theboxofficejunkie.com Reebee7

    The cream cheese filled pretzel is one of the greatest things I’ve ever had in my mouth. It actually makes me think you can eat your way to love.

    • Mark

      Where can you get it??

      • Ashley Nielsen

        I agree, they are a great find! They are inside Coke Corner at the end of Main Street. If you hit it right, and they are hot from the oven it’s melt in your mouth heaven!

    • J Shea

      Yesterday, thanks to your suggestion, we went to this spot and tried the jalapeno cheese filled pretzel. D’lish! Better than anything on her list of 15!

    • Greg C

      Oh, heck yes! Discovered those 3 years ago and can’t wait to have one next month after a 3 year absence from my beloved Disneyland…

  • Keith Kocka

    That zombie couldn’t be more incorrect and gross looking – turn right back around, go to Trader Sam’s, and get a legit one. Why is it that color and wtf are raspberries doing there?!

  • Tabitha Jones

    Where are the corn dogs???? This list will never, ever be complete until the best little corn dogs on the planet sold from the cute little red shed/cart are on it.

    • Sandra Lovanh

      It’s in the honorable mentions! Their hotlink corn dog is the best invention EVAR.

      • Tabitha Jones

        Agreed! I have actually dreamed about them before, haha! And I must have passed right over the honorable mention section. I approve of this list now. :)

    • Misty08

      I read the corn dogs are at the end of Main Street — going there soon. yum!!

  • Linda Lovelush

    The ONLY thing (of this list) that I would stand in line for is that broasted chicken.

  • http://about.me/amandanudelman Amanda Nudelman

    Okay, time to go back to Disneyland with an extra $200, just for food.

    • Greg C

      Yeah, but what are you going to do on the second day?…believe me, nobody loves Disneyland more than me but eating there absolutely kills your budget..

  • Chelle Rice

    The baked potato soup on Main Street is also fantastic and they’ll give you a recipe to make it at home! :)

  • http://about.me/davecobb Dave Cobb

    A fantastic, spot-on list! I’d also add the Firecracker Duck Wings, Cheddar Biscuits and the *amazing* Carthay Manhattan at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.

    • Eliepoo

      I heard that restaurant needs a list of its own, as evidenced by your suggestions! Can’t wait to eat there soon.

      • http://about.me/davecobb Dave Cobb

        Indeed! And it’s a bit of a moving target, since the menu is very seasonal. All the reason to go a few times!

        Also worthy of note, the Napa Rose, at the Grand Californian Hotel (same exec. chef as Carthay). The pairing menu and sushi bar are sublime.

  • Anonymous

    Id like to see an in depth article (or video) of how all of this food is made at Disney. Must be quite an operation unless everything comes out of a box/can!

  • dommyinla

    ive had 4… the begnets, dole whip, broasted chicken and of course the amazing monte cristo… omg it’s so good… but what about the amazing corn dogs?… they are freaking great… and the monster ice cream cone at cali adnventure… and the ice cream sindae at the golden horseshoe

  • Anonymous

    I have fallen in love with the Pork Shanks near the entrance to Matterhorn. They are voluminous and moist. If you like the Turkey Legs, then you will love these!

  • Gerard Aviles

    is there a Disney World equiv. list at all somewhere?

  • Lynne97030

    A Service Dog is dreaming of Lobster Nachos; a human of wine and cheese in the warm twilight hours..

  • Kristy-Kat

    If you want Dole Whip and you’re in the OC area, you should go to Hula Girls in Huntington Beach. On Bolsa Chica at Heil! in the Albertsons center. they do an amazing job giving you the Disney Experience without the hour long line! (usually- hey, they get busy too)

    And the Corn Dogs should have more than an honorable mention. they are Amaz-ballz!!!!

  • ChristiM

    Pro Tip on the Monte Cristo: It is a great lunch for two and they really don’t mind bringing you a 2nd plate. In fact, one of the most common orders at Cafe Orleans is two people splitting an order of Pomme Frites and a Monte Cristo… washed down with a couple bottomless Pomagrante Lemonades. When you put all that together, it’s no more expensive than a meal for 2 anywhere else in the park.

  • Tink

    PB&J SODA WAS DISCONTINUED A WEEK AGO!!! :( Apparently the chocolate-covered peanut butter sandwiches sell out very quickly, but a woman working at Pooh Corner told me you can also find them at Candy Palace on Main Street.

    • J Shea

      Oh no!! We are headed there tomorrow and were going to get one of those sodas! Thanks for the tip on the sandwich. That’s on our list, too!! :)

  • Young Brad Pitt Herrera

    What about the pot roast at the plaza inn so good.

  • J Shea

    My favorite park food is the vegetarian gumbo in the bread bowl just outside of Pirates. This little hot spot sells the gumbo, chowder, and maybe chili in the bread bowl, and not much else. The line is often pretty long… worth the short wait! :)

  • J Shea

    Went to Disneyland yesterday, with the intention of trying several items on this list that I had never had previously. Two of us shared the lobster roll (NO, Not very good AT ALL), the stuffed baked potato (it was OK, but NOT deserving of an exclusive list), the salted caramel churro (I love salted caramel things, but this was salted salt), and the peanut butter cookie (pretty decent). Thanks to a reviewer, I tried the jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzel – which was KILLER. And by dinner time, after so-so (or flat out BLEH) recommendations, we ditched our lobster nacho dinner plan and went back to our trusty vegetarian gumbo in New Orleans Square. [Had previously had the cheese box with wine, pineapple whip, and the beignets.] The PB&J soda is no longer on the menu. :( Personally, I would recommend lunch or dinner at Carnation Café (chicken fried chicken with the fried pickles as a starter) and if you’re there in the fall, go for the pumpkin and butternut squash fritters (New Orleans Square) in the fall.

  • Mike

    I really like the Pina CoLava at the Mendocino Terrace (I think)? It’s the place ABOVE the beer garden across from the entrance to Car’s Land. The upstairs terrace is only open during certain times Also try the Hangar 24 Orange Wheat from the beer taps below.

  • Ethan Hawkes

    The peanut butter jelly soda was removed from the menu two weeks ago. :(

  • Mark

    Churros went up .25c as well earlier this month. From $3.75 to $4.00. wth.

  • Hazel McGuire Marston

    What about the fried green tomato sandwich? Yum!