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  • On Nov 14, 2023
    Michael from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    can we enter California Adventure to eat at certain restaurants without a ticket?

    Hey there, Michael!

    I'm so glad you decided to pull up a chair at the planDisney table today. Now tie your napkin 'round your neck while I proudly present your answer.

    As much as I wish we could all pop in for a meal at Disney California Adventure Park without a ticket, unfortunately, admission is required for entry into the park. Even if your only destination is one of the incredible dining venues, you'll still need a valid ticket and theme park reservation to indulge. I dream about Lamplight Lounge's Lobster Nachos almost weekly so I can appreciate your desire to savor the flavors there or even enjoy a classic Carthay Martini with the most perfect sphere of ice at Carthay Circle Restaurant. You'll not only need a ticket and theme park reservation but an advance dining reservation is usually also necessary at most Table Service locations. 

    If you're hoping to feast without a park ticket there are a few alternative options I'd like to suggest. Goofy's Kitchen, my favorite Disneyland Resort character meal, is located at Disneyland Hotel and requires no park ticket to fuel up on Goofy's Famous Peanut Butter Pizza and other assorted buffet selections.  You'll get an extra dose of magic along with your meal as Goofy and friends take time to parade around the restaurant while you dine. If a character meal isn't your cup of tea you might also consider Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar or the outdoor Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill both also located at Disneyland Hotel. Napa Rose is another fantastic option for upscale dining at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

    Downtown Disney District, conveniently located between the resorts and parks, also offers a plethora of delectable dining options with no admission required. I have my sights set on a Black Tap burger and milkshake for my next visit. 

    I hope this was helpful Michael. If we can offer any additional suggestions please don't be shy to come back for seconds. We're always eager to serve up our buffet of Disney knowledge to make guests' trips magical and memorable. 

    Bon Appetit,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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