• On Mar 1, 2020
    Marcia from MT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    How important are the dining options with the select shows that offer select seating or viewing? What does“must order from prixe person in the party needs to order the prix-fixe meal in order to obtain ...” I checked menus but thus is not explained. Thanks

    Hi Marcia!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and thank you so much for bringing your Disneyland Resort planning question to us hEAR! I love Disneyland's Dining Packages. Not only do these options feature a great meal in an iconic (earconic?) Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park location, but these meals also include a pass to a reserved seating section for a select show, parade or nighttime entertainment option which can really help save time and frustration of finding a good spot!

    Yes, each diner wishing to purchase one of these packages must order their meal from a special menu that has been curated by that specific location for said event. Just like you, I was very confused because I couldn't find the menu options listed anywhere! But I'd love to share what I've lEARned. Some of these special prix-fixe menus do include popular options found on regular non-package menus, like the famous monte cristo sandwich at Blue Bayou, fettuccine shrimp alfredo at Wine Country Trattoria, barbecue sandwiches at River Belle Terrace, even dining from the full dinner buffet at Storytellers. However. Some of these menus only have two or three entrees to choose between where some have seven, eight or even ten! Some change their options based on what's available seasonally. And there might even be a difference between what's available at lunch vs. on the dinner menu. But I guarantee you won't leave hungry as they all include an entree, a few sides, and a beverage. Some even include a bread, starter, dessert, or all three! My one "Pro Tip" is to google the specific package you're interested in and look at the image results to get a good idea of what these menus might include during your visit to Mickey's house.

    There is, however, one exception to the "multiple choice" menus of most dining packages and that's the Plaza Inn Dining Package with Parade Viewing. This option is one plate with two half-size portions of two different entrees, two or three sides, a bread, a dessert and your choice of fountain beverage. Sadly you can't swap out anything you don't like for more of something else (I've tried) or something found on the regular non-package menu. (I've really tried that one.) These offerings change based on the event, but luckily the Disney Parks Blog just posted a write up about the brand new "Magic Happens" version of this package. (Scroll all the way to the bottom for a great menu description as well as foodie photo.)

    I hope that this helped to clEAR things up and plan your upcoming Disney Days, Marcia! If you have any other questions, We're All Ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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