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  • On Mar 17, 2022
    Amber Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have read that the rides at Disneyland are very size inclusive! Yay! That’s awesome news, my question is what about dining? I often struggle in restaurants that have chairs with arms as most of my weight is carried in my hips.

    Hi Amber!

    Welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad that you found us hEAR and I'm very happy to be your planEAR today! I'm 'Pooh-sized' myself, Amber, and I know exactly what you mean. I hate so much that these are some of the things we have to think about before we go anywhere. I've been in your shoes and have seen how embarrassing it can be at other theme parks or restaurants, even back home, for those with fluff. I'm VERY happy to say that Disneyland Resort is inclusive of so many things, and size is also one of those considerations.

    The majority of dining areas have tables with either armless chairs or a combination of armless chairs and booths. Some locations have bench seating, and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge even has backless space stools. Granted I haven't visited or dined at every single location on the property, I'm going to estimate it at like 95% of Table-Service dining and 100% of Quick-Service dining locations as having armless chairs. The seating at some tables is even half-booths half-armless chairs, which is great for parties with all kinds of needs, like those staying in an ECV or wheelchair, but also for moms whose kiddos fall asleep in a stroller just before mealtime. (It's me. I'm that mom.)

    I will say that some Quick-Service dining locations have very small seating areas (ex: Bengal Barbecue) or nonexistent specific spots to enjoy your purchases. (Ex: Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Poultry Palace, Studio Catering Co, most hand-held items sold from carts, like turkey legs and churros.) In these cases, you're more than welcome to take your meals and snacks to any other Quick Service seating area (as long as that location hasn't closed for the day) to enjoy. Some of my favorite larger seating locations are the patio across from Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Refreshment Corner, and French Market Restaurant as you can sometimes catch live music at these three locations. But I also love the Tropical Hideaway, Rancho Del Zocalo, and Hungry Bear Restaurant as these three are attraction-adjacent and you'll get to see ride vehicles while eating. (At Tropical Hideaway sit by the railing on the water, Rancho Del Zocalo backs up to the last turn of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and tables on the back deck of Hungry Bear, near the shrubs, can practically reach out and touch the train as it strolls by.)

    Feel free to write me back with any specific restaurants that you're questioning, but also know that if you have a dining reservation anywhere, you can specifically request "no booths" at the check-in podium and the Cast Member will do their best from there. I hope that this helped to settle your seating question, Amber! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account for even more tips and tricks! And if you have any more Disneyland Resort planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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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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