Mom And Son riding Radiator Springs Racers
  • On Jan 3, 2014
    Lisa from ON 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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    Seasoned WDW visitors but looking to visit DL. Sorry lots of ?'s Family of 4 with 2 foodies and 2 fairly plain eaters. Which 5 restaurants are must do's and why? Which 5 activities are must do's and why? Are race weekends at DL as crowded as at

    Hi, Lisa!

    I’m happy to hear you’re planning your first visit to the Disneyland Resort! 

    For a great sit-down breakfast at Disneyland Park, I suggest Carnation Cafe. You’ll find menu items such as huevos rancheros and classic favorites like Mickey-shaped waffles with bacon or sausage. Blue Bayou serves Cajun- and Creole-style food. It’s located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, and the gently-lit “outdoor” atmosphere is like no other dining experience in the parks! Plaza Inn is a Victorian-themed restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A. It’s also the home of one of my favorite quick-service meals, the fried chicken! In addition to the famous chicken, you'll find pot roast, pasta with your choice of sauce and a selection of desserts.

    Be sure to try Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land, which features classic American cuisine with a fresh spin. My go-to meal is one of the home-style rotisserie classics, and you must try the single-serving fruit pies. The décor is inspired by the drive-up diners along Route 66 and features a spectacular view of cars speeding by on the Radiator Springs Racers attraction! Also in Disney California Adventure Park is Carthay Circle Restaurant, my favorite fine-dining location because of the glamorous 1930s-Hollywood atmosphere and top-notch cuisine. You may want to book a World of Color dining package so you can enjoy a special meal followed by a viewing of the popular show from a prime reserved location.

    Some of my other must-dos are seeing Fantasmic!, exploring Cars Land (both during the day and after dark when it is aglow with neon lights), riding Radiator Springs Racers, and experiencing the classic “it’s a small world” attraction. Please write back with any other questions you have as you continue to plan your pixie-dusted vacation, Lisa!

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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