• On Sep 23, 2019
    Michelle from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are traveling to Disneyland in mid-November party of 4. (3yr old and 16 mo) What are some must eat places. Can we use Disney gift cards?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Michelle, you’re as welcome as can be to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Your November visit to the Happiest Place on Earth will be here before you know it, and I couldn’t be more excited for you! The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will be in full swing by then, and I can’t wait for you to experience all the magic of the season!

    First off, I recommend making at least one Character Dining reservation. My family’s favorite spot is Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park, which takes place at Plaza Inn in Disneyland Park. This is the only Character Dining experience offered inside one of the theme parks. Enjoy a delicious all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet filled with Mickey waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, made-to-order omelets and more, all while collecting autographs and adorable pictures with favorite Disney Characters. My other favorite dining destinations in Disneyland Park include Carnation Cafe, Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, Cafe Orleans, and Blue Bayou Restaurant.

    In Disney California Adventure Park, my favorite spot is Wine Country Trattoria. The food and ambiance are lovely! Lamplight Lounge is another fun spot – the Pixar-themed decor is spot-on! Flo’s V8 Cafe is a great quick-service option with views of Radiator Springs Racers – which will help entertain little ones throughout your meal. You’re also going to want to snack on the infamous Churros (found throughout the parks), DOLE WHIP (Tiki Juice Bar), and Mickey Beignets (Mint Julep Bar) – I’m getting hungry just thinking about these iconic treats!

    In Downtown Disney District, your little ones will get a kick out of watching CrazyShakes being made at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes! There’s even a special pick-up window just for CrazyShakes if you visit for dessert. Prepare to split these decadent shakes!

    I’m happy to report that Disney Gift Cards can be used throughout the Disneyland Resort theme parks and hotels. Disney Gift Cards can also be used at select Downtown Disney District locations, so I recommend checking with the restaurant or store upon arrival. 

    Last but not least, as a mom of three Mouseketeers under the age of 8, I highly recommend taking advantage of the Baby Care Centers with your little ones. There, you’ll be able to change, feed, or nurse your children in a quiet, clean spot. These Centers also include vending machines that offer baby necessities like diapers, wipes, and even sunscreen. 

    Wishing you a magical, memorable visit to the Disneyland Resort, Michelle!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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