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  • On Jul 18, 2023
    Judy from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! Visiting Disneyland for the first time in October. Used to WDW (Sanaa and Ohana are favorites!). Any recommendations/guidance on picking good restaurants at DL? Don't need character dining or anything fancy unless the food is great! Thanks!

    Hey there Judy,

    First of all, welcome back to planDisney! Thank you so much for your question. I'm so glad to hear you're going to get a chance to head to the Happiest Place on Earth in a few months - and during Halloween time no less!

    This was a fun question to think through, mostly because Ohana and Sanaa are such unique experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort, so for my recommendations, I tried to think through a few options that might have overlapping food options and some that are just unique to the Disneyland Resort.

    First, if you're hoping for a bit of tropical flair similar to Ohana, then you're first stop would actually be Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill. It has a similar vibe and cuisine, but it leans into the Enchanted Tiki Room flair in a way that only the Disneyland Resort could. My favorite time to visit is for a tropical drink after a long day in the parks or for a breakfast burrito first thing in the morning before heading into the parks.

    If you're longing for some food from the Pridelands that feels similar to Sanaa then I would recommend visiting Troubadour Tavern adjacent to Fantasyland Theatre. While this is a walk-up location, it is off the beaten path and I find that too many people miss out on this absolutely delicious option.

    Finally, if you want unique options that you can only find at the Disneyland Resort then I would recommend the Blue Bayou in Disneyland Park, where you can be transported to a Caribbean port town and see boats drift by on the Pirates of the Caribbean. Alternatively, over in Disney California Adventure Park, you would want to set your sights on the elegance of Carthay Circle Restaurant or the Pixar-themed fun of Lamplight Lounge.

    The final three restaurants typically book up quick, so keep in mind that if you're not able to secure a dining reservation then you can still try for the Mobile Dine Walk-Up list! You'll also need to make sure you try a Churro on your trip. As many of my Walt Disney World Resort planDisney friends will admit - they are even better on the West Coast!

    When it comes to food and drink at the Disneyland Resort, I'm like Captain America - "I could do this all day." It's one of my favorite parts of our trips, so please feel free to come back and see us with any follow-up questions you think of! Thanks again for your question, Judy, and have a fantastic trip!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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