For a family vacation at Disneyland Resort, food is not just an essential part of the experience, but an exciting part of the experience. These days theme park food is so much more than burgers, chicken fingers and fries (although you can certainly get those, too). Throughout both Disneyland theme parks families can find themed cuisines, Mickey-shaped ice cream bars, churros and more — often served in a collectible container that kids will love. Here’s a round-up of the best edible — and Instagramable — eats throughout the Disneyland Resort.
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- When it comes to snacks, it’s hard to beat the classic Dole Whip found at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland. A favorite is the Dole whip float – pineapple soft serve ice-cream served in a glass of pineapple juice. This is one of the most refreshing ways to cool off on a hot summer day.
- Pair a classic New Orleans beignet with a Disney twist, and you’ll discover Mickey-shaped beignets at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
- On Main Street, U.S.A., order a Matterhorn Macaroon at the Jolly Holiday Bakery. For bonus points, showcase it with the Matterhorn Bobsleds mountain in the background, and you have a perfect shot for Instagram.
- If you can’t go to a theme park without getting a funnel cake, head over to Critter Country where the Hungry Bear Restaurant creates all kinds of decadent funnel cakes including the traditional with powdered sugar, a churro cake with cinnamon sugar and caramel and a Cherry Coke cake topped with sweet cherries stewed in Coca-Cola.
- For a sit down meal at Disneyland, there’s nothing like the atmosphere of the Blue Bayou Restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Fireflies blink and crickets chirp as you dine on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich watching the boats float by.