Disneyland Racecation: Disneyland Dining

Before I jump into today’s post on Disneyland Dining, I wanted to take a moment to remember…

 
As we remember September 11, 2001 and what happened on that heart-stopping day 12 years ago I pray for the families of those lost also for those affected by events that that happened that day & that have happened since that time. Life is worth living to its fullest as sometimes we never know what can happen.
 
I also celebrate my 12 year old pug-son Jaeden – who [I bought him and saw his birth date if 9/11/01]  is an angel in the darkness, loving us unconditionally every day with a huge lovable and squishy smile!
 
Happy birthday Jaeden!
 
 

Planning a vacation at Disney is made very easy when you have the help of a lovely friend/travel agent (Heather) and also Disney’s super-helpful website! Staying at Walt Disney World a day or two [on previous trips] I hadn’t made reservations for dining before, but knowing we’d be at Disneyland for about a week I wanted to be sure we had a chance to try out restaurants on the property – especially each night for dinner! – and not have to wait when we were HANGRY! So, I made reservations for each evening’s dinner and also for breakfast the mornings after each race – no one wants to be around hubs nor myself when we’re starving! We figured we could wing-it for lunches and other meals during the week as we explored each park (I made sure to pack my favorite Quest bars, almond milk, protein, and nuts to snack on.)
 

 

Here’s a TASTE of the resaurants we were able to try out!

WARNING – this post is FULL of DISNEY NOMS!

 
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria – We ate here the night before the 10k because I knew we’d have some sort of pizza fix! We ordered some drinks, an appetizer made of mozzarella/tomato/parmessan [sorry forgot the name but it was delish!], and a large barbeque chicken pizza. We had a lot of leftovers for lunch the next day! In the middle of Downtown Disney, they even have a take out door for quick bites to eat walking out of the park.๏ปฟ

 
 
PCH Grill – Saturday’s breakfast and dinner plans were made at this restaurant for ease of planning as I had the half marathon early the next morning and it was located in our hotel at Paradise Pier. For breakfast, we enjoyed Mickey’s Surf’s Up breakfast buffet! There was a large array of food choices, healthy ones and ones to treat yourself post-race! I loved the chicken sausage and egg whites with spinach along with a Mickey waffle and pancake. The characters came around for photos – it was a fun way to celebrate a 10k!

 
For dinner, G got the shrimp mac ‘n cheese and I had steak – I had steak a lot during this trip. I made an excuse saying I was bruising easy and needed red meat – work with me here. The salsa sauce on top of my steak was delicious and we both shared our meals, as always. Hubs said that the mac ‘n cheese definitely hit the spot and was a great comfort foot.

 

Storyteller Cafe – What better way to celebrate back-to-back races than with a breakfast with more Disney characters?! After the Half marathon, we were able to have breakfast at the Storyteller Cafe at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. Chip ‘n Dale’s critter gang visited us during breakfast! G had the breakfast buffet and I had an egg white omelet with veggies along with some potatoes and whole wheat toast.
 

Tortilla Jo’s– On whim, after seeing instagram posts with delicious guacamole, we stopped at Tortilla Jo’s for a couple of beers after a post-half-marathon-nap. We were instantly hooked! The bar tender even introduced me to a way to ‘spice up’ my Corona light with chili and tomato juice and also a variation with lime juice. Interesting! We decided to come back for lunch on Tuesday…aaaaand Wednesday. We discovered that you get a FREE appetizer when checking in on Yelp! So, we had free guacamole and fell in love with their chicken and/or steak taco salad!

 

Catal Restaurant – Reviewing the menus for each restaurant on Disney’s website, Catal stuck out to me as a place we definitely had to try. Mediterranean/Steakhouse fare? Sounded too fun to pass up. This restaurant was a bit more on the pricey side but we enjoyed it nonetheless. I had their arugula salad with chicken (had pecans and dates on the side) and G had their mango pasta. The food wasn’t too bad, but we weren’t impressed compared to the price of other available places around Downtown Disney.
 

 

Wine Country Trattoria – When coming to Disneyland you have to make time to see the World of Color show, put on every evening in Paradise Pier. You’re able to purchase dinner packages  at Ariel’s Grotto, Carthay Circle Restaurant, or the Wine Country Trattoria to enjoy dinner along with tickets for the show! We chose to have dinner in this Tuscan-style restaurant the evening of Labor day. You get to choose from a Pre Fixe menu that includes a salad or soup, entree, and dessert. Their strawberry Julep (that you can get at most of the restaurants in the park) was fantastic! G loved the Tenessee Honey beverage himself. We both loved the fennel salad. I had the Filet and it was a little more well done than I’d usually like, but tender enough to eat. The ambiance was calm though the park was bustling still. We could see Paradise Pier from where we sat and enjoyed dinner before World of Color started! (post with that tomorrow)
 
 

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar– After asking friends where we HAD to go that we hadn’t been to yet, we were told to visit Trader Sam’s over in the Disneyland Hotel area. We stopped here for lunch on our last day and had a blast! The bartenders were a riot and there was even an ‘erupting volcano’ that turned the place upside down. G’s chair started to lower and he freaked out a bit – rum will do that to you. I played along, remembering that we were in an enchanted bar ๐Ÿ˜‰ The bartender handed him a longer straw, telling him he was coming up short lol. This is a fun place to visit for sure!

 

Steakhouse 55 – I’m always up for a good steak when visiting new places, and this restaurant was recommended to me when I called to reserve our dinners for the week. In the Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55 was a classy and elegant restaurant. We decided to go with a Pre Fixe dinner option to try out their steak – yes, again – salad, and dessert. The creme brulee was dynamite! I wanted to scrape the bowl clean but also wanted to somewhat appear a lady ๐Ÿ˜‰
 

 

Blue Bayou Restaurant – On our last night at Disneyland, we had an early dinner in New Orleans Square at the Blue Bayou restaurant. When we went into Pirates of the Carribbean we noticed the restaurant in the beginning of our boat ride, so were excited to come back to try it out! You feel like you’re right on the Bayou in New Orleans! The sounds of the Bayou fill the area as you sit in dim lighting. Heather recommended we wait for a table by the water, which was worth the wait. G had their Gumbo and I had the salad. The sweet potato biscuits they give you are great dipped in the gumbo. I couldn’t take a photo of our meals, but G had the Pan-seared Salmon and I had the Tesoro Island Chicken Breast. Yum.
 

 
Uva Bar: As we walked through Downtown Disney each day, we often times wanted to take a quick sit break – walking and walking and walking in 100 degree weather is pretty killer. Why not add a beer to that mix? The Uva bar, located outside of Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney was our favorite place to plop down. There’s a large round bar and even seating around that for patrons to enjoy a quick snack, meal, and/or beverage of their choice! Our favorite? The Tangerine Wheat craft beer on tap!
 

Other things we noshed on – when in Rome – you HAVE to try some of these fun Disney treats:

White chocolate dipped rice crispie treat Mickey – with chocolate chips
 
 
Dole Whip – float style – in Adventureland, Disneyland
 

Mickey pretzel – Main street

Coconut Cupcake – Downtown Disney
 
 
We didn’t eat the Mike Wazowski candied apple, but I wanted to take him home ๐Ÿ˜‰
 
 I definitely recommend making DINING reservations when staying at the park during busier times or for stays of a few days or more!
 
Here are the other Disneyland Racecation posts in case you missed ’em!
 
 
How do you dine when on racecation?
What are your favorite Disney restaurants or ones you’d like to try?
 

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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22 Comments
  • Reply
    September 11, 2013, 12:05 pm

    I SOOOO WANNA GO BACK TO DISNEY.

    and am taking a moment of silence today too to remember.

    xoxo

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    September 11, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Wow! I want to travel with you – but only coupled with a race so we can run off these delicious tastings and treats!

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    September 11, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Yum!!!!!! I LOVE this post!!!!

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    September 11, 2013, 1:44 pm

    Happy birthday Jaeden!

    I’m more of a QSR type of gal when I go to Disney (who can sit still that long knowing there is FUN waiting?! I swear, I turn into a kid) but I am a SUPER fan of character buffet dining after races. We did Tusker House for brunch the day after the marathon in January and Goofy’s Kitchen after the DL Half. . . best plan ever- food AND I can get character pics with my medal? 2 birds, 1 stone and still FUN!

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      September 11, 2013, 2:24 pm

      for lunches we were, but I’ve never been able to experience dinners like we did – so much fun in a smaller park!

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    September 11, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Seriously that looked like such a fun trip! I really loved seeing your pictures. All of a sudden though I am craving one of those mickey mouse shaped ice cream treats. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 11, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Wow! Looks like you guys had an amazing time! Running the Princess 10K at Magic Kingdom is definitely on my bucket list.. my boyfriend and I are heading to Disney World in just 2 weeks. We can’t wait to have dinner at Be Our Guest in Belle’s new castle!!!

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      September 11, 2013, 2:24 pm

      It’s an awesome restaurant! You have to walk around to the 3 rooms and take photos!

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    September 11, 2013, 3:09 pm

    so glad you were able to get a table by the water at blue bayou! Also glad you enjoyed steakhouse 55!

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    September 11, 2013, 4:25 pm

    LOVE disney…we are heading to Disney Work in a few weeks to run the Tower of Terror 10miler (sans kids)…and then we are taking the kids for a week long vaycay in November – we are staying at Animal Kingdom…and it’s a surprise for the kids – we are not going to tell them until we are on the way to the airport…and then finally we are heading back in Jan. for the marathon weekend…also love the Dinning Plan…such awesome value!

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    September 11, 2013, 4:34 pm

    Oh I love pugs!! ( have had 3 of them!) Happy birthday!!

    Looks like you had some amazing things to munch on at Disney!

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    September 11, 2013, 5:29 pm

    Your post is making my mouth water, and making me think about all the wonderful places we ate at during our Disneyland trip in July. We ate at Wine Country Trattoria as part of our World of Color package but weren’t very impressed with it. By far, our favorite meal while at Disneyland was Blue Bayou. We loved eating looking out onto the water and seeing Pirates of the Caribbean. To top it off, the food there was amazing!

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    September 12, 2013, 12:39 am

    Shrimp mac n’ cheese sounds like my heaven. Your Mickey pretzel and rice krispie treat make me sad I have never eaten anything Mickey shaped before. Guess I will need to go back!

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    September 12, 2013, 1:47 am

    Happy birthday to that sweet pug!

    Also, good choice on the steak. I LOVE steak.

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    September 12, 2013, 2:46 am

    I have NEVER eaten at DISNEY!! I even brought a can of sardines when I went because A. I didn’t think there would be healthy food B. I didn’t want to spend $2933738 on my meal (I eat a lot) and C. I wanted to get on EVERY SINGLE RIDE I possibly could – NO TIME TO STOP!!

  • Reply
    September 12, 2013, 8:27 am

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    September 12, 2013, 10:28 am

    Okay fun!!!! I need to visit Disney Land! (I went to World this summer lol)

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    September 12, 2013, 1:00 pm

    You ate at some tasty places! Did you use the Dining plan? I think I can convince the hubby to come with me with all the options for alcohol! ๐Ÿ™‚

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