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Old 07-10-2010, 01:15 PM   #76
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I agree that one of the strengths of DLR dining is the year round ability to sit outside while eating and be surrounded by the park. I guess that is why I gravitate to mainly CS.
In WDW sometimes you have to rely on a TS meal just to get out of the heat.
I never really thought about it but you are so right!
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:54 PM   #77
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Man, I wish I could be in Italy right now and eat my way thru Italy north to South. Also, i would be able to visit where my Gpa grew up.

About the meals, I have eaten at CC for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I enjoy the loaded potato soup and the sandwich with the pretzel bread. I have eaten at Minnies and GK for breakfast and liked GK better for the food, but Minnies better for the wide range of characters. I haven't been to WOC dinner package, but my meal at WCT was good last year. I enjoyed my blue cheese burger at Taste Pilot too.

I enjoy the food I ordered and have ordered them multiple times. I wanted to go to CO, but it was being refurb the last time I went. yes, I was bummed, but I got over it and am thinking ways to go back. However, I just had a trip to WDW, so I don't think it will be anytime soon.

What do you expect from CS meals and for Disney to feed large numbers of people in a short time on the spot? McDonalds would change too if that happened.

I haven't eaten at Napa's or SH55 or BB, but I plan to.
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:33 PM   #78
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Another big difference between WDW & DL dining is the ability to quickly go off-site & eat. It's difficult for someone who isn't familiar with the area and doesn't have a car to do that in WDW, but in DL there are a lot of non-Disney food options in all price options. I say this as I'm munching on left-over El Pollo Loco from lunch.....kids just finished swimming.....so today we got two meals for our family for half the price of a TS meal inside the park. We loaded up on fastpasses this am while riding rides. Got lunch outside the park. Swam. Eating dinner now & will go use fastpasses & ride more rides until we are wiped out. Today, we bought a Dole Whip & we'll probably buy a couple of churros. Tomorrow, Disney will probably squeeze more out of us! El Pollo Loco is a little hard for the casual tourist to find, but there are plenty of options. WDW -- is really, really hard to find non-Disney food in any reasonable period of time. At least that was our experience in the three times we went there. So, I don't think Disney has as much incentive to invest in restaurants in DL since they really don't have as big of a captive audience.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:49 PM   #79
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I'm sure this is a common disappointment among WDW vets. From what I've heard, food is an intricate part of the WDW experience. For DLR, it isn't. Many are there for shorter trips and aren't concerned with experiencing a wide variety of food, or anything more than a quick meal. I could see someone getting bored and underwhelmed with eating at DLR for 10 days...most are only there for 3-5 days.
I think you hit the nail on the head. 10 Days. We go to WDW for usually 8 days and never run out of interesting places to eat, but DLR is 5 days tops for us. Out of those 5 days we usually plan about 3 sit down dinners, and don't feel I'm missing anything. I agree DLR food has definitely improved, but at the same time WDW food quality has gone down in recent years. Probably a result of giving it away for free the last 5 years.
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I have always enjoyed my meals at DL, but 10 days would be very hard to find different restaurants to try on property. My favs are the BB, Taste Pilots Grill, Hungry Bear, and the French Market.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:03 PM   #81
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Man, I wish I could be in Italy right now and eat my way thru Italy north to South. Also, i would be able to visit where my Gpa grew up.

About the meals, I have eaten at CC for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I enjoy the loaded potato soup and the sandwich with the pretzel bread. I have eaten at Minnies and GK for breakfast and liked GK better for the food, but Minnies better for the wide range of characters. I haven't been to WOC dinner package, but my meal at WCT was good last year. I enjoyed my blue cheese burger at Taste Pilot too.

I enjoy the food I ordered and have ordered them multiple times. I wanted to go to CO, but it was being refurb the last time I went. yes, I was bummed, but I got over it and am thinking ways to go back. However, I just had a trip to WDW, so I don't think it will be anytime soon.

What do you expect from CS meals and for Disney to feed large numbers of people in a short time on the spot? McDonalds would change too if that happened.

I haven't eaten at Napa's or SH55 or BB, but I plan to.
I also go with the european eating experiences, but you have missed 3 of the best for the resort. The whole family really likes TP for the fastfood.

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Old 07-11-2010, 08:17 PM   #82
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I've been to disneyland more times than I can count, and while there are some very yummy options here, both my boyfriend and I agree that WDW has the edge when it comes to TS dining- good food is everywhere! We really miss the food over there when we go to DL now. However, we love that DL's CS is not all bacon double cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets like WDW. Unless you're in Epcot, CS in WDW is very much the same wherever you go. For our trip in August we've booked deluxe dining so we don't have to eat CS.


For the record, we don't really like the Blue Bayou's food, and we liked Coral Reef. Our favorite TS in DL is Cafe Orleans and in WDW we liked them all.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:14 PM   #83
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I always thought both DL and WDW had pretty bad food and we tend to suffer it rather than look forward to it. We usually pack a bar or two for b'fast and a snack, have some park junk for lunch and snacks, and go offsite for dinner, often late at night.

I just got back from 5 days in DL and we tried some of the food stuff recommended here and were pleasantly surprised, though. Pommes frites, corn dogs, Dole Whips, lobster nachos. All were not bad for theme park food, though I wouldn't count the days til I can get them again either. My daughter even commented on how we were trying more park fare than usual. And our travel companions learned to ask me at meal times "Did you read any good recommendations for this area?" LOL! So thanks for the recommendations, DISers!
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:27 AM   #84
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When I go to Disneyland, I want to try things I haven't tried there, and usually that means, 9 times out of 10, something that isn't good for you, but tastes good! LOL I know if I looked, I can find healthy alternatives (veggies, fresh fruits, salads, etc) for the fried foods that are served, plus, I can bring in an assortment of snacks too. When I am at Disneyland, I want to try the latest, or seasonal goodie that someone on the boards has posted (Cheshire cat tail looks and sounds yummy and is on my list for my next visit as well as the freshly made candy canes, and peppermint ice cream in the waffle cone dipped in chocolate with the red and green sprinkles).
I know the cost of food is a bit higher, but I know my other senses are enjoying a feast as well. The surroundings in which the food is eaten makes the dining more enjoyable. Having a drink of cold water with a magic straw that turns from pink to purple makes my water tastes better! Same with eating out of a plate that is in the shape of Mickey's head, or wiping my mouth on a napkin that says Disneyland.
I do not remember anything I have eaten at Disneyland that was bad. I have been very fortunate everything has been sprinkled with magical pixie dust and tasted very yummy.
One thing I will add is when we go on vacation, like to Disneyland, I will try to make sure we do eat some healthy foods, but this is time to try all the cookies, treats, cotton candy, you name it, that we do not have on a regular basis at home. We get our fill of it, and when we get home, we look forward to getting back to our routine (well, I would like to have a chocolate covered pretzel daily!).
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:23 PM   #85
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Do you have to pay $14 parking + $72 admission to get into McDonalds or Mimi's or ....?

no they across the street from dLR totally accessible by car! they have there own parking lots..!
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:45 PM   #86
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I have to agree that with those that also aren't huge fans of the food at DLR, at least in terms of meals. I think DLR sure knows how to do junk food though (the yummy pineapple spears are delicious too, and not junk food, so besides that). I have to admit, DBF and I have really given up on finding delicious meals and we just snack throughout the day. I think the snacks are delicious, albeit terrible for the hips...
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:57 PM   #87
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I also go with the european eating experiences, but you have missed 3 of the best for the resort. The whole family really likes TP for the fastfood.

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Don't worry Jack. I'll be back and eat there. More trips I will go.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:36 PM   #88
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I have to agree that with those that also aren't huge fans of the food at DLR, at least in terms of meals. I think DLR sure knows how to do junk food though (the yummy pineapple spears are delicious too, and not junk food, so besides that). I have to admit, DBF and I have really given up on finding delicious meals and we just snack throughout the day. I think the snacks are delicious, albeit terrible for the hips...
Count us in as snackers too. We eat fairly healthily at home, but when we're at Disney it's like we're on a mission to find all the treats. I'm always wandering through the candy shops and bakeries looking for a little something, and DH and DS8 and DS10 perk up near the churro, popcorn, and corndog carts. Kettle corn from the cart in downtown Disney or sourdough bread from DCA are great snacks to share. And I don't know why I'm willing to pay such ridiculously high prices for ice cream at Disney when I can get a whole carton of it at the grocery store for the same price. Bengal Barbecue is yummy, but I would only classify that as a snack as well. We're often way more pleased with the snacks than the meals we end up with. When it does come to mealtime, we tend to be most comfortable returning to the same places: Pizza Port for pasta and salad, Carnation Cafe for lunch or dinner, Jazz Kitchen for lunch, and Pacific Wharf Cafe for breakfast. We also like French Market occasionally because, while sometimes salty, the food there isn't all fried and doesn't feel too heavy. We like Storyteller's Cafe for Thanksgiving dinner but don't eat there any other time. I know there are other restaurants in the parks, but we've either tried them and found them mediocre or haven't bothered because we thought that they offered such uninspiring choices.
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At Cafe Orleans, if you sit outside, you get the view of the river traffic and the people passing by, and sometimes the Bootstrappers Pirate Band.

At Blue Bayou, you dine on the patio of a southern mansion - on one hand you get the view of the bayou, with the boats going by and the fireflies (and strange bird noises) and if you look the other way you see the mansion all lit up - it is a very pretty place to enjoy a meal.

At Carnation Cafe, you dine next to Main Street, and watch the traffic going by - The Dapper Dans, The All American Band, The Straw Hatters.

At Big Thunder Ranch you get "all you can eat" barbecue, and live entertainment all day long.

If you prefer, you can get steak gumbo, or vegetarian gumbo, or clam chowder in a bread bowl and sit at tables overlooking Rivers Of America (from the Royal Street Veranda).

Tell me what you get at McDonalds, or Mimi's, or anyplace else for that matter, that involves you in the Disneyland experience.

Yes, I am a castmember, and I work at Blue Bayou. But I am telling you the same things that I tell my friends and family. And I am telling you some of my favorite places to go for breakfast (Carnation Cafe) lunch or dinner.
Fantastic post and sums up the experience well!

My first meal at Disneyland was at Aunt Jemimas Kitchen, and I had a Mickey Mouse pancake! My second meal was a tuna fish sandwhich we bought from a boat in Fantasyland and we ate it at a table overlooking skull rock!

Disneyland food has always been about the experience. It has been five LONG years since I have been there, my last visit occuring over the 50th birthday and staying up all night inside DCA to be in the first five hundred people to get into Disneyland July 17th!

Have always loved Monte Cristos at BB. Loved listening to Rod playing the piano as I drank a coke. Loved the CS in the GCH, cant remember the name right now, but they had the BEST sandwhiches!! Went to Carnation Cafe numerous times, YUM!! And the plaza had a wrap, with turkey, in the 70's that was HUGE and SO good!! My brother was a teenager and could never get full, but 1/2 of one filled him up!!!

In 2005 I wnt to the Fantasmic dessert buffet twice. Once on the balcony, and once on the riverside/ The night on the balcony was on my birthday and I also ate at Napa Rose that night. I couldn't decide what to have, so the group of us all decided to get two appetizers each, instead of a main course and then we shared. It was by far, the best meal I have ever eaten.

Reading this thread has made me homesick and I am in the process of planning a DL trip for next Spring.

As for WDW, I have gone on trips for 7 to 16 days. I have been there four times now. I have two young grandsons who are just now two and four. TS is not a common occurance. I can honestly say that the choices for CS there are numerous!! On the 16 day trip, I didn't eat a burger or hot dog even once. I am looking forward to exp;oring DL again and I am so happy Bengal BBQ is still there!
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Having been a veteran of both WDW and DL, here's my take:

I agree with one of the PPs - you have a super-sized number of non-Disney dining options within a stone's throw (actually, a very short walk) of the DL gates. In fact, during my handful of trips to Anaheim, I always found myself taking my main meals off-site at the end of the day.

As for WDW - even though it's classed as a resort, I liken it to more of a small self-contained city which is basically cut-off from the outside world. Dining off-site is not as logistically feasable as it is inside DL plus Disney has more room/facilties to try many different concepts, there. DL simply doesn't have the room to spread its' wings (which is why WDW was planned, to begin with).

As overall quality goes - I haven't been to DLR since 2004, so perhaps quality may well be on the decline, there. We have to remember that California is the epicenter of the bad economy. But in two recent trips to WDW (2008/2009), I didn't experience anything "stellar" there, either (and times are tough in Central Florida, as well).

My take on this? Those who are most critical of DL tend to be those who have been to WDW many, many, many times (and are from a part of the country who calls WDW "their very own") and probably can easily overlook the fact that food quality isn't all that great there, either.

And, as a PP said - in California, most tend to overlook the food experience at DL in favor of easy access in and out of the parks.
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