Finding the happiest food on earth

Most of the time, I don’t like tuna. It’s kind of fun to say and if I’m in the right mood it tastes good in my mac and cheese for like a second, but other than that I don’t get cravings for tuna too often.

But tuna proved to me that Disneyland is actually magical and can even make something as dull and strange as tuna taste good.

My mom always likes to get little tuna and cracker lunches for us when we go to Disneyland, and the first time she did, naturally, I was not too thrilled with the situation. However, lunch time came around and the rumbling in my tummy was enough to make even me want to eat sun-warmed tuna. We found a place to sit in ToonTown by the fountain and cracked open our tuna lunches. To my great surprise, the tuna was fantastic and the crackers were the perfect complement. Whether I was eating in ToonTown or by the river underneath the Hungry Bear restaurant, I ate and enjoyed those tuna lunches (and even the little mint that came with it, which I also normally would not like ) almost every day afterward.

When we got back from Disneyland, I was sold on the tuna lunches. We had more sitting in our pantry, so one day when I didn’t want to make a sandwich I pulled out a tuna lunch, expecting the same magical experience I had in Disneyland.

To my dismay, it was back to being as terrible as it had always been.

This, my dear friends, was when I realized Disney is actually a magical place that can turn even something as gross as tuna and a mint into a tasty lunch.

One of the best parts about a Disneyland vacation is going to Disney restaurants, dining with Disney characters, eating Mickey-shaped food and basically eating your way to happiness. With that in mind, it really is impossible to have a bad food experience at Disneyland.

However, whether you want to save money or time or just have the best food experience possible, these tips will help you make the most of eating at Disneyland.

1. Get a hotel that has free breakfast

And not just an old, boring continental breakfast. Bagels get old fast. You’ll want to find somewhere, if possible, that has a hot breakfast where you can get eggs or waffles. Embassy Suites even has a chef who will make you custom ordered omelets. Another place I have stayed that had delicious and diverse breakfast choices was the Springhill Suites.

2. Bring your lunch to the park

Disney has lockers available if you really don’t want to carry around your backpack of food all day, but it will really only be heavy until you eat lunch. This will help you not only save money but a lot of time as you can eat as quickly as you want, on the go or even while you are waiting in line.

3. Go to the Starbucks

I know what you might be thinking. “I can get Starbucks anywhere, anytime.” But the Starbucks in Disneyland are some of the cutest coffee shops I have ever been in. It’s worth it to check out the both of the ones in Disneyland park and California Adventure.

4. Go to Jolly Holliday

In the Jolly Holliday Bakery Cafe, you can find little treats like the Matterhorn Macaroon or the Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaroon or a wide variety of other baked delectable treats.

5. Watch the parade and get a churro

Disneyland churros are the most amazing churros on the face of the planet. They are always warm and cinnamony. The best time to eat them is while you are watching the parade when it isn’t too hot outside.

6. Treat yourself to one fancy dinner

Eating at Disneyland can get expensive, but if you can make it work, I would highly recommend trying one of Disney’s fancier restaurants. Whether it’s Blue Bayou, Carthay Circle or Wine Country Trattoria, these restaurants are worth the experience and food.

7. When to Wetzel’s Pretzels

If you have a Wetzel’s near you maybe this isn’t as big of a deal, but one tradition my family has and loves is getting Wetzel’s Pretzels on our last day in Anaheim. After we’ve done our days in the parks, we always spend half a day to a day in Downtown Disney and Wetzel’s is our stop for lunch.

8. Can’t decide what to eat? Go to the Pacific Wharf

If you all are feeling different foods for dinner, the Pacific Wharf has a nice selection to choose from. There is bread bowls, Asian and Mexican food to choose from and all are equally as delicious.

9. Do yourself a favor and go get a Schmoozie

Need a jolt of coffee? Then get a “Make Mine Mocha” at Schmoozies located in California Adventure. I have no words for how amazing it is. Just go get one.

10. Finally, try a restaurant in Downtown Disney

My recommendation is to do this on the first day you get there before you go into the parks, or on the day after your last day at the parks. The Rainforest Cafe is an amazing experience and the ESPN Zone has an awesome atmosphere (although the food is sub-par in my opinion). I have heard good things about the food at Catal Restaurant, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Tortilla Jo’s as well. Don’t miss out on some of the great places to eat in Downtown Disney!


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