Disneyland Resort made an announcement yesterday that will please many guests. They have announced that they will be opening more restaurants at the resort.
The following restaurants will be opening –
Paradise Garden Grill – Opening May 13th
Alfresco Tasting Terrace – Opening for Legacy Passholders on May 18th
Blue Bayou – Opening May 27th. Online reservations available on May 18th
Napa Rose – Opening May 28th. Online reservations available May 18th
Storytellers Café – Opening May 28th for Breakfast and Dinner. No Character Dining Yet. Online reservations available May 18th
This year, a new premium Halloween dining experience hosted by Dr. Facilier is coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park: Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou. The evening begins at 7 p.m., with an intimate, spooky dining experience with a themed three-course menu.
During dinner, Dr. Facilier will be conjuring his friends from the other side, bringing them to life in Blue Bayou Restaurant for a wickedly good time. After dinner, guests will receive a limited-edition custom lithograph featuring art from Disney Animator Eric Goldberg before the Shadow Man bids his guests adieu and they are escorted from the Blue Bayou Restaurant to a special viewing area for “Halloween Screams” fireworks.
The special menu—available only during Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou—includes your choice of:
Crab Cake with Creole slaw and Remoulade sauce
Warm Goat Cheese Tart with baby spinach, golden beets, prosciutto and dried cherry vinaigrette
Braised Short Rib with Danish blue cheese whipped potatoes, baby carrots and huckleberry-pinot noir reduction
Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast with smoked aged white cheddar polenta, asparagus and thyme jus
Red Fish with crispy rock shrimp, green beans, Louisiana long grain rice and étouffée sauce
Dark Chocolate Crème Brule with salted caramel macaroon
Almond Praline Cheesecake with petit honey beignets
Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou will begin September 25, and be offered during Mickey’s Halloween Party through October 31. For reservations, click here.
Are you looking for a dazzling way to complete your meal? Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Truffles will be offered at select signature restaurants throughout Disneyland Resort (Blue Bayou Restaurant, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Steakhouse 55).
Each beautifully themed box contains four truffles with flavors inspired by the location:
Blue Bayou Restaurant Truffle Flavors
- Crème Brule – crème, brown sugar and vanilla
- Bananas Foster – banana, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum and banana liqueur
- King Cake – confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice
- Mint Julep – sugar, lime juice, lemon juice and crème de menthe
Carthay Circle Restaurant Truffle Flavors
- Carthay Manhattan – American whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and Luxardo maraschino cherries
- Brown Derby – bourbon, fresh grapefruit juice and honey
- B52 Coffee – Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Irish cream, coffee and whipped cream
- Hazelnut Tiramisu – classic tiramisu with hazelnut
Steakhouse 55 Truffle Flavors
- Cosmopolitan – vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime
- Kahlua – coffee, brown sugar, vanilla
- 24-Layer Chocolate Cake – milk chocolate, hazelnut and a hint of vanilla
- Primitivo – raspberry, blackberry, cherry, plums and raisin
For Carthay Circle Restaurant and Steakhouse 55, guests must be 21 years of age to purchase due to the alcohol content by volume.
A few weeks ago, we shared the exciting news about “Fantasmic!” dining packages coming to Disneyland park. With options ranging from table-service dinners to On-the-Go as well as a fabulous dessert party—there’s something for everyone!
At River Belle Terrace, you’ll find a three-course menu. Start with a choice of corn chowder soup or salad. Entrees include slow-roasted New York strip and Cajun shrimp skewer with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine reduction; rosemary-marinated chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables; or vegetarian hand-tossed pasta with seasonal vegetables in a garlic cream sauce. Complete the meal with caramel apple pie with streusel or chocolate cake with vanilla sauce. Our younger guests can start the meal with a finger-friendly crudité appetizer before a steak or chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Macaroni and cheese is also available as an option. Confetti cupcake with chocolate frosting will tempt their sweet tooth, or choose a fruit skewer.
For a classic New Orleans Square experience, the “Fantasmic!” dining package at Blue Bayou Restaurant is offered with regular dinner service and menu from 4 p.m. – close. Indulge in an appetizer, entrée and choice of apple cranberry galette, crème brûleé or eight-layer cake for dessert. There will also be a kid’s meal option for guests ages 3-9. Guests who choose the “Fantasmic!” dining package at Blue Bayou Restaurant will also receive a souvenir seat cushion.
For a family on the move, Aladdin’s Oasis will have special On-the-Go meals that include “Fantasmic!” viewing. Selections include herb-marinated grilled chicken and seasonal vegetables, lasagna Bolognese or vegetarian lasagna. All adult entrees are served with salad and choice of dressing, dinner roll, marbled cheesecake and a beverage. Kids’ meals include choice of chicken, pasta or macaroni and cheese along with seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, a dinner roll, Mickey-shaped cookie and a beverage. Reserve a time to pick up your meal between noon and 7pm.
If you have a sweet tooth try a dessert party that takes place 90 minutes before each showing of “Fantasmic!” at Hungry Bear Restaurant. You’ll enjoy live entertainment while enjoying favorite sweets like an eight-layer Ghirardelli chocolate hazelnut cake, a classic opera cake, and a light and creamy New York-style cheesecake. There are coconut and French macaroons and Madeleines with a trio of dipping sauces. To top it all off? A Chocolate Sorcerer Mickey. The dessert party also includes fresh hot coffee, cocoa and a seasonal beverage. Options are available for guests with nut and gluten allergies.
Each dining package includes a “Fantasmic!” FASTPASS ticket for admission to a reserved viewing area for a designated showing of “Fantasmic!” that day. “Fantasmic!” dining package availability is limited. For reservations, visit disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).
Sometimes we all want a little advice when we’re making a dinner reservation, and often it’s food writers and critics that send us to the best restaurants. That’s why we enjoy seeing the annual awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Inc., a group formed nearly 40 years ago to keep a finger on the pulse of the region’s dining. This year the group awarded Disneyland Resort a dozen awards to eight restaurants – two in Disneyland park, two in Disney California Adventure park and three in Disneyland Resort hotels.
Here are the awards:
Golden Bacchus Wine Award (the highest wine award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure park)
Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)
5 Stars (the highest award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure park)
Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland park)
Café Orleans (Disneyland park)
Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel)
Manager of the Year:
Jose Barragan – Barragan has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 17 years and manages Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park.
To make reservations at any of the Disneyland Resort restaurants, visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).