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Friday Feast: Disneyland Table Service Dining Must Dos!

After the Disneyland Half Marathon last year, I was craving all of the amazing counter service meals I saw people enjoying while out there.  Disneyland counter service blows Walt Disney World out of the water from what I’ve seen…remember, I haven’t even been there yet!

So with my upcoming trip (only a short 2.5 weeks away!!!!!) I obviously have myself looking towards food.  Shocking I know.  I still plan on paying a visit to Rancho del Zocalo, Flo’s V-8 Cafe and Bengal Barbeque, but now I have my sights set on table service restaurants…bring on the goodness!!

First stop of our trip is the Carthay Circle Restaurant.  We have reservations here for the first night we arrive and I couldn’t be more excited.  Ever since I saw the first reviews come out, I knew this restaurant would be right up my alley!

Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

From the signature Firecracker Duck Wings to the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, everything looks amazing!  Oh and of course I can’t wait to try one of their signature cocktails or maybe some of that Lassetter wine (yes, as in John Lassetter!) that Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run Disney enjoyed when she was there.  It’s 3 days before any races, what can it hurt?!? 🙂

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

Next on my list is the Blue Bayou.  While the menu at this restaurant really doesn’t appeal to me all that much and it seems WAY over priced, I always hear that this is a must do for every Disneyland first-timer.  Hey, that’s me!  And while the menu isn’t all that appealing, the atmosphere is and from all the photos I’ve seen I’m sure I will plant my butt in one of those waterside tables for quite some time.

Photo Source: Disney

Photo Source: Disney

The atmosphere actually reminds me of San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, which is one of my favorite lunch spots!  So we will be visiting Blue Bayou for lunch on our second day in Disneyland…oh boy!  Now as far as menu items are concerned, I know the famous Monte Cristo is a fan favorite, but between the eggs, grains and sugar, that is sure to throw my digestive system into a tailspin!  I’ve been leaning more towards the Jambalya…now that looks delicious!

Photo Source: Yelp

Photo Source: Yelp

Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

Photo Source: The Disney Food Blog

The last reservation I’ve made is at what I’ve heard is the best Disney restaurant there is by my good friend and dining expert Rick Howard. It’s the one and only Napa Rose.  I was lucky enough to snag a reservation at the Chef’s Counter on the last night of our trip (yes, I called exactly 60 days out like a good WDW veteran does!).  This will be a great way to celebrate my completion of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge!  I haven’t had a Chef’s Table experience in almost 3 years when we ate at Victoria & Albert’s for our one year anniversary, so I am seriously looking forward to this!  Also, I’ve read AJ’s review on The Disney Food Blog a few times and it is just building up my anticipation of this meal.  Sigh…can I go there right now?!?

These are the only reservations I’ve made so far, but I’m also considering the Wine Country Trattoria, Carnation Cafe, Tortilla Jo’s and Steakhouse 55.  They are all on my maybe list for other potential table service dining locations.

What do you think?  Am I missing any MUST DO Disneyland table service restaurants?!?


If I Was Running the Disneyland Half Marathon…

I must admit that I am pretty jealous of everyone heading out to California today for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.  Not only because I really want that coveted Coast to Coast medal, but because I’ve never been to Disneyland!  I know this is crazy for a huge Disney fan like myself to never have been to the place where it all began, but Walt Disney World has always been my home.  It wasn’t until recently that I’ve gotten the itch to visit the west coast park.

So this got me to thinking…what if I WAS going to Disneyland this weekend to run the half marathon?  What would I do?  Here’s my dream weekend…

Thursday, August 30th 

  • Arrive at the Disneyland Resort around 3:30 pm after my early morning flight from the east coast.
  • Check in at the Grand Californian Hotel.
  • Head over the Disneyland Park (DL) to take a walk down Main Street USA and walk in Walt’s footsteps. 🙂
  • Finally have dinner at Napa Rose…something I’ve been dying to do!  The menu changes seasonally, but here’s a sample.
  • Watch World of Color from the balcony of my room before crashing after a long day of travel.

Friday, August 31st

  • Get up bright and early for rope drop at Disney California Adventure (DCA) and beeline it over to Cars Land.
  • Get a Fastpass and wait standby for Radiator Springs racers.
  • Grab breakfast in Cars Land.  I’m thinking the Bacon Scramble Cone at the Cozy Cone Motel or the Chicken Tamale Breakfast (YUM!!) at Flo’s V-8 Cafe.
  • Explore the rest of Cars Land and some other areas of DCA.
  • Head over to the Disneyland Hotel around noon for the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up my race packets and do some shopping!
  • Visit Trader Sam’s for a light lunch and libations!
  • Return to DCA to explore more of the park before our dinner reservations at the Wine Country Trattoria as part of the World of Color Dinner Package.
  • Catch the early viewing of World of Color in our reserved viewing area.
Saturday, September 1st

  • Another early morning for the Cars Land 5K Rally!
  • After the race, head to Storyteller’s Cafe in the Grand Californian for breakfast.  This reminds me of my Whispering Canyon post WDW 5K breakfast tradition 🙂
  • Relax by the pool for a bit to rest the legs for the big race tomorrow.
  • Return to DL to experience many of the attractions!  I definitely want to savor everything in this park.
  • Have an early dinner at the Blue Bayou.  The menu looks pretty heavy, but hopefully I can find some lighter fare.  I really want to experience this restaurant!
Sunday, September 2nd

Disneyland Half Marathon Course Map

  • An even earlier morning for the Disneyland Half Marathon!  The nice thing about this resort compared to WDW is that you don’t have to leave as much time to travel to the starting line, which means more sleep 🙂
  • After having a killer PR for the race (this is a dream trip remember!), head back to the hotel for an ice bath and a nap!
  • In the afternoon, return to DL and go Rancho del Zochalo for some fish tacos…my fav!  Why can’t WDW have food like this?!
  • Take in any attractions I missed in both DL and DCA, especially a walk around Cars Land at night.
  • Have an amazing dinner with celebratory cocktails at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
  • Return to DL for the Magical fireworks show and Fantasmic to end an amazing trip!
Monday, September 3rd

Breakfast of Champions!

  • Sadly pack my bags as I get ready to check out and head home 🙁
  • Take one last walk down Main Street USA and grab a quick breakfast at the Jolly Holiday Bakery before having to head back to the airport for my early afternoon flight home.
So what do you think?!?  Doesn’t this sound like a GREAT trip?!  I think I’m going to put this one in my pocket and save the plan for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon.  Next year is my year to grab that Coast to Coast medal!  Who’s with me??
What is your dream Disneyland trip?