Disneyland is always evolving. Back when it first opened its doors in the 1950s there was absolutely no doubt that it focused a lot on food items that would be frowned upon today. Come on, you have to admit that a stereotypical “mammy” serving “hot pancakes” at the Aunt Jemima Restaurant was a little bit prejudice. Don’t even get started on the racist concepts running around their Mexican joints.
Over the years though, Disney has gotten smarter over what they present to the public. They’ve changed along with the times and are now avoid all the racist stereotypes – even in their cartoons – and are also more dedicated in serving healthier food. You can actually buy a salad now at Disneyland.
Of course this doesn’t mean you should say good-bye to all the ice creams, fat greasy burgers, and soft drinks but at least they’re actually trying. To get a head start on your itinerary, here’s a list of the top 10 food choices in Disneyland:
- Burgers – you’ll never find the perfect burger over at Disneyland but you have to give them credit for coming so close. One particular burger is the Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger, a popular hit over at the Taste Pilot’s Grill. The condiments bar is also pretty filled with a variety of choices so the overall package makes up for the just-above average burger.
- Beer – you read that right, there’s alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. Alcohol was offered officially since 2001 and since then the ball game has never been the same. There are so many options but one of the most common lounges is Bayside Brews. Try out the Cove Bar or Carthay Circle Lounge if the Bayside Brews’ view isn’t up your alley.
- Crispy Chicken Mixed Salad – you’ll find this decent, somewhat healthier option at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, which also has live performances from time to time. This dish actually has real green, leafy vegetables mixed with white fried chicken and a few select choices of dressing.
- Chili Con Queso – this particular item is a roll of bread shaped into a cone and then filled with fritos, cheese, and chili. It’s a very good choice for people on the move and a snack for people waiting in line for their next ride. It got really famous when Disney opened Cars Land.
- The Mickey Lollipop – the Mickey Lollipop is an icon and it has been that way for decades. This is the perfect souvenir and the perfect snack all at once, invoking delicious haven and nostalgia all at the same time. What’s even better is how affordable it is, currently sitting below $5.
- Strawberry Streetcar Sundae – head over to the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and pick this baby up. It’s a delightful treat of two vanilla scoops filling a waffle cup and then layered with whipped cream, strawberry syrup, and sweet sprinkles. It’s a perfect reward for kids and also a nice snack to just relax with for adults.
- Bread Bowl – the bread bowl is available in just about every nook and cranny of Disneyland and no two options are ever the same. Want a bread bowl served with clam chowder or do you want it served with chili and topped with cheddar cheese? Do you want it fancy or cliché and simple? No matter how you like your bread bowl, some shop in Disney is bound to have it for you.
- Dole Whip – this pineapple treat sits between being traditional sherbet and traditional ice cream. It’s sweet and it hails from the era when Hawaii was all the rage – that’s all you need to know. Not satisfied enough? You can also opt for a Dole Whip Float to get both the treat and a drink at the same time.
- Mickey Mouse Pancake – the dish every mom tries to copy when their kids are throwing tantrums, it is a very simple pancake shaped to resemble the mascot’s head and ears. It also features several fruits to portray the eyes and nose. It’s the perfect treat to get an adventure started.
- Monte Cristo – the iconic of all iconic Disneyland treats, the Monte Cristo started out as a special treat in the Blue Bayou Café – a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride – back in 1966. It’s the best sandwich on the menu and a must-have for anyone taking a trip down to the Land of Mouse.
So there you have it. The most iconic and must-try food choices at Disneyland are all listed above. Whether you’re a foodie hunting for the next best meal or just a parent planning their summer vacation with the kids, these are the meal items set to keep you full and satisfied. Some are healthy, some are not, but all of them are enticing and equally gratifying.