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18 of the Best Disneyland Food Items (Updated Every Month)!

Disney, Cuisine

This guide to the best Disneyland food isn’t going to have your typical turkey leg and churro suggestions. This is the real deal food guide for all those foodies out there who have exceptional palettes and think themselves to be real food snobs. Every Disneyland food guide I see is always full of the typical fair-style food, but I wanted to create a guide that represents the really amazing food at Disneyland that no one is telling you about.

I go to Disneyland several times a month and have Magic Key, so I consider myself a Disneyland food expert at this point. Here are the best Disneyland food items available in Disneyland and California Adventure. Since the menu items can change often, I like to update this list every month to replace items that are no longer available or add new items.

*Updated December 2023

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1. New* Jerked Cornish Hen

The new Jerked Cornish Hen is a welcomed addition to the Lamplight Lounge menu. It features a Beer-brined, Jerk-marinated Cornish Game Hen nestled atop a Bami Cake. The Bami Cake should actually be called a Bammy Cake with is a Jamaican bread made of cassava flour, though the one of Lamp Light tastes more like a potato pancake possibly made with Yucca instead of potato. Either way, it is delicious.

The Cornish Hen perfect blend of jerk seasoning and herbs with just a hint of heat. It is surrounded with a puree of greens and served with a side of braised collard green, mixed lettuce, and a few cubed surprises of sweet red beets with a strawberry chili jam. This dish is packed full of flavor and creativity. I also appreciate the use of vegetables which are often lacking at Disneyland.

Lobster roll on a colorful plate next to a bag of potato chips
photo courtesy of Jennifer Kita

2. Lobster Rolls at Harbor Galley

Not many people know that you can get a Lobster Roll at Disneyland. Right in front of The Haunted Mansion is Harbor Galley which offers Lobster Rolls and even Lobster mac and cheese served in a fresh-baked sourdough bread bowl.

crab cake benedict lamplight lounge
photo courtesy of Diele C. Kyhn

3. Crab Cake Benedict at Lamplight Lounge

I highly recommend making brunch reservations at Lamp Light Lounge if you plan on visiting during the weekend. The Crab and Potato Cake Benedict is served with sautéed spinach, soft poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise, and fresh fruit. Pair it with a fabulous mimosa flight and you have a brunch fit for even the most selective foodie.

In addition to their Crab Cake Benedict, they also offer some amazing entrees like the Potato Flautas or Egg White Frittata Bake which features hen of the woods mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions, smoked salmon, goat cheese sour cream, avocado, and confit potatoes.

Cookie Butter Monkey bread at river belle terrace
photo courtesy of Heather O’ Regan Wilson

4. Monkey Bread at River Belle Terrace

Guests who are “in the know” rave about the Seasonal Monkey Bread found at River Belle Terrace. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find yourself checking the menu regularly and making reservations just to enjoy this amazing dessert. In my Disnleynad groups, I see magic key holders constantly ask about the seasonal monkey bread flavors being offered. The Pumpkin and Cookie Butter Monkey Breads are amazing and I love checking in to see what’s new. Sometimes the best Disneyland food is also the best dessert!

person holding a Ronto Wrap from Disneyland

5. Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters

Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me, but my favorite addition to the best Disneyland food list is the Ronto Wrap from Ronto Roasters. I love a good hot dog and this is unlike anything I’ve ever had. Whoever created the Ronto Wrap deserved some major props. This is something I would have normally never ordered, but my friend gave me a bite of theirs and now I’m addicted! The Ronto Wrap is a grilled pork sausage with thin slices of roasted pork, peppercorn sauce, and tangy slaw wrapped in soft Pita.

If you’re a vegetarian, I have also heard the plant-based Ronto Wrap is even better!


6. Kung Pao Bao at Lamplight Lounge


Lamplight has introduced a new Kung Pao Bao on their fall menu and they are outstanding. This new appetizer features soft fluffy bao buns stuffed with succulent strips of pork belly coated in a kung pao glaze. While pork belly can often be fatty, I found these Kung Pao Bao to be incredibly meaty and crispy. Take note, however, they are also spicy!

Oreo Bread Pudding Best Disneyland Food
photo courtesy of Daniella Kalei Ware

7. Seasonal Bread Pudding at Pacific Warf Cafe

The seasonal bread pudding can be found at Pacific Wharf Cafe at Disneyland California Adventure. Currently, Cherry Cheesecake Bread Pudding is being offered and it is amazing. I discovered this dessert because so many guests raved that this is the best Disneyland food item and they aren’t wrong. I never even knew I was a fan of bread pudding until I tried the Disneyland bread pudding. The Oreo Cookie bread pudding was my absolute favorite!

Quessabirria tacos from Disneyland on a plate with limes, radishes, and dipping sauce
photo courtesy of Lacey Parayno

8. QuesaBirria Tacos at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

In Southern California, we are known for having the best tacos, and park-goers rave about the QuesaBirria Tacos at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill. In fact, they are so popular you can only order 2 per transaction! Each taco is filled with tender braised beef, cheese and served with tomatillo salsa and Birria consomé.

What is the difference between Birria and Barbacoa?

Barbacoa means BBQ and is cooked in a hole in the ground until it becomes extremely tender and juicy. Birria, however, is the same process as Barbacoa but it is submerged in a delicious sauce. You will oftentimes see this sauce served with the Birria such as the Quesabirria Tacos from Disneyland.


9. Seasonal Flavored Churros

Every month Disneyland introduced a handful of new seasonal churro flavors and I highly suggest you ditch the boring basic churros for one of these instead. The day before I make my way to Disneyland, I bring up the park map, set it to dining, and have it sorted by list. Then I go to all the Churro Cart stations and check their menus to see what seasonal churros are available.

Some of my favorites have been the Fluffernutter Churro pictured above with peanut butter, marshmallow drizzle, and chocolate chips, the S’more Churro, Chocolate Hazelnut Churro, and my most recent Hazelnut Strawberry Churro drizzled in Hazelnut with freeze-dried strawberry pieces.


10. Trandoshan-style Pasta with Braised Bantha

This entree, found at Docking Bay 7, has to be included as the best Disneyland food for the mere fact that it looks like it belongs in a fine dining restaurant. The new version of their braised beef pot roast is the Trandoshan-style Pasta with Braised Bantha. This dish is about the same price as a sit-down restaurant, but also the same quality. It features Chile-braised Beef, Buttered Garlic Cavatelli, Seasonal Vegetables, Zesty Avocado Sauce, and a Balsamic Glaze.

If you’re looking for vegetarian options, everyone also raves about the Felucian Kefta & Hummus Garden Spread. The Dewback Chili Noodles are also very popular with a spicy kick. Dock Bay 7 is also where you’ll find one of my favorite Disneyland Drinks, the Cold Brew Black Caf.


11. The Skewers From Bengal BBQ

These skewers are especially good if you’re following any type of keto, low carb, or gluten-free diet. Bengal BBQ offers a variety of different meat skewers all topped with a variety of special sauces. Everyone seems to have an opinion on which skewers they love the most. Guests rave about the Pork Belly Skewers with Hoisin sauce, pickled carrots, daikon, and cilantro. If you like your meat a little leaner, the hot & spicy Banyan Beef Skewers are tender and delicious.


12. The Pork Chops at Lamplight Lounge

There is a pork chop entree at both Carthay Circle and Lamplight Lounge. However, the consensus agrees, the Al Pastor Pork Chops at Lamplight Lounge is the winner. This dish features a bone-in pork chop over Oaxaca cheese polenta with pineapple relish, charred onions, roasted chili butter, and green chili sauce. This entree will have you feeling like you’re in a Southwest Mexican-inspired fine dining restaurant.

Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccine in White Wine Lemon Sauce

13. Shrimp Scampi or Alfredo at Wine Country Trattoria

Wine Country Trattoria always has a delicious shrimp scampi or shrimp alfredo on their menu and it is fabulous. I also add broccolini to my shrimp scampi to make it more nutritious. It is really a fantastic dish just like you would find at any wonderful Italian restaurant.

Pro Tip: Wine Country Trattoria actually makes their fettuccini noodles in-house and you can ask for fettuccini regardless of the pasta your dish is supposed to come with.

chocolate beignets on a plate
photo courtesy of Chris Lee

14. The Beignets at The Mint Julip

One of my favorite Disneyland treats is the beignets from Mint Julip and the New Orleans Square restaurant. I actually prefer these beignets over the ones from Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. You’ll find that the beignets inside the park are a little lighter and fluffier, which I really enjoy.

My favorite part about the Disneyland Beignets is their seasonal offerings. For example, this month they have peppermint beignets for the holidays. In the photo above you’ll see the popular Hot Chocolate Beignets from New Orleans Square. This is one Disney food item that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy.

Pro Tip: The Mint Julip beignets can now be mobile ordered to avoid those long lines!

steak gumbo in bread bowl from disneyland

15. Steak Gumbo in a Sourdough Bread Bowl from Royal Street Veranda

Last but not least is the steak gumbo which you can get in a freshly made Boudin Bakery bread bowl at Royal Street Veranda. The gumbo is terrific with lean chunks of steak and slices of okra. The bread bowls are fantastic and made fresh each morning from the on-site Boudin Bakery which can be found in California Adventure. You can even venture into the bakery and watch them make the bread bowls fresh.


17. Pork Lumpia from Tropical Hideaway

These Pork Lumpia are a secret favorite among guests at the park. They cannot be found on the mobile app and are located at the Tropical Hideaway which is kind of a little foodie treasure at Disneyland. At the Tropical Hideaway you can also find different Bao Buns and a variety of other flavored dole whips. They even have a Mango Chimoy Dole Whip inspired by Mexican fruit carts. However, it is the Pork Lumpia that I like to grab when I want a little naughty fried snack.

If you’ve nev er had lumpia before, think of it as a very light and crispy egg roll, but much better.


Everyone is obsessed with these magical gingerbread cookies, including myself, and I don’t even like gingerbread. Or maybe I should take that back since thanks to these cookies, I’m totally open to trying gingerbread desserts. These cookies are so good, they place a 5 order limit on the cookies, and everyone orders all five! On the Disney Facebook groups, everyone freezes them so they can continue enjoying them even when they’re no longer available.

These cookies are available during the Christmas holiday season and during Halloween, they have a zombie gingerbread mickey that tastes exactly the same. The cookies are incredibly soft and full of flavor with the perfect ratio of icing. Even though they are seasonal, they deserve to be added to this list of the best Disneyland food.

Also just as a little tip, mobile order them in the morning before you even get to the park and set the time you want to pick them up. These gingerbread cookies always sell out. They can be mobile ordered at Jolly Holiday and can also be found at the snack cart inside the Grand Californian and sometimes even the Starbucks on Mainstreet. In the picture above, I gave one away via my Adults Only Disneyland Facebook group.

Is there any Disneyland Food you think deserves to be on this list? Let me know in the comments and I’ll give it a try on my next trip!


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