The Blue Bayou is one of the most well known restaurants inside Disneyland. It offers amazing ambiance from inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. A great location for a romantic dinner or a sit-down lunch of their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich. Entrees $25– $35, you are paying for the ambiance not necessarily great food quality. Table service. Vegetarian friendly. ''Reservation highly recommended.''
California Adventure's fanciest restaurant, comparable to the Blue Bayou in Disneyland Park. Seasonal cuisine. Table service. Reservations recommended. Located on the second floor of the Carthay Circle Theater, but the check-in desk is on the first floor, adjacent to Carthay Circle Lounge.
The higher end of Disneyland's three hotels. Convenient location with a private entrance into California Adventure's Grizzly Peak area. 745 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining.
The original Disney hotel. The mid-level hotel of Disneyland's three hotels. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. Three stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool.
Ice cream, sundaes, and Ghirardelli chocolates. Everyone who enters gets a free square of chocolate. Be sure to check out the mechanical mural above the counter, which simulates events from San Francisco history, such as the fire and earthquake.
Hamburgers, veggie burgers, and chicken. There is a very nice toppings bar which includes jalapeños, peperoncini, and roasted red peppers, in addition to the usual suspects like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles.
Has two Olympic-size ice surfaces. The practice and training venue of the Anaheim Ducks, where you can also learn the sport yourself. There are also figure skating and public ice sessions.
The lower end of the three Disneyland hotels. 489 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach.
Table service and self-service buffet with jambalaya, roasted citrus chicken, creole salmon, roast beef, salads and decadent desserts. Live entertainment on the patio.
Cocktails, wine, beer, sodas, and bar snacks, in an elegant atmosphere with big comfy chairs. Table service. Located on the first floor of the Carthay Circle Theater.
"Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park" (breakfast with Disney characters), lunch and dinner featuring home-style favorites like roasted chicken and pot roast.
Italian dishes such as shrimp scampi with campanelle, fettuccine, and lasagna. Wines, casual table service. Entrees between $10–$14.
"Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining, American-style favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Table service.
A concert venue located on the northwest corner of Angel Stadium's parking lot, adjacent to the Amtrak/Metrolink train station.
Nearly a theme park in itself, Rainforest Cafe is fully decorated to theme with a jungle. Entrees $15–$40 (for the Lobster).
Popular breakfast spot (famed for the Mickey Mouse pancake), BBQ and Southern-style food for lunch and dinner.
A collection of several snack vendors, each specializing in a different item such as popcorn or pretzels.
Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips, chili, and ice cream specialties in an old-timey saloon setting.
A great place to escape and watch the game. Snacks $6–$11, entrees $12–$26 (for the New York Steak).
Above Ariel's Grotto is this patio bar with beers, wines, cocktails, and bar food. Table service.
Route 66-style diner with roast beef, chicken, and BBQ dishes, as well as pies and milkshakes.
A new outdoor shopping center, located just a stone's throw east of the Disneyland Resort.
Table service, soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches including the Monte Cristo and crepes.
Specializes in boutique style pieces with Disney characters and from various designers.
A ''Mary Poppins''-themed bakery; coffee, tea, lunch menu including sandwiches.
Table service, good breakfast menu, sandwiches, gourmet coffees and ice cream.
National Hockey League. Plays in Honda Center, just north of Angel Stadium.
Prepackaged sandwiches, baked goods, and Starbucks coffee.
There is one main difference between the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, and that is in Anaheim, there are many non-Disney hotels, restaurants and shops just a short distance from the park's main entrance.
Disneyland's rides are generally considered classic well-themed dark rides (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean) with the occasional thrill ride (e.g. Space Mountain), while California Adventure's rides are more thrill-oriented (e.g. California Screamin') with some family-style rides (e.g. Soarin'). The Cast Members (employees) in all sections of the park are widely known to be very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary; however, most Cast Members will not know the history behind the details.
The two biggest problems with the Disneyland Resort as a whole are crowds and price. However with careful planning, both can be minimized.
Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in the world (with 16.7 million visits in 2014, based on the TEA/AECOM figures, behind only Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland), so the parks can be pretty crowded, especially during the weekends, summer, and winter holidays, which leads to long lines for the most popular attractions. However, if you visit in the late winter or early spring, off-season lines can be short, especially during the weekdays. Disney California Adventure has fewer attractions but still has long lines, although not as long as Disneyland's attractions.
Eating outside the parks is quite possible due to the close vicinity of several restaurants to the park and the benefit of hand-stamp and re-entry. Stick to just snacks and maybe one meal in the park, and you can save some cash.