Mariah Tyler
December 08, 2016

If you think theme park grub is all ice cream, popcorn and nachos, prepare yourself to loosen your belt next time you wind up at Disneyland Resort. With a must-visit Mexican outpost, multiple restaurants serving up Louisiana-style dishes and an entire area catering to San Francisco’s best eats, these parks take their food seriously. (And that’s just inside the gates!) Paired with a plethora of unbeatable desserts, frozen favorites and early morning delights, well, you may be hard-pressed to even find time to get back on a ride between stops.

Our advice? Leave the snacks at home, arrive early, and come hungry, because these fifty indulgences will feel even better than nabbing a coveted Fastpass to Frozen Live at the Hyperion.

Skewers

 

Mandatory stop! #wegrub

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As one of the quickest and healthiest snacks in the park, Bengal Barbecue's beef, chicken and bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers are a reliable bite.

Monte Cristo

It's so much more than a fried sandwich. The turkey, ham, and swiss-stuffed sustenance found at restaurants throughout New Orleans Square is a Disneyland institution.

Chilaquiles

Drop by Rancho del Zocalo for a Mexican-style breakfast slathered in green sauce that's worth waking up early for.

Lobster Nachos

 

Lobster nachos!

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If you spend the day at Disney California Adventure and somehow don't make it to Cove Bar for this heap of deliciousness, you've missed out.

Mickey Mouse Beignets

Sugar-dusted, deep fried, and sweet as could be—who wouldn't want a bite of Mickey? Find them at Café Orleans or Mint Julep Bar.

Turkey Leg

 

first turkey leg in over a year

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Larger-than-life turkey legs aren't just good for the 'gram, they're a delicious meaty indulgence from Edelweiss Snacks best split with a friend.

Chimichanga

Believe it or not, Disneyland has fantastic Mexican and Tex-Mex food, like this on-the-go option from Edelweiss Snacks.

Beef Stew

When winter sets in—well, California winter, that is—warm up with a bowl of this French Market Restaurant specialty.

Ice Cream Nachos

The Golden Horseshoe switches up standard sundaes by heaping their massive scoops atop waffle cone chips, concocting the perfect sharable treat.

Lobster Roll

It's easy to breeze past Harbour Galley on your way to Splash Mountain, but this seafaring outpost serves up hefty sandwiches worth stopping for.

Churro Funnel Cake

Hungry Bear Restaurant brings you the best of both dessert worlds with this fried, sugary and cinnamon-tinged delight.

Matterhorn Macaroon

 

Couldn't pass on a Matterhorn Macaroon

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There are many beloved Disneyland attractions, but at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, only one gets the dessert treatment.

Fried Chicken

If you're dining at Plaza Inn, don't skip this crispy, crunchy crowd favorite, which is the best you'll find at Disneyland.

Mickey Mouse Pancake

 

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Because at Rancho del Zocalo, this breakfast is always served up with a pineapple smile.

Enchilada Platter

Skip the standard theme park hot dog and instead opt for Rancho del Zocalo's famed cheese or beef enchiladas.

Mac & Cheese Dog

Deciding what to eat for lunch is never an issue with this bacon-topped dual delicacy from Refreshment Corner.

Cheese-Filled Pretzels

 

The cream cheese filled pretzel is the only pretzel you should get

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Soft pretzels filled with cream cheese or japaleño cheese, served at Refreshment Corner and Bayside Brews, are always a better choice than the plain ones.

Mickey Waffle

Grab the famous mouse-shaped breakfast at one at Disneyland's hotels, or at Carnation Cafe inside Disneyland park.

BBQ Tofu

 

mickey's tofu #tastingtourfour

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Disneyland is surprisingly chock full of vegan eats, like this spicy, seasoned platter from River Belle Terrace.

Gumbo

It's not a trip to N'awlins without some gumbo, and the same is true at Disneyland. Pick up a cup at eateries throughout New Orleans Square.

Chocolate Brownie Funnel Cake

Stage Door Cafe's chocolate-topped specialty is like a sundae that swaps the ice cream for fried, doughy goodness.

Fried Pickles

Parmesan-crusted, deep fried, and served with a house sauce for dipping, this under-the-radar treat from Carnation Cafe is a salty, tangy must.

Dole Whip

 

Finally tried this masterpiece. #disney #disneyland #dolewhip #legendary #food #foodporn #delicious

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Adventureland has some incredible rides, but its undisputed highlight is this classic pineapple soft-serve, served just beyond its entrance.

Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Troubadour Tavern loads their spuds with cheese, bacon and scallions—or broccoli and cheddar cheese—providing more than enough of a hearty meal while running from ride to ride.

Guacamole

 

Tableside guac... Yes please!!

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It's fresh, prepared tableside, and if you order it with one of Tortilla Jo's famed margaritas, you'll almost forget you're not inside the park.

24-Layer Chocolate Cake

 

Death by chocolate

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When it comes to gold and this eye-popping Steakhouse 55 dessert, good things come in counts of 24.

Savory Cones

 

Could not wait to get my hands on one of these bad boys. #COZYCONES

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Grab a bread cone filled with cheesy chili or chicken verde at California Adventure for an only-in-Cars-Land delight.

Doughnuts

Disneyland's newest must-have are these cereal-specked yummies, available in the hub for those perfect castle-front Instagram shots.

Stuffed Sourdough Bowls

 

Craving this bread bowl mac & cheese from Pacific Wharf Café!! #latergram

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If you're looking for an easy lunch between Fast Passes, swing by Pacific Wharf Cafe to grab one filled with delicious mac n' cheese, chicken salad, or clam chowder.

Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bars

Highly recommended this #icecream #disneyland #livelovelaugh where u can customize your own #icecream

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Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars are tough to outshine, but the flavor line-up at Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream may just rival them.

Pizza

 

Birthday Pizza #margheritapizza #pepperoni #mushrooms

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At Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Downtown Disney, the family-sized pizza by the meter is not only massive, but divine.

Chocolate Mousse Brownie

There are almost too many sweets to choose from at Jolly Holiday, but when this massive chocolate brownie is on the menu, the decision is quite easy.

Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits

If you're lucky enough to dine at Carthay Circle, ordering a round of these white cheddar and bacon-stuffed doughy delights is practically mandatory.

Churro

It's not a trip to Disneyland without indulging in one of these cinnamon-sugar delights, available throughout both parks.

Chocolate Twist

 

Chocolate twist from the Cozy Cone!

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It doesn't matter whether you devour one from Maurice's Treats in Disneyland or Cozy Cone Motel in California Adventure, so long as you get your hands on one.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board

 

Frito Misto, Charcuterie and cheese board, and the Red, White, & Rosé wine flight #disneyland

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Head to Alfresco Lounge at Wine Country Trattoria to travel to wine country without leaving California Adventure park.

Carnitas Nachos

 

Carnitas nachos #disneyland #whitewatersnacks #mouse4life #mouseforlife #carnitasnachos

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This off-menu behemoth at Grand Californian's White Water Snacks can be ordered as fries, too, but chips are a better choice for scooping up all that meaty goodness.

Flavored Popcorn

Dill Pickle, Sriracha, Garlic Parmesan—you're in for a flavor explosion with whichever taste is being served up at Cozy Cone Motel. 

Pomme Frites

Café Orleans' parmesan and garlic-tossed fries are far from ordinary, especially when enjoyed alfresco on the restaurant's terrace.

Brioche French Toast

Indulge in this salted caramel-slathered and banana-topped wonder from Flo's V8 Cafe when making an early morning trip to the parks.

Mickey Sourdough

It's edible, delicious, and in the likeness of Mickey. Who needs a souvenir when Boudin Bakery is cooking these up!

Chocolate Brownie and Strawberry Skewers

Don't miss out—this Shish Kabob of dessert deliciousness can only be found at Paradise Garden Grill.

Tot-chos

Indulge in this inventive take on an old favorite at California Adventure's Studio Catering Co.

Paella

Catal has mastered the art of paella, offering a traditional take, as well as one with chicken, suckling pig or even lobster.

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding Soufflé

 

O M G #jazzkitchen #breadpuddingsouffle #decadence #disneyland #justmissingyou

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If you're pulling out all the stops come dessert time, be sure to plan ahead. This indulgent specialty from Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney takes 25 minutes to bake.

Cheddar Cheese Stick

Disneyland corn dogs are some of the best you'll have, but Corn Dog Castle's cheese-filled version kicks the whole game up a notch.

Tiger Tails

Of Disneyland's many cheerfully decorated marshmallow sticks, Tigger's version at Pooh Corner is the most delightful.

Candy Apples

 

Fully plan on taking one of these bad boys home #gourmettreats #smores #smoresapple #gourmetapple

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The ever-rotating designs of these delicate creations orbs sold at both parks are so impressive, you may not want to eat them...but you will.

Sourdough Bacon Cheese Melt

With the best parts of a sandwich and a burger combined, Carnation Cafe serves up one heck of a delight.

Peanut Butter Sandwich

You'll have to walk to the back of the park for Pooh Corner's indulgent delights, but trust us, it's worth it.

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