Disneyland's Upcoming Dining Experience Will Include All of Your Park Favorites — Yes, Even the Dole Whip
West coast Disney fans will have a chance to get a taste of the California theme park soon with an upcoming event that will bring food, characters, and a bit of the magical experience back to life after almost a year-long closure due to COVID-19.
Last week, the theme park announced a "A Touch of Disney," a ticketed experience where visitors will be able to enter Disney California Adventure Park and indulge in all their favorite park eats including the DOLE Whip and the Monte Cristo Sandwich usually sold in the park's New Orleans Square.
A new post on the Disney Parks Blog highlighted the other offerings coming to the festival, including more classic park treats like Mickey-shaped pretzels, churros, popcorn, smoked turkey legs, and corndogs. Speciality cocktails, beer, and wine will also be available. Guests can even use the Disneyland mobile app to make convenient mobile orders using contactless payments.
Kicking off on March 18, the rides will remain off-limits, but attendees will be able to wander around the park, shop at select boutiques, and pose for photos. Visitors will also be able to book table reservations at Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge starting March 11. The recent blog post revealed the menus for these restaurants, and they include delicious-sounding dishes like lobster nachos, burgers, tuna poke, shrimp spring rolls, sesame soy-glazed salmon, and more.
Characters in costume will be making appearances in the park, too, waving to fans and posing for socially-distanced pictures, while photographers will be placed at select locations, capturing snapshots of guests.
Select retail spots will also be open in addition to outdoor retail carts to purchase souvenirs. Downtown Disney will be open for visitors, too.
"A Touch of Disney" tickets will go on sale March 4 for visits starting March 18, and the event will occur Thursdays through Mondays from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
All visitors must purchase their tickets online in advance. The $75 ticket includes parking, admission to the experience, and a $25 dining card, valid for food and non-alcoholic beverages.
The launch of the experience will bring back about 1,000 Disney cast members that haven't been working due to the park's closure.