Snacking in the parks
I’m not quite sure why but children (both young and old) always seem to be hungry between meals when they visit Disneyland® and California Adventure. But, they do. Snacks inside the parks can get to be a bit spendy. If you plan a head, though, you can reduce these costs dramatically by bringing your own snacks into the park. And, yes, Disney does let you do this.
If you are driving, there is a Target located close to the park and you can stop there if you don’t make it to the store before you leave. Juice boxes, fresh fruit, cheeses and snack meats keep well in the insulated bags that you can pick up at many stores. They look just like a regular bag, so for fashion sake, no one will notice. Granola bars, goldfish and individual bags of chips also serve as quick fixes between meals.
If you are flying, you can use a plastic container with a lid to store snacks in. These pack well in suitcases and keep your snacks away from your clothes and keep your clothes from crushing your snacks. Then when you get to the hotel you can transfer what you need to the day bag you take to the park.
Eating at the parks
There are many places to eat both inside the parks and at the Disneyland® Resort Hotels. If you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant, advanced dining reservations should be made, especially during busy times. You can make these 60 calendar days in advance, either online or by calling. One of the most popular is The Blue Bayou Restaurant located by the Pirates of the Caribbean (the ride floats through the restaurant) is highly popular and an advanced dining reservation is highly recommended. The menu is heavy on the Cajun, Creole and French influences of Louisiana. Some sit-down restaurants, like the Blue Bayou, require a credit card to guarantee them while others do not.
A storybook village scene is the backdrop for Village Haus, quick-service restaurant at Disneyland® which is hosted by Minute Maid® featuring German- and Italian-inspired food. You can try a 1/3-pound pastrami cheeseburger with Swiss and caramelized onions, apple and cheddar salad with honey-yogurt dressing or how about BLT flatbread pizza or chicken sausage in a pretzel roll topped with sauerkraut. No reservations are needed here. Simply order your food and find a table.
Water is free
While it seems easiest to buy a soda or grab a bottle of water, all Disneyland® and California Adventure restaurants will give you a free cup of water – both with meals and by itself. They will also fill up your own water bottles if you ask.