Disneyland! I know it sounds crazy Nerdie Foodies, going to Disneyland is somewhat of an annual ritual we do to unwind from all that is SDCC. Crazy right? And yet, the lines will never be as crazy as SDCC, and any line at Disneyland seems trivial. We checked out new places and went back for some good ol’ comfort food, all the while spending some quality time with our Nerd Family.
Come along and check out these places!
*This post is in no way shape or form sponsored by Disney. We just love the food, the vibe and are huge Disnerds*
Springhill Suites Anaheim Resort / Convention Center
This was the hotel we stayed at. It’s a Good Neighbour hotel which means you can buy Disneyland tickets at the hotel without having to go to the park to buy them. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell 1-day park passes, so we couldn’t skip the line at the park. But what they did have was free hot breakfast every day for all guests of the hotel. The food was actually really good and you cannot beat the fact that they have Mickey waffle, mini waffle, and pancake makers with all the toppings for you to put on them.
Bonus, the hotel is super close (walking distance) to the hotel, so we had no problems getting to the park, as it was a straight shot down the street, plus, you can see the Disney fireworks from the 5th floor and rooftop pool!Check out their website here.
This spot in Downtown Disney was great because 1) it was opened late and 2) they had amazing food. This was our first time here at Tortilla Jo’s, so the tableside guacamole show was a must. And it did not disappoint! Not only are they fast and precise, but you can also customize your guac to your tastes if you’d like to opt out some of the ingredients. And you could seriously just eat this as a meal. It’s large enough for one person. FYI, what is most impressive is that this video is in real time – she didn’t slow down for anyone.
We also ordered the Trio Ceviche, chicken taquitos, esquites, chicken enchilada combo, and the Sonora Wedge salad. We were hungry and the food tasted amazing! Definitely stop by if you can and check them out here!
Disney California Adventure
Normally we would just stick to dining in Disneyland, but since Pixar Fest was happening, this Nerdie Foodie really wanted the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num. How can one resist a giant chocolate chip cookie the size of your hand that was warm with crispy edges and ooey gooey melted chocolate and soft cookie on the inside? You can find the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num, as well as the Incredi-Cookie (Gluten Free) and Jack-Jack Shortbread next to the Incredicoaster. Check out the full Pixar Fest Food Guide here!
Since this year’s Disneyland trip was a last-minute addition, we didn’t have time to reserve any seats for lunch, so we headed back to our trusty spot that is the French Market in New Orleans Square for lunch. Our group got the creamy corn chowder in a Mickey sourdough bread bowl, pulled pork sandwich with pineapple slaw, side of cornbread (a must) and the fruit plate. Of course, you gotta have some lemonade to wash it all down and help you feel refreshed in the heat of July. Check out their full menu here!
Dinner time usually means the fried chicken dinner at the Plaza Inn. Super crispy skin and tender, juicy meat on the inside that is never dry (at least they haven’t been every time we’ve had this dish) and an extra biscuit so that each person sharing this ginormous dish had their own biscuit. One person in our group also got the penne pasta with marinara sauce and a breadstick. For dessert we had a collection that included the Strawberry Shortcake and the limited-edition Pixar Fest Celebration Cake! We were stuffed to our eyeballs, but it was totally worth it to refuel from a full day at Disneyland Resort. Check out their regular menus here!
And to top it all off, we finally had the requisite Dole Whip and Dole Whip Float! Because let’s face it, Dole Whips are refreshing AND a great snack as you wait for the night shows to start.
We had a complete blast at Disneyland Resort and yes, we even checked out The VOID at Downtown Disney (it’s a completely separate thing and totally worth it) was so cool to do at the end of a full day of all things Disney. Check them out here and see if one of their global locations is near you!
Disney can be done in one full day with a Park Hopper pass. It was definitely a lot easier to maximize our time at both parks with the Disney App and the Max Pass. If we had more days at Disney, this Nerdie Foodie would have tried more yummy eats. One day, a full-on Disney trip is on the bucket list. If you’re interested in seeing the other dishes we had at Disneyland, check out these Nerdie Foodie gems: 2016 here and 2017 here! You still have two and a half weeks left before Pixar Fest is done on September 3rd!