Disneyland Dining Discounts & Coupons
LAST UPDATE: 1/15/21
There are many Disneyland dining discounts available in the parks and resort hotels, as well as meal discounts, coupons and deals at nearby restaurants. You just have to know how to find them!
- Dining Reservations
- Mobile Ordering in the Parks & Resorts
- Avoid Seasonal Restaurant Price Increases
- Tips & Tricks for Saving in the Parks and Resorts
- Email Offers, Printable Coupons, Kids Eat FREE and Other Restaurant Deals
- Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort Guidebook Coupons
- Disney Visa Card Discounts
- Disneyland Annual Passholder Discounts
- Disney Vacation Club Discounts
- D23 Member Discounts
- AARP Member Discounts
- AAA Member Discounts
- Landry’s Select Club
- Costco Deals on Restaurant Gift Cards
Most Disneyland visitors are locals who tend to plan their visits at the last minute. For that reason, it’s usually not very hard to get a table at Disneyland restaurants. In most cases you can skip making reservations, except perhaps in peak seasons like Spring Break and Christmas/New Year’s. If you don’t have a reservation, you can usually just walk up and put your name on the list. You may have to wait, but you should get seated eventually.
The Blue Bayou has limited seating space and is such a unique Disneyland experience that it can be a bit harder to get a table. If you don’t have an advance reservation, go straight to the restaurant when the the park opens and try to arrange a table.
- If you want to make dining reservations at Disneyland, you can call (714) 781-DINE (3463) up to 60 days in advance.
- You can make online dining reservations for all Disneyland Resort restaurants up to 60 days in advance.
- You are required to provide a credit card number for all dining reservations. A $10 per person penalty will be charged to the card if you don’t show for the reservation or if you don’t cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
Reserving Independent Restaurants Directly
Not all restaurants on Disney property are actually run by Disney. Most of the table-service restaurants at Downtown Disney are independently managed. While all of them can take reservations via the Disney Dining system, many of them also accept reservations directly or sometimes via OpenTable. They may actually have availability even when Disney says they’re sold out, because they allocate a portion of their reservation slots to Disney and keep the rest for themselves. This is especially true for large parties; many of these restaurants can easily handle a group of 12 or more, but may not bother to make those tables available through Disney; you have to call to make a group reservation of that size.
One other advantage to booking directly or via OpenTable is that there is no credit-card guarantee or no-show fee to worry about. We don’t advocate making reservations you don’t intend to use, but it’s one less thing to worry about if something happens and you can’t make your reservation.
Some of these restaurants may not actually start taking reservations at 180 days out when you book over the phone. They may ask you to call back later, sometimes as late as 2-4 weeks before arrival.
- As of January 2020, the following Downtown Disney restaurants were available on OpenTable (this list changes from time to time; check the Anaheim area to see what’s available):
- Catal Restaurant
- House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- Splittsville Dining Room
- The following Downtown Disney restaurants have their own reservation number:
Most Quick Service restaurants in the Disneyland theme parks and hotels offer mobile ordering. Using the Disneyland mobile app on your phone, you can place your order and pay using a credit card or debit card.
Once you have placed your order, you select a time range for pick up. Once you arrive at the restaurant, open up the app and tap the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” button. When your order is ready, you will get a notification on the app. To pick up your order, look for the specially marked pickup spot for mobile orders.
The mobile ordering app is pretty easy to use and means you don’t have to get to the restaurant, stand in line, and then place your order. Instead, you can place your order whenever you want, and then head over to the restaurant during your time range, find a table, and get your food once it’s ready. Unless there is literally no line, we would always choose mobile ordering if it’s available.
Disneyland sometimes raises the prices of its Character meals during busy times of year. During these periods, a Character meal may cost you up to 25% more than normal! All of the Character meals participate in this upcharge and it is based purely on dates, not on any “enhanced” menus.
Easter / spring break time, summer and the Christmas-to-New Year’s period are usually subject to these increases.
If you needed another reason to avoid visiting Disneyland during peak seasons, this is a good one!
- Bringing in Outside Food and Drink
- Make Breakfast in Your Room
- Best Bets
- Check Out Portion Sizes to Cut Costs
- Table Service – Worth It?
According to the Disneyland FAQ: “Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages into the parks for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers, do not require heating, reheating, processing or refrigeration and do not have pungent odors. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.”
You absolutely will NOT be allowed to bring in the following: alcoholic beverages, loose or dry ice, coolers larger than 6-pack sized.
Small glass containers, such as baby food jars, are allowed.
Wine may be brought into Downtown Disney to be consumed at select table service restaurants only, corkage fees apply.
Disneyland provides a designated picnic area outside the gates of Disneyland, and there are lockers available that are large enough to store a moderate-sized cooler.
There are several advantages to eating breakfast in your hotel:
- It’s expensive to eat breakfast in the theme parks. You can save a lot of money by eating outside the parks.
- Eating breakfast before you leave the hotel allows you to hit the road earlier and get to the parks before the crowds arrive. It also means you’re not wasting precious morning hours (the least crowded of the day) sitting in a theme park restaurant.
- Many people find that their over-excited kids are much more focused on going to see Mickey than they are on eating breakfast — making a restaurant breakfast a real waste. MouseSavers.com reader Lynn H says, “More than once my son has eaten his breakfast cereal from a styrofoam cup with box milk. It saved us 45 minutes over a sit-down restaurant… [plus] starting the day with a familiar food and routine for small children is invaluable.”
Consider bringing or buying a few items so that you can make breakfast in your hotel room. Many hotels provide a mini-fridge, a coffee maker and a daily packet of coffee, so it’s easy to put together a light breakfast before you head off to the parks. This is a great money-saver.
All of Disney’s resort rooms include a refrigerator (a mini-fridge in the hotel rooms and studios; a full-size fridge in the villas). Cold “Continental breakfast” items that require minimal preparation are ideal: individual cups of cold cereal, bakery items (pastries, bread, donuts, bagels), juice boxes, whole fruit (apples, oranges, bananas), boxed milk (white or chocolate) that doesn’t require refrigeration, peanut butter and cheese are all good bets. Other items to consider: instant oatmeal, instant cocoa, fruit cups, applesauce cups and hard-boiled eggs. If you want to bring items from home, we recommend using a small (six-pack sized) collapsible cooler, which can easily be packed in your luggage. If you’re flying, remember that you can’t bring any item that the TSA may consider a “gel” or “liquid” in your carry-on bags, so peanut butter, juice or milk boxes, applesauce cups, frozen gel packs, etc. will have to go in your checked bags.
When MouseSavers.com founder Mary Waring stayed at the Grand Californian in late March/early April 2011, she went to White Water Snacks, the counter service restaurant near the hotel pool, and bought some breakfast items (bagels, fruit and milk for my in-room coffee). Because that resort has Disney Vacation Club (timeshare) units, White Water carries some staple groceries in addition to prepared foods. Interestingly, she found that a single, plastic-wrapped bagel cost $2.29 in the “deli” section, but over on the shelves where staple groceries were stocked, you could buy a whole bag of 6 bagels for $2.69! Guess which one she picked. Individual packets of jam are available for free. She fed herself four simple breakfasts for well under $10 and even had a couple of bagels left over, one of which she ate on the plane trip home!
The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel also offers in-room refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers, and has an on-site shop with a wide variety of grocery items at reasonable prices. Courtyard by Marriott Theme Park Entrance, across the street from Howard Johnson, also has mini-fridges and microwave ovens in the rooms, and a bistro in the lobby that serves breakfast and Starbucks coffees and beverages. Hilton Anaheim has mini-fridges in the rooms, and a full-serve Starbucks and several restaurants off the main lobby.
You’ll save a lot of money by sticking with counter-service or cafeteria-style restaurants, which are substantially cheaper than the table-service restaurants. If you look around you can find some decent options besides corn dogs, hamburgers and fries.
Note that the cheapest beverage options at all of the theme park counter service restaurants are apple juice, orange juice or milk, any of which will cost you $1.99, though the portion is small. (Or you can ask for a cup of ice water for FREE.) Regular-sized fountain sodas or bottled water run $3.99 each. And the cost of coffee or hot tea is an outrageous $3.19!
- Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure and Market House in Disneyland Park both offer relatively inexpensive and filling hot breakfast sandwiches.
- Troubadour Tavern in Disneyland Park is a snack stand, but has several baked, stuffed potatoes on the menu that could easily work as a meal.
- The plates at Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland Park can be very substantial and filling, and the Mexican food served at this location is tasty. For example, one order of fish tacos includes two tacos (each with a fairly big piece of mahi and two corn tortillas, plus toppings) plus a lot of rice and beans.
- At River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park, the freshly carved turkey sandwich, while a little pricey, is large and comes with two good-sized sides (baked beans and a cold item), plus there is a toppings bar with lettuce, tomato, onions, etc.
- MouseSavers.com reader Andrew S points out that “The Plaza Inn [in Disneyland Park] is a good dining option. I think a lot of people assume it is a character meal all day long. Turns out, after the Mickey and Minnie breakfast is over it turns into a regular [buffeteria-style] restaurant for lunch and dinner. The food is quite good, large portions, and decent prices. For about $15.00 you get half a chicken, large serving of mash taters, and a large serving of fresh green beans. More than enough to share between 2 people.”
- Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure has a couple of “extras” on their menu that could work as an entreé: chili cheese fries or a bowl of campfire chili, which comes with a corn muffin.
- Pacific Wharf Cafe at Disney California Adventure serves a variety of hearty soups (clam chowder, broccoli & cheese, corn chowder or vegetarian chili) in a freshly-made sourdough bread bowl. You can order the soups with the bread bowl “on the side” if you wish: they’ll give you a container of soup and a whole loaf of bread. It’s quite a bit of food. If you are in Disneyland Park, you can get soup in a bread bowl at Royal Street Veranda.
- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta in Disney California Adventure both offer reasonably priced and filling pizza, pasta and salads.
Outside the parks, the Earl of Sandwich, Jazz Kitchen takeout window and the Tortilla Jo’s takeout window in Downtown Disney are good bets. Both the Jazz Kitchen and Tortilla Jo’s have fairly expensive full-service restaurants, but check out the takeout window at each of these locations, where you can get something a little different at a reasonable price. There is seating nearby where you can enjoy your meal.
- Earl of Sandwich prices its high-quality, substantial hot sandwiches and meal-sized salads and wraps at $8.99. Kids (or not-too-hungry adults) can easily share one hot sandwich. Desserts and side dishes are reasonably priced. Breakfast sandwiches are a total bargain. Drinks are a little pricey, so if you’re really watching your pennies, bring your own. It is a strictly counter-service situation with long lines, which fortunately move fast. We love Earl of Sandwich and eat there all the time.
- At Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, try the beignets (New Orleans-style doughnuts) or a po-boy (overstuffed sandwich), which comes with a hearty side dish. Fountain drinks are fairly expensive here, but there are free refills.
- At Tortilla Jo’s taqueria, try the tacos, which are quite a bargain considering the quality. The nachos are good: the portion is large and reasonably priced, too. The burritos are large and filling enough to be split by two people who aren’t starving. Fountain drinks are ridiculously overpriced here: order water or consider “aguas frescas” (fresh Mexican juices), which are cheaper and healthier!
Many of the entrees and combo meals served at Disneyland Resort cafeteria-style and counter-service restaurants include a large amount of food. If you’re not sure, a good trick at the counter-service restaurants and snack stands is to stand to one side for a minute and watch as people leave with their orders, so you can see how the portions look. If the portions are big and you are not big eaters, consider splitting an entrée or combo meal between two people. If you need just a little more food, possibly ordering an extra side dish or appetizer to share will be enough.
Adults looking for a smaller portion at the counter-service restaurants should not hesitate to order from the kids’ menu. No one will know you’re ordering the kids meal for an adult! The kids’ meals are an especially good deal because they include a cold beverage (you can usually choose from a small lowfat milk, small lowfat chocolate milk, juice box, small bottled water or small soda; some locations have a more limited selection of beverages, so check the posted menu). The kids’ meals are also often healthier than the adult options.
Unfortunately many of the kids’ offerings aren’t very exciting for adults (mac & cheese, hamburger, chicken fingers, pizza or “Kid’s POWER Pack”) but a few of the quick service restaurants have more interesting kids’ meals. In particular, check out French Market, Rancho del Zocalo, River Belle Terrace and Plaza Inn at Disneyland; and Flo’s V8 Cafe, Paradise Garden Grill, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Cocina Cucamonga and Lucky Fortune Cookery at Disney California Adventure.
Adults are not allowed to order from the kids’ menu at full-service restaurants.
A good option at table-service restaurants, and one that works well for someone dining alone, is to substitute an appetizer for your entree. For instance, order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entree, or order an appetizer instead of an entree, thus leaving yourself room for dessert. Be sure to inquire about the portion size first — some appetizers are substantial and filling, but some aren’t.
In our opinion, the table-service restaurants inside the parks are generally not a very good value for the money.
- If you want a full-service meal in one of the theme parks, we recommend Carnation Cafe as a fairly reasonably priced option, with decent all-American food.
- The Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure is without a doubt the best restaurant in either of the Disneyland theme parks. The food is excellent and the ambiance will transport you back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, when Walt Disney himself was rubbing elbows with movie stars. The prices are very high, but if you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to splurge, your meal will be memorable. If you don’t have a reservation or just want a nibble, drop into their lounge for some unique cocktails and tasty bar bites.
- Blue Bayou is overpriced and the food is just OK, but it does have a unique and memorable ambiance you can’t experience anywhere else. If you just want to experience the restaurant, lunch is a better value.
- Cafe Orleans has approximately the same food quality as Blue Bayou, but is a little less expensive. They are famous for the Monte Cristo sandwich, a Disneyland tradition that has been served since 1966. To be honest, it’s a dietary nightmare – a ham, turkey and cheese sandwich that has been battered and deep-fried – but our kids absolutely love it. If you just want to try it out, you can split one as an appetizer.
There are far better table-service options outside the theme parks. The restaurants in the three official Disneyland hotels are all quite good, though expensive, and we’ve had no major complaints about any of them. Steakhouse 55 and Napa Rose are particularly good, if you’re looking for a high-end dinner experience. For a character breakfast, the food is really good at Storytellers Cafe and we love the decor, but you’ll meet more characters and enjoy a bigger variety of foods at Goofy’s Kitchen.
In Downtown Disney, try the full-service side of La Brea Bakery Café, offering delicious sandwiches, soups and salads (there’s also a take-out window that is a little less expensive, if you don’t care about table service). For a high-end meal, Catal is excellent — worth the high prices. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Tortilla Jo’s are both reliably decent, if overpriced. However, both have takeout windows that are a better deal.
You can order all Starbucks drinks (lattes, macchiatos, Frappucinos, you name it) at the Market House on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park, as well as at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. There are also two locations is Downtown Disney.
- These locations do accept Starbucks cards as payment and you can earn “stars” in the Starbucks Rewards program for your purchases. However, they won’t allow you to take advantage of other benefits of that program, and you can’t redeem free birthday drinks or other free coffees that you may have earned through Starbucks Rewards.
There are quite a few printable coupons that can save you money on off-site restaurants in the Disneyland area. Most chain restaurants also have online email clubs, which are well worth joining, because they often send out great coupons. If they ask you to select a “favorite” location, pick the one near Disneyland (zip code 92802), since some clubs restrict their coupons to a particular location. Also, sign up for the club no more than 2 weeks prior to your trip, as many clubs send out a really fantastic introductory coupon, but it’s often good for only a short time.
- Earl of Sandwich (Downtown Disney) offers high-quality, substantial hot sandwiches, meal-sized salads and wraps at reasonable prices. Kids (or not-too-hungry adults) can easily share one hot sandwich. You can join the Earl of Sandwich Loyalty Club and earn points for each purchase, for every 50 points you get $5 off any purchase.
- The Patina Group operates several upscale restaurants in Downtown Disney: Catal, Naples, Tortilla Jo’s and Uva Bar & Café (plus several restaurants in Disney Springs in Florida). Subscribe to the Patina News & Notes emails and they’ll send you a coupon during your birthday month, plus occasional promotional mail about sales or events. Every year they run a special where you get a special bonus gift card when you buy a regular $100 gift card. The bonus gift card has a few restrictions and a short-ish expiration date.
- Jamba Juice (Downtown Disney) – You can sign up for the Jamba Juice Rewards program and get special offers, a FREE birthday smoothie and earn points with every purchase.
- Visit Anaheim has a few printable restaurant coupons on its site. The coupons change periodically.
- Anaheim GardenWalk – join the Anaheim GardenWalk email club and get newsletters containing printable coupons for restaurants in this mall, which is within walking distance of Disneyland.
- Orange County Restaurant Week is offered each spring. (In 2021, March 7-13.) During Restaurant Week, top restaurants offer special flat-price menus. Usually several of the Downtown Disney and Anaheim GardenWalk restaurants participate.
- Mimi’s Café (next door to Howard Johnson Hotel, within easy walking distance of Disneyland) has great food. It’s one of our favorite chain restaurants. Join Mimi’s E-Club and receive special offers and a birthday reward.
- Panera Bread (at 1480 Harbor Blvd.,within easy walking distance of Disneyland) offers reasonably priced breakfast items, sandwiches (hot and cold), soups and salads, all freshly made. Become a My Panera member and earn rewards that can be used on purchases. MouseSavers.com reader Amanda K has this tip: “We often place our order online (and use our rewards account) which allows us to have one member of our family go inside the location and pick up our breakfast and pass it out to our family…We have started doing this for breakfast and sometimes for dinner, if we return to our hotel for naps in the afternoon.”
- Coco’s (1100 W. Katella Avenue, an easy walk from the three Disney hotels) has an Coco’s eClub and will send you coupons and special offers.
- IHOP (International House of Pancakes) across the street from Disneyland at 1560 S. Harbor Blvd. is certainly convenient, though we feel the food is mediocre. It offers “Kids Eat FREE” (with a paid adult) every day from 4:00 pm to midnight. You may want to call the restaurant at (714) 635-0933 to confirm that the offer is still available.
- Denny’s (right across the street from Disneyland at 1610 S. Harbor Blvd.) is pretty average. Sign up for Denny’s Rewards to receive offers via email.
- Johnny Rockets, a 50s themed diner, is located in in Anaheim GardenWalk, less than a mile from Disneyland (take the ART shuttle if you don’t want to walk). Join the Rocket E-Club and get a coupon for a FREE hamburger with the purchase of any entree and drink.
- Buca di Beppo restaurant offers Italian food served family-style in a fun, themed atmosphere. It is about 1.4 miles down the street from Disneyland at 11757 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove (near the Embassy Suites Anaheim South, in case you want to take the ART shuttle down there). Sign up for the Buca eClub to receive offers via email. Enter zip code 92802 and choose the Anaheim location since the coupons usually are limited to a specific location.
- Joe’s Crab Shack is another fun family option, about 1.6 miles down Harbor from Disneyland at 12011 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove (near the Anaheim Marriott Suites, in case you want to take the ART shuttle down there). This themed, reasonably-priced seafood restaurant is a hoot. Join the Joe’s Catch e-Club and receive coupons and special offers.
Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort 2021 has not become available yet. Normally it has coupons in the back for a variety of Downtown Disney restaurants. Once it is available, we will list those discounts here.
Save money at some Disneyland-area restaurants by purchasing discounted certificates from Restaurant.com. Most certificates are for a specific amount (usually $25) and you get them at a discounted price (usually $10 or less).
The Anaheim/Disneyland area restaurants offered through Restaurant.com also change frequently, so it’s always worth checking. If you’ll have a car, be sure to consider restaurants in Orange, Garden Grove and Fullerton, because those cities are very close to Disneyland. (The easiest way to find nearby restaurants is to search zip code 92802, and then narrow your search to within 1 mile or 5 miles of that zip code.)
- We have more information about using Restaurant.com certificates and possible discount codes that can save you even more!
Disney Visa cardholders get 10% off at select dining locations at the Disneyland Resort:
- French Market
- River Belle Terrace
Disney’s California Adventure
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Wine Country Trattoria
Disneyland Resort Hotels
- Disney’s PCH Grill
- Steakhouse 55
- Storytellers Café
- Wetzel’s Pretzels
Offer excludes alcoholic beverages, merchandise, tobacco, room service, holiday buffets, tax and gratuity. Must use your valid Disney Visa card at time of purchase.
As of January 2021, Disneyland has ended their Annual Passholder program; we have more information here.
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members get a 10% meal discount at virtually all dining locations throughout Disneyland Resort.
Unless otherwise specified, discounts apply to a maximum party of 8 people. Not valid at outdoor cart locations, snack locations, Club 33, Napa Rose, and Room Service locations. Dining discounts are not valid in combination with any other discounts or promotions and exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.
Must show valid DVC membership card to receive DVC discount. Discounts are nontransferable. Subject to change without notice.
D23 members get various dining discounts by presenting their membership card.
Some Landry’s restaurants offer 10% off to AARP members. Landry’s locations near Disneyland include Bubba Gump and McCormick & Schmick’s in the Anaheim GardenWalk, which is a fairly easy walk from the Disneyland resort entrance on Harbor. Thanks to Marlene for info.
Denny’s offers 15% off to AARP members. (There’s one right across the street from Disneyland at 1610 S. Harbor). Thanks to Marlene for info.
A few restaurants offer “show your card and save” discounts for members of the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). Some of them are listed on the AAA or CAA site, but not all. Any restaurant can give guests an AAA or CAA discount if they choose, but to be listed on the website and tourbooks they have to pay a fee. So some restaurants just choose to offer a discount on request, figuring that word of mouth and social media will get the word out. The bottom line is that if you’re a AAA or CAA member, it’s always worth asking if there’s a discount.
- Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney offers a 10% AAA discount. Thanks to Jeff C for info.
- All Landry’s restaurants offer 10% off to AAA members. Landry’s locations near Disneyland include Bubba Gump and McCormick & Schmick’s in the Anaheim GardenWalk, which is a fairly easy walk from the Disneyland resort entrance on Harbor.
If you plan to eat at a lot of Landry’s restaurants it may be worth your while to buy a membership in the Landry’s Select Club. Landry’s locations near Disneyland include Bubba Gump and McCormick & Schmick’s in the Anaheim GardenWalk, which is a fairly easy walk from the Disneyland resort entrance on Harbor. There is a one-time fee of $25, but you receive an immediate $25 credit on the card when you register online. Basically this is a rewards card: after you spend $250 (earning 250 points) at Landry’s restaurants, you get a $25 credit on the card that you can use toward your next meal. Points are not earned for the $25 membership enrollment fee, coupons and discounts, and (in some states) alcohol purchases. You also get a $25 credit during your birthday month.
If you are a Costco member and you plan to eat at one or more restaurants that are part of a chain, it’s always worthwhile to check out the restaurant gift cards available through your local warehouse, which are typically discounted by 20%. Keep in mind that a gift card for a particular restaurant brand in the chain might also be accepted at other restaurant brands owned by the same chain.
- Many Costco stores and Costco.com have gift cards for McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants, priced at $79.99 for $100 worth of cards. McCormick & Schmick’s is part of the huge Landry’s chain, and gift cards from any Landry’s restaurant can be used at any other. Landry’s locations near Disneyland include Bubba Gump and McCormick & Schmick’s in the Anaheim GardenWalk, which is a fairly easy walk from the Disneyland resort entrance on Harbor. Lately McCormick & Schmick’s has taken pains to indicate both on Costo.com and in the stores that the gift cards are only intended for use at McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants. In practice, they are still Landry’s gift cards and we and other people have used them successfully at other Landry’s restaurants.