Disneyland Dining Discounts & Coupons


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!

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Dining Reservations

Special note: If you are making a reservation for a restaurant in a theme park, you will also need valid admission and a theme park reservation. 

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.

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.

Mobile Ordering in the Parks & Resorts

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.

Avoid Seasonal Restaurant Price Increases

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!

Tips & Tricks for Saving in the Parks and Resorts

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Bringing in Outside Food and Drink

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.

Make Breakfast in Your Room

There are several advantages to eating breakfast in your hotel:

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.

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. Hilton Anaheim has mini-fridges in the rooms, and a full-serve Starbucks and several restaurants off the main lobby.

Best Bets

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 $2.49, though the portion is small. (Or you can ask for a cup of ice water for FREE.) Regular-sized fountain sodas are $4.59 and bottled water is $4.39. And the cost of coffee or hot tea is an outrageous $3.79!

Outside the parks, the Earl of Sandwich and the Tortilla Jo’s takeout window in Downtown Disney are good bets. There is seating nearby where you can enjoy your meal. 

Check Out Portion Sizes to Cut Costs

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 or pizza) but a few of the quick service restaurants have more interesting kids’ meals. In particular, check out Rancho del Zocalo, River Belle Terrace and Tiana’s Palace at Disneyland; and Aunt Cass Cafe, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Cocina Cucamonga, Paradise Garden Grill 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 entrée. For instance, order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entrée, or order an appetizer instead of an entrée, 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.

Table Service – Worth It?

In our opinion, the table-service restaurants inside the parks are generally not a great value for the money. We list some of the better choices below.

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. Napa Rose is particularly good, if you’re looking for a high-end dinner experience. For a character breakfast, the food is really good at Storytellers Café and we love the décor, but you’ll meet more characters and enjoy a bigger variety of foods at Goofy’s Kitchen.

In Downtown DisneyJazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio is reliably decent, if overpriced. 


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 is also one in Downtown Disney.

Email Offers, Rewards Clubs and Other Restaurant Deals

There are quite a few discounts that can save you money on off-site restaurants in the Disneyland area. Most chain restaurants have online email clubs, which are well worth joining, because they often send out great discounts or coupons. If they ask you to select a “favorite” location, pick the one near Disneyland (zip code 92802), since some clubs restrict their discounts 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 offer, but it’s often good for only a short time.

Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort Guidebook Coupons

Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort 2024 includes these food coupons:


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.)

Disney Visa Card Discounts

Disney Visa cardholders get 10% off at select dining locations at Disneyland Resort:

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Downtown Disney

Offer excludes alcoholic beverages, merchandise, tobacco, room service, holiday buffets, tax and gratuity. Must use your valid Disney Visa card at time of purchase.

Disneyland Annual Passholder Discounts

Holders of the Dream Key and Inspire Key annual passes get up to 15% off select restaurants and walk-up food counters in Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. All other annual passholders get up to 10% off.

Disney Vacation Club Discounts

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 Member Discounts

D23 members get various dining discounts by presenting their membership card.

AARP Member Discounts

Some Landry’s restaurants offer 10% off to AARP members. Landry’s locations near Disneyland include Bubba Gump and McCormick & Schmick’s Grille 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.

AAA Member Discounts

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.

Landry’s Select Club

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 Grille 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.

Costco Deals on Restaurant Gift Cards

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.