Before we jump into things, it’s important to begin by making a distinction. For many years, Disneyland was just Disneyland, a single park in California with a seemingly-endless number of rides, attractions, and places to eat. After numerous expansions over the years, Disney decided to build an entirely new park in 2001 on the site of Disneyland’s old parking lot (which says a lot about how massive Disney’s parking requirements are) and called it Disney California Adventure Park. The original was renamed Disneyland Park, and now the two are collectively known as Disneyland. Got all that?
Although related, the two parks are completely different, and thus we will take them one at a time. We recently looked at Magic Kindgom, one of the four theme parks at Disney World in Orlando, and today we're tackling the original Disneyland.
Opened in 1955, the 160-acre Disneyland Park was the only Disney amusement park designed and built under direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Since its early days, it has expanded from its original five parts — Main Street, U.S.A.; Adventureland; Frontierland; Fantasyland; and Tomorrowland — to include New Orleans Square (1966), Bear Country/Critter Country (1972), and Mickey’s Toontown (1993). Star Wars Land is also expected to be completed in the next few years.
In Disneyland Park alone, there are over 30 places to grab food and drinks, not counting the various random stands and carts scattered all over the facility. In an attempt to make planning easier for Disneyland’s 16 million annual visitors, we decided to list the best restaurants in the park, taking into account the cuisine type, variety of menu items, atmosphere, price, and quality — and balancing everything out to find which 10 offer the best overall experience. In other words, if you only have time to hit a few restaurants during your Disneyland Park visit, make sure it’s one of these.
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