Open & Closed Restaurants at Disneyland (Update: Character Dining Returning!)

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This list of in-park restaurants at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, plus hotel dining at the Grand Californian, covers what’s operating post-reopening, what’s closed, and why. This will be updated regularly, with info on what’s coming soon, operating daily, and more. (Updated April 22, 2021.)

Unfortunately, several major eateries will be shuttered when Disneyland and DCA reopen on April 30, 2021. There are some surprises on these lists in terms of what’s opening, what’s remaining closed, and what modifications will be made. Below, we also offer commentary as to why some very popular spots are not opening, including Blue Bayou, Oga’s Cantina, Napa Rose, Docking Bay 7, and more.

The good news is that some of this is due to the rules of California’s tier system, which restricts what can reopen in the red tier and to what extent in the orange & yellow tiers. Suffice to say, you can expect many additional locations to return on or around June 15, 2021!

It’s possible that some locations will end up being open seasonally, or as demand dictates, after a few months. It’s unlikely Disneyland will have any attendance difficulties immediately upon reopening, like Walt Disney World did, but as we’ve seen over the last year, anything is possible. In other words, check individual restaurant pages on Disneyland.com for exact operating hours and days of the week.

It’s also worth noting that the vast majority of Disneyland Resort restaurants do not have full menus. Most serve about half of the options they offered pre-closure, and it’s often the more ambitious and labor or ingredient intensive items that have been removed. In other words, if you want standard theme park fare like burgers or pizza, you’re fine. The more interesting stuff–along with many unique snacks–remain temporarily unavailable. So check menus before you commit!

April 22, 2021 Update: Reservations for in-park restaurants at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are now available! There was no published time for when they’d go live, but when we first checked, there was a virtual queue in use and a wait time of more than an hour. We checked again at 8 am Pacific and the wait time was down to 10 minutes.

By the time you read this, it’s possible there will be no virtual queue whatsoever, or word will have gotten out (and more people will be awake) and the wait time will balloon again. It’s really anyone’s guess.

I spot-checked availability for a variety of dates, and it was hit or miss. Unsurprisingly, there were more choices on weekdays than weekends, particularly in mid-to-late May 2021.

Keep in mind that the majority of in-park table service restaurants are temporarily unavailable. At most, you’re probably looking at 4 restaurants with availability, nothing near the 83 advertised at the top of the screen. (We’d thus encourage you to book quickly.) Additionally, the options do not expand after June 15, meaning that Disneyland has not yet loaded the expanded slate into the system.

You can join the virtual queue (as necessary) and check reservation availability here.

Disneyland Operational Dining List:

  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Café Orleans
  • Churros
  • French Market Restaurant
  • Galactic Grill
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Market House
  • Milk Stand
  • Mint Julep Bar
  • Plaza Inn
  • Popcorn
  • Red Rose Taverne
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Ship to Shore Marketplace
  • Stage Door Café
  • The Tropical Hideaway

Disneyland Closed Dining List:

  • Alien Pizza Planet
  • Blue Bayou
  • Carnation Cafe
  • Clarabelle’s
  • Daisy’s Diner
  • Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo
  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Harbour Galley
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • Maurice’s Treats
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Rancho del Zocalo
  • Refreshment Corner
  • Royal Street Verandah
  • Tiki Juice Bar
  • Tropical Imports
  • Troubadour Tavern
  • Turkey Leg Carts

Disney California Adventure Operational Dining List:

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
  • Angry Dogs
  • Award Wieners
  • Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining
  • Churros
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
  • Cozy Cone Motel – Cones 1-3 (Churros, Ice Cream, Cone-coctions)
  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • Hollywood Lounge
  • Ice Cream Carts
  • Lamplight Lounge
  • Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
  • Popcorn
  • Poultry Palace
  • Rita’s Baja Blenders
  • Señor Buzz Churros
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Sonoma Terrace
  • Studio Catering Co.

Disney California Adventure Closed Dining List:

  • Bayside Brews
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
  • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Cozy Cone Motel (Cone 4)
  • Fairfax Market
  • Fillmore’s Taste-In
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Mendocino Terrace
  • Mortimer’s Market
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Schmoozies
  • Trolley Treats
  • Wine Country Trattoria

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Operational Dining List:

  • Hearthstone Lounge
  • GCH Craftsman Bar
  • GCH Craftsman Grill

Grand Californian Closed Dining List:

  • Napa Rose
  • Napa Rose Lounge
  • Storytellers Cafe

As for why some pretty big name restaurants are not reopening, the main explanation is relatively simple: California’s theme park reopening rules. In the red tier, indoor dining is not allowed at all. Orange County is not currently in the red tier, having just moved up, but it’s possible Disneyland is erring on the side of caution in case of a backslide, or made these lists before the upgrade.

Where Orange County currently sits, the rules allow theme parks to offer indoor dining at 25% capacity. Once the county moves up to the yellow tier, which could happen by sometime in May 2021, that jumps to 50%. It’s entirely possible that this is simply too low of a number to be practical or profitable, so Disneyland just isn’t messing with the indoor venues until June 15, 2021 when California retires the tier system and fully reopens. Unlike Walt Disney World, the California parks have an abundance of outdoor options and better weather to go along with them.

In addition to that, there are smaller venues that aren’t particularly popular or might have difficulties physically distancing in their kitchens. Finally, there are high-volume, high-capacity locations that are just probably unnecessary in light of attendance levels when the parks first reopen.

Once you account for all of that, these lists make complete sense. The only entries that surprise me, personally, are Rancho del Zocalo (huge outdoor seating area and popular), Hungry Bear Restaurant (same), Wine Country Trattoria (rare table service with plenty of outdoor seating), and Schmoozies (national treasure that should be illegal to close). Another semi-interesting one is the still-new Star Wars restaurant, Docking Bay 7. It has some outdoor seating, but not nearly enough. Otherwise, the list pretty much checks out. We’d expect most, if not all, of the big name restaurants to be back by mid-June or early July 2021 at the latest. So stay tuned for future updates!

Planning a Southern California vacation? For park admission deals, read Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets. Learn about on-site and off-site hotels in our Anaheim Hotel Reviews & Rankings. For where to eat, check out our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews. For unique ideas of things that’ll improve your trip, check out What to Pack for Disney. For comprehensive advice, consult our Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide. Finally, for guides beyond Disney, check out our Southern California Itineraries for day trips to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and tons of other places!

YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you think about this list of restaurants that are reopening and remaining closed at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and the Grand Californian? Any closures that disappoint you? What about pleasant surprises? Will you be attempting to visit Disneyland when the parks first open, or are you waiting until Summer 2021 when California fully reopens and things (presumably) start getting back closer to normal? Do you agree or disagree with our commentary? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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