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Special Disney Dining Opportunities
Special Disney Dining Opportunities
The Disneyland Resort boasts some of finest chefs in the world. Try one of these distinguished restaurants for a romantic/fine dining experience: Catal or Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in the Downtown Disney District, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel, Carthay Circle in Disney’s California Adventure, or Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Hotel. Remember it’s Disney, so a quiet table may not always be possible. Call 714-781-DINE or go online to make reservations for all of the above restaurants.
So you say it’s your birthday? While Disneyland has definitely reduced their offerings for birthday celebrations in recent years, it's still a fabulous place to celebrate a birthday. Guests can reserve a special cake table at the Plaza Inn (afternoons only) and select other table service restaurants, where they'll deliver a personalized birthday cake for you with plates, forks, etc. Call Disney dining (714-781-DINE) for arrangements. Note that park admission is required for the Plaza Inn and be aware that a number of other guests will be celebrating their birthday at the same time (it’s not a private event). Cakes must be ordered a minimum of three days in advance.
For another celebration option, choose one of the Disneyland Resort’s full-service restaurants (character meals are particularly fun for birthdays) and be sure to let the server know it’s your birthday! More tips on celebrating birthdays at Disneyland are on page 262.
Holidays are always special at the Disneyland Resort. The parks and resorts overflow with special entertainment and decorations that vary from season to season and year to year. The Christmas and New Year’s season is especially magical, with all kinds of celebrations throughout the property. Holiday dinners at the hotels and selected theme park restaurants are not always advertised. You can be fairly certain that the Disney hotels will have something on Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. In fact, Disney Dining won’t always know if something special is planned at the hotels, so call the hotels directly for special holiday dining opportunities.
Since Disneyland is in a heavily populated area, large groups and businesses are offered special dining opportunities. For a price, Disneyland will customize and cater events at a variety of venues in the parks and hotels. Events can accommodate group sizes from 40–7,000 guests! Have a smaller group? Napa Rose at the Grand Californian has a private dining room that seats up to 30 guests. For more information, call (714) 520-7025 or visit http://www.disneylandmeetings.com.
House of Blues has a concert hall separate from its restaurant (see page page 233) that features performances by top musicians. On selected Sundays, they serve an all-you-care-to-eat Gospel Brunch with soul food and glorious gospel music—price is $35/adults and $19/kids 3–9 (children under 3 are free but you still need to reserve a place for them). Reservations can be made through the House of Blues box office (717-778-2583) or Ticketmaster. Tickets for evening performances are available through the box office or Ticketmaster, and range from $15 to $55. The House of Blues closed at Downtown Disney but is moving to Anaheim GardenWalk in fall 2016. More information at http://www.houseofblues.com.
Disneyland is unveiling an ultra-exclusive dining experience available each night for just one party of up to 12 guests. Located in what was once envisioned as a private residence for Walt Disney and family, 21 Royal offers guests the chance to work with master chefs to create a custom menu and experience. From the 21 Royal website: "In keeping with its unique location, discreetly perched above Royal Street in New Orleans Square (upstairs from the famed Pirates of the Caribbean attraction), 21 Royal is decorated in the Empire style made popular in 19th century New Orleans. Today, when you host your special evening at 21 Royal, you add your own chapter to the residence’s storied history and carry forth the spirit of Walt and Lillian’s enduring vision of an exceptionally enchanted experience. On the evening of your 21 Royal experience, your guests will arrive at the majestic Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where they will be greeted by the hotel’s valets. Once your entire party has assembled, they will be given a VIP escort to the site of the evening’s festivities. Legendary Disney service is on display from the moment your guests are welcomed by the 21 Royal staff. First, signature cocktails are served by professional butlers in the salon, then everyone is invited out to the patio for a casual reception. You and your guests will also have time to explore the different rooms—and discover some of their more magical features. Then it’s time for dinner. You and your guests take your seats around a lavish table covered in white linens, fresh flowers and set with gold-plated dinnerware and fine crystal. This is when the evening’s adventure really begins—as a fascinating tale unfolds told through fine food and drink. In true Disney fashion, you can end your evening with a grand finale—dessert on the private balcony, where you and your guests are treated to a spectacular view of the Rivers of America, and on certain nights, prime viewing of the park’s nighttime entertainment." The cost for a dinner at 21 Royal is $15,000 for up to 12 guests and can be reserved by calling 714-300-7749. Learn more at https://www.21royaldisneyland.com.
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