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Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland


Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip


Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations

Hot Tip:  Make especially sure that you make reservations for any character meal you plan to enjoy.  They are getting increasingly popular in California, as they already are at WDW, so call ahead!

Reservations for table service restaurant reservations are not as complicated an issue in Southern California as they are at Walt Disney World. For one thing, there is no such thing as "priority seating" in California. Reservations (those that you do need to get) are real, live we-save-your-table-for-you reservations. When you do get reservations, I recommend that you plan on showing up at least ten minutes before your time.

You'll probably want to consider reservations as follows:

  • If you would like to have a meal at Napa Rose, The Storyteller's Cafe, Goofy's Kitchen, Granville's, PCH Grill, reservations may be in order.  Goofy's Kitchen, especially, gets very busy at the later dinner hour (after 6:30pm or so).

  • Reservations for the Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square is a MUST. This is true for lunch or dinner. The ground rules on this have changed over the years, but currently reservations are made at the restaurant door. If you want to be ensured of a table at a specific time with a minimum of waiting, make the Blue Bayou your first stop after Early Entry is over. That's usually when the cast members begin working the line of guests that has formed.

  • The only other table service restaurant in the park is the Carnation Cafe on Main Street.  Reservations are not accepted there, so it's first come, first served.

  • A nice, if expensive, treat is to watch Fantasmic! from the Disney Gallery porch above Pirates of the Caribbean. You need to make reservations in advance, as seating is extremely limited!  You can read more at the bottom of the Fantasmic! page by clicking here.


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