The Ins and Outs of Disneyland
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,
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
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