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The Magic Years
Disney through the eyes of teens
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What's a Kid to Eat?
Have you ever eaten in a restaurant that was just too nice for you, where you have to whisper, and there's only a handful of people your age? I think we all know the kinds of restaurants I'm talking about. Don't get me wrong, fancy restaurants can be nice once in a while or on special occasions, but Disneyland may put you in the mood for something a little more fun. So today, I'm here to tell you about some of my favorite kid-friendly restaurants at Disneyland.

Let me start by telling you that I have eaten at nice restaurants in Disneyland, and I always enjoy them. However, being at Disneyland tends to get us kids pumped up a bit. If you're going through your day and break for a bite to eat knowing that there's more fun ahead, you don't want to stop bouncing up and down, smiling, laughing, and being excited just because you step into a restaurant. These fancy restaurants are more for mom and dad, and there's a good chance they will want to have a nice dinner at one of them. Don't argue with them about it; they are taking you to Disneyland and deserve to have a nice meal. So it's okay if they take you there. After all, you don't want to ruin their fun. And maybe you can be allowed to pick what's for lunch tomorrow.

Redd Rockett's is next to Space Mountain
Redd Rockett's is next to Space Mountain

The first restaurant I will tell you about is Redd Rockett's Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. My friend and I love this place. They sell huge slices of pizza, salads, pasta and stellar desserts. I usually get the Lunar Cheese pizza, but that isn't the only kind of pizza they sell.

They also have cheese ravioli or spaghetti "Mousekemeals," which are kind of like Happy Meals, with kid-sized portions of the dishes served to adults. They come in cute heavy plastic dishes shaped like Mouse ears with three compartments (the head and two ears). The plates are not super sturdy, but you can take these home with you and eat out of them again. Mousekemeals are available at almost every restaurant, but the contents vary with location. For example, at Rancho del Zoccalo in Frontierland, Mousekemeals include burritos or quesadillas with chips and cheese sauce and a drink. If you ask me, the Mousekemeal servings are big enough. They always fill me up. My mom likes to get them, too, though they're for kids eight and under.

Okay, now for the desserts at Redd Rockett's. They sell the greatest desserts! There is this chocolate chip cookie / brownie thing, with cookie on the top and chocolate brownie on the bottom. It is so good! Then there's the big chocolate chip cookie with a little chocolate icing on the top, and the moon-shaped Rice Crispie treat. What's cool about these desserts is that they're already in a bag, so you can take them with you to eat while exploring the Park.

Next, there is the Village Haus in Fantasyland, where they serve cheeseburgers, hot dogs, fresh fruit salads, cheese and pepperoni pizzas, chicken nuggets and more. A child's hot dog or child's chicken nuggets order comes with a drink and fries. Remember that no matter where you go, you are not limited to Mousekemeals. Be adventurous and get an adult meal if you're really hungry! I like to get the chicken nuggets here. The fresh fruit is also good if you're stopping for a lighter meal. Village Haus is themed to Pinocchio, and is really a fun little restaurant.

The Hungry Bear Restaurant
The Hungry Bear Restaurant

Over in Critter Country, you should check out the Hungry Bear Restaurant. This is fun because you can watch the Sailing Ship Columbia (the pirate ship) or the Mark Twain Riverboat (the steamboat) go by, or just watch the ducks swimming around. The Hungry Bear Restaurant is located right on the Rivers of America at the entrance to Critter Country. They sell little corndog nuggets (which are great!), fried chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, roast beef sandwiches, BBQ chicken salads and more. The corndog nuggets and chicken nuggets are the Mousekemeal choices, and come with cookies and a drink.

Right across from the entrance to Indiana Jones Adventure in Adventureland is Bengal Barbecue. Here, you can sink your teeth into a beef, chicken or veggie skewer. These are so good! For dessert there's the Cinnamon Snake Twist. For a snack you can get Mickey Mouse pretzels or Tiger Tail breadsticks. I can only remember eating a skewer (I recommend the chicken one), but everything there looks really good. My mouth starts to water just walking past the Bengal Barbecue, and it makes that whole part of Adventureland smell like a barbecue... delicious!

The Tomorrowland Terrace has a stage where bands sometimes perform
The Tomorrowland Terrace has a stage where bands sometimes perform

One last restaurant in this column is the Tomorrowland Terrace. The Tomorrowland Terrace is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast they serve French toast sticks, fruit, muffins, and eggs. Lunch and dinner options include cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, fried chicken (yummy...), Caesar salads and more, including chicken nugget and corndog Mousekemeals. This restaurant is an outdoor restaurant and a great place to watch performances on the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage.

All this talk about food is making me hungry. I'd better get something to eat before my tummy starts to growl!

Ciao!

~Jewel


Have any questions, comments or suggestions? Send them to me at coolkids@mouseplanet.com. I'd love to hear from you!


Jewel's FastFact: In Snow White's Scary Adventure, there is one part where the witch is holding an apple. Currently, the apple is just an illusion, but it used to be a tangible item. They changed it to an illusion because too many people were stealing the apple when they went on the ride!

What's a Kid to Eat?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jewel
Hi!
My name is Jewel.

I am 13 years old, and a typical junior high student. I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. My family and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we go quite often. I love school, and science has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am in band and hope to be involved in music for the rest of my life.

Right now, my career goal is to become a deejay. In my mind, that is the coolest job in the world! My hobbies include: listening to and playing music, reading, writing, messing around on the computer and hanging out at Disneyland. We have seven cats (four of them found us), a black Labrador, and I have a goldfish.


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