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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor

Father's Day at Disneyland: Dining Options

June 14, 2001
by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer

If you took mom to the Disneyland Resort for her special day, you had a wealth of restaurants and packages to choose from. But, if you're planning to treat your dad to the same experience.... well, you'll need to be a little more creative in your planning!

While many of the Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney eateries planned a special menu for Mother's Day, only a handful have given thought to the dads. But, never fear, your intrepid MousePlanet team has assembled a list of suggestions, perfect for every Disney-loving dad.

Disneyland Hotel

Hook's Point and Wine Cellar

Hook's Pointe opened in March 1999 as a steak-and-seafood (plus chicken and pizza) full- service restaurant, with a focus on mesquite- grilled cuisine and an atmosphere reminiscent of Neverland and a view of the marina. The Wine Cellar offers a fantastic selection of wines to compliment your meal, and a more intimate seating area. For breakfast, the omelette is highly recommended. Save room after dinner for the famous chocolate souffl┌. For a complete menu listing, please visit the Disneyland Restaurant Review

Hook's Point and Wine Cellar
Disneyland Hotel
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. (Walk-in seating only -- no Priority Seating available)
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Priority Seating available)
Children's menu available
10% Annual Pass discount applies (Premium and Deluxe only) 
Call: 714-956-6413

Granville's Steakhouse

Granville's is known for exceptional service, excellent food, and a highly unusual menu presentation that you have to see to believe. The restaurant is open only for dinner, and while your Goofy tank top may look stunning, dressier attire is suggested. Granville's can also be the most expensive restaurant on property. For a complete menu listing, please visit the Disneyland Restaurant Review

Granville's Steakhouse
Disneyland Hotel
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Priority Seating suggested)
10% Annual Pass discount applies (Premium and Deluxe only)
Call: 714-956-6413

Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel

Yamabuki

If your dad is more adventurous, a trip to the award-winning Yamabuki Rrestaurant might be in order. Yamabuki serves traditional Japanese cuisine, specializing in teriyaki and tempura dishes. A full sushi bar is also offered. For a complete menu listing, please visit the Disneyland Restaurant Review

Yamabuki
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Children's menu available
10% Annual Pass discount applies (Premium and Deluxe only) 
Call: (714) 956-6755

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Napa Rose

Led by head chef Andrew Sutton, The Napa Rose has already earned a reputation for flawless service and delicious food. Despite the recent reductions in the restaurant's operating hours, a fixed-price Sunday brunch is still available. Choose 2, 3 or 4 courses, from $22.00 - $34.00. Add champagne for $10.00, toss in free valet parking, and you again have the best brunch deal in the resort.

Napa Rose Brunch
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Napa Rose
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Adults: $22.00, $28.00, or $34.00, for 2, 3, or 4 courses. (Champagne $10.00)
Children's menu available
10% Annual Pass discount applies (Premium and Deluxe only)
Call: (714) 956-6755

Storyteller's Cafe

Storyteller's recently added a dinner buffet. A variety of items from the regular menu are offered in an all-you- care-to-eat buffet setting. Included are carving stations, pastas, and the fabulous corn chowder. Kids have their own selections, like mac and cheese and Mickey nuggets.

Storyteller's Cafe

Early reviews of the buffet have been mixed. While there is an excellent variety of food available, the quality is not up to the same standard as the regular menu items. Our advice: stick to the main menu, and you won't be sorry.

Storyteller's Cafe Buffet Dinner
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Storyteller's Cafe
5:00 p.m.. - 10:00 p.m.
Adults (Buffet): $24.95
Children (Buffet) 3-11: $9.95
Children under 3 (Buffet): $3.95
Full children's menu available, in addition to the buffet
10% Annual Pass discount applies (Premium and Deluxe only) 
Call: (714) 956-6755

Disneyland

Fantasmic! Premium Seating

So, maybe your dad isn't into character breakfasts, and stuffy dinners aren't his thing. Treat dad to one of the premium seating opportunities for Fantasmic! There are two packages to choose from. A dessert buffet served on the Disney Gallery balcony is $43.00 per person, and includes all-you-care- to-eat desserts, as well as hot and cold beverages. For more information about this option, please visit Kevin Yee's firsthand account of working this event.

There is a new option available. For only $40.00, you can sit in a special reserved seating area, closer to the Rivers of America (below tower C, for those in the know). Instead of a dessert buffet, you'll be treated to a boxed dessert, which includes walnut brittle, cookies, a cream tart, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolates, and a selection of beverages. Children get strawberry shortcake in a souvenir Mickey bowl. Because this seating area holds up to 100 people per performance, it doesn't sell out like the balcony does. Unfortunately, the view is not as premium as the price. Again, see Kevin's column for his thoughts on this event.

Fantasmic! Premium Seating
Disney Gallery Balcony
Adults and Children (Buffet): $43.00
No discounts apply.
Purchase tickets at the Guest Relations window outside of DCA.
Plan to be in line no later than two hours prior to park opening.

Fantasmic! Premium Seating
Rivers of America
Adults: $42.00
Children: $32.00
No discounts apply
Purchase tickets at the Guest Relations window outside of DCA.

Reserving a spot for Fantasmic special seating used to require getting up at the crack of dawn to wait in line for a guest services window to open on the day of the show. No more. In Spring 2002, Disneyland made it easier to obtain Priority Seating reservations for Fantasmic special seating. Call (714) 781-4400, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week, up to 30 days in advance for seats in the Fantasmic Balcony in the Disney Gallery, or the Fantasmic Premium Viewing area.


Still looking for inspiration? Check back tomorrow, and see what's happening at Downtown Disney!


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Father's Day at Disneyland


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