I've been updating the Disneyland and DCA park menus, and thought I'd share a few things that I've noticed...
As you might expect, prices have increased, though that's mostly at the counter service locations - the table service restaurants in the parks had few/no price increases.
The price of a regular fountain beverage has risen from $2.99 to $3.19, though the price of a large remains $3.49. The prices of juice, coffee, hot tea, milk, bottled water, and cocoa have remained the same. Price for a souvenir cup is up $.50 to $6.99, and that for a souvenir travel mug has increased from $5.69 to $6.29.
Most entrees at the counter service locations have seen a 30-cent to 50-cent price increase. If it has the word "salad" in it, then it's gone up 50 cents. Does anyone else find that odd? I always thought meat was more expensive than vegetables, but salads are usually the same price as burgers or other entrees!
Most of the desserts that used to be $4.99 (pies, cakes, tarts, etc.) are now $5.19.
The prices for the kid's meals are unchanged this time (most of them went up 50 cents earlier this year, though). Mickey Check meals are available at most restaurants - according to Disney, these are: "Choices that receive the Mickey Check must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar...."(Kids’ Complete Meals must be ordered without substitutions and include at least three of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy; whole grains or lean protein, beans, eggs and nuts.)" Some examples: Seared Salmon at Blue Bayou, the Kids' Power Pack, available at many counter service locations, and Turkey Meatball Sandwich from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
Rancho del Zocalo has added two new menu items: Pollo en Mole and Burrito Guadalajara. The former is 1/2 chicken with a spicy chocolate/peanut sauce for $13.49. The burrito is filled with carnitas, refried beans, rice and cheese, topped with tomatillo sauce. Also $13.49. They both sound pretty good to me! Another change - the fish tacos are now baked fish tacos.
Harbour Galley has a new menu, also. They now serve a seasonal soup in a bread bowl in addition to clam chowder and broccoli and cheese (the chili and steak gumbo are gone). The salmon salad has been replaced by a shrimp salad with chilled poached shrimp, bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, egg, avocado and green onion over shredded romaine ($10.49). And they've added a lobster roll to the menu, served in a brioche roll with Old Bay seasoned chips for $13.99. (The lobster roll doesn't do much for me but the chips sound good!)
The baked potato menu has been tweaked and features barbecue chicken & slaw or bacon & sour cream for $6.39, or a shrimp salad baked potato for $6.99. I tried the shrimp salad baked potato and it was very good. Covered in chilled poached shrimp, arugula, and a white sauce. I'd order that again.
At Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure there's a Beef Gyro on the menu: sliced beef with cucumber salad and tzatziki sauce, rolled in a warm pita bread and served with tabouli for $11.99.
The Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery now serves a varied selection of craft beers. Also on the menu are California wines, Bavarian pretzels, and meat/cheese plates. I haven't tried this yet, but I plan to do that soon! That's the area where they used to offer the World of Color picnics, and it's really a very nice and relatively quiet area to relax and hang out.
As part of Limited Time Magic this year there have been various limited time food items offered. My favorite so far has been the English Toffee Caramel Apple, which was available in September. I'm going to be very sad not to be able to buy one (or two) to bring home like I have on previous visits!
Right now there's a lot of seasonal menu items available, but I'll have a separate blog on that! Can you say: "pumpkin"? :-)
One more dining note...On October 3 Disneyland will (finally) offer us the option of making dining reservations on-line. I'm really happy to see this - I have spent far too much time on hold when calling to make dining reservations. But we'll now be required to provide a credit card, and a $10 charge/person will apply for no-shows who don't cancel at least 24 hours in advance - though cancellations can also be done on-line. I don't have a problem with that.
The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Unleashes the Villains - 9/13/13.
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