Our Guide to Dining at Blue Bayou at Disneyland

by Mommy Frog on May 25, 2022 9 Los Angeles

Blue Bayou Disneyland - PinterestIf you’ve ever ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, after your boat launches, you may notice a romantic, candle-lit restaurant with colorful lanterns amidst the fireflies. And you may wonder what that magical place is. It’s Blue Bayou, one of the most in-demand dining experiences at Disneyland! It offers a taste of the old New Orleans in the Louisiana bayou from a time when the steamboat ruled the mighty Mississippi. Dining at Blue Bayou is one of our most romantic things to do at Disneyland, but it's fun for the whole family. If you are wondering what the restaurant is like and how to get a reservation, we have the details right here. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a reservation and dining at Blue Bayou Disneyland.

Where Is the Location of Blue Bayou at Disneyland?

Blue Bayou is located inside Disneyland theme park, so you'll need a Disneyland ticket and theme park reservation to enter the park to dine at this location. You’ll find the entrance to Blue Bayou at 31 Royal Street in New Orleans Square. It is just to the right of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride exit. The indoor dining area is next to the water at the Pirates of the Caribbean. Once you check in (you can use mobile check-in through the Disneyland app), you may sit in the waiting area and they will text you when your table is ready.

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - The Bootstrappers perform outside the Blue Bayou entrance

Food and Beverage at Blue Bayou at Disneyland

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Chicken dish at Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou serves lunch and dinner. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until about 3:55 p.m. Dinner is 4 p.m. until close. The menus vary between the two services with some items available for both lunch and dinner. A few items, such as the Monte Cristo Sandwich, are only available at lunch. Other items may only appear only on the dinner menu. You can view menus and prices in advance on the Disneyland app. Menu items change from time to time, depending on the season or holiday. FYI: The Monte Cristo we mentioned is a full serving and is bigger than the Monte Cristo at nearby Café Orleans. The menu is more limited than it was pre-pandemic.

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Kids' meal at Blue Bayou

There's a kids' menu for children ages 3 to 9. Kids' entrees come with a small milk or Dasani water and a choice of two sides (seasonal vegetables, jasmine rice, fruit or mashed potatoes).

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Hurricane and Mint Julep with glow cube at Blue BayouBlue Bayou has themed beverages. The nonalcoholic Mint Julep, 31 Royal Street Signature Julep (seasonal) and Louisiana Lemonade are toadally fun for the whole family, especially if you get a souvenir glow cube in this dark setting. It just makes your experience feel more special! Your drinks and Mint Julep are refillable, so you'll get your money's worth of Mint Julep at this location (or Café Orleans) versus buying a single cup at Mint Julep Bar or French Market ... just sayin'! I can find any way to justify the expense of my meal at Blue Bayou to my more frugal hubby, Leap.

What’s unique about Blue Bayou is that it now sells adult beverages. The only other spot in Disneyland Park (that’s open to all parkgoers) that serves alcohol is Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Other than those two spots, there is no alcohol at Disneyland Park. You'd have to hop to Downtown Disney or Disney California Adventure for an adult drink. You can enjoy wine, beer or a Hurricane cocktail at Blue Bayou in Disneyland. You can end your meal with a sparkling wine (or cider) celebration finale. It comes with two glasses of sparkling wine, crème brulee and chocolate-dipped madeleines.

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Woman with Mickey birthday cakeIs anyone celebrating a birthday? When you reserve, be sure to add a Mickey cake. There’s plenty of this rich mousse-like dessert to go around. The chocolate ears, buttons and tail are also edible.

If you have any allergies, you can note them when you reserve. You can notify the host and your server. There's also an allergy-friendly menu available upon request.

Blue Bayou Atmosphere

The setting is what makes this dining location truly special. Is it outside or in? It feels like you are dining on an outside plantation patio at night along the mysterious water lands of the bayous. It is perpetually evening at Blue Bayou. Colorful lanterns are strung over the tables, wisteria hangs from the lattice and shooting stars streak across the dark skies. Your table is lit by candlelight. Listen for cricket chirps and rustling leaves while you dine under mossy trees.

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Blue Bayou Dining Area

Whether you come with a loved one or the whole family, it feels like romantic outdoor dining, but the weather is always perfect (because you are in an air-conditioned, indoor environment). We love to eat lunch here because it gets us out of the sun for a bit and allows us to rest our flippers and catch our breath before heading back into the bustling theme park.

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Steak and diners in the background at Blue Bayou

While the food is more upscale than you might find elsewhere in the park, don't worry about dressing up unless that's how you like to dress in the park. Everyone arrives in their comfortable theme park clothes.

How to Get Blue Bayou Disneyland Reservations

The Inside Scoop on Blue Bayou at Disneyland - Mint Julep and girl at Blue BayouBlue Bayou is one of the hardest places to get into at Disneyland outside of the private Club 33. Ideally, you’ll want to get a dining reservation. Reservations are generally released 60 days in advance at 3 a.m. PT (so you may lose some sleep! But it's worth it, right?). Occasionally, Disney releases them closer to 6 a.m., so if you do not see any, keep checking. Since reservations do move quickly, you’ll want some backup plans:

  • Keep checking — Don’t give up! You just might pick up a reservation that someone else cancels.
  • Look in the middle of the night. Have insomnia? Put that bad baby to work for you. Pick up your phone and try to see if any reservations pop up. We've had the best luck getting park and dining reservations when we look when most other people are sleeping.
  • Quickly select any reservation for any time and any party size that comes available for your date. If you need to modify once you are in the park, you might have some luck as the restaurants are much more accommodating to parties that have a reservation than people without. They may help you change a time or add or drop a person if you have a reservation. Just go talk to the restaurant in person to see if they can accommodate your changes. (Though it's typically easier to remove rather than add people to your reservation.)
  • Ask if they have walk-up availability. You might get lucky! We've had some luck walking up and asking if they have a table available. If they have room, they will seat you! We had luck right when the restaurant opened for the day. Blue Bayou opens about 11 a.m.
  • If you cannot get into Blue Bayou, the nearby Café Orleans can be a little easier to get into. And it also has Monte Cristo and Mint Julep, not to mention the delicious Pommes Frites you cannot get anywhere else.
  • For fine dining in Disney California Adventure, look to Carthay Circle. It is similarly challenging to get into, but the food is great and the dining room opulent.
  • Consider Napa Rose. For other fine dining options at the Disneyland Resort, Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is particularly nice.

What About Dining Packages and After Dark Parties?

Blue Bayou has a Fantasmic! Dining Packages. You reserve lunch or dinner and request to upgrade to the Fantasmic! Dining Package from your server. It's $89 per adult and $35 per kid plus tax and gratuity. You'll get a voucher for a reserved viewing area that is seated on the ground, front and center! Hop over to our Disneyland Fantasmic! tips post and the Disneyland Dining Reservations for the latest news and dining package information.

You can choose from the regular menu or from special items offered only to Fantasmic! Dining Package guests. Offerings include Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad, Hearts of Palm Escabèche, Fava Bean and Pistachio Pesto Pasta, Monte Cristo Sandwich & Seasonal Salad, Filet Mignon, a specialty nonalcoholic drink and a Fantasmic! specialty dessert.

Blue Bayou is not usually available during Disneyland After Dark events, but there have been special occasions when it is open for separately ticketed events. Blue Bayou held a low-country boil for Magic Key holders at Disney Merriest Nites in 2021. It also offered themed meals (hosted by Dr. Facilier) during past Disneyland Halloween Parties before the party hopped to Disney California Adventure for the Oogie Boogie Bash. It's at least something to keep an eye on if there is a future Disney Merriest Nites or other Disneyland After Dark party that could open reservations for Blue Bayou. But honestly, save Blue Bayou for when you have time to relax and enjoy it. Those After Dark parties just fly by, and we want to experience all the other parts of the party.

Do you have any questions about dining at Blue Bayou? Ask away in the comments below. Don't froget — you will need a Disneyland theme park ticket to access this dining location. 

Related: Best Table-Service Restaurants at Disneyland Park 

Related: Best Table-Service Restaurants at Disney California Adventure

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 26, 2022 at 6:20 a.m. Manz Says...

What do you do when it says “no schedule for date selected” and cannot select a time? We are looking through the holiday season, specifically Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Thank you!

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Oct 26, 2022 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Manz!

While the standard booking window opens 60 days in advance, restaurants may not always release reservations right at the start of the 60-day window (for instance, they may still be waiting on park hours to be confirmed). Since it's saying "no schedule for date selected," then potentially, it sounds like reservations might have not been released yet. Our best advice is just to keep checking daily until reservations open up. If you can't get a reservation, then you could try Walk-Up availability on the day(s) of your visit. When you're near the restaurant, open the Disneyland app and you can join the Walk-Up List if there's availability (you may need to play with your party size to see if anything pops up).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2022 at midnight John Says...

Confusion. Looks like I’ve seen it both ways. Do I need a park reservation for the day I’m checking for a reservation at Blue Bayou? If so I’ll never get a reservation as I don’t plan on making park reservations and then cancelling for every day I check.

Thanks for any information.

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Oct 24, 2022 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

You need a park reservation to dine but not to book.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2022 at 12:43 a.m. Tina Says...

Is there a best table to request? Or a section that you want to stay away from?

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Jul 27, 2022 at 1:20 a.m. Chuck U Farley Says...

There has to be something else going on with their reservation system. I tried for a reservation 60 days out at 3am, 4am, 5am,and after and nothing! No times available. I have a hard time believing there were no spots available. I suspect the reservations are being doled out elsewhere on purpose.

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Jul 29, 2022 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chuck!

6 a.m. is supposed to be the official release time, but it is not always the case. However, we have had great luck with walk-up availability! Also, sometimes around transitional seasons such as fall, they don’t release reservations right away because they are waiting to confirm changing hours. Even if you don’t see something right away, just keep refreshing and checking in case something pops up, and if you aren't able to get a reservation, then try walk-up on the day of!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2022 at 12:36 a.m. Heather Says...

We were lucky enough to get reservations at Blue Bayou. They are at 9:50pm. Would that be a problem since the restaurant closes at 10?

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Jul 25, 2022 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

It won't be a problem! 10 p.m. is the latest to enter, and you'll get your whole meal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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