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It can be easy to get stuck in a rut (a happy rut, mind you) and eat the same favorite foods and treats at Disneyland every visit. We know what works for us, and we look forward to digging into our favorite yummy eats in the parks (Hellllooooo Jolly Holiday Combo, big pickle or clam chowder in a bread bowl). But we also find it toadally exciting to shake things up a bit and try some Disneyland secret menu items that are hiding in kitchens at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Anyone can order these "undercover" items—you just have to know to ask for them. And since we love sharing tips for making your trip even more special, we’ll let you in on these little secrets so you can order like you are a Disney Food "pro in the know!" We've recently hopped around the parks to update this list so you don't let yourself get disappointed looking for secret items that are no longer offered. We bring you our updated Disneyland secret menu items!
What Are the Disneyland Secret Menu Items?
Secret menu items at Disneyland are made from existing menu items, but they are served up in a fresh, new and secret way. You won’t find these mouthwatering treats printed on any permanent menu at Disneyland, but if you know what to ask for they can easily be yours. And you should order them, because they are so good that we want them to be added to the main menu for all to enjoy. What good is a secret if nobody knows about it?
"Firefly” Corn Chip Chili Cheese Pie with Jalapeños - Main Street Refreshment Corner
This fun dish (or bag, really) is more like a hearty snack or a small meal. If you like corn chips and shredded cheese in your chili, then this treat (with a jalapeño kick) is for you. It comes in a bag for easy eating on the go and is really quite tasty. At $4.59, we think it’s a great deal. We may need to add this secret menu item to our list of best Disneyland food and drink under $5. This secret treat has become so popular it has remained on the secret menu longer than it was meant to be offered, originally coming out for the Main Street Electrical Parade. While the parade has moved on, we are happy this treat remains.
Mac-n-Chili Bread Bowl - Main Street Refreshment Corner
Disneyland chili with macaroni and a bread bowl? It’s no secret that I love anything served in a bread bowl, so yes please!
Main Street "Floats" - Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
The parlor's secret float involves scoops of rainbow sherbet in orange soda. You can also order other floats off the main menu.
Galactic Burger "Alien Style" - Galactic Grill
The Galactic Burger is a "secret within a Disneyland secret menu" item. You won't find Galactic Burger listed on the menu at the Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland. Space travelers must have picked up the idea from a hidden menu item at a well-known fast food restaurant in a strange neighboring galaxy known as Southern California. At In-N-Out Burger (read here for the best Orange County eats under $5) you can order your fries animal style—topped with cheese, a thousand island-like spread and grilled onions. Well, the “Alien Style” Galactic Burger comes with cheese, thousand island, and grilled onions along with fries—all inside the sandwich (yes, the fries are inside too)! You can get more fries on the side or some Greek yogurt. It’s a sizable burger for a Wookie-sized appetite.
If you're in the park late, then zoom in for a quick landing at the Galactic Grill for their late night menu, which has items that are off the normal main menus, like Meteor Potato Bites, Little Dippers (French toast with salted caramel strawberry sauce), crispy chicken bites with sweet chili sauce in a waffle bowl and more.
Fish 'n' Chips - Stage Door Café
The fish 'n' chips fell off the main menu and gained secret menu status when the Stage Door Café revamped the whole menu. You can still get the fish 'n' chips, but only if you know to ask for them. Sadly, the mozzarella sticks were recently removed from the secret menu or any menu.
The Hidden Burrito - Rancho del Zocalo
The hidden burrito may not be found on the menu, but in one giant burrito, it includes almost everything you'l find in main menu Mexican dishes! It has three kinds of meat, rice, beans and all of the extras. It comes smothered in both red and green sauces (and when mixed with a white tortilla, the sauces resemble the colors of the Mexican flag). Bring your appetite or share with a friend or family member. You might want to skip the roller coasters for a little while after eating this bad boy!
Kalua Pork Sandwich - Bengal Barbecue
It's no secret that one of our favorite quick service stops for a snack or meal is Bengal Barbecue. We love their tasty skewers, but they now have a more hearty meal — the Kalua Pork Sandwich, which also comes with pasta salad and Maui-Onion Potato Chips. The sweet shredded pork is topped with pineapple-jalapeno salsa and spicy hoisin sauce. It's finger-licking good! Be sure to pick up a lot of napkins and wet wipes when eating at Bengal Barbecue. Yum!
Disney California Adventure
Make Mine Mocha Smoothie - Schmoozie's
This "smoothie” includes a special blend of coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream. It is topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Umm ... guys? ... isn’t that a called a shake? Perhaps it is more of a dessert smoothie? It recently underwent a name change (formerly known as Malibu Mocha Smoothie). Whatever call name it, you can call it delicious.
Vegetarian Chili Cone Queso – Cozy Cone Motel
One of our favorite treats is the Chili Cone Queso when we are visiting Cars Land, but many people don't realize there is a vegetarian version if you prefer not to eat meat. One former secret menu item made it big time and is now on the official menu as a permanent item — the Bacon Mac & Cheese Bread Cone. Bacon, mac & cheese and a portable bread cone. What’s not to love?
Neapolitan Shake - Flo's V8 Café
Speaking of shakes, if you cannot decide between a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry shake, then make a pit stop at Flo’s V8 Café for the indecisive easy answer—the Neapolitan Shake. No secret handshake needed. Lily test drove this beauty (with some crushed Oreo road gravel topping) and it definitely passed.
Mac-n-Cheese Bread Bowl - Pacific Wharf Café
If you haven’t met a carb you didn’t like, then dig into this carbalicious dish that takes the ultimate comfort food and serves it up in a fresh Boudin sourdough bread boule. Isn’t fresh sourdough bread good with every meal? Can you tell that Pacific Wharf is one of Mommy Frog’s favorite quick service restaurants in Disney California Adventure?
Secret Menu Adult Beverages – Lamplight Lounge
With the conversion of the Cove Bar to the Pixar Lamplight Lounge, the big question was whether the popular off-the-menu drinks would remain. (Okay, the really big question was actually "Will there still be lobster nachos?" The answer is yes!) We are happy to discover that they still serve the secret menu drinks, along with a whole fresh new menu full of other fun and tasty drinks (including some "smoking" drinks with dry ice in them). The Lamplight Lounge secret menu drinks are perfect for chillin' in the sun or relaxing before the World of Color show at night.
The Funwheel boasts three colors and a frothy whipped topping. This adult beverage will light up your day or night! This is not the only secret drink at the Cove Bar. Ask the bartender about the Black Pearl, The Earthquake, The Neverland Tea, The Zombie, The Midway Martini, The Melrose or The Sideshow Novel-Tea. Note that even though you can get the same secret drinks, the glass shapes have all changed to a more consistent style. You’ll have to pace yourself if you want to try these exciting secret drinks. How will you choose? Note: There are no bad choices here!
Festival Secret Menu Items
Disneyland adds some not-so-secret menu items during certain festivals and holidays. A sprinkling of the popular secret menu items from the run of the Main Street Electrical Parade are still offered permanently as secret items today. During Pixar Fest, there are so many tasty additions to many restaurants (like the Remy-inspired shrimp ratatouille at Café Orleans, fried bologna sandwich at Carnation Café or the orange shake at Flo's V8 Café) and even special treats at snack carts around the park. These temporary treats are kind of like secret menu items, but there are usually temporary signs bringing them to your attention when you order. It is still best to know about them in advance so you can plan them into your meals and snacks without missing out on the fun. You can learn more about these special menu items in our guide to Disneyland Pixar Fest.
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Speaking of secret drinks, let's hop over to the Disneyland Hotel for a moment. Trader Sam's is the resort's tiki-inspired watering hole. Inspired by the Jungle Cruise and Enchanted Tiki Room, guests can dive into amazing elixirs from the expansive menu, or dive into the secret menu.
You'll find delightful diversions such as King Kamehameha, Missionaries Downfall, Miehana and Fog Cutter on the secret menu. The true gem of secret Trader Sam's drinks is the Kungaloosh. Transplanted from the now closed Adventurer's Club at Disney World, you may order two different versions of this drink. "Old" is vodka, Malibu Rum, Midori, pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry. "New" is a blend of strawberry daiquiri mix, orange juice, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and blackberry brandy. It's neat to see something from the past return to the Disney fold, even if it's under the radar.
Other Off-Menu Items
Sometimes finding and eating Disneyland secret menu items is more of a necessity than a novelty if you have food intolerances or allergies. There are some other items you won’t necessarily see listed on restaurant menus that you might find helpful. You can substitute a gluten-free roll, bun or hot dog bun at most restaurants or even gluten-free pizza crust at Pizza Port. Rice noodles can replace pasta in some locations, and to avoid cross contamination you can request that fries be cooked in a fries-only fryer. Request an allergy-friendly menu before ordering if you have any special dietary needs. If you make table-service reservations through Disney Dining, let them know ahead of time if you have any allergies or special needs so they can accommodate you.
You can often order items a-la-cart if you do not want a large meal or do not want all of the sides. For an example, you can get a single piece of chicken at the Plaza Inn instead of a large meal, or a single scoop of vanilla ice cream instead of a complicated sundae for that kid with very simple tastes at The Golden Horseshoe!
It takes a lot of work to uncover the secret menu items at Disneyland. If you know of any hidden menu items we have not uncovered, be sure to whisper it in the comments below so we can hop to it and share with others! I guess we are terrible secrets when it comes to Disneyland food and drink!