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!"
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 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. According to a cast member, this secret treat has become so popular you might soon find it on the permanent menu.
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!
Fried Chicken and Mickey Mouse Mini Waffles – Plaza Inn
We always recommend the fried chicken at Plaza Inn. For a limited time, you can also get them with Mickey Mouse waffles for a fun twist on an old classic! Oh boy!
Main Street "Floats" - Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
The parlor's secret float involves scoops of rainbow sherbet in orange soda. You can order other floats too—especially if the secret but very elusive Fantasia ice cream is available.
Trolley Car Sundae - Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
This sundae comes with a ring of brownie bites, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry on top. It is served with vanilla, but you can choose your favorite ice cream flavor instead.
"Electra"-fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich - Carnation Café
Kick it up a notch with this secret menu item at Main Street U.S.A's table service restaurant. It comes slathered in Sriracha honey sauce and covered with slaw.
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.
Fried Mozzarella Sticks - Stage Door Café
In addition to fried chicken fingers and fish ‘n’ chips, you can also order fried mozzarella sticks, but only if you know to ask for them. You’re welcome.
Disney California Adventure
Malibu 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? Whatever you name it, you can call it delicious.
Bacon Mac & Cheese Bread Cone – Cozy Cone Motel
It’s not on the official menu, but it’s not as secret as other hidden menu items. It is listed on a temporary sign, but we hope this one stays as on as a permanent item. 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?
Mickey’s Funwheel Adult Beverage – Cove Bar
This off-the-menu drink is perfect for chillin’ in the sun or relaxing before the World of Color show at night. Boasting three colors and a frothy whipped top, 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. 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.
A few of these hidden menu items are permanent, but a few are here only for the run of the Main Street Electrical Parade (currently running through August 20). You’d better hop to it if you want to try the Galactic Burger, Chicken and waffles, Firefly Chili (unless it is becoming a permanent item as hoped), and Chili Mac in a Bread Bowl.
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
While we're on the subject 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.
Do you have a favorite Disneyland secret menu item that we haven’t mentioned? Or even ones we have? Please share it in the comments below.