We're always excited to dig 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. These are secret items hiding in kitchens at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Anyone can order these "undercover" items — you just have to ask for them. And since we are Disneyland frog experts, we’ll let you in on these little secrets so you, too, can order like a pro! We hop around the parks every so often to update this list, so always check back. Well, frogs, work up those appetites as we bring you Disneyland secret menu items!
What Are the Disneyland Secret Menu Items?
The Disneyland secret menu items 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?
Main Street, U.S.A.
"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.
In 2019, there is a secret ice cream flavor that’s available until supplies run out — it’s the strawberry cheesecake ice cream with chunks of cheesecake in it.
Psst … Carnation Café is actually the only spot at Disneyland where you can find shakes, malts and fried green tomatoes, so that’s almost like top-secret information. They do have some somewhat secret menu items for all of 2019. These “Get Your Ears On” celebration items are expected to stick around all year. They have all three meals covered! For breakfast, you can start your day off with “Celebrate Mickey” chicken and waffles (with frosted cereal crusted chicken, caramelized pecan bacon, berry compote and sprinkles) until10:30 a.m. For lunch, dig in to Nashville hot chicken and waffles (with blistered tomatoes, balsamic glaze and sprinkles) from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Then, you can enjoy the TV Dinner Pot Roast at suppertime (with sautéed green beans and carrots, bleu cheese and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, braised cabbage and pineapple upside-down cake) from 4:00 p.m. until park closing.
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.
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 (and all menus).
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches — Golden Horseshoe
This pair of ice cream sandwiches that come drizzled in chocolate or caramel rank high among our favorite Disneyland secret menu items. They are the perfect treat to share with a friend or family member. The ice cream is creamy and the cookies are fresh. We like them much more than the hard, frozen version from the ice cream carts. But be sure to grab extra napkins!
The Hidden Burrito - Rancho del Zocalo
The hidden burrito, also known as the Zocalo, may not be found on the menu, but in one giant burrito, it includes almost everything you'll 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 sprinkled with white cheese, 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!
New Orleans Square
Lobster Mac n Cheese in a Bread Bowl — Harbour Galley
Ahoy mateys! Be sure to drop anchor when in port for this Disneyland secret menu item. This is no ordinary mac 'n' cheese. Yes, there is lobster and it comes in a fresh sourdough bowl, but the hidden spicy Sriracha sauce really kicks things up a notch.
Candied Bacon — Tropical Hideaway
What’s better than a new location to get your Pineapple Dole Whip, along with Loaded Whips and new flavors of Dole Whip (like raspberry and orange)? Getting your Dole Whip with a new secret menu item, the candied bacon topping! Try it on the Loaded Whip. If you think smoky candied bacon does not belong on a sweet frozen treat, you would be wrong. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Disney California Adventure
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 that 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 and cheese and a portable bread cone. What’s not to love?
Neapolitan Shake - Flo's V8 Café
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. They often have promotional shake flavors for holidays and festivals, so it’s worth pulling in to try a limited-time flavor!
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
The off-the-menu drinks on the Lamplight Lounge secret menu are perfect for chillin' in the sun or relaxing around a fire pit before the World of Color show at night. The conversion of the Cove Bar to the Lamplight Lounge in June 2018 had us worried about the future of the secret menu drinks, but they are still there for those in the know. In case you were wondering, lobster nachos remain, too! If you want a secret drink, ask your server for one of the following fun Lamplight Lounge secret menu concoctions. The Mickey's Funwheel boasts three colors and a frothy whipped topping. This adult beverage will light up your day or night! This is not the only Lamplight Lounge secret menu drink at the Cove Bar. Ask the bartender about the Black Pearl, the Earthquake, the Neverland Tea, the Zombie, the Sea Witch, the Melrose Place 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 between these secret menu cocktails and the really colorful standard menu drinks? Note: There are no bad choices here!
Secret Nachos — Lamplight Lounge
Speaking of the Lobster Nachos … if you love nachos, but lobster not so much, here’s another Lamplight Lounge secret menu treat: You can order your nachos with chicken, steak or vegetarian-style. If you want to be super stealthy, you might work your way into the “the Office," the Lamplight Lounge's secret room. You’ll need to be a party of about 8 to 13 people and a little bit of luck to get in. You won’t find it on your own. It’s hidden in a back room in a vault! Now that’s good secret-keeping.
Swirled Frozen Treats — The Adorable Snowman's Frosted Treats
Just past the Cove Bar on Pixar Pier, you’ll encounter The Adorable Snowman’s Frosted Treats. He’s serving up some of the most popular frozen desserts in the park, like his Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait, non-dairy lemon cones and chocolate and vanilla ice cream. What you won’t find on the menu are the swirled cups and cones. It seems that they are a secret treat, but oh so yummy that you’ll be glad you know about them! You can get the It’s Lemon! swirled with either It’s Vanilla! or It’s Chocolate!, but you cannot get the chocolate and vanilla swirled together. The lemon is the star of the show here, and once you try it, you’ll understand why.
Festival Secret Menu Items
Disneyland adds some not-so-secret menu items during certain festivals, holidays and color promotions — here’s looking at you, fabulous Potion Purple treats! If some of them are incredibly popular, they just might stick around after the festival fun has ended.
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, like the Firefly and Alien Style Galactic Burger. Others, like the Lobster Roll at Harbour Galley or the Make Mine Mocha at Schmoozies!, have graduated to the regular menu — well done! The fun festival temporary treats are kind of like secret menu items, but there are usually temporary signs or Foodie Guides bringing them to your attention when you order during their limited runs. For example, in 2019 there are all kinds of extra treats for Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration. You can pick up a Foodie Guide in the park so you can be in the know, but we’ve found items that were not even on the Foodie Guide, like the incredibly cute red and yellow Mickey Macaron at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, so keep your eyes and ears open for news on Disneyland secret menu items. 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.
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. 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 that they can accommodate you.
You can often order items à la carte 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 sundae for picky tadpoles at The Golden Horseshoe!
It takes a lot of (delicious) work to uncover all of the secret menu items at Disneyland. If you know of any hidden menu items we haven't uncovered, whisper it in the comments below so we can hop to it and share with others! Oops, we are just terrible at keeping secrets when it comes to Disneyland food and drink!