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Top Kids' Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love

by Mommy Frog on March 17, 2023

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OK, so it's time to plan out your meals at Disneyland, but maybe you're worried about what to feed the kids, particularly if you have picky eaters. Luckily, there is no shortage of kid-friendly foods in the park. Gluten-free? Check. Dairy-free? Check. Your tadpole only eats pizza, pasta or chicken tenders and french fries? Yep, Disneyland's got you covered on that group of the food pyramid, but there are also healthy meals and themed foods your more adventurous eaters will toadally love. There's something for every eater!

Top Kids' Foods at Disneyland - Kids eat chicken tenders at Golden Horseshoe

We also have suggestions for the best snacks for kids. Feeding a large family on a budget is a challenge, so we’ll cover some money-saving tips, as well. Disneyland is generous about letting you bring snacks and meals into the park with you. Our guide to the top kids' foods at Disneyland covers all of the bases so you can have one less thing to worry about.

Popular Kids' Meals at Disneyland

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love-Boy eats chicken tendersHere are a few popular kids' foods, and our tadpole, Lily's favorite spots to find them. Many kids' meals at quick-service locations come with a Cuties mandarin orange, applesauce (occasionally) and a small beverage. You can usually sub fries if available. The drink of choice is a small bottle of water or milk, but you can sub out a soft drink.

Chicken Tenders

Our tadpole's favorite spots to get chicken tenders include:

  • Golden Horseshoe and Stage Door Café at Disneyland (we like to catch the show in the Golden Horseshoe and also sit in the gazebo-type private table areas on either side of the stage)
  • Smokejumpers at Disney California Adventure
  • Chicken "fenders" at Flo's V8 Café in Cars Land of Disney California Adventure (with a shake)
  • Galactic Grill.
  • You can also find chicken breast nuggets at Hungry Bear Restaurant.
  • Plaza Inn

Pasta and Pizza

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Girl eats pasta at Alien Pizza Planet

These are the top pasta or pizza stops for our family:

  • Alien Pizza Planet at Disneyland (even if our kids choose plain pasta when ordering Space-getti with meatballs, we ask for the meatballs and sauce on the side because it makes a great snack or addition to our adult meals).
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta at Disney California Adventure
  • Plaza Inn at Disneyland (kids get pasta and I get my favorite fried chicken — it's a win-win!)
  • Mini personal pizzas (cheese or Mickey pepperoni) at Café Daisy in Toontown at Disneyland

Top Kids' Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love-Mini pizza

At Café Daisy in Mickey's Toontown, we love to mobile order and then take our food to have a picnic in the new green spaces.

Mac and Cheese

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Boy gives thumbs up to his mac and cheese in a bread bowlThese locations are Frog Family-favorite spots to get mac and cheese:

  • Mac and cheese kids' meal at French Market, Jolly Holiday Café and Galactic Grill (at Disneyland), and Flo's V8 Café or Pacific Wharf Café at Disneyland and California Adventure
  • Toddler meal at Hungry Bear or French Market at Disneyland
  • Mac and cheese in a bread bowl at Refreshment Corner at Disneyland and Pacific Wharf Café at Disneyland California Adventure
  • Mac and cheese dog basket at Refreshment Corner
  • Lobster mac and cheese in a sourdough bowl at Harbor Galley at Disneyland (this has a kick and may be more suited for adults)
  • Bacon mac and cheese at Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disneyland California Adventure
  • Toddler mini mac and cheesy at Café Daisy in Toontown at Disneyland

Sandwiches, Burgers and Hot Dogs

  • Turkey sandwich at Pacific Wharf Café
  • Basic hot dogs are at Angry Dogs and carts in the park, while corndogs are at Corn Dog Castle, Little Red Wagon and Stage Door Café. Refreshment Corner has a kids' turkey dog.

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland - Jolly Holly Grilled Cheese

  • Jolly Holiday Combo - This toasted cheese sandwich with tomato basil soup is a classic we can never turn down. We like to dip the sandwich in the soup, but you can also order the sandwich only, without the soup.

  • Teeny Pym-ini - The Teeny Pym-ini is half of a ham and provolone toasted sandwich served with marinara dipping sauce, a mandarin orange, yogurt with popping pearls and a drink.
  • PB&J FLavor Lab - Kids can assemble their own sandwiches. Take the red swirled bread (the red comes from red Pym particles, which shrink things) and add peanut butter and strawberry jam.
  • Multiple spots sell burgers, including plant-based burgers. Try Galactic Grill, Hungry Bear, Red Rose Tavern and Carnation Café in Disneyland, or Smokejumpers Grill and Flo's V8 Café at Disney California Adventure. All dining locations at Disney's Grand Californian have kids' burgers, but they are slider-size. And don't froget about Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes at Downtown Disney.
  • Minnie's Mini Corn Dogs at Café Daisy in Toontown at Disneyland. The whole family loves these easy-to-eat nuggets. Better get an order for mom or dad to snack on while you're at it. Hop over to our Mickey's Toontown food post for more options.

Top Kids' Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love-Mini corn dogs

Other Quick-Service Options Your Kids May Love

Here are a few of our favorite kid-friendly options at quick-service dining locations. Disneyland has so many fun foods that are unique to the land you find them in. These items may or may not be on the actual kids' menus, but our tadpoles toadally flip for them and yours may, too.

Skewers at Bengal BBQ

 Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Boy eats chicken skewer

You can get meat or veggie skewers at Bengal BBQ. For bigger appetites, there's a rice plate. Our tadpoles like the crispy veggies and trio of hummus that are sold there, too.

Soup in a Bread Bowl

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Clam Chowder in a bread bowl

What is it about a bread bowl that makes even ordinary foods more fun? Clam chowder, corn chowder or broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl are popular with the kids in our life, but you can also get beef stew in a bread bowl or gumbo. You can find these items at multiple quick-service locations in New Orleans Square at Disneyland and at Pacific Wharf Café at DCA.

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love-Girl bites into bread bowl

Potato Bites, aka Tots

Find these yummy tots at Pym Test kitchen (at breakfast lunch and dinner). There are fun items on the menu that have been shrunken down to kid-size at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Quantum Pretzel is a fun giant snack to share with the kids. Red Rose Taverne also has these tasty potato bites.

Fried Chicken

Outside of the standard chicken tenders, there is delicious fried chicken. You can find fried chicken with the bones at:

  • Plaza Inn - The kids' meal now comes with a chicken tenders and sides. The adult meal has fried chicken.
  • Flo's V8 Café - Chicken fenders are on the kids' menu, but fried chicken is on the main menu.
  • Poultry Palace - A box comes with three drumsticks in it.

Other Fried Chicken Dishes

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Kids meal at Docking Bay 7

One of our favorite kids' meals is at Docking Bay 7 in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This one actually makes a nice small meal for an adult, too. The Fried Chicken Tip-Yip Youngling Meal consists of tasty breaded chicken over mac and cheese with some veggies and a drink. There is also a kids' meal plant-based option with a bao bun and meatless patty. Hop over to our post on the best vegetarian foods at Disneyland for more plant-based suggestions.

In Avengers Campus, the Not-so-Little Chicken Sandwich with potato bites and the kids' version, the Subatomic Chicken Sandwich, are breaded chicken breasts. These dishes are really yummy and not really a sandwich (the bun is so tiny). These are more of a fork and knife meal.

Best Kids' Meals at Buffets and Table-Service Dining Locations

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love-Girl holds plate of fruit and Mickey Waffles at Goofy's Kitchen

The table-service restaurants in the parks have nice kids' menu options. Lily loves to choose her sides at restaurants such as Café Orleans. The menus change from time to time, but she always finds something she loves.

At breakfast, Carnation Café has Mickey-shaped waffles and Mickey-shaped scrambled eggs (as well as silver dollar pancakes). Get Minnie waffles at the Plaza Inn character buffet breakfast.

At the hotels, you’ll find some great kid-friendly foods. At Goofy’s Kitchen, breakfast or dinner, your tadpoles can help themselves to a buffet that’s just their height. They can fill up on pizza, chicken tenders, mac and cheese and more (yes, even at breakfast!). Breakfast also has Mickey waffles and Mickey pancakes! They can find sweet treats at a giant dessert bar and all of the frozen yogurt and fruit they can eat. Plus, they can see Disney characters while they dine.

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland Even Your Pickiest Eater Will Love-Girl helps herself to pizza at Goofy;s Kitchen

Storytellers Café also has kid-friendly food, but not all of it is out at the buffet. You can scan a QR code to find kid-friendly items your waiter can bring to you such as cheeseburger sliders, chicken breast fingers, fries and grilled cheese (along with adult selections, as well). It’s all included in your brunch or dinner. We find these items so tasty, even by adult standards! We love these "extra but included" items, and we order them for ourselves, as well. I'm not gonna lie .. those sliders are my favorite burgers on property! Characters make appearances at breakfast and brunch but not dinner at this location.

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Extras you can order at brunch at Storytellers Cafe

These same yummy kid-friendly foods are also available at Hearthstone Lounge and both GCH Craftsman Bar and Grill. Leap has been known to order them for himself when he needs something between a snack and a meal.

Kid Portions and Special Needs

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Girl has a kids meal at Blue Bayou

You can use the Disneyland app to look up a particular food. Your kid only wants pizza? Type it into the app and places that serve pizza (in the parks and even Downtown Disney) will pop up! You can even find gluten-free and dairy-free pizza. If you have allergies, you can scroll to the bottom of the screen when mobile ordering to order off of the appropriate allergy menu. Our guide to eating gluten-free at Disneyland may be hopful.

In terms of portions, kids' meals are designed for ages 3 to 9. Unless you have a 9 to 11-year-old with a tiny appetite, these meals will not fill the bigger kids up (unless you are hitting the best Disneyland snacks pretty hard), so they may want to order off of the adult menu. The toddler menu items are really for tiny toddler appetites for tadpoles under 3. When Lily was a baby, we usually shared our food from our plate with her, especially at restaurants with decent portion sizes such as Plaza Inn's fried chicken with mashed potatoes. Or she shared the Jolly Holiday Combo at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café with me. But now, she's managing a kids' meal at Disneyland on her own. On the other hand, our tween Tad has graduated to adult meals. The kids' meals just don't fill his hungry frog belly anymore.

Healthy Choices for Kids

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland - Disney Check meal at Carnation Cafe

You can always choose the Disney Check meals, which deliver three or more nutritious food groups that may include veggies, fruit, whole grains and lean protein (such as the make-your-own peanut butter and jelly at Carnation Café shown above). But there are other nutritious options, as well. Our tadpoles enjoy the crispy veggies with hummus and the meat skewers at Bengal BBQ, as well as the Felucian Kefta & Hummus Garden Spread at Docking Bay 7. We sometimes get it to share as a snack. We find that if we can keep them away from sugary snacks, we have fewer crashes and behavioral issues in the park.

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Produce Stand foods

The produce stands have the freshest and least expensive snacks, including fresh fruit, dill pickles, Babybel cheese, veggies, hummus and more. Many restaurants sell Power Packs for kids. These snacks come with a Danimals smoothie, a mandarin orange, carrots, whole-grain fish crackers and a drink.

How to Save Money on the Top Kids' Foods at Disneyland

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Toddler eats applesauce from home

Here's how to save money when feeding your family:

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Girl eats sandwich from home

  • Bring your own snacks and small meals. It will save money and time. Plus, the packed foods come in handy when you wait in line or wait for shows and parades. Before showtime, it might not be easy to navigate crowds and food lines while you are trying to save your viewing spot.
  • You can bring items from home or order food to be delivered to your hotel. If you can bring some bags of grapes or sliced apples, pouches, crackers (you can get Mickey Goldfish crackers), Lunchables, Uncrustables or homemade PB& J, you’ll save a lot of money in the park. Plus, you know you’ll have food that your kid likes with you. A loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter cost about the same as one kids' meal but can feed your whole crew for a meal or two.
  • Stay at a hotel that includes breakfast. We love the Homewood Suites by Hilton for the free breakfast and the kitchens so we can store and make our own meals.
  • Bring refillable water bottles and use the fill stations, or ask for free ice water at the restaurants rather than purchasing beverages in the parks.
  • Share ice cream – At Gibson Girl or Clarabelle’s, get a double scoop over two singles and share (ask for an extra cup if you want to divide it). One double scoop costs $5.99. A triple (not on the menu, but you can order in person) is $6.49. Two separate single scoops will cost you $10.58 and three will cost you $15.87. But it’s the same amount of ice cream, either way!
  • If you have to purchase drinks, get them at the restaurants rather than the stands, which are a little pricer and not subject to discounts.
  • Get a free snack at Disney California Adventure. Hop by The Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf for a free sample of sourdough bread.
  • Buy your Mickey pretzels at restaurant locations rather than the carts to save money. Not only are they cheaper at the restaurants but you can apply any discounts you have, as well. Find Mickey pretzels at Refreshment Corner and Bayside Brews.
  • Hop over to our post on the cheapest foods at Disneyland to find items that fit your budget.

Overall Frog Family-Favorite Kids' Foods and Snacks at Disneyland

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Boy has popcorn and churro

Here are the top foods that our kids love when we visit Disneyland Resort:

  • Soup in a bread bowl
  • Mac and cheese in a bread bowl or bread cone
  • Jolly Holiday Combo (grilled cheese and tomato soup)
  • Fried chicken at Plaza Inn
  • Corn dogs (and mini corn dogs in Mickey's Toontown)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Ronto Wrap (some prefer to order without slaw or the peppercorn sauce)
  • Sliders or grilled cheese at all Grand Californian Hotel dining locations
  • Pasta and pizza, especially mini personal pizza in Toontown
  • Dill pickles, fruit or items from the produce stands
  • Free sourdough bread snack at Boudin Bread Factory Tour
  • Mickey ice cream bar
  • Mickey pretzel
  • Minnie or Mickey waffles at buffets and Carnation Café
  • Pasta
  • Ice cream, churros and popcorn
  • Skewers or veggies and hummus at Bengal BBQ
  • Mozzarella sticks at Golden Horseshoe
  • Mickey Beignets and Mint Julep

Top Kids Foods at Disneyland -Mozzarella Sticks from Golden Horseshoe

What are your top kids' foods at Disneyland? Let us know in the comments below. One way to save some money to increase your food budget is to purchase discount Disneyland tickets through Undercover Tourist.

Related: The Best Disneyland Snacks (and Where to Find Them!)

Related: The Coolest Disneyland Ice Cream for a Hot Day (or Any Day)

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