Posted by: sailingmartha | May 1, 2012

Disneyland, Part 2

We were able to meet a lot of characters, which Fifibelle really got into. Here’s the complete list of all the ones we got to meet:

Chip and Dale

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

Snow White


Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Donald Duck

Fairy Godmother

Suzy (mouse from Cinderella)










Handy Manny

Dug (dog from Up)

Other characters we saw passing by, but didn’t actually meet: Peter Pan, Alice, Mad Hatter, Ariel, Mary Poppins and Bert, Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

Places we ate:

Monday we ate lunch at the Village Haus in Fantasyland. Fifibelle had a kids’ meal with macaroni and cheese and apple slices. The food was OK but not a very big portion for the price. I had the apple cheddar salad, which was mixed baby greens with diced apples, dried cranberries, golden raisins, chopped walnuts, and cheese cubes with a yogurt dressing. It was very good, and quite big – I couldn’t finish it all.

Monday dinner – we got clam chowder in bread bowls at the Royal Veranda in New Orleans Square. Good, and filling, and OK portions for the price.

Tuesday lunch – we ate at the Troubadour Tavern next to Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland – it’s just across from the train station. I had a baked potato with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, and chives. It was delicious, and a good value. Fifibelle had corn on the cob. Kind of expensive for what you get, but still relatively cheap compared to most of the kids’ meals, and it made her happy.

Tuesday dinner – we ate over in California Adventure. I got broccoli-cheese soup in a bread bowl from Pacific Wharf Cafe. Very good, I liked it better than the clam chowder even, plus it really hit the spot on a cool, breezy evening. Fifibelle got the kids’ bean and cheese burrito with a side of rice and a side of Mandarin oranges from the Cocina Cucamonga. This was a pretty good deal, and she really liked it.

Wednesday lunch – same as Tuesday’s. Wednesday dinner we were back at DCA. I got a kefta skewer from Paradise Garden Grill (who knew you could get kefta at Disneyland?) For the uninitiated, kefta is seasoned ground beef formed into football-shaped patties. Anyway, my meal came with a skewer of kefta with a turmeric-yogurt sauce on a bed of rice pilaf, with a side of cucumber salad and a nice warm, chewy “pita” bread (really a naan). It was very tasty, if not the most authentic I’ve ever had, and a real bargain for the price. It was also served on real plates with real silverware, very nice for a counter-service restaurant. The other choices of skewers were grilled steak, lemon-oregano chicken, and tofu-vegetable, with a choice of four different sauces.

Fifibelle had a kids’ meal from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta – pasta with alfredo sauce and side of mini carrots and a side of apple slices. Portion size was pretty good, and again, she enjoyed it. The flatbread pizza there looked really yummy but I didn’t get a chance to try any.

Snacks we ate – Dole whips from the Tiki Juice Bar near the Enchanted Tiki Room. Fifibelle tried this for the first time and loved it. She got another one the second day. I got an iced mocha from the coffee stand near the central hub – it was good, and the price wasn’t much more than you’d pay at Starbucks. We also got a hot fudge sundae at the Golden Horseshoe while we watched the show. Otherwise we ate the snacks we brought with us – goldfish crackers, gummy fruit snacks, ring pops 🙂 I was really hoping to eat lunch one day at the Blue Bayou, but since we were on a tight food budget, we skipped it.

We had a terrific time, and really experienced the two parks to the max. I’m so glad we got to go, and I can’t wait to go back.


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