New seasons bring new reasons to visit Disneyland Park, and this fall the offerings are particularly rich.
The theme park is drawing inspiration from the films “Coco” and “The Princess and the Frog,” as well as the traditional holidays of Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Guests will be able to dine on dishes and visit attractions that reflect LatinX and Creole traditions.
“What brings family together? Food,” pastry sous chef Gracie Gomez said during a recent interview near the new “Coco”-inspired Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park. “It’s a really big celebration that honestly celebrates family.”
Visitors to that section of the sprawling entertainment complex can listen to the music of the Mariachi Divas while feasting on elote (grilled Mexican street corn), carnitas burritos, beef tacos with rice and pinto beans, as well as plant-based “chorizo” quesadillas. For a sweet ending, try the pumpkin churro funnel cake or candy corn Minnie apple.
Taking its inspiration from the New Orleans themes of “The Princess and the Frog” and the late Leah Chase, the real-life chef who inspired the character of Tiana, Tiana’s Palace offers the tastes of Crescent City Creole cooking. Its architectural stylings resemble the buildings of the Vieux Carré. As for the food, there is a 7 Greens Gumbo, an interpretation of a dish Leah Chase helped popularize. Additionally, guests can order roast beef po’boy sandwiches, muffuletta sandwiches, shrimp and grits and a lemon curd-filled beignet. To finish, there is iced chicory coffee and, at a takeout window around the corner, fresh fried, mouse-shaped beignets.
A word to wise diners: Don’t wait until the end of the day to eat. By evening time, food lines get long, food booths get busy and wait times can be as long as an hour.
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