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May 8, 2007 11:04 AM

Blue Bayou Disneyland Report

We went to Disneyland Monday, having reserved ahead at Blue Bayou using the Disney Dine line. Thanks to the 95 degree weather the park was not too crowded and no walk- up reservations were available. We had not visited since they changed the menu. Unfortunately, the menu changes are not necessarily for the better! Or maybe we just ordered wrong.

We've previously enjoyed the pork entree, this time the chop was thin, overcooked and dry, and the apple slices have disappeared to tiny diced garnish. The spinach and famous Blue Bayou potatoes are still excellent. At lunch, a split plate charge is $4 which gets you an extra salad. The salad is not remarkable, an iceberg wedge with a slice of avocado (discolored), tomato slice (no flavor) some diced ham or sausage, and blue cheese crumbles. They apparently forgot to emulsify the vinaigrette before serving it, I got a coating of oil and not much vinegar. The Gulf shrimp remoulade appetizer consisted of 4 nice plump shrimp in a tasty sauce, with not much effort at presentation (a leaf of endive on the side?) We tried the cookie boat dessert, which consists of a very heavy wedge of chocolate cookie base (a bit Pizookie-like, but thicker) and vanilla ice cream (Dreyer's I think). Waaay too sweet and heavy but I'm sure kids will like it. Enough for a table of 4-6 adults, I think. Skimping on the caramel sauce didn't help. However it was decorated with a sugar pirate's ship sail with skull and cross bones that went home as a souvenier. Next time I would rather try the creme brulee trio. If only our waitress would have allowed us to read the dessert menu again, rather than rattling off the options with no description. One appetizer, one shared entree, one dessert shared, and one iced tea came to $65 with tax and tip.

It is nice inside, though.

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  1. The creme brulee trio isn't all that either. It was sweet, but it doesn't have that "Disney Magic" taste to it.

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    1. re: OCAnn

      RATS! I guess its the Key Lime Pie, then.

      Or skipping dessert and having a Dole whip float instead.

    2. Ouch! But thanks for the update. Seven of us were at D-land Sunday. We ate at that place in the hub with the fried chicken. We all ate the fried chicken lunch. Good chicken but I recall that it once was served with the best slaw I ever had with slices of almonds on top. Now you get mixed beans. Not the same Southern style meal. Next time we will have a good breakfast outaide of the park and for dinner we will head over to Park Ave. on Beach Blvd. in Stanton. Much better food & deseert and way better prices. It is a nice ambiance inside also.

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      1. re: JeetJet

        In summary, Blue Bayou is for someone who wants to spend an hour in a nice cool room with great atmosphere and isn't bothered by high prices. The food is secondary!

          1. re: OCAnn

            I totally agree too! Most of the eating places in Disneyland aren't your "go to" places for great dining, but it's a nice atmosphere being inside the park, and if you're stuck there you might as well eat.

            But I do love those chimichangas, turkey legs, and corn dogs, washed down with a nice Dole Whip float.

            1. re: kingkong5

              If you like grease bombs like corn dogs and chimichangas, check out the fish or chicken sticks at the Golden Horseshoe.

              We were blessed to experience the "A" team with Elvis Billy, complete with toilet paper scarf.

              1. re: mlgb

                We love the Golden Horseshoe too. It's nice living 2 miles from the park and having annual passes ;-) as we can come and go as we please. Does Billy still sing the song that starts out

                My father's name was Ferdinand,
                My mother's name was Liza,
                They didn't know what to call me
                so they called me... Fertilizer?

                I haven't had their new fried food (I did enjoy a nice cheeseburger and fries from the old menu), but will be sure to give that a try.

                1. re: kingkong5

                  Yup! Billy Hill and the Hillbillies still sing that song. Along with the fastest fiddle, and other hilarity. Truly the best show in the park (after Fantasmic).

                  I've never eaten anything in there, but then aside from the corndog and an occasional churro, I starve myself until I can get out of the park.


                  1. re: elmomonster

                    What we do is starve ourselves till 9pm (or after a late movie) then head over to Morton's for their Power Hour.

          2. re: mlgb

            You nailed it -- in a nut shell...

            1. re: mlgb

              Agree entirely. Complaining about Blue Bayou food is like complaining about United Airlines food (when they used to have it). You don't go to D'Land to eat (except for some of the outside the park Downtown Disney places and the Napa Rose - still underrated). On the other hand, where else can you watch boatloads of tourists float by on their way to that first plunge (and hear the faint screams minutes later), see fireflies in the night sky, and hear the banjo picking of southern Alabama?

              1. re: Griller141

                I do look forward to a few food items in Disneyland, top of the list is a Dole Whip and a turkey leg. And the Plaza Inn broasted chicken is pretty cravable. This was a special trip to check out the new Blue Bayou and especially to get the pirate ship sail off of the dessert decoration. Actually the food had been surprisingly good for the previous 3 or so years before they closed for the remodeling, except that they just couldn't seem to get it to the tables more than luke warm. That at least has been improved, main plate was actually hot when served.

          3. Don't feel too bad about the $65 bill. We went to "Club 33" in Disneyland last year and ordered the Mac n Cheese for the kids. Each mac n cheese order was $45... NOT INCLUDING DRINKS! I don't even want to tell you what our final bill was...

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            1. re: greenpapaya

              Isn't C33 an AYCE buffet for one (food) price?

              1. re: tony michaels

                That's only sometimes at lunch. Dinner is usually ala carte, and lunch used to have ala carte options as well. There's a minimum $ amount that must be spent per person ($59 for adults, a little less for kids I think). Here's a link to the dinner menu that I took a picture of - I ordered the Vintner's menu with wine pairings that you see on the left side


                But I think one of the reasons the price is so high is that you also get free admission into the park with your meal. If you figure you would have to pay the admission (which is a 1-day park hopper), you're getting the great food for "free" or, they're actually paying you to eat there!

                1. re: kingkong5

                  Hey there kingkong5, what do you mean by "free admission into the park"? Don't you have to pay to get into Disneyland in order to get to C33? We're taking my son next week and C33 sounds like the best lunch (I'm a buffet fanatic..but only good buffets!).....

                  1. re: candee

                    Club 33 is a "members only" club. Members can invite "outsiders" and if you are on the Club 33 list you pickup a pass at Member Services.

                    If you like buffets, the character brunches in the hotels aren't bad. Try the one in the Paradise Pier hotel which has some Hawaiian theming, things like pineapple coconut muffins. I go for the smoked salmon, mostly, but they have an omelet bar and a whole lot o stuff. You should be able to get validated parking at the hotel for a period of time.

                    The one inside the Grand Californian at Storyteller's Cafe is the closest to the parks. You can make reservations thru Disney Dining.

                    1. re: mlgb

                      club 33 is private member only and it is very nice. the door is right next to the blue bayou and pirate's exist the dining is on the second floor and if you eat dinner there you can watch the fantasmic show from the balcony
                      i was lucky enough to be invited several times and i heard it was actually made for the big shot of large corporation that sells/sponsor the park (coca cola, carnations, ge etc...)
                      i hear anyone can join the membership now but will cost you over $10,000+ a year!

                      1. re: rickym13

                        there is a waiting list to join the club

                        1. re: justagthing

                 know what..come to think of it..i think membership fee is not $10,000 a year...i think it was $100,000!

                          1. re: rickym13

                            Fortunately it's not nearly that bad.

                            "The Corporate Membership fee is $20,000 with the primary member annual fee of $5,825. Up to nine associate members can be designated at an annual fee of $4,375. The Limited Corporate Membership fee is $10,000 with only one member at an annual fee of $4,375. The Gold Membership is for an individual with a member fee of $9,500 and an annual fee of $3,175."


                            1. re: kevin h

                              From what I hear the minimum wait is about 9 years if you are on the waiting list and if you aren't its closed right now. At least for individual memberships, not for corporate though...

                      2. re: mlgb

                        Yep -- you get a Park Hopper for each diner at Club 33, plus free valet parking at the Disneyland Hotel.

                  2. re: tony michaels

                    Yeah. I think the buffet thing might work out for adults, but this was a kid's meal. The ayce options were smoked salmon, crab legs, lobster tails, and assorted un-kid-friendly fare. Long story short, we paid $45 for mac n cheese and had to shell out extra for a soda. On the plus side, my daughter got to sit in Lillian Disney's chair... :P

                    1. re: tony michaels

                      I was at Club 33 for lunch last year. We ordered an entree and also got access to the buffet. Overall the food was better than I expected.


                      1. re: kevin h

                        Nice Photos! Club 33 is the way to go if can get in. And drinkie poo-s are a bonus.

                        But the atmosphere inside Blue Bayou is still nicer.

                        I've liked almost everything I've had at Club 33. The buffet is good, but what I remember best were the desserts and AYCE lobster. On the dinner menu I remember there was a tempura softshell crab with lavender flower in the crust. Unfortunately I only got one bite from my companion's plate. Only thing I ever didn't like was the heirloom gazpacho (too sweet) which I see is still on the menu!

                        1. re: mlgb

                          As a kid, the only place we ate at when I went to Disneyland with my parents was the Blue Bayou. I have such fond memories of the Monte Cristo sandwhich and the fabulous atmosphere! As an adult, I recently tried it again and was sooo disapointed. Tasted like airplane food to me. Disneyland does not have great food except for Downtown Disney, Napa Rose, etc. Now we stick with the burgers and such at the fast food place in Toon Town! Maybe someday Disneyland will have a good restaurant.

                          1. re: handlertaper

                            If you haven't been to Vineyard Room they are worth checking out, especially on a warm evening with the Electrical Light Parade viewed from the terrace. It's not quite as expensive as Napa Rose and the menu is similar. It looks like they've gone more to an ala carte menu and the fixed price menu is now limited (you used to be able to pick from each of the categories). The prices are on a par with Blue Bayou but food is MUCH better. No lunch service, though, and I don't think they're open other than Friday-Sunday.


                      2. re: tony michaels

                        blue bayou is second best set down place in the park imo. next to club 33.
                        been to club 33 few times and its always been a buffet for us and its the only place you can have drinks in the park

                        1. re: rickym13

                          The last time I went to Disneyland, it was so crowed that there was an hour wait on the bad rides--forget about the good rides. You had to line up just to walk down a street. So we decided to check out the hotel. It was great. They had sit-down restaurants that served drinks and there were no crowds. The monorail let us off right at the hotel, so it's quick and easy. The food wasn't great, but it wasn't bad.

                          1. re: brandygirl

                            The Grand Californian also has a casual place, Whitewater Snacks, tucked away near the back entrance into California Adventure. It's pretty reasonable and a good choice for a grilled chicken sandwich or quick breakfast, and they have some good desserts packed to go. A lot of people have no clue it's there so it isn't as crowded as some other spots. There's a nice bar inside, the Hearthstone Lounge, that serves good appetizers and bar food.

                    2. I'd rather eat at the place across the way, the buffet-ish place that has the AWESOME clam chowder in a bread bowl.

                      1. Since I know people do go to Blue Bayou, I'll post bits of a more recent visit, in which we learned how to order. It was better than airplane food this time, although it's still about the atmosphere. We went at 11:30 on a slow day in January.

                        This time we ordered the crab cake appetizer ($11.99), Cajun Salmon ($29.99) and the child's prime rib ($12.99). There's a split plate charge which I think gets you an extra salad if you want one, but we didn't do this. We just divided up our Salmon and lettuce wedge ourselves. The service starts with hot rolls right away. They give you one at a time, there doesn't seem to be a problem with getting more. They were crusty, freshly baked and very good. The crab cakes were lightly browned, not doughy or dry, with a reasonable amount of real crab. They had a fresh flavor, and came with a diced relish with a tart citrus flavor that set off the crab's sweetness, and a high quality garnish of fresh dill and a purple basil leaf. The lettuce wedge salad was good this time, with a well balanced vinaigrette and unblemished garnish of avocado, tomato, etc. Cajun salmon ($29.99) was cooked perfectly, just barely spicy, nicely sauced, and enough for two people. It was quite a surprise that they could do salmon so well in a theme park. For sides, we had the fresh vegetable choice which was white asparagus and broccolini, as well as spinach. Both were excellent. The child's 5-oz prime rib ($12.99) was fork tender, I believe you can only get it "medium" and it's got quite a salty crust on it. I comes with the scalloped "Blue Bayou" potatoes. Good waiter this time. We skipped dessert and saved the calories for later (fritters at the Royal Street Veranda). The bill including one iced tea and a generous tip was $74. Not cheap but the amount of food was just right for two people and carried us through most of the day. We liked doing the 11:30 am sitting as a "brunch".

                        Note: Be sure to ask for the child's menu, which comes on the back of a paper Pirate's hat that you can wear later.

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                        1. re: mlgb

                          Am I the only one who thinks it is totally ridiculous that this place serves no alcohol? I can't believe I had to drink an iced tea with my Prime Rib. Avoid the virgin mint julep at all costs.

                          Sorry, I automatically hate a place that can't order a glass of wine with my dinner and finish the evening with a glass of single malt scotch.

                          1. re: cdmedici

                            Go to the Disneyland Hotel for lunch/dinner if you want alcohol. They have a few restaurants that serve booze.

                            1. re: brandygirl

                              The last four or five times we have been to Disneyland we will just walk out of the park and eat in Downtown Disney or Napa Rose. Better food, better wine.

                              1. re: cdmedici

                                Napa Rose is not open for lunch.

                                There is alcohol in Disney's California Adventure, Wine Country Trattoria is the moderately priced restaurant that has a lunch menu. However if you've paid $60++ for a one day entry, you don't always want to leave in the middle of the day for Downtown Disney. And some people go to BB for the atmosphere but still want to have something reasonable to eat.

                                It's always been no booze in DL other than Club 33. I guess in keeping with the idea that the park was supposed to be for children. Stupid, I know.

                                1. re: mlgb

                                  There's no liquor license covering Disneyland. Only for Club 33, and for California Adventure -- the liquor licenses for the places in Downtown Disney are the responsibility of the owners of the restaurants (mostly Patina).

                                  You can still go to Downtown Disney for lunch if you've bought a single-park entry -- just get your hand stamped at the gate as you exit, and make sure you have your ticket. You can then go back into the park after lunch. Parking is also multiple-entry, but I can't imagine waiting for the tram to go to lunch and back. The easiest way is to take the monorail from Tomorrowland to Downtown Disney and back.

                                  California Adventure is definitely the more chow-worthy of the parks... the Wine Country Trattoria is very tasty and actually quite reasonably priced, the tortilla factory is tasty enough, and I really like Taste Pilots Grill. And of course the lobster nachos at the bar behind Ariel's Grotto.

                                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                    My point about leaving was more that it chews up a good chunk of time getting to the gate and back, and to the DT Disney restaurant of your choice, and the food is really only marginally better and not really any less expensive. Unless you absolutely need a drink.

                            2. re: cdmedici

                              right above the blue bayou has full bar....too bad you have to be a menber to dine or have drink there ;)