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When we started planning a trip to Disneyland, I knew we had to give the Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland a try. Since we live in Missouri, we didn’t know when we would ever return to the area, so we made sure to include special experiences. When I learned that the boats from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride float right by in the restaurant, it was a no-brainer for me. The next thing I checked out was the menu. I knew it would be a challenge for my picky eaters, but for a once in a lifetime visit, we decided to give it a shot.

We spent four days in Disney parks on this trip. Since we are Walt Disney World vets, I made an Advance Dining Reservation, or ADR, for our lunch here. At Disneyland, you can make an ADR at 60 days out from your visit. You can read more about making ADRs at Disneyland by clicking here. We’re used to crowds and the WDW methods of planning, so I wanted to be sure to have reservations for what we wanted. I’m not sure if we needed the ADR or not, but I’m glad we had it.

Our First Disneyland Day


Our first day in Disneyland was June 4. The weather is much cooler, but I didn’t think it would be this much cooler than home or WDW. I certainly didn’t think we’d be wearing our sweatshirts into the park in June, but we did. Also, apparently due to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening, the crowds were lower than usual. Score! We spent the morning riding rides until our lunch ADR approached.

We’d been checking out Critter Country, so we made our way towards New Orleans Square. Here is the Haunted Mansion.

As we got closer, we saw this pirate band.

Pirate band Disneyland

I’d made the ADR for opening since I wanted to sit by the water, if at all possible. Again, I may not have needed the ADR on this day, but I wanted to do everything I could to have the best experience.

We did consider doing the Fantasmic! dining package with Blue Bayou, but in the end, we did the package with Liberty Belle Terrace. I wasn’t sure if my travel companions would like the food, so it made sense to do lunch time. Also, the Monte Cristo sandwich is only offered at lunch at the Blue Bayou, so I thought I’d knock out a couple of things I wanted to try at once.

Blue Bayou Restaurant–The Ambiance

I checked us in a few minutes before opening. Moments later, we were seated!

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

It’s nighttime on the bayou, so it’s pretty dark inside. By the way, we may have been the first party seated of the day.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

We were seated right by the railing as I’d hoped. It was fun to see the boats go by. The scenery is pretty cool, too.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

It definitely feels like nighttime on the river.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

Since it’s Disney, the theming is top-notch.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

Blue Bayou–The Food

Our server was there immediately, and he gave us our menus.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

We started with drinks. We went with some house specials.

Blue Bayou Restaurant DisneylandJeff went with the Louisiana Lemonade.Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

I had a Mint Julip. How could I not? I didn’t get the glow cube, though.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

Poor Kristin was cold, so she had a hot cocoa.

The menu really wasn’t picky-eater friendly, but I knew this going in. Below are the appetizers for lunch.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

And here is the lunch menu.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

In the end, we decided to get two Monte Cristo sandwiches. For one of them, we ordered without the powdered sugar and without the cheese. The server was kind in helping us get a sandwich that Jeff and Kristin might like.

After we placed our orders, the sea salt and rosemary bread service arrived. It was yummy!Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

Soon, our sandwiches arrived.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

I wanted to like this, I really did, but it was just so rich. The sandwiches are deep fried and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. We all had a few bites of the sandwiches prepared the different ways, but all of us thought it was just “too much.”  Too rich, too sweet. I’m glad we tried it to see if we liked it, but it just wasn’t for us. If I were to go back, I think I’d try the ribeye.

Blue Bayou–The Experience

All in all, it was a memorable experience and I’m glad we gave it a try. I’d never had a Mint Julip at Disney or anywhere else, so that was also fun. And watching the people go by on the boats for Pirates of the Caribbean was pretty cool. I don’t think my family would return, but if I were with a group who wanted to go, I would go back. I would just try a different item from the menu.

By the time we left, the restaurant was full. Maybe we needed the ADR after all.

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland

We didn’t have dessert at the Blue Bayou. We know Disney has goodies everywhere, so we decided to try some other treats in the park later. Our experience did make us want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean immediately, so we got right in line after this. Disneyland’s version of the ride is definitely much better! I’d say give Blue Bayou at Disneyland a try. I think the experience is worth it at least once.

Click below to read about our other Disneyland adventures!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

World of Color Dessert Party at California Adventure

Blue Bayou Restaurant Disneyland
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  1. I’m a big fan of all sweets but I agree with you, deep fried and sugared sandwiches may be over the top for me. It looks like you all made the best of it though!

  2. This looks like a great restaurant to eat in while at Disneyland. Disney does such a great job with their restaurants. I will have to put this on our list of places to eat the next time we are there.

  3. That sandwich sounds insane! Fried with powdered sugar does sound like a bit too much. The mint julep looked yummy though. And I learned a new tip about getting an ADR, so thank you!

  4. Sounds like a great place to eat, plus the boats going past is so fun. I love the theme of the restaurant. Reminds me a bit of Mexico in Epcot where you can see the boats and the volcano erupting. So fun, I am a huge Disney fan.

    • Stacey Reply

      Yes, it’s a lot like San Angel Inn! I liked San Angel Inn much better foodwise, though.

  5. OMG I was JUST talking about this place today!! The mint juleps are the absolute best!!!!! SO SO GOOD

  6. Taci- Life Beyond Zebra Reply

    I always see this when I ride pirates and wonder if it’s worth trying. I may have to give it a go!

  7. Everything was so expensive to eat. I’ve never seen a Monte Cristo cost so much. Not sure I’d eat at the Blue Bayou just because of the prices no matter how cute it was

  8. I honestly thought you made a mistake when you said they got it without the powdered sugar…then I continued reading. What?! That doesn’t look or sound appetizing at all! I’m glad you guys were troopers though and at least tried it. A bit too much for me though and I LOVE anything sweet.

  9. Lisa Manderino Reply

    I have always wanted to eat there too! It looks so cool when you are on the ride!

  10. I love Monte Cristos (but always order without tomato). This sounds like a great place when visiting Disney.

  11. Wow.. that sandwich sounds crazy! I like sweet and salty together, but that might be just a little much for even me. I do like the atmosphere of the restaurant. It is pretty cool.

  12. I’ve eaten at the Blue Bayou at Disneyland & Disney Paris. Both times I was really underwhelmed by the food. Like you said, the ambience is really fun, and I’m glad I did it. However, I wouldn’t jump to do it again since the food is both expensive and unimpressive.

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