Readers' Opinions

From Patrick Doublin on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Damn, I've been scheduled at Sonoma Terrace a lot lately giving out those picnics. I missed a chance to meet THE Robert Niles haha.
From Larry Zimmerman on April 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM
I think I'm hungry now...it all looks delicious!
From Caroline Davis on April 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM
I loved the Mardi Gras sandwich, but it IS filling. I took half of it to go and finished it later.

That pepperoni pizza looks so yummy.

From KJ Simpson on April 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM
Robert, thanks for the great review! One of my favorite parts about DL & DCA - all the healthier food options. I find that there are far fewer healthy items at WDW. Sure, they're out there, but just not as prevalent. I chalked it up to a general healthier vibe in California vs. Florida. Do you think that's a fair assessment?
From Robert Niles on April 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM
I don't know if it is a healthier food vibe, or simply the fact that so many more DL visitors are annual passholders than at WDW.

If you're not an AP, but on a once-a-year theme park visit, as many WDW visitors are, I'd think you'd be more likely to be okay with indulging in something decadent than a regular visitor would.

At DL, since the typical visitor comes to the park many times a year, they quickly get bored with the same old, same old, and want to see more variety. At the same time, they don't want it to be too decadent, since this isn't the once-a-year special occasion that the typical WDW visit is.

WDW offers an immense amount of variety in its food, but it's spread throughout that immense resort. DL has to pack it within two parks and Downtown Disney. That might help explain the perception, as well.

From KJ Simpson on April 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM
Very good point about the pass holders vs. destination vacationers- I never though of it that way. But that kids meal is something I'd love to see at WDW- "stung" meat aside, it's got apple slices, a cheese stick, and whole grain crackers. I'd love to find that for my daughter- I'll be on the lookout for more variety in a few weeks ;)
From Will Chilcote on April 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM
I'm also a fan of Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria. I have eaten there few times. Their pizza and pastas are good. I also like the Mexican restaurant in Downtown Disney, Tortilla Jo's. The food is good and the staff is nice. The female bartender that was working for them at the time made a really good margarita. By the way, for those that don't know. Disneyland is dry when it comes to alcohol but, Downtown Disney isn't. Thanks for the advice about World Of Color. I want to see it and Aladdin on my next visit. How early and where do you have to go to get the WoC fast passes?

On a side note, I'm not a fan of eating inside Disneyland. I have found the food overpriced even for park food and the quality subpar. The only exception on the quality was at the Blue Bayou. I agree with you on the Monti Cristos. They are excellent.

From Robert Niles on April 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM
WoC FPs are available at Grizzly River Run. Once they're all distributed, Disney switches the FP machines over to GRR Fastpass distribution.
From Will Chilcote on April 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM
Thanks again for the Advice Robert.
From Tyler Stover on April 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM
My wife and I had the European Antipasto World of Color picnic and it was excellent. We were expecting it to not be very filling, but it certainly served as a fine dinner. We had ours in the evening and the food still seemed very fresh. The tiramisu cake was particularly delicious. I'd get it again even if it didn't have a WOC ticket (and a corresponding price drop, of course).

Thanks for the Naples review. I've always wondered if it was worth the price. It sure sounds like it.

From Anon Mouse on April 19, 2011 at 8:14 AM
Why are people idiots for ordering what they like? The idiots are those who get something they hate, eat it, then complain afterwards.

That's a lot of money you spent for food. Certainly, it is worth it if you enjoyed it. I was wondering why you didn't share as much as you recommend it.