21 Royal Street: The Public Private Dining Room At Disneyland

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We promised not to name names

When we ran into Chef Justin Monson at The Ecology Center's Green Feast last month, he alluded to something brewing over at his establishment-- which happens to be the exclusive Club 33 inside Disneyland. One follow up email later, Justin was almost as vague, stating that a new private dining room will soon be accessible to the public.

As a result, we sought out legitimate Club 33 intel. While the members we contacted were happy to discuss what they knew, we also received strict requests not to use their names (for fear of losing membership privileges). Fair enough. Below are excerpts from official Disney correspondence, in the form of an email and mailed brochure.

After nearly 50 years, the space Walt and Lillian originally envisioned as a private dining room overlooking the Rivers of America will finally serve as it was first intended. 21 Royal Street at Disneyland Dream Suite will immerse guests in an intimate and signature dining experience unlike any other.

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Disneyland's Jungle Cruise Offers $300 Breakfast Experience

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If you're a morning person who has $300 to blow and an appetite for eggs and horrible jungle puns as chaser, Disneyland has just the thing for you. The Jungle Cruise (soon to be a movie with The Rock hopefully cracking jokes about the backside of water) is hosting a special Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast. The event officially started yesterday and lasts until December 2.

Reservations are going fast and here's how its described in the Disneyland Park Dining reservation website:

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Tips for Dining at Napa Rose's Chef's Counter at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

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This is it: Your Disneyland summer. You bought an Annual Passport, and not just the Southern California Pass--you splurged for the Premium, the one that includes free parking and not a single blockout date. You've been to the parks so many times you've memorized the parking-tram announcements--both the English recording and the Spanish translation. And earlier in the summer, you managed to stay awake for the entire duration of Disneyland's 24-hour event and have the stinky pile of sweat-stained clothes to prove it. Now what? How do you continue to make the most of your summer at OC's most iconic landmark during its 60th-anniversary year?

At the best restaurant inside Disney's property: Napa Rose. And the best way to dine there is at its Chef's Counter, where you get a front-row seat to the kitchen action while chef Andrew Sutton and crew cook a multicourse meal customized just for you.

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The Churro Ice Cream Sandwich at Downtown Disney Is the Most Disappointing Thing I've Ever Eaten

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This picture holds false promises

[Note: Disneyland doesn't actually run the California Churro Cart. The ice cream sandwich is still pretty horrible, though]

The Churro Ice Cream Sandwich at Downtown Disney is served with a napkin, a spoon, a knife, and a fork. That should be your first warning.

Standing in line at the California Churro Cart in front of the Lego Store, you'll feel a little uneasy. You'll see the stacks of hockey puck-esque rolled churros sitting in the display case distinctly without ice cream between them -- your second warning. The people ahead of you ordering the sandwiches will walk away with two separate containers, one full of vanilla ice cream scooped from a cooler that sits to the side of the cart and the other containing two churro wafers, re-dusted in cinnamon and sugar after being removed from the display case by the always exceedingly polite person working there.

That'll be your final warning before you step up, order, and realize that the churro ice cream sandwich might not be as good as it looked on Instagram.

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10 Great Desserts to Try at Disneyland

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As much as Disneyland is about rides, fireworks, and World of Color, it's also about eating great dessert. But when it comes to Disneyland, eating great dessert doesn't just mean taste; it means visual appeal, too. In a land full of Mickey-shaped treats and Olaf-inspired candy apples, there isn't a better place to feed stomachs and eyes at once. If you need some help on getting started, here are some noteworthy ones not to miss.

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5 Fancy Foods to Feast on During Disneyland's Dapper Day

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To my stomach... and beyond!

This Sunday is Dapper Day at Disneyland, which means guests will be visiting the park in the vintage remix of their Sunday best. Now, it'll be exciting to see modern-day Sandra Dees, suspenders, and poodle skirts, but let's talk about something just as important: food. Specifically, the kind that's just as fancy as how you'll look.

Pinky's up! Here are five fancy feasts to eat on Sunday...

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5 Holiday Foods to Try at Disneyland

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Disneyland's open on Christmas, y'know

A change in season calls for a change in clothes. For Disneyland, that means wreaths, garlands, and lights in blue, red, and green hung on every building. Oh, and holiday food offerings.

But we're not talking about the gingerbread cookies and homemade candy canes all along Main Street. That's easy. We're talking the special stuff -- festive foods that take festive to a whole new level. Here's what I mean.

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Mickey Mouses with Disneyland's Club 33 Platinum Memberships Privileges

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Occupants mysteriously disappear from their strollers at the Club 33 entrance.

Ferguson-worthy protests have surprisingly not broken out among the well-heeled who are apparently pissed that Disneyland's exclusive Club 33 has tightened membership rules.

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Disney California Adventure's "Big Hero 6 Teriyaki Street Dog"; How Does It Taste?

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Is this hot dog a wiener?

It's probably not the first time that the Disney Company has used a food tie-in at one of its parks to promote one of its movies, but this is probably the first time it has done it with wasabi mayo-topped hot dog.

Big Hero 6, the new Disney CGI flick that's set to open everywhere this Friday, is set in a fictional future city San Fransokyo. And so, in line with the blending of San Francisco and Tokyo in the story, the hot dog stand in DCA's Hollywood Studios Backlot called Award Wieners is currently serving a "Big Hero 6 Teriyaki Street Dog" ($8.19 with a bag of chips) which merges the all-American with the pseudo-Japanese.

The all-beef frankfurter is dipped in teriyaki sauce, tucked into a garlic-chive roll, then topped with "ginger carrot" and cucumber slaw before being drizzled in wasabi mayo.

Is it good?

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10 Great Restaurants to Try Near The Disneyland Resort

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Yep, this but worse

Now that Show Your Disney Side is officially going on, I have some bad news for you guys: The parks are (and are going to stay) super crowded. The lines are going to be worse than ever, the crowds are going to be super dense, and even if you show up at 3 in the morning, I'm pretty sure you're going to run into some traffic.

Disneyland has some pretty awesome food, but today (and tomorrow) is not the time to try it. Give the cast members a break, head off the resort to try some food, because there's a lot of good food vaguely near Disneyland.

In no particular order, here are 10 great restaurants to try near(ish) the Disneyland Resort.

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