For a long time I’ve been wanting to throw these Disneyland themed Dinner & Movie nights. I haven’t had the time or motivation to do so and I wasn’t sure who I should invite or if anyone was interested. I know some people who would, I just need to get the ball rolling with inviting people over for it. Anyway, I decided I really want to start doing these, even if it’s just me or my mom decides to humor me and join in… This week we are doing Main Street USA and the movie we are watching will be Mary Poppins and we’re having meatloaf and mashed potatoes. We decided on that because my mom hates chili (which I would have done in honor of Walt since it was one of his favorites) and it’s a pretty American meal.
I thought for this post I’d share some ideas I had for Disneyland Dinner & Movie Nights, and you can even just do a Dinner and Movie night themed to a specific Disney Movie instead of one of the Disney Parks so I’ll probably delve into that idea as well, but for now here is a list of the ideas I have for dinner and movies for each land. Note too that the movies don’t have to be Disney pictures, they can be reminiscent of the time or place or theme of a land, it’s really all up to what you would like to do. Actually, while I think about it, you can do go so far as to theme the night by attractions or other aspects of Disney…
- Main Street USA
- Movies- Mary Poppins, Lady and the Tramp,
- Dinners- Meatloaf, hot dogs or corn dogs & chips (for Coke Corner), fried chicken, pot roast, chili, or other “American” dishes, spaghetti and meatballs (works especially well for Lady and the Tramp).
- Movies- Any of the Indiana Jones franchise, Aladdin, Swiss Family Robinson
- Dinners- BBQ’s skewers (you can find recipes for marinades from Bengal BBQ) of beef, chicken, and/or various vegetables, old recipes from Tahitian Terrace such as Planters Punch and pork ribs, really any Polynesian, south-east Asian, or African dishes you can think of since that is the theme of Adventureland.
- New Orleans Square
- Movies- Princess and the Frog, Any of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Haunted Mansion, Fantasia (because of Fantasmic, I know it’s a stretch)
- Dinners- Gumbo or Clam Chowder served in a bread bowl if you want or can find, jambalaya, crepes, monte cristo sandwich, New Orleans has a ton of great food so really any creole style recipe will do.
- Critter Country
- Movies- Country Bears, Winnie the Pooh, Song of the South (if you can get your hands on it and feel okay watching it…)
- Dinners- Haven’t really come up with a good one here. I would think something with honey like a BBQ sauce or something for Winnie the Pooh and the Country Bears. Maybe BBQ in general could work. Hot dogs and hamburgers could work for a camping type feel too.
- Movies- Zorro, Lone Ranger, Brother Bear
- Dinner- BBQ Ribs and/or chicken, or anything BBQ’d, or Mexican food.
- Movies- Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Sword and the Stone, really, most of the Disney animated movies work here…
- Dinner- This one is hard for me… I would say burgers and pizza because of the Village Haus, but you could do some Midevil type dish for the different princesses, or do something from whatever country the movie is placed in like Pinocchio would be Italian, you could do a tea style dinner for Alice in Wonderland, English pub fare for Peter Pan (or Alice if you don’t want to do a tea), etc.
- Mickey’s Toontown
- Movies- Who Framed Roger Rabbit, any of the Fab Five shorts (I would watch several to make up the time of a movie).
- Dinner- I would go with Hot dogs or pizza… That’s what they sell in Toontown. Or really any kid friendly foods would work.
- Movies- There’s a movie coming out later this year or next called Tomorrowland that will work in the future which I find a little ironic but that won’t work yet so I’m going to go with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Finding Nemo (since the subs are placed there), or Meet the Robinsons.
- Dinner- Pizza, pasta, and/or salads you would find at Red Rockett’s Pizza Port, anything you can make look futuristic.
Disney California Adventure
- Buena Vista Street
- Movies- I would go with any old Mickey shorts or if you can find Oswald the Lucky Rabbit that would be great too, also the Three Little Pigs (which is short so I’d watch with some other shorts), or Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for the Carthay Circle Theatre.
- Dinner- I would do something simple like chicken or steak, or something you would maybe find at a more upscale restaurant.
- Paradise Pier
- Movies- The Little Mermaid, Silly Symphonies, any Toy Story movie, old World of Color episodes, or old Fab Five shorts.
- Dinner- Sea food, corn dogs, pasta, pizza, or anything you could find on a boardwalk.
- Grizzly Peak
- Movies- Up, Brother Bear, Lone Ranger could work.
- Dinner- Camping style foods such as hot dogs or fish.
- Condor Flats
- Movies- The Rocketeer, The Aviator could work but not for children and it’s kind of depressing.
- Dinner- Some sort of California type cuisine or burgers because of Taste Pilot’s Grill.
- Pacific Wharf
- Movies- I would say any movie based in San Francisco or Monterey, or anywhere along the Northern California shore.
- Dinner- I would say seafood of some sort, especially clam chowder, and you HAVE to have Sourdough Bread!
- Hollywood Land
- Movies- Aladdin, one of the Muppet movies, Monsters, Inc or Monsters University, Tower of Terror (the made for TV Disney movie), any Twilight Zone episode, Tron (because ElecTronica used to be there…). Finding Nemo
- Dinner- Hot dogs, can’t really think of anything else…
- a Bug’s Land
- Movies- a Bug’s Life
- Dinner- This one is difficult… I think you’d have to get pretty creative. Heimlich loves watermelon and candy corn so if either is out, one of those, or make something that looks like candy corn… I don’t know why but salad sounds like it would work here too…
- Cars Land
- Movies- Cars, Cars 2, Planes would sort of work.
- DInner- 50’s style diner foods like pot roast, burgers, meat loaf, turkey, any comfort food would work.
Okay so that’s what I have for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. I could delve more into the hotels and Downtown Disney but I need to think more on those and that might be a bit of a stretch. This seems like a pretty good starter list for now. I am going to work on a master list to add to and expand to different attractions and movies. I also spoke with the leader of our group and she thought it was cute idea and wanted me to talk about it at Saturday’s meeting so I’ll let you all know how that goes.
In the meantime, I’m trying to come up with other ideas for posts so I get on here more frequently but at the very least expect a post about tonight’s dinner and Saturday’s meeting very soon!