Spoiler alert: We love Lamplight Lounge. From all the Pixar details hidden in each corner to the extended menu and beautiful view, it's hard to find a better spot to relax in Disney's California Adventure. We were lucky to snag a spot on opening weekend (with out a reservation no less - read on for how we did that!) and it was the cherry on top of an already wonderful weekend trip to Disneyland.
The Drinks at Lamplight Lounge
Featuring handmade cocktails unique to Lamplight Lounge, the drink menu has expanded two-fold from what it was at Cove Bar. The sketchbook style menu is chock-full of Pixar hidden gems. We think the drink menu is a significant improvement over Cove Bar but if you still crave a Mickey's Fun Wheel, we heard they'll still make one for you.
For those interested in non-alcoholic libations, there are five mocktails to choose from. We watched the Infinity Fizz as it was being made and the popping cherry pearls buzzing around the glass were fun to see.
The Food at Lamplight Lounge
Lobster Nacho lovers, rejoice! The fan-favorite from Cove Bar has returned (albeit with a slightly higher price tag at $21). I am happy to report that it tasted every bit as delicious as the previous iteration. We also tried the Tuna Poke and Chicken Sandwich. We were both disappointed by the Chicken Sandwich, as it was not even remotely crispy on the outside as advertised. Unless literally nothing else on the menu is an option for your taste buds, don't get the Chicken Sandwich. The Tuna Poke was tasty but nothing to write home about.
We ended the meal with an order of Donuts. Although stuffed from two rounds of drinks, a massive appetizer, and two entrees, we couldn't pass up a box of piping hot donuts with chocolate and raspberry pop rock dipping sauces. The presentation was cute in the Lamplight Lounge box and the donuts were fresh. It's fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar - so you really can't go wrong with that combo.
TIP: The full menu is only available downstairs. If you're looking for a meal beyond the small bites section, make sure to request where you'd like to sit at check-in (that's what we did at least!)
The Ambiance at Lamplight Lounge
Without visiting Ariel's Grotto, it's hard for us to have anything to compare the space to, but the oversize leather sofas and industrial brick and steel interior gave us some cozy warehouse vibes. The main interior brick wall features concept art and movie posters from Pixar movies. If you're lucky, you might even be seated in the Pixar booth!
TIP: Unable to snag a reservation? We were able to walk up an hour before opening to put our name in, request upstairs or downstairs and were seated about 15 minutes after opening at 11am.
With seating for 200 upstairs and another 260 seats downstairs, we found it was much easier to grab a table last minute. On our last trip out we probably waited over an hour to get into Cove Bar, so this was a welcome change.
Overall, we love the new theming and extended menu at Lamplight Lounge. As we get out to Anaheim about once a year, it's a must-do on our Disneyland list. We'd love to know what you think! Leave a comment with your favorite drink or bite you had at Lamplight Lounge.