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A historical past of Blue Bayou, Disneyland’s hottest and perennially booked restaurant

POV: You resolve you need to have a meal at Blue Bayou, the restaurant in…

POV: You resolve you need to have a meal at Blue Bayou, the restaurant in Disneyland’s New Orleans Sq. contained in the Pirates of the Caribbean experience. However you’ll be able to’t simply eat there everytime you need. You want a reservation. So that you decide up your telephone and open the Disneyland app to e-book a spot, solely to seek out there’s no availability — not for a single desk on a single day at any level sooner or later.

So that you observe the recommendation from the Disney teams on social media, who’ve cracked the code. New reservations, they let you know, are launched 60 days out, and the stock refreshes at 3 a.m. PST each morning. You set your alarm for two:57 a.m., open the app, and begin refreshing. 

You hit refresh, and refresh, and refresh, till lastly, you see it: an obtainable reservation for Blue Bayou. You click on. However until you’ve acquired your data already saved within the app, it is gone by the point you’ve entered your bank card to carry the desk. By 3:05 a.m., each desk that has been launched for the date — two months sooner or later — is taken.

It might sound outlandish, however this occurs to Disneyland hopefuls each single day.

A part of the issue, to make certain, is Disneyland’s ongoing staffing downside, which is limiting eating capability in eating places and due to this fact slimming down reservation availability. However a part of Blue Bayou’s large enchantment is the restaurant itself. 

To begin, it’s the best eating in Disneyland Park (exterior of Membership 33, the personal membership above New Orleans Sq. that prices $33,000 in initiation charges and requires a multi-year purgatory on a ready checklist to be thought-about for membership). 

However the different a part of what makes Blue Bayou so particular is that it’s the one place in Disneyland the place you’ll be able to sit down for a pleasant meal and nonetheless really feel such as you’re on a experience. The restaurant isn’t simply themed like Pirates of the Caribbean, or close by to the attraction. It’s really contained in the experience: if you’re floating by the swamp firstly of Pirates, you’ll be able to see diners sitting at tables in what’s embellished to appear like a night soiree within the courtyard of a New Orleans mansion, colourful lanterns illuminated overhead, the odor of the restaurant’s signature Cajun-inspired delicacies wafting out to the boats. 

One glimpse of the eating room is sufficient to clarify the restaurant’s recognition. Nevertheless it’s not new. The place has been a runaway hit from the beginning. 

Blue Bayou opened in tandem with Pirates of the Caribbean on Mar. 18, 1967. The experience and its restaurant have been among the many final initiatives Walt Disney personally oversaw, although they opened after his demise in Dec. 1966. At its debut, Blue Bayou was the primary restaurant to ever be constructed inside a experience attraction anyplace on the planet.

Legend has it that Disney’s authentic imaginative and prescient for Blue Bayou was for the restaurant to incorporate a pirate-themed stage present as a part of the expertise, in keeping with Psychological Floss. “Had Disney saved the unique plans, nevertheless, the consuming expertise wouldn’t have been so serene,” Stacy Conradt wrote. “Whereas visitors dined on Creole delicacies, pirates would amaze and entertain them. After giving it a costume rehearsal, Walt instructed his executives that ‘on this restaurant, the meals goes to be the present, together with the environment.’”


What you’ll have seen on that menu could be much like a high-quality eating restaurant in New Orleans. On this early (however undated) menu posted on the Disney fan weblog Magic Feather Reminiscences, there are objects like Crevettes Bayou, which have been “Petite Bayou Shrimps with pineapple in cream sauce” for 85 cents and Seafood Creole (“King crab meat, Bayou shrimps and whitefish in a Cajun sauce of inexperienced peppers, tomatoes and celery on rice pilaf” for $3.25). 

One factor you can nonetheless order at this time is the Monte Cristo Sandwich, “Sliced breast of turkey, selection ham and Swiss cheese dipped in egg batter and fried to a golden brown, served with a compote of seasonal fruit.” Again then, it price $2.25. Immediately, it’s on the lunch menu for $29. 

Views of Blue Bayou from Disney Instagrammer @coheteboy.

Courtesy of David Yeh

As a lot as Blue Bayou has a rabid fan following, the meals will get blended opinions, particularly since Disneyland reopened final April. 

“It is positively pricy [sic] and the meals is okay however not excellent,” one Disneyland Redditor commented. “However the atmosphere is nice and it is positively value doing at the least as soon as.”

“I have been going there for 41 years and the service and meals high quality have declined significantly,” one other Reddit consumer stated. “The meals is not unhealthy however it is not that nice both. It’s common. You might be paying for the environment.”

Since reopening in Could, although, there was one different main distinction: the restaurant now serves alcohol, making it the one place in Disneyland Park the place guests can have a drink, apart from Membership 33 and Oga’s Cantina.

If you happen to aren’t afraid of a bit of uncertainty, there’s an alternative choice. Disneyland visitors who don’t thoughts taking their probabilities might need higher luck attempting to get a walk-up desk on the restaurant, both by speaking to the Solid Members on the door or by utilizing the Disneyland app. Your greatest wager for those who’re attempting that method: have the app open and able to be a part of the walk-up checklist simply because the restaurant opens for the day. It is going to be another factor you need to do in your telephone within the park, however for those who’re utilizing Genie Plus, you in all probability have already got it in your hand anyway.