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  • [Idea] Design your own Disneyland dream restaurant

    In another thread, we started talking about Soap Opera Bistro. I appreciated it, but it was mainly catered to those who watched ABC soaps. Otherwise, the novelty didn't sink in as much as it could have. (Soap Opera Bistro on Yesterland: http://yesterland.com/soapopera.html) I mean, if you didn't watch General Hospital, how exciting would it have been for you to eat near the nurse's station?

    I was remembering my favorite Las Vegas restaurant, which has since closed: Stage 16 at the Venetian. (photos and concept art: http://www.users.nac.net/karl/port/WBS16.html). It was designed after movies shot in Stage 16, the largest soundstage on the WB backlot. You could eat in Gotham City, Rick's from Casablanca, the Rat Pack lounge from the original Oceans Eleven, or the set of Gold Diggers of 1933. These were iconic films in the WB world and the draw was there for families who could enjoy Vegas-quality cuisine with family atmosphere and prices. I'll never forget the chicken caesar salad - long leaves tossed in dressing, arranged like a palm tree, in a bowl made of baked parmesan cheese. For $13. If it weren't so long ago, I'd have a picture of it. I can't find one online.

    But I thought a restaurant like this would be great at Disneyland. Instead of one main theme like the Tavern, the restaurant could be themed after the spirit of animation and each room could have its own set. You could have Belle's library, Elsa's ice castle, the watering hole where Simba and Nala played, etc. If there are four or five rooms, you can do some cute things with them. And you can change one room out at a time as to keep the restaurant fresh. The walls can be programmed to have elements that tie into the respective movies and are interactive the way Trader Sam's bar at DLH is.

    Any thoughts? What fun restaurant concepts would you like to see?

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    Delivery.
    And I'm not kidding.

    An app or an extension of the current app. Place your order and time and pre-designated sitting locations. Like a fastpass for food. I've mentioned it to my buddies when we hit the parks every time for yrs now. Yes it's kinda lazy, but more importantly it is a time saver.
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    • #3
      I agree that they should do something like this for select restaurants. If you build it into the app, it makes sense.

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      • #4
        I thought the original idea for Tiki Room would have been cool. A restaurant with an AA show. Look how popular Rainforest Cafe is with their minimal AAs.

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        • #5
          It would be fun it they would do another restaurant with different themes to their movies. Or heck even if they just did rooms for say Pixar films, Princess', Disney animals, etc. There really is the space to do this in Hollywoodland too. Like I said in the other thread, the Bistro is something I do miss but I have always watched those soaps. I know my husband didn't but he even in joined the place and how it was throughout.

          As for ordering by app, its not something I would do myself or be interested in. Which it also wouldn't really work well with many places because of the kind of place it was (the reservations or cafeteria style restaurants). I do get why some might like an option like that though.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Berry Princess View Post
            It would be fun it they would do another restaurant with different themes to their movies. Or heck even if they just did rooms for say Pixar films, Princess', Disney animals, etc. There really is the space to do this in Hollywoodland too. Like I said in the other thread, the Bistro is something I do miss but I have always watched those soaps. I know my husband didn't but he even in joined the place and how it was throughout.

            As for ordering by app, its not something I would do myself or be interested in. Which it also wouldn't really work well with many places because of the kind of place it was (the reservations or cafeteria style restaurants). I do get why some might like an option like that though.
            I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this original post - adjacent to the Animation building where Playhouse Disney is packing up. Or in the back corner where a restaurant used to be.

            Some places are good for advanced ordering, like Stage Door Cafe, Hungry Bear, and TLT - places where one or two windows can be dedicated to advanced order pick-ups. APs should have this option already built into their passes as it would reduce lines for other guests. Of course, it's Disney, so it'll probably cost extra to implement. But I think it should be free.

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            • #7
              I love the ideas of themed restaurants. Ultimately, it's the atmosphere that I look for when dining at Disneyland, since I don't expect amusement park food to be that great to begin with.

              I do think Disney has hit several home runs regarding restaurant atmosphere.
              My top picks include:
              Blue Bayou
              Flo's V8 Diner
              Cafe Orleans
              French Market Restaurant
              Trader Sam's probably wins for overall theming.

              If I could design a new restaurant, I would want something very futuristic in nature. Perhaps something for Tomorrowland that looked like you were eating in an orbiting space stations. It would include big "windows" that featured panoramic views of space, nearby planets, spaceships, etc. I'd love to have effects inside the restaurant, such as robots, light effects and such to really enhance the experience.

              I once had a dream about a restaurant they designed using the submarines from the Submarine Voyage. They connected the subs with tubes at each end that allowed people to walk from one vehicle to another. The insides of the subs were cleared out and refitted with tables, looking a bit like a railroad dining car, only with the perfect nautical look. I think that would be a fantastic way to dine. They could even include animatronic sealife to watch through the windows, and maybe real divers and/or mermaids to interact with the guests through the windows.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by amyuilani View Post

                I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this original post - adjacent to the Animation building where Playhouse Disney is packing up. Or in the back corner where a restaurant used to be.

                Some places are good for advanced ordering, like Stage Door Cafe, Hungry Bear, and TLT - places where one or two windows can be dedicated to advanced order pick-ups. APs should have this option already built into their passes as it would reduce lines for other guests. Of course, it's Disney, so it'll probably cost extra to implement. But I think it should be free.
                They have 2 buildings back there they really don't use like they should and so much space that if they wanted to do a nice themed restaurant they really could and have many different sections for it too. It would be nice to have that as an option. It would need to have a menu that would be good for many different tastes too. That way the picky eaters could find things still and those that want something a little more "fancy" like could find something, kwim?

                Yes those places could find a way to do such a thing for food pick up. Agree that if Disney did they would probably charge you for it.
                A crowded day at Disneyland beats a busy day of housework!!

                According to my princess, its not Star Wars land its "You stole my goats away from me!!......in progress land"


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JayRomy View Post
                  Delivery.
                  And I'm not kidding.

                  An app or an extension of the current app. Place your order and time and pre-designated sitting locations. Like a fastpass for food. I've mentioned it to my buddies when we hit the parks every time for yrs now. Yes it's kinda lazy, but more importantly it is a time saver.
                  I've thought similar but with take out, not delivery. I'd love to get sit down restaurant food to go via the app. Just schedule a pick up window, grab and go. Let's face it... most sit down food is far superior to the quick serve stuff but investing an hour or more to sit down and eat is just not always in the cards.

                  I want a Japanese restaurant, probably in DCA. SUSHI PLEASE!

                  I'm most interested in worlds cuisines. Give me Ethiopian, Moroccan, German, Polish, French, Cuban etc foods. I like variety.

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                  • #10
                    I have had a couple over the years...

                    1. The Jules Verne restaurant they originally had connected for the original Disneyland expansion. It made you feel as though you were underwater with windows all feeding into aquariums they could do it in the north side of the Nemo Lagoon.

                    2. I have always wanted a futuristic "Tomorrowland Terrace Space Port " where guest can simply pay and order through kiosks attached to there table they can request drink refills napkins whatever they need via the mini kiosk so wait staff only had to worry about tables with requests and guest would not be interrupted by wait staff checking on them and now would wait staff have their time wasted checking on tables that are fine. My original idea as a kids was have an intercom system ( it was the 70's ) Then I though a touch screen kiosk about 10 years ago but the above poster had a great idea of simply using an App and you could had an integrated tablet at each table for those without smartphones.

                    3. A hot dog and chili stand on Tom Sawyer's island.

                    4. A Fantasyland Bakery with fairy tail themed baked goods ( no candy ) just cupcakes, cookies, pretzels meat pies etc. basically warm goodies that you can eat with your hand and taken to go.







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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StickyFrenchToast View Post

                      I've thought similar but with take out, not delivery. I'd love to get sit down restaurant food to go via the app. Just schedule a pick up window, grab and go. Let's face it... most sit down food is far superior to the quick serve stuff but investing an hour or more to sit down and eat is just not always in the cards.

                      I want a Japanese restaurant, probably in DCA. SUSHI PLEASE!

                      I'm most interested in worlds cuisines. Give me Ethiopian, Moroccan, German, Polish, French, Cuban etc foods. I like variety.
                      I was actually picturing advanced ordering for to-go only. Although you could do it for restaurants that take reservations, like Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans. However I don't think I'd do it there because I like interacting with my servers.

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                      • #12
                        (Unpopular Opinion) I would make a restaurant called Steakhouse 55 but I wouldn't allow people in who were wearing t-shirts, baseball caps and swimming attire. There would be a strict(er) dress code that complimented the restaurant instead of taking away from its elegance. Unqualified guests would simply be escorted to the Goofy themed restaurant next door. It could happen!
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                        • #13
                          Not a restaurant per se but I'd convert Lilly Belle (or a spare car train) into a private dining space that can be used for breakfast (during MM only). $300 per person, includes your MM admission, must arrive on time and be done by the time the park opens so that the dining car can be removed for the train's daily service. Select one of three pre-designed breakfast menus. Champagne additional. Max 8 people per reservation. How fun would it be to have a pancakes and bacon breakfast while you're circling Disneyland? I'd also want the BGM for this train car to be classic soundtracks from attractions that are no longer around.

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                          • #14
                            Dang...I lack imagination. I just want my TMR BBQ and Riverbelle Terrace breakfasts back.
                            But I would also like some Steampunk style thing in Frontierland -- something cooked up by Miguelito Loveless from Wild, Wild West.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Scottieboy View Post
                              I thought the original idea for Tiki Room would have been cool. A restaurant with an AA show. Look how popular Rainforest Cafe is with their minimal AAs.
                              YES! I want a Polynesian restaurant in the park with an Enchanted Tiki Room feel. I agree that it should be an AA show.

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