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Disney California Adventure Park at The Disneyland Resort has undergone so many transformations since it first opened that it is hardly recognizable these days. Paradise Pier, a land dedicated to the California boardwalks, is now Pixar Pier as Disney continues to take away any California theming from the park. It isn’t that I don’t like Pixar because I do. My main issue is that there was something unique and special about the park when it was themed after California. Now the park like everything else Disney is very commercialized.
When fans first heard that Paradise Pier would be transformed to Pixar Pier loyal fans were devastated to lose the Cove Bar. This hot spot had become a favorite among visitors with its fun drinks and lobster nachos. The Cove Bar has now become the Lamplight Lounge and I am happy to say that while some things did not survive the transformation the lobster nachos did. After my visit, I put together a list of what I think are the best foods from Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier.
The theming inside Lamplight Lounge is so fun. Even if you don’t need to use the restroom I recommend stepping downstairs if only to see the decor. Lining the hallway to the restrooms are quotes from all the Pixar movies. The restaurant itself has a different menu than the bar so, for now, I am just covering the bar area. I still have to dine at the restaurant.
It was well over 90 degrees outside when I dined at the Lamplight Lounge so a frozen drink was at the top of my wish list. They have several pages of drink choices on the menu so there is truly a drink for everyone in your group. One of the coolest looking drinks is a Buzz Lightyear themed one with bubbles that continuously move up and down in your drink. My friends and I all decided on the pink drink pictured above.
The frozen drinks my friends and I ordered was a 2319. It is frozen strawberry puree, cream of coconut, pineapple juice with coca-cola. I know it sounds like such an odd combination but it is very good. Honestly, though I probably won’t order it on my next visit though. Not because it wasn’t good but I just want to try other things.
They do not give you enough of these incredible potato skins. It is such a nice appetizer. The potatoes are light and flakey with the most delicious sauce.
The lobster nachos are the biggest fan favorite of the Lamplight Lounge. It is a pricy appetizer at $20 but more than worth getting at least once. The size is perfect for sharing too!