Avalon Cove by Wolfgang Puck

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disneyland Resort, Features, Werner Weiss

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Published on February 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm with 13 Comments

It’s Valentines Day at Yesterland, so invite someone you love to a romantic dinner at this “yestaurant” on Paradise Pier. Avalon Cove is operated by Wolfgang Puck, chef to Hollywood’s rich and famous celebrities.

 

Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Avalon Cove by Wolfgang Puck.

 
 
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  1. Nice article Werner, thank you.

    I did not visit DCA in its first couple of years so I missed the Wolfgang Puck opportunity. It looks like the menu would have been very nice (and high end). But it does seem out of place for what DCA’s reputation commanded in the early years.

    We tried to visit this location once it became Ariel’s Grotto but the Disney reservation system (Priority Seating) seemed to be off in this location by about an hour for a room full of pissed off people. As a result we went elsewhere and just haven’t tried to visit it again. DCA now offers some pretty nice table service restaurants that are worth the wait.

    Thanks again for the memory.

  2. Also, the expensive ABC Soap Opera Bistro was removed.

  3. We ate here once and it was the worst meal experience I’ve ever had at the Disneyland Resort. Wolfgang Puck really phoned this one in. The plate of food wasn’t good–a weird ratio of mostly mashed potatoes, and terrible service. Maybe Puck learned from this because I’ve had a couple of good experiences at his cafes at Universal. I was glad to see this DCA failure quickly go.

    • We have to agree. We ate lunch there prior to the official opening of the park, on 01/27/01. I’ll never forget it, I ordered scallops, and some obviously frozen-defrosted bay scallops came out on my plate with some terrible sauce. It was one of the worst meals we had in that entire year, and we were shocked. Back then we were lucky enough to frequent Spago (Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills locations) at least twice a year, for birthdays and other special occasions. In fact, the original Spago was one of our first true foodie experiences, we ate there only 3 weeks after it opened, in January 1982. After doing Spago that first time, we went to all of Puck’s joints in the LA area, enjoying them 99% of the time. (We miss Eureka & Granita, to name a few.) So we were quite excited to try a new Puck joint, particularly one aligned with Disney. Major disappointment, to say the least. Meantime, we’re very happy that the Patina Group has done so well with their restaurants at Disneyland Resort (we loved going to Catal, especially when Bret Thompson was executive chef), and look forward to trying their new-ish places at WDW, if we’re ever so lucky to do so.

  4. “Would you like a fancy meal from a world-renowned chef while at Yester California Adventure? Did you bring a credit card? ”

    LOL! I love it!

    • Looking at the prices on the Avalon Cove menu, they don’t seem that bad, considering restaurant pricing in 2014. But the menu is from 2001 when such things as appetizers higher than $10 were a rare exception.

  5. The building looks great at night. But during the day, it’s a true eyesore. It was dated when it was new. This whole area needs to be torn down. Just a leftover aesthetic from a poor design. Yet, the way Disney moves, this thing will be around for 30 years. Just a testament to the fact that DCA is still a ugly park with no real cohesive theme at all.

    • Maybe it’s my nature of trying not to be wasteful, but I think the building could be saved, making it look like an actual seaside building from the early 20th century. Consider, for example, the aesthetic of Balboa Pavilion at Newport Harbor as one model.

      A park guest does not have to be an architectural historian to see when something rings true and when it doesn’t. The current Avalon Cove / Ariel’s Grotto building has aesthetic problems. The big swirl is supposed to be based on one at Ocean Park Pier, but it doesn’t come across. The stairway turret has huge plate glass windows — essentially a glass wall. It doesn’t belong.

      I think the design wizards who turned the old park entrance into Buena Vista Street could do something great with the building. It would largely be a matter of redesigning the towers and adding consistent, period-appropriate trim, ornamentation, and signage.

      • If by “big swirl” you mean what you called a raspberry ice cream cone on top of the sign…I thought that was supposed to be a poor representation of a hermit crab shell, as if King Triton had put his tail in it and gotten caught and was turning purple….

  6. Unlike Avalon Cove, Ariel’s Grotto consistently packs in huge numbers of families wanting to interact with the princesses. Thus, there’s no incentive whatsover for Disney to spend a dime on changing the building.

    What’s really funny is recalling all the excuses Disney executives made in a feable attempt to explain the abysmal attendance at DCA. “The economy is not good. We’ve had record rainfall.” All the while, except for on and immediately following 9/11, Disneyland continued to pack ‘em in right next door.

  7. This, like all the other sit-down restaurants at DCA the first time I went, I said “I’ll have to try that next time.” Problem was… all they places I said that about vanished.

    But I feel this is part of another problem… that there is too many good places to eat at DCA(even though I spend 2 full days min. every trip at each park). My favorite place to eat now at the resort is the Pizza and salad place at Paradise Pier Gardens… however, with all the Cool Car Land places I skipped it the last time… now the Pier Gardens is going downhill with low crowds prompting loud limited time magic events that ruin the tranquil garden atmosphere I loved.

  8. I ate there in the first few months of DCA being open.
    I don’t remember much about it, so I can’t imagine it was that great.

  9. I was happily enjoying the menu and thinking ’bout setting the Wayback Machine and making a reservation for 4 until I read the reviews in the comments. Ouch! Please, unless the food is perfect, don’t put your name on it! (Scurrying back to Napa Rose…)