One of the things that I've noticed over the past ten years is that Disney is doing a very good job improving all of their restaurants at Disneyland. When I worked there in the late 90's, the food overall was pretty poor, with the exception of the Blue Bayou and maybe one or two other places. I worked there when they totally overhauled the Plaza Inn, and it has been exceptional ever since. I used to tell people that the one thing Disney can't seem to figure out is how to make a decent hamburger, but ever since they switched to angus beef on their burgers, they're pretty decent now. The biggest thing though is that they completely redid the Village Haus. There is a cast member window in back of the restaurant where we used to be able to get a personal pizza or a burger for about half the price, and I avoided eating there as much as possible. If I had to get a pizza there, I would get a pile of napkins and almost wring the pizza out like a wet dishrag to get rid of all of the grease. Disney did a pretty good job rennovating that restaurant, and the food is actually edible now.
They've also made some good progress toward making their menus healthier. I love that they've changed french fries to apple slices on a lot of the kids meals, and that they're offering better and more creative options on a lot of their menus. I was very suprised to see an actual vegan option at the Carnation Cafe, and some of the items they are starting to put on their menus now (like fried pickles) are certainly changing the perception of the type of food that you get at a theme park. I've heard that my old manager Gary Magetti is in charge of Disneyland restaurants now, and if that's true, then he's doing a very good job. I think the only restaurants that they still need to improve are Rancho del Zocalo (terrible Mexican food, especially here in southern california with access to such good and authentic ingredients), Pizza Port (it was very good when it first opened, but it seems to have declined over the years), French Market (has some good items, like corn chowder in a bread boulle, but also has some items that need improvement, like their jambalaya), and Hungry Bear Restaurant. I know that there is always going to be a tension between trying to offer healthier items and trying to offer what the guests want, but I think that Disney is definitely making progress toward better and healthier food and I hope that it continues. I think they could really do a lot with the Tahitian Terrace if they decided to bring that back, because there is a lot that you can do with Polynesian food to make it taste good and be healthy for you at the same time (like the grilled veggie skewers that they have at Bengal BBQ).
What changes would you like to make at Disneyland to see their food get heathier / better?