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    Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    How long has this been a full-service restaurant?

    For the last year or so I could swear it was just an area with tables that you can go sit at with food. Like when I get a sticky bun at Blue Ribbon Bakery I would go into that courtyard area and just sit there and eat.

    But last month I went and it was a full-service restaurant and at night they close it up so I can't eat my sticky bun there anymore. Have to go to the benches in the front or sit on the curb or something.

    When did this happen? Has it always been full-service but they just decided to start locking it up at night?

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    Quote Originally Posted by DarthBrian
    How long has this been a full-service restaurant?

    For the last year or so I could swear it was just an area with tables that you can go sit at with food. Like when I get a sticky bun at Blue Ribbon Bakery I would go into that courtyard area and just sit there and eat.

    But last month I went and it was a full-service restaurant and at night they close it up so I can't eat my sticky bun there anymore. Have to go to the benches in the front or sit on the curb or something.

    When did this happen? Has it always been full-service but they just decided to start locking it up at night?
    It's been full service for years.
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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    yep..years... i can remember back atleast 10.. also there are some tables and chairs in the "alley" by the lockers to sit and eat

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    From a 1979 map/guide of Disneyland

    CARNATION ICE CREAM PARLOR--Waitress service. Breakfast until 11:30am. Sandwiches, health food specialties, soup, salads, beverages and ice cream deserts.
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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    So when did they start closing up that area at night?

    Because it just started happening recently.

    EDIT: Also, the first day we ate there, the chef Oscar (Class of 1956!!!) came out an asked us how the food was. He hasn't come out since. Which leads me to believe that was the first day or week they re-opened it as a full-service restaurant.

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    Well; sometime last year they did start requiring that reservations(priority seating or whatever) be made in advance for all full service eateries.

    Maybe this is when they started closing it up?
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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    they changed the outside dining area about 5 years ago taking up the entire street and they put the little gate and fence up. Before that, there were some tables there but the street was more open

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    Well, I guess I just didn't notice it being there all this time.

    But the first time I ate there I had the Meatloaf Stack. It's heaven on earth.


    And I accidentally rated my own thread. I thought I was pushing the button to go back to the Disneyland forum, but it was the Rate a Thread button instead. I hope this doesn't accidentally put it in the Mice Chat recap next week without it deserving it.

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    Taken from MP:
    "Between the parks opening and 1997, this area was the outdoor patio for the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor restaurant. In 1997, the ice cream parlor part of the restaurant was split off into Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Carnation Ice Cream Palor became the current Carnation Cafe. What had been the indoor portion of the old restaurant became Blue Ribbon Bakery."

    I don't think the outside has changed really all that much except for changing the entrance area due to the downsizing of the restaurant to only the patio area. I remember getting huge Ice Cream sundaes
    named after the Disneyland Mountains there.

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    DarthBrian, Were you there for Grad Nite?

    Just asking because they let my sister and friend "crash" there during her Grad Nite.

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    Quote Originally Posted by Arnie
    I remember getting huge Ice Cream sundaes named after the Disneyland Mountains there.
    Well, they still have the Matterhorn Sundae on the menu. They also have apple pie. Both are awesome.

    My friends (Manabyte and another dude) think that's a huge sundae, but it's only 5 scoops of ice cream. I can eat something like that in my sleep.

    And it's really really good.

    I'd be interested if they still have those other Mountain sundaes somehwere else. I think the Matterhorn is also at the ice cream parlor next to Blue Ribbon bakery, but I'm not sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by A Disney Dreamer
    DarthBrian, Were you there for Grad Nite?
    Not this decade. Or the last one either I believe. But I had a band trip there in 1985 when I was a Junior in high school. Does that count?

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    Re: Carnation Cafe question (n00b-ish question maybe)

    Oscar is cool!
    And said to be the oldest park employee having served the most years.

    We met him a year ago on July 17th... really nice guy... I think he said
    he was 70 or 72 and he started working there in his early 20s.

    He's like the head dude there... no more than if a restaurant manager came out to ask you if everything was ok at say Applebees or something like that - he just wears the chef outfit because he is a chef also.

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