In 1926, the Carthay Circle Theater opened in Los Angeles and quickly became one of the most famous movie palaces in the Golden Age of Hollywood. A decade later, on December 21, 1937, Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, the world’s first full-length animated movie, premiered at this theater to a sold-out audience. This was the start of a new life for Walt Disney and the beginning of a dream that resulted in Disneyland’s opening in 1955.

Disneyland will forever remember the Carthay Circle Theater and has featured this theater in California’s Adventure Park as its signature building. It’s no surprise then that inside this building is one of the best dining experiences you will find on the property. Featuring décor of the 20s and with pictures lining the walls of the famous stars that once graced the screens of the theater, you feel like you are walking into a moment in history as you enter the restaurant.

What is refreshing about the menu at Carthay Circle is that it is always reflecting the season and what is fresh and available in southern California at the time of your visit. From fresh spring and summer fruits flavoring your salads and desserts to fall and winter squash, fruit, and spices bringing you a cozy and comforting feeling, you will enjoy each course you partake in.

Carthay Circle also offers dining packages for Disneyland guests. The World of Color packages, offered at both lunch and dinner, include a 3-course prix-fixe menu that includes vouchers for each diner in a preferred viewing location for the most spectacular evening water production. The Frozen Dining package is also a 3-course prix-fixe meal for lunch only and includes reserved seating for an afternoon performance of Frozen – Live on Stage. Both packages are great values as you know your family will have a wonderful view of your preferred entertainment that day.

If you are looking to experience the ambiance of Carthay Circle, but not wanting to commit yourself to a full meal, be sure to check out the Carthay Circle Lounge. Located in the lobby, you will be able to feel like you have stepped back in time while you sip on handcrafted cocktails and snack on small bites and plates. Put yourself in Walt’s shoes and order his very own drink of choice, the Scotch Mist. Kids are also welcome in the lounge with their own section on the menu. Reservations are not required for the lounge experience – just stop on by.

The Carthay Circle held a special place in Walt Disney’s heart and will hold a special place in your own heart when you step back into time and partake in one of their seasonal dining events. Be sure to talk with your Me and the Mouse Travel agent about reserving a meal at this iconic location on your next Disneyland vacation.

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist