Review: Main Street Electrical Parade Meal Package

The Plaza Inn restaurant offers Main Street Electrical Parade meal packages with reserved seating and an all-in-one meal including Disneyland’s famous fried chicken. This review details whether viewing the Premium Parade is worth it, along with information on what it entails, how to book the MSEP Meal Package, and more.

Let’s start with a few quick reminders. Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland once again, for its 37th farewell run. It’s like the Terminator T-1000 or McRib from the parades at this point – just when you thought it was gone for good, BAM! It’s back and ready to attack/savor deliciously/light up the night, as the case may be.

This time it’s (a little) different. It’s Main Street Electrical Parade’s 50th anniversary, with a new final float, special merchandise, food and drink and lots of hype. There’s also the small issue that Californians have been deprived of most of Disneyland’s iconic nighttime shows (sorry, Mickey’s Rad Rave doesn’t qualify as “iconic”) for over 2 years. All of this is a recipe for chaos and crowds.

Although this review is published at the start of the Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Anniversary Throwback Run, it’s safe to say that watching the parade will be a challenge for the foreseeable future. Pent-up demand remains strong, the park’s reservation system means a steady supply of locals, and there’s plenty of excitement and excitement to get back to normal and enjoy a sentimental favorite.

It was a similar story when Main Street Electrical Parade returned during the “off season” after the Diamond Celebration. The parade’s nostalgia-soaked marketing blitz in markets in Los Angeles and Orange County drew monster crowds in months that would normally be slow, and locals camped out for hours. The main parade viewing areas were several rows deep well before show time. It will be the same scenario for the Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Anniversary Race.

With that said, let’s get to the details of the Plaza Inn Dining Package for Main Street Electrical Parade. The Disneyland buffet restaurant at the end of Main Street offers this option daily from 1-3:30 p.m. (a savvy move to put the popular package on during off-peak hours).

The cost of lunch with the Plaza Inn Dining Package is $40 per adult and $25 per child plus tax. Discounts are available for Magic Key Pass holders.

The Plaza Inn Dining Package for Main Street Electrical Parade can be reserved online through or the app, up to 60 days in advance.

If you’re having trouble booking this, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly difficult. We managed to score a spot and haven’t seen any availability since. I would hazard a guess that the entire reserved viewing area can accommodate less than 100 guests, which is very limited. It’s always possible that Disneyland will add more reserved viewing areas or that cancellations will occur, so we recommend that you keep checking as your travel dates approach.

Now on to the food offered for the Plaza Inn Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Anniversary Dining Package:

Adult meal plan menu

  • World Famous Plaza Inn Fried Chicken
  • Oven roasted carrots
  • Homemade smoked macaroni and cheese
  • Salad of bacon wedges and pickled onions served with homemade ranch dressing and blue cheese crumbs
  • Mickey shaped honey sweet cornbread
  • Decadent Berry Cheesecake
  • Choice of drink: 20 oz. fountain drink or 20 oz. Dasani Water

Child meal plan menu

  • Plaza Inn World Famous Fried Chicken Thigh
  • Oven roasted carrots
  • Homemade smoked macaroni and cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Mickey shaped honey sweet cornbread
  • Decadent Berry Cheesecake
  • Choice of drink: small Dasani water or small low-fat milk

Our reservation at the Plaza Inn was for the 2:30 p.m. “seat”, but chances are we could have checked in anytime between 1 and 3:30 p.m.

The restaurant is still operating as a regular buffeteria during this time, with customers able to order the normal menu from all but one bay. There are no reserved tables or servers for this – it’s the normal Plaza Inn lunch/dinner experience with open indoor and outdoor seating.

When we arrived, we checked in with a cast member outside, who picked up our reservation on an iPad. He then sent us inside the restaurant to a queue at a cash register reserved for Plaza Inn dining packages.

There we paid for the meal and received FastPass style paper tickets to enter the reserved seating section as well as personalized lanyards to wear in the viewing area. The Cast Member at the registry advised us to keep our receipt in case we lost the lanyards and/or paper FastPasses.

From there we headed to the buffeteria bay to collect our plates.

What is served for the meal plan is not part of the normal entrees, but is similar enough to determine the value of the plan. Considering the $19 price of the fried chicken alone, the meal itself is around $25-$30. Of course, the “value” is in the eye of the beholder.

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Plaza Inn, but I think its price has gotten out of control. I still remember when chicken was $13. (The old man shakes his fist at the cloud.) Also, it seems the quality was more hit or miss – dropping $19 for dry chicken is not my idea of ​​a good time.

Our chicken was impeccable. The amount of breading, texture, seasoning, consistency, juiciness, tenderness and overall flavor were all spot on. If I could still be guaranteed a fried chicken of this caliber, I would drop $19 and do all meals at the Plaza Inn. The only disappointment with the meal was the homemade smoked macaroni and cheese which was basically macaroni less cheese.

Although the Plaza Inn Main Street Electrical Parade’s 50th Anniversary Meal Package says it’s a set menu, entree substitutions are allowed for those allergic (or otherwise) to the glorious fried chicken. Sarah made such a substitution ordering the chipotle and pineapple glazed salmon.

This salmon is an ambitious and flavorful dish by buffeteria standards, offering perfectly prepared flaky fish with a unique, fruity glaze. However, it is also much smaller than fried chicken. This is obviously to be expected. When you arrive at Nobu, they don’t hand you a big bucket of salmon, Colonel Sanders style.

Even with the small salmon and no-cheese mac and cheese, we couldn’t fault the food served as part of the Plaza Inn dining package. It was a fantastic meal. (If you could swap the mac and cheese for mashed potatoes, you’d be living the Disneyland dream.)

We left full and didn’t eat for the rest of the day. Easily $25 worth here, which puts reserved seating at around $15 per person. Given that guests were already camping out to claim the Main Street Electrical Parade spots by mid-afternoon when we left the Plaza Inn, that’s probably not too high a price for the viewing area.

Paper FastPasses are for reserved seating at the first Main Street Electrical Parade performance.

These tickets state that you must check in at the flagpole in Town Square approximately 30 minutes before the parade starts. You’ll want to arrive much earlier than that. Disneyland fans love nothing more than camping for things; when it comes to things like that, there’s always a line for the line, so to speak.

The seating area is at the back of Town Square, facing Main Street USA Station.

It’s a big section and there was plenty of room for people, even in the second and third rows, to sit down and stretch out a bit. The downside was that guests jostling for last minute seats kept asking if they could squeeze in. (The photo above does not correctly illustrate how crowded the other sections were compared to this area.)

As for Main Street Electrical Parade viewing locations, I’m more or less neutral on this location.

The view is perfectly fine; I just prefer the more iconic perspective with Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the background for photos. My only recommendation would be to sit on one of the furthest sides of the viewing area; this should give you a little more space and also a better perspective of the parade floats rounding the corner.

Ultimately, we highly recommend booking the Plaza Inn Dining Package for the Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Anniversary. If you’re going on a Disneyland vacation, you’ll still want to try that infamous fried chicken, which drives up the cost of the reserved seating area to $15 per person. While not an insignificant expense for a family of 4, the time and headaches saved by not having to camp hours in advance and “guard” your territory is worth that amount.

We’re not normally particularly keen on paying a premium for just spectacular viewing areas at night (looking at you, magic kingdom fireworks dessert parties), but it’s just different at Disneyland. Locals have time to kill spots for hours, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. We have already decided that we will (try to) book this again for Sarah’s mother, as she loves Main Street Electrical Parade and the extra cost is worth avoiding the aforementioned chaos. Also, I will make every excuse I can to eat more fried chicken at the Plaza Inn.

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Have you booked the Plaza Inn dining package for the Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Anniversary? Do you think this is good or bad value? Having trouble scoring reservations for that dining package? Are you excited for the return of Main Street Electrical Parade or is another farewell too much? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment on the crowds and the hassle of reserving seats for the parade? Questions? Hearing your feedback – even when you disagree with us – is both interesting for us and helpful for other readers, so share your thoughts below in the comments!

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