We’re lounging around again! This time on the west coast at California Adventure’s Lamp Light Lounge. When on the west coast it’s all about the movie studios and in this case Pixar. It’s to the bar and beyond! Let’s see if our Lamp Light Lounge visit resulted in Joy or Sadness.
Stepping onto Pixar Pier you stumble upon the park’s newest restaurant. With grand views of Paradise Bay, Lamp Light Lounge is a multiple level experience. On the top floor is an open-air bar with a feel that would remind you of the shore. You pick the shore. Downstairs is an inside bar where you can picture Pixar animators hanging after a long day of storyboarding or celebrating their most recent Oscar.
Passholder Insights: Reservations are a little different in Disneyland, as you book them 60 days in advance compared to the 180 at Walt Disney World.
Subtle and not so subtle at the same time. You know what we mean. Walking into the Lamp Light Lounge you’ll see the Pixar influence right from the get-go with the Art Deco style paintings on the wall. The more and more you look around you uncover the nods to the different movies and the studio as a whole. We kept discovering more and more new details with every turn.
Passholder Insights: If you prefer a bar seat like us, you can request one when you check-in.
This is a lounge after all. With a cocktail list filled with concoctions created after the Pixar characters we know and love, there is something for everyone’s palate. On this day, we went off book thanks to the recommendation of our new bartender friend, Chris. Always make friends with your bartender (that’s the best tip we’ve got). Chris was working on a new cocktail called Anger Management.
Perfectly named after the Inside Out character, the tequila-based drink can best be described as a combination of a margarita and bloodily Mary. The real kicker, both literally and figuratively, was the spice. You know Angry, he’s definitely a spicy fellow.
Overall, solid drink. If you’re in the mood for something a little different and you don’t mind the heat definitely see if Chris is around to make the Anger Management. Who knows it may be on the Lamp Light Lounge drink list next time we go!
Passholder Insights: The overall feel of the lounge is very laidback. Similar to the Nomad Lounge. A place where you can take a break from the park.
Beyond the Anger Management, we went with our go-to classic. You know them and we love them, an Old Fashioned. Let’s just say the bartenders know how to pour a drink at the Lamp Light Lounge. There is nothing pre-made like Oga’s Cantina. Each drink is made to order. We could definitely see ourselves relaxing here on future trips to the left coast. Well, we didn’t get to the food this time around, lucky for us there is always another article in the works. Next order up is the Lamp Light Lounge food review. For now, the drink review is complete and the verdict is in, our visit resulted in Joy!