Disney Foodie Spotlight: Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Smokejumpers Grill offers a sneak peek at the new Grizzly Peak expansion
Smokejumpers Grill offers a sneak peek at the new Grizzly Peak expansion
Formerly Taste Pilots Grill, the new building retains the high-ceiling look with a more national park theme
Formerly Taste Pilots Grill, the new building retains the high-ceiling look with a more national park theme
The main entree board at Smokejumpers Grill
The main entree board at Smokejumpers Grill
Chili cheeseburger on a gluten-free bun
Chili cheeseburger on a gluten-free bun

Smokejumpers Grill in the new Grizzly Peak expansion (formerly Condor Flats) serves great family food at a reasonable price.  The menu looks pretty much the same as the old Taste Pilots’ Grill.  They’ve deleted the Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger, but otherwise all of the offerings are as they were before.  Having never eaten there prior to the new makeover, I can’t speak about the quality of food prior to the change, but the quality today is really very good.  Primarily “American” fare, you can find burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, chicken salad, fries, onion rings, and shakes at this tasty quick service dining establishment.

Location: Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure
Type: Quick service
Specialty: Burgers, fries, salad, shakes
Cost: $6-7 for kids and about $10-14 for adults
Craig’s Favorite: The fact you can “customize” your burger yourself at the condiment bar

The Disney Parks blog said that Smokejumpers Grill “takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests.”  Sound like a recent Disneytoon movie featuring a certain plane who fights forest fires? Hmm? It probably should be no surprise that Disney is incorporating the Planes franchise into this area of the park.  One of the criticisms of Disney California Adventure prior to the billion dollar makeover was that it didn’t incorporate the characters that so many guests were hoping for.  This was an easy fix for the theme park that meant it didn’t have to make any major changes and could instead easily incorporate existing characters into the area.

The restaurant itself does evoke a National Parks theme and the decor really brings that home.  The makeover was done beautifully as was the food.  Our group ordered everything from chili burgers, cheddar bacon burgers, chicken salad, and even a veggie burger.  Everyone said their food was good and especially considering the reasonable price, it was even better. I loved the chili burger.  More than enough chili and I even got a big chunk of beef in it.  It wasn’t so much that I couldn’t pick it up, but you couldn’t go wrong with a fork and knife either.  The condiment bar was terrific.  I loved being able to add my own tomatoes, onions, and pickles.  They had choices of mayo, mustard, BBQ sauce and of course ketchup.  Overall, it was done very well and kept clean.  The burgers are big and tasty and they give you more than enough fries.

My daughter and I decided to go gluten-free for Lent.  Neither of us has celiac disease, but when we inquired about it, the chef came out from the back to make sure all of our needs were taken care of.  I was really impressed by this level of service.  They were willing to accommodate us in any way possible including making sure that if we wanted fresh condiments to insure no cross-contamination they were perfectly willing to do it.  The chef was able to answer all of my questions quickly and easily, and they served our food on a separate platter with different colored paper to make sure we could easily differentiate it. The new Smokejumpers Grill is indicative of the great Disney service you can expect and to top it off – the food is really good.  Give it a try and tell me how you like it!

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4 thoughts on “Disney Foodie Spotlight: Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

  1. Great to learn about the Gluten Free offerings as I have a serious food allergy and for medical reasons, always avoid GLUTEN. Might be interesting to understand why you went Gluten-Free for lent?

    1. My wife found out that she has gluten sensitivity and although she doesn’t have celiac disease, she does have an adverse reaction to gluten. She has since gone gluten-free and has become much healthier as a result (combined with eating healthier). Because we share so many food allergies she challenged me to take this one on, too.

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