One of the most popular and unique experiences guests can enjoy at a Disney resort is the opportunity to dine with some of their favorite characters. We had the opportunity to check out one of Disneyland’s newest offerings, the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Let’s take a look at what this royal dining experience has to offer.
The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is a three-course meal combined with a fun and interactive character experience featuring a line up of favorite Disney Princesses. While the new character meal operates similarly to other Disney character dining experiences, this new offering features new ways to interact and enjoy your time with the princesses like storytime with Belle and learning a new language with Pocahontas.
After we checked-in for our reservation, we were given a collectible autograph book and a choice of a character-themed pen to help remember the experience. Upon seating, we started the meal with juice and coffee as well as pastries like cinnamon rolls and lemon scones. Champagne is also served for adults. The menu features a selection of specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic “Morning Libations” for guests wanting to start their day with a unique concoction.
Our first course was a dazzling display of appetizers. This tower of delectable starters includes a Nutella/banana roll, Tangled ham sandwiches, lobster rolls, kiwi tapioca smoothies, and the delightful Tiana’s beignets. We loved the eclectic nature of the appetizers and thought it was a nice selection that should have something to please everyone in your dining party.
The main course is a buffet featuring the usual offerings for a Disney park or hotel breakfast. Guests can choose from standard options like fresh fruit, eggs, sausage, and applewood smoked bacon. Of course, it’s not a Disney breakfast without Mickey waffles, and they were in abundance at the buffet.
There are also a few offerings that you might not expect to see at the usual breakfast buffet that were an interesting addition like braised beef shortribs and firecracker shrimp. Although these weren’t what most guests think of finding in a breakfast buffet, all of the food was cooked well and tasted delicious. During the main course, our server brought a plate of fresh steak fries to the table to help round out the meal.
As with any meal, dessert was our favorite part! Our desserts consisted of an array of Disney Princess inspired sweets like themed cake pops. We received pops inspired by Belle and Tiana that looked almost too cute to eat! There are also Pocahontas peanut butter tarts and Ariel macarons. The standout here is definitely the amusing Mulan firecracker sorbet with cotton candy and pop rocks!
The Disney Princesses begin to make their rounds during the meal and stop at each table for photos, autographs, and interactions. When the meal is finished, adults can enjoy coffee while younger guests join in special activities with the princesses. Each Disney Princess takes time to talk with kids and give a truly memorable interaction. The character line-up varies and can feature up to 7 princesses. On our visit, we were treated to storytime with Belle as well as a language lesson from Pocahontas outside the restaurant. Inside, Ariel chatted with guests and posed for a professional photo that is included in your dining experience.
Guests are given an event-specific Photopass card that they can use to link their photos to their account. These special interactions really add a new dimension to the usual Disney Character meal. Giving guests extra time to meet and connect with the characters is something we would love to see rolled out to other character dining locations.
Each young guest also receives a Disney Princess gift pack with cinch backpack and sparkling crown necklace to help your princess feel like royalty. For young guests who may not be into all things princess, there is also an option to receive a knight’s shield and sword instead.
The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is available Thursday through Monday at Napa Rose in Disney’s California Adventure Hotel and Spa at the Disneyland Resort. The breakfast is offered from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is $125 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are accepted up to 60 days prior to arrival and are highly recommended.
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Photos courtesy Erin Jensen, Key to the World Travel