One of the best parts of a Disneyland Resort vacation is the chance to meet beloved characters. From classic princesses to new Pixar friends, guests can spend a whole day getting to know their favorite Disney pals. A great way to guarantee some quality time with characters is to dine at one of the Disneyland Resort’s Character Dining locations. These unique events allow guests to enjoy one of the resort’s Table Service dining locations along with personal, tableside interactions with characters.
Character Dining at the Disneyland Resort consists of a Table Service meal accompanied by visits from favorite Disney Characters. Guests can enjoy their meal while the characters make their rounds, visiting each table for photos, autographs, hugs, and interactions. Usually, characters will visit each table at least once, and then continue to tour the dining room. At some locations, characters will lead guests in walking parades around the restaurant or offer special interactions. These special dining reservations can be a great way for guests to meet and have fun with their favorite characters, without having to track them down and can include characters not usually found at the meet and greets in the parks.
Character Dining is offered at all three Disneyland Resort hotels as well as Disneyland Park. Reservations for Character Dining are accepted beginning at 60 days prior to arrival and are very highly recommended. Popular Character Dining locations like the Disney Princess Adventures Breakfast tend to fill up fast, so you’ll want to make these reservations as soon as possible. A great way to alleviate some of that stress is to use a Travel Advisor like our friends at Key to the World Travel® who can help arrange those reservations for you.
Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park
The Disneyland Resort currently only has one Character Dining location within the parks. The Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park is held at Disneyland Park’s Plaza Inn Restaurant usually beginning an hour before park opening until 11 AM. This experience features a buffet of breakfast standards like omelets, French toast, potatoes, and Mickey Waffles. Pastries and cereals are available as well. The lineup of characters is a slightly strange combination of rotating favorites. During our visit, we were treated to visits from Eeyore, Captain Hook, and Rafiki, Minnie and more. Other characters known to appear include Chip and Dale, and Winnie the Pooh. While the lineup changes frequently, you can always count on Minnie’s appearance since she’s the host.
Since this location begins dining at an hour before the posted park opening, it can be a great way to get a jump on the crowds. It also allows for some photos of an empty Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Castle. Pricing for this dining experience is $36 per adult and $19 per child (3-9). Theme park admission is required.
Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast and Brunch
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel hosts a breakfast and brunch featuring a fun beach theme with everyone’s favorite fowl in attendance. Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast at PCH Grill is a full buffet of breakfast items like eggs benedict, build-your-own-parfait stations, chilaquiles, chicken and waffles, Mickey Waffles, and Minnie Pancakes. Cereal, fruit, and sides like bacon and sausage are also available. During your meal, you can look forward to appearances by Donald himself, as well as characters like Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Stitch all decked out for a day at the beach. The lineup of characters is subject to frequent change with the exception of Donald. Breakfast is usually served from around 7 AM to 11 AM.
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Donald Duck’s Seaside Brunch serves a weekend brunch buffet with the same character experience as breakfast. Buffet items include a combination of breakfast standards as well as lunch options like soups, salads, pasta, and pizza. Desserts are also available. Dining at PCH Grill does not require theme park admission or a hotel reservation. Both dining experiences are $39 per adult, and $23 per child (3-9). Reservations are accepted beginning at 60 days prior to arrival, and strongly recommended.
The Disneyland Hotel has a dedicated Character Dining location at Goofy’s Kitchen. This fun spot serves a breakfast and dinner buffet hosted by the clumsiest chef around, Goofy. The buffet includes 5 stations serving various offerings. At breakfast, you can enjoy items like Mickey Waffles and pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs Benedict, frittatas, glazed ham, and Goofy’s peanut butter and jelly pizza. During dinner, the offerings include a meat carving station, seafood, salads, mac and cheese, and pizza as well as a massive dessert buffet.
Characters that usually appear are Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Minnie. The lineup is subject to change, but Chef Goofy is always in attendance. Breakfast is usually served from 7 AM to 11 AM and runs $55.94 for adults and $33.06 per child (3-9). Dinner is served from 4 PM to 9 PM and runs $61.03 per adult and $35.60 per child. Reservations are accepted beginning at 60 days prior to arrival, and strongly recommended. Dining at Goofy’s Kitchen does not require theme park admission or a hotel reservation.
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast and Brunch Buffet
You can start your Disneyland adventure with a hearty breakfast or brunch buffet at Storytellers Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Mickey’s Tales of Adventure dining includes a lineup of made-to-order omelets, Mickey Waffles, baked goods, and fresh fruit for daily breakfast. On select days, a brunch buffet is also offered with the same offerings as breakfast, with the addition of a rotating menu of lunch items. During your meal, you can enjoy interactions with classic characters like Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip and Dale all dressed up in their adventure gear. As with all character dining, the lineup is subject to change with the exception of the main mouse.
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast is usually served from 7 AM to 11 AM and runs $45 per adult and $26 per child (3-9). Brunch is served on select days only, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM and runs $47 per adult and $26 per child. Reservations are accepted beginning at 60 days prior to arrival, and strongly recommended. Dining at Storytellers Cafe does not require theme park admission or a hotel reservation.
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel &. Spa is a three-course meal combined with an interactive character experience featuring Disney Princesses. While the new character meal operates similarly to other Disney character dining experiences, this offering features new ways to interact with the princesses like storytime with Belle and learning a new language with Pocahontas. The experience also comes with a collectible autograph book and a choice of a character-themed pen to help remember the experience.
The menu features three courses of fanciful dishes inspired by the princesses. Starters include Nutella/banana roll, Tangled ham sandwiches, lobster rolls, kiwi tapioca smoothies, and the delightful Tiana’s beignets. The main course is a buffet featuring the usual offerings for a Disney park or hotel breakfast. Desserts consist of Disney Princess inspired sweets like cake pops, Pocahontas peanut butter tarts, Ariel macarons, and a Mulan firecracker sorbet with cotton candy and pop rocks. The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is available Thursdays through Mondays from 8 AM to 12 PM. The cost is $125 per person adult or child. Reservations are accepted up to 60 days prior to arrival and are highly recommended. Dining at Napa Roses does not require theme park admission or a hotel reservation. You can read our full review of the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures by clicking here.
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