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Meeting Disney characters has never been easier with Disneyland character dining!
I admit, I was a little skeptical of doing a Disneyland character meal because of the cost involved. But let me tell you, after a handful of character meals, I am still going back. It’s a tradition during our family visits and even sometimes I go solo and dine with characters. Let me fill you in on all the details.
Disneyland Resort Character Dining
Instead of thinking of it as a meal or breakfast with character visits, think of it as paying to see the characters, with breakfast included. It’s much easier for me to swallow the price tag when I see it that way. And truly, you are going there to experience the coveted one-on-one time with characters— otherwise you would have just dined anywhere at the Disneyland Resort. See the following articles for detailed reviews on each Disneyland character dining experience:
- Minnie and Friends breakfast buffet at Plaza Inn
- Mickey’s Tales of Adventure breakfast and brunch buffet at Storytellers Café
- Donald Duck’s seaside breakfast buffet at PCH Grill
- Goofy’s kitchen breakfast and dinner buffet options at Disneyland Hotel
Which Disneyland restaurants have character dining?
Four Disneyland Resort restaurants host Disneyland character dining including Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park, Storytellers Cafe at Grand Californian Resort & Spa, PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel and Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel.
Do I need reservations for Disneyland character dining?
Yes, you can make reservations beginning 60 days in advance. Reservations are recommended.
What is the best Disneyland character dining experience?
I love Minnie & Friends—Breakfast in the Park simply because of the vast amount of characters you can meet in one location; I met 12 Disney characters on my last visit. But it also depends on if you want to use park time for your character meal. Minnie and friends breakfast requires theme park admission, while the three other character meal options are outside of the Parks and do not require theme park admission.
If you’re like me and prefer to ride as many rides as possible during your Disneyland vacation, you’ll want to choose a character dining experience at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. This way you’re not wasting any prime time inside the parks. Another thing to consider when choosing the best Disneyland character dining experience is deciding which Disney characters are most important to your group.
Like I mentioned above, when you choose a Disneyland character dining option, you’re getting much more than a meal. You are getting one-on-one time with characters that you won’t get anywhere else. Characters come to your table throughout the meal so you won’t miss a thing!
How much is Disneyland character dining?
Disneyland character dining costs more than regular theme park dining. You’re paying a premium for the one-on-one time with Disney characters. Prices for Disneyland character dining start at around $25 for children.
What Food is Served at Character Dining
Much discussion is based around the food at Disneyland character dining experiences. You’ll find an assortment of food including your standard cold cereals, pastries, eggs, sausage, bacon and more. But you’ll also find a wide selection of made to order food and Disney specialities like custom omelettes, Mickey shaped waffles (gluten-free available upon request), flat breads, specialty drinks and more. Milk, juice, soda, Coffee are all included in your meal price.
Where can I park for Disneyland character dining?
If you’re dining with Minnie and friends at Plaza Inn use regular theme park parking. If you’re dining at one of the Disneyland resort hotels, you can park at that hotels parking lot and get parking validation during your meal. However, remember if you go to the parks after or before your meal you will need to use regular theme park parking.
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Which character dining experiences have you tried at Disneyland Resort—let’s continue the conversation here and on my Facebook page.
Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.