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We had a wonderful time at the Plaza Inn for Minnie and Friends, Breakfast in the Park. When we were planning our trip to Disneyland, I was excited to find out that the park had a character breakfast that allowed you to meet approximately eight characters in one dining experience. Yay!
As Walt Disney World vets, we were used to meeting a number closer to five at once. When I read that the characters are not guaranteed, that you had no idea who may show up, well, I knew this was a character meal we needed to try. So at exactly 60 days out, the reservation window at Disneyland (WDW’s is 180 days), I easily booked us an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) for a pre-opening character breakfast at Plaza Inn.
Some Things We Learned
First, I don’t know if it was a weird fluke because of the timing of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but we did not need that ADR. At the time of our trip, we kind of stumbled into the reservation period for the new land. Disneyland vets say that the reservation period for Galaxy’s Edge caused the parks to be unusually not busy. If you’re planning a trip, and you know you want to go, I would still make the ADR. But if for some reason you don’t make the ADR, and you discover you’d like to try it, I’d definitely check to see if they have a table. During our trip, you would’ve easily had a table.
Click here to read more about our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experience.
Second, you will probably have multiple chances to meet the characters multiple times if you wish. Again, it will depend on how busy they are. We weren’t used to having all this time with the characters. At WDW, you have to be careful that you don’t miss one when they are busy. Plus, when you’re finished at WDW, they are ready to turn over that table, and rightly so.
And here is just something odd from our experience. The breakfast is named for Minnie Mouse, and you meet her outside before you’re seated. We met her, and I could’ve sworn I took pictures with my camera as well, but I don’t have any pictures at Plaza Inn with Minnie. At all. I don’t know what I did. Ha! At least she’s a popular character that we’ve had the chance to meet many times.
The restaurant itself is beautiful. It’s nice and pink, very appropriate for Minnie Mouse. You could be seated outside, but during our visit, the morning was chilly and overcast. I was glad to be inside.
I don’t remember feeling rushed at the time, but looking back at my pictures, I realized I didn’t make a lot of time to take pictures of the buffet stations or our food.
Once inside, the server explained the stations and showed us to our table. Right away, Captain Hook was ready for us. He was ready to have breakfast with us, so he had a seat.
After our chat with Hook, we went for the food. They had so many choices. I really can’t think of any typical breakfast food that wasn’t there. Of course, you have to have some Mickey waffles.
They didn’t have scrambled eggs on the buffet, but they had a create-your-own-omelet station with a chef. Kristin loves scrambled eggs, and he was happy to make them for her. I think she went to the omelet station three times. I ordered an omelet, and it was yummy!
As we ate, the characters just kept coming. So fun! Here is the Fairy Godmother.
We met so many characters we’ve never met before. In fact, that was true about Disneyland in general. Here is Max.
Of course, we brought our autograph book. We just added to our WDW one. Here’s a tip–bring a clickable Sharpie for them to sign with. Also, leave your book on the table, and mark the next available page with the Sharpie. Then the character (or you) can open your book right to the spot to sign. Here is Eeyore.
We met Rafiki.
And last, but not least, Pooh.
Should You Have Breakfast at Plaza Inn?
If you love Disney and love meeting the characters, I think you’d enjoy this experience. The breakfast is good, but it’s not so wonderful that you would want to eat there just for the food. The characters seem to enjoy interacting with you, and you’ll get plenty of time with them.
I hear they also have a great dinner with fried chicken, but there are no characters available in the evening.
After breakfast, we were ready to continue exploring the park.
People were arriving at the park, but it still wasn’t very busy yet. Not by WDW standards in June, to be sure! We had a great time, and I would recommend this character breakfast to anyone who loves characters.
That restaurant is so pretty! Disney always does such a great job with their characters and what child doesn’t love meeting them!
What a fun way to spend a Disney morning!!
Looks like such a fun meal! I used to work at Disneyland and miss being there every day. I can’t wait for it to open back up, I still live less than 3 miles away and can’t wait to go back.
How cool to work there, and you live so close. I hope you can go back soon!
I may book this next time if we get the dining plan!
That would be cool! Just don’t forget this is in Disneyland in California. 🙂
The restaurant itself is lovely. And, my kids would love to meet all of those characters. Definitely something to think about for the next trip!
That’d be lots of fun having a Minnie & Friends breakfast. We used to watched the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my granddaughter.
We have not made it to Disneyland yet but are all of those characters at the same breakfast?
Yes, they were! It’s a crazy character meal!
Every blog post I read on Disney gets me excited to go visit. Thanks for sharing!
As a Disney fan, it’ll be a wonderful experience to dine and interact with Disney characters. Lucky that you got to be with a lot of characters in one dining.
What a fun experience! I’d love meeting Disney characters too.
Thanks for the pro- tips on how to plan and catch characters. Your girls looked like they had a blast!
Character dining experiences are so much fun!
Thank you for sharing how many days out one needs to book the breakfast. I wonder how many people miss out because they are not withing the timeline.
This looks like such a great idea! We did the breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle and it was worth every penny! Being able to see a lot of princesses in one place, and not have to stand in line throughout the park, made a huge difference! I’ll have to keep this one in mind next time we head to Disney.
Looks like a magical experience at Disney! The character breakfast looks like a lot of fun for the littles!
I know your daughter loved this. Our daughter loved the character meals when we visited a few years ago.
That does seem like a mixed bag of characters. Kind of strange for Disney not to have solid theming on this one. Looks like fun nonetheless 🙂