We love meeting Disney characters and Disneyland has wonderful character interactions. On our previous trip we met 14 characters in one day (in addition to attractions and seeing Paint The Night) which was amazing. Now we have a new goal of trying to find less common characters whenever we visit the Disney Parks. When researching character dining options for our trip to Disneyland one option stood out: Plaza Inn breakfast.
Minnie and Friends Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn is different than any character dining we have ever done in the past. At this character meal you can meet Minnie (obviously), but other than that it is a hodgepodge of characters which was amazing.
Plaza Inn is located inside Disneyland park near Tomorrowland. There is indoor, outdoor porch, and patio seating. The patio has a mix of tables most of which seemed to have umbrellas. We were seated on the covered porch near a set of stairs to the patio and an entrance to the buffet.
Our table allowed us to see a lot of characters as they started the rounds of the outdoor area, but was a challenge since getting a picture without someone with their food was not always easy.
Plaza Inn only takes advanced dining reservations for breakfast. These reservations can be made 60 days prior to your planned day at the parks. If you would like to dine there for lunch or dinner, it is a quick-service restaurant with no characters.
The breakfast is served at buffet stations. There was a little bit of everything available: country fried steak, biscuits and gravy, made to order eggs and omelettes, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, cereal, french toast, and Mickey waffles.
We took turns obtaining our breakfast since you never knew who would arrive at your table at any moment. That way Elizabeth and a parent were always ready to meet a character and get some photos.
Mr. Smart Mouse thought the lines for certain stations were long, but I didn’t encounter the same issue.
There was milk, juice, coffee and tea to choose from for drinks. And the coffee was actually decent (not exactly a ringing endorsement, but better than the brown water I expected).
Buffets make me nervous with Elizabeth’s food allergy (read more about food allergies at Disney parks), but the chef came out to consult with us right after we were seated. We have had mixed experiences with chef availability at buffets at Disney World. After discussing the available options the chef went and made a plate for Elizabeth. Unfortunately, the glorious Mickey waffles were a no-go for Elizabeth since they had some cornmeal in the batter. She didn’t seem to mind as she ate several hard boiled eggs, a ton of bacon and what seemed like half a watermelon.
First a disclaimer. Other than Minnie Mouse there are no guarantees of which characters you will meet on a given day. The surprise is part of the fun!
A trusted shaman of the pride lands. You might recognize Rafiki from when he presents Simba as a cub to all the animals in The Lion King.
One of Cinderella’s mouse friends.
This friend of Winnie-the-Pooh’s was less downer and more adorable than I had expected. He was very shy, but sweet when interacting with us.
This classic character was also very friendly.
Tigger never disappoints with his exuberance!
As perky and kind as you would expect. Minnie was simply adorable when she came to our table.
Weirdly we saw Dale, but not Chip during our breakfast.
Hook was my personal favorite at our breakfast. Elizabeth was wearing my super sparkly silver ears. A pirate through and through, Hook took the ears to examine their worth. He even tried them on, but eventually returned them.
We had to wait awhile for Fairy Godmother to make her way to our table. She had slowly walked around the patio tables and we were about to give up when she finally stopped over.
I really wanted to meet Pinocchio. I had never seen a meeting opportunity with him before at Disney World or Disneyland. He never made his way outside at all, but I spied him while getting my food. At the very end of our meal I finally asked a cast member if Pinocchio would be out to meet us. Instead she asked us to come inside and Pinocchio met with us near the food lines. Although not the most ideal location I truly appreciated the cast member helping us! After we met him (and others were shooed away) we left Plaza Inn.
Of all the character meals we have done over the years this was definitely one of our favorites. Although you don’t necessarily know who will be meeting you during breakfast (other than Minnie) this was the highest number of characters we have ever met at a meal, smashing the previous record of 5 princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Disney World.
This breakfast provides a great value since we saw 10 characters in about 90 minutes and ate our fill. The price when we went was $32 per adult and $18 per child for the all you can eat breakfast. The breakfast was fine, plentiful and safe for Elizabeth so I have no complaints. If you are looking for a gourmet meal this isn’t the place.
As usual, the character interactions were amazing. Everyone was very kind and some really went above and beyond (I’m talking to you, Hook). In fact, Elizabeth asked each character if they would pose solo so she could take her own picture of them. Everyone she asked happily posed. And again Hook killed it by twisting his mustache after looking in the window glass to make sure he looked good.
If you want an inexpensive option to meet a lot of characters in a short time frame this is absolutely for you. I only wish Disney World had something as amazing! This Disneyland Minnie and friends breakfast is one of the best character meals I have ever done.
If you are ready to make your reservation or find out more about Plaza Inn breakfast with Minnie head over to the Disneyland website.
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I was in no way compensated for this review.