Heading to Disneyland and wanting to do something special with your group? Make a Disneyland Character Dining reservation that the whole family will love. All the info you need to decide which Disneyland Character Dining is best for you, all the options, costs and how to make a reservation.
We all know that a trip to Disneyland can be a stretch for the budget. Creating those magical memories doesn’t come cheap. And can sometimes be a once in a lifetime trip. So when the trip comes around, we want to make it as magical as possible.
When we plan a magical trip with the whole family or for a special occasion, we want to do something extra fun. And know that it is something we won’t be doing every trip.
Character dining is one of those magical extras that can be totally worth the extra cost. And you can decide what experience works best for your group. It just depends on specific characters you are looking for, location, type of food and how much you want to spend. Disneyland character dining prices range from $35 to $125.
Character Dining has been some of my families favorite memories in the parks. There is no standing in line to meet their favorite characters and they can choose from a large selection what they want to eat. We also tend to do them for birthday celebrations.
Disneyland Character Dining Options
Disneyland has 4 options for character dining. Only 1 location is inside the Disneyland park. You will need to purchase a ticket and make a reservation in order to do this one option.
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Now back to character dining. Let’s take a look at each Disneyland Character Dining Option and see which one might work for you.
Minnie and Friends Breakfast in the Park
Minnie and Friends Breakfast is the only Character Dining option that is in the parks and requires a park ticket and reservation to Disneyland to participate. It’s fun to take a mid morning break and eat with Minnie inside Disneyland. Breakfast is the only option available for character dining at this location.
I prefer getting to the park early and hitting my favorite rides before heading over to Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street for a late breakfast. The breakfast selection is a buffet style menu with many classics like mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy and more.
The cost for this dining option is $34 for adults and $19 for kids (3-9). Kids under 2 can eat for free. Make sure and include all the members of your party when making reservations, even those under 2.
Minnie of course will be visiting guests dining at the Plaza Inn for breakfast. Some of the friends that join Minnie can be Captain Hook, Rafiki, Winnie The Pooh, Fairy God Mother, Chip and Dale and maybe more.
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast is over at the Grand Californian Hotel inside Storyteller’s Cafe. No park ticket is needed for this dining option. They offer character breakfasts as well as brunch on the weekends.
They have a delicious buffet selection with lots of options the whole family will love. Some of our favorites are the mickey waffles, bacon, pastries, and fresh fruit. Along with the buffet selection, guests can order items from a limited menu. We ordered toast, oatmeal and an omelet off the menu.
The cost for Mickey’s Tales of Adventure is $39 for adults and $23 for kids (3-9). Kids under 2 can eat for free. But remember to include them in your reservation.
If seeing Mickey is the number one thing on your list, this is the dining option for you. Joining Mickey you may see his closest pals like Pluto, Minnie, Chip and Dale. Of course characters may change, but Mickey will for sure be there.
Another character dining option that doesn’t require a park ticket is Goofy’s Kitchen. This is located at the Disneyland Hotel just outside the lobby.
Goofy’s kitchen is known for it’s most family friendly menu items. Lots of favorites that picky kids will enjoy. I’ve heard the PB&J pizza is the best! You can do character breakfast or character dinner at Goofy’s kitchen.
For breakfast you can find a buffet of classic breakfast items. They also offer made to order omelets. And at dinner they have a meat carving station and a buffet of salads and pasta as well.
The cost for Goofy’s kitchen is $39 for adults and $23 for kids (3-9). Kids 2 and under eat free, just include them when making reservations.
If you guessed Goofy would be making an appearance at Goofy’s kitchen, you would be right! Other than Goofy, the list of friends stopping by is ever changing. Won’t that make for a fun meal?
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is located at the Grand Californian in Napa Rose. Again, no park reservation is needed for this dining experience.
This is a set 3 course breakfast that pickier eaters might not necessarily love. The first course includes things like pastries, fruit, yogurt and maybe some finger sandwiches. Second course has mac and cheese, sliders, pork belly and more. Finishing off with dessert that are perfect for little hands. Cake pops, macarons and tarts will satisfy any sweet tooth.
The cost for the Princess Breakfast Adventures is $125 per person. This does not include tax or gratuity. You do get 5 hours of complimentary parking at the Grand Californian after dining here.
There is a mix of princesses that visit during your meal. Belle, Tiana, Jasmin, and Mulan are just some of the princess that will entertain guests with stories and autographs. Kids will receive autograph books and pens and have a photograph opportunity at the end of the experience. Adults will get a treat to take with them at the end. Do you like chocolates?
How To Make a Character Dining Reservation
To make a character dining reservation, there are a couple different methods. The first is you can call the character dining number and speak to a cast member to help you make a reservation. The number is (714) 781-3463.
Second, try the Disneyland Website. Click on dining and then find the character dining section. Select the dining option you want and then you can check availability.
Or you can use the Disneyland App and make reservations through that. You can log into your Disney account and click the plus sign at the bottom menu. Select check dining availability and choose your party size and date you are looking for. Then search for the location you are wanting.
Having a hard time making a reservation? Try mousedining.com. You can set up a free account and set up alerts to know if a dining reservation you are looking for becomes available.
Character Dining Discounts
Disneyland Magic Key holders can get 10%-15% off their character dining. Those discounts work for multiple dining options around the Disneyland Resort.
There are so many delicious dining options in the parks and in at the hotels. If you can make character dining work for your party, I say go for it! It’ll be such a fun experience.
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