April 7, 2013

Disneyland's Plaza Inn Character Breakfast

This may come as a shock to some of my readers, but we have never done a character dining experience. Okay, so some of you are probably not shocked because you know how cheap thrifty I am with our Disney trips. So then, maybe this next part will shock you- We FINALLY did one on Easter while in Disneyland. Yes, we spent $25 per person to have breakfast.

Want to know if I thought it was worth it? Was the food good? Were the characters plentiful or rare?

We did the Minnie and friends Character Breakfast at the Plaza Inn.

 Now, Minnie herself, obviously not too rare. But let me tell you about the other characters, oh, and about the food.

To start- there was SO MUCH food. Hot foods, pastries, fresh fruit, and so on. Plus, unlike when eating at an IHOP or such, there are free refills on milks for the kids! YAY! (I know some restaurants give free milk refills but many don't.)

The characters were AWESOME! We saw some characters you can catch any day in the park- Minnie, Chip, Dale, Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore. But the interactions with these characters was different. I mean, Disney Daddy was able to challenge Minnie to a staring contest.

Minnie Won
Oh- and let's not forget a photo bomb by Tigger when we were trying to get a picture with Pooh.


But seeing these characters, and even the food, didn't justify to this cheapskate thrifty mama spending this much on a meal.

What did justify the meal was

Fairy Godmother

Max
Rafiki
Not to mention Captain Hook, The White Rabbit, the female mouse from Cinderella (we didn't get her autograph and I can't remember her name right now), and more!

We were able to get almost all of our signatures within 90 minutes! We had seen Goofy and Pluto just before this, and then went and saw Mickey, and we were pretty happy with our autographs by then and could focus on the rides! It was GREAT!

There was a down side- we were so busy getting autographs and taking pictures and interacting with the characters that our food did get a little cold before we finished it. But it was still YUMMY food!

So, even though I am all about saving money on your Disneyland vacation- I completely suggest doing this breakfast. I talked to a lot of cast members and friends, and this was the Disneyland Character Meal that came the most recommended....and we definitely were not disappointed!

Have you experienced a character meal? What did you like or dislike? What rarely seen characters did you get to meet?

16 comments:

  1. Oh man I'm getting so excited for November! I think we just might have to do this!

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    1. Jess- You definitely NEED to do this. It was awesome. and if your child is 2 or under it is free and I think around $17 for children under age 10

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  2. What a great experience! I am sol doing this on our next trip.

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  3. We haven't done a character meal but we are planning on next year! The female mouse's name is Suzie I think...Thanks for sharing your fantastic pics and info!

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  4. Becka, I love these goofy shirt!!!!

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  5. We haven't done a character meal yet, but my sister did and loved it! She said you got lots of one on one time with the characters!

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  6. Sounds like you had an AWESOME time!! There are so many different kinds of character meals to choose from at WDW and we've done quite a few, but the variety of characters you had at this breakfast sounds awesome!! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  7. Forgive me for being being new but where exactly is this in Disneyland and do you think you would need a reservation for midweek in September? We told our little ones we would have a character meal given we will be traveling to Disney on our youngest's 2nd bday. This one would be perfect with those characters!
    Thanks,
    Tammy
    P.S. LOVE all the tips...traveling 30+ hrs with two little boys to get to Disney is going to be an adventure so I LOVE LOVE getting all the little tips to help.

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    1. This is at the Plaza Inn which is located at the end of mainstreet, right next to Tomorrowland. You will need to make reservations, but in september, could do so just a few days in advance and get in. also, good to know breakfasts usually start prior to park opening and it does not use your magic morning entry, so a good way to get in the park earlier

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    2. Apologies for all the typos, bad grammar and lack of capitlization. Not use to replying from my phone. :)

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    4. Thank you SO much. It's so much less stressful when you can go somewhere like Disney with a lot of helpful advice! Do you think you can still get in before hand if you are staying at one of the good neighbor hotels? We were totally going to stay on the resort for the experience but when we saw the difference at the Ramada Main Gate was about $600 cheaper and it came with free parking, breakfast, and fridge/micros it was a done deal. Thanks again for all the advice! Sometimes calling these places to ask a zillion doesn't seem to go so well with two small children :-D

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    5. Yes- you still can get in early. When you call to make the reservation, just pick the earliest time. There is a special entry gate (closest to Downtown Disney when we were there) that says "Character Breakfast". You just enter there. :)

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  8. This is so worth it! And they were very helpful with the food for one of our family members with gluten intolerance & nut allergies. The chef came out to our table, asked what she could & couldn't eat and what she wanted for breakfast. He then brought a beautiful tray of food out to the table himself. It even included GF Mickey waffles! I think the adults had more fun than the kids. Most of them would never wait in line to get a photo, but were thrilled to have the characters come right up to them at breakfast. The cast members are really good. They know exactly how close to get to a timid child & get down on their level to talk to them quietly, something they don't usually have time to do. Best of all, we could concentrate on attractions & shows for the rest of the day instead of waiting in lines.

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  9. We love character meals! I'll have to add this one to my list soon!

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  10. Looks like we have another character meal to add to our list - we haven't hit this one yet.

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