We are the ultimate Disney fans and have a great love for Disneyland. Our oldest daughter has grown up visiting the park and like my own childhood, some of her most favorite summer vacations and milestones including birthdays and special holidays are celebrated there. Our youngest daughter is just two years old and our most recent visit to Disneyland was the most fun because she was so excited about everything. Every attraction and character encounter was magical. We stayed at the Paradise Pier resort for two nights and had two full days at Disneyland and California Adventure before moving on to our timeshare week at the Carlsbad Inn. Reservations for Disneyland Character Dining at the Plaza Inn for breakfast were extra special because it had us in the park as the gates opened for a full day of fun. My Disneyland Character Dining Plaza Inn Tips include making reservations for the earliest breakfast slot to avoid a wait and having many character experiences in the dining room that feels exclusive to your family.
The last time we dined at the Plaza Inn was when we were the Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes Winner and won the daily VIP experience. Prior to that it was celebrating a birthday in Disneyland when our now eight year old daughter turned four. We’ve had many character dining experiences over the past 10+ years but have always loved the Plaza Inn because of the location in Disneyland. The early start in the park with our breakfast reservation at 7:10 am was intimidating with children but ended up being an excellent decision. Advance reservations are available only during breakfast. Seating for lunch and dinner is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Make advanced reservations for the earliest breakfast time (7:10 weekends, 8:10 weekdays).
By having the first reservation time, there was no wait and we walked right into the Plaza Inn.
Avoid the Disneyland main gate entrance and use the “Character Breakfast” gate instead.
The entrance gates to Disneyland have long lines well before the park opens. Because you have the first reservation for character dining at the Plaza Inn, you will be lining up before the gates are open. Do not line up in the general admission lines. Instead, use the gate labeled “Character Breakfast” directly to the left of the main gates.
Use the Disney PhotoPass and allow the photographers to take your family photos.
Take advantage of the Disney photographers already set up for the best family photos. Otherwise you’ll get wrapped up in the fun and forget to jump behind the camera yourself. At a minimum, make sure you’re handing over your camera to the photographers so you’ll have a few on your family memory card too.
The earliest reservation gave us plenty of extra time with the characters. Little sister was spoiled with so many encounters and had the entire restaurant dining room to run from favorite to favorite. She was so excited when she spotted Eeyore across the room. They hugged, made a breakfast plate together and even sat for a minute sharing Mickey waffles.
Be prepared to eat!
The breakfast buffet has many choices so definitely arrive hungry. French toast, Mickey waffles, pastries, all American options (scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, bacon, biscuits & gravy) and an omelet bar provide something for everyone.
With breakfast on the table, the characters continued to stroll by.
Little sister shared a sweet kiss on the cheek with the Fairy Godmother.
The chipmunks, Cinderella’s mice, Captain Hook, Rafiki and so many more characters came by to say hello.
Take an excessive amount of photos.
I’ll be printing all of our Disneyland character dining Plaza Inn photos for an album because little sister loves looking at herself in pictures and we will cherish these as our daughters continue to grow.
We all had our favorites but the yummy Mickey waffles and watching my girls so excited with the characters were the best part of my day.
Make your reservation for breakfast at the Plaza Inn online or call Disney dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.
Which characters would your children be most excited to see?