Over the break our family decided to take an impromptu trip to Disneyland. The Tiny Dancer is a huge fan of Mickey and his crew and we wanted to spend some quality time so we thought we’d drive down to Anaheim for a quick trip. Ali and I used to take annual trips before the Tiny Dancer arrived but once we started taking her the way we approach the park is very different. We used to focus on going on as many rides as we could but now we focus on what the little one wants. Her favorites are meeting the characters, watching the parade and going on the kiddie rides. We knew going during the holidays would be super-busy but we still managed to do everything we wanted to do. I prefer going in the summer when the park is a little less crowded but there’s something about Disneyland during the holidays – it gets transformed into a winter wonderland.
Now that the Tiny Dancer is older I wanted her to experience breakfast with the characters but I thought you could only experience that if you stayed in one of the Disney resorts which are very, very expensive. Since staying at a Disney hotel was out of our budget, I thought we didn’t have any other options but thankfully I was wrong. On the last day of our last trip to Disneyland last summer I noticed that the Plaza Inn had a breakfast with characters so I was determined to make it happen for the Tiny Dancer this time around.
I did some research and found out my answers so I thought I would share them with you. You and your family can have “Minnie and Friends – Breakfast in the Park” at the Plaza Inn at Disneyland. If you want to guarantee a seat you should definitely make a reservation for priority seating by calling ahead at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.
Our reservation was for 8 A.M. and they recommended getting there about five minutes early. Since the park opens at 8 A.M. you can go through a special entrance that is open earlier. We made it into the park early and once the park opened we were seated within seconds. The Tiny Dancer didn’t have to pay because she was under 3 years of age but my husband and I had to pay $23.99 each. That cost got us a buffet breakfast, three Minnie Mouse Plaza Inn pins (one for each of us), and the joy of seeing the Tiny Dancer so happy to see her favorite Disney characters. It’s a bit pricey, but everything is at Disneyland and it’s one of those gems that is worth it. I think we’ll be having breakfast with Minnie and Friends in the park as long as the Tiny Dancer gets this excited about it…