Thursday, February 24, 2011

Plaza Inn

One of the fun things we did on our recent trip to Disneyland was a character breakfast in the park. Many of you might remember last year when we went to the Storytellers Cafe for the Chip n' Dale Critter Breakfast. Well this year we decided to have breakfast at the Victorian-style Plaza Inn with Minnie & Friends, and we were pleasantly surprised.The Plaza Inn is conveniently located inside Disneyland, just off of Main Street U.S.A. (right next to the entrance of Tomorrowland). Our breakfast started at 9:10 AM (just 10 minutes after the park opened) so we had a special entrance to ourselves, complete with Minnie Mouse "Breakfast in the Park" buttons and balloons!When we arrived at the Plaza Inn we were greeted by Brer Fox (a first for me) who is seldom seen in Disneyland. Throughout our buffet-style meal of pancakes, french toast, Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, muffins, pastries, made-to-order omelettes, fruit, juice, and cereal, we met several Disney characters. There was Brer Fox and Minnie Mouse of course, but we also met Captain Hook, the Fairy Godmother, Tigger, Eeyore, Dale (from Chip n' Dale), and Geppetto (also a first for me). Each of the characters spent a lot of time at our table, taking pictures and interacting with the kids.When we were done with breakfast, the rides were just a few steps away from the Plaza Inn. I really liked the Minnie & Friends Character Breakfast because the food was good, there were plenty of characters to meet, and it is conveniently located inside Disneyland. The Storyteller's Cafe is a little cheaper than the Plaza Inn and has a better quality breakfast buffet, but there aren't as many characters, and you have to drive out of your way to get there.Overall if I had to choose, I would probably dine at the Minnie & Friends breakfast again. It was a really fun experience for the adults as well as the kids, and definitely added to the magic of our trip. To make a reservation for one of the Disney character dining experiences please call the Disney dine-line at (714) 781-DINE. Happy eating!

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