If you like your morning coffee with a side of extreme adorableness and enjoy dining in the company of your favorite Disney friends, then Plaza Inn is exactly where you need to be on your next trip to Disneyland Park. Nestled at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., Minnie & Friends–Breakfast in the Park takes place in the gorgeously-themed-in-all-of-its-Victorian-glory Plaza Inn. One would never guess the amount of beauty that exists in that restaurant just by strolling by. From the curtains to the chandeliers, the atmosphere is beyond elegant and made my family feel like Minnie’s honored and esteemed guests–because, well, we were, obviously. I mean, Minnie herself gestured it to us, so it has to be fact, right?
Surprising no one at all, the breakfast magic started before we even physically stepped foot inside the restaurant. We had reservations for 9:00 am, but we were in the park at 8:00 am and ready to eat, so while the rest of my family was off exploring a galaxy far away on Star Tours, my two-year-old princess and I took a walk over to Plaza Inn to see if Minnie could accommodate us at an earlier seating time. As I inquired about this earlier seating time, which they were more than happy to help us with, Minnie was waving lovingly at my daughter from the porch and even ran up to her for some pre-breakfast snuggles during the check-in process.
Once I gathered the rest of my party, we were greeted by Rafiki and led to the magical PhotoPass photographers who were happily waiting to preserve our family breakfast memory for all eternity.
After posing with Disney’s favorite baboon and paying for the awesomeness we were about to behold (I really love that the payment is taken care of before the meal instead of after), we were handed special buttons and led to our table by Minnie Mouse. She even pulled out our chairs for us! Minnie Mouse is full of class and hospitality.
From this moment on, the buffet and the idea of food were completely meaningless because the parade of characters began and continued, bringing one magical interaction after another, and it never stopped the entire time we were there. You guys, I can barely remember what I ate that morning other than it was something incredibly delicious. What I do know is that breakfast with Minnie and her entourage of Disney friends was worth every cent I paid for it. I’m even bold enough to say that this was by far the best Character Dining experience I have ever had in my life at any Disney Park. Seriously, people, they had me at Minnie Mouse snuggles before I even walked through the door, which is why I handed them my entire wallet and came to terms that it was “game over” for me. Come on! How would I top this for the next four days? I wouldn’t, that’s how!
We met and interacted with Minnie Mouse, Max, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Cinderella’s mouse friend Suzy, Captain Hook, Eeyore, Tigger, Rafiki, Chip, Dale, and Pluto. That’s eleven different Disney friends. For a Character Dining experience, that’s unheard of, and the variety of characters was amazing! There were also a few other characters that we saw in passing but never made it to our table. What made this experience even more special was that each character took time to interact with every Guest multiple times. My daughter danced several times with Minnie, Rafiki, and other furry friends. Minnie Mouse led both of my children to the buffet when she noticed they weren’t eating very much. And my favorite memory of all was when my daughter got upset and Minnie Mouse raced over to our table to comfort her. They shared kisses and cuddles and Minnie even played a few rounds of patty cake with her. It was beyond adorable and Disney magic at its best! My five-year-old had the time of his life heckling Captain Hook with Tick-Tock Croc sounds and even tried to “sword” fight him with a cheese danish of all things–who wants to join that Pirates League? I do! Yo ho pastries away!
Sure, the food may be arguably better at other dining locations because honestly, the food at Minnie’s consists of your standard breakfast buffet offerings featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, omelets, Mickey waffles, etc., all delicious of course, but nothing spectacular like bananas foster French toast or anything. However, what sets the Minnie & Friends breakfast apart is the endless interaction with the characters and the variety of the characters. The memories we have from this breakfast will be forever embedded in my heart.
Three generations of fans having breakfast with Disney’s finest character friends. It was the highlight of our trip. Please don’t hesitate on this experience. I promise you, it’s worth its weight in Mickey Bars.