Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Disneyland Character Meals....Which one should you choose?!?!

Disneyland has 5 character meals. I am going to be talking about all 5 in this blog including current prices. Please note Disney raises their prices usually yearly and prices are subject to change without notices, and food options will probably change. I will try to keep my web site as up to date as possible but I don't think I will come back to this blog and up-date....don't worry I will link the website page on here for you to click on for the latest information.


First up....



Ariel Grotto
Join Ariel and her friends at Ariel’s Grotto for an enchanting Character Dining experience filled with music, laughter, delicious food and the opportunity to meet Disney Princesses during “Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration.”

Location: Paradise Pier, Disney California Adventure Park (administration to the park is required.)
Character: Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora are the typical characters’ scene but only Ariel is guaranteed (also you may see Rapunzel, Tiana, and Belle) Please note usually there are 5 princesses out at each meal.)
Restaurant Info: American/Healthy Selections/Vegetarian,
Character Breakfast $37 per Adult/$22 per child, Character Lunch $42 per Adult/$24 per child
Dinner NON character but World of Color Dinner Package $48.61 per Adult/$27.01 per Child

Annual Passport Discounts: Signature Passport, Premium, Signature Plus Passport: 15%
Annual Passport Discounts: Deluxe, Southern California Select, Southern California Passport: 10%
*Please note: food selections and prices are subject to change these are what they were when we last checked

Breakfast and lunch prices do not have tip and taxes added but dinner prices do. Ariel's Grotto is the only character meal that is NOT a buffet but a 3 course meal brought to your table. Its considered a premium character meal. They have photo pass photographers there and you can either buy the photo package there for an addition $35 or you can have them scan your photo pass (if you bought one, to digitally down load later. )  For more information about Ariel's Grotto check out our website

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Goofy's Kitchen
 

Rub elbows with Goofy and his pals at this winningly whimsical buffet with many inventive culinary surprises.
Location: Disneyland Hotel
Character: Chef Goofy, Su Chef Pluto, Baker Minnie and Waitstaff Chip n Dale
Restaurant Info: American/Healthy Selections/Vegetarian, Breakfast./Brunch/Dinner, 
Brunch Price $35 per Adult/$21 per Child, Dinner Price $39 per Adult/$23 per child

Annual Passport Discounts: Signature Passport, Premium, Signature Plus Passport: 15%
Annual Passport Discounts: Deluxe, Southern California Select, Southern California Passport: 10%
*Please note: food selections and prices are subject to change these are what they were when we last checked

Goofy's Kitchen is also considered a premium Character dining experience. This place boost the best food, and my son seems to agree but its very child friendly food, ie: their famous peanut butter and Jelly Pizza, or Mac and cheese Pizza. They also have a photo pass opportunity where you can buy the photos there for $35 or if you have the photo pass you can have them added to your pass. For more information about Goofy's Kitchen, please click here.

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 Plaza Inn

 

Drop “inn” for hearty American fare the whole family will love and a lively Character Breakfast with some favorite Disney friends.

Location: Main Street, Disneyland Park (admission to the park required)
Character: Minnie for sure, usually Chip N Dale, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Hook, rare but can also be scene Pluto, Eeyore, Rafiki, White Rabbit, Br'er Fox, Honest John
Restaurant Info: American/Healthy Selections/Vegetarian, 
Breakfast Price $32 per Adult/$18 per Child 
*please note that for lunch and dinner this place turns into a famous quick service place with no characters. 

Annual Passport Discounts: Signature Passport, Premium, Signature Plus Passport: 15%
Annual Passport Discounts: Deluxe, Southern California Select, Southern California Passport: 10%
*Please note: food selections and prices are subject to change these are what they were when we last checked

If you want to see the most diverse characters, this is the place to eat at. Also, it is the cheapest character meal.  They also have a photo pass opportunity where you can buy the photos there for $35 or if you have the photo pass you can have them added to your pass. For more information about Minnie's Breakfast at the Plaza Inn, please click here. 

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Disney's PCH Grill

 

Meet beloved Disney Characters at a tasty breakfast buffet—and then savor bonfire-inspired dishes when you come for dinner.

Location: Paradise Pier Hotel
Character: Mickey, Minnie, Stitch, Pluto, Daisy (sometimes Donald) 
Restaurant Info: Restaurant Info: American, Vegetarian,
Breakfast Price: $35 per Adult/ $21 per child
*note they do have a dinner buffet at this restaurant too but there are no characters for dinner.

Annual Passport Discounts: Signature Passport, Premium, Signature Plus Passport: 15%
Annual Passport Discounts: Deluxe, Southern California Select, Southern California Passport:

The only character meal where you get to meet Mickey. Also, you seem to get the most character interaction at this dining location. They also have a photo pass opportunity where you can buy the photos there for $35 or if you have the photo pass you can have them added it to your pass. For more information about Surf Up Mickey's Breakfast, click here. 
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Storytellers Cafe

Classic California folklore comes to life at this casual eatery featuring hand-painted murals, a cozy fireplace and à la carte cuisine.
Location: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Character: Chip N Dale then hard to find woodland critters such as Brother Bear Kenai and Koda, Meeko, Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear
Restaurant Info: American/Healthy Selections/Vegetarian, 
Breakfast price: $33 per Adult/$19 per Child

Annual Passport Discounts: Signature Passport, Premium, Signature Plus Passport: 15%
Annual Passport Discounts: Deluxe, Southern California Select, Southern California Passport: 10%
*Please note: food selections and prices are subject to change these are what they were when we last checked,
 Meet unusual hardly scene characters at Chip N Dale's Critter Breakfast.  This is the only character dining package where there is no photographer taking photos and selling them to you. This can be scene as a plus or minus. For more information about Storyteller Cafe, click here
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To wrap up this hopefully short yet easy to learn about character dining experience at Disneyland, I want to talk to you about the per-paid dining option Disney offers you when you book a vacation. (RMH Travel always offers it on their quotes for all clients, if you would like a free no obligation quote, please click here. ) The price for these dining options are $38 for an adult and $22 for child for their regular Dining and $48 for an adult and $28 for child for their premium character meals. When you just glance at the prices, you may say that this isn't a good deal, but you have to remember these prices include tax and tip where as I did not include them for the restaurants because tipping is a personal choice with a big window.  With that said if you tip over 16% then buying these per-purchased vouchers  would be a savings except...for Goofy's Kitchen Breakfast, even if you tipped at 20% you will be loosing $3.20 per adult ticket and $1 per child's ticket. For Ariel's Grotto Breakfast you break about even at tipping at 20%, and with all the others you have a great savings. Getting the vouchers and eating at Mickey's Surfs Up Breakfast would actually give you the greatest savings, followed by dinner at Ariel's Grotto.  
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