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One of my favorite splurges at Disneyland is character dining. I love it! As a budget-minded traveler, it is rare that I would rave about dropping this amount of cash for one meal, but there is more than food that adds value to character dining at Disneyland Resort. I have eaten at every character dining option available at Disneyland, and while I have written (or am currently writing) reviews on each, sometimes it is nice to just have a full list with information to help you decide which one is right for you.
Your Guide to Choosing Character Dining at Disneyland
Today in our Disneyland 101 series we are comparing the different character dining at Disneyland. We covered the in park ones very briefly in the overview and layout of Disneyland Park, but if you are planning to book a character meal, you probably want more in depth information, and to know the options outside of the parks.
Tips For Booking Disneyland Character Dining
Before we review all the character dining options available at Disneyland, I want to share some of my tips for booking your character meals. These tips will help you be prepared with the process and cover some of the most asked Disneyland character dining questions from the Disneyland with Kids Facebook group.
- Character dining can be booked 60 days in advance. This is before the park hours are released. I suggest loosely planning your park days and booking at the 60 day mark, but be sure to cancel any reservations you do not intend to keep.
- You can book character dining at Disneyland via the Disneyland App, on the Disneyland website, or over the phone. The phone number to book character dining at Disneyland is (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. The hours for Disneyland Dining’s phone line is 7 am to 7 pm Pacific Time
- While kids under three will not be charged, you will need to include them in your party’s head count.
- When booking you will be asked for a credit card, but you will not be charged at booking. The credit card guarantee is for if you do not cancel at least 24 hours in advance, or do not show. If you do not show up to your character dining at Disneyland, you may* be charged $10/person. (*I have missed one on accident in September 2018 and was not charged but that doesn’t mean they won’t)
- If you do not see your preferred dining time, keep checking back. Other guests may cancel their reservations, or they may adjust hours for your visit. Also try calling if you do not see openings online.
- Be sure to note any special dietary needs during your booking. Disneyland is great at accommodating food allergies and dietary restrictions, but it helps if you give them a heads up.
- If you book a Character Dining at Disneyland for Plaza Inn during Magic Morning or the first 20-30 minutes of park opening, there is a special entrance gate. Go to the far left and check in with the cast member at the gate. Character Meals during Magic Morning hours will not use your Magic Morning entry.
Disneyland Character Meal Options
Wondering about the different character meals at Disneyland? We got you covered. Below are some quick overviews of all 5 character dining options. For more in depth information be sure to check out my individual reviews.
What Are The Disneyland Character Dining Options:
- Goofy’s Kitchen
- Donald’s Seaside Breakfast
- Mickey’s Tales of Adventure
- Minnie and Friends – Breakfast in the Park
- Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures (beginning March 30, 2019)
Character Dining at Disneyland Hotel: Goofy’s Kitchen
Character Dining at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel: Donald’s Seaside Breakfast
Character Dining at Disneyland’s Grand California: Mickey’s Tales of Adventure
Disneyland Character Dining: Minnie and Friends- Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn
Coming Soon: Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure at Napa Rose
The new Disney Princess character meal is coming to Disneyland Resort March 30th. We do not know much about this Disneyland character dining option, except that it looks to be more of an immersive experience than a typical character meal.
This meal also comes with a hefty price tag of $125. After I got over the sticker shock (remember I am a budget-minded traveler), I booked the experience for opening day so I will add details of this meal after I experience it.
What to consider about Disneyland Character Meals
When deciding if you should do a Disneyland character breakfast (0r dinner) there are a lot of things to consider.
- Time– Character meals take around 90 minutes. Between being seated, getting food, meeting characters, autographs and pictures, you will most likely spend one to two hours in the restaurant. On the flip side, you will save that time, or longer, if you wait in lines to meet all of the characters and getting a quick service meal at some point that day.
- Cost– If you are on a tight budget, or have a large group, character dining is a big financial decision. The cheapest options still average over $30 per adult.
- Benefits– There are some major benefits to character dining. The first is more time to interact with the character. You won’t feel rushed by a line of people behind you.