The Plaza Inn is such an interesting part of Disneyland’s history. It opened in 1955 as a lounge, and acted as a private space for Walt Disney’s VIP guests. Walt’s wife even picked out a lot of the furnishings. There are so many cool facts about this place, like it’s original name was The Red Wagon Inn! Anyway, present day, The Plaza Inn is a popular restaurant. The decor is Victorian (and super pretty). There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and diners are greeted table-side by characters as they enjoy a breakfast buffet, with items like omlets and Mickey shaped waffles.
The Plaza Inn is located right off of Main Street, before Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and reservations are highly recommended. It’s especially amazing if you’re able to snag a dining time BEFORE the park opens. But keep in mind reservations can’t be secured more than 60 days out, and park admission is required. The cost is $34 per adult, and children under 3 are free.
Before being seated, guests are greeted by Minnie Mouse. There’s a Photopass photographer with her, so be sure you have Maxpass that day. Unfortunately, our Photopass photos somehow got lost in space. I mean, what a bummer. I have no idea what happened, and Disney doesn’t either. They really looked for them too. It was so weird. Lesson learned, though. We’ll be sure to take our own photo and video as a backup during these character interactions. Luckily we did get a few of our own.
There are a couple of things to mention about dining here. The first being the amount of characters. I’ve never been to a character meal where you can easily meet this many. We met 10, which is insane! I’ve read people meeting anywhere from 4-11, so we definitely got the higher end of it. Minnie Mouse is the only guaranteed character, and the rest are a mystery and subject to change. This is who we met:
- Minnie Mouse
- Winnie The Pooh
- Fairy Godmother
- Captain Hook
The character interaction was really good. We always seat Baby A and get her set up with her drink and food first. As we were getting situated some of the characters started coming around. They sat in my seat, and pretended to eat along with Baby A. She fed them, offered them her drink, and was in total heaven. After Mr. ADOL and I took our seats, Baby A kept telling us to get up so the characters could sit down instead. She was too much!
Our table had an awesome view of the Astro Orbiter. So in between characters, Baby A would tell us to take her on the ride.
So like I said the number of characters was wonderful. They were so amazing and spent so much time with Baby A. But the food? It was meh. And I mean that about the food in Disneyland in general – not just this meal. Disneyland’s food simply isn’t on par with Disney World’s. I’ve had so many other meals (especially character breakfasts) in Disney World, and the food is just so much better there. The food here isn’t bad by any means, it’s just not wow.
So would I return? Absolutely. It’s so worth it to meet all the characters in such a short period of time. It really maximized our time in the park.