The Plaza Inn in Disneyland can be found on the corner of Main Street and Tomorrowland, but there’s nothing futuristic about it! The Victorian setting features a fun buffet breakfast in the morning (with characters!), and some fantastic counter-service cafeteria-style food in the afternoon and evening (they say the fried chicken is to die for).
The Plaza Inn Breakfast with Minnie and Friends is the only character meal inside Disneyland Park, so it’s a great one to start with if you’re planning to do the day in Disneyland and you’d like to get a hearty breakfast.
On our way inside the restaurant, you’ll pass some cute outdoor seating. It’s primarily used during the lunch and dinner meals, though; most breakfast guests will sit in the opulent indoor dining room with its floor-to-ceiling curtains and crystal sconces and chandeliers.
On our visit, guests were given the chance to take a family photo next to a backdrop prior to heading into the dining room for their meal. This either happens outside on the porch, or inside in the entryway.
Once you step inside the restaurant, you’ll see the lovely Victorian decor found throughout this restaurant. From paintings and artwork to columns and gingerbread details, the place really does look a bit more like a museum than a breakfast buffet!
But, sure enough, you’ll soon be greeted with the standard Disney hot plates and buffet touches that you’re familiar with!
Of course, I haven’t seen a soft drink dispenser like this before…
After being led to your table, you’ll be given the chance to head up to the buffet to fill your plates. But take a moment to see what characters are visiting the restaurant and where they are. You don’t want to miss a visit because you’re at the buffet! If a character is close-by, wait it out until they get to your table (check our our other Disney character dining tips here!)
Disneyland and Disney World differ a bit when it comes to character dining in that at Disneyland, you’re not always sure who you’re going to see. Basically, the groupings of characters don’t always make sense, which I would say is what happened on my visit!
We were thrilled, but a bit confused, to see Tigger, the Fairy Godmother, Rabbit, Minnie, and Captain Hook thrown together at a character meal. It felt all wrong, but seeing so many of our favorite characters in one place was really kind of fun! We had the same experience at Goofy’s Kitchen and really enjoyed it.
Tigger was especially fun on this particular morning. This was one of several poses he struck for my camera!
And he was always happy to dance with his biggest admirers!
The buffet at Minnie’s isn’t large, but the food is good and plentiful.
Guests are asked to take trays, plates, and utensils (usually we don’t find trays at breakfast buffets, but since the Plaza Inn turns into a cafeteria for the rest of the day, it works out well here), then head to the varied buffet pods throughout the main buffet area.
In the cold section, you’ll find fresh fruit, pastries, breakfast breads (my favorite!), and cereal.
Hot cereal is also available, along with biscuits and gravy, french toast and Mickey waffles with lots of fruity toppings, eggs and breakfast meats, and breakfast potatoes. I loved the breakfast potatoes, and the Mickey waffles were, of course, fabulous. The breakfast ham was surprisingly good as well!
I’m always pleased when there’s a make-your-own omelet area, and this Omelet Chef created just about the best omelet I’d ever tasted. Just look at that thing!
For beverages, you can grab milk (chocolate and regular), juices, coffee, and those bronzed soft drinks you saw above!
Here are a few of our plated masterpieces
If you’re visiting Disneyland for the first time, it’s fun to head to the Breakfast with Minnie & Friends. Character dining in the park is not-to-be-missed, and since this is the only place you can do it in the first Disney park ever built, it’s well worth the visit.
The food is quite good, and the characters are diverse and very interactive (read: you may have to wait a bit for them to get to your table, but when they do come over, they’ll stay a while in my experience).
Because Disneyland table-service restaurants aren’t in as high demand as Disney World’s, you’ll find a more relaxed atmosphere here, and that’s always a nice way to enjoy a leisurely breakfast with the characters. You won’t be rushed or see gobs of people staring in the window waiting for your seat. That said, I always recommend making reservations even if they’re not necessarily needed.
When it comes to character meals in Disneyland Resort, I’ll usually choose Storyteller’s Cafe or Goofy’s Kitchen over Minnie’s, but hanging out with your favorite characters right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle is certainly a fun experience.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about The Plaza Inn and the Breakfast with Minnie and Friends! Tell us your experience in the comments section below!