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Breakfast with Minnie & Friends

Breakfast with Minnie & Friends is the only character dining option within Disneyland Park. It’s located at the Plaza Inn restaurant just off Main St. They are most famous for their Fried Chicken Dinner, which is fabulous, but the breakfast buffet is fantastic in its own right.

After checking in with your reservation, yes you should make one, they immediately take pictures of your group. The pictures will be printed and placed into a keepsake portfolio that you may purchase during your meal. You can decline having the picture taken if you want. After pictures you are taken to a cashier to pay and then it’s off to your table. Our host also gave us a little mini-tour of the buffet before taking us to our seats. I have a few food allergies, which I mentioned at check-in, and as soon as we sat down I was told that the chef would come out to talk to me. The chef came out right away to let me know what was safe to eat and what I needed to avoid in the buffet lines. She also offered to make me a special fruit plate, since one of my allergies is pineapple, to ensure that the fruit I ate hadn’t come into any contact with pineapple, as it’s all together in the buffet.

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My special allergy-free fruit plate

The breakfast is served via several different buffet stations. On the day we attended they had the following items to choose from: Mickey waffles, pancakes, French Toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, chicken fried steak, biscuits & gravy, country potatoes, an omelet station, bacon, ham, sausage, oatmeal, cold cereals, fresh fruit, fruit toppings, jello, yogurt parfaits, and a variety of small pastries. They also have a self serve drink counter with soda, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice, apple juice, milk, chocolate milk, and water.

We tried a little of everything they had to offer and the food was all good. The bacon was a little too limp for my taste, and some of the pastries were dry, but other than that I have no complaints at all about the food. My two favorite items from the buffet were the Biscuits & Gravy and the Mickey Waffles. This time I chose to just have blueberries with my waffles, but the caramel banana sauce that they offer with them is phenomenal.

When dining out the food is extremely important, but with a character breakfast the experience is what you’re really paying for. There was no disappointment here in regards to the food or the character interactions. If you’re looking for the dining experience with the most variety of characters then this is the one for you. We were there for about an hour and a half, and in that time there were very few moments when there wasn’t a character at our table, or at least close in proximity. The characters there that morning were: Minnie (of course), Rafiki, Captain Hook, Tigger, Eeyore, Chip, Dale, Gideon, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, and a Mary Poppins Penguin. They all spent a lot of time at each table while we were there. Each character came through the dining room at least twice, sometimes more, and they were extremely playful with kids and adults alike. In fact, I need to go back to take more pictures of the food, as we were so overwhelmed by character interactions that I forgot to take pictures of all the edible items. Definitely not a bad thing.

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and recommend it as the best character breakfast at the Disneyland Resort, in terms of both food and variety of characters. Though a couple of the other buffets have a better variety of food, the extra characters here bump it up to best as far a character dining for me. If you’ve eaten at the Minnie & Friends breakfast, let us know your experience. Be sure to check the Disneyland website for current prices and to make your reservation.

Enjoy and Happy Eating!!

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Chip didn’t want Donald in the picture.

 

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Steakhouse 55 Breakfast Review

 

Steakhouse 55 is a fine dining restaurant located on the ground floor of the Disneyland Hotel. We had all of our dinner reservations booked, but really wanted to try out this restaurant, so we opted to have breakfast there. Best Disney dining decision I’ve ever made.

The restaurant décor is classic and truly elegant. Once you step into the dining room it’s like being transported back in time to the chic Old Hollywood restaurants of the past. The name honors the special year of 1955, when we welcomed Disneyland Park, as well as the Mickey Mouse Club into existence. A special year in Disney history that fits this special eatery to perfection.

They serve breakfast from seven to eleven each morning and dinner from five to eleven every night. An Afternoon Tea service has been recently added, and it has become very popular, often booking a couple of months in advance. I highly recommend you get a reservation when you plan to eat here, but if you forget to do so, they are usually able to accommodate some walk in patrons, though you will likely have a wait. No need to worry, though, the restaurant has an elegant lounge out front where you can partake of a cocktail while awaiting your table. Or, if you prefer, you can have a light meal there.

This was my first time eating at Steakhouse 55, so I’ve only experienced breakfast here so far, but I plan to try everything they have to offer, as it has become one of my all time favorite Disney dining establishments. I truly can’t recommend it highly enough.

Pictures below menus.

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Main Menu:

Entrées

French Toast

Thick-cut French Toast dipped in Eggs, Cream, Vanilla, and Powdered Sugar served with warm Bananas Foster or warm Berries
$14.00

Mickey-shaped Waffles

served with Maple Syrup and your choice of warm Bananas Foster or Warm Berries and Bacon or Sausage
$16.00

Buttermilk Stack

Steaming Buttermilk Pancakes piled high served with Whipped Butter and Warm Bananas Foster or Warm Berries
$12.00

Egg’s Benedict

Two Eggs, expertly Poached atop Canadian Bacon and an English Muffin served with Hollandaise Sauce and choice of Fresh-cut Fruit or Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
$16.00

American Breakfast

Two Eggs any style with Ham, Bacon, or Sausage served with Toast or Bagel and choice of Fresh-cut Fruit or Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
$15.00

New York Steak and Eggs

A juicy 7-ounce Certified Angus Steak with two Farm-fresh Eggs any style served with Toast or Bagel and choice of Fresh-cut Fruit or Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
$20.00

Build-Your-Own-Omelette

Choice of three: Cheese, Bacon, Sausage, Mushroom, Ham, Avocado, Tomato, Onion, or Roasted Peppers served with Toast or Bagel and choice of Fresh-cut Fruit or Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
$15.00

Two Times Four

Two slices of French Toast or two Pancakes, two Eggs any style, plus two Strips of Bacon and two Links of Sausage and choice of Fresh-cut Fruit or Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
$16.00

Huevos Rancheros

Two Eggs, Corn Tortillas, Cheese, and Black Beans served with Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, and Sour Cream
$14.00

Sunrise Burrito

Scrambled Eggs, Chorizo, Potatoes and Cheese in a Flour Tortilla with Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, and Sour Cream on the side
$14.00

 

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Amazing Eggs Benedict

This was the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. Cooked just as ordered, which you often don’t get when ordering the eggs well done. The Hollandaise Sauce was the perfect consistency and didn’t have an overwhelming lemon flavor like so many do at other restaurants. The potatoes were also perfectly cooked with just the right amount of flavoring from the peppers and onions to give it a nice zesty flavor that didn’t overpower.

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New York Steak and Eggs

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American Breakfast

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Fun dessert our waiter brought us. Clearly he raided Goofy’s Kitchen next door.

Healthy Harmonies Entrées:

Egg White Omelette

Egg Whites with Mushroom, Tomato, Onion, and Peppers served with Toast or Bagel
$15.00

Seasonal Fruits with Yogurt

Fresh Fruit Cocktail or a Grapefruit Half
$10.00

Kellogg’s® Cereals

Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Mini-Wheats, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Special K, or Corn Flakes served with Sliced Banana or Strawberries
$9.00

Granola

Rolled Oats with Sliced Almonds served with Sliced Bananas or Strawberries
$9.00

Oatmeal

Oatmeal served with Brown Sugar, Raisins, and Sliced Bananas or Strawberries
$10.00

Smoked Salmon and Bagel

Dill Cream Cheese and traditional accompaniment
$14.00
 

Kids’ Mickey Check Meals

 Kids’ Mickey Check Meal – Fresh Harvest Fruit Plate
served with Lowfat Yogurt and Bran Muffin. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitutions
 $9.00
 Kids’ Mickey Check Meal – Junior Scramble
Scrambled Eggs with Turkey Bacon, Potatoes, and fresh Fruit. Choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani® Water. Meets Disney Nutrition Guidelines for Complete Meals without substitutions
 $9.00

Kids’ Meals

Whole-Grain Mickey-shaped Pancake

served with a side of fresh Fruit and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, Small Minute Maid® Juice, or Small Nesquik® Chocolate Milk

$9.00

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Uncle Walt – One of those famous pics where the cigarette has been removed.

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Beautiful and Classic!

 

 

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PCH Grill Surf’s Up Character Breakfast

 

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This was my first time eating at the Surf’s Up character breakfast and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. The Surf’s Up breakfast takes place daily at the PCH Grill restaurant located within the Paradise Pier Hotel. The breakfast is served buffet style and on the day we attended they had the following items to choose from: Mickey waffles, Mickey pancakes, banana-caramel French toast, flatbread pizzas, scrambled eggs, hash browns, beef chilaquiles, smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, an omelet station, crisp bacon, sausage, oatmeal, cold cereals, fresh fruit, and a variety of small pastries. In addition, they had a choice of two different smoothies within the buffet and from your waiter you can get coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice, apple juice, milk, and water.

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Between me and my two dining companions, we tried a little of everything they had to offer and the food was all quite good. It’s always nice when you have a made-to-order omelet option that offers egg whites/substitute, as well as the traditional. At that station they’ll also make you scrambled eggs with any of the omelet add-ons you would like. My two favorite items from the buffet were the Apple Cantaloupe Smoothie and the Caramel Banana French Toast. Yes, I have a sweet tooth.

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When you go out to eat, the food and service is important, but with a character breakfast the experience is what you’re really paying for. I have to say I was a little disappointed by the show/characters. When you first arrive you will have your picture taken with Mickey Mouse dressed as a lifeguard. We were seated at our table right after our photo op and our waiter stopped by immediately to take our drink order. As soon as we got back from our first trip to the buffet, our drinks had arrived and the characters were just beginning to make their rounds.

We were there about an hour and a half and in that time, not including the original photo with Mickey, there were three characters in the restaurant. First through was Pluto, followed closely by Stitch. After that there were no characters for a really long time. I guess the people at the table behind us complained, as they were seated after us and after Pluto & Stitch came through, because a manager came over and spoke with them about the lack of characters and then brought Minnie Mouse directly to their table. After that Stitch made one more pass through the restaurant, but that was all the character interaction we saw. They play a little surf music occasionally and I believe it’s supposed to be a time for the characters and kids to dance, but I walked over to try to take a picture and there were no characters out there at the time, just a few kids dancing. I’m not sure what characters are usually at the breakfast or if our experience was the norm. If you’ve eaten at the Surf’s Up Breakfast recently, let us know your experience. In spite of the few and far between character interactions, I enjoyed the meal. Be sure to check the Disneyland website for current prices and to make your reservation.

Enjoy and Happy Eating!!

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With the announcement that Big Thunder Ranch will be closing in January 2016, I felt compelled to honor this wonderful and often overlooked area of Disneyland.

 

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Any tribute to Big Thunder Ranch, needs to start with the BBQ. I’m not a big fan of ribs or beans, but I LoVe them here. This is a meal that will truly be missed by me and my family. The one thing I’ve never had there is dessert, since I’m always too full after all-you-can-eat BBQ. Will rectify that in Sept, as I’ve booked a reservation where we can have just dessert later in the evening.

 

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Big Thunder Ranch is also the best place to enjoy each of the holiday seasons. It’s rarely crowded and has some of the best entertainment and character interactions you can find anywhere in the parks.

 

Since we’re in the 60th Anniversary Celebration year, let’s start with that. They really did it up for the official birthday and cupcake distribution.

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Halloween Time Always a Great Time!!

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Disneyland 60th Anniversary Merchandise

 

So many goodies to choose from. Here is just a small sampling of the items available for purchase. What have you gotten so far? Did anything you wanted sell out?

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What’s your favorite souvenir from the new 60th Anniversary Celebration?

 

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Goofy’s Kitchen is a not to be missed dining destination for kids of all ages, even the adult ones. This fun restaurant located at the Disneyland Hotel offers a character buffet for either breakfast or dinner. Regardless of the meal time you choose there are five stations offering a variety of foods that should find something to please everyone in your party. Though the menu changes daily, for breakfast you can expect some variation of made-to-order omelets, Mickey Mouse waffles and pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, a variety of egg options, smoked salmon, pastries, fruit, and their signature peanut butter and jelly pizza. For dinner you will find the return of the peanut butter and jelly pizza, as well as some heartier foods including a couple of carving station meats, fresh fish of the day, a variety of fruits and vegetables, a salad bar which includes some tossed salads, as well as make your own options, hot dogs, soup, pasta, rolls & butter, several pizzas, mac & cheese, even on a pizza, chicken nuggets, mashed & scalloped potatoes, and a large variety of desserts including an ice cream bar, bread pudding, fruit cobbler, and several choices of small mousses, tarts, cupcakes, and cookies.

I have only eaten at Goofy’s kitchen twice and both times were for dinner, so I can’t speak personally to the quality and taste of the breakfast buffet. If  you’ve had the breakfast there, please let us know in the comments your thoughts about the food offered then. For the dinner buffet I took a little of everything, between the two visits, and I can say that most of the food is quite good. There were a couple of exceptions to that, however. Both times the beef at the carving station was so tough as to be completely inedible and the scalloped potatoes are extremely salty. Those are the only two problems I found with the food, though, and considering all of the options you have it’s easy to just skip those items and still have a very full and satisfying meal. I can highly recommend the mashed potatoes, fruit & salad bars, chicken nuggets, almost everything in the dessert station, and, of course, the peanut butter and jelly pizza.

Though the food is very good for the most part, it is really the secondary piece to this dining experience, as most people are really there for the entertainment and character interactions. After you check-in for your reservation, and yes you really need to make a reservation, you will be guided to the waiting area for your table to become available. You can either just sit and wait or partake of the opportunity to have your picture taken with Chef Goofy. We’ve always been seated either right on time for our reservation or early, so I must commend the check-in staff for their organization and efficiency. Not sure if that is the experience of everyone, but it has been mine each time. Once seated our server has come to the table almost immediately to take our drink orders and then it’s off to the buffet to make our food choices. Of course it’s all you can eat, so you can go back as many times as you like. I tend to do one station at a time, and make a visit to each of them separately.

After you re-take your seat you can expect the real fun to begin. The characters have a fun little dance party parade through the restaurant every half hour or so. You will be expected to participate my spinning your napkin in the air and if you’ve been there a lot feel free to sing along. I’ll try to add a video of the parade to this post later. Depending on when you arrive you may experience the parade first or personal visits from the characters. Each of the characters will make their way around the restaurant. There’s no need to get up and disrupt your meal when you see your favorite on the floor, as each will stop at your table for a visit. Often times more than once. Each time I’ve eaten there it has been the same group of characters consisting of Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Chip and Dale. I’m not sure if they ever change that up or if it is always those same characters. If you’ve eaten here, please leave a comment letting us know your experience with both the characters and the food offerings.

Be sure to check the Disneyland website for current prices and to make your reservation. Yes, I am again encouraging you to make a reservation, as this restaurant is always busy.

Enjoy and Happy Eating!!

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**All photos in this post were personally taken by me. Please do not copy or use them for any purpose without my permission. Thank you.

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For the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Disneyland they have gone all out, throughout the resort, with decorations, merchandise, special food offerings, new shows, and refurbished rides. It will take multiple trips to experience it all and that’s not a bad thing. Here are some pictures from my first experience with the celebratory offerings.

 

60th Anniversary Decor

 

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60th Anniversary Special Food Offerings

Some of these aren’t specific to the anniversary, but are new items so I included them here. What have you tried?

 

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60th Anniversary Merchandise

So many goodies to choose from. Here is just a small sampling of the items available for purchase. What have you gotten so far? Did anything you wanted sell out?

 

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What’s your favorite part of the new 60th Anniversary Celebration? Let us know what you love and what I shouldn’t miss on my next visit.

 

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