Minne&Friends Breakfast Buffet (Disneyland)?
Has anyone actually gone to the Minnie and Friends Breakfast Buffet at Disneyland?
I'm debating if the boyfriend and I should check it out..
We're planning on leaving Oxnard at 5:30am to get to Disneyland 30mins before the park opens and I'm not sure if we'll have time to get something to eat on the road (We're
meeting the guy who sold us tickets from Ebay there). I was checkin' out the DLand site and noticed this Breakfast Buffet thing..
Anyone tried this place out? I'm sure it will cost a whole lot but its just going to be him and I and if we eat enough here maybe we'll save money by not eating a big lunch or something. Thanks!
We just took our daughter to the Minnie & Friends breakfast 2 weeks ago. It is expensive (around $25 for each adult), but if you eat around brunch time, it is enough food to carry you thru most of the day. The food is fine -- waffles, omelet bar, breakfast meats and pastries, fruit. If you don't have kids -- or aren't interested in getting 1-on-1 time with the characters -- you are paying a premium for nothing more than a decent breakfast buffet. If you are just eating there to get a big meal, you may not be saving any more than if you just grabbed breakfast and lunch separately in the park. The real reason to eat there is to get the quality time/photos with the characters. My daughter loved that part.
If you do decide to go, I recommend that you call the Disney Dining line in advance and make a reservation. Also, if you are getting to the park when it opens, definitely hit the popular rides when you get there before they get too crowded. Then plan to eat the brunch around 10-ish. If you eat first thing, lines will be forming by the time you get to the popular rides.
As other posts have mentioned, there are other buffets located in the Disney hotels. We've eaten at the California Adventure one in the past -- the food was about the same as the Minnie & Friends one, and you aren't in the park. I also think it's just open for breakfast. I believe the Goofy's Kitchen buffet is open for lunch, if you wanted to eat later.
I would advise entering the park as soon as it opens, just because it is so much less crowded and pleasant in the morning (except for the mad dash). There's a bakery cafe (La Brea?) in Downtown Disney, as you get off the tram it's the last store on the right hand side. That would be a good place to get a coffee and something for breakfast if you get there early.
I would go inside when the park opens, get on some rides (Nemo has no Fastpass, and gets very crowded because it's new). Grab some fast passes as you go in, and on the way out. Then if you want a buffet, I think they last til 11:30 or noon. Each hotel should have one. The Storyteller Cafe inside the Grand Californian Hotel is the closest (I think they're Chip and Dale). From Tomorrowland in Disneyland, you can take the monorail part way toward the Disneyland Hotel. The Paradise Pier Hotel has a buffet which I think is the best of the three (Hawaiian themed with Goofy). They validate parking for a few hours. However it's not a very efficient use of time because of the location.
There are decent alternatives for lunch inside Disneyland. If you like broasted chicken, the Plaza Inn 3-piece meal is a good value, you can add another chicken piece to a meal and it's enough for two people. There are some good places in New Orleans Square (Blue Bayou is much too expensive now, however there is Cafe Orleans). There's always the $6 Turkey leg and a Dole Whip. You can look at the restaurant menus on the following website. Definitely use the Dining line to reserve, and they can tell you about the hours for the buffets on the day you're going. Not every restaurant takes reservations, but all of the sit-down restaurants do. The Downtown Disney restaurants are not run by Disneyland, you'd need to book separately with them. I like Uva Bar for after Disney, but they don't take reservations.
If it's what I'm thinking of, it's at Goofy's Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. It's character dining, meaning that Goofy, Chip and Dale, et al. will come see you at your table.
It gets loud, because there are parts where the characters invite the kids to come bang on improvised drums on the floor in the centre.
The food's not too shabby, actually -- it's a buffet, so adjust your expectations accordingly (fine dining on bone china this is not), but the price is $27 or so, no more than you'd pay for a buffet at a Vegas hotel.
As with all Disney restaurants, you can make reservations by calling 714-781-DINE.