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The newest Disneyland character dining experience is sure to delight Disney princess lovers of all ages. Recently, my daughter and I had a chance to preview the new Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose Restaurant inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. We were treated to a 3-course meal that was elegant, delicious, and filled with Disney magic. This special experience is available Thursday through Monday between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Advanced reservations will most certainly be needed. You can book reservations up to 60 days in advance. Here is a complete review of Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures.
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Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures Review
Magic from the Moment You Check In
After checking in at the front desk of Napa Rose Restaurant, we were encouraged to sign the guestbook. Then we were escorted to a table in the lobby and offered champagne and sparkling cider to enjoy while we waited for our table. A musician played classic Disney Princess songs on his guitar. Children (ages 3-9) are given an autograph book and pen. This was the first indication that this character dining experience was going to be drastically different than the typical Disney character buffets I had experienced in the past. Tic tac toe boards were placed on the tables to keep us entertained during our short wait. A Disney princess (Rapunzel during our visit) was hanging out in the lobby and greeting little prince and princesses.
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures Drinks
After being escorted to our table, our cheerful server handed us a drink menu and encouraged us to order something special. We glanced to our right and spied an adorable little girl sipping on a beverage that was the most incredible shade of fuchsia. She told us it was a Fearless Guardian, made with dragon fruit juice, strawberry puree, lemon juice, and stevia syrup. It was at that moment that we decided we definitely needed to order our own fancy drinks.
My 12-year-old daughter went with The Colors of the Wind, a beverage made lemon juice, orange juice, passionfruit juice, pineapple juice, ginger beer, and apple cider. It also had a coloring-changing ice cube inside which added to the fun of this very tasty beverage.
Later in the meal, she switched over to Ariel’s Grotto Grog which is a concoction consisting of passion fruit syrup, lemon juice, Pina Colada mix, Falernum syrup, pineapple juice, and ginger beer. One sip and we were transported to the beach!
I am a big Bloody Mary connoisseur so I had to try the Cajun Mary. It is made with Ketel One vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and Disney’s secret Cajun Mary mix. It is topped with a seasoned shrimp and Tomolive. I opted for the spicy version because I like things spicy and let me tell you, it was the most spicy Bloody Mary I have ever had. I found it to be delicious but if you are more sensitive to spice, you might want to go mild.
Next time I visit I have my eyes on Awakening Beauty– Ketel One Citron, X-Fusion Passionfruit, Combier, strawberry puree, lemon juice, sparkling water- and the King’s Coffee which is made with coffee, Christian Drouin Calvados, Oban 14 year scotch, Licor 43, allspice, and topped with whipped cream and nutmeg.
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures Appetizers
Our eyes got huge when our server brought over a multi-tiered tray of appetizers for my daughter and I to share. It was also during this time that we were visited by Tiana, who told us the beignets were her very own recipe. I overheard her talking to a little girl at a table nearby about the importance of courage and trying new things, including new foods. I loved this message and noticed that several of the other princesses echoed it during our visit. What are the appetizers at Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures? Here is a run down.
On the top tier there was a banana wrap with Nutella and a berry compote. Banana fans will love this one. It has a nice caramelized exterior and tastes more like dessert than your typical appetizer.
One the second tier were lovely tea sandwiches made with cream cheese, ham, and a cranberry sauce atop white bread. I really liked the flavor combination. The little sandwiches reminded me of high tea experiences I have had in the United Kingdom.
On the bottom tier were my daughter’s three favorite appetizers. In the center was a heavenly chia and granola parfait with mango, kiwi, and coconut. We both agreed that we would be happy eating a full size portion of that for breakfast daily. Plus, it is so pretty!
On one side of the parfait was the lobster salad crostini. After some coaxing, I got my daughter to listen to the princesses, be courageous, and try the lobster. Turns out, she liked it. I thought the crostini was quite lovely and appreciated that the lobster salad wasn’t heavy with mayonnaise.
On the other side of the parfait was one of Tiana’s famous beignets. She told us that they were caramel flavored but to be honest, the caramel flavor didn’t really come through. Regardless, these were heavenly clouds of warm sweetness. My daughter picked them as her #1 favorite appetizer.
As if all that wasn’t enough, we were also presented with a basket of homemade breakfast breads and a little jar of lemon curd cream. Divine!
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures Main Course
The main course is served buffet style, but the caliber of food is so much higher than any character dining buffet I have attended in the past. I love how much Disneyland prioritizes great, quality food these days. As you will see, this menu has more of a brunch vibe than a breakfast vibe. Here is what they have to offer:
The first stop in the buffet line is the “perfectly scrambled eggs“. I usually avoid buffet line scrambled eggs like the plague, but I decided to give them a taste and see if Disney’s claims were legit. I was blown away by how good those eggs were! Nicely done!
Next in line were the chicken and waffles. The waffles are Mickey-shaped (and super adorable) and it is served with a side of maple syrup. This was far and away my daughter’s favorite item on the menu. The chicken tasted like real fried chicken instead of chicken tenders and the waffle was the perfect sweet compliment to the savory chicken.
After that came the usual breakfast meats- bacon and artisan turkey sausage. Both were great and again, a definite step above what you expect to get out of a buffet line.
That was followed by a large assortment of fresh fruit. There was fruit salad, fruit skewers cut into fun shapes, and big bowls of ripe strawberries.
Next on the line was the braised short ribs. These were so tender that they fell apart the instance my fork touched them and they were full of great flavor. I found they paired especially well with the perfectly scrambled eggs.
After that came the house made mac & cheese which comes with or without bread crumbs on top. The consistency of the cheese was more “Kraft” than “homemade” but the flavor was significantly better than the boxed stuff. I think this dish is supposed to appeal to kids so they play games with texture and color to entice them to try it.
Next came the pulled beef slider with BBQ sauce and pineapple salsa on a Hawaiian bun. It all sounds very tasty but neither my daughter could handle the idea of trying a big sandwich like that after sampling so much food. Given the track records of all the other items on the menu, I am guessing it is pretty darn good.
Finally, the last item was roasted tomatoes and asparagus. What can I say other than the presentation was beautiful and the veggies were great!
You thought that was enough food, but you were wrong! During the main course we were also served these big, fluffy, seasoned french fries with homemade ketchup and Romesco sauce! Somehow we found an extra stomach to fit them in.
Of course, all throughout our meal were greeted by more Disney Princesses. During our meal, we were visited by Princess Jasmine and Princess Aurora.
Dessert at Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
The most exciting course of the day for my daughter was dessert. Her eyes lit up when our server brought a tray filled with some of the most adorable little bites. Here is a run down of what to expect regarding dessert at Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures.
On the top tier of the tray was an almond crunch with vanilla chantilly. It was divine and hands down the favorite dessert of my little chocolate lover. It reminded us both of a peanut butter and chocolate mousse.
One of the desserts on the bottom tier was the petite raspberry tarts. These were probably the least popular item at our table. I was hoping for a bit more lemon zing in the tart and my daughter isn’t big on raspberries. But still, they were good.
Sea Shell macarons with mango passion fruit ganache were a hit because if anything, they were truly works of art. The flavor was quite sweet; they are macarons after all!
My favorite dessert was the strawberry honey sorbet which had a cotton candy topper and Pop Rocks sprinkled atop the sorbet. It was so fun to eat and the sorbet was truly fantastic. It was a nice palate cleanser in between the sweeter desserts.
Finally, the last dessert on our tray was a pair of beautifully decorated chocolate princess cake pops. The cake itself was chocolate chip and clearly they tasted good because my daughter had no problem eating both of them!
Story Time and Final Princess Visits
After your divine desserts, a cast member will escort you out to the back patio where coffee, tea, and water are available while the little ones listen to a story told by Princess Belle. This is such a cute part of the experience for young ones, who ask Belle the funniest questions. She always seems to have the perfect answer.
After story time we met Mulan out back and she had my daughter get into warrior pose to take a picture with her. I loved her message of strength and bravery.
At the very end of the experience, we were lead into a room where Rapunzel was waiting to take a picture with us. A Disney photographer was on hand to capture the moment and this picture is included in the cost of the experience. Guests are given a Disney PhotoPass card which can be redeemed for a digital download of the photo.
As children 3-9 leave Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, they will be given a gift of either a crown necklace or a sword and shield. They also receive a box of princess truffles and a cinch bag to commemorate the experience.
The total cost for this experience is $125 for adults and $125 for children 3-9. Though the kids surely won’t eat $125 in food, the experience of a very nice multi-course meal, the opportunity to meet with several princesses, enjoy story time, and walk away with special gifts is worth the cost. My preteen daughter thought the experience was very fun and would do it again in a heartbeat. I thought the experience was fantastic and would love to experience with some of my friends as part of a girlfriend getaway. Any child who loves Disney Princesses will think this is the best meal they have ever had. I think Disney has hit a home run with this new Disneyland character dining experience.
Lead photo by: Disneyland Resort
Disclosure: My daughter and I were hosted by Disney to attend a preview of this new dining experience. We appreciate their hospitality but all opinions are our own.