As someone who is a big fan of character dining at Disney Parks I was super excited to learn that one of my favorite Disneyland Resort restaurants, Napa Rose would be getting a brand new princess-centric character dining experience. Earlier this week, the restaurant hosted an early preview of the character dining experience that Zoe and I were lucky enough to attend. So here’s the info on everything you’ll need to know before deciding to make a reservation. (To skip ahead to Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure menu and price information, scroll to the bottom of this post).
For starters, this character dining experience has been aptly named the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure.
As soon as we walked in we saw Rapunzel waiting to say hello. We checked in for our reservation, at which point Zoe was given an autograph book and a pen and we were escorted to the waiting area where where we were able to play a game of Tangled-themed Tic-Tac-Toe while sipping my choice of sparkling wine or cider. To my knowledge, it is the only Disneyland Resort experience where you can meet as many as 8 princesses in one place! similar character dining we’ve attended such as Disney World’s Bon Voyage character breakfast have at most 2 or 3 princesses at a time, among other characters (in the case of Bon Voyage, Rapunzel and Ariel arrive with Prince Eric and Flynn Rider) so right away this character dining is unique because it is all about the princesses.
Another thing that set this character breakfast apart from others I’ve attended is that you truly do get a full adventure!
The princesses aren’t just coming to your table for a quick hello and a photo, they are sharing stories, and playing games. Zoe came to the breakfast dressed as Princess Tiana and it was fun to hear all of the princesses telling Zoe how much she “reminds them of their friend, Tiana” and excited Tiana would be to see to see her dress. When Princess Tiana finally made her way to our table, Zoe was beaming with excitement to show off their shared style. Princess Tiana spent so much time with my daughter, dancing and sharing stories. At one point she asked Zoe if she’d tried any new foods since we’d arrived (a very big topic in our home because my little princess is one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever seen). Tiana went on to tell Zoe all about her time as a little frog in the bayou and what a new and scary experience it was for her, but that she was glad that she’d had the opportunity because it lead her to so many new friends. Tears welled in my eyes as I listened to the two of them go on chatting like old girlfriends. I took a mental snapshot of Zoe’s smile in that moment and will hold that memory close to my heart for the rest of my life.
I could say so much more about the incredible interactions with all of the princesses, but I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the amazing food. This is Napa Rose, after all and they are well known for their award-winning fine dining. Our meal began with a sweet breakfast bread basket and accompanying lemon curd. Everything in that basket was pure heaven, but if you have more self-control than I and decide to only try one, make sure its the pull-apart monkey bread.
As we noshed on our bread we were handed a drink menu with an ample selection of both cocktails and non-alcoholic “mock-tails,” which I really appreciated because its always so fun for kids to have a special drink at a fancy meal and one can only have so many Shirley Temples in one’s lifetime. Keeping in theme, Zoe chose a drink called Tiana’s Mardi Gras Refresher consisting of lime juice, tangerine juice, ginger ale, and passionfruit syrup.
With beverages in hand, it was now time for an appetizer tower of adorably themed bites. Our tower was slightly modified to be a vegetarian, but I’ve included details of the full tower below which included miniature lobster rolls that I’ve heard from friends who attended were a must-try.
In true Disney character dining fashion, the main breakfast course was buffet style. Our server invited us up to the kitchen where we had a selection that included Disney breakfast staples such like Mickey Waffles (in this case served with a small piece of chicken), scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and an ample variety of fruit (click here for the full menu). If you are vegan, be sure to say so to your server. I am vegetarian but often prefer to eat vegan at restaurants and I was brought a special plate containing vegan Mickey waffles, impossible “sausage,” a tofu scramble, sautéed vegetables, and fruit which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Last but definitely not least, what would a Disney Princess breakfast be without Disney princess themed dessert, amirite? We were brought a double decker platter of the cutest princess inspired desserts, as delicious as they were beautiful. Because we love to keep with a theme and Zoe was dressed like Tiana, she immediately reached for the Tiana cake pop (which ended up being her favorite item on the plate).
But here’s the best part. Be sure to lift up your cake pop and take a look at the bottom because there is a special surprise that will give chills to any Princess and the Frog fan. On the bottom of the chocolate Tiana-inspired cake pop are two edible stars that represent Ray and Evangeline. Are you sobbing yet? Its ok, I’m not judging.
Vegan dessert options are also available.
Just as we thought our Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure was coming to an end, our adventure guide (yes, each table gets an adventure guide in addition to our wonderful server) told us it was time to head outside. Outside we were greeted by Mulan who welcomed us along with a small group of 3 other young princesses (our friend and fellow blogger Kathleen’s daughters) onto a mat where she shared a story about how she posed as a man to protect her father and help the Chinese army defeat the Huns. We all know the story of Mulan, of course, but there was something so intimate and captivating about hearing her re-tell the story in first person.
When we left Mulan, we had canoeing lessons from Pocahontas. And just before leaving we were able to take a Disney Photo Pass picture with Ariel and chat with her about her undersea adventures. As we exit, each guest receives a fare-well keepsake: A Swarovski crystal tiara necklace for Zoe and a Breakfast Princess Adventure drawstring bag and princess-themed chocolates for me.
I know this was a longer post than usual but I really wanted to stress how wonderful this experience truly was. This isn’t your typical Disney Character Dining experience (though I looove those as well and are a quintessential part of my Disney vacations). The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure made us feel like true royalty. It felt less like my daughter was meeting princesses, and more like she was one of them…visiting her old friends. You’ll notice that the price is more than other character breakfasts and I wondered about that initially, but now having experienced it myself I can genuinely say that it is worth every penny. I definitely recommend the princess breakfast for special occasions, keeping in mind that while you do get to enjoy a great meal, this breakfast is more about the experience and interactions with the princesses making it more time-consuming and not ideal if you are looking for a quick meal before a full-schedule day in the parks. But if you’re looking to make an extra special memory and have the time to spare, The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure is a must-try for every princess fan whether young or young-at-heart. Click here to book your reservation!