I was invited to a media preview of the new Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in 2019. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much Disneyland and Disney Family for inviting us!
We all know that Disney is known for their legendary service, exceptional story telling, and attention to detail. So I knew that the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose Restaurant would be unlike any other character dining experiences they’ve offered before. Read on to hear about our experience and what you can look forward to if booking this special character dining experience today.
Basic Info About the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
When: Breakfast is served Thursday through Monday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Award-winning Napa Rose Restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Parking: Guests with reservations will receive 5 hours of valet parking included with validation
Food Offerings: Three-course breakfast consisting of appetizer, main course and dessert as well as drinks. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available. There are also food offerings for those that have dietary restrictions or allergies. Menu is subject to change.
Cost: Adults & Children (3-9yrs) -$125/ person (No Magic Key discount), Children under the age of 3 may participate in the character interactions but may not get the premium keepsakes.
Character Meet & Greets: You get to meet many of your favorite Disney princesses. The princesses are ones whose stories focus more on adventure and bravery.
Our Experience in 2019
Upon entering Napa Rose, we checked in with our hostess to begin our adventure. We were asked if we had any dietary restrictions and then A got to pick an autograph book and pen. An Adventure Guide escorted us to the lounge area where a guitarist was playing music as well as a cute game of tic-tac-toe that we could play while we waited to be seated. We also signed the Adventure Book (guest book) which was located near the front of the lounge.
After a short time, an Adventure Guide came to guide us to our table. We were seated and introduced to our assigned Adventure Guide who would be the go-to person for all of our adventures for the day. We ordered drinks and he answered any questions we had. The table decor was simple with one flower arrangement and place setting.
Character Meet & Greets
Back in 2019, while we were enjoying our three-course breakfast, different princesses walked from table to table to spend time with guests. We were able to meet with 8 princesses.
Currently, the meet & greets are outside and you get to meet them before you are seated as well as during your meal. Your Adventure Guide also tells you when the different princesses are outside in the private terrace and you can meet them while you dine. You still get to have time with your beloved Disney princesses which makes for a magical morning!
For our first course, we enjoyed a pastry basket filled with scones and lemon monkey bread plus lemon curd on the side. Then the 3-tier tower arrived with a selection of savory options as well as some sweets to continue our food adventure!
Here’s what was in our 3-tier tower:
- Abu’s Banana Wrap– A Nutella crepe, wrapped around a sliced banana with caramelized sugar and berry compote.
- Tangled Sandwich– Open faced ham sandwich with cranberry cream cheese.
- Lobster Roll- Lobster salad in a brioche roll.
- Magic Carpet Ride Parfait– Chia pudding with kiwi, mango, and topped with granola and coconut on top. Such a fancy granola parfait!
- Tiana’s Beignets– Tiana’s famous beignets!!
The second course of our princess breakfast adventure was a buffet where we could choose from a variety of options. The buffet consisted of the following for kids and adults:
- Perfect Scrambled Eggs
- Chicken & Mickey Waffles with Maple Syrup
- Applewood Smoked Bacon
- Pork Sausage
- Fresh Fruit
- Fresh fruit Skewers
- Fresh Strawberries
- Braised Short Ribs
- House-made Mac n Cheese
- Barbecue Beef Sliders
- Roasted Tomato and Asparagus
My favorite was the Braised Short Ribs. It was so moist, flavorful and literally melted in your mouth. The eggs WERE really perfect and you can’t go wrong with chicken and waffles!
If you’re not full by now, you will be after the DESSERT course. Our Adventure Guide brought out a tiered dessert tray and I literally gasped at how beautiful it was. The desserts were almost too beautiful to eat!
These are the desserts that came on the tray.
- Pocahontas’ Peanut Butter Crunch– Peanut butter mousse topped with a chocolate feather. There’s a thin chocolate cookie as a base and to add texture.
- Chocolate Princess Cake Pops– An assortment of cake pops decorated like some of the adventurous princesses.
- Belle’s Bouquet– petite raspberry tarts with an edible flower on top,
- Ariel’s Mango Seashells– Sea shell macarons with mango passion fruit ganache and a white chocolate pearl.
- Mulan’s Firecracker Sorbet-A refreshing raspberry sorbet topped with cotton candy and a layer of rock candy to literally add some pop.
This course was a hit with everyone. It was delicious and beautiful. We were unable to finish everything so we took some of them home. Please remember that the menu is subject to change and some of the food offerings may differ than what we experienced back in 2019.
Activities and Final Adventure
Back in 2019, after we finished our courses, we were guided to the last part of our princess breakfast adventure into the great outdoors for a special intimate story time with one of the princesses. While the kids listened to a story, adults could enjoy some coffee or tea.
After story time, the kids were led by our Adventure Guide to learn a skill from another princess. Mulan taught them some warrior skills to bring out our own inner warrior. After that, we got to pick up our special treasures (a foam sword and shield or crown necklace) and then head home.
Is It Worth It?
It’s not in everyone’s budget to spend $125/person on one meal BUT this experience is such an amazing way to celebrate a birthday, milestone, reunion or other special occasion! The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is not “just another character dining experience.” Even though the experience since the reopening, the experience differs but it’s still amazing.
You get SO MUCH for the price. You get an autograph book, pen, three-course brunch at a fine dining restaurant, unique beverages, meet & greets with many of your favorite Disney princesses with no wait time, five hours of complimentary valet parking, special moments, activities and adventures as mentioned above, memories to last a life time and a special gift (a drawstring backpack, chocolates for the adults, and a choice of a foam sword and shield or necklace.)
But more than the things you get, you are getting a chance to experience exceptional service, amazing culinary dining, amazing and attentive interactions with some of your favorite Disney princesses, and creating magical memories for the adventurer in your family. It literally turned out to be the BEST DAY EVER!!!
This would be a great way to end your Disney vacation and surprise the little prince or princess of any age in your life! Maybe even have a girls day out to celebrate a birthday or bridal shower? It would definitely be an unforgettable experience while you vacation at the Disneyland Resort!
You can find out more or book a reservation for the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures here!