Disneyland Princesses

Disneyland princesses are among the characters that many visitors hope to meet. Others include Mickey and his friends, and there's no end to the amount of characters that you can at least lay eyes on at attractions such as It's A Small World and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. As for actually meeting some of the Disneyland characters, the dining options are among the most popular. Starting the day off with a Disney character breakfast can surely prove to be rewarding, especially for families with younger children.

For those who hope to meet some of the Disneyland princesses, there are numerous opportunities that are equally tempting. At Disneyland Park, the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire is a good place to start. Found in the Fantasyland area, this attractions features the likes of Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmine, to name a few. You might also have the chance to meet Mulan, Aurora, and even Pocahontas. Different princesses are available for meet-and-greet sessions at different times, and since the schedule changes regularly, you'll want to check the schedule for the day at hand. When you're not meeting Disneyland princesses at the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire, you might wander over to Toontown to meet with Goofy and his pals. The Toontown area is also where you can meet Mickey Mouse at Mickey's House and Minnie Mouse at Minnie's House.

These are just some of the meet-and-greet opportunities that you can hope to enjoy on a visit to Disneyland Park, and the options only increase if you visit California Adventure Park as well. Among the most popular characters that you can meet and take photos with in this sister park is Duffy the Disney Bear. For those who might not know, Duffy is the name of Mickey Mouse's teddy bear, and he has his own attraction at the Paradise Pier area. It's called Duffy's Landing, and for those who are interested, it is possible to purchase your own stuffed Duffy there. Lighting McQueen and Mater are among the other Disney characters that you can hope to meet at California Adventure, and you never who or what you might encounter at the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area.

When you're not enjoying meeting popular Disneyland characters, you might try to schedule a character dining experience. The Disneyland character dining options are available at the theme parks themselves and at the Disney hotels. At Disney's California Adventure Theme Park, you can head to the Paradise Pier area to enjoy a meal with Ariel and her pals at Ariel's Grotto. This restaurant is open for both breakfast and lunch, and there are plenty of kid-friendly dishes on the menu. Over at Disneyland Park, the Plaza Inn is the restaurant of choice if you want to enjoy a Disneyland character dining experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at this Victorian-theme eatery, and among the characters that you can hope to encounter are Minnie Mouse and Cinderella.

Anyone who is interested in enjoying a Disney character breakfast, lunch, or dinner will also want to keep the resort's hotels in mind. At Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, for example, you can meet popular Chip 'n Dale characters while you dine. You can also meet Goofy and his pals at Goofy's Kitchen, which is found at the Disneyland Hotel. As for Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, it features Disney's PCH Grill. The Surf's Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at the PCH Grill attracts more than its fair share of families who are looking to enjoy a Disneyland character breakfast.

Image: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
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