• On Oct 31, 2017
    Stacie from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a breakfast reservation for Ariel's Grotto at 9am. On a day California Adventure opens at 9am. Would you know or have recommendations on how to ensure we make our reservation in a thoughtful and timely manner? Thanks kindly.

    Hello, Stacie! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am delighted to hear that you will be dining with the princesses at Ariel’s Grotto during your upcoming trip! This is such a fun and magical meal for any princess, big or small. Since your dining reservation is for right when the park opens, there are few different ways it could work. First, plan on being at the gates early, perhaps around 8:30 a.m. or earlier. Then if they open the gates right at 9:00 a.m., you can walk directly to the restaurant and be there within five minutes.

    Sometimes, they let Guests into the park a little before the official opening time, but hold them at ropes stationed at various places in the park until the park opens. So, if you are let in early, take a right at the end of Buena Vista Street and loop around to the rope near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. From there, you will have no problem walking directly to Ariel’s Grotto at rope drop to make your 9:00 a.m. reservation.

    Another option is to find a Cast Member at the gates that is there to check people in for breakfast reservations. When available, these Cast Members are usually stationed to the far right or left of the entrance and have a list of people with dining reservations. They will ensure that you arrive on time for your breakfast.

    Since operating procedures can change daily, I wanted to make sure you knew the different scenarios you could possibly encounter. But rest assured, you will have a wonderful meal with Ariel and her regal friends no matter which way you get there!

    -Linda M
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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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