Mom and Daughter AA watching a live show, in costume as Belle; princess
  • On Sep 15, 2023
    Monique from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning to celebrate my daughter’s 1st birthday in January. We’d love to stay at one of the hotels that has access to either of the parks and have a brunch celebration/party with family and friends. What are your recommendations?

    Welcome to planDisney, Monique!

    Thanks for stopping by with this great question! My family and I absolutely adore those character breakfasts sprinkled throughout the resort, especially with our tumbly toddler. Staying at one of the fabulous Disneyland Resort Hotels with your cast of characters is a magical way to celebrate this special occasion! Each hotel boasts its very own theme park entrance, plus some awesome surprises for Mouseketeers of all ages. So, let's dive into planning an amazing birthday fit for your little princess!

    The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa feels like stepping into a fairytale. I can't help but think of Mirabel from "Encanto" shouting "Drawers! Floors! Doors!" when I'm there, with its luxurious yet rustic redwood details as I pass through on my visits to Disney California Adventure Park! Did you know that the lobby at the Grand Californian even has its own signature scent - now that's classy! 

    Now, picture this: if you stay at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, you get a special perk – a direct entrance to Disney California Adventure Park during Early Entry. It's a total time-saver! This entrance takes you behind Goofy's Sky School, and even has a dedicated security line just for you! Oh, and the cherry on top? The hotel is almost fully transformed into the Pixar Place Hotel, with a new rooftop splash pad. I can't wait to take my little Nemo there for some splash-tastic fun!

    And let's not forget the iconic Disneyland Hotel. The memories from my last stay there with my 1-year-old are still fresh. He was thrilled to ride the Disneyland Monorail directly into Tomorrowland multiple times a day – it felt like having our own magic carpet to whisk us into the parks! By the way, have you caught the "Behind the Attraction" episode all about this hotel on Disney+? It's fascinating how much history is packed into that place!

    Now, for some brunch spots that'll make your family and friends smile, I recommend the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at the Napa Rose restaurant. Since it's in the Grand Californian Hotel, you don't need a theme park ticket to enjoy it. If your princess loves characters like Aurora, Cinderella, and Belle, she'll be thrilled when they stop by your table for one-on-one time. I did this for my birthday a while back with my sister, and it was unforgettable!

    But Monique, I personally have a soft spot for Goofy's Kitchen. My little one has always loved waving his napkin at Goofy and the gang as they dance around the dining area. Last time we went, Minnie herself stopped for a whopping 2 minutes and 33 seconds to give him a big ol' hug! Oh boy!

    I hope this gives you a clearer picture, Monique! If you need more tips, don't hesitate to send me another question. I'm here to help, and I've got plenty more tricks up my sleeve to share!

    A Very Merry Unbirthday To You!
    Danielle
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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, happy wife and mom of two of tiny tots. Raised just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort, I love finding ways to experience all the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer! From finding the yummiest snacks, to taking practically perfect photos and adding magic to a romantic night out, let me share A Whole New World of tips to keep your Mouseketeers happy and cozy in the parks and hotels. If you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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