Disneyland Resort Mickey and Minnie Holidays parade; Christmas tree; Christmas apparel
  • On Nov 8, 2023
    Anita 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.

    I have a reservation at 8:00 am on 12/24/23 for breakfast with the disney characters but the theme park opens at 8 am how does that work?

    Hello there Anita!  How exciting that you have a very merry trip coming up!

    It sounds like you have a magical character dining experience booked for "Minnie & Friends - Breakfast in the Park" located at the Plaza Inn!  It's such a magical experience dining with some of your favorite Disney pals right in the heart of Disneyland Park.  If your dining reservation is right at 8:00 AM, I highly recommend trying to get to the Disneyland Park gates as early as you can.  We usually try to line up at the security gate leading into the Downtown Disney District about 20 minutes before they are scheduled to open.  Once you pass through security and head to the gates of the parks, they usually will allow Guests in a few minutes early, and you can head right to the Plaza Inn!  I definitely recommend getting to the parks as early as you can so you will not miss your reservation, I usually just double check with the security Cast Members on what time the gates will open the next day.  

    If for some reason I misunderstood where your character dining experience is located, you can head right to Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel or Storytellers Cafe at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at 8:00 AM or a bit before for your character breakfast.  There will not be any issue getting to the hotel restaurants before your reservation time!

    A breakfast at the Plaza Inn on Christmas Eve sounds like the perfect holiday tradition to begin!  Holiday Time is so magical throughout the entire Disneyland Resort, and I highly recommend seeing the Main Street, U.S.A. Holiday Tree Lighting at Disneyland Park.  It usually takes place at 5:00 P.M., but you can check the Entertainment Schedule prior to your visit to verify the timing of this magical moment!  

    I'm wishing you and your family a very merry visit, Anita!  If we can help with anything else before your after your trip, please come back and visit us!

    Have a magical day,
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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