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Plaza Inn

Location:

Disneyland, Main Street

Reviewer's Name:

Brian Bennett

Reviewer's Email Address:

brian@mouseplanet.com

Date of Meal:

March 2000, September 1996

Number of Guests at Your Table:

March 2000: 3

September 1996:  2

Approximate Cost:

March 2000:    Cost was $16.99 for adults and $9.99 for children.  We were able to get a Magic Kingdom Club discount (10% off) there, too.

September 1996:  The total cost for the meal (including beverages and a 10% MKC discount) was $21.18.

Priority Seating / Reservations Comments:

March 2000:  None

September 1996:  None

Time of Wait:

March 2000:  None

September 1996:  Five or ten minutes for the line, but not at all unreasonable.

Food Review:

March 2000:  In general, the food was very good (especially the coffee...but again, this restaurant is sponsored by the Columbian Coffee Growers, so that shouldn't be a surprise).  The hot food that was offered included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, omelets made to order, Mickey-shaped waffles and fruit cobbler (that I had fully intended to sample, but completely forgot to get).  Cold offerings included fruits, cereals, pastries, bagels.  There was also three different juices, coffee (of course), and milk available.

September 1996:  Plaza Inn for lunch. Barb had the pot roast, I had the fiesta sandwich. Both were excellent. I topped it off with cheesecake.

Service Review:

March 2000:  All-you-care-to-eat buffet, so the only "service" is provided by the cast members behind the counters that cook omelets to order and keep the other foodstuffs in good supply and the very few that go around the dining room removing (all too rarely) used dishes.  The layout was pretty inconvenient.  They had various stations set up, so if you wanted a variety of items you had to wait in line several times.  Also, there was no specific children's area (like at the Crystal Palace at WDW) so dealing with our three year old in getting food was a bit more complicated.

September 1996:  Typical buffeteria service, neither good nor bad.

Atmosphere Review:

The Plaza Inn is very much like the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom in Florida, but on a more intimate scale.  It looks like a casual dining room set in the Victorian era, very classy yet not too imposing.  Another great attribute is the bright, airy feel that is part of this restaurant's atmosphere due to the large number of windows around the periphery.

Other Comments:

March 2000:  This used to be a great buffeteria for a nice sit-down meal, now the Plaza Inn is a great all-you-care-to-eat character meal venue!  The character interactions were simply fantastic!  For one thing, the crowds weren't too bad (perhaps because it was a Sunday morning).  During our meal, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eyeore just wandered around the room greeting everyone.  Allan was able to talk to each one and give them hugs and have some major interaction time several times.  We were actually at the restaurant from about 9:10am until almost 11:00am, and we must have seen each of those characters at least three times each.
 

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