I am updating this post today February 4, 2018. I spoke with a Disney Dining cast member who told me Ariels Grotto will not be open for a few weeks in April. As you may have heard Ariels Grotto was supposed to be reopening for a brief time before closing forever.
Ariel's Grotto is the most sophisticated character dining experience. If you're eating with older children and adults, this is the character meal to choose. Your last chance will be in April.
I urge you to call Disney Dining to book your table sixty days in advance. I am confident that if you do not call, you cannot get a reservation if you wait too long.
Ariels Grotto selling point is you dine with the princesses and serves breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu has little to offer compared to the buffets available in other restaurants. If you have a fussy eater, Ariels Grotto is not the right place to eat.
Bread and pastries come with breakfast. For what we paid we didn't get very much food, and we didn't get much of a variety either.
Ariel's Grotto offers few lunch options but the entrée choices are delicious. I like the Tri-tip, which is tender and flavorful. Steak Sauce is not available here so be forewarned if you prefer steak sauce. If you want cocktails, they are available here.
What's lovely is the princesses come to your table. If you bring your camera, you could take great photographs.
The lighting is terrible sometimes, and it’s hard to get a good picture. When dining outside, the light will be better, but, you don't choose where you sit.
Food presentation is impressive here. If you have a fussy eater, the hot dog is on top of the mac and cheese and looks like an octopus. The pasta has no sauce.
Ariel’s Grotto has one of the most stylish bathrooms in the park. The bathroom is a mermaid theme, stop by and look.
Dessert is a sampler with three desserts. Ariel's Grotto offers three menu options for breakfast for kids and four for lunch. For adults, Ariels Grotto has five menu options for breakfast and lunch.
I would not dine at Ariel's Grotto for dinner the princesses do not make appearances at dinner. The dinner is like lunch and I feel it's expensive. I will pay more to dine with the princesses not for a fancy Tri-tip. Ariel's Grotto has a World of Color dining package that will you get priority seating.
The food is good at Ariel’s Grotto, and the atmosphere is like a fancy restaurant. Ariel's Grotto is much calmer and offers table service so you won't miss a character. It is worth every cent if this will be your only character dining experience during your visit Lunch at Ariels Grotto is the choice to make.
I would recommend coming if you never been here before. Character dining at Ariels Grotto eliminates the need to go to the Royal Hall to meet princesses.
I give breakfast three out of five stars as breakfast isn't worth the price. The pastries were a nice touch but you are only served one of each pastry; the price is not worth it for a standard breakfast.
Lunch is four out of five stars. The table service makes it worth the price.
As of January 8th of this year, Ariel’s Grotto closed. I reiterate it will reopen in April. I recommend that you call Disney Dining and get a reservation as soon as possible. Disneyland resort has no other character dining with the princesses. This is your last chance to dine with the princesses at Disneyland.
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