This location is home to the Minnie and Friends Character Dining event. Though there is the Ariels Grotto Character Dining across the esplanade at California Adventure, there are two things to consider: Minnie and Friends is the only Character Dining inside Disneyland, and it also offers characters other than princesses, so it won't be as insulting for little boys to be there having a good time.
During the character dining, if you attend this location for that, the food is all you can eat, and includes many types of baked goods, as well as pancakes, waffles, and other house prepared dishes that my wife is crazy over (even though I don't think it's all the best things ever). The drinks are a good assortment, and there are some that are individually packaged which you can grab to pack with you for later in the day.
Speaking of later in the day, this location is also home to the best food deal you'll get in Disneyland park: The Specialty Chicken. This is a platter that includes three pieces of chicken, and two sides, or something. I believe the chicken pieces usually consist of a breast, a thigh, and a leg. If dark meat isn't your thing, because I know for sure it isn't mine, you may have the option to upgrade to all white meat for an additional few dollars. The regular platter costs around $15 at this time, and prices are subject to change at any time.
I have recently read that the Plaza Inn stole away the Sweet Memories Cake from the Carnation Café, closer to the entrance of Disneyland. If they have, they have stolen a winner, as the cake was beyond delicious when Carnation Cafe served it.
The view of the fireworks from the seated areas outside are just ok. There are a number of trees that will be blocking your view, but the crowd isn't going to be as insane as it is in the central hub area, which may make the blocked view more than worth it.
If you're celebrating a birthday here, call ahead, and for a small extra fee, they can make you a nice pirate treasure chest cake, which was surprisingly tasty.
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