|Ariel is the husband's favorite Princess.|
One of the goals for our Summer 2015 vacation to Disneyland was to try all of the character dining. We figured if we were only going to make this trip once, we better do it up right! So on the first day we visited Disney's California Adventure, we made an 11:00 am reservation to dine at Ariel's Grotto.
Bathrooms are also located on the bottom floor, just to the left of the bottom of the staircase.
We were given menus for lunch and the bread course was delivered to our table.
The boy was hungry. Well, we all were given the time change, the 7:00 am park opening, it had been several hours since we had eaten breakfast in our hotel room. We had even devoured the snacks in our bags waiting in the Olaf meet and greet line earlier in the morning.
Soon the music blared and our attention was drawn to the court appointed spokesman for the visiting Disney Princesses. He delivered his lines in a way that left guests excited and guessing as to which Disney Princess would be coming and once announced, appropriate music played along with a bit of a dance as a the Princess appeared. The Princesses came out one at a time, with an appropriate amount of time in between as to allow the Princess to get a start moving from table to table. We were sitting at the table furthest back from the happenings, but could still see and hear just fine.
Belle was next in her lovely yellow frock.
Be ready to shell (get it?) some bucks for this meal as even for lunch, it was expensive. We had pre-purchased Premium Character Dining Vouchers and used them to pay for this meal. The voucher also included tax and gratuity. There are Passholder and DVC discounts available.
It was, however, one of our favorite meals and experiences. The food was top notch and the service was great. Once we got past the chaos of the upstairs, it was as if we were in a different world on the bottom level.
As far as I know, this is the only place to meet Ariel in all of Disneyland. The other Princesses can be found in the other park. If I were in search of Disney Princesses, coming to California Adventure for this experience along with being able to meet Anna and Elsa would do the trick.