Updated November 24, 2020
****Note: 2020’s event has been cancelled. I’ll update you on 2021 ASAP.
My family and I had such a good time at Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019! I am a huge fan of this event and encourage you to consider it for your holiday visit to the Disneyland Resort.
This is often a tough reservation to get, so consider securing your spot soon if you’re interested.
Check out what all you can expect and why I think this is worth the cost.
In this article
This entire post includes information for the Breakfast with Santa event as a whole.
For specifics for 2020 – and to make your reservation – visit this post.
The following notes have been added for this year:
The Patina Group – who owns and manages Catal, Naples, Uva and Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney – hosts this darling event each year.
Visit this link for lots and lots of details. 2020 includes a 90 minute limit per seating so that the restaurant can disinfect thoroughly between parties.
The following dates are available for the 2020 holiday season:
And, then Santa is off to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas!
When you book this event, you’ll include your children’s names in the “Comments” section. If you have special dietary requests, you may include those details in this same section and they will be accommodated. Provide all of your kids’ names when you book – even those age 2 and under.
What to Expect with the Experience & Cost
At the breakfast, you can expect the following:
- Picture with Santa
- Plush animal
- Family-style breakfast
- Custom Hot Cocoa
- Bottomless Mimosas (21+ older)
- Personalized stockings for each child
- Cookies & Milk
- $79.95 per adult
- $39.95 per child (3-10yrs)
- FREE Infants (0-2yrs)
(All sales are final and the event must be paid in full at the time of booking.)
Per the Catal website, the following applies to this event:
Should parking validation be required, we will validate for up to 5 hours. Please allow yourself enough time to park and walk through security on your way into the District. Please note Downtown Disney® District parking is located at the Simba Parking Lot next to the Paradise Pier Hotel. Please refer here for further parking information.
***If you arrive and the Simba Lot is full, show your confirmation to a cast member on duty. He or she will then work you in to park so that you can make it to your dining time. Have your confirmation (printed or on your phone) in reach in case you need it.
Breakfast with Santa is a ticketed event, purchase must be made in advance. All sales are final; no refunds will be issued. Tickets must be purchased online; no payments can be accepted at the restaurant.
Photos From Our Experience
Note: The following photos are from 2018. The 2020 experience will vary a bit in details due to Covid. But, these photos will give you an overall feel for the event.
Tables are set in such a lovely way and the personalizing continues here.
Here is the menu. Bottomless mimosas are included! Now, we’re partying.
Holiday cocktails, bloody marys and more are available for purchase, too.
2020 will also include M&M Pancakes!
Upon sitting, you’ll find a nice assortment to get everyone started.
Don’t miss the hot cocoa!
Inside each stocking, you’ll find activities and games to keep kids busy while dining. Or, they can take everything home to do later. (Contents of your stocking will vary from year to year.)
We brought our oldest, who was 15 at the time, and he devoured everything! Family style dining = a teenager’s dream come true.
Family style offerings:
Each guest receives a yogurt parfait, too.
Santa is absolutely delightful, showing attention to both young and old.
That’s my old husband. 🙂
Isn’t he dreamy?
And, because this event just keeps on giving, you’ll leave with cookies!
For you. Or Santa.
What You’ll Take Home
So, in summary, each child will leave with:
- Plush animal
- Personalized stocking filled with goodies
- Printed photo
It’s rare to find an event that gets everything right, but this one does. I am consistently impressed with how they attend to every single detail.
The tickets may seem pricey, but when you consider all that goes into the event, it makes sense. A lovely meal by Catal, bottomless Mimosas, so many things for kids to take home, the Santa photo and……..above all else…….no standing in line to see Santa.
While 2020 will look a little different from what guests have experienced at previous events, Catal is making every effort to preserve the charm and magic of this special experience. The staff is working diligently to keep guests socially distanced and the dining room sanitized. Plan to relax and enjoy your breakfast! They took care of everything.
Use this link to book your event and as always, let me know what questions you have!
Don’t have kids? No problem. Adults are welcome, too! Enjoy the lovely breakfast, take pictures with Santa and then leave with your Santa photo and cookies. You don’t have to bring children to enjoy this event.
(The Patina Group invited my family to attend this event for the past five years free of charge, but all opinions are my own.)