Updated December 2, 2018
My family and I had such a good time at Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant in 2016, 2017, and 2018. 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.
Tickets went on sale July 1, 2018 for the 2018 season.
Check out what all you can expect and why I think this is worth the cost.
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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. The meal lasts a little over an hour, or perhaps a bit more, depending on how long it takes you to dine.
The following dates are available for the holiday season with seating times between 8:00am and noon each day.
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:
- Pictures with Santa (1 printed copy)
- Build-a-Bear™ Workshop teddy bear given to each child from Santa himself!
- Family-style breakfast
- Hot cocoa cart
- Bottomless Mimosas (21+ older)
- Personalized stockings for each child
- Charles Dickens’ carolers
- Interactions with Santa’s elves
- Cookies & Milk Station
- $80 per adult
- $35 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:
Catal will validate guest parking for up to 5 hours. Please allow yourself enough time to park and walk through security on your way into the District.
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. Parties larger than 8 will not be guaranteed to sit at the same table.
Photos From Our Experience
You’ll walk in and meet Santa first. This way, you won’t have to stress over kids getting messy during your meal.
When your party is called, children will walk in to find a personalized stocking hanging just for them.
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.
Upon sitting, you’ll find a nice assortment to get everyone started.
Don’t miss the hot cocoa!
It’s served by elves.
Inside each stocking, you’ll find activities and games to keep kids busy while dining. Or, they can take everything home to do later.
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. 🙂
Don’t be jealous of my dress. You can get one like it at Target this year, too.
If you have children, be prepared for them to be less than enthusiastic about this dress.
Carolers walk around signing.
And, because this event just keeps on giving, on your way out, you can grab cookies and milk to go.
What You’ll Take Home
When your child sees Santa, he or she will be given a bear from Build-A-Bear.
So, in summary, each child will leave with:
- Build-A-Bear bear and birth certificate
- cookies and milk
- personalized stocking filled with goodies
And, you’ll leave with the printed photo.
It’s rare to find an event that gets everything right, but this one did. I was so impressed with how they attended 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, so many things for kids to take home, the Santa photo and……..above all else…….no standing in line to see Santa.
Use this link to book your event and as always, let me know what questions you have! (If your timing is sold out online, give them a call to see if they have availability. Their number is 714.774-4442.)
Don’t have kids? No problem. Adults are welcome, too! Enjoy the lovely breakfast, take photos with Santa and then leave with your Santa photo and milk & 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 two years free of charge, but all opinions are my own.)