Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Updated September 3, 2018

***I met with Catal recently and have updated this post with info for this coming season – 2018.

We had such a good time at Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant last year.

This is often a tough reservation to get, so consider securing your spot soon if you’re interested.

Tickets went on sale July 1, 2019 for the 2018 season.

Check out what all you can expect and why I think this is worth the cost.

Basic Info

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 following dates are available for the holiday season with seating times between 8:00am and noon each day.

December 1

December 2

December 8

December 9

December 15

December 16

December 21

December 22

December 23

And, then Santa is off to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas!


When you book this event, you’ll include your child’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.

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

Pricing includes:

  • $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.

So Many Photos From Our Experience Last Year

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.

The menu:

The meal includes mimosas, too! Now, we’re partying.

Holiday cocktails, bloody maries and more will be 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. 🙂

Upon arriving, you’ll take your photo with Santa, which will allow you to dine without panic thinking a child might spill hot cocoa down his shirt.

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 said 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
  • Santa photo print out

Final Thoughts

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.

Solid. Gold.

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 last year free of charge, but all opinions are my own.)

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  1. O.. M.. G.. at first I was like, “wow, so not worth that cost!” and then I read: “bottomless mimosas” … 😉 Along with everything else that is included – definitely sounds worth it! I wish this was going on while we will be there in the beginning of December! Bummed that it’s only weekends. Oh well, maybe next year!

  2. We went today based on this review and I was so excited about it going in. I read your facebook post from yesterday and I think my expectations were too high. I wonder if it’s because we had one of the later seatings. They ran out of cookies while we were there so the kids didn’t get to take that on their way out which wouldn’t have been an issue if people hadn’t told them several times to get cookies and milk on the way out. My little ones stockings weren’t full of the goodies you posted a picture of yesterday. Each one only contained the mini coloring pages and crayons. Our family of four was seated near the bar area and everyone who came after us was seated in the main dining area so I think our table was kind of forgotten about. Santa just passed by, the carolers weren’t walking around the bar area and my drinks were never refilled. It definitely looked like more fun in the main dining area. It was just a little disappointing for the price and after seeing other people post about their great experiences there.

    • I’m so sorry, KAT! I haven’t heard of any issues such as the ones you encountered. Everyone that I have heard from loved it as much as I did. Maybe more! I was seated in the bar area, too, and had great service.

      I feel terrible that you didn’t have a good experience. If you have a moment, please email me at I would love to send your family a treat from the park.

      Happy New Year!

  3. We’re hoping to grab a last minute reservation this year (or worse case book early for next year) our kiddos are 7, 9, & 11 do you think our oldest would be able to receive the kid perks despite us paying an adult price for her?

    • Sorry I missed this, CeiCei. Both of your kids should have received the kid perks, regardless of their ages, as long as you listed details requesting such when you make your reservation. They seem to be very accommodating with such things. I hope you had a lovely holiday season!

  4. Just booked our reservation for the 10th but didn’t realize I had to add to children’s names in the comments, is there any way of giving them that Information? Thanks! Wendy

  5. i have a party of 4 adults and 2 toddlers, one of which won’t turn 3 until february which puts her in infant category. does that mean she won’t get the bear gift set since she’s free?

  6. I see the dress at target. And we are all getting one! I think it’s Jr so I would need xxl lol how was the sizing? Thanks so much for posting. So excited.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!! In your opinion, what is the best time to make reservations to maximize time in the parkas well? I’m looking at Thursday, December 21st. Thanks!

    • Hi, Meredith!

      I would aim for noon. If you can use this as a “brunch”, you’ll be able to do so much in the parks during early hours and then break just in time for when kids usually start to fall apart. The food is plentiful, too, so it can certainly work as a mid-day meal and everyone will be satisfied. It’s SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I hope you love it.

  8. Thank you SO much for this post!! My family has decided we are going to do a Christmas trip this year instead of a Halloween trip. It was a hard pill for me to swallow – missing the excitement of MHP, but I am SUCKER for Christmastime and while I’ve seen DL during the holidays, my kids have not. I want to make this trip so, so special and this breakfast with Santa sounds SO FUN. I just booked our reservation for Dec 17th at 11:00am. Figure we’ll go into the parks early and this will be a nice thing to do once the crowds start getting thicker. Is there any sort of ginerbread decorating event/station anywhere at the resort, do you know? Thanks again for everything!!