Ariel's Grotto

Paradise Pier, Disney California Adventure

  • Land: Paradise Pier
WhereParadise Pier
TypeCharacter Dining
Price RangeMore Than $36 Per Person
MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dine on dishes fit for royalty while you spend quality time with some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Make a reservation to join Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Join Ariel and her friends at Ariel's Grotto for an enchanting Character Dining experience filled with music, laughter, delicious food and the opportunity to meet Disney Princesses during "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration."

Children of all ages are thrilled to meet their favorite Disney Princesses up close! Bring your camera and capture the magic, framed by a beautiful mural of an underwater scene, while you collect autographs, greet Disney Princesses - including Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty - and enjoy a most unforgettable time. Character Dining at Ariel's Grotto is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Descend the spiral staircase to enter Ariel's Grotto, and attend a royal undersea banquet with Ariel and her friends. From the themed decor to the view of Paradise Bay through the windows, you're surrounded by imagery from under the sea.

Select your entree from the fixed-price menu where choices range from pasta and slow-roasted tri-tip to seafood soup; kids enjoy chicken on sugar cane skewers, spaghetti and more. Meals at Ariel's Grotto include family-style salads and desserts.

Touring Tips

  • Ariel's Grotto is fun but very pricey. Kids will love the fact that Ariel and two to four other Disney princesses-Snow white, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Belle from Beauty and the Beast-are on hand for pictures and autographs. One set price buys adults a starter soup or salad, main course, and dessert, or a kids' appetizer of celery and carrot sticks with ranch dressing, a main course, and dessert (slices of Granny Smith apples and caramel dipping sauce or fruit parfait). Even toddlers will enjoy the bright surroundings and nonthreatening character visits. Adults can escape upstairs to the Cove, the only full bar in the park, for a cocktail, glass of wine, or bottle of beer. Demand is high here for obvious reasons, so book your reservation early.
  • Choose to be seated indoors or enjoy a closer view of the water and dine on the outdoor patio; Characters visit Guests at all table locations.
  • Upstairs from Ariel's Grotto, you'll find the open-air Cove Bar. Find a seat under the gazebo roof or on the open patio where you can relax and enjoy fresh air and a scenic view of Paradise Bay while sampling delicious appetizers like lobster nachos. Guests 21 and older can sip signature cocktails, beer or wine.
  • The menu has been totally revamped. Dominated by rich pasta dishes, such as the spinach and ricotta agnolotti and mafalde pasta with italian sausage, we're not exactly sure why the menu in such a kid-friendly venue is dominated by rich, more sophisticated recipes.
  • Dining reservations are recommended for Ariel's Grotto and can be made in person for this location on a limited basis. Reservations can also be arranged in advance by calling Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.