Review of Ariel’s Grotto – Is It Worth It?

Our family has been to Ariel’s Grotto several times over the years since it opened at Disneyland.  I have absolutely loved it in years past and would gladly fork out the money to eat there.  This time I went with my 9 year old daughter and I was… (gasp)… sorely disappointed.  I will tell you why, they have cut the quantity of the visits with the Disney Princesses to barely a hello and a goodbye. And I feel the food has gone down in quality.  It’s sad, but I prefer other Disney Dining compared to Ariel’s Grotto. If you have never been there and your little girls adore Ariel’s Grotto, then by all means, it’s worth it to go!  If you have been there before, I would suggest going somewhere else instead (for example Minnie and Friends which is fantastic).  Now days it’s kind of a once and your done experience in my opinion.

Here is my review of our dinner:

Appetizer:  Rolls and Butter.  They no longer have the 3-tier appetizer plate that they used to – or at least we didn’t get it with our meal.

Main Dish Adults: Choose from the menu (see video).

Main Dish Kids: Choose from the menu (my child got the Octopus hotdog with the seashell pasta).  The kids meals are really cute and enjoyable.  They all have a “sea” theme.

Dessert: Ice cream.

Time with Princesses:  1-2 minutes each.

Princesses There:  Ariel – in a dress – not fins (you see her before you are seated).  The other princesses come to your table: Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, and Aurora.

Cost: Around $40 for adults , $20 for kids + tax and tip (give or take depending on the season you go).

Allergy friendly: YES! – They were very accommodating to my gluten and dairy allergy.


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