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Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel

by Mommy Frog on August 17, 2022 18 Los Angeles

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - PinterestAre you looking for a little dining with character? Goofy and his pals have returned to Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. Gawrsh, that's great! A-hyuck! Now you can once again fuel up with a fun breakfast, brunch and dinner meal while getting to see some of your favorite Disney characters dance by your table. Character dining at Goofy’s Kitchen is a big-time favorite for the tadpoles with the kid-friendly foods and dessert station (not to mention seeing Chef Goofy himself!). If you have visited Goofy’s Kitchen in the past, the food and the character selections are just how we remember it ... a little goofy and a whole lot of fun.

Character Dining at Goofy’s Kitchen

We have been hopping by each of the Disneyland character dining experiences as they have reopened to get the dish on how things are at this time. It felt so good to see Goofy and his besties in their chef outfits hopping by our table during breakfast and dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen. And we have hopping good news! The characters once again stop at your table for hugs, photos, autographs and high fives. Woo hoo!

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Sign outside of the restaurant

Planning for Character Dining at Goofy’s Kitchen

Goofy’s Kitchen serves breakfast and dinner daily. Breakfast includes brunch items, as well, and reservations on weekends run later than during the week. So you can consider it breakfast or brunch depending on your dining time.

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Dale waves as he passes by

First of all, you’ll want to make a reservation to attend character dining at Goofy’s Kitchen. Reservations open up to 60 days in advance. If you cannot secure a reservation, you may be able to join a Mobile Dine Walk-Up List at the restaurant if there is availability.

Arriving at the Hotel and Restaurant

The restaurant is located in the Disneyland Hotel. If you are not staying at the hotel, you can access it in a couple of ways. You can walk there from other nearby hotels. If you are driving in for a meal and that’s all, you receive up to three hours of free self-parking at the Disneyland Hotel. Remember to ask for validation at the restaurant's check-in stand. You will not get validation for the Downtown Disney parking lot, so do not park there unless you plan to do some shopping and can get validation in Downtown Disney. Our Downtown Disney post has all of the details.

Don’t stay longer than your three hours, or you may return to a large parking bill. The first hour after the validation ends is $25, and then it’s $10 an hour for each hour after that (up to a $65 maximum). You may as well park in the theme park lots for $30 per day if you plan to stay much longer after your three hours.

If you have a theme park ticket and reservation for the same day you dine, we suggest parking at a Disneyland theme park lot. The parking structures are about a 10-minute walk along a pedestrian ramp from the second story of Pixar Pals parking structure. The Toy Story lot off Harbor Boulevard has buses that drop you off on the other side of the theme park entrances and then you’ll walk through Downtown Disney to get to the Disneyland Hotel. You’ll have to go through security after leaving the hotel to enter Downtown Disney to get to the parks so don't bring any selfie sticks or other banned items with you.

When you check-in at the restaurant, let them know if you have any allergies or are celebrating any special occasions. It was Lily’s birthday and she got a special cupcake and a birthday button!

Once you check-in at the restaurant, you’ll take a group photo in Goofy’s Kitchen. The PhotoPass photos are included, so have your photo code in the Disneyland app ready to go. Goofy is there to greet you but sometimes Pluto steps in to let Goofy to go check on things in the kitchen.

When they call you to be seated, you’ll receive complimentary Goofy’s Kitchen buttons for each member of your party! When you get to your table, your server will bring your drinks (there are adult or specialty options for an additional fee). You’ll pay your server at the end of the meal. Tax and 18-percent gratuity are automatically added to the bill. Be sure to show your server any discounts, such as Magic Keys, before you pay.

Food at Goofy’s Kitchen

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Plate of food with a Mickey waffle

So the food at Goofy's Kitchen is, well, a little Goofy at times. We expect nothing less! But it also has the biggest variety of food out of all the Disneyland character dining choices. It’s very kid-friendly, but adults who are looking for typical favorites or healthy choices will be happy too. And adults who are kids at heart will be thrilled to find their childhood favorites. There’s something for everyone, from chicken tenders to avocado toast and smoked salmon. It's a self-serve buffet and you can enjoy as much food as you like.

Breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Chef prepares omelets

At breakfast, you have your normal breakfast foods (with a Disney flair): Mickey Mouse pancakes, Mickey Mouse waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon (regular and turkey), sausage, hash browns, eggs Benedict, made-to-order omelets (you can request egg whites), chilaquiles and more. Also, there’s oatmeal, fruit, and a build-your-own yogurt granola parfait. You can make a salad and enjoy deviled eggs, avocado toast and smoked salmon.

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Silly pizza

Then there are the nontraditional fun breakfast foods of pizza, mac and cheese and chicken tenders (which are also out at dinner). But besides your usual cheese pizza, you may find s'mores pizza, peanut butter and jelly pizza, or breakfast pizza. A-hyuck! Don't knock chicken tenders for breakfast. They pair nicely with Mickey waffles.

To finish off your meal, there’s a whole island of desserts and soft-serve frozen yogurt with toppings. Yum!

Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen

Goofy's Kitchen offers the only character dining dinner option. The menu has a carving station (we saw sirloin, turkey breast and sausage), fresh catch of the day, veggies, sides, salads, fruit, fried shrimp, pizzas, mac and cheese and more surprises.

Dessert at Goofy’s Kitchen

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Goofy passes through kitchen

Chef Goofy must have a sweet tooth because the dessert selection is much bigger than the other character dining locations for both breakfast and dinner. There are cookies, muffins, cakes, pastries, lemon bars, macarons, gelatin, warm desserts, seasonal items and more. But what really takes the cake is the soft-serve frozen yogurt bar with toppings. It’s available for breakfast and dinner.

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel-Minnie poses with guest

Characters at Goofy’s Kitchen

You go to character dining to see characters. Right? Here's what to expect. You’ll typically get Goofy, Minnie, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale at breakfast and dinner. (Mickey used to join in the fun during dinner at Goofy's Kitchen, but now you can catch him at his own character dining experience at Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café). The characters are dressed in their chef hats or aprons so they can whip up some mealtime fun. Goofy is mostly outside the restaurants posing for photos, but sometimes he wanders in.

One of the biggest differences during the Disneyland reopening period is that characters used to parade through the restaurant. That recently changed. Now the characters stop by your table to visit with you. One tradition at Goofy's Kitchen is the twirling of the napkins. You’ll hear the music change and an announcement to swirl your napkin. The characters all come out for a little dance moment and then they'll circulate past every table.

You can now hug and get close to Goofy in his "kitchen" before you are seated. Your PhotoPass photos with Goofy (or Pluto if Goofy is not available) are included in the meal.

Prices, Dining Times and Service at Goofy’s Kitchen

You have meal choices at this Disneyland character dining location. This restaurant is dedicated to just character dining, unlike other character breakfasts, which serve other meals without characters later in the day. You can have breakfast (with some brunch options thrown in) or dinner.

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen-Buffet food

Dining hours do vary slightly by day:

  • Breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, it can stay open later, up until 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner is from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday but starts at 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen - Food choices from buffetYour server will bring your beverages. Water, juices and soft drinks and specialty coffees, etc. are included. Adult drinks and nonalcoholic mocktails cost more. You'll have proper serving utensils and a cloth napkin. We only mention this because Plaza Inn has plasticware, paper napkins and self-serve drinks in paper cups at this time. It feels more civilized to have a metal fork and cloth napkin even if you are using it to eat peanut butter pizza. Just sayin'.

You will serve yourself at the buffet. The kid favorites are at a lower height, allowing them some independence. That makes it easier on you, but keep an eye on their choices. The dessert buffet is quite tempting. Soft-serve for breakfast? Can you blame a tadpole (or husband with a sweet tooth) for trying?

The last parade of characters through the restaurant is either 20 or 40 minutes after closing, depending on the day. If you are planning a late reservation, you'll want to book 30 to 60 minutes before closing so that you can get your character fill.

Breakfast is $49 per adult and $29 per child ages 3 to 9 before tax and gratuity. Tax and 18-percent gratuity are automatically added to the bill. You'll pay your server at the end of the meal. Adult and specialty drinks cost extra. Dinner costs a little more (but the cast members were unable to provide us with pre-tax/gratuity prices). Before tax and tip, dinner for adults is $59.99. After tax and tip, dinner is $69.93 for adults and $40.49 for kids. (Adult breakfast after tip and tax is $61.73, so breakfast will save you over dinner if the cost difference is the decision-maker.)

During certain holidays, such as Thanksgiving day, the price is higher, hours may vary and more festive foods are added to the menu.

Tips for Visiting Goofy’s Kitchen

Disneyland Character Dining: Goofy’s Kitchen-Free birthday cupcake and button

We have a few tips for getting the most out of your character dining at Goofy's Kitchen:

  • Bring your appetite and an open mind (you know you want to try peanut butter and jelly pizza).
  • Make an advance reservation to dine at Goofy's Kitchen.
  • Time your meal right. Do you want to fill your bellies before hitting the theme parks, or do you want to visit the theme parks at rope drop for the lowest crowds of the day and work up an appetite with a later breakfast time, making it count for lunch too? Or does dinner sound appetizing so you can relax?
  • Bring your camera to capture the memories.
  • Choose a day and time where you will not feel rushed.
  • Talk to the check-in host and your server about special dietary needs.
  • Let them know at check-in if you are celebrating a special occasion.
  • Apply discounts such as Magic Key or Disney credit cards.
  • Ask for a table that makes it easy to see the characters coming.

Are you looking forward to character dining at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel? You can save money staying at the Disneyland Resort hotels or even other nearby hotels when you book through Undercover Tourist. You can also save on multi-day Disneyland Resort theme park tickets. All those savings can be used to enjoy yummy extras (give us all of Mickey pretzels!) and character dining experiences such as Goofy's Kitchen.

Related: Disneyland Character Dining: Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn

Related: Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 29, 2023 at 6:19 p.m. Jenni Says...


We have a reservation for dinner at the end of June and hope to celebrate my son's 4th birthday at goofys kitchen, I did not add on the celebration cake with my reservation, will we still get a birthday song and cupcake or do I need to try and add the celebration cake for this to happen?


Jun 1, 2023 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni!

You can add in a birthday celebration note when you check in via the Disneyland app or with the host in person.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 25, 2023 at 5:28 p.m. Rebecca Says...

What are my chances of getting a table for 4 without a reservation if I arrive at opening?

Mar 1, 2023 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

It truly varies per day and crowds so it's hard to say, but you can try to join the walk-up list in the app as soon as you are nearby. Just keep looking because a spot may open up!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 19, 2023 at 8:50 p.m. Christina Says...

We made reservations for a group under my app and card. Do you know if my card will be charged for everyone's dinner or can we pay separately once we are there?

Jan 19, 2023 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

Everyone can pay separately once you're there! The credit card on the reservation would only be charged if you fail to cancel at least two hours prior to your reservation and are a no-show (in that case, there would be a $10 per person cancellation fee).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 31, 2022 at 5:14 p.m. Virginia Says...

Will be visiting Goofy’s kitchen with my grand daughter and family soon. I have celiac disease (*No gluten, wheat or dairy.). Is there anything I can eat there or can I bring my own prepared meal while my family eats at Goofys kitchen?

Jan 3, 2023 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Virginia!

We find that Disney restaurants in general can be accommodating! You can talk to your server and the chefs when you're there. They will tell you the allergy-friendly/gluten-free options, and the chef can make special safe items for you. They even have gluten-free Mickey waffles they can make you! All table-service restaurants have a special allergy menu that will point you to safe items for you. Even quick-service restaurants have an allergy menu, and the chef can come talk to you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 16, 2022 at 3:35 p.m. Steve Says...

Last week we went to downtown Disney and parked in Simba. Parking was $10 for the first hour. With a store validation (which I got from the Sunglass Hut without buying anything) we received an extra Two hours free. However, we were told that with a Restaraunt validation you receive and additional 5 hours free bring the total to 6 hours of parking for the $10.

Sep 20, 2022 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

Parking validation is only for Downtown Disney restaurants. The validation did not work since Goofy's Kitchen is not a Downtown Disney restaurant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 21, 2022 at 4:05 p.m. Brianna Says...

Hi! I understand reservations open 60 days in advanced. Do you know what time they become available? Thanks!

Aug 24, 2022 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brianna!

This is a tough question because it mainly depends on the restaurant. Some restaurants seem to go live at 3 a.m. PT; others shortly after 6 a.m. — sometimes in the afternoon too or even days after the 60-day window opens (in these cases, restaurants may be waiting until park hours are confirmed). There's no exact science, so our best advice is keep checking all the way up until the day of your visit if you're unable to get a reservation. We've also had success with joining Walk-Up lists via the Disneyland app on the day of, if all else fails.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 2, 2022 at 1:30 a.m. lakita wells Says...

Are the characters taking pictures with every table or no

Aug 2, 2022 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lakita!

During our last visit to Goofy's Kitchen, we just got a photo with Goofy at the beginning and the characters paraded by without stopping (though things are subject to change!). If you want characters to stop and spend time with you, we recommend Storytellers Cafe or Plaza Inn, where they have stopped for us during recent visits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 14, 2022 at 11:42 p.m. Maria Says...

How can I make a reservation at goofys kitchen for dinner

Jul 15, 2022 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

You can make a dining reservation either online ("check availability") or through the Disneyland app (find the + at the bottom of the Home Screen, and the option "Check Dining Availability" should pop up first). If there aren't any reservations available, keep checking as cancellations can hoppen!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 23, 2022 at 4:26 a.m. Angel Says...

We are all going there to celebrate my birthday Lunch Party with friends. ????

Apr 25, 2022 at 7:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Woohoo — hoppy birthday! We think Goofy's Kitchen would make a great lunch stop to celebrate. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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