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

Character Dining at Storytellers Café - PinterestWe frogs are big fans of character dining — it combines two of our favorite things, after all! There's something to be said for fueling up on scrumptious food while also greeting your favorite pals. And oh hoppy day — character hugs and table visits have returned to character dining at Storytellers Café. Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast and Brunch Buffet at Storytellers Café at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel is one of our favorite character dining experiences at Disneyland. It offers buffet service.

Whether you visit on a park-free day, or a day when you are also in the theme parks, Mickey's Tales of Adventure character dining at Storytellers Café always hits the spot. We love to visit and fill our frog bellies for brunch after a busy morning in a theme park. It's conveniently located just inside the hotel theme park gates for Disney California Adventure. It's a great way to fill up, rest and meet up to five characters before heading back to the parks.

Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast and Brunch Buffet Character Dining at Storytellers Café

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Mickey and friends parade through

The characters come to your table to meet you and pose for photos. They also periodically parade through together, pausing in front of the buffet.

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Dale sits at a booth with guests

Tad filmed our dining experience before character hugs returned and when masks were required. This video is from July 2021. This will give you a sense of some of the food and character outfits, but keep in mind that things are back to normal and the characters will hug you again.

Planning for Character Dining at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Minnie poses with guest at table

You’ll want to make a reservation for breakfast or brunch any day of the week since dinner at this restaurant does not have characters. You may reserve dining up to 60 days in advance of your visit beginning at 6 a.m. These days, dining reservations fill up quickly. If you do not see any times, keep checking back because reservations get released at different times of the day. As the date approaches, you might be able to pick up someone else's cancellation, so do not lose hope!

If you still cannot secure a reservation, you may be able to join the Walk-Up List on the day of your visit. There is a button on the Storytellers' page in the Disneyland app for joining the Walk-Up List.

Arriving at the Hotel and Restaurant

This restaurant is located inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. If you are not staying on the property or within walking distance and are driving to the Grand Californian, pull on up to the valet. You get three hours of complimentary valet parking with validation. (Remember to get your ticket validated at the restaurant check-in stand.)

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Breakfast Button with Chip in background

The restaurant is located near the main pool entrance and is just around the corner from the hotel's direct entrance to Disney California Adventure. In fact, on our recent hotel stay, we used that park entrance at park opening to ride rides with the shortest lines during Early Entry and the first two hours of the day, then we sat down to brunch to fill our hungry bellies before relaxing at the pool for a few hours. It was all so conveniently close to each other and made for a great day. Then we hopped to Disneyland for the evening and dinner. It's all so conveniently close to each other and made for a great day. We did not have to worry about waiting in line to see characters in the park since the characters came to us at brunch!

When you check-in, collect your complimentary button and let them know if you are celebrating any special occasions. You’ll be shown to your table. You pay at the end, and tax and gratuity are added to the bill. Be sure to show your server any discounts such as Magic Key before you pay.

Food at Storytellers Café

 

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Carved meats and Mickey waffles

The breakfast choices generally match the other Disneyland character dining buffets, but this breakfast is a little more high-end than some of the other buffets, with some choices unique to this location. You can enjoy muffins, croissants, fruit, a charcuterie platter, smoked salmon and a bagel, and agua fresca or other fresh beverages. Main dishes include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, Mickey waffles, French toast with berries and whipped cream, chilaquiles, carved meats and breakfast potatoes with Impossible meat. You can order a gluten-free, vegan pancake or impossible patties from the chef.

Enjoy oatmeal with all the fixings and a custom omelet. Juices, coffee and soft drinks are included, as well. Special coffee drinks, specialty beverages and alcoholic beverages — such as the ultimate bloody mary, mimosa, bellini or raspberry champagne — cost extra. Once brunch time rolls around, more food comes out.

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Brunch foods

Brunch includes breakfast foods, a carving station and a rotating menu of daily lunch specials, several of which remind us of some popular items in the theme parks. If you have dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan gluten-free or have allergies) ask your server if you can talk to the chef. You can expect all the breakfast items as well as ciabatta, veggies, salmon poke, crab cake, truffle fries and beignet bites. Menus are subject to change.

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café-Chicken tenders, fries and pizza

The tadpoles (or adults too) will enjoy serving themselves chicken tenders, fries, pizza and more. You may enjoy as much as you like at breakfast and brunch so come with a hungry belly! You no longer order kids foods separately, as they have worked some of them into the buffet.

Characters at Storytellers Café

Character Dining at Storytellers Café - Girl poses as Chip and Dale pass by

The food is great, but it's the characters you came for, right? You can expect to meet Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale at this character meal, although characters are subject to change, except for Mickey. He's a sure thing! After all, it's Mickey's Tales of Adventure. But we have always gotten this same crew when we have visited. The characters are ready for adventure — Mickey wears all of his outdoor gear. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip 'n' Dale circulate through the restaurant while you dine. They'll stop by your table, pose for photos and sign autographs. You can even get a hug if you like.

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Mickey visits with babyWe had multiple characters sit down at our booth and hang out with us! Lily fed Mickey pancakes and jabbered with him awhile. Toadally fun! We had the characters pass by our table multiple times during our brunch.

Prices, Dining Times and Service at Storytellers Café

It's a little more refined to dine here in the cozy Craftsman-style dining room than, say, Plaza Inn or Goofy's Kitchen. It has a more relaxed vibe and feels less crowded.

You will serve yourself from the buffet. Once brunch rolls around at 11 a.m., a few items will be swapped out, such as soup instead of oatmeal. At Plaza Inn, the cast members put the buffet food on your plate, and while we appreciate fewer hands touching the serving utensils, we'd rather use hand sanitizer and choose yet another Mickey waffle at Storytellers without feeling self-conscious about it.

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Girl with Pluto

Breakfast and Brunch are now the same price. (Prices are subject to change.) They run $52 for an adult and $31 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until 10:55 a.m. For brunch, food comes out from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We always enjoy the brunch additions to our meals and can walk out satisfied. Get seated by 10:30 a.m. so you can enjoy both breakfast and brunch offerings! Even though many breakfast items stay put, a few get swapped out.

Character Dining at Storytellers Café - Tray of Mickey Waffles

You may see special holiday character dining meals and expanded hours on days such as Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tips for Attending Mickey's Tales of Adventure Buffet

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Girl has birthday cupcake and candle

Follow these tips to make the most of your visit:

  • Make a reservation 60 days in advance.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive, enjoy the hotel lobby and dine.
  • Bring a camera.
  • Request a seat that is not in the corner, facing the wall, so you can see the characters coming.
  • If you have a later breakfast seating, you will still have access to breakfast foods, but you might get to experience the brunch foods, as well.
  • Alert the server and host to any food allergies or preferences.
  • Let them know if you are celebrating a birthday. Even though the dessert buffet comes with your meal included, your server might surprise you with a special complimentary cupcake and candle.
  • Arrive by 10:30 a.m. to try all breakfast and brunch offerings!

Disneyland Character Dining: Mickey's Tales of Adventure at Storytellers Café - Pluto dances by

Do you have any questions about Mickey's Tales of Adventure character dining at Storytellers Café? Please let us know in the comments below. If you are looking to stay at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, you can save some green when you book through Undercover Tourist. We also sell discount Disneyland Resort theme park tickets. Ribbit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Mar 21, 2024 at 4:01 a.m. Kailey Says...

Do you know if Storyteller’s Cafe is closed on May 12th? I was on right at 6 am PST and there weren’t any times available for the entire day.

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Mar 21, 2024 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kailey!

May 12 is Mother's Day, and in the past, Storytellers Cafe has hosted a special Mother's Day brunch and dinner, so the restaurant may be holding on releasing any reservations until more details are released. We encourage you to keep checking!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2023 at 9:52 p.m. Lynde Says...

This was a wonderful review and overview! Thank you for the helpful information!

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Sep 25, 2023 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynde!

Thank YOU for hopping by!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 25, 2023 at 9:51 p.m. Marilu Luna Says...

If I park at the Disneyland structure, how long is the walk to the storyteller rest?

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Apr 26, 2023 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilu!

If you're planning on dining only, you can park for free at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel for up to three hours. However, if you plan on going into the parks before and/or after your meal, then we'd recommend directly going to the parking structure so you don't have to worry about moving your car. From the parking structure, it's about a 15-20 minute walk.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2022 at 5:32 p.m. Aahley Says...

If you have a park reservation but aren’t staying at the hotel can you use the park/hotel entrance to get to and from your reservation after you’ve already gotten into the park?

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Nov 1, 2022 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aahley!

Yes, you can, though in the morning when it's busy, they may limit that entrance to hotel guests only. There isn't a set time when they limit it — it really just depends on the crowd level. But late morning or early afternoon should be fine!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2022 at 10:49 p.m. Donnie Says...

Are you able to use the GCH park entrance to California Adventure if you have a reservation/eating at the Storyteller Cafe bnot staying at the hotel? We have a reservation for an early breakfast before the park opens and would love to go straight into the park from the hotel entrance if possible.

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Aug 16, 2022 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donnie!

During peak times, they may ask to see a hotel key, but as long as there isn't a long line to get in, we think it should be OK!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2022 at 2:57 a.m. Samantha Says...

Do you know at what time is the first parade? Aprox.

If the restaurant opens at 7:00, is it possible to see them at that time?

Thanks in advance

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Aug 15, 2022 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

The characters are out and about for most of the time you're there. So yes, if you had a 7 a.m. reservation, the characters would be out. They parade through and then spend time stopping at every table. The characters came by multiple times throughout our meal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 22, 2022 at 6:07 a.m. Jen Says...

Hi! Do you know how long the characters stay out? Is it until 12:00?

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Feb 22, 2022 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Usually characters appear until the last 20 minutes that the restaurant is open. End times can vary based on if there is a brunch or not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 18, 2022 at 3:25 a.m. Eve Says...

How long does the breakfast experience take start to finish? I want to try to fit it in before my flight leaves from John Wayne at 1pm. Thanks in advance for your help! :)

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Feb 18, 2022 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eve!

We'd suggest allocating about 1.5 to 2 hours for the meal.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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