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Disneyland Character Dining Returns - Get the Full Dish!

A note from Mommy Frog: Now that Disneyland is returning to more normal operations, character dining is back. Hop over to our Disneyland reopening post, which we will continue to update with the latest news. You can also hop over to our post on what's open at Disneyland to see what restaurants, rides and entertainment are open or closed at this time. Here is some quick but important reopening information:

  • Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast and Brunch at Storytellers Café reopened July 22.
  • The Minnie & Friends Breakfast at Plaza Inn reopened Aug. 12.
  • The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose reopened Aug. 26.
  • Goofy's Kitchen reopened for breakfast and dinner already, and characters returned Sept. 16, 2021.
  • PCH Grill, home of Donald Duck's Seaside Breakfast and Brunch, is closed permanently

Keep in mind that menus and character interactions may be modified, so check the menus before you visit! Also, face covering rules have changed since we first visited Storyteller's Café and could continue to change. Find out the mask policy before your visit. For now, a face covering is required indoors at Disneyland Resort. You may remove your face covering when seated at a table to eat, but put it back on to hit the buffet. We keep our guide to theme park mask policies updated with the latest news. 

A visit to the Disneyland Resort means balancing your schedule with rides, meals, shows and character meet and greets. Why not multi-task and knock out several character interactions while you enjoy a meal? If you want to meet a gang of Disney characters without waiting in line for each one or seeking them out in the parks then character dining allows you to fuel up while letting the characters come to you. Plus, if you head to the theme parks with a full belly, you won't feel the need to stop for snacks and meals anytime soon.

Disneyland Character Dining Returns at Storytellers Cafe and Plaza Inn-Dale visits a table at Storytellers Cafe

Keep in mind that during the Disneyland reopening phases, the characters are on the move and do not stop for hugs (though they may pose quickly like our pal, Dale, above — have your cameras and speedy fingers ready!). They will parade past your table multiple times while you eat, but they generally do not stop. Eventually, we expect character dining to return to normal.

If you are visiting a hotel character dining experience, but are arriving by car and not staying at the hotel, your parking is included. Bring your parking ticket to the restaurant for validation. You will receive three hours of complimentary parking at the hotel with your dining (five hours for the Princess Breakfast Adventures meal). The validation will not work for Downtown Disney or other Disneyland parking lots. You get self-parking at Disneyland Hotel or valet parking at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

There are four restaurants that typically offer character meals at Disneyland Resort — one in the Disneyland Resort hotel, two at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and one at Disneyland Park. (There used to be a fifth, the Donald Duck Seaside Breakfast at PCH Grill in Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel, but the restaurant permanently closed.) All of them offer character breakfasts, plus Storyteller’s Café has a brunch on select days and Goofy’s Kitchen offers a character dinner. The newest character dining location, the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, offers a three-course meal that includes both breakfast and brunch food options (as well as decadent desserts). Lily says get your tiaras, princess dresses and sparkles on for this newest princess option!

Disneyland Character Dining — Tiana

We are hoppy that there is once again a princess breakfast among the Disneyland character dining choices because we have been missing the royal treatment ever since Ariel's Grotto at Disney California Adventure closed. That restaurant — along with the upstairs Cove Bar — was converted into the super cool Lamplight Lounge! It has great food, but it is no longer a character dining location, and there is no character dining inside California Adventure. The new Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures takes place at Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel, right next to the park. So, how do you choose the right experience for you? We’ve hopped about Disneyland Resort to get the scoop on each of them (the things we do in the name of research!) and share our best tips so you get the most from your Disneyland character dining.

Here Is How Each of the Disneyland Character Dining Options Stack Up!

More Disneyland Character Dining Returns - Tigger meets guests at Plaza Inn

Each of the meals is a little different in terms of food and characters. Let's take a look at what to expect at each dining location.

1. Minnie & Friends — Breakfast Buffet in the Park, Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park (reopened Aug. 12; service and character selection may be modified)

\More Disneyland Character Dining Returns - Minnie greets guests for a photo at Plaza Inn

The Plaza Inn is located right in the heart of Disneyland on Main Street, U.S.A. You can dine inside or outside in Victorian style. What we love about this character breakfast is that the character selection is the most diverse of the Disneyland character meals, and you’ll find the most characters at one meal — usually about seven or eight (while some others have five in comparison). You’ll meet Minnie Mouse and other characters. Normally, you may meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Fairy Godmother, Captain Hook, Chip, Dale, Rafiki and special guests who hop on by since they are in the park. You could encounter a rare treat, such as Piglet, Pinocchio, Max or some other surprise guest. Of course, this is all pre-pandemic.

More Disneyland Character Dining Returns-Pooh poses in the kitchen at Plaza Inn

The character selection is modified at the moment. Here's what it's like! We were able to meet Minnie, chat with her and take a photo with her upon entering (and we visited her again before we left). The PhotoPass photos were included with the meal! While we ate, Daisy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger circulated among the tables. Music would play before the characters appeared. They came out every 20 to 30 minutes. They did not stop long enough to take posed photos, but we waved and blew kisses. Depending on how long you dine, you may get to see them many times.

More Disneyland Character Dining Returns - Plate of Food at Plaza Inn

The character dining experience offers a breakfast buffet with traditional breakfast items, including cereal, scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, bacon, potatoes, pastries, fruit and those froglet-favorite Minnie waffles (that's right, Minnie waffles — it's her breakfast, after all!). You can top them with syrup or caramelized bananas foster! You can also order made-to-order omelets. One thing that was extra special about this character dining location was the fried chicken and biscuits with gravy. Yum! It was a boneless fried chicken thigh, so it did vary slightly from the chicken you eat at lunch and dinner, which has bones. You serve yourself beverages at this location. You could have juice, coffee, hot chocolate, soda and tea. At this time, you also get your own disposable napkins and plastic ware.

More Disneyland Character Dining Returns - Minnie Waffles at buffet

If you have an allergy and are struggling with the buffet, you can talk to the chef, who may be able to whip up a special dish for you. The only downside is that you do need to pay for park admission to access this Disneyland character meal. Adult buffet meals are $41 and children ages 3 to 9 are $24, plus tax. Gratuity is not added to the bill at this location. Breakfast hours vary per day, and the restaurant may be open during Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour (which are not currently available). There is a separate park entrance open for character dining all the way to the left of the park entrance.

The last reservation is 10:40 a.m., last seating by 11 a.m., and the breakfast food disappears by 11:30 a.m. It felt like things were wrapping up about 11 a.m. and got quieter. We recommend an earlier seating so you have time to catch multiple character experiences. You want to be there well before 10:40 a.m. to make the most of your meal.

2. Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast and Brunch Buffet — Storytellers Café (reopened July 22; buffet service)

Disneyland Character Dining Returns at Storytellers Cafe and Plaza Inn - A Girl Poses with Mickey at Storytellers Cafe

Storytellers Café at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel offers a relaxed buffet breakfast daily, followed by a brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until 10:55 a.m., and brunch food comes out from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The breakfast choices closely match the other Disneyland character meal buffets. You can enjoy muffins, croissants, fruit, charcuterie platter, smoked salmon and bagel, and agua fresca or breakfast milk in a bag to start. Main dishes include scrambled eggs, an egg white frittata (with spinach, tomato and basil), eggs Benedict, bacon, sausage, pancakes, Mickey waffles, chilaquiles, carved meats and breakfast potatoes with Impossible meat.

Disneyland Character Dining Returns at Storytellers Cafe and Plaza Inn - A Plate of food at Storytellers BuffetYou can request your server to bring vanilla yogurt parfait, oatmeal with all the fixings, milk for cereal and a custom omelet to your table. Juices, coffee and soft drinks are included as well. It's a little more refined to dine here than Plaza Inn for character dining at this time because you have a cloth napkin, silverware (instead of heading to dispensers to get a plastic fork) and a server to bring drinks. Brunch includes a rotating menu of daily lunch specials.

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. Breakfast runs $49 for an adult and $29 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity. The last breakfast seating is by 10:55 a.m., and brunch food starts coming out at 11 a.m. Brunch is $51 per adult and $29 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

We recently hopped by for breakfast to check this character breakfast out after it reopened. Just as before, this dining location does not have a PhotoPass photo location. While the buffet style of serving has returned, and you serve yourself, the character interactions are a little different from before. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip 'n' Dale parade through the restaurant every 20 minutes. When they are out, they pass each table multiple times, but they do not stop. It can be challenging to take a still pic of them, but if you pose it and time it just right as they are coming by, you might be able to capture a distanced photo or selfie. If you want to preserve the memory, we recommend a short video instead. Tad filmed the experience, so you can experience the return of character dining to Disneyland Resort on our YouTube channel!

3. Breakfast and Dinner Buffet at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel (Characters returned Sept. 16, 2021.)

Disneyland Character Dining - Goofy's KitchenThis character dining location was the latest to return. You'll step into Goofy’s Kitchen to get your included PhotoPass photo of your party, but Goofy will not be present to take a photo with you. Instead, he will be dancing his way around the restaurant, circulating past each table with his pals Minnie, Pluto, Chip and Dale. They come out every 20 minutes and visit for about 10 minutes. So that means the characters are out about 50 percent of the time. During this time they do not stop at individual tables, pose for photos or give hugs. The characters make their last rounds either 20 or 40 minutes after closing, so you want to be sure to book a time where you will have enough time to catch them coming by a few times. You know they are coming because there is a change in the music. You are supposed to remain seated at your table (or continue to get your food) when they circulate.

Disneyland Character Dining -Person poses with Pluto in backgroundDuring normal operation before the pandemic, you were greeted by your host, Goofy, for some hugs, fun and photos! The other characters would stop by your table for hugs and photos. That is the biggest difference from before. Now all the characters are in the dining room and stay on the move. Now it's much more challenging to get a pic with a character, but if you time it right, you might get a family member in a photo with a character in the background as seen here with Pluto. You'll probably find it easier to take videos of them dancing by rather than photos.

Disneyland Character Dining - Plate with selection of food from buffet.The rest of the buffet is pretty much the same as before. After being shown to your table, grab a plate and hit the buffet. We usually visit the buffet as soon as the characters leave after making their rounds since we know we can fill our plate and be back at our table in time to catch our Disney pals when they return about 10 minutes later.

Goofy's Kitchen has the biggest variety of food. Even the pickiest eater will be happy here. And healthy eaters have plenty of options too! At breakfast, which offers some brunch selections, as well, you could find some traditional scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, pastries, bacon (including regular and turkey bacon), sausages, chilaquiles, Mickey pancakes, biscuits and gravy, yogurt, oatmeal, fruits and Mickey waffles, as well as salad, made-to-order omelets, smoked salmon, avocado toast, chicken tenders, mac and cheese and pizza. Pizza? Not just pizza, but also silly pizza, such as peanut butter pizza or or s’mores pizza or breakfast pizza. It is Goofy’s kitchen, so expect some, well, goofiness.

Some of the buffet areas with kid favorites on them are kid height. That allows your kids to help themselves to Mickey waffles, Mickey pancakes, pizza, chicken tenders, mac and cheese and other kid favorites. Adults are welcome to dig in too, of course. Those chicken tenders are yummy!

There is a smorgasbord of dessert, from cookies, cakes, muffins, pastries, gelatin, and even a soft-serve frozen yogurt sundae bar with toppings, which means supervising your little ones as they make their meal choices. Otherwise, they may come back to the table with dessert for breakfast. It happens! Adults can treat themselves to cocktails for an additional fee. A mimosa, Bloody Mary or bellini, anyone?

Disneyland Character Dining - Goofy's Kitchen

At dinner, Goofy's Kitchen offers a carving station, pasta, salads, veggies, fruit, more of Goofy’s famous pizza (here’s your chance to try mac and cheese pizza), hot dogs, Goofyroni and cheese and a number of hot and cold selections.

Whether you start or end your day at Goofy’s Kitchen, while you dine, you can expect to be visited by Goofy’s A-list friends, such as Minnie, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale. You’ll get those five character interactions at breakfast or dinner.

Be sure to note any special occasions when you check in. Lily celebrated a birthday at Goofy's Kitchen and got a birthday cupcake and birthday button. Speaking of buttons, all guests receive a Goofy's Kitchen button.

Pricing is tricky. We hopped by for breakfast shortly after characters returned and paid $49 for adults and $29 for kids (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity. (About $65 after tax and tip for adults and about $36 after tax and tip for kids). Gratuity of 18 percent is automatically added to the bill. You will pay your server. However, we can only acquire the dinner pricing after tax and gratuity. Dinner is $69.93 out the door for adults and $40.69 for kids. We are apples to apples comparison kind of frogs, but we were handed an orange on this one. At least you know the total price after tax and gratuity so you can budget.

Breakfast/brunch begins at 7 a.m. every day and is served until 12 p.m Monday through Friday, and until 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit on the later end (like 11 a.m.) if you want the meal to serve as lunch (but give yourself time to dine and see characters a few times). Dinner is from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

4. Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures — Napa Rose (character dining reopened Aug. 26)

Disneyland Character Dining — Princess Breakfast Adventures

This character dining experience returned, but food and character interactions may vary from past operations. Disney Princesses will greet you on a private patio for an exclusive photo opportunity. They will also pass through the dining room but will not stop at your table at this time. Throughout the experience, your little princesses and princes can enjoy fun princess-themed activities. A special keepsake will help them remember their special morning!

The menu at this breakfast features both breakfast and luncheon offerings. You'll start with three-tier towers of appetizers, which may include:

  • Banana wraps
  • Chia and granola parfait with mango, kiwi, and coconut
  • Ham and cheese sandwiches with cranberry cream cheese
  • Lobster salad crostini with a dinglehopper (toadally cute!)
  • Beignets

For the main course you will head to the buffet. Tadpoles can choose from house-made mac ‘n’ cheese, princess waffles and barbecue beef sliders. Adults have savory options such as scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage, vegetables, papas bravas, mac & cheese,  and a selection of meats. Choices include braised short ribs, barbecue beef sliders, and chicken and Mickey waffles.

End on a sweet note with chocolate princess cake pops, petite raspberry tarts, seashell macarons, sorbet and more. The waiter sprinkles gold pixie dust on the sweets with a star-shaped wand.

Masks are required indoors when not actively eating or drinking. Mask rules may change before you visit, so hop over to our theme park mask policy post for the more up-to-date rules for Disneyland Resort and other theme parks.

Character interactions may differ from what we are used to at this time. Like the other character dining experiences, the princesses move through the dining room one by one without masks and without stopping for photos. You may meet princesses outside on the patio from a safe distance. The princesses will draw you into their stories. For example, Belle might read stories while Mulan teaches you warrior poses. Depending on the day, you may expect to meet about eight princesses. The selection may vary but on opening day, guests saw Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Mulan, Jasmine, Aurora, Rapunzel and Pocahontas. Your parting gift is a swag bag with either a necklace pendant or  sword and shield with a princess cinch bag and a button.

Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures Before the Pandemic

Now here is what the experience is like normally. We will leave this information here as we are not sure when and if menus will return to the previous service and when princesses can stop at your table again. Some aspects are the same. It includes a three-course meal, souvenirs for the tadpoles and themed activities. Some are different, as you can meet a princess when you enter the lounge, have more princesses visit you at your table, then join a princess for a story and a hug outside. For the finale, you can share a fond farewell and get your princess portrait taken together as you depart and live happily ever after. This breakfast runs Thursdays through Mondays from 8 a.m. through noon and blends table service with a buffet.

Here’s the plot twist: You may need a fairy godmother or the crown jewels to pay for this experience, which ran $125 per person, adult or child (although babies 2 and under who share the food on your plate are free)! (We are still waiting on 2021 pricing.) Tax, gratuity and certain beverages are extra. For this price, each child will receive a souvenir autograph book and a pen when they arrive, which will be useful in gathering signatures of the princesses, as well as parting gifts. The whole experience takes two to two and a half hours, and does not feel rushed at all. You get up to five hours of complimentary valet parking with validation at the Grand Californian Hotel.

Disneyland Character Dining — Belle

Lily was all too hoppy to try out this new breakfast since she loves researching all things princess! It was fabulous, and we enjoyed our leisurely morning of dining and basking in the love of six princesses. This royal feast is truly that — a feast! We counted it as both breakfast and lunch (and it feels a little like an early high tea too).

Beverages such as juice, coffee, hot chocolate and milk are included. Adults can have a glass of champagne included, but you may need to ask for it directly. There is a list of Royal Morning Libations with both adult beverages (such as the Cajun Mary, Royal Fizz and Still Royal After Midnight) and fun, themed nonalcoholic drinks (such as the Colors of the Wind with a light-up cube and lemon, orange, passionfruit and pineapple juices along with ginger beer and apple cider, or the Fearless Guardian with dragon fruit, strawberry puree, lemon juice and stevia syrup) and others for an additional cost. You can enjoy the drinks at the bar or order at your table.

The meal is supposed to start with a pastry basket of monkey bread and scones with lemon curd (we did not happen to see this course, but no worries — there was so much other food we didn’t miss it. Be sure to ask about it if you don’t see it). Your server will bring a three-tier tower of starters to your table with enough servings for everyone. It includes:

  • Magic carpet parfait: Chia and granola parfait with mango, kiwi and coconut
  • Tangled open-face ham and cheese sandwich with cranberry cream cheese
  • Banana wrap in a crepe with Nutella in berry compote
  • Lobster salad crostini (with a Dinglehopper, aka mini hot dog, upon request)
  • Beignet

Then, you will be invited to visit the buffet, which has breakfast favorites and brunch-like options such as:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon
  • Artisan turkey sausage
  • Chicken and Mickey waffles
  • Sliced fruit, fruit kabobs and whole berries
  • Either braised short ribs or roasted pork belly (we got the short rib, and it was very tender and delicious)
  • Sliders
  • Mac and cheese
  • Roasted asparagus and tomato

Your waiter will bring a basket of hot papas bravas (seasoned french fries) with ketchup and Romesco sauce while you wait for the finale — the dessert tray. Save room for the delectable desserts! End your meal on a sweet note with:

  • Chocolate princess cake pops (Aurora, Tiana and Belle themes)
  • Belle’s raspberry bouquets (petite raspberry tarts)
  • Ariel’s seashell macarons with mango passionfruit ganache
  • Mulan’s firecracker strawberry honey sorbet topped with cotton candy and sizzling surprise candy
  • The Pocahontas peanut butter crunch mousse with a chocolate feather

Fairy Godmother ordered that the dessert tray be sprinkled with edible gold glitter! Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo!

Disneyland Character Dining — Dessert

The experience ranks high because of the princess interactions and time spent with the characters and quality of the food and service, but it ranks last mostly due to price, because it may be out of budget for many families. Adding tax, a tip and any themed beverages brings the total of this breakfast to over $600 for a family of four, so be aware of that going in and before suggesting this dining option to your princess-loving tadpoles. Make this meal count as breakfast and lunch for the day if this is a ball you cannot miss, and bring only the family members who would appreciate this royal treatment. Perhaps you can follow this breakfast with a relaxing day at the pool or with inexpensive entertainment.

The princesses may vary slightly, but you can expect to meet six to eight of the more adventurous princesses including Rapunzel, Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas and Aurora. Mulan and Pocahontas happened to be the two princesses who were taking turns sharing stories on the patio on the day we visited. We met Mulan while Pocahontas was out exploring. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to experience story-time with Belle, who can’t put down a good book, during your visit. You’ll end your adventure in the library for a final private moment with a princess — we got Ariel — for a photo and final sendoff. They will give you a PhotoPass card for digital downloads. You can also take pictures with your own camera.

Don’t froget the parting gifts! Each child chooses either a crown necklace or a shield and sword set as a gift. Adults receive a souvenir cinch sack and a box of truffles.

While we have ranked our favorite character dining options based on our favorite characters in attendance and how well the organization of the meal worked for our family and budget, you might have a favorite for a different reason. Basically, what we have learned is that the food at all of the breakfast buffets is similar. Goofy’s Kitchen usually adds a silly spin on breakfast. There are small differences in the buffet menus, but what it comes down to is the characters. Choose the meal that offers you the most likelihood of meeting the characters you most want to spend time with or the dining experience most convenient to you (i.e., in your hotel or in the park you are planning to visit that day).

Your small tadpole might do best with a smaller selection of characters where they can get up and hop around. Your older child might want to maximize the signatures they add to their autograph book (once that returns). You really cannot go wrong with any of the character dining experiences, but here’s some advice to help you maximize your time.

Disneyland Character Dining Tips and Things to Keep in Mind!

Here are some tips for the best Disneyland character dining experience (some may need to be reserved for normal character interactions as characters do not pose or sign gift books at this time):

  • Bring your camera.
  • Once characters can sign books again, bring your autograph book (or DIY character signature project like this one), and a pen or marker (tadpoles at the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures in the past received their own souvenir autograph book and pen).
  • Plan some fun poses for pictures with the characters when they can pose again.
  • Think of some fun questions to ask the characters or things you might want to tell them (when characters are able to stop by individual tables once more).
  • Make advance dining reservations.
  • Note any allergies or dietary issues when reserving, checking in and with the waiter and/or chef.
  • When you check-in, let them know if you will be celebrating a birthday. They may bring out a cupcake with a candle (along with birthday buttons) for no extra charge.
  • A gratuity is added to most buffet meals.
  • Children under the age of 3 may share from an adult's plate at any of the restaurants at no charge.
  • You do not need to be staying at an on-site hotel to dine at a character meal there (you will get three or five hours of complimentary parking while you dine).
  • Characters and prices are subject to change. You are likely to see the characters we mentioned, but you are only guaranteed to meet the one whose name is on the meal, such as Goofy at Goofy’s Kitchen. So, don’t make any promises to your tadpoles. Let the character meet and greets be a surprise bonus to breakfast.
  • Consider booking a character breakfast on a day you will not be rushed so you can enjoy it without feeling pressure to move on (and work up an appetite!).
  • Consider booking a late character breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner so that you can take advantage of morning time in the park.
  • PhotoPass photographers may be available for the initial entrance photo at some locations (or parting photo at the Disney Princess Adventures Breakfast)! This is not offered at Storyteller's Café.

While you may be able to get reservations for Disneyland character dining upon short notice, you should make your reservation in advance to get the best choice of times and locations. If you are visiting now or during a weekend or holiday time, reserve up to 60 days in advance. And if your favorite character did not make it to breakfast, no worries. Here are some tips for meeting your favorite characters in the parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations

Hoppy eating and meeting!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 20, 2022 at 4:34 a.m. Gabriel Gayner Says...

Hi guys! So we just did the Disney Princess Breakfast this past weekend and it is certainly NOT worth the price. Most of the food items are geared towards adults and we only met 2 princesses on the way out. There were no princesses walking though the restaurant and the "keepsake" is now a large doll and NOT a necklace

Jan 14, 2020 at 3:57 a.m. Mari Says...

I went to Goofys Kitchen Dec 1st. I was charged $60 per person (10 and over). I always see that people post it is in the $40 range.

I wonder why I was charged more?!

Any idea why?

Jan 14, 2020 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mari!

They do change tax and 18% gratuity up front. Look at your receipt and see if that is the case. Breakfast is $45 and dinner is $49 before tax and gratuity. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Allison Says...

Hi! Great post!! We are arriving on a Thursday afternoon and staying in a Good Neighbor Hotel, so I booked Goofy’s Kitchen for dinner that night so the kids could get a “taste” of Disney before we go into the park the next morning... but I also read on another site the Breakfast with Minnie is the best Character meal because the character and food are ???????? Now I’m torn... what would you suggest??

Jan 13, 2020 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

The foods are pretty similar, although Goofy’s Kitchen also has some brunch items, as well. Minnie’s has a wide variety of characters across different Disney tales and may have rarer characters such as Rafiki. Goofy’s will give you the typical classic Disney crew of Goofy’s friends like Minnie, (sometimes Mickey) and Pluto, Chip and Dale. It all depends on what is most meaningful to you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 11, 2019 at 4:03 a.m. Ron Hayes Says...

We’re staying at DCA and want to do a character breakfast on the day we leave, 1/3/20. We’re thinking Donald or Goofy since we have been to the “old” Chip and Dale breakfast at DCA several times. If you had to choose, which character breakfast would you pick? We’re already booked for Minnie on 12/30/19.


Nov 12, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron!

Goofy’s Kitchen will give you a little more characters than Donald’s and a few more brunch (and silly) items during breakfast, and it costs a bit more. Donald’s will have similar breakfast items and is little more intimate. If you are a fan of the rarely-seen Stitch, he often attends Donald’s. Choose it based on the characters you most want to see. If you have small children, Donald’s can seem less overwhelming and in the past you could get up and dance with the characters. The chracters seem less rushed at Donald’s brunch. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 1, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Autz Says...

We always do Goofy’s kitchen on the night of the day we arrive. It’s awesome and my kiddo insists on going now!

Feb 3, 2020 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

What a fun tradition - we love it! Thanks for sharing with us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 28, 2019 at 5:56 p.m. Julianna Says...

We are going to storytellers for brunch at 12:20? Characters will still be coming at that time correct?

Sep 30, 2019 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julianna!

Yes, characters will still be coming at that time. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. Michael Says...

Do you know what happens if you books a late breakfast (11:15) at Storytellers when it is time for brunch? Do they then provide you with the brunch food instead, or will there still be breakfast food?

Sep 30, 2019 at 11:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

They will start bringing out brunch food while you are there, and you can eat it too! Yum!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 2, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Laura Conley Says...

We will be at California Adventure on October 11th and have reservation for Mickey’s Adventure at 11:00. I am uncertain how to get from CA to the hotel restaurant and how long it will take. Thanks

Sep 3, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

There is a hotel entrance to the left when facing Grizzly River Run. Walk in, turn to the right and follow the sidewalk when it bends to the left and it will be on your right. It’s very easy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 29, 2019 at 9:40 p.m. Kari Says...

Cab you confirm that these are still the current prices? We will be going to Goofy’s dinner and Plaza inn breakfast in a couple weeks, and someone was saying (on a Facebook group) that Goofy’s had gone up to $60/adult.

Jul 30, 2019 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari!

Confirmed - these prices are all accurate as of this morning! Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 27, 2019 at 9:21 p.m. Garance Says...


Is the Mickey's Tales of Adventure Brunch still currently $46 for adults?

Many thanks in advance :)

Jul 29, 2019 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Garance!

Even better - $44! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 11, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. Shirley Says...

Is there a character sit down breakfast with Toy Story characters?

Jul 11, 2019 at 3:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shirley!

No, unfortunately there is not a Toy Story character breakfast available at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 9, 2019 at 5:42 p.m. Jackie Says...

Do you know if they have plans to do a character breakfast with the marvel characters?

Jul 9, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie!

No news on a Marvel breakfast just yet, but we're keeping our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 6, 2019 at 12:28 a.m. sonia Says...


do you know? if we have reservations in napa for princess breakfast, can we enter to the restaurant by the park (california adventure)?? Thanks!!

Jul 8, 2019 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sonia!

If you have valid theme park admission, you certainly can enter the Grand Californian from California Adventure! If you don't, you'll need to head to Downtown Disney and use the resort's main entrance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 3, 2019 at 2:34 p.m. Janet Morrow Says...

Took grandkids to DCA and they loved it . I think the older kids like this one more then the others.

Jun 21, 2019 at 4:02 a.m. Emilee Schemidt Says...

The princess breakfast is awful. There is no reason to go. I have no problem paying Disney prices for fun activities because there is always a little extra magic but this breakfast was so awful I cannot believe it even exists on Disney property.

Nov 19, 2019 at 6:43 a.m. E Says...

I’d love to hear more! We are considering going so would love your thoughts!

Apr 24, 2019 at 10:23 p.m. Maria Diaz Says...

I mainly interest in Mickey and Minnie as we been in Disneyland and have lost the opportunity to take pictures with both.. which one do you recommend and what will be the best time so that we don't miss them.

Apr 26, 2019 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

You are guaranteed to meet characters at Character Dining. Minnie is at Plaza Inn, Goofy’s Kitchen, and usually Donald Duck’s seaside breakfast at PCH Grill. Mickey is at Storytellers breakfast and brunch and usually Goofy’s kitchen, but only at dinner. The best places to meet Mickey and Minnie in the parks are at Town Square inside Disneyland. You can meet them at their houses in Toontown in the morning and early afternoon as well. Minnie is gone by late afternoon though. At Disney California Adventure they are on Buena Vista Street in vintage clothes. You can check the Disneyland app for their locations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 9, 2019 at 5:28 p.m. Courtney Says...

How much would this be for a party of two including tax and gratuity ? I was thinking of taking my daughter here

Apr 10, 2019 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

Which character dining experience are you interested in?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 11, 2019 at 11:52 p.m. Courtney Says...

The Princess Breakfast Adventure @ Napa Rose

Apr 12, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

The cost for the breakfast is $125 for adults and $125 for children ages 3-9. Gratuity will depend on your preference (though 15-20% is standard), and the sales tax rate in Anaheim is currently 7.75%.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 8, 2019 at 5:11 a.m. Sarah Says...

Great list - Thanks! The new princess breakfast is So expensive I'm somewhat relieved (but a little sad too) my little girl is almost 9 and past her fascination with them. I’m sure someone has thought of this already but with the new land opening this summer, do you know if a Star Wars character dining experience could be coming? I’m sure it would be a huge hit. ????

Apr 8, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

No news on a Star Wars character dining experience, but we agree that it'd be super cool!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 2, 2019 at 9:25 p.m. Rubi Says...

Hi. I reserved breakfast at Mickey's storyteller cafe. The menu for breakfast doesn't seem to list waffles or pancakes. Do they serve these items for breakfast or only brunch?

Apr 3, 2019 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rubi!

That the pancakes and waffles are there at breakfast (we called to confirm we didn't just get lucky during our breakfast!) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 3, 2019 at 9:33 p.m. Tracey Says...

Hello Mommy Frog - Can you tell me what ages are considered 'kids' for Goofy's Kitchen?

Thanks so much!

Mar 4, 2019 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey!

Disneyland considers "kids" ages 3-9 for dining.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 3, 2019 at 8:04 a.m. PT Says...

3 part question: If we have a 11am Friday breakfast at Mickeys tale and adventures, will we be required to leave when they start serving brunch at 11:30a? If allowed to stay, will we be able to eat brunch items? If allowed, will we be charged the breakfast or brunch price?

Mar 4, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PT!

The last breakfast seating is 11:25, and you pay before you go into the buffets. Brunch seating starts at 11:30, so if you go in for breakfast they will start bringing out brunch food, and as far as we know they don’t stop you from eating it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 23, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. Bruna Says...

Can I made a reservation in the Plaza Inn, if I don't go to the Disneyland?

I gonna made a trip with my parents, and we have to choose just 1 park, and we choose the Adventure. But I think if the Plaza inn is the best option for our breakfast.

I can made this reservation and before that I go to de Adventure, or I just can go to the Plaza inn if I have de ticket for Disneyland?

Jan 23, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bruna!

Valid park admission to Disneyland is required to dine at the Plaza Inn.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 3, 2019 at 11:41 p.m. Kim Weightman Says...

Is there a rushed feeling if you schedule a late breakfast? We're staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel that offers complimentary breakfast - so I'm looking at a second late breakfast/early lunch at the Plaza Inn.

Jan 16, 2019 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

This is largely personal choice, but a late breakfast or early lunch gives you a few hours of hitting the most in demand-park rides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 6, 2018 at 5:36 a.m. Vanessa Gutierrez Says...

There doesn’t seem to be many options for dinner. Any recommendations on for premium character dining included in our package?

Aug 7, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

The only character dining option for dinner seems to be Goofy’s Kitchen!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 19, 2018 at 2:50 p.m. Tasanee Says...

The official Disney site called the breakfast at the Storyteller "Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet"


Does this mean we are only going to get Mickey and friends at this character breakfast?

Jul 19, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tasanee!

At Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet, Mickey is guaranteed to make an appearance and an assortment of various friends will join him. Sounds like a great group to us!

Keep hopping!


Jul 17, 2018 at 3:40 p.m. Pete Says...

Would you happen to know if they anything similar to Ariel's Grotto or is our best to meet the princesses around both parks? Thanks.

Jul 18, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pete!

You can meet princesses in the parks ... Anna and Elsa and Sofia the First at Disney California Adventure, princesses at Disneyland Park's Royal Hall and around Fantasyland, as well as other locations. There currently is not a princess dining location, but will keep this post updated if/when one is announced!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 3, 2018 at 7:12 a.m. bob vincent Says...

This was a great hit (time with the princesses) with my older grand daughter a few years ago (and I bet profitable for Disney).

I am looking for an similar interaction with the Princesses for my latest grand daughter to have a similar experience..

Any options other than running around the park to find a group of Princesses??? Thanks

Nov 2, 2018 at 5:55 a.m. Amy Says...

Hi Bob Vincent...I’m also looking for character dining options an ran across this option. Looks like some sort of Frozen themed dining and show experience! https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disney-california-adventure/frozen-live-at-hyperion-plus-dining/

Oct 4, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bob!

Unfortunately, there aren't any princess dining experiences available at Disneyland at this time. We'll keep you posted if anything changes :) We recommend visiting Princess Fairytale Hall in the meantime.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 29, 2018 at 4:49 p.m. daisy Says...

Just to confirm, do you need to have a Magic Morning ticket for a 7:10 reservation or can anyone with a reservation use the character dining entrance?

Jul 3, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daisy,

Yes, if you have a reservation, you'll be able to get in!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 18, 2018 at 8:39 p.m. Tina mccoy Says...

Can you advise me how to book a character breakfast please at the California Disney land on 29/05 for my granddaughter 6th birthday

May 21, 2018 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

For dining reservations at Disneyland, call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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