Fun Tips for Character Dining at the Disneyland Resort

With five different Disney Character dining experiences at the Disneyland Resort, there’s a meal and a character to suit every style.

Vintage Disney fans: Make a reservation for the Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park at the pretty Plaza Inn in Disneyland park. Every day until 11 a.m. you can enjoy a buffet with omelets cooked to order, French toast, “Mickey” waffles, fresh fruit, pastries and more. It’s an easy way to start the day and fuel up for hours of fun. Minnie Mouse and friends make a stop at each table.

Ariel’s Grotto in Disney California Adventure Park

If you prefer table service: Head to Ariel’s Grotto in Disney California Adventure park for breakfast or lunch with some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Breakfast is family style with generous platters, and lunch includes beef, fish, seafood, salads and pastas. And the friendly princesses are an easy introduction to Disney Characters for little ones.

PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel

Mickey Mouse fans: You’ll find the “Big Cheese” at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at Disney’s PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel. Plenty of opportunities for little ones to dance with Mickey and his pals. Buffet favorites include omelets, flatbreads from a wood-burning oven and signature chilaquiles.

Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

A little quieter, please: Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa features a bounteous buffet with Chip, Dale and other forest friends stopping by each table. The ambiance is calmer with lots of time for photos and autographs.

Lots of dancing: Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel buzzes with activity, with Goofy leading the fun, and plenty of trips to the buffet (the peanut-butter-and-jelly pizza is a breakfast favorite, hand-carved meats are tops for dinner). Kids are encouraged to get up and join the fun.

Whichever you choose, take your time. Enjoy the food, the fun – take lots of photos. Make sure the kids get autographs, the characters make a stop at each table. And make reservations – up to 60 days ahead by calling 714-781-DINE (3463).

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  • Oh Goofy’s Kitchen is THE BEST! THe breakfast is the best you will find on the resort grounds, and even in the park!!! Its a tradition for us to go every time at Disneyland <3

  • Goofy’s is so much fun!

  • I would so love to do the Storyteller’s breakfast! We went to storytellers for dessert in the evening and it was lovely!
    Our last visit we did PCH Mickey and Friends and it was FANTASTIC!!

  • I try to make it a tradition to go to the Plaza Inn for my birthday breakfast. It is my favorite! I have also gone to Goofy’s Kitchen, which is a lot of fun. I have to try the others.

  • We had such a great time at Goofy’s Kitchen. It was my first time to Disneyland, and this was definitely one of the more memorable moments of our trip. Man could I go for some of those spaghetti and meatballs right now!

  • I’ve yet to actually try the Plaza Inn. I’ve just never gotten around to it in my various trips, with my favoirte breakfast spot being the patio of the River Belle Terrace. I’ll have to look into the Plaza Inn for next time!

  • We love Storytellers for breakfast. It’s fairly laid back, and the food is great.

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