How to choose the best Disneyland Character Dining for your family.

About 13 years ago our family experienced our first Disneyland Character Dining Experience. My oldest now almost 16 and my second child had just turned 3 and 1. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and headed on down to Goofy’s Kitchen. Every since that day we have had so many experiences and so many fond memories of the character dining at the Disneyland Resort. There are four super fun character dining experiences at Disneyland, and unfortunately, they can get pricey, so we break down which is the best option for your family.

How to choose the Best Disneyland Character Dining for your family.

Enjoying a character breakfast at Disneyworld with Goofy

Things to know about Disneyland Character Dining

What to Expect:

When you book a character dining experience, it is a dining experience unlike any other. The characters come around to your table, make sure to have the kids towards the outside to interact with the characters. When the characters visit, have those autograph books handy. Also, make sure to have those cameras ready to snap some cute pics with your kiddo and their favorite characters

How to Book:

You can book online or on the phone at 714-781-DINE. You can book your dining up to 90 days in advance so mark your calendars because reservations go quickly.

Where are the Disneyland Character Breakfast Locations

So, let’s go over all the options. There are 4 character dining experiences currently at the Disneyland Resort. One at each of the 3 Disney Hotels and one inside Disneyland Park.

Minnie & Friends Disneyland Character Dining in the Park

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The Minnie & Friends is mine and my oldest daughter’s favorite place to have character dining at Disneyland. This experience is located inside Disneyland Park so you will need to have Theme Park admission to be able to dine here. There are several reasons we love to dine at Minnie & Friends

Early Entry into the Parks

If you book Minnie & Friends early you can enter the park before anyone else. Sure, you can’t go on rides, but it is so much fun to walk down a practically empty Main St. Plus, you have time to take some great pictures along main st. as you head towards breakfast.

An Incredible Assortment of Characters

When they say Minnie & Friends, they mean a lot of friends. While most character dining experiences have 3-4 characters on our visits to Minnie & Friends we have been visited by at a minimum of 6 characters. There is such a wide variety and every time we go, it is someone new (well. except Minnie). We have had the fairy godmother, fox from Brer Rabbit, Daisy Duck, Eeyore, Tigger and so many more.


The food is not my favorite out of the 4 character dining spots, but it is delicious. There is an omelet bar, a ton of bakery items and of course the oh so delicious Mickey Waffles.


If you are looking for Disneyland Character Dining with a wide variety of characters or you love Minnie Mouse then this is the stop for you.

The price for Minnie & Friends is:

  • $39 adult/$21 child; add tax and 18% tip and you’ll pay $46.00 adult/$27 child
  • If you book through ARES travel pay only ($38.00 for adults and $22 for kids including Tax & Gratuity) You can book here:

Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet at Storyteller’s Cafe in Grand Californian

Disneyland Character DIning

Mickey’s Tale of Adventure Breakfast is a new addition to the Disneyland Character Dining. While character dining is not new Storyteller’s cafe, Mickey’s Tales of Adventures is new. In the past, Storyteller’s had Koda and Kenai from Brother Bear (which to be honest, scared some of my kids). Then it switched to Chip and Dale, but now Mickey has arrived and I have a feeling it will be this way for a very long time.

The Food

What has not changed about Storyteller’s Cafe is the incredible food. This is by far and away the best selection of food. They have delicious applewood smoked bacon, Chilaquiles, four cheese quiche, bagels and lox, omelet bar, some incredible chocolate bread pudding, loaded breakfast nachos. I am telling you, in terms of food, this is the spot. Plus, of course, they have plenty of deliciousness for the kids too with pancakes, french toast, pastries, and Mickey Waffles.

Incredible Juices and Cocktails

It doesn’t stop with the food at Mickey’s Tale of Adventure, the juices and cocktails are incredible too. You can enjoy Minnie’s Aqua Fresca with Pineapple, Cucumber, Mint & Lime or Watermelon Lemon and Basil. Adults can order a mimosa flight, a bloody mary or a sparkling Californian

The Characters

Mickey is a guarantee to be at his breakfast all decked out in his finest hiking gear. It seems to be that most of the time you will also find Minnie, Pluto and Chip & Dale also decked out in their best outdoor gear.


If you want the best food, this is definitely the Disneyland character breakfast to visit. Ages 10 and over: $39.00 plus tax | Ages 3-9: $21.00 plus tax

  • If you book through ARES travel pay only ($38.00 for adults and $22 for kids including Tax & Gratuity) You can book here:


Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast

Disneyland Character DIning

Over at Paradise Pier, Donal Duck has taken over the character breakfast seen with Donald Duck’s seaside breakfast. My daughter has recently been asking for me to take her to this breakfast for one reason, Stitch. Ella’s favorite character has joined Donald and Daisy to serve up some delicious bites.

The Food

Try the build-your-own-parfait stations, chef’s signature flatbreads, egg white frittatas, chilaquiles, smoothies, smoked salmon and more. Little ones will love the Mickey waffles, Minnie pancakes,

Plus, I absolutely love the Bananas Foster French toast

The Characters:

As mentioned above you will have a surfin’ good time with Donald, Daisy, and Stitch. To be honest, I find Donald and Stitch to typically be some of the more fun characters to interact with while at the character breakfasts.


This is one of the two premium dining character experiences. Which means it is a bit more pricey. If I had the choice between the two I would visit one of the other character dining experiences. $53 for adults and $32 for children.

Pay only $49 for adults and $29 for kids (TAX & Gratuity Included) when you book through ARES travel Here

Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel

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The Food:

One of the things you will find about Goofy’s Kitchen is that your kids will love it. PB &J Pizza, tater tots, Mickey waffles and all that jazz. There are some great dishes for adults as well, and I typically hit up the omelet bar.


Expect to see Chef Goofy, Pluto, Mickey & Minnie at the breakfast. The one thing I love about Goofy’s Breakfast is once an hour they have a celebration and have the kids wave their napkins over their head as the characters dance around to the music.


This is the original Disney Character Dining Experience and definitely not one to be missed. Pricing is $53 for adults and $32 for children + Tax & Gratuity

Pay only $49 for adults and $29 for kids (TAX & Gratuity Included) when you book through ARES travel Here

Final thoughts about choosing the best character dining

No matter which option you choose, you will have a great time. Make sure to allow plenty of time to enjoy the experience, and don’t feel rushed as the servers are moving around rapidly through the restaurant. But, I highly recommend booking one Disneyland Character Dining if you are heading to the Disneyland Resort

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