Disneyland Character Dining is a great opportunity for guests to enjoy food alongside their favorite Disney characters! In these dining experiences, you’ll be able to engage in a meet-and-greet with Disney characters as they stop by each table for a chat, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. Each Disneyland character dining location offers different dining options, with some buffet-style and others sit-down style, and characters vary per location. Whether you’re posing with Mickey or talking to your favorite princess over breakfast, Disneyland character dining will make for a special and memorable experience during your visit.
In this guide, we will cover the prices of Character Dining, which restaurants offer character dining, the different characters that appear at each location, and tips for making the most of this experience!
Character Dining Locations at Disneyland
There are four Character Dining locations at Disneyland. The majority of these are offered through its resorts, and one experience is offered inside the park:
- Breakfast With Minnie and Friends (Breakfast)
At Disneyland Hotel
- Goofy’s Kitchen (Breakfast and Dinner)
At Disney’s Grand Californian
- Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures (Breakfast)
- Mickey’s Tales of Adventure (Breakfast and Brunch)
We’ll break down the different locations, what to expect at each, and which characters will be featured!
Discount Disneyland Tickets
Our favorite Disney-approved ticket re-seller, Get Away Today, offers exclusive discounts on Disneyland tickets, support throughout your trip, and incredible customer service! Get Away Today has an entire department dedicated to making sure every guest has a wonderful experience.
Character Dining Inside Disneyland Park
Note: characters and menu items are subject to change without notice.
Breakfast With Minnie and Friends (The Plaza Inn)
The Plaza Inn inside Disneyland offers character breakfasts. These are buffet-style, including options such as omelets, Mickey waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, breakfast potatoes, fresh-baked pastries and breads, fruit, hot and cold cereals, and more.
At this location, Character Dining is only available during breakfast, and you will be able to make reservations between 8am and 12pm. Tip: we recommend making reservations for a slightly later breakfast in order to utilize our Disneyland morning strategy and take advantage of the shorter wait times for rides.
Breakfast buffets at The Plaza Inn cost $34 for adults and $19 for children aged 3-9, with children ages two and under free (be sure to still include them in your reservation).
There is a variety of favorites who appear during Character Dining, including classic characters like Minnie Mouse, Eeyore, Captain Hook, Rafiki, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Chip n Dale, and Fairy Godmother. Gepetto, Genie, Max, the Cinderella Mice, Pinocchio, and the penguins from Mary Poppins have also appeared at this location.
Character Dining at the Disneyland Hotel
Character Dining at Goofy’s Kitchen
Goofy’s Kitchen offers Character Dining breakfast and dinner buffets. For breakfast, options including made-to-order omelets, Mickey Mouse waffles, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, pastries, fresh fruit, a peanut butter and jelly pizza, and more. For dinner, you can enjoy meats from the carving station, fresh catch of the day, seasonal vegetables, chilled tossed salads, mac & cheese, and assorted pizzas.
Tip: Goofy’s Kitchen is a great option because of the fun assortment of characters and foods, and this makes it an extremely popular choice for Character Dining at Disneyland.
For Character Dining at Goofy’s Kitchen, the breakfast cost is $39 for adults and $23 for children aged 3-9. For dinner, the cost is $43 for adults and $25 for children aged 3-9. Children ages two and under free, but be sure to still include them in your reservation.
Goofy’s Kitchen features an assortment of characters, and in the past, we’ve seen Pluto, Baloo, Aladdin and Jasmine, Alice, Chip or Dale, and Pinocchio. Minnie Mouse might make an appearance in the evening!
Character Dining at Disney’s Grand Californian
There are two Character Dining options offered at Disney’s Grand Californian: breakfast and brunch at the Storytellers Cafe and breakfast at the Napa Rose.
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures (Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian)
The Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian includes a three-course breakfast. Starter options include sweet buns, assorted fruits, parfaits, sandwiches, and more. Main courses include options such as mac ‘n’ cheese, princess waffles, and barbecue beef sliders for kids and scrambled eggs, artisan turkey sausages, and meats like roasted nueske pork belly and braised short ribs for adults. Dessert choices include chocolate princess cake pops, petite raspberry tarts, seashell macarons, sorbet, and more. This is the widest variety of food options available for Character Dining at Disneyland, with many delicious choices!
After breakfast, the princesses will tell their stories and engage with younger guests, and the experience ends with a photo opportunity on the patio and a collection of souvenirs including autograph books, pens, a princess necklace or sword, and chocolates.
Disney Princesses, such as Belle, Tianna, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, and Rapunzel, will appear at this location.
Breakfast is offered between 8:00 AM to 11:00 at this location. Pricing for Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is $125 per person for both adults and children.
Tip: Because of the higher cost, we recommend saving this experience for special occasions!
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure (Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian)
The Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers Character Dining options for breakfast and brunch. Breakfast includes options such as croissants, muffins, danishes, seasonal sliced fruits, fresh berries, Mickey Waffles, egg white frittatas, chile verde chilaquiles, hand-carved meats, an omelet station, and much more. The brunch menu may include Mickey Waffles, the fish of the day, assorted flatbreads, bread pudding, chile verde chilaquiles, beignets, and more.
Tip: Because Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Dining is outside of Disneyland and you don’t need park admission for this experience, we recommend booking this as a very early breakfast (7am) before going to the park or for a more relaxed experience on the day you’re leaving. Breakfast is offered between 7:00am to 10:55am, and brunch is offered from 11am-1:30pm. As always, we highly recommend making advance reservations.
For Mickey’s Tales of Adventure, the pricing is $39 for adults and $23 for children aged 3-9, with children ages two and under free (be sure to still include them in your reservation).
Mickey Mouse is the star of the show as he engages guests with his magical journal. You will likely also see Minnie Mouse, Chip n Dale, and Pluto at this location!
Tips for Character Dining at Disneyland
- Time your Character Dining experience wisely. Remember those morning hours at the parks are extremely valuable for going on your favorite rides with shorter standby times. If you are staying at a Disney hotel, you can take advantage of Early Entry to go on rides, then go to your Character Dining experience when the crowds start flooding in mid-morning at around 10am. You can also take advantage of lunch times to get a break from the crowds as well. Note that each Character Dining restaurant offers different hours and offerings per time of day, so you’ll need to check to see when you can book your meal.
- Be prepared when characters come to say hello! If you’d like an autograph or picture, be sure to have cameras and autograph books ready so that you can make the most of your time with the character.
- Use PhotoPass for high-quality pictures. Because a Character Dining experience is a special occasion, PhotoPass is a great option. Disney photographers will come around and snap pictures that you can then purchase prints of afterward. If you have Genie+, the photographers will give you a code to upload your digital photos.
- Don’t be afraid to get a conversation going with the characters. If you’d like, you can come up with questions or comments ahead of time to spark a conversation so that you don’t freeze up. Interactions with non-speaking characters tend to make for very adorable photo ops due to their body language and reactions to what you say to them, so be sure to have the camera ready.
- Costumes can be a fun way for kids to engage with characters. Kids 14 and under can dress as their favorites, adding to the excitement of the experience. Costumes can also be a great conversation starter with characters!
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or are just looking for some extra Disney magic during your visit, Character Dining experiences at Disneyland are sure to leave lasting memories. As for any dining experience at Disneyland, make sure to make reservations ahead of time, and then look forward to your exciting experience with your favorite characters!
Plan Your Disney Vacation Today!
For access to exclusive content, breaking Disney news, planning information, and the best deals available, subscribe to our FREE deals newsletter. Make sure to read some of our other helpful planning guides:
- 15 Disneyland Dining Hacks to Save Time and Money
- Disneyland Fantasmic! Guide 2023: Show Times, Dining Packages, Seating Tips
- Disneyland Dining Reservations: How to Get a Last Minute Restaurant Reservation
- Disneyland Genie+ Guide: Tips for Paid FastPass Replacement + Is it Worth It?
- Disneyland Lockers Ultimate Guide