A Complete Guide to Character Meals at Disneyland Resort

Updated August 19, 2016

For many, a visit to Disneyland isn’t complete until they share a meal with a Disney character. I’ve researched your options, below, with details on each so that you can find the best fit for your family. If you’re considering making that meal reservation, know these things before you commit.

A few notes:

  • There are five options for character dining at DLR. Three are within the resort hotels, one is at Disneyland and one is at California Adventure.
  • Theme park tickets are required to enjoy a dining option at the parks.
  • A hotel room stay is not required  to enjoy a character meal at one of the DLR hotel restaurants.
  • Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 60 days in advance. All reservations can be made online or you can call (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time). 
  • You will not have to pay for children under the age of 3, however, include them in your party count when making a reservation. That way, the restaurant can accommodate accurate seating for your group.

A few tips:

  • Character meals are priced a bit higher than other meals throughout the parks, however, there is a lot to be gained with these experiences. You can avoid standing in line for signatures and photos during park times, you get personal interaction with the the characters and you can achieve a more memorable experience during character meals.
  • There is no need to follow characters around throughout your meal. They come to you! Be sure to pack your autograph book!
  • Characters vary throughout meals and there are no guarantees you will see specific ones. The only absolute is that you will see the character whose name is included in your meal’s name. IE: Goofy will be at Goofy’s Kitchen.
  • Small children may be overwhelmed with life size, enthusiastic characters interacting with them. Consider this before making a reservation.
  • To ensure the most time available for rides and attractions, I recommend choosing one of the three DLR hotel character dining experiences (unless you time it just perfectly – more on that later), perhaps on the day you arrive or leave. This way, you don’t interfere with precious park time. 
  • If you are going during the hotter months, consider a lunch option to escape the heat and sit down for a while. While breakfast is a nice way to go, those hours are best used if you’re serious about riding a lot.
  • Strollers are not permitted in any of the five restaurants with character meals.

The basics of each:

Storytellers Cafe Breakfast- Woodland Critters, lovely setting, no PhotoPass+

Goofy’s Kitchen Breakfast or Dinner – Your only dinner option, lots of “kid” food

Surf’s Up! Breakfast – Your only option to see Mickey Mouse (and Minnie!)

Ariel’s Breakfast and Lunch – Princessy fun

Minnie’s in the Park Breakfast – Most diverse characters, my favorite

Now, let’s compare the five restaurants in more detail……

DLR Hotel Dining Options:

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Storyteller’s Cafe – The Chip n Dale Critter Breakfast –

  • Location: Grand Californian Hotel
  • Menu: Breakfast
  • Cost: American, Asian, Mexican fare ($33 for adults, $19 for children)
  • The main idea: Mickey waffles, buffet or other menu items are enjoyed while mingling with Chip n Dale and friends.
  • What’s unique: Unusual characters are often spotted here, including Brother Bear and hard-to-find woodland critters. They often do the hokey pokey and the entertainment is lively and energetic. Check out our recent visit to the breakfast.
  • Current, general opinions suggest this is a great option for only those who have experienced the classics. I agree. It’s one of my favorites, but the well known characters do not attend this meal.
  • Typical (but not guaranteed characters): Brother Bears Kenai and Koda, Chip n Dale, Meeko, and Brer Fox. *****Note: this is the only character meal that is not included in the PhotoPass+ program.

 

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Goofy’s Kitchen

  • Location: Disneyland Hotel
  • Menu: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Cost: American fare ($35 for adults, $21 for children for breakfast; $39 for adults and $23 for children for dinner)
  • The main idea: With table service and a buffet, this classic Disney character experience is a favorite because of its lively ambiance. Dancing is a must when Goofy’s around. Unfortunately, the interaction between characters and guests is limited – I believe – due to the size of this character meal. We had brief encounters with each of them, although they did all make it to our table once.
  • What’s unique: This is your only opportunity for a character dinner, in or out of the parks. It is also the only place to find Goofy’s famous Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza. Kids LOVE this option because of the huge amount of “kid food”. Check out our recent visit so you know what to expect.
  • Current, general opinions suggest that this option has gone down in quality and experience. We had a great time at this meal, but encountered more characters at others. Other locations are more up to date decor wise, as well.
  • Typical (but not guaranteed characters): Pluto, Chip n Dale, Goofy, and Minnie.

 

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Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends

  • Location: Paradise Pier Hotel
  • Menu: Breakfast
  • Cost: American fare ($35 for adults; $21 for children)
  • The main idea: Mickey Mouse and friends cause mischief throughout the beach-themed restaurant, stealing sips of milk and acting silly. This meal is very interactive and has proven to be one of the best available.
  • What’s unique: Mickey is a guarantee here and is only spotted at this dining experience. Check out our recent visit.
  • Current, general opinions suggest this meal is an excellent opportunity to meet both Mickey and Minnie without standing in line in the parks, which will save you about an hour in your park visit. I agree.
  • Typical (but not guaranteed characters): Mickey, Minnie, Stitch, Pluto and Daisy.

 

In the Park Options:

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Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration

  • Location: California Adventure Park, Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant
  • Menu: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Cost: American fare with healthy options and vegetarian cuisine ($37 for adults and $22 for children for breakfast; $40 for adults and $24 for children for lunch)
  • The main idea: Ariel and her princess friends interact with guests as they eat.
  • What’s unique: This is the only table service, higher-end character dining option and is a princess fan favorite. Food presentation delights young kids at this ‘fancy’ meal.
  • Current, general opinions point towards this being the absolute authority when it comes to princesses and I agree. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and you can check out photos from my recent visit.
  • Typical (but not guaranteed characters):  Ariel, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora

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Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends

  • Location: Disneyland, The Plaza Inn Restaurant
  • Menu: Breakfast
  • Cost: American ($32 for adults, $18 for children)
  • The main idea: Minnie and friends mingle at this breakfast on-site, with seating inside and out. Most people like indoor seating better because interaction is a bit more likely and weather isn’t a factor.
  • What’s unique: You can enjoy a view of the entrance to Tomorrowland while you dine and the Astro Orbitor is in view. Check out out photos for more details from our recent visit.
  • Current, general feedback from this meal include great satisfaction in both the food and interaction with characters, plus the amount of characters you’re likely to see. I completely agree!
  • Typical (but not guaranteed characters): Chip n Dale, Minnie, Hook, Tigger, Eeyore, Fairy Godmother, Winnie the Pooh, and Rafiki. (By far the most I’ve seen at a character meal – and they have GREAT interaction. This is my favorite character meal. I saw Pinocchio last visit! Others have reported seeing the mice from Cinderella.

 

Character meals are a special way to celebrate at Disneyland. Choose the best meal for your family, make your reservation ASAP and prepare for the fun ahead!

Some More Tips:

*Use the Disney Parks App to locate characters outside of your committed meal times if you don’t get to see the ones you want during your dining arrangements.

*My absolute favorite character meal is the Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends. Here is why. It’s hosts the most characters, the characters and super interactive and attentive, and it’s in the best setting, as far as I’m concerned. Schedule this for 10:00 or 10:30am, so that after you arrive early for the early hours to enjoy the parks with fewer crowds and less chaos, escape to a nice meal right as the the people arrive. You will love this break from the crowds. Be sure to try the French Toast, too, with Banana’s Foster topping.

*My favorite for ambiance and setting is Storyteller’s Cafe, however, it does not include classic characters and I only recommend this one for those who have done the classics. I also believe they have the best food.

*Have the PhotoPass+ One Day package purchased before arrival if you are interested in grabbing the one image that PhotoPass photographers will take. That happens at the beginning of your meal. This is the only time I recommend prepurchasing the PhotoPass+ One Day package, as it’s imperative to have it pre-purchased if you want that image from your character meal. Read more about PhotoPass+ and why you should have it for your trip. If you are interested in printed photos, you will have the opportunity to purchase these on site for around $35.

*In addition to these character interactions, know where to find other characters in the park while you’re visiting. They’re everywhere!

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199 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!

    I’ll be visiting the parks around Valentine’s Day next year and the only thing my 5yo wants to do at Disneyland is meet Ariel. So I have been stalking Ariel’s Grotto online reservations each day when the 60th day out’s availability opens to get an idea of how quickly I need to be there to purchase. But everyday, they only offer me 11:30am or 1pm with nothing in between. Are there people out there with seriously fast fingers or are those times just not available for online booking?

    • Hard to tell. Have you called? I would try to call to see if there are other options if you want to know now. Or wait for your timing and definitely call if your time is showing online. Not sure why, but they often have more availability when you can than what shows online.

  2. Hi, I was just wondering if I book an early morning breakfast such as 8:30 on a magic hour day do I need to use my magic hour for this or will they let me in without it. Was looking at going to Plaza inn for breakfast with Minnie. Thanks

    • Hi, Sarah. You do not need a magic morning or EMH to visit the park for a character meal. There is a gate noted for reservations. Just have your confirmation with you and they’ll let you in a few minutes prior to your reservation time.

  3. Hi!

    This post is great! I’m curious though how I can get the price you quoted for Minnie’s Breakfast. Looks like it should be $100 for 2 adults and 2 kids, but when trying to add that onto my GetAwayToday reservation, it says I’m “saving $20” but the total still comes out to $116. Not quite as good as yours 😉 I’m not necessarily asking about my reservation lol Just curious if I’ll find discrepancies like that based on where I purchase tickets. Where can I purchase the tickets for the best deal?

  4. Love this breakdown of the dining options! Thank you so much! I was curious what the best plan of attack is for those of us with infants? No stroller + a buffet meal seems like mom isn’t going to get to eat. Lol. Help!!

    • Good question. I recommend bringing in the carrier of your travel system stroller if you have that. Give the baby a place to rest so you can maybe have a bite or two. 🙂 I’ve even used an ergo before. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. There are no more reservations available at minnies for breakfast. What would be your second option for these same type of characters? Thanks!

  6. Hi Casey,

    I love your website and feel so prepared for our trip to Disney Land. It will be my first time (30 yrs old) and my son’s (3 yrs old). I have even used your info to create our “Disney” binder. We signed up for the Minnie Mouse breakfast in the park per your recommendation but wondered if you had any other suggestions for dinner options. Where would you suggest we eat and what time? Note that we will be there for 3 days and will utilize the nap in the afternoon. Thanks again for all of your helpful tips!

  7. Hi!y I am a 26 year old and going to cali with my husband.I am looking to do Chip n’ Dale breakfast, and was wondering if you suggest doing it at 7AM right before we go to Disneyland or try to do it at 11:15 so we can go to the park in the morning when it opens to do Indiana Jones, Pirates and Buzz lightyear? Also we are celebrating my birthday there and am unsure how to let the dinning people know since I did the reservations through the Disney website.

    • Hi, Gaby. I recommend the later time. Don’t miss hours early in the day with less crowds. Break as late as possible for your meal to escape the crowds when they get busy. You’ll get lots done at park opening! Buzz Lightyear currently has the only “disconnected” FASTPASS, meaning, you can hold it and any other in the park, so don’t miss that opportunity. And, definitely let Storyteller’s and any other restaurant know that you’re celebrating your birthday. Enjoy!

  8. I have booked reservations for 10 at the Minnie & Friends Breakfast. I was wondering, does the Disneyland park restaurants charge gratuity for a party that large? I am trying to get a better idea of how much everything will cost for my daughter’s Sweet 16 at Disneyland.

    • Great question. Gratuity is added for tables of 8 or more at table service restaurants. Minnie and Friends at the Plaza Inn is completely self-serve. While you don’t actually have a “server”, you are not expected to leave a tip. I still do each time, especially if I make a connection with the server, but it’s not required and shouldn’t be included in a reservation of any size.

      Servers at meals like this don’t have formal roles such as table service restaurants, but they still work hard to clear tables and keep guests happy. You’re a good egg in my book for asking such. Hope you enjoy your visit.

  9. Hi Casey, thank you for all of your amazing tips! Quick question: we will be traveling to Disneyland the week of 11/21-11/25 – we will purchase either the 4 or 5 day hopper and are bringing our 2.5 year old. We want to do the character breakfast – given the park will be busy (Thanksgiving timeframe) would it be best to do the breakfast on Thanksgivng day or would recommend another day? How busy is it on the holiday? We plan to arrive 1 hour before opening to take advantage of the morning hours. We will also have 1 magic morning and was wondering if I should use that for Thanksgivng day?

    • Magic Morning on Thanksgiving will help with the crowds. It’s very busy that day, but fun! I recommend scheduling character meals on busy days to escape the crowds. Use your Magic Morning on Thanksgiving at Disneyland and then schedule the latest time possible at The Plaza Inn for Minnie’s Breakfast in the Park. Enjoy!

  10. Hi Casey! I’m wondering how you feel about the character dining add-ons to the reservation package. The cost of those seems to be about $10 or so higher than what it would cost to eat at those restaurants without the add-on, going from the pricing that you listed for each meal in this post. Is it just the difference in tax, do you think? Do you suggest adding on one of those meals to our package before going? Thanks!

      • I wonder if she means the one character dinner you can add to a reservation. I was wondering the same thing: the character dining voucher doesn’t seem like a good deal unless it includes tax and tip and the regular prices don’t.

        • Are you buying a character dining voucher from an agency? Many increase the prices on them. Check the fine print to see what that includes. No reason to buy anywhere but through Disney unless it’s a better deal.

  11. Help! I’m so excited but also overwhelmed. We bought a package that includes one character dining experience. I really want Ariel’s Grotto, but I’m concerned about timing. We are coming from Central Time Zone, so if we do a breakfast and it doesn’t start until 10am, that’s like noon for them, but I don’t know how psyched they’ll be about a “second breakfast.” I would love to do an earlier character breakfast at Paradise Pier, but I’m trying to work out the logistics. We are staying in a Good Neighbor Hotel near the main park entrance. Would we have to drive over and park in downtown disney for the breakfast? And if we drive over, do we have to drive back to our hotel before entering the park or can we enter from the paradise pier?

    • You can walk to any locations. So don’t worry about driving. Just choose what works best for your family. Minnie’s is my favorite, but they all have advantages. Could you do an Ariel’s Grotto lunch?

      • Maybe. I’m struggling to plan for how the kids will do with a 2 hour time change. By the time it is noon in Anaheim, it’s 2pm in Kansas. Perhaps with the right snacks mid morning.

        • Amanda – a couple tips… 1st – don’t worry about the time difference. We come every year from out east and the kids forget the 3 hr time difference within 36 hours of landing. 2nd – check whether your package comes with premium character dining or regular character dining. Ariel’s Grotto is a premium character dining. The food is good – especially at lunch. We do it every year, as you get to meet with each of the princesses at your table (however you can do this without the meal over at Disneyland and the line is usually fairly short). Our kids prefer the Breakfast with Minnie in the Disneyland Park over this one, many more characters stop in. And in case your package does not have the premium character dining, Breakfast with Minnie is a regular character dining. Lastly, as mentioned – don’t drive. Most hotels are within a 20 minute walk and the resort area is very walkable – it is NOT like Disney World. If you simply can’t walk it, take ART. If you drive, you still have to get parked and take a tram or bus to the park gates. ART picks up at most hotels and drops right at the Disneyland gates. Hope this helps.

  12. Hi Casey! Thanks so much for the great info on your website and FB page. Would love your recommendation – I am taking my 6yr old daughter for one-day whirlwind visit on a weekday in early Nov. My plan is to go to DCA – we missed Anna & Elsa when we went to MK during Easter this year and I hoped to squeeze it in before she outgrows princess magic. Plus, DCA is brand new to me! I’d like to do one add-on but am having trouble choosing between a character meal at Ariel’s Grotto or getting the Park Hopper option so we can check out DL as well. Which extra would you recommend? One note: she’s not a fan of fast motion-rides, so our must-see attractions is probably shorter than most.

      • Thanks so much! Maybe we’ll aim to come back to watch the World of Color show at the end of the night. Thanks again for your help and very valuable insight!

  13. This post helped me to decide to do the Chip ‘n Dale critter breakfast. It was FANTASTIC! We did it late on departure day, and characters visited our table multiple times. The chipmunks played with my daughter so much. After 3 days in the park of not speaking to a single character ( not even her beloved princesses), she would not stop talking to them! I have the best photos and videos from our entire trip of this breakfast. I’d say recommend to those even if they haven’t done the classic meals. My daughter said she liked this better than Ariel’s a Grotto! Also, we saw Pluto and Kenai in addition to Chip ‘n Dale.

  14. Hi there. Check out this post for all you need to know regarding parades:

    http://dlrprepschool.com/all-about-parades-at-disneyland/

    Take a look at the Disneyland website for what is playing during your visit.

    This post shows you all of the dining options with tickets for reserved viewing for the shows:

    http://dlrprepschool.com/special-dining-events-with-reserved-seating-for-shows/

    California Adventure hosts Ariel’s Grotto, which has characters at breakfast. Those details are in this post. No dinner option available at California Adventure.

    • I’m not sure about other meals, but they charged automatic 15% at Ariel’s Grotto for our party of 4. We weren’t charged any automatic gratuity for party of 4 ar Storyteller’s. I don’t know about Disneyland, but I think automatic 18% for parties of 6 or more is standard at many restaurants.

  15. I have a trip planned for November with a 2 year old. We have character dining reservations at Ariel’s Grotto and we still have to decide on another. My question is if two year old are free then how do they eat? Are they expected to share with us or will we be able to order her a meal? I know Ariel’s Grotto is not a buffet so I was just a little confused on how this works. Thanks!!

  16. I’ve heard that some people pre-purchase tickets for character meals (eg through Get Away Today). But based on your post, it seems that these pre-purchases tickets are more than what they charge at the restaurant. I’m confused, why would anyone pre-purchase and what are your thoughts on doing that versus just going and paying the price at the restaurant? Thanks!

  17. Casey really sorry as I know you’ve covered this but am panicking! We are thinking we’ll do the Minnie breakfast at the Plaza at 8am on a day the park opens at 9am (we won’t have early entry tickets as we are just getting two day tickets). Will we be okay to get in? Thank you.

    • Hi, Victoria.

      You don’t need magic morning to enjoy Minnie’s Breakfast. As long as you have your dining reservation confirmation, you will be allowed in for your dining time. No worries!

      • Thanks Casey. We’re also considering late lunch (pre-schooler dinner) at Ariel’s Grotto at 4.40pm on one of our days. Would we still see plenty of princesses at this time and how long will we have? Thanks again.

  18. Hi Casey, so sorry if you already answered this but I wanted to clarify. Since Goofy’s Kitchen is in Disneyland Hotel can we go there on a day we are not using our park ticket? We get there on Thursday afternoon but will be using our park tickets Friday-Sunday. We thought it would be fun to have one of our Character meals on Thursday evening. Thanks!

  19. We are going to DLR this Thanksgiving, Black Friday and that Saturday. We want to do a Minnie and Friends, Goofy’s for Dinners but not sure which day. Any recommendations? I was thinking EMH on Thursday and do a late breakfast at Minnie’s. I know it’s gong to be crowded and wan to make the most of our time.

    • I agree with a late breakfast plan. I always recommend 10-10:30am so that you take advantage of the early hours. Then, take a break when everyone else shows up around 10am. Enjoy it!

  20. If you go to a character meal toward the end of the time the restaurant is open, will character interaction be limited or is that built into the timing? We are contemplating a late afternoon Ariel dining reservation, which should work as dinner for my kids who are 2 hours behind time-zone wise. At WDW, we noticed that a very early Akershus breakfast reservation was way more fun than a late lunch one, but we also showed up a bit late for lunch due to Soarin’ taking a bit longer than we anticipated (which we should have known, having ridden the ride several times before).

    • If you are on time, regardless of when your time is, the character interaction should be good. They won’t set your time when characters are on their way out. I typically do the latest option at Minnie’s and always see everyone. You’ll be just fine!

  21. Hi, Casey,

    I’m very excited to be heading to DLR for the last week of the 60th celebration in August and am working on touring and dining plans. I’m wondering if the prices listed here are current – they seem so much lower than prices at WDW character meals! Any updates on the pricing would be much appreciated. Ariel’s Grotto is a must, and I’ve booked the Frozen pre-show package, so wondering how much more we could squeeze out of the budget.

    Thank you!
    Paula

    Thank you!
    Paula

  22. Hi Casey,
    We will be visiting for the first time in late September and celebrating our son’s 5th birthday there on our second day (plan to get a 3 day park hopper with first day at CA, second – his birthday at DL and third doing whatever the kids want to do again) I really want to book a character dining experience on his birthday. Initially thinking of doing this for dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen. Do you have any better suggestions for a special character filled birthday dinner? We are staying close by but off site and our hotel provides breakfast so we are not interested in doing any character breakfasts. Would it be wiser to do a character lunch and then something else like the blue bayoo package for dinner instead? Or Minnies for ‘brunch’ and then dinner at Goofy’s? What would you do dining wise if you were celebrating a child’s birthday? I have also read somewhere that you can pre arrange a birthday cake to be brought out too. Is this correct? Thinking of doing Ariel’s grotto for lunch on day 1 when we are at CA as our older child (daughter) loves the princesses. Day 3, we have no dining options planned as yet. Thank you 🙂

    • Goofy’s Kitchen is actually your only dinner character dining option at Disneyland. The others include breakfast or lunch. I highly recommend a Paint the Night package like Blue Bayou, so that dining package would be a good option to pair with a character meal another day. I also love Aladdin’s Oasis for Paint the Night, but that wouldn’t be a big birthday celebration spot.

      My favorite character meal is Minnie’s in the Park and I think it’s the best spot to celebrate a birthday. If I were to pick for you, I would choose brunch at Minnie’s (10:30am) and dinner at Blue Bayou for the Paint the Night package. You can find more on the PTN packages in this post:

      http://dlrprepschool.com/special-dining-events-with-reserved-seating-for-shows/

      Ariel’s Grotto is lots of fun, too. All good options…..really just depends on what your preference is.

      You can find more info on birthday cakes from Disney at this link:

      https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/birthdays/

  23. Which of the character dining experiences are premium and which are regular? I wanted to attend Goofy’s Kitchen (since I’m considering staying at that hotel) and thought it would be a good thing to do the night we got in. Is that a regular character dinner or a premium one? I was considering buying tickets in advance from the Get Away Today site but I wasn’t sure which was which. 🙂

    • Premium meals are Goofy’s and Ariel’s Grotto. I actually prefer Minnie’s more than any. Check the pricing on Get Away Today, too, and compare with the parks. I’ve had a few readers tell me that the park price was actually less expensive.

  24. Hi
    I tried to book a table at Plaza Inn and no times available would we still be able to potentially get a table without a reservation. Taking a 3 year for the first time. Or would you recommend Goofys Kitchen?

    • It’s possible to get a table without a reservation, but I wouldn’t count on that entirely. Goofy’s Kitchen is a great option. I prefer Surf’s Up, though, instead. Mickey is there! Great option to see him. And they have a dance party.

  25. Hi There, i am looking where on the disney website i can book the Minnie and Friends breakfast, are you able to help?

  26. I just tried to make a reservation for the Minnie and Friends breakfast but there isn’t any time slots available. What is your second choice? I have 2 year old and 3.5 year old boys, so they’re not into princesses. This is our first trip and want a character meal. We are staying at the Grand California. Thank you!

    • Hi, Melissa! My second choice is Surf’s Up! with Mickey and Friends at the Paradise Pier Hotel. Mickey is there and they do a dance party. The energy is lots of fun. This is also the only option with Mickey. Hope that works out!

  27. Hi Casey,
    I am considering doing a second character dining at Surf’s Up with Mickey and Friends but because this is off site, I do not know if it is still quite a walk to get to/from the park? I have read people crossing over and going through GCA but do you know if non guests will be able to go through here if we have a scheduled character breakfast or have finished our character breakfast. I have a 7 yr and a 2 yr old and can expect end of Aug to be super hot and crowded. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi, Heather!

      Surf’s Up! is in the Paradise Pier Hotel. You may absolutely walk through the Grand Californian to get there and back. No one will know if you’re a hotel guest or not. That will certainly cut down on your walk time, too. Just an fyi, though….August is not always super hot here like most other parts of the country. Our high is 89 and low 65 and the mornings and nights can be chilly, so be sure to look at the weather before you arrive and pack sweaters for morning and night. Enjoy your visit!

  28. Hi Casey!

    We are coming end of October & we are DW veterans, so DL is new to us. Does the Minnie breakfast give an option of early entry to the park if you have “early” reservations like DW does? We love entering MK with early breakfast reservations to take pics w/o zillion people around and would love to do the same at DL. 😉

  29. Hi. Can you please tell me if the character dining meals are set times or can you book in at any time during the breakfast/lunch services times?

  30. Hi Casey. Your website is so helpful for planning our August 2016 trip with our 3 year old, thank you. I have read the post and the comments and still have a question for you. Have you done dinner at Goofy’s character meal? I am trying to maximize our park time and maybe go on one of our off days for dinner. What are your thoughts? One other question, I see you really favor Minnie in the park, but what would be your favorite between Goofy and Mickey at PCH? Thanks for your help!!

  31. Hi Casey! im planning our first trip to Disneyland and your site has been so great! What is the schedule like for the Minnie breakfast? What I mean is, do they clear out the dinning area and then let the next group in, or is it just like a regular restrant where you leave as you’re done eating? Also what is the timing like? Do you get an hour from your reservation time? I was looking at doing the 10:30am breakfast like you suggested, but I want to have plenty of time for eating and greeting. 🙂 Thank you!!

    • Hi, Ashley. I’ve done all the character meals at Disneyland and the only one that I’ve seen on a schedule is Ariel’s Grotto. The princesses are quite a production and are introduced before mingling. So, those times are more staggered and your time slot is designed to work with their appearances. The others are more laid back and the characters come and go while you dine. There is no strict time limit that I’ve seen really. I love the 10:30am time slot because most breakfasts end around 11:30am. 10:30am gives you enough time to get a lot done in the parks prior to dining and then you’re left an hour before the characters take off. If you are concerned with that time frame, make it 10:00am. Minnie’s is the best! Enjoy it.

  32. Trying to plan Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners…

    Anything special?
    We want to do Napa Rose for one of them (likely Christmas Eve). The other we would like a character meal outside of the parks. We are doing Storyteller for Christmas morning breakfast. So either Goofy or PCH. Do they have special meals?

  33. Hi Casey! I’ve heard rumors that recently DL has decreased both the number and the “randomness” of characters at meals. We were really looking forward to a character meal in Disneyland and were considering Plaza and Goofy’s, but we didn’t want to waste a park day for breakfast on our last day at Plaza. If we do Goofy’s, will we have that true Disneyland experience? Character meals at Disney World (where we’re used to going) are so pre-set in terms of characters. TIA for your advice!

    • DLR is just as set on the characters that appear at meals as WDW. So you should be ok there – expecting those I list with each option in this post. DLR character meals are superior to WDW in my opinion, with much better interaction. I recommend the Plaza for the best experience. Don’t waste early hours with the meal. Instead, schedule it for around 10:30am and break when the crowds start to arrive. You will love the escape and won’t miss out on too much park time. Grab a FASTPASS before sitting down! Regarding the random characters, most have been spotted in the parks, in an attempt to keep guests happy during all the refurbishments and changes with Star Wars Land construction.

  34. Hi Casey,

    I was wondering if you can help me with some suggestions, regarding that Im traveling with my 2 years old girl on march. I have these questions -and it would be super helpful your oppinion-:
    1. definitely im going to Disneyland, its better to go one day or two days, for this park only??
    2. would my daughter have fun in the other park CA? its worth it FOR HER?
    3. which dinning experience would you reccomend for her? she loves princceses and the mickey mouse typical characters.

    thank you so much!!!

    Maria

    • I always recommend 2 days at Disneyland and 1 at California Adventure. Both parks are great for her. Favorite character dining in DLR is Minnie’s Breakfast. Your daughter will enjoy Ariel’s Grotto, too. Enjoy it all!

  35. I have been trying to estimate the costs we will have in two weeks for food expenses. I have a couple character meals planned and prepaid for one through Getawatoday. Comparing what I paid and what their cost is for the meals and what you have posted here, I overpaid! Just wondering how recent the cost of the meals was updated. Thanks.

  36. Hi Casey,
    Thanks so much for putting up this information – it’s great!
    I’m heading to Disneyland this May with my partner, it’s my 28th birthday while we are there and I was wanting to do a character breakfast – for the older age would you suggest one over the others? I have always loved princesses so would Ariel be best?
    Also would there be a dinner suggestion you would suggest for my birthday night – Blue Bayou?
    Thank you!

    • I recommend the Paint the Night Blue Bayou dining experience for you on your birthday. Enjoy Blue Bayou and then get premier seating for the parade. Perfect night! My favorite character breakfast is Minnie’s in the Park, for young and old. Ariel’s is fun, too. Enjoy and happy early birthday!

  37. Hi Casey,

    Firstly I wanted to thank you because your blog is so informative.

    I am going to Disneyland with my partner only (no children) in May this year – 4 days hopper pass. One of the days is my birthday (28 but still Disney obsessed). I was thinking about doing a character breakfast on this day, I have always loved the princesses but it seems that you think the wider character group would be better? It might be better to get the wider experience?

    Also a bit off topic, but would you recommend somewhere that would be lovely for a birthday dinner?

    Thank you!
    Alisha

  38. Hi Casey! I LOVE your blog- so helpful! We will be in DL 1/18-1/22 and would love to schedule one more character meal. Kids are 5 and 15months. I have already booked the Story Tellers character breakfast for the day we leave as we do not have DL tickets for that day. What would you recommend for a second CM? And is there a particular day you would recommend going? Thanks!

  39. Help what is the best character meal for boys 9-11yrs. They want Avengers not princesses or what my son would call “baby” characters. (Please don’t hate on me for the baby remark. It is a tough age) I did waffles with. Pooh and Tigger last time and I loved it. But he also metioned he is scared of the non person characters. Please help! Should I just take him to the Medieval diner down the street?

    • Hi, Nikki. I won’t hate you! I understand. I recommend Minnie and Friends as the most convenient and easiest breakfast due to its location. It also has the best character interaction. There are no meals with Avengers so far. Wish there were!

  40. We are coming January 13-15 and don’t see how I can reserve Minnie’s breakfast in the park???? Sounds to me like that is the one to get if that is the only character meal I am doing. My son is 7 and we are going with my parents.

  41. Hello thank you for this article. We are going January 10th, 11th and 12th. I have a regular character meal ticket I already bought. I was thinking of doing the Minnie and friends breakfast in the park. Do you need early morning tickets for the meal if I get there when they first open in the morning? And is that a good character meal for a 3 year old boy and a 3 month old boy?

  42. Great info! I’d prefer to have a character breakfast that is NOT breakfast since breakfast is included at my hotel. Sounds like Goofy’s Kitchen may work best. I have 5 kids (11, 9, 6, 3, 3)… my worry is that a buffet may be tough with so many little kids. 2 adults carrying 7 plates? Advice?

  43. Thank you for your posts! You helped so much with our first Disneyland vacation (I’m actually blogging about it now and referencing this post!). I wanted to let you know that the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends link isn’t working. Thanks again!!

  44. Hi Casey! I am suprising my daughter with a trip to Disneyland in a little over a week. I just finished reading your “How To… For princess lovers” I would love to take her to Ariel’s Grotto for lunch but we aren’t getting the park hopper passes. Do we have to get the hopper passes to go to ariel’s grotto since its in California adventure?

    Also, I have been looking at your day plans for little kids and bigger kids. Just wondering if by little kids you meant toddlers/pre-schoolers? While my daughter LOVES the princesses, she also quite the thrill-seeker and is quite tall for her age. 49 inches. Would the big kids day plan work better for her? I just want her to have the ultimate Disney experience 🙂

    I’ve never been to Disneyland and your website has really helped a lot but, I still feel a little panicked!

    Any advice you could pass along would be sooooo helpful. In the meantime I will keep reading 🙂

    • Hi, Jen!

      Yes, you’ll need a park hopper to get into California Adventure to eat at Ariel’s Grotto.

      I would definitely do the big kids’ plan and then omit anything that might not be of interest to her or you.

      Please let me know what other questions you have!

      If you have not already bought tickets and need hoppers, check out my discounted seller here:

      http://www.parksavers.com/tickets-home-dlr-prep

      Otherwise, you can upgrade your tickets at the ticket booths in the esplanade between the two parks when you arrive.

  45. Casey, this site is fantastic! You’ve answered questions I didn’t even know I had, and alleviated a lot of the stress of planning a trip. Me and my best friend (both girls in our 20s), are going to Disney for her birthday in March. I’ve been considering character dining, as this is something I’ve never done before, but I’m concerned that we won’t get to interact with the characters as much as families with small kids. Should we skip the characters and do something aimed more toward our age group, like The Blue Bayou? Thank you!

    • I think character meals are good for all ages. They don’t discriminate. You’ll get plenty of interaction. I actually did one breakfast by myself and had every character at my table! Blue Bayou is lovely, too. I’d consider both options and do both if you can.

  46. Hi Casey!!

    I know there isn’t a guaranteed list of characters at the meals, but can you tell me who is pretty consistent at the Minnie Breakfast at the Plaza? Besides, and this is an assumption, Minnie 🙂

  47. Hi there. I loved reading your article. We are going to be going to Disneyland over Christmas this year (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). We would love to do at least one if not more character breakfasts. Are there any that you would recommend for Christmas morning? Thanks so much.

    • Minnie’s Breakfast in the Park is my all time favorite. It has the most characters, the best character interaction and the setting is lovely. Recommend! Book it as soon as your 60 day mark arrives. Those days are super busy.

  48. My wife and I are flying in and have goofys kitchen already planned… we are wanting to do 1 more charachter meal and are trying to figure it out… we have done breakfast at the plaza in before so leaning toward chip n dale or Ariels grotto…. we are celebrating our 5th anniversary so we want it to be super special… got photo pass plus, doing Halloween tour and party… excited for Disney Starbucks swag as we are from Seattle area!! What do you think?? Love the princesses, but also b love all the other characters… not sure what to do!?! How to make this the most spectacular anniversary trip yet!!

    • I LOVE Storytellers. The setting is gorgeous, the food is divine (try the French toast) and the characters are unusual and interactive. Very different from the standard line up. I recommend Chip n Dale!

  49. Hi. This is a great website to seek for advice for a real Disneyland Experience.
    I am taking my 4yr old girl for her first time, and I want to make it really special for her. Just mom and daugther. The day will be December 05 of 2015 (Saturday).
    I am going to get the PhotoPass+ and the Minnies and Friends Character Dinning at 10:30am. I would like to ask for tips to enhance this day.
    Oh. And prices. How much is the dinning? For Fantasmic, do I really need to get a fastpass? Is it best to get me the Grab-and-go Oasis restaurant to get a fastpass and see fantasmic?
    Thank you in advance. You are all so kind.

  50. Hi Casey!
    I love reading all of your posts and they have been so helpful in our planning for our upcoming trip. I do need some expert advice. We will be in DLR the week of Thanksgiving, we leave back home on Friday afternoon, so I am trying to make the most of our last day there. We already pre-purchased our character meal through disney travel and are staying in the DLH. This being said, I know we should get a magic hour that friday. My question is: which would be the best option for a breakfast that morning, 7am @ Storytellers and then spend the day in CA, or enter park early and eat breakfast @ 9:30 at Ariel’s grotto.

    Thanks for any help you are able to give. I appreciate your time.

    • I love Storyteller’s (my favorite), however, I think it’s best to take advantage of early hours and ride, ride, ride before you dine. So, my vote is for Ariel’s Grotto. That’s about when the crowds arrive. You’ll enjoy the reprieve and love to sit down for a while. Enjoy!

  51. Hi we went to Ariel’s Grotto this past March and were surprised, but they’ve actually change the way they do the lunch menu the appetizers and desserts are not family style anymore?. Not sure when this changed we previously went two years earlier and it was amazing I don’t really like the change and from what I understand the cast members don’t really like the change it’s more difficult for them because they have to give everybody individual desserts and take orders and everything the old way was much better. The princess experience was still amazing we got to see Tiana and Pocahontas which are to that we had never seen before. If you ever see Mérida anywhere please let us know she is the only one we have not seen throughout the park.

  52. Casey, I’m thinking about reserving a dining package for Fastamic! Is it worth the money and is one restaurant better than the other. I’m leaning towards the Blue Bayou. How far is the viewing area from the restaurants? Is it standing? thx again! b

  53. Hello,
    I have another question for you! If dining at the Disneyland Hotel and not going into the park, do you have any recommendations for parking? My Mom has issues with walking too far and usually rents an ECV in the park, so the closer the better. I saw that you can park at the hotel for a fee, do you know if a premium annual pass would cover that fee? Downtown Disney is an option but with it being a Sunday night that we are going, I feel like that parking lot would be pretty full.

    Thank you,
    Alice

    • Passholders have no benefits for parking other than in the designated lots – Premium passholders can park for free at any of them. I usually park at Mickey and Friends and then you could walk over to the Disneyland Hotel. However, if it’s full, you’ll be pushed over to Puumba or Toy Story and have to shuttle in. Here’s another option: park in Downtown Disney for free for up to 3 hours. You’ll be surprised at how people come and go. Or, even better, Uber! Forget about parking and Uber instead.

  54. I am looking into Goofy’s Kitchen and Minnie’s Breakfast. I have a 4yo girl and 2yr boy, my daughter can tend to be a little wary when it comes to costume characters. I’m wondering if you think it would be best to start out our trip with a character meal to get her familiar with them or wait until middle or end of our trip when she has had a chance to see them from afar first. We will have a 5 day pass, staying 7 days total.

    • I recommend Minnie’s at the latest possible….after the kids become familiar with the park and characters…..usually around 10:30am. This will also allow you a break from the crowds that arrive at that time. Enjoy!

  55. I am looking for info on pre-park opening character breakfasts and there are so many contradicting websites out there. Someone mentioned they could dine at Plaza Inn at 7:00am but when I look online the earliest res is for 8:10 which wouldn’t allow enough time for park opening at 9 I don’t believe. What are my options at ANY character breakfast and are there any that would get us into the park to get pics with the castle without the crowds? Thanks.

    • Your best bet for trying to accomplish this is to call into the dining line and let them know what they’re trying to do. They have hours that are not published yet. The websites you’re reading are not entirely wrong, but the hours change throughout the year. Here is the phone number and times for the dining line. Call them and speak to them directly about what time/date/etc you’re wanting:

      (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time).

  56. Hello,

    I love character breakfasts but I always tend to go with the cheaper ones since I’m on a budget. I know the prices are never quoted exact, but I would love to go to Goofys Kitchen next time I am there. Do you know if there is a better time of day to go to get the lower end of the price?

  57. hi Casey, I love all your information. We are going in mid-dec this year for 3-4 days with4 adults (1)1 y.o. (1) 2y.o (1)3y.o and (2) 7y.o all girls! So we’re definitely looking for the princess/frozen things among everything else. Would you help me pinpoint a few things for our itinerary that you think we’d enjoy? Thank you

  58. Thoughts on Fantasy Faire vs. Ariel’s Grotto in terms of meeting princesses? I’m just a little hesitant to put a character meal in the middle of our day at the park. I’d rather bookend our trip with a character meals (ie the night we arrive and the morning we leave) which means I’d have to only pick places in the hotels. But if the princess interaction is good at Fantasy Faire (plus seeing Anna & Elsa) I *think* my 6 year old will be good. But wanted your professional opinion.

    • Hi, Kali.

      I recommend – if you want to do Ariel’s Grotto – scheduling it for the latest breakfast time available. That way, you can arrive to the park and enjoy the early hours with less crowds….then settle in to a meal once the people arrive. It’s a great way to enjoy a meal onsite without missing premier times for taking advantage of attractions. Fantasy Faire is a ton of fun and I encourage you to do this with or without the meal. Both parks have great options!

  59. I think I read the the PCH is only doing characters for breakfast… Is this this true? Are any of the other restaurants like this? Thanks!

    • Yes, each option has limited meals…….I’ve listed what is available for each in this post. I recommend doing a late breakfast at PCH or Minnie’s in the Park and arriving before the park opens, enjoying the lower crowds and then relaxing for a meal at the latest time available. Make it a “brunch” if you can.

  60. Is there a place to find the exact prices for the character meals? The menus/info on the Disneyland site is not helpful. We are thinking of the Surf’s Up Breakfast (do they do character dinner there by the way?), but your site says pricing can range from $15-$60. That’s a huge price gap, so we’re just trying to figure out what to expect for adults and kids. Thanks again!

    • Good question, Megan.

      Surf’s Up! only does breakfast, but it’s also the only one where you can see Mickey (most likely), so I suggest it as a good one.

      I went to the Disneyland page and didn’t see exact pricing, either. I recall Surf’s Up! adults paying around $30 a meal. I’ll be looking for pricing for each of these now during one of my future trips to include exact dollar amounts. Thanks for the idea.

      Until then, you can call the dining line to hear more details.

      • Thanks Casey. We’re mostly just trying to figure out if the character meal vouchers are a better way to go. It’s hard to tell based on the information that Disney provides.

        • My favorite is Minnie’s Breakfast in the Park. Schedule it for around 10am and enjoy the early hours without the crowds and then dine once everyone else arrives. Lots of classic characters and great interaction. If you must see Mickey Mouse, he’ll only be found at Surf’s Up! at the PCH Grill and that’s never a 100% guarantee.

  61. I have scheduled a Surfs up character breakfast, is it a far walk from there to the entrance of DL? or could we take the monorail from Downtown Disney?

    • It’s not too far of a walk, but you can take the monorail in from Downtown Disney and land in Tomorrowland if you prefer not to walk the entire way. I always like to start at the main entrance, but some people want to avoid the walk.

  62. Hi Casey,
    My family is going to DL near the end of September and I wanted to do a character dinner during our stay. We have to 2 boys ages 4 and 8 and the youngest likes the classic characters but does know all the rest too. Where do you suggest we go?
    Thanks

    • Hi, Nola.

      My favorite is Minnie’s in the Park. Schedule it for the latest possible during your visit and enjoy the early hours and then escape to the breakfast once the crowds arrive. Enjoy!

  63. Hi Casey,
    Awesome site!!! Your info is super helpful.
    I’m trying to decide between Goofy’s Kitchen breakfast and the PCH Surf’s Up breakfast. The link on your site doesn’t seem to be working. Could you please advise?
    Thank you!

    • My favorite is Minnie’s Breakfast in the park. Schedule for 10am and ride attractions prior to that…..and then eat once the crowds start arriving – right around 10am. You’ll enjoy the break from the chaos at that point. Enjoy!

  64. Hi there! I have 3 boys, ages 3 (birthday boy), 7, and 10. Is the food selection for breakfast Buffett the same between goofy a kitchen and PCH grill? What time do you suggest I make reservations for on a Saturday?

    • Hi, Laya.

      Goofy’s Kitchen has more “kid” food…..like hot dogs and chicken nuggets and such. A bigger selection, too.

      I recommend visiting the parks super early and then scheduling the latest breakfast/early lunch possible to make your most of your early hours. Hope that helps!

  65. Hey, this is our first trip to Disneyland. We have a 6yr. old princess and are trying to decide b/w goofy’s kitchen and ariel’s grotto. We are Disney vets and have done CRT in May and were very pleased with that experience. We would like to have an awesome time and great food, any suggestions? Oh and we would only be at the parks for 2 days without the hopper option. Love, Love your website keep up the great work:) Thanks!

      • Hey Casey, thanks for answering my previous question. My next question would be if we want to do the World of Color with fast pass(not dinner package) what time should we make our reservations for. We are thinking a late lunch that would be our dinner. Any suggestions on times for Ariel’s Grotto? We would be going Tuesday Sept. 22. I read that tip on one of your other post:)
        Thanks for all you do!

        • Allow 1.5 hours for Carthay Circle Restaurant. All other dining options can be about an hour. So, whatever works with your family. I’d call to see what the latest they have for the day you want to visit.

  66. HI! We’re going in July with 4 kids and I made a reservation with the one inside Paradise Pier Hotel. Do you think that is a good one? We’re going the first day we arrive at 8:20 am.

  67. Hi! We are going in October for our anniversary and taking our girls with us – 4 and 20 months, and I originally wanted to do the princess meal bc my 4 year old is obsessed with them- and let’s be honest- I love everything Disney- but I’m not thinking Minnie’s dining experience at the 1030 time slot… Thoughts? I know your blog was about character dining but do you think taking her to the royal hall later to meet princesses will be a good experience but without the mega cost of a meal?

    • I vote for the princesses upon arrival (Pixie Hollow, too) and then do the character breakfast at 10:30am. You’ll enjoy low lines with the princesses and then get a break once the crowds arrive!

  68. Thank you for such great info! I have 2 girls, 8 and 5. I was thinking of the Surf’s up and then Chip and Dale breakfast’s on separate dates. They have done the princess brunch in Orlando before. Do you think these are good options for that age range?

    • I do, however, I love Minnie’s Breakfast in the Park more than anything. I think both of your other choices are good, though. The Storyteller’s one is unique with unusual characters. It’s not for everyone, but it’s another of my favorites. Beautiful setting, too.

    • I love reading your site. Super helpful. I am planning a trip with my boys – 3 and 6 for Jan 2016. It will be their first time going to Disneyland. I am trying to see which character meal would be best. Both boys love Disney and know the characters. I was trying to decide between Goofy’s Kitchen and PCH. I have also been reading a lot of good things about Minnie’s Breakfast recently. I am looking for the best character experience. Thanks. Any suggestions?

      • Minnie’s is my absolute favorite. It has the best character interaction, it’s conveniently located in the parks and the food is good. Schedule it for about 10am and enjoy your morning hours prior to when the big crowds arrive. By 10pm, the park will be filled and you’ll have a nice escape. Enjoy!

  69. We are thinking of going to goofys kitchen on the day we arrive for supper (heading to the park the next day) i keep seeing varying prices online, how much is it for dinner for adults and a child? is it all buffet food? I’ve seen some tickets for character dinners on third party websites, any suggestions?

  70. Hi. Super informative website. I a interested in character breakfast but late in the morning, like 10:30 at Plaza Inn. Do you think it is still worth it for such a short time?

    • Thank you! I think this is the best time possible. Be there prior to open and enjoy a quiet park and then take a break at 10:30am to eat and escape the chaos that arrives at that time. 10:30-11:30 can work as Brunch and an hour is plenty of time for characters. Arrive 10-20 minutes early, just in case, so you get the full hour because they close down at 11:30am.

      • Thanks Casey! I made reservations at 10:20 and meeting the entire group (7 people) at 10am. I’m looking forward to the character breakfast!

  71. Your website is incredible!! We are going towards the end of July for 4 days and it will be our first visit. It will be me, my 7 year old daughter and my 18 year old cousin. I will also be celebrating my 30th birthday there and was thinking of doing Goofy’s Kitchen on my birthday but after reading your recommendations I am not sure I want to miss park time so I may switch it to the day before, will they do something special for the birthday or would going a day earlier make a difference? Also, I was just curious if there are there special presentations when the characters enter? is a better time to go to the meals during the character times? Are the characters there for the entire breakfast and lunch times?

    • Thank you, Kristy!

      Characters will rotate around wherever you dine for autographs and photos. If you don’t want to miss park time, I suggest Minnie’s Breakfast in the Park at Disneyland. Schedule the 10:30am time and enjoy the meal after being at the park before opening and riding rides when it’s less crowded. Then, when lots of people start to show up, you get to escape for a fun meal in the park! Minnie’s has the most characters and the best interaction that I’ve encountered.

      No special presentations. They just wander in. It’s a ton of fun!

  72. This will be our first character dining…2 adults, 17, 14, & 12 yr olds. Which dining experience do you recommend?

    • Hi, Grisel.

      I recommend two options for your family. First, Minnie’s Breakfast in the Park is a classic character experience and there’s a lot of interaction. If you’re OK with non-traditional characters, I LOVE Storyteller’s Cafe in the Grand Californian – the Chip n Dale Critter Breakfast features some unusual characters like Meeko and the Brother Bear bears. Let me know if you have any questions!

  73. Can I schedule a Character Meal at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and not have a ticket for either park that morning? I was going to schedule a breakfast on our last day there before we left but we don’t have park tickets for that day. Thank you.

  74. Hi! We are coming to the park in July, and excited to enjoy our first character dining experience. Our party consist of one 4 yr old, two 6 year olds, a 12 year old (all girls!) and four adults. We were leaning toward the PCH Grill breakfast, but now I’m wondering if we should switch to the Plaza Inn. Thoughts?

  75. Heading there with a bunch of teens and a 5 year old in October. What do you recommend?? Teens are excited about the character meal, but I wanted one that would be good for a wide range of ages, male and female. We have park hopper tickets so we can get to any of the restaurants. Thanks!!!

    • I go back and forth on my favorites, but I think Surf’s Up is fun for all ages and Minnie’s in the park is, too. Ariel’s would be too princessy and Storyteller’s has unique characters, so for a classic experience, avoid those two. Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is good.

  76. When I went to Disneyland I had to have breakfast with Chip & Dale I am named after Dale even though I am a girl I also had a birthday party with Mickey & Minnie I was 42 years young I flew from Perth Australia so I had to do it all best holiday ever

  77. Hi, we are scheduled to arrive in early June. I’ve heard of a princess breakfast experience and have seen little girls dressed as princesses on previous trips. Can you please tell me more about these?

  78. we’re planning 3 days at DL and 1 day at CA. We have two character meals (one regular and one premium) We wanted to do Ariels Grotto on a day that we will be at DL, not CA. Will that be a problem? Meaning do we have to be attending the park where the character dining is located on the day of of our character dining?

    • I have been to Ariel’s grotto 2 and I love the food, and the characters. We went last year and saw Minnie mouse, mulan, ariel is before u sit down, and snow white, and Cinderella. The restaurant is at California adventure. I love this park. Going again in July 2015

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