There are 5 character meal options at Disneyland – 4 in the hotels and 1 in Disneyland Park.
While all of them are super fun (all character interactions at Disneyland seem to be), there are some differences you should know to figure out which is best for you.
Let’s take a look…
UPDATE: Disney has announced that during the initial reopening of Disneyland character meals are currently unavailable. Please visit our Disneyland reopening guide for the most up-to-date information.
Before we dive into the details, let’s look at some basic stats about each one so we can see how they compare.
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When to schedule character dining meals
As you can see, each hotel has at least 1 character meal (The Grand Californian has 2), and then there’s just 1 character meal option in a park.
That means you don’t need a park ticket to have a character dining option. Consider booking on a non-park day, including arrival and departure days.
Scheduling for PhotoPass photographers
One thing to note: some character meals have PhotoPass photographers that take your picture when you enter and some don’t.
If you’re using MaxPass, you may want to book the meals that include pics on a park day so you can get those photos.
Conversely, if you’re using MaxPass, you may want to book the meals that don’t include PhotoPass pics on a non-park day.
Pros and cons of every Disneyland character meal
Let’s dive in a little more and look at the pros and cons of each…
Minnie and Friends – Breakfast in the Park
Location: Plaza Inn in Disneyland Park
Characters (can vary): all of them? Just kidding, but not by much. Minnie is always there but everybody else is a huge hodgepodge of unique characters. Options can include Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh, Rafiki, Fairy Godmother, Max, Pinocchio, and Captain Hook.
Pros: literally the most characters we’ve ever seen at a character meal, indoor and outdoor seating options, usually a bit cheaper than other character meals, PhotoPass pic taken when entering, open daily
Cons: popular so can be hard to get a reservation
- This restaurant is open during Extra Magic Hour/Magic Morning, but you don’t have to use up your 1 Magic Morning to attend. People with breakfast reservations can enter without using their MM.
- Consider booking a later breakfast so you can use the first couple of hours the park is open to tour.
Location: Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel
Characters (can vary): Goofy, Chip, Dale, Minnie, and Pluto
Pros: only character meal available at dinner, delicious and interesting menu options (PB&J pizza, anyone?), PhotoPass pic taken when entering, available daily
Cons: reservation can be difficult to get since it’s the only dinner option, more expensive than most other character meals
Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast
Location: PCH Grill at Paradise Pier Hotel
Characters (can vary): Donald, Daisy, Stitch, Minnie
Pros: reservations usually easy to get, lots of great character interactions, fun to participate in Donald’s dance party
Cons: restaurant is dated, location is not convenient
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet
Location: Storytellers Cafe at Grand Californian Hotel
Characters (can vary): Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Pluto
Pros: arguably the best food of any character meal, fun interactions with classic characters
Cons: can get really busy
Tips: Consider pairing breakfast here with a California Adventure day since it’s so easy to come and go using The Grand Californian’s private entrance/exit to the park.
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
Location: Napa Rose at Grand Californian Hotel
Characters (can vary): Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Ariel, Mulan
Pros: PhotoPass pic taken when entering, gifts given to guests (can include things like autograph books and jewelry), champagne included for adults, delicious food (a combo of buffet and non-buffet options), princesses tell stories
Cons: expensive at $125/person (for adults and kids), not available daily