Character Dining at Disney’s Grand California Hotel

Minnie Character Dining Grand Californian DL

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel offers two character dining options. Check out our review and find out which one is for you!

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Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. until noon, the Napa Rose is home to the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures. Six to eight Disney Princesses, including Mulan, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Belle, and Princess Tiana, are on hand for pictures, storytelling, and activities.

Your little Princess will receive small gifts, including a choice of autograph books, pens, and a Swarovski crystal necklace; Princes receive a shield-and-sword set. Adults are not forgotten, either, and will be served champagne during breakfast and receive a box of chocolates upon leaving. While expensive, the food is really out of this world and the 2-hour experience is unique. The three-course breakfast comes with a hefty price tag of $125 for all ages, tax and gratuity not included.

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If you are looking for a less expensive character dining experience, I recommend Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet at Storytellers Café. The setting of the restaurant is true to the resort’s art and crafts theme with wood carvings and Western landscape murals. 

Character dining

The buffet offers plenty of choices, including breakfast staples such as Mickey waffles, cooked-to-order omelets, bagels and lox, eggs Benedict, and fresh-baked pastries.

Character dining

Make sure to try the house specialty of Chilaquiles with tortilla chips, eggs, salsa, and queso fresco. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip & Dale take turns visiting guests at their tables for photo ops, autographs, and hugs.

Every half hour the characters invite kids to join them in a fun little parade around the restaurant.

I visited without a child in tow and loved the fact that all characters took their time to interact with me, making sure that a waiter would take pictures. 

Storyteller’s Café also offers a brunch with characters and a dinner buffet, albeit sans Mickey and friends. Breakfast is $44 for adults and $26 for kids ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuities. 

For all there is to see and do at Disneyland Resort, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland.

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