Character Dining Disneyland Review: Mickey’s Tales of Adventure at Disney’s Grand Californian

Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet at the Storyteller Cafe inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is the only character dining option at Disneyland where you get to meet Mickey Mouse!

Read our review from our experience there in December 2019 to see why this is the character dining with the best food at Disneyland!

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Mickey’s Tales of Adventure at Storyteller’s CafeMickey's Tales of Adventure

I timed our reservation to take advantage of their brunch hours so we could enjoy rides during the morning before heading over to the Grand Californian for brunch at 11AM. We started our day in California Adventure following our park touring strategy for that park and then used the hotel entrance to the Grand Californian from inside the park which made for a seamless transition to the restaurant. Anyone can use this entrance after Extra Magic Hours is over so don’t be afraid to take advantage of it!

Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Love the details.

Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Writing on the floor at the entrance.

Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Look up to see all the details.

Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Beautiful artistry.

Mickey's Tales of Adventure

You’ll find the buffet in the center of the restaurant, they will often have two lines open.

Upon check in, you’re directed to a table and then from there it’s a serve your yourself buffet style. Like with all character dining, don’t worry about leaving your table- the characters will make their rounds to you. Get your food, relax, and they will come to you! If you ever have issues with characters missing your table, just tell a cast member and they’ll rectify the situation.

Here are some of the amazing options at the buffet:

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Every buffet at Disneyland will offer basic cereal, pastries, fruit, etc.

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

More higher end spreads are found in this character dining experience.

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

The quiche was my favorite!

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Great dessert options too.

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Great drink options.

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

One more of the quiche because it’s just that good.

Food at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Cereal milk anyone?

That’s just a small sampling of the things offered, you can also find a make our own omelette station, Mickey waffles, Banana Foster french toast, hash browns, and more.

You will meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip, and Dale at this character dining all in their themed adventure outfits. Have your character autograph book on the table and your camera ready so you’re prepared when they come around the room.

Minnie at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Minnie Mouse.

Dale at Mickey's Tales of Adventure


Mickey at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Mickey Mouse.

Chip at Mickey's Tales of Adventure

Chip. You can tell them apart because Chip’s nose is black like a chocolate chip!

Pluto at Mickey's Tales of Adventure


Every thirty minutes or so they will also lead the kids in a sort of dance line around the restaurant. Kids love this- the characters come and get them from their tables personally. Even my ‘so cool’ nine year old joined in, although later he disclosed to me he only did just to spare Mickey’s feelings. If you have older kids, they won’t be able to resist. My son loved it.

The price tag for this breakfast buffet is a bit higher than other character dining options at Disneyland being a ‘premiere experience’ but with the outstanding food the Grand Californian is known for along with meeting Mickey Mouse I felt the price was worth it. This was the best food I’ve ever had at any character dining experience and I was extremely impressed.

Mickey's Tales of Adventure bill

The bill for one adult and one child.

Overall, I’d highly recommend this character dining experience. If you time it right and use it as a brunch option while you’re in California Adventure it fits seamlessly into your day since the entrance to the hotel is accessible from the park. The food here is great and you get to meet Mickey Mouse! But it is one of the more expensive character meal options and you’re really paying for the better food in that price.

You can read more about the Mickey’s Tales of Adventure dining experience on Disneyland Dining’s website.

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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