Character Meals at Disneyland: Goofy’s Kitchen Dinner Review

Goofy’s Kitchen is a popular Disneyland character meal that allows you to interact with several classic Disney characters. We tried a Goofy’s Kitchen dinner on our arrival day, and it was a great start to our Disneyland trip.

Location

Goofy’s Kitchen is located at Disneyland Hotel.

Goofy’s Kitchen

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Goofy’s Kitchen has both a character breakfast and dinner daily. Reservations are highly recommended and open 60 days before your desired dining date.

When you check in for your Goofy’s Kitchen meal you will pre-pay at the register. After paying for your meal you wait just outside of the restaurant to be seated. In a few minutes your group is called.

On your way to your table you’ll have your first Goofy’s Kitchen character interaction. Make sure you are ready with your autograph book and camera before being called.

You enter a semi-private area decorated like an adorable kitchen scene and meet one of the characters. We got our picture with Mickey in the kitchen, but during our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner Mickey and Goofy alternated in this photo spot.

There is a Disney photographer to take pictures in the “kitchen.” However, unlike at Disney World, these photos are not part of your PhotoPass downloads. You must buy the print photo package brought to your table during the meal to get the digital code.

During the meal, have those wishing to interact with characters sit where they can easily get up from their seats to meet Mickey, Goofy, and the rest of the gang. If possible, have your family photographer sit across from those most excited to meet the characters at Goofy’s Kitchen.

Goofy’s Kitchen Food Options

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Goofy’s Kitchen breakfast and dinner are set up as an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. Goofy’s Kitchen breakfast has an omelette station, the iconic Mickey waffles, fresh fruit and more.

Dinner has a carving station, fresh catch of the day, several salads, and typical kids’ fare like mac and cheese or hot dogs. Our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner was a pretty basic meal, but I don’t expect fine dining for a character meal.

For those with food allergies: Please note your food allergy when making your dining reservation. Once you are at Goofy’s Kitchen remind your server about the food allergy. They will be able to either provide an allergen menu or call for a chef consult if you have a less common food allergen.

If you have someone with a food allergy please read my 5-Minute Guide To Dealing With Food Allergies At Disney to learn more about how Disney accommodates food allergies.

To see the current Goofy’s Kitchen menu check the Disneyland website.

Goofy’s Kitchen Characters

There are several characters that make their rounds at Goofy’s Kitchen. We saw a total of 6 characters at our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip. Since Goofy is the namesake of Goofy’s Kitchen you should expect to see him, but other characters and the number of characters is always subject to change.

Several times at our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner the characters did a parade march around the restaurant. The character parade is a great way to see which characters are available during your Goofy’s Kitchen meal.

Our Goofy’s Kitchen Dinner Character Experiences

Goofy

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It should come as no surprise that you will see Goofy at Goofy’s Kitchen. Since he was not in the kitchen photo op, he was our most difficult character to catch. Goofy did finally stop by our table for a quick autograph and photo op.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey was a great way to start our meal. The kitchen photo area was adorable, and Mickey was so sweet to Elizabeth. A big welcoming hug from Mickey was just the right start to our night.

Donald Duck

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We love Donald. You never quite know what to expect from this unpredictable duck. The night we had our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner Donald was much more ridiculous than usual. When he realized I was taking pictures, he turned around and shook his tail feathers at me! This made Elizabeth giggle like crazy.

Donald also did “up high, down low, too slow” to Elizabeth. When she did it back to him he got right in her face and gave her raspberries. Donald was a fabulous interaction during our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner.

Minnie Mouse

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Minnie is always very sweet. She even made it a point to come around to my hard-to-access booth seat for a picture!

Pluto

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Pluto was also very funny during our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner. He came over to our table and immediately started to hassle Elizabeth. Pluto hugged her and then started posing for a pictures intentionally covering her face in different ways.

Pluto also knocked off Elizabeth’s Minnie ear headband every time he walked past our table. It was really funny.

Chip

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Chip made himself right at home at our table. He unwrapped a place setting, tucked the napkin in by his neck and was ready to eat with us. Chip was very charming and funny during our interaction.

Cost

At time of publishing the cost for Goofy’s Kitchen breakfast is $39 per adult and $23 per child. For Goofy’s Kitchen dinner the price is $43 per adult and $25 per child. These prices do not include tax or tip.

Final Thoughts on Goofy’s Kitchen Dinner

We had a great time at our Goofy’s Kitchen dinner. The character interactions with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, and of course Donald , were amazing. Although the food is nothing fancy, we found plenty of tasty options for our meal. A Goofy’s Kitchen character meal was a fabulous way to start our trip to Disneyland.  

If you are looking for a character meal outside the parks I would definitely recommend Goofy’s Kitchen. Since Goofy’s Kitchen is not located inside the theme park this character meal is a great option for a non-park day.

We often like to do a character meal on our arrival day or departure day if we won’t have time to make it to the park. Goofy’s Kitchen is also the only character meal option for dinner at Disneyland Resort.

However, if you are planning to do a character breakfast and love a variety of Disney characters my favorite option is Minnie and Friends Breakfast in the Park at Disneyland Park. This character breakfast has a wide assortment of Disney characters and is a lot of fun, too. Read more about Minnie and Friends Breakfast in the Park in my full review.

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5 comments

  1. We had an amazing experience at Goofy’s kitchen! Very attentive service and the characters make it extra fun! The staff is amazing!

  2. This was not our best experience at Disneyland. We knew it would be expensive but there was a bit of bill shock for sure. We were charged $220 for 3 adults and a child and our kids are 9 and 10. We mentioned it was our sons birthday and he watched other kids get a song and a special cup cake and he never received one. We only saw 3 characters and Minnie never even stopped at the table so we only had two pictures. My husband had to go find Goofy to get the kids a picture with him and before they got a picture they were asked if they paid for the meal. The meal was not great for what you pay, not a lot to choose from at all and they were actually running out of food at the carving table. My husband was limited on the amount of prime rib he could have.
    It wasn’t what we were expecting and we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that has any sort of budget to follow. Save your money for the park.

    1. Hi Amy,

      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have a good experience at Goofy’s Kitchen. Staff at the restaurants are usually very good about making sure characters work through each section of tables and that birthdays are celebrated. I would suggest that you contact Disneyland and let them know about your disappointing your meal at Goofy’s Kitchen.

  3. The worst part of our trip! The food is awful ! The worst buffet hands down, the kids didn’t even eat the cold food. The bread pudding was hard as a rock. The deserts were nothing special. We paid 250.00 for dinner for two adults and three children May 27, 2019. One of our kids is special needs and doesn’t eat by mouth only g tube. We were charged full price for her because she got the “experience” We were also charged full price of 45.00 for an eleven year old girl . The “experience ” we paid for consisted of Mickey and one of the chipmunks at our table. When we asked about the characters coming around we were told the “experience doesn’t really mean you see each one at your table but that they are dining with you. We had a better “experience “in the park for free with Mickey inside Toontown. Stay clear of character dining ! Yet another over priced Disney extra.

    1. Hi Sheryl,

      I’m sorry to hear about your experience at Goofy’s Kitchen. I agree the food is pretty meh, but our character interactions were great. I am very disappointed that you had a bad experience at dinner. I suggest you contact Disneyland and give them this feedback about your experience.

      Thank you for sharing your experience,
      Cristin

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