Storytellers Cafe is a restaurant in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland Resort. In this review we’ll take a look at their character breakfast, dubbed Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet, which was recently revamped with new food and characters.
I’ll start off this review with my only bit of criticism: Storytellers Cafe is located off of a walkway that leads from Grand Californian’s main lobby to the hotel’s exclusive entrance to Disney California Adventure. This walkway isn’t very wide, and Storytellers’ breakfast is fairly popular. Those two things coupled with the fact that the restaurant’s waiting area is small means that things can get a bit cramped while you wait for your party to be called. Cramped is a feeling you’ll have during your entire time at Storytellers. Along with the waiting area, tables are close together, walkways are small, and overall there’s very little room to move around. Other people were frequently directly behind the photos my groups took of/with characters. Also, while walking to and from the buffet to my table it felt like I was constantly in the way of other guests, waiters, or characters.
Luckily that minor inconvenience was the only problem I encountered during my visit. I found drink service to be swift and frequent, used plates were quickly picked up, and overall the service was fantastic. Storytellers isn’t a huge restaurant, so it wasn’t long before all five characters (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip & Dale) made the rounds and got to my party’s table. I observed characters giving every group a good amount of attention, with enough time given for everyone to get all the pictures, autographs, and hugs that they could possibly want. Meeting characters is going to be the main draw for a lot of people dining here, so I’m happy to report character fans will find Storytellers Cafe’s breakfast beyond worth the price of admission in that regard.
Disney could have stopped at having excellent service and a wonderful character interactions, but thankfully the food also happens to be very good. Breakfast staples such as, eggs, sausage, bacon, and a cereal bar are all present. Two omelette stations are available where you can order custom creations. A selection of pastries is also offered. A standout item for me was the caramel french toast, which I thought was very tasty.
One of my personal favorite items available at the buffet was the chilaquiles, which were crispy, fresh, and flavorful. I wish I would have taken a better picture of them, because the one I got makes them look unappetizing. Wow…
It wouldn’t be a proper Disney breakfast buffet without Mickey waffles. Storyteller’s has them in the chocolate chip variety, which I prefer over the standard ones. A huge plus is the special toppings that are available with the waffles. The standard syrup is there but I highly recommend you try the matcha green tea sauce, or the horchata sauce. My mouth is watering thinking about those sauces.
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet will set you back $44 for adults, and $26 for kids. It seems a bit pricey, but the food is good quality and the characters interactions are great. Overall the experience was a lot of fun. Breakfast runs from 7:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.. If your meal goes past 11:25 am they’ll still have some of the breakfast foods still available, but the characters will leave for the day. We recommend that you make advance reservations if you wish to dine here. Leave questions or let me know what you think in the comments below.