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.
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 too long of a wait before characters started arriving at our table. Mickey, Minnie, and Chip & Dale appear.
My girlfriend and I were in the restaurant for a little over an hour, during our time Mickey appeared twice, Minnie three times, and Chip once. Dale never made it over to our area, but we did see him on the other side of the restaurant a couple of times. 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. We’ve heard reports from our readers that characters appear less during the later hours of brunch service, so keep that in mind when making your reservation.
Disney could have stopped at having excellent service and a wonderful character interactions, but thankfully the food also happens to be good. Breakfast staples such as, eggs, sausage, bacon, and a cereal bar are all present. A selection of pastries is also offered. A standout item for me was the strawberry french toast, which I thought was very tasty. Nothing offered at Storytellers will blow you away. This is a theme park hotel buffet restaurant, but the selection is solid and good quality.
During my previous visits I was a fan of the omelet stations but I was surprised to see no omelets offered during my most recent visit. I checked Disney’s official menu while preparing this post and “make-your-own omelet” is still mentioned. Maybe all the omelet chefs called out sick the day I went.
One of my personal favorite items available at the buffet was the chilaquiles, which were crispy, fresh, and flavorful.
It wouldn’t be a proper Disney breakfast buffet without Mickey waffles. Storyteller’s has them in the wheat variety, which I prefer over the standard ones because of their fluffy inside.