Why Do Character Breakfasts? A Disney Character Dining Experience



character breakfasts

So I know what you are wondering why would a 50 year old man do a character breakfast when he has no children with him? Well before I answer let me ask you this.

Why do people come to Disney?

Hopefully to laugh and smile a lot, hopefully to get back in touch with their inner child; to have a lot of fun and not worry about what others will say. If that is true, then the character meals are brilliant whether or not you have children with you. Yes photo opportunities and signatures and watching your children smile and giggle as they hug Mickey and his pals, as Mickey and his pals sound like quality time with them. Well I say quality time some restaurants are better than others – I would rate Tusker House in AK, Cape May at Beach club, Garden Grill at Epcot and 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian as the best; but all the interactions will depend on how much you as parents interact with the characters:

  • Ask Mickey about Minnie

  • Tell Minnie how lovely her clothes are and compare to yours or your children

  • Tell Donald Daisy is No1 duck…

I love acting through these impromptu conversations, and yes it is true most characters cannot talk, but are able to hold a chat with hands and movement.

As an adult it just makes you smile and starts the day off with you recapturing your inner child that is needed if you are going to get the most out of the parks. The food is often buffet style and of good quality so it is worth doing if you are going to eat on resort somewhere.

Character Dining Experience at the Parks

Make plans for a delicious meal that comes with appearances by some of your favorite Disney Characters―and be sure to bring your camera and autograph book!


Minnie Mouse poses in front of flowers

Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park

Plaza Inn, Disneyland Park

Meet Minnie and other Disney pals at this all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet that’s an ideal way to start off your Disneyland day. Valid theme park admission required.


Character Dining Experience at Resort Hotels


A little girl beams as her brother and sister share a laugh with Princess Ariel in the background

Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures

Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Join some favorite Disney Princesses at the luxurious Napa Rose for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind adventure featuring enchanting activity time, a delicious three-course breakfast and personal visits with Disney Princesses!


Donald Duck, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and straw hat, posing in front of a Polynesian style structure beside a surfboard and a message board listing water conditions

Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast

Disney’s PCH Grill, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Beloved Disney Characters will be hanging out during this all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet of scrumptious breakfast favorites.


Goofy wearing a chef’s ensemble presents his kitchen

Breakfast and Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen

Goofy’s Kitchen, Disneyland Hotel

Chef Goofy dishes out the laughs while other Disney Characters play along during fun-filled breakfast and dinner buffets.


Mickey Mouse, dressed as an explorer, standing in a large dining room furnished in the style of a wilderness lodge

Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet

Storytellers Café, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Add a heaping helping of fun to your morning meal with Mickey and friends!


Reservations are highly recommended. Character appearances and menu items are subject to change without notice.

Guest Author

Chris George

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