Chip ‘n Dale’s Critter Character Breakfast at the Grand Californian’s Storyteller’s Cafe
There are multiple options to choose from in terms of character breakfasts at Disneyland and its official hotels. We went with Chip ‘n Dale’s character breakfast located at the Storytellers Cafe inside the Grand Californian Hotel, since we figured more unique characters would be available as opposed to the main ones like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. Excluding the food,which was good, the character portion of the breakfast was a big disappointment.
The restaurant keeps with the theme of the Grand Californian Hotel which was designed to evoke the feel of the National Park Service lodges of the western United States. The decor was stunning, especially the wooden carvings and the paintings that adorned the walls.
Upon entering the restaurant, Kala the gorilla from the animated film Tarzan was greeting guests. After being seated, Koda the little bear from Brother Bear came over with Chip along with Br’er Fox from the 1940s classic Song of the South. Although I saw Meeko, the raccoon from Pocahontas making his rounds, he never came over to our side of the restaurant. I’ve been to numerous character breakfasts before and never have I been to one where there were so few characters circulating, especially considering how large a physical space Storytellers Cafe was. Take away the characters from the breakfast, and it’s just that, an average breakfast.
One of the main reasons I agreed to the Chip ‘n Dale Critter character breakfast was that I had read the food was the best compared to other character breakfasts. In addition to a la carte options from the menu (huevos rancheros and Mickey shaped waffles for starters), there was the buffet option, $23 for adults. Both D and I opted for the buffet since it got you the most bang (and food) for your buck, as most of the a la carte options from the menu were not much less money wise.
Buffet selections included scrambled eggs, egg whites, sausage links, home fries, pineapple ham slices, caramel French toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, an omelet station, fresh fruit, cereals, oatmeal, and an assortment of breads and pastries. A slightly cheesy disappointment was that even though the menu listed Mickey shaped waffles as being part of the buffet, none were present when we were dining.
While our waitress was extremely pleasant, at one point when we got up for seconds, we came back to our table to discover that everything had been cleared including our half drunk water glasses, my orange juice, and D’s cappuccino. Our waitress came over and explained to us that the bus boy had cleared our places thinking we were done. I later heard her say to him that he needed to ask people if they were finished before taking away dishes, so I wondered if it was not the first time this had happened.
While the food was good and the buffet option decently priced (for Disney at least), the rest of the dining experience at the Storytellers Cafe was a real disappointment. Disney, I feel, usually excels in most instances-food, lodging, memorable experiences-but not this one. If people are paying the extra money for a character experience, they should get one, not partake in one in which the characters seem to be an afterthought. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Disneyland in the future to check out a character breakfast other than Chip ‘n Dale’s.
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