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Disney Fans: Goofy's Kitchen or Storyteller's Cafe for Dinner

sku Apr 17, 2011 08:45 PM

We are doing dinner with kids at the Disney resorts and need to pick between Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel and Storyteller's Cafe at the Disney Grand Californian, both of which have dinner buffets. I've been to Storyteller's and think it's not bad, akin to a pretty decent hotel buffet, but I've never been to Goofy's Kitchen, and I fear it. Anyone been to both that can offer advice.

Also, if there is another good dinner place nearby but not actually within one of the parks, I would consider that as well, though Napa Rose is out.

Thanks.

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Goofy's Kitchen
1150 W Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

  1. trolley Apr 17, 2011 10:33 PM

    do you need to do a buffet? it really depends on what you're going for. Goofy's Kitchen is character dining (24/7) and my son loves it but we've never done dinner at goofy's so i can't speak to how decent the food is. our last visit to Goofy's Kitchen was mediocre only b/c the characters didn't really come around and there was a tarp covering the all windows (construction)making it a really dark breakfast experience. from what i hear the dinner buffet is only slightly better than storytellers.

    i suggest steakhouse 55 next to goofy's kitchen. it was the only place with reservations at the time we needed. it's rather good and the service there was much better than storytellers. of course b/c it's disneyland it's kid friendly.

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    Goofy's Kitchen
    1150 W Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

    6 Replies
    1. re: trolley
      sku Apr 18, 2011 08:58 PM

      Thanks. When they say "character dining" I always think they'll be serving up Goofy on a spit or something.

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        apple7blue Apr 18, 2011 09:20 PM

        It doesn't really make sense--because if you know Goofy, you wouldn't really want to eat food prepared or served by him. You might want to hang out with him, but even then that'd be precarious. I love the classic trio--Goofy, Donald and Mickey. One of my favorites is Mickey's Trailer with the breakfast scene. I know many Chowhounds are highly into the experience and service over food, and I am the kid who focuses on food alone. But if I went to Goofy's Kitchen, and paid the prices they charge--then I'd expect a really great experience. It's Disney too. I went there for breakfast because actually they are one of the few places open that early besides Denny's or Norm's--anyway I had a similar experience.

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        Goofy's Kitchen
        1150 W Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

        1. re: sku
          trolley Apr 20, 2011 01:09 PM

          mmmm...sweat and sour goofy! or how about roasted donald duck?

          1. re: trolley
            Servorg Apr 20, 2011 01:48 PM

            I'm waiting for the new Disney "Alice in Wonderland" dinner featuring magic mushroom ragout - and then all that will remain of me will be my disembodied smile hanging in the air over my place setting...

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              apple7blue Apr 21, 2011 11:55 AM

              I vaguely remember scenes where they goofy and donald duck were thought of as food items. Magic mushroom ragout? I wish I had a disembodied smile or even a frown, lol . . .

              1. re: apple7blue
                Servorg Apr 21, 2011 12:00 PM

                I spent a couple of months in Bali back in the early 80's when magic mushroom cafes were allowed to operate openly. No way you could have a frown on your face post dinner at one of them...

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        apple7blue Apr 18, 2011 08:17 PM

        Try the Patina restaurants in Downtown Disney. A lot of the places there are fun. Since you mentioned kids, I would add Rainforest Cafe.

        1. Funwithfood Apr 18, 2011 10:47 PM

          Storyteller's Cafe by a long shot over Goofy's Kitchen.

          (Catal in Downtown Disney is really good...if the kids are older.)

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            compucook Apr 21, 2011 12:05 PM

            There's nothing to fear as far as I am concerned. We did pay Disney prices for a birthday brunch at Goofy's kitchen a year ago for our grandson's birthday. I'm fairly picky, but we found the food to be good fare, loads of variety, a bright and sunny room and good service. It's Disneyland, not known for fine dining, but this was seriously good for a brunch. I specifically liked that they served lots of options for breakfast, even pizza! We were with a 3 year old and two 5 year olds, 4 adults and no one was unhappy. The 3 year old loved Goofy and we were staying in the hotel, so it was perfect!
            Frankly, the entire birthday stay in the hotel was a blast!

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