Wednesday, February 3, 2010
One of the things I was most looking forward to on our recent trip to Disneyland was the Chip 'n Dale Critter Breakfast at the Storytellers Cafe. Located inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel (which is now on my bucket list of places I would like to stay), the Storytellers Cafe depicts American storytellers and tall tales in a lush woodland setting.The Chip 'n Dale characters are the cheapest of all the Disney breakfasts (probably because it does not feature the more popular Disney characters like Mickey), but the dining is superior as well. Everyone in our group chose the breakfast buffet, which featured an assortment of egg dishes (scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict and made-to-order omelets), meats (pineapple glazed ham, sausage, bacon), breads (fresh muffins, croissants, pastries, Mickey waffles) as well as my personal favorite: caramelized french toast. We were also very pleased with the fruit selection which featured many out-of-season delicacies such as watermelon, mangoes, pineapple and strawberries. We paid around $20 per adult, and $12 per child (children under 3 are free), although prices vary during different seasons.Of course the kids weren't as excited about the food as the adults, because they were really there to see their favorite forest characters (which fit perfectly with the style of the restaurant and hotel). We met Meeko (Pocahontas), Koda and Kenai (Brother Bear), Terk (Tarzan) and of course Chip and Dale. Because we went early, the characters were able to spend a lot of time at our table to visit, sign autograph books, and take pictures. I definitely recommend Storytellers Cafe if you have small children that are interested in one-on-one time with the characters.Overall our experience at the restaurant and hotel were very positive. Everyone loved the food, characters, and free valet parking. At some point I would like to try some of the other character breakfasts, but I would definitely return to the Storytellers Cafe again. Like all Disney character breakfasts, the Chip 'n Dale Critters are reservation only, and must be made in advance by calling (714) 781-DINE. Happy eating!