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If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, be sure to put Storytellers Cafe on your to-do list! Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Buffet was a wonderful memory for us.

One of my favorite things to do on a Disney trip is to try fun restaurants and meet our favorite characters. Luckily, Disney allows you to combine both of these into one experience. Character dining is something we always make time for on our trips. When I saw the adorable outfits the characters wore at Storytellers Cafe, I knew we had to give it a try!

Visiting the Grand Californian Hotel

Disney's Grand Californian Resort

Storytellers Cafe is located in the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. What’s cool about this hotel, besides the architecture and theming, is that it has a private entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. You can walk out of the resort and into Grizzly Peak, the park of the park that celebrates the natural beauty of California. You will also have easy access to Downtown Disney, and of course, Disneyland is nearby; it’s an easy walk across a courtyard.

Here are the doors that let you inside the hotel at the main entrance.

Storytellers Cafe Grand Californian Resort

The hotel is modeled after lodges in various national parks across the country. The main room was inspired by Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. It’s worth a visit just to see this area of the hotel.

Disney's Grand Californian Resort

On your way to Storytellers Cafe, you’ll pass by the pool area. During our visit, there was some construction.

Disney's Grand Californian Resort

Storytellers Cafe: The Restuarant

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

We had an Advance Dining Reservation, but we wouldn’t have needed it on this day in early June. If you know for sure you want to eat here, go ahead and make the ADR. But if the idea strikes you while you’re at Disneyland, you may still be able to get a table. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

We made a brunch reservation. I thought the variety of food would be a better fit for our family, but you can also meet the characters during breakfast hours. You can have a late brunch on the weekend, but characters only meet for breakfast and brunch, not dinner.

As we waited to be seated, I enjoyed taking in the details of the restaurant. It’s such a cool place!

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

The details are all around you.

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

I loved it!

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

After we were seated, we noticed this picture across the restaurant. We had fun speculating what was happening in this one. “Gather, ’round, dogs, and I’ll tell you a tale.”

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

This little mural sits over the buffet area.

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

Storytellers Cafe: The Food

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

As I stated previously, we made our reservation for brunch, so we were able to sample breakfast and lunch items. There were so many choices, we didn’t know where to start! Jeff is generally fond of carving stations. I’m fond of dessert.

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland


Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

These are interesting. Those are bags of cereal-flavored milk!

Storytellers Cafe Disneyland

Storytellers Cafe: The Characters

Of course, one of the best reasons to visit Storytellers Cafe is the characters. At Storytellers, the characters are in their adventure wear, and honestly, I think these outfits are my favorite.

You simply have to pose with Mickey.

You also need one of these. Thanks, Mickey!

Storytellers Cafe Grand Californian

All the characters made their rounds.

Storytellers Cafe Grand Californian

Is it really about nature if a chipmunk doesn’t stop by?

Storytellers Cafe Grand Californian

Did I mention I love their outfits? Even their shoes are adorable.

Storytellers Cafe Grand Californian

Every once in a while, a parade breaks out. This place is a lot of fun!

Storytellers Cafe Grand Californian

If you’re spending some time in Disneyland, consider booking a breakfast or brunch at Storytellers Cafe. We had a great time, and it’s a great way to see the characters. I’m glad we made Storytellers Cafe a part of our Disneyland adventure!

If you’d like to read about some of our other Disneyland experiences, check out the links below.

Breakfast With Minnie and Friends at Disneyland’s Plaza Restaurant

Blue Bayou Restaurant: Dining at Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean

World of Color Dessert Party at Disney California Adventure

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

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  1. For as many times as I’ve been to Disney World, I haven’t made it to Disneyland yet! And I definitely need to go – this sounds like a great place to add to our visit.

  2. Lisa Manderino Reply

    I am just waiting for Disneyland to open to everyone. I want to plan a trip! This looks like a great option to add. We did one character dining at Disneyland but not this one.

  3. A Disney character brunch and storytelling sounds like a magical experience! Love Disney!

  4. I have never been to Disneyland, but a character dining experience would definitely be on my list should we get there! I have a roadtrip planned through California… just waiting for the borders to open!

  5. Cindy Moore Reply

    What a fun dining experience! Having the Disney characters present makes it so special.

  6. We were in California 3 years ago and also had lunch at this cafe. There are a lot of impressions left. Children still remember.

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