Gawsh: A Review of Goofy's Kitchen

by Megan Walker, contributing writer
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Character dining can certainly be hit or miss when visiting the parks. Most people partake in these dining opportunities for a semi-guaranteed chance to meet their favorite characters without having to wait in long lines, but they're not necessarily banking on having the absolute best meal possible. I personally don't visit character dining too often, but every now and then I'll make a reservation and I'm always very satisfied with the quality of food. I recently visited Goofy's Kitchen, located at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort, for brunch and had a great time. So while you might be overlooking character dining experiences now, you might want to rethink and perhaps book yourself a reservation next time you visit the resort.


Goofy's Kitchen entrance at the Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Megan Walker.

Check In & Seating


Goofy's Kitchen check-in desk. Photo by Megan Walker.

We made a reservation at Goofy's Kitchen for about 7:30 a.m. The park opened at 9 a.m. that day, so figured we'd have enough time to sit, relax, and eat a nice big meal before heading into the park shortly after the immediate rush of guests. We showed up about 10 minutes before our reservation time and headed to the desk to check-in. There was no line, and the cast members working at the desk were very efficient. We checked in, paid, and then we headed over to get our picture taken with the head chef: Goofy himself! There was a small line to meet Goofy (in his chef outfit, too!), but it was only because he was being very interactive with every guest. Everything was moving quickly though; so quick, in fact, that the hostess called us to seat us just as it was our turn to get our picture taken. The hostess waited while we finished meeting with Goofy, and then led us off to our table.


Chef Goofy waiting to meet his guests. Photo by Megan Walker.

Food


Goofy's Kitchen main entrée station. Photo by Megan Walker.

The best part of any dining experience, of course, is the food, and Goofy's Kitchen definitely doesn't disappoint. We went to the restaurant for brunch so it was mainly breakfast foods with a few other "lunch" offerings. The breakfast portion had the typical fare: eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, potatoes, pancakes, Mickey waffles, and even a custom omelet station. There was also a cereal station with a few different choices.


Goofy's Kitchen cereal station. Photo by Megan Walker.

For the lunch options, there were a few different types of pizza (like breakfast burrito pizza, apple pie pizza, and S'mores pizza…but don't worry, there's traditional pizza too), chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and hot dogs. Goofy's Kitchen also offers a great selection of fruits and salads to round out your meal with some healthier options.


Goofy's Kitchen pizza selections. Photo by Megan Walker.


Goofy's Kitchen salad station. Photo by Megan Walker.

Finally, to finish it all off, the cherry on top, Goofy's Kitchen also has a large selection of desserts. Occupying its own larger station, the desserts are always varied and delicious. Ranging from cakes (I tried the root beer Bundt cake), to mini pies, to cookies, and even ice cream, I've never had a bad dessert at Goofy's Kitchen.


Goofy's Kitchen ice cream. Photo by Megan Walker.


Goofy's Kitchen dessert station. Photo by Megan Walker.

Characters

The characters that appear at Goofy's Kitchen these days include: Goofy, Pluto, Chip'n'Dale, and Minnie Mouse. Each character is in their kitchen outfits, as well; Goofy is the head chef with Pluto as his sous chef; Chip'n'Dale act as servers; and Minnie Mouse is the pastry chef. Each of their outfits fits this theme, which gives it a fun twist. The character interactions here are also fantastic; we noticed each character spending a good amount of time with each guest, while still moving throughout the restaurant efficiently, even with taking pictures, interacting with guests, and signing autographs.


Goofy's Kitchen "Staff" Photos. Photo by Megan Walker.

Ambience and Service

The ambience at Goofy's Kitchen is really fun; everything is very bright and inviting and the décor fits in perfectly. It's exactly what you would imagine a kitchen and dining area to look like if Goofy was in charge of decorating it. The kitchen sits on its own in the middle, which helps the flow of traffic, as there's not a lot of foot traffic around the tables. The food area is also decently spacious, I've never been to Goofy's Kitchen where I felt overwhelmingly crowded trying to get food, like what occurs at some buffets. I also didn't find Goofy's Kitchen to be too loud, even though most guests are families with kids. It was definitely not a quiet restaurant, but I didn't find anything to be "too much" in terms of volume and business.

The kitchen staff was fantastic at keeping the food stocked, I never went for something that was out, or even running low, they definitely kept a close eye on things. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. Although all the servers need to do at Goofy's Kitchen is clear your plates and get your drinks, they were all incredibly nice and helpful. They came by multiple times to refill our drinks and were always quick to help out if we needed anything.


Goofy's Kitchen Interior. Photo by Megan Walker.

Overall, we all had a really great time at Goofy's Kitchen. The service was great, the atmosphere was a lot of fun, the characters and their interactions were fantastic, and the taste and variety of food was very good. While I won't make character dining something I do every single time I visit the resort, I do plan on doing it every couple of trips. I enjoyed my brunch at Goofy's Kitchen and would absolutely do it again, and recommend you do, as well.

 

Comments

  1. By goalieump413

    My family has made it a staple of each visit to DLR that we visit Goofy's Kitchen either the first or second morning of our trip. For us, it's an opportunity to fill up the tank in the spirit of Disney.

    The experience is one where you should never feel in a rush to get through your meal. Slow things down, take your time, go back for refills. Last time we were there, we noticed fewer characters in the mix of dining entertainment. I don't know if this was an intentional reduction in the variety of characters, or just the day/time we were there. We used to see Princesses, but we haven't been back in a while, so what's changed?

    My advice: Make sure you go on an empty stomach. It's a spendy meal, so you'll want to fuel up for more than just breakfast.

  2. By xezat

    Definitely pricey, but great food of course, did this both as a little kid and adult over all the years and I still enjoy it. I mustíve missed the wall portrait showing the character positions, never knew chip and dale were waiters or that Pluto was the sous chef.

  3. By DisneyGator

    This is the only character meal worth doing at DL. Why? Because it's the only place you can do lunch or dinner. All the other places, you end up forking out $150 for a meal (family of 5) for egss and bacon. Hardly worth it. But being able to do lunch or dinner, you can really fill up on quality foods. That's what makes it worth it. If Surf's Up Mickey's Breakfast were to go to lunch, I'd go there every time.

  4. By Tinker44

    Goofy's is the one character meal we do EVERY visit... and sometimes twice! But ALWAYS for dinner!! As DisneyGator rightly points out, all of the other character breakfasts are staples of bacon, eggs and sausage, with something bread-y. I can get that at IHOP or Denny's on Harbor! We were severely disappointed in Brunch at Storytellers on our most recent visit, loud, COLD (we were under a vent) and the food was practically missing, the dishes were empty so often. Breakfast at Minnie's was fairly wonderful, except they did not have pancakes and my son with Autism wouldn't eat anything else at that point. He drank milk. A LOT of very expensive milk. Everybody else enjoyed it, so that was fine.

    But Dinner at Goofy's has ALWAYS been a wonderful experience. First off, we take a later seating (7ish), and while there may be a brief wait for our table, its considerably quieter all the way around. The vast array of food choices is actually kind of mind-blowing. The salad bar alone is a bit of a revelation! I love that there is Caprese Salad available! The main dishes showcase a variety of cultural cuisine like Southern BBQ, chop suey or something Mexican.. as well as traditional sides to complement the meat at the carving stations. I am hardly a big eater, but I have been known to go back for seconds and even thirds because there is so much delicious variety! And the Dessert bar... holy cow that stuff is amazing!!! I tend to sample just about every one, from the individual creme brulees to the whoopie pie, the cheesecake bars. On our last visit to Goofy's there was a simple and unassuming little ring of sliced bundt cake with the tag "Rootbeer Float Bundt Cake". WOW! and I say again WOW! That was possibly one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten for dessert!

    And I don't think I could rave loud enough about the quality of the character interactions at Goofy's Kitchen. Suffice it to say that some of the absolute happiest and most cherished memories of our children, and with extended members of our family were times spent at Goofy's!

    Goofy's Kitchen 100% and head and shoulders above every other Character Dining experience available at DLR!

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