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  • On May 6, 2022
    Katie from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are looking to book a Character Breakfast at Storytellers Café for the day we leave to soak up as much magic as possible. Do you need to have a ticket to the parks to visit or are we able to enter through the hotel?

    Hi Katie!

    Thank you so much for sending another great Disneyland Dining question to us hEAR at planDisney! 

    I fully support this plan. Character meals can be long, drawn-out events and I prefer to save them for a Disney down day when I'm not going to the parks. I also like to plan them just how you're thinking of booking this one, on a departure day to soak up as much last-minute magic as possible and say a proper goodbye to all of your favorite friends. You're planDisney panel approved, Katie!

    I'm very happy to say that of the four current Character dining spots at Disneyland Resort, only the Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn requires a theme park admission ticket as it does take place in Disneyland Park. The other three, including Mickey's Tales of Adventure Buffet at Storytellers Cafe, are hosted in the various Disneyland Resort Hotels. Guests who book one of these meals do not need a theme park admission ticket nor do they need to be a guest staying at one of the hotels. You'll simply enter through the main lobby and make your way to the Mickey waffles. Those who've booked a meal at Storytellers Cafe or breakfast with the Princesses at Napa Rose inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa can even use the side entrance from the Downtown Disney District to get to their final destination.

    Pro Tip: There are actually two character meal times available at Storytellers: Breakfast and Brunch. Both are served daily but the brunch times are kind of like a hidden secret as most guests don't realize it's there. I'm unsure of when you need to leave The Happiest Place on Earth, but if you have the time, book a brunch for the last seating time you can find. Not only will the buffet line stay stocked and be replenished with plenty of favorites long after the front doors close to new diners, your Mickey and his Pals will keep dancing and parading around until the last table leaves.

    Bonus Tip: Your reservation includes up to three (3) hours of parking at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR up your question, Katie, and helped you to plan as much magic into your visit as possible! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. We even just launched the brand new planDisney Podcast! And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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