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  • On Apr 28, 2022
    Danielle from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    As of May 1st, 2022 do you know if characters at Goofy's Kitchen will be hugging children and interacting with each table individually? We have a reservation and are hoping our young kiddos can finally hug the characters and interact with them. Thanks!

    Hi Danielle!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you so much for reaching out to us hEAR!

    I just love Character Dining. It's truly the best way to see a lot of friends, get some great photos, and fill up on all-you-care-to-enjoy Mickey waffles. And Goofy's Kitchen just happens to be in one of the best locations, the Disneyland Hotel. Be sure to walk around all of the buildings to take in all kinds of cool Disney artifacts and treasures throughout the decades.

    This is a great question. I just asked my dear friend and fellow Panelist Kristin C., who is currently in the parks, if she'd get a status check for us. And hEARs what she found out: Characters at Goofy's Kitchen are on a moderated interaction schedule. You're able to hug and greet Goofy in his show kitchen with an included Disneyland Photographer photo opp, so be sure to show your Disneyland PhotoPass code! While seated, the five friends who were serving that day would dance and circle the restaurant to music about every 20 minutes, the same as they did before hugs came back. Only now they're able to get closer to the tables and give high fives. They still aren't interacting with every table, signing autographs, or stopping for pictures, but you might be able to get a quick side hug-in-motion while they're making their rounds when dancing, so parents have your cameras ready!

    So that's what the scene is like today in early May. I bet we'll see more improvements and table-side interactions as your Disney dining dates get nearer. What you can do, Danielle, is book the reservation now so you'll have the spots saved, and then come back and ask again for any updates about a week or two before your vacation. You can also keep up with the Disney Parks Blog as they're the best source of the newest Disney news straight from Mickey himself. Be sure to follow them across all of your social media channels so you'll never miss an update! Then, if you're still not sure about keeping the booking, you can cancel risk-free up until 24 hours before your reservation.

    I hope that this helped to better plan your upcoming Disney days, Danielle! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Instagram account, where we're sharing all kinds of tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife 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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