dlr dining 09; boys meeting goofy during breakfast; character dining experience
  • On May 8, 2024
    Diana from IL 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 have a reservation at Storytellers Cafe, can we enter the Grand Californian Hotel from the park entrance inside DCA? Or do we have to exit DCA, and walk around to the front entrance of the hotel? We’re not guests staying there, just eating there. Thanks

    Welcome back to planDisney, Diana! What an honor to have you here, and thank you for continuing to trust us with your Disney vacation planning questions. 

    I am excited to hear about your dining reservation at Storyteller's Cafe because it is my favorite character dining experience at the Disneyland Resort! I have such fond memories of my daughter playing "peek-a-boo" with Chip & Dale there when she was just a toddler, and I'll never forget those moments! 

    I am happy to share with you that Guests may exit Disney California Adventure Park near Grizzly Peak and enter Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa directly. There is no need to be a hotel Guest to use this exit point from the theme park and you do not need to walk all the way to the front gates to find an exit. This would definitely be the most convenient way to get to Storyteller's Cafe which is just a few steps away as you enter Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa from this point. One caveat to keep in mind is that the entrance back into Disney California Adventure Park from the hotel property is traditionally reserved for hotel Guests, only. You might want to determine a plan for how you will get to your next destination following your meal at Storyteller's Cafe. One tip is to use the official Disneyland mobile app which has a wonderful map feature that you can use to toggle between attraction, dining, merchandise, PhotoPass, and other locations of interest! 

    I hope this is some helpful guidance for now, Diana! I'm not sure if your Storyteller's Cafe dining reservation is for breakfast and brunch (which are character meals) or for dinner time, but you can certainly use the mobile check-in for this table service location, directly from your Disneyland mobile app! It is a nice way to initiate this process as you approach the restaurant and maximize your time. 

    If we can help with any other questions along the way, please come back and see us again here at planDisney! We always appreciate the chance to share our love of Disney vacations with fellow Guests and help you plan the most magical visit possible!

    Wishing you Wondrous Journeys,
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Meet the Panelist: Tishra, Washington

From my casita to yours, welcome to planDisney! I'm Tishra, a Spanish-speaking Colombian American living in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a college professor, a happy wife, and a mom to two little girls who hold magic in their hearts as much as their parents do! Our family believes in celebrating every milestone, from life's biggest moments to all the details in between. If you want to commemorate something special with a Disneyland Resort vacation, I'm here to help you out in English or Spanish. Learn More About Tishra

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