In the spirit of trying out new-to-us restaurants on this trip, we had made a reservation at Goofy’s Kitchen – a buffet meal with characters located at the Disneyland Hotel.
We walked over to the hotel and checked in for our 11am reservation. By ten after eleven, we had already paid for our meal – which you do before even being seated – and were in line to meet Goofy. The cost per person is $36, but they automatically add 18% gratuity to your bill. I did get 15% off with my Annual Pass so our total bill came to $79.91. I’m used to the characters coming to your table during character meals, and for the most part they still do that here. But, you typically meet Chef Goofy before entering the restaurant, and then during your meal cast members come around and try to make you pay more money to get the picture they took of you with him. I’m not a fan of this at all – in my opinion I’ve already paid more than enough just to eat here, plus I had Photopass covered by my annual pass. Needless to say, we did not purchase the photo.
Anyways, we were led to our table – a two-top close to the main entrance, and immediately went to hit up the buffet. I took a crazy amount of pictures of this buffet, so enjoy:
The main buffet area
Cold options – mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, baby corn, black olives and beets
Beets (again), cucumbers, rolls
The sign just says Garbanzo – which would be the lighter coloured ones (I call them chickpeas). The red ones look like kidney beans. Also, balsalmic and ranch.
Smoked salmon, sliced deli-meat turkey
Sliced cheese, pasta salad, Tarragon Chicken Salad
Pork Stew, Oatmeal
Bacon, scrambled eggs, pork sausage
Pork sausage, eggs benedict, roasted potatoes
Sliced Ham, Pasta Pasguali
Seasonal vegetables, chicken teriyaki, rice pilaf
Made-to-order omelets – choose from red onion, tomato, green pepper, black olive, spinach, mushrooms, ham, bacon, chicken sausage, pork chorizo, jalapenos, cheddar cheese
Mickey pancakes, chicken nuggets Hot dogs and buns
Margherita Pizza (tomato, mozzarella, basil), Macaroni & cheese pizza, Cheese pizza
Pepperoni pizza, Peanut Butter & Jelly pizza
Orange jello, cake pops
Worms and dirt (chocolate pudding, crumbled Oreos and gummy worms)
Root Beer Bundt cake
Croissants, assorted mini muffins
Banana Bread, cookies
Assorted cookies, squares
Ice cream machine – vanilla, chocolate or swirl
Ice cream toppings – blue sugar, chocolate covered peanuts, Mickey sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, mini M&M’s, Reese’s pieces, white chocolate pearls
Not pictured (since the pans were mostly empty when I was up taking pictures): Bread Pudding, Monkey Bread and a Seasonal Cobbler.
Now for our plates of food:
I didn’t pile my first plate too high, and went for a slice of pepperoni pizza, some cucumbers with ranch dressing, a slice of ham, green beans/carrots, chicken nuggets, rice and chicken teriyaki.
I also grabbed some orange jello – it’s something that is so simple, yet I never make at home, but I’m always a fan!
Luke’s first plate – eggs Benedict, pepperoni pizza, PB&J pizza, chicken nuggets, bacon, cucumbers, sliced deli turkey, a slice of cheese and chicken salad.
My second plate:
I actually went fairly healthy (not very common for me, really), and grabbed more cucumbers and green beans/carrots, some pasta, and then half a plate of fruit – grapes, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon and raspberries.
Luke’s second plate:
A made-to-order omelet (he can’t remember for sure what he had, but it looks like ham, green peppers and onions), chicken teriyaki, green bean/carrot mix, a sausage and another eggs benedict.
Finally, we had the ridiculousness that was our desert plates… first up, Luke’s:
A mini creme brulee, a square (looks like a puffed wheat square) and some of the seasonal cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.
Since my second plate of food was healthy, I guess that qualified me to go crazy on my dessert plate – this looks like the plate of a five year old…
More orange jello, a cake pop covered in sprinkles, a piece of the root beer bundt cake, a dish of ice cream covered in sprinkles and some of the worms and dirt. Yup, I’m definitely an adult…
Oh, we also can’t forget that they brought over a cupcake for Luke’s birthday:
This was a rainbow chip cupcake with orange icing piled high, decorated with Mickey sprinkles and a little chocolate Goofy hat. Yes, we ate this too…
Also, not pictured is the bowl of mini M&M’s I had… can we say sugar high?!
Overall, the food was good – it was nothing spectacular, but it was exactly the consistency and quality I’ve come to expect from Disney buffets. I never leave hungry or unsatisfied, and usually enjoy my meals.
Of course, Goofy’s is most known for being a character meal! The characters were making their rounds, we saw some of them more than once.
Overall, we enjoyed our experience at Goofy’s Kitchen. I really do not agree with them trying to force you into buying your picture with Goofy, I think they need to re-evaluate that and have that included for anyone with an annual pass or who has paid for Photopass – I refused to pay them an extra $30 just for a picture when I had just paid $1500 for an annual pass a few days earlier (and $80 just to eat here). Why not just run things like they do at WDW?
One thing I really like about the character meals at Disneyland are the custom pins they have. You get one just by eating there – we have a good collection of these now!
We don’t feel the need to eat at Goofy’s Kitchen on every trip, but we will definitely be back at some point!