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Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Normally when we travel to Disney parks, we travel to Walt Disney World — so I was all set to write about my favorite character dining restaurants there.  But then, when I started thinking about it, I decided that I would write about the two character dining restaurants that we did at Disneyland.  Those were Ariel’s Grotto and Storyteller’s Cafe.

Ariel’s Grotto

Sophie with Mulan

Sophie with Mulan

Ariel’s Grotto was a dining location we ate at for lunch.  Located at the Paradise Pier part of Disney’s California Adventure Park, it features a meet and greet photo opportunity with Ariel when you first arrive, and other Disney Princesses during your meal.  We enjoyed our lunch, and we met Ariel, Snow White, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella.

Sophie with Cinderella

Sophie with Cinderella

Myself with Snow White

Myself with Snow White

Sophie with Snow White

Sophie with Snow White

Ariel greeting our family

Ariel greeting our family

Storyteller’s Cafe

The day I surprised the girls with their trip to Mandara Spa — and the day we went to see the Dodgers game — was also the day we ate at Storyteller’s Cafe.  The food was good, we all opted for the buffet, but you could also order breakfast items off the menu.  For us, though, the characters were why we came — and they went out of their way to come see us for pictures and autographs!  We saw Chip & Dale, of course, but we also saw Brother Bear, Koda, and Miko from Pocahontas.  Mico, in particular, stayed with us for a long time, and we were very thankful to him for doing so!

Bering with Sophie

Miko with Sophie

Bering with Cindy

Miko with Cindy

Bering and myself

Miko and Me

Dale and Sophie

Dale and Sophie

Koda with Cindy and Sophie

Koda with Cindy and Sophie

Chip with Cindy and Sophie

Chip with Cindy and Sophie

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the characters that we got to meet while at Disneyland.  It was a memorable trip for many reasons,

 

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Mike Ellis ()

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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12 Responses to “Magical Blogorail – Favorite Character Dining!”

  1. Thanks for the great reviews. We’re considering a DL trip in 2 years and these look like meals my kids would love to do.

  2. Wow, Mike, what fabulous photos that you got of such wonderful family memories! I can’t believe how much Sophie has grown since I first “met” you. You are certainly blessed with a beautiful family! I’m so glad I got to meet you in person.

  3. Mike, I adore the pic of you with Snow White!! I love hearing about your trip to Disneyland, maybe one day I will get to make the trip. BTW, Sophie gets prettier every time I see a new picture!!

  4. We took my daughter to Ariel’s Grotto when she was four years old. We thought it would be a nice lower-key alternative to eating at the castle at Disney World. We were right! It was a great way for her to meet all the princesses. I also remember that my son’s hotdog was cut to look like an octopus.

  5. Mike, this article comes just at the right time. We’re going to Disneyland in September. And granddaughter number 1 loves Snow White… will I maker her jealous when shes see my picture next month!

  6. Loved this, as I know little to nothing about dining at Disneyland! Looks like a wonderful time, we’ll have to follow in your steps one of these days. :)

    (Sorry it took me so long to swing by, I’ve been traveling for work… )