Today for Day 26 in our countdown to Disneyland series, we are taking a look at the Storytellers Cafe, which is located inside of the Grand Californian Resort. This dining location serves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast is a character breakfast called the “Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast”, and has among other features, the ability to order off the menu or to select the buffet for your meal. With made to order omelets, great Disney breakfast fare, and an excellent venue for your meal, the Storytellers Cafe is one of the top dining locations on property — at least, I think it is!
We will be eating there for breakfast the morning of June 24th, so look for an in depth review of the restaurant when we get back from Disneyland!
In the meantime, tell me what you think of the Storytellers Cafe! Have you ever eaten here before? If so, did you eat at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and what did you think of your dining experience? Was the price good for the food you got, or was it overpriced? Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!
Hi guys! It’s me, Sophie, and today I’m discussing my favorite Disney character meals!!! (I have five so I’m making it into a countdown.)
5) Epcot’s Akershus. It’s a restaurant in the Norway Pavilion. The characters there are Disney Princesses, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Belle. By the way, did you hear that the Imagineers have taken out the ride in Norway? They’re going to replace it with a Frozen-themed ride. The Frozen ride had BETTER be at least twice as good. Or I’m going to be very disappointed in Disney.
Me, my parents, and my cousin with Belle
4)The Beach Club’s Cape May Café. It was a long time ago, but I remember when we went to the Cape May Café for breakfast. It features Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. The food was delicious. Best cinnamon bun EVER! It was covered in icing, and warm. Just like the doughboy one’s we made at home, only bigger. Oh man, just typing about it’s making my mouth water. And I’m not kidding.
the Mickey-shaped thing was my b-day post-breakfast-desert. Mommy did NOT approve :)
3)Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace. It’s nice to just walk into a giant Victorian-style green-house-like building. The Crystal Palace is home to the Winnie the Pooh characters. Every 15-20 minutes or so, they’ll host a parade. It’s not a sit-and-order restaurant. It’s more of a sit-and-wait-for-a-turn-to-go-to-the-buffet restaurant. That’s a mouth full. Try saying it five times fast.
My favorite Winnie the Pooh character!
2) Epcot’s Garden Grill Restaurant. The Garden Grill is probably, the best built restaurant in Disney, at least in my opinion. Name another restaurant that spins, allowing you to look at a jungle, desert, prairie and more. The Garden Grill is built on top of a ride known as Living With the Land. This ride goes through the hydroponic gardens, where they grow all the fruits and veggies that are used, cooked and eaten in the Garden Grill.
The Garden Grill Restaurant
1) Contemporary’s Chef Mickey’s. If you ask me, there is no better place to eat breakfast than at Chef Mickey’s. The buffet includes original breakfasts in a disney style. Mickey-shaped waffles, disney brand jam and the cinnamon role shaped like a hidden Mickey. I personally think this is the best of all character restaurants!
Minnie Mouse makes a superior waitress!
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now — why not comment on what your favorite character dining is? Ta ta! :)
The other day my wife, daughter and I were eating out at the Village Deli, a restaurant that serves up a pretty good burger, when it dawned on me that we’ve been hard pressed to remember a time when we’ve had a really good burger at Disney. So, like any good Disney fan, I did what comes naturally. I asked all of you for your opinions on what is the best Disney Burger!
What I discovered is that there are good many places where you can get a great tasting burger at Walt Disney World. Here are some of your suggestions for where we should get our burger when we are at Disney in February!
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
We have had some people tell us to check out Pecos Bill’s. Here’s what you all said:
Chris told us that “I really enjoyed Pecos Bill’s.”
Heidi added, “We like Pecos Bills too because of the toppings bar. You get to put EXACTLY what you WANT on the burger.”
Stacy finished us off by saying, “My husband loves the fixings at pecos Bills…”
Beaches & Cream
When it comes to Beaches & Cream, it seems that all is not ice cream at this restaurant located at the Boardwalk. Turns out, several of you feel like they have one of the best burgers anywhere!
Jennifer was quick to chime in, writing “Beaches and Cream for my $!”
That was followed by Erin, who added “second for Beaches and Cream”
Then, Laura completed the trifecta: “3rd for B&C!”
MDOD reader Tara chimed in for Beaches & Cream: “Beaches and Cream…hands down favorite for me!”
There were quite a lot of great choices for us to choose from — here are some of your comments for the best of the rest!
Turns out that Heidi has another good location to pick from. Here’s what she wrote: “Have you been to the Electric Umbrella? Their burgers are pretty good (HUGE).”
When it comes to burgers, Ron was kind enough to give me park specific offerings: “Epcot- Electric Umbrella, Magic Kingdom- Cosmic Rays”
Denise chimed in about Hurricane Hanna’s: “hurricane hanna’s at the beach club are good also besides pecos bills.”
MDOD writer Lee chimed in about the Sci-Fi Dinner Theater: “Sci fi for me! Burgers and cheesy movies go good together!”
Tricia wrote about her preference for Sci Fi: “SciFi was better than Beaches and Cream for us.”
Kelly wrote about the ABC Commissary: “Pecos Bill’s and ABC Commisary are both good.”
Paula adds: “I’ve never been disappointed with the burgers at the Sci-Fi or at Rainforest Café. Pecos Bill’s wasn’t bad either.”
Staci reminded us not to forget the Magic Kingdom Resorts: “I love the burger at the contempo cafe. Qsr at contemporary resort.”
Lastly, Christi chimed in about the Grand Floridian Cafe with this exotic burger: “We love the Angus burger topped with lobster at Grand Floridian Cafe… YUM!!”
Thank you all for your great comments about where to get a good burger. When we visit in February, I plan on making sure that we try out some of these places. I’ll let you know my favorites after we get back. If you have any other great locations, please feel free to comment and let us know. Thanks for joining us, and have a great day!
We’ve updated our Top 10 Quick Service Restaurant List. Does your restaurant make the list?
Back in November of 2012, I wrote a post titled My Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants at Disney World, and in it, I had what was then my list of my favorite quick service restaurants. Well, nearly two years has passed, and I felt it was time to update my list to include some new favorites, so here it is for you today – my updated Top 10 Quick Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World! Let’s take a look at how things have changed, and see what you agree (or disagree) with! Is your favorite restaurant on our list? Let me know, and thanks!
#10 Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe sits at #10 for it’s wide variety of food and “live” entertainment!
Previous Ranking: #4
Cosmic Ray’s has fallen from our list considerably, down six spots. This isn’t because the food is bad or anything like that — it’s actually just as good as it was before — and the “live” entertainment of Sonny Eclipse is as good as ever. The reason for it’s fall isn’t so much the restaurant, but rather the additions to our list that have wowed us as much as they have. Cosmic Ray’s is still a great spot for burgers, chicken, and sandwiches, and if you have young ones that don’t like the sound of the fireworks, this is a great spot to sit and relax while they are going on!
My wife and daughter are going to think I’m ill for dropping La Cantina as far as I have. After all, they haven’t met a person who doesn’t like Mexican food as much as I do. For me, though, La Cantina is kind of a forgotten child on the World Showcase row of incredible dining, and as such, we almost never stop here, and when I do think about doing so, the lines are usually pretty long and that dissuades me. So, as much as it pains me, La Cantina has tumbled. Let’s see where it stands after our upcoming trip!
Joining our list for the first time is Fairfax Fare, a great little quick service restaurant over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. This is a great place to get a bite to eat and relax, or get ready to take on Tower of Terror! They serve a lot of great things, and have incredible ice cream treats too! Go check them out!
Moving up one spot on our list from last time, the Flame Tree Barbecue restaurant is one of my favorites over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. I love their ribs, and I love the settings, and despite the quality of the food, it seems like it is never busy! The only drawback I have with it is that we never seem to have time to stop and eat there, so it has been several years since I ate here.
#6 Sunshine Seasons
Sunshine Seasons sits at #6 in our countdown, down from #1.
Previous Ranking: #1
Sunshine Seasons has had quite a fall from #1 in my list. Again, this isn’t necessarily because of anything that we experienced there, it’s more that we just haven’t been to eat over there since 2011. That’s a long time, and I’m guessing that if we make it over there this June, Sunshine Seasons will be right back at or near the top!
#5 Casey’s Corner
Casey’s Corner holds steady at #5 for it’s incredible hot dogs!
Previous Ranking: #5
Casey’s Corner holds steady at #5 in our list, which is pretty good when you consider that there are 139 entries listed for the “Counter Service” category on the Disney website! To me, Casey’s is more than a great hot dog. It’s a return to the way baseball was celebrated in our country; it’s definitely baseball pre-steroids, and nothing goes better for baseball than great hot dogs! You can eat outside, or you can try and find a seat on the bleachers and watch old film. If you do eat outside, you may find this young man playing for you:
Casey’s has great hot dogs, but they also have great entertainment too!
My wife informed me last night that when we ate at Earl of Sandwich last year with our great friends Brenda and Butch, that was actually the second time that we had eaten there! I don’t remember the first time, but what I do know was that it was pre-blog, and as a result, the food we had here last year was so good to me that it propelled this restaurant all the way up to #4 on our list! That’s impressive in my book!
#3 Liberty Inn
The Liberty Inn sits on our list at #3, rising all the way from #9 in our previous list!
Previous Ranking: #9
The Liberty Inn restaurant is located over at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, and is not to be confused with the Liberty Tree Tavern over at Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant is a great one on my list because you often get a show with your food, the food is good, and it features a big dining hall that is quite helpful if you get caught in a rain storm! If you haven’t eaten here, I suggest you check it out on your next trip!
#2 The Diamond Horseshoe
The Diamond Horseshoe was a great stop last year. We liked it so much it sits at #2 on our list!
Previous Ranking: NR
For years, we have walked right by The Diamond Horseshoe on our way to Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or back towards the Haunted Mansion, and for years, we never stopped in to eat here. Last July, though, Cindy told me she wanted to eat here, and we did so, and the moment we walked in, it was like taking a huge step back in time. We ordered our food, went upstairs to look over the stage, and had a great meal. The food was great, the setting was incredible, and the only reason that this is not listed at #1 on our list is because the show that used to be performed here is no longer done. If they re-introduced that, the place would be jumping and it would go crazy with traffic, in this writer’s opinion. Here’s a picture for you of what it looks like inside:
The stage and downstairs seating for The Diamond Horseshoe
#1 Columbia Harbour House
Taking over the top spot is the Columbia Harbour House, rising from #7 in our previous list!
Previous Ranking: #7
At the top of our list is the Columbia Harbour House restaurant — the only restaurant that features decor painted on one side to be representative of Fantasyland, and decor on the other side themed to be representative of Liberty Square. Columbia Harbour House features a second floor seating that looks over the walkway, and you can pass underneath it as you enter or leave Liberty Square. Columbia Harbour House is #1 on our list because of the following reasons:
When we visited the Magic Kingdom for the 40th Anniversary, I wanted to eat at Pinocchio Village Haus, but the line wrapped all the way down past it’s a small world. So, we went to Columbia Harbour House instead, and it seemed like we just walked right in.
I think that the restaurant is a forgotten step-child of Magic Kingdom Quick Service restaurants. It almost never has a line, but the food is delicious!
The fish and chips are so good, I highly recommend you try them out.
The Columbia Harbour House features restrooms both upstairs and downstairs inside the restaurant, so that’s helpful to make a stop before you get back into the swing of your day.
Lastly, it’s a great relaxing place to eat great food and look out the windows at the people passing by. It’s one of those “road less traveled” kind of Disney moments.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this one Honorable Mention restaurant on my list, so I have one more restaurant for you.
Honorable Mention: Pinocchio Village Haus
Pinocchio Village Haus is on our list as an Honorable Mention simply because of my childhood memories.
Previous Ranking: #10
I’ve included the Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant on my list mainly for one reason, and one reason alone: memories of the trips I took to Walt Disney World with my Grandpa and Grandma when I was a kid. The Village Haus food has dropped off considerably from what it used to be, at least in my opinion, and far too often when you try and get a seat overlooking it’s a small world you are unable to get a seat, but when I was a kid, we would get a snack and sit right by the windows looking over the ride, and we’d wave to all of the Guests departing on their journey. You can’t ever get those memories back once they’re gone, so it’s important that I remember these from time to time. It’s memories like that that molded me into the person I am today, and it’s why the Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant will always be on my list, regardless of how bad the food is.
Thank you for taking time to read through this lengthy post, does my list match up some with your list? Please let me know, and thanks for stopping by today! Now, go make it a great Disney Day!
In honor of my great friend Heidi and her husband Brian’s 22nd anniversary, I’ve got a Disney Dining poll for all of you. First, though, let’s set the stage:
You are at Walt Disney World with your special loved one. This isn’t just any old trip to Walt Disney World, this is a trip that you have been planning for quite a while now, and you are celebrating a very special moment in your life, whether it be an Anniversary, a Honeymoon, a Wedding, perhaps the impending arrival of a child, you name it. Normally, you don’t really eat at the really high dollar restaurants when you go to Disney World. For the most part, you go to character meals, mid-range restaurants, such as the Crystal Palace, or Garden Grill, or something like that. However, for your special moment, you want to go to a Signature Disney Restaurant. Now, I ask you — which one do you choose?
Please take a look at the poll below, and give me your choice from the options listed below. Thank you everyone, and have fun with it — who knows, you might just do this in the future with your loved one (or, perhaps you have already done this with your loved one!) As always, thank you for stopping by to visit, and go out and make today and every day a great Disney Day!