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    Character Dinner from Costco??

    Ok, so I booked a trip to DL in November from Costco and it comes with a free character breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I picked dinner. Is that a good choice? My hotel offers free hot breakfast everyday so I thought go for a meal I would normally have to pay for... Where is the dinner located? On the DL property or at a hotel?? I have never done the character dinning, but thought for my daughter's first trip, she would love this. Thanks!

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    You have to call and make reservations, there are a few different places you can choose from. We used our Costco character dinings at Goofy's Kitchen and Ariels Grotto. Tip was included too. Ariels grotto is inside california adventure and goofy's kitchen was in the disneyland hotel.

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    +1 for Ariel's Grotto. Awesome food, service, and characters. I personally like the Plaza Inn for breakfast, though I'm thinking of trying Goofy's Kitchen one of these days.

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    We have booked through Costco a couple times and always used it for the dinner at Goofy's Kitchen. We just don't usually eat enough at breakfast to make it worthwhile. Dinner, however, is another story. I love the hand-carved meats they have there. We try to eat lightly throughout the day to make for a good dinner.

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    Thank you for the response! Which one has more characters?

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    I think it really depends upon what kind of characters you want. Ariel's is all about princesses. Goofy's has Chip and Dale, Geppetto, Goofy(of course), Pluto, and others. Personally, I have boys so Ariel's is out of the question.

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    Ok, I think Goofy is the way to go for us! What is the best time?? Do they let you take your own pictures when the characters come around, or make you pay some crazy price for the pictures??? this is the first time I have ever done a character meal..

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    Also, how soon can you reserve your time?
    Trips coming up:

    May 22-26th
    July 13th-18th
    November 19th-25th

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    when we went a number of yours ago they took one picture with your family before you go inthat you can buy and yes, they let you take your own pictures. We've done both places and we loved them both. food at goofy's was better tho.

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    They take a picture with Goofy (at Goofy's kitchen) that you can purchase, or you can take your own when the characters visit your table. We saw Belle, Chip, Dale, Snow White, and Goofy while at Goofy's Kitchen.

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    Re: Character Dinner from Costco??

    Just some more info from costcotravel.com ...

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    Disney Premium Character Dining† - choice of one breakfast, lunch or dinner (one per person, per stay) - a value of $40 per adult and $21 per child (ages 3-9)

    Premium Character Dining Experience includes Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner at Goofy's Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel) or Breakfast or Lunch at Ariel's Grotto (Disney's California Adventure Park). Other Character Dining locations also include Minnie & Friends Breakfast at Plaza Inn (Disneyland Park), Surf's Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at Disney's PCH Grill (Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel), Chip 'n Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Café (Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa). Tax and Gratuity included





    You can book 60 days out...

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    Dining Reservations
    Plan ahead and you may be able to save time waiting for a meal. Reservations may be arranged at many restaurants by contacting Disney Dining up to 60 days in advance.
    To request a reservation, please chose an option:

    1. Call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE (3463)
    2. Email reservation request to [email protected]

    Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call or email.
    How to Email a Reservation Request
    In addition to emailing a restaurant reservation request, you may also email requests for appointment reservations at Studio Disney 365 and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
    Restaurant reservation email requests should only include the following information:

    • Name of restaurant
    • Reservation date
    • Time or meal period (breakfast, lunch or dinner)
    • Total number of Guests in your party
    • Your name and contact phone number
    • Please do not provide any additional information, such as payment information

    Experience reservation email requests should only include the following information:

    • Name of experience
    • Reservation date
    • Time
    • Age of child (or children)
    • Your name and contact phone number
    • Please do not provide any additional information, such as payment information

    Confirmation
    Once your reservation request is reviewed and if availability is confirmed, you will receive an email with a confirmation number. Your request is not confirmed unless and until you receive a confirmation number.
    If your request is not available, you will receive an email asking for alternative times and/or locations for your reservation.
    Reservation requests will be reviewed during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Requests received during these hours will be reviewed on the same day. If received after hours, the request will be reviewed the following day.




    Something I didn't know...

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    All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Dining
    Many restaurants throughout Disneyland Resort offer an All-You-Care-to-Enjoy dining option that allows you to sample a variety of menu items so you don't need to limit yourself! For a traditional, serve-yourself buffet try Surf's Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends, Goofy's Kitchen, Storytellers Café and Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park. Family-style meals, with table-service, are available at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ and Ariel's Grotto.

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