Goofy’s Kitchen is the flagship character dining experience at Disneyland Resort, featuring fun food and cool culinary character costumes. For Thanksgiving and Christmas 2023, Disney is taking this a step further with even more unique themed meals at this restaurant.
This follows up on the success of Halloween 2023, when Goofy’s Kitchen hosted a special spook season meal with Halloween character costumes and seasonal food offerings for the first time. The costumes were last year’s in-park Disneyland character costumes, which are fantastic. Disneyland has started doing new costumes for Mickey & Friends each year at Halloween and Christmas, so this could mean a couple of things.
First, that Goofy’s Halloween Kitchen in 2024 might use this year’s in-park costumes (those are pretty great, but honestly, I hope Goofy keeps the same costume next year). Second, that the Holiday Breakfast and Brunch Buffet at Goofy’s Kitchen will use last year’s Christmas costumes from in-park at Disneyland. Keep in mind that those are assumptions on our part, and either or both could be wrong. We won’t know for sure until the meals debut!
Anyway, here’s what Disneyland has announced is coming to Goofy’s Kitchen for the upcoming holiday season. From December 1, 2023 through January 1, 2024, delight in a festive breakfast, brunch or dinner buffet—and celebrate the holidays with some favorite Disney Characters.
Holiday Breakfast and Brunch Buffet – Start your day in the merriest way—with a bountiful buffet! Delight in herb-marinated turkey breast, beef sirloin chateau roast and breakfast options like maple-glazed pork belly benedict with butternut hollandaise sauce and pancakes with powdered sugar, syrup and cookie-butter icing. Plus, indulge in a scrumptious assortment of pies and special holiday desserts.
Breakfast Time: 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Brunch Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Price: Breakfast or Brunch is $62 per adult (ages 10 and older) and $34 per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.
Holiday Dinner Buffet – Enjoy a holly, jolly dinner buffet featuring herb-marinated turkey breast, bourbon-glazed holiday ham, prime rib, stone crab claw and a mouthwatering spread of classic comfort foods. Then, top it all off with holiday-inspired pies and desserts.
Dinner Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Dinner is $75 per adult (ages 10 and older) and $37 per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.
For Thanksgiving, you can treat your taste buds—along with family and friends—to an exciting meal with a host of options. Disney Characters will be on hand to make your Thanksgiving meal an especially memorable outing. Indulge in a fresh take on an American tradition—a scrumptious buffet feast at the Disneyland Hotel served only on November 23, 2023.
Brunch Buffet – Get an early start to your Thanksgiving celebration with a bountiful brunch featuring turkey and tasty fixings.
Time: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Price: Brunch is $60 plus tax per adult (ages 10 and up) and $32 plus tax per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.
Dinner Buffet – Savor a delectable dinner featuring turkey, popular Thanksgiving sides, prime ribeye, seafood cocktail, and pumpkin and assorted pies.
Time: 1:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Dinner is $85 plus tax per adult (ages 10 and up) and $35 plus tax per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.
Cancellation Policy – Thanksgiving at Goofy’s Kitchen does NOT follow the standard one-day cancellation policy. Rather, you must cancel at least 72 hours prior to your reservation to avoid a per person cancellation fee. If you fail to cancel timely and are a no show, the credit card provided at the time of reservation will be charged full adult price.
Magic Key Holder discounts apply. Plus, 20% Cast Member discounts apply, with automatic 18% gratuity. Menu items, pricing, hours and any applicable entertainment offerings are subject to change without notice.
We’re big fans of Goofy’s Kitchen. As noted above, this is the flagship character meal at Disneyland Resort. Although it’s a bit of a hike from the parks, it’s worth the detour for breakfast or dinner at Disneyland Hotel. This is our favorite character breakfast at Disneyland Resort, and top recommendation for families who want the best balance of a fun experience and a fun meal.
Our full Review of Goofy’s Kitchen takes a look at the food, the highlights of which are some truly goofy breakfast pizzas, ranging from peanut butter and jelly to banana’s foster (they are so much better than they might sound). Other menu highlights of this all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet include made-to-order omelets, Mickey Mouse waffles, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, pastries, fresh fruit, and more.
Character interactions are also generally pretty good, as Goofy’s Kitchen emphasizes fun over food. This isn’t to say the food is bad at Goofy’s Kitchen–it’s shockingly good for what it is–but it doesn’t aspire to be more than comfort food. (The breakfast pizzas are a fan favorite for good reason. PB&J pizza doesn’t have any right to be this good!)
You start by posing for a photo with Goofy in his zany kitchen before you enter the eatery. This is both good and bad. The good is that you are pretty much guaranteed a good photo with Goofy against a nice backdrop without any other guests in the background. The bad is that Chef Goofy typically is not out and about inside the restaurant making the rounds for hilarity and hijinks.
Ultimately, the Holidays at Goofy’s Kitchen character breakfast, brunch, and dinner sounds fantastic. As huge fans of this character dining experience and Christmas at Disneyland and new parents, this is right up our alley.
Regrettably, we won’t be able to do the holiday overlay (it’s a little too soon to doing indoor dining with Megatron), but we’re hoping it’s a huge success. The more seasonal offerings at Disneyland, the better–if these holiday overlays to Goofy’s Kitchen return for Halloween and Christmas 2024, we will absolutely do them then!
Will you be doing the Thanksgiving or Christmas character meals at Goofy’s Kitchen? Did you do the special spooky overlay for Halloween? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment that Goofy’s Kitchen is the flagship character dining experience at Disneyland Resort? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!