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Old 05-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #391
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Thanks smiles & getmetodisney!! Looks like Goofy's Kitchen is the place for us
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:43 AM   #392
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I am looking into Surf's Up or Minnie's. The prices are very similar. With these, do you also pay an additional 15% gratuity + sales tax?
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #393
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:01 PM   #394
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We just tried the Chip 'n Dale Critter Breakfast at the Storytellers Cafe this morning. Nice place, food was ok. We saw Chip, Dale, Meeko, and two bears who I assume are from Brother Bear. My 3-year-old liked it, but the characters didn't come around as often as they do at the Surf's Up breakfast.

Overall, I would say this character breakfast is "just ok". I don't think we'll do this one again. The Surf's Up breakfast is waaayyyy better!
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:22 PM   #395
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I am looking into Surf's Up or Minnie's. The prices are very similar. With these, do you also pay an additional 15% gratuity + sales tax?
Minnie's includes the tip in the price but not the tax.
Surfs Up does not include tip or tax.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:52 PM   #396
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Minnie's includes the tip in the price but not the tax.
Surfs Up does not include tip or tax.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #397
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This may seem random, but does PCH have good natural lighting for pictures w/out a flash? We've always done Minnie and the lighting there has always been fine (especially if sat outside, duh), but I'm contemplating switching it up and doing Mickey's Surfs Up this next trip (GK is out, I don't like the characters you see and feel it is overpriced, plus unless you get lucky, most of the restaurant seemed very dark).
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:32 PM   #398
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This may seem random, but does PCH have good natural lighting for pictures w/out a flash? We've always done Minnie and the lighting there has always been fine (especially if sat outside, duh), but I'm contemplating switching it up and doing Mickey's Surfs Up this next trip (GK is out, I don't like the characters you see and feel it is overpriced, plus unless you get lucky, most of the restaurant seemed very dark).
Try asking for a table closer to the windows. The ambient lighting there has been great. Closer to the buffet tends to be a little darker.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:36 AM   #399
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I'm trying to decide if we should go back to one of the breakfasts we loved, or try the Chip and Dale critter breakfast because I have heard lovely things about their quality of food. What I am wondering, does anyone have any recent (heck I'll take anytime in the last year) photos of the buffet offerings?

Another question: do the Goofy's Kitchen recipes that come with the printed photo package ever vary? I'm just wondering if I will end up with duplicate recipes - in which case, it will be a gift for someone, probably my cat/dog sitter(aka my mom)!
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #400
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I'm trying to plan a dinner time for Goofy's Kitchen. I originally planned on 5pm assuming the first opening would be the best but after reading some that there is a line to take pictures and it backs up I'm wondering if everyone picks the 5pm and I should plan for a little later? We are going the last week of June if that matters. This would be our only character meal.

And photo packages, how much is it at Goofy's? Are any photos included in the cost of the meal? (I've never done character meals, even at WDW)
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:59 AM   #401
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I'm trying to plan a dinner time for Goofy's Kitchen. I originally planned on 5pm assuming the first opening would be the best but after reading some that there is a line to take pictures and it backs up I'm wondering if everyone picks the 5pm and I should plan for a little later? We are going the last week of June if that matters. This would be our only character meal.

And photo packages, how much is it at Goofy's? Are any photos included in the cost of the meal? (I've never done character meals, even at WDW)
We did 5pm seatting on a Saturday in Sept and there was one family ahead of us in line. At 5:30 when going towards the washrooms I noticed a huge line! The picture line is the same line where you pay for the meal, so you don't have to wait twice. Pictures are not included in the meal price, but if you get PP+ they are free.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:52 PM   #402
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I'm trying to plan a dinner time for Goofy's Kitchen. I originally planned on 5pm assuming the first opening would be the best but after reading some that there is a line to take pictures and it backs up I'm wondering if everyone picks the 5pm and I should plan for a little later? We are going the last week of June if that matters. This would be our only character meal.

And photo packages, how much is it at Goofy's? Are any photos included in the cost of the meal? (I've never done character meals, even at WDW)
When we were there last June it was about 30$ for the large 8x10 photo (and came with a few small 4x6 photos) inside a very nice folder with a few cute recipes included. It was my favorite of all the photo packages from the different character breakfasts. If you look into Photopass + and decide it might be worth it, it includes character meal photos which for my family of photo souvenir fans, is an awesome deal!
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We went at 5pm and there was about 2 families in front of us. The characters came ack multiple times and it was pretty quiet. It got much busier when we were leaving.

I suggest getting there 5 mins early to check in though.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:45 PM   #404
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Thank you, I went ahead and booked the 5pm. Still thinking the photo pass over and at least I have an idea of the package if I don't do PP+. I will definitely get there at least 10 minutes early so that should help. I'm not telling the kids ahead of time .
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:39 PM   #405
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I have an illness that makes it impossible for me to digest any animal protein. I have to follow a plant-based diet for my health. Do the character buffets offer enough non-meat, non-dairy items? I'd like to do a character meal, but $33.99 is a lot to pay for garden salad and bread.
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