This evening, we took a trip to the Disneyland Resort to experience the first night of the Sensational Springtime Buffet at Goofy’s Kitchen. This special dining event is running from March 28 to May 12, 2024, and is available for breakfast, brunch, and dinner! This is a review of our personal experience of our dinner!

To keep in mind during our review, this is the pricing breakdown for each daypart.

  • Breakfast – 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Adult: $62; Child: $34)
  • Brunch –11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Adult: $62; Child: $34)
  • Dinner – 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Adult: $75; Child: $37)
  • Magic Key and Cast Member discounts available

Dining Experience

First and foremost, character dining is about the food! You are there to eat a meal in a fun environment, so the food must be delicious, well-portioned, and filling! We were incredibly pleased with all the food offerings available to us. I always say that while Mr. Daps is an adventurous eater, ready to try new food, I am one of the safest eaters on the planet. We both were able to find dishes we enjoyed while feeling like we got our money’s worth! To make one (incredibly!!) minor complaint, it would be that the restaurant did not carry Diet Coke but Coke Zero instead (see, I told you it was minor.) I prefer Diet Coke and was disappointed I couldn’t order it!

Here is the dinner menu, pulled from the Disneyland dining website!

Dining Offerings

  • Assorted bread
  • Poached Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
  • Snow Crab Claw Cocktail
  • Vegetable Crudite
  • Smoked Salmon Blini with crème fraiche, and Chives and breakfast radish
  • Salad Bar
  • Nightly Soups
  • Carving Station – Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Turkey Breast
  • Honey Roasted Carrots and rolled oat Dukkha
  • Orange Saffron Salmon
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Sauteed Vegetables
  • Sesame Chicken
  • Duck fin Companelle
  • BBQ Pork Ribs with Crispy Corn Curls
  • Sweet Potato Tot Hash
  • Mini Pot Pie
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Golden Mini Corn Dogs
  • Assorted Pizza
  • Seasonal Desserts and Baked Good
  • Ambrosia Salad
  • Carrot Zucchini Cake
  • Seasonal Tres Leches
  • Build Your Own Ice Cream Bar
  • Build your Own Granola Parfait includes Flavored Yogurt, Granola, and Fruits Compote

Soft Drinks, juices, and water are all included as part of the package pricing. For an extra charge, mimosas, cocktails, and adult beverages were available for an extra charge. We did not order off this menu, but this is the menu from the Disneyland Dining website:

Non-Alcoholic Mocktails:

Grapefruit Spritzer

Juices of Ruby Red Grapefruit and fresh Lime topped with Soda Water

$6.00

Sparkling No-jito

fresh Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, and Mint topped with Soda Water

$6.00

All-natural Lemonade

Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade with fresh Raspberries

$6.00

Specialty Cocktails

Mimosa Flight

$21.00

Blood Orange Mimosa

La Marca Prosecco, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Orange Juice, Grenadine

$18.50

Michelada

Modelo Especial, House-made Michelada Mix, Chamoy & Tajín Rim

$13.75

Ultimate Bloody Mary

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bloody Mary Mix, Tiger Prawn, thick-cut Bacon, Pimento-stuffed Olives

$18.50

Nutty Irish

Café Americano, Jameson Whiskey, Frangelico, Orgeat, Almond Milk, Whipped Cream, Toasted Almonds

$14.50

Scratch Agave Margarita

Codigo Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, Agave, Lime Juice

$19.00

Blood Orange Margarita

Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Cointreau, Lime Juice

$16.00

Habanero Lime Margarita

Patrón Silver Tequila, Habanero-Lime Syrup, Lime Juice

$17.25

Spicy Watermelon Margarita

Patrón Silver Tequila, Watermelon Syrup, Habanero-Lime Syrup, Lime Juice

$17.25

Captain’s Mai Tai

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Bols Amaretto, Myers’s Dark Rum Float

$16.25

Moscow Mule

Absolut Vodka, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer

$16.50

Clumsy Drop

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bénédictine, Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice

$18.00

Ginger Zowie

Ford’s Gin, Ginger Syrup, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice

$16.00

Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea

Bacardi Superior Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Cointreau

$17.25

Magical Star Cocktail

X-Fusion Organic Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, souvenir Glow Cube

$19.00

Paper Plane Slush

Four Roses Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Aperol

$19.00

Frozen Blackberry and Peach Sangria

White wine, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Blackberry & Peach Purées, garnished with Blackberries and Peach Slices

$18.00

Beer and Hard Cider

Stella Artois

(ABV 5.2%) Pale Lager, Belgium

$10.75

Blue Moon

(ABV 5.4%) Belgian White (Witbier), Golden, CO

$10.75

Budweiser

(ABV 5.0%) Pale Lager, St. Louis, MO

$9.50

North Coast PranQster

(ABV 7.6%) Golden Ale, Fort Bragg, CA

$12.00

Coors Light

(ABV 4.2%) Pale Lager, Golden, CO

$9.50

New Belgium Fat Tire

(ABV 5.2%) American Amber Red Ale, Fort Collins, CO

$10.75

Miller Lite

(ABV 4.2%) Pale Lager, Milwaukee, WI

$9.50

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

(ABV 5.0%) Pale Ale, Chico, CA

$10.75

Corona Extra

(ABV 4.6%) Pale Lager, Mexico

$10.75

Kona Longboard

(ABV 4.6%) Amber Lager, Kona, HI

$10.75

Stone Delicious IPA

(ABV 7.7%)

$12.00

Hangar 24 Orange Wheat

(ABV 4.6%) Wheat Ale, Redlands, CA

$12.00

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

(ABV 7.0%) India Pale Ale, San Diego, CA

$12.00

Bud Light Draft

(ABV 4.2%)

$10.50

Modelo Especial

(ABV 4.4%)

$11.75

Elysian Space Dust IPA

(ABV 8.2%)

$13.00

Belching Beaver Hazers Gonna Haze

(ABV 6.6%)

$13.00

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

(ABV 5.0%) Cider, Cincinnati, OH

$10.75

White Claw Black Cherry

(5.0% ABV)

$9.50





Wines

Avissi Prosecco

8 ounce

$23.00

Piper Sonoma Rosé Sparkling

8 ounce

$23.00

Domaine Chandon Brut Sparkling

8 ounce

$36.00

Meiomi Rosé

8 ounce

$21.00

Daou Sauvignon Blanc

8 ounce

$23.00

Placido Pinot Grigio

8 ounce

$20.00

The Fableist Honey Bee and Jupiter Chardonnay

8 ounce

$23.00

Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay

8 ounce

$20.00

ZD Chardonnay

8 ounce

$36.00

The Fabelist Spider and Silkworm Pinot Noir

8 ounce

$26.00

Etude Pinot Noir

8 ounce

$42.00

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon

8 ounce

$29.00

Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon

8 ounce

$61.00

Qupe Syrah

Central Coast, California

$70.00

As you can see, it is a very diverse menu with something for everyone. Whether you wanted a nicer meal with salmon, prime rib, and mashed potatoes or chicken tenders with french fries and ketchup, you had the choice! I went with a nice mix of both, because, why not?!

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Characters

One of the biggest reasons to head out to this Springtime Buffet is to see some of your favorite characters in their Spring best! We saw Minnie Mouse in an outfit inspired by butterflies, Chip, inspired by a bumblebee, Dale, inspired by a caterpillar, and Goofy and Clarabelle in their springtime, pastel best.

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There was a show moment in the restaurant that we were able to see three times while we dined. The characters dance through the restaurant while waving and blowing kisses before briefly leaving the restaurant. When they returned, they walked to each table and gave groups a chance for special pictures or brief conversations.

These interactions completely blew me away throughout the night! Whether the characters were with us or with nearby guests at another table, we found ourselves completely enamored with how much fun everyone was having. If you have the opportunity to meet these characters, do not wait!

Overall

Overall, I would happily recommend this experience to any Disney fan, whether local or traveling. Though the initial price can be a shock, when you consider the amount of dinner, drinks, and dessert you can eat, it is of good value! You can return with a clean plate for seconds, thirds, and even fourths as long as you have room in your stomach! The value of food, plus the quality of the character dining moments made this evening one I will not forget soon.

Have you eaten at Goofy’s Kitchen lately? Will you be heading back for the Sensational Springtime Buffet? Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and in the comments here to let us know what you think!


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