We have done Goofy’s & Plaza several times each. Goofy’s is our favorite but Plaza is definitely super convenient being in the parks. We’ve also done the Storytellers Cafe a bunch (with the old set of characters) & that was just as convenient as Plaza with the best food option of any of the character meals. The only con for it was that the characters weren’t as well known, but from what I have read the new characters & their outfits are awesome & the food remains as awesome.
Plaza food includes to order omelette station & Mickey waffles along with standard bfast buffet items. At times it has felt a little more like cafeteria-ey but lately has seen decided improvement and even when it does seem cafeteria-ey, the made to order omelettes are always tasty. As for characters, if you just love meeting all kinds of characters & like a high volume of characters this is a great option. The fewest you will see are 7-8 and can see up to about 12 different characters. When we have gone characters have always included Minnie, Chip, Dale, Pluto, Hook, Tigger, Eeyore & Winnie the Pooh. We’ve also seen 2-3 out of: Rafiki, Max, Perla (one of Cinderella’s mice friends), Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Gepetto. I’ve heard others report seeing the Pinocchio villains Gideon (the cat) & Foulfellow (the fox), Tweedles & the Mary Poppins Penguins. So it can be a very fun meet. If you go early on the characters can come quite fast, one after the other, leaving hardly time to take a bite. If your aim is to see & interact with a variety of characters, this definitely is the character dining to do. If your focus is more on the food, in terms of having more time to eat and better quality, then another character option will provide that as all the rest only have 5 characters max and all have more/better options on their buffets. One thing that we miss when we do Plaza is any kind of character parade/song/dance that all of the rest of the character dining meals do.
Goofy’s being at the Disneyland Hotel is pretty far from the parks, but the hotel has great atmosphere around it & is always a fun place to visit. A trip for Goofy’s Kitchen puts you right in the heart of it & makes it easy for you to go & enjoy the atmosphere/history that there is at the hotel. The characters & their outfits & interactions make it always SO great when we have gone. You meet Chef Goofy before getting seated (or are directed to come see him on your way out if you are seated while he is in the back checking on the kitchen operations), Pastry Chef Minnie, Sous Chef Pluto & serves Chip n’ Dale. Their interactions & the parade that they all do (similar to Chef Mickey’s at WDW if you’re familiar) is so much fun & a highlight of any trip where we include Goofy’s Kitchen. And then the food for breakfast also includes pretty standard breakfast buffet along with some brunch items, our favorite being the Peanut Butter & Jelly Pizza that Goofy’s is well-known for. The last time we were at Goofy’s we noticed a definite improvement on overall food quality so it was even more enjoyable than it already was for us.