That’s odd… I was going to recommend avoiding Chef Goofy’s. We didn’t have the best experience there - we were seated on the inside “ring” and got minimal attention from characters. We were there for about 30 minutes and hadn’t had a character stop by, yet. When my dad questioned it, we were told that we were only guaranteed to see Goofy. We did get a visit from Mary Poppins, Wendy, and the penguin from Mary Poppins. Goofy finally appeared (it didn’t help that he had to do a show every quarter hour or so). There were 12 characters there and we got to meet 4…
We did Ariel’s Grotto, the princess dining at California Adventure, and had a much better experience. However, it took about 20 minutes for the princesses to appear. They kept making cutesy announcements about them coming.
I definitely recommend Blue Bayou. It’s the only restaurant within an attraction. It’s really great atmosphere, and you get to watch the pirate boats float by.
As for deals… I don’t really know. I heard something about everyone getting in for a child’s price.