At Disney World one of the most coveted things to do is to eat with the characters. My family travels to Disney World every year and we have dined at most of these restaurants – some more than once! If you want to eat amongst the characters, fear not, they happen all over the Disney Kingdom! Advanced reservations are highly recommended and can be made at some restaurants up to 180 days in advance. The meals are either served buffet-style, family-style, or plated. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your meal as the characters will make their way around to each table. If you chase them, they might run away! Enjoy a variety of meal options and have fun checking out Disney World’s Character Meals.
The Garden Grill
If you love Chip and Dale’s, you have to come to the Chip and Dale’s Harvest Feast. It is located in the Land Pavilion of Future World. This restaurant features dinner with Mickey’s gang including Chip and Dale, and of course, Pluto. They are all dressed in their farmer’s best too. The kid’s menu has chicken tenders and mac and cheese on it. Reservations are recommended here.
Princess StoryBook Dining
All three meals are served here at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion. For the family style All American Breakfast from 8:30-10:10am you tend to find Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Mary Poppins stopping by. Lunch and dinner are Norwegian style dining with the Disney Princesses and sometimes Ariel in her beautiful gown will grace guests with a visit. Pictures are taken upon arrival with the Disney Princesses and each group of up to 4 paying guests receives a photo.
The Magic Kingdom:
On Main Street, USA you will find Crystal Palace and the Winnie the Pooh gang. At each meal you will have Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore come and see you at your table. The kids have their own buffet at Pooh Corner and the adults can relax a little and meals are served buffet-style. There is a dessert bar with lunch and dinner that is oh so yummy! With dinner there are carved meats and peel-and-eat shrimp added to the buffet. Make sure to make advance reservations.
Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table
In Cinderella’s Castle on the second floor houses the most sought after character meal at Disney World! It is open for all three meals and the characters vary with usual sightings of Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, but you also might catch a glimpse of Belle, Jasmine, or Snow White. There is a photographer there to capture the special moment with your group before you take you seats in the lobby. It is good to note that full payment is charged to your card when making this reservation. If you don’t have a credit card, a reservation cannot be made here. Reservations are a must as this is always a sell out.
The Animal Kingdom:
Let Safari Donald Duck and his friends Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy quack you up at the wildest Character Breakfast or Lunch this side of Kilimanjaro! It’s an all you can eat breakfast and/or lunch buffet which includes traditional American fare and some unique dishes with flavorful African influences. Be sure to bring your autograph books and cameras because the characters, who are all dressed up in their safari gear, will come around to each table during the course of your meal! Advance reservations are recommended!
Hollywood Studios (aka: MGM):
Hollywood & Vine
You can join popular Disney Junior pals such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny as they host 2 fun-filled, musical meals (breakfast and lunch) at the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine! The breakfast buffet includes favorites such as Mickey waffles, frittatas, pastries and fresh fruit. For lunch, you can treat your taste buds to a buffet of things like baked chicken, deli meats, hearty pastas and fresh salads. At lunch time there is even an ice cream station, too! Be sure to make reservations for this one, too!
Cape May Café
For a Buffet-style breakfast head over to the Beach Club breakfast. While dining on traditional breakfast food, mingle with Goofy, Minnie, and Donald Duck.
Chef Mickey’s at Contemporary Resort
For a traditional breakfast buffet you can’t beat hanging out with Chef Mickey, Chip and Dale, and Chef Goofy. The dinner menu brings out all the fixings and as an ice cream bar sure to please the little ones. Advance recommendations for both breakfast and dinner are highly recommended, as this is a coveted character meal.
1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian
1. The Supercalifragilisitic Breakfast has Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter plus Mary Poppins in attendance. You can’t beat the omelet bar either!
2. Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner includes Cinderella and Prince Charming, Anastastia, Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and the Fairy Godmother. Take photos in the lobby as not all the characters stay for the meal. Dinner includes ice cream and a drink to boot!
3. Guests ages 4 to 12 can join the Characters from Wonderland for the Wonderland Tea Party which includes an hour of games, stories and cupcakes! All of the kiddos are given “tea” (apple juice) to sip on while they decorate cupcakes with sprinkles and more and make a craft to take home with them.
1. The ‘Ohana Character Breakfast includes dining with Lilo and Stitch plus Pluto and Mickey. This is a family- style meal and advance reservations are strongly recommended.
2. Garden Grove Café Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday features Pluto and Goofy. The menu has both buffet and a la carte options are available. If you didn’t make reservations this is a great choice for last minute dining is often not crowded. For dinner, the Swan Hotel opens at 5:30pm where Goofy and Pluto perform nightly and on Fridays specials guests Chip and Dale are added to the lineup.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Head on over to this open-air pavilion for all-you-can-eat BBQ Feast, especially if you hungry! Enjoy a live country western band with a dance floor that is just ready for line dancing led by your favorite Disney friends, typically Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, and Chip and Dale.